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LAST YEAR I WAS READING…(September 15, 2021)


This meme was created by Reading Marie. It’s a great meme because it’s nice and easy to do.

Here are the rules:

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to


This Year I Am Reading…

Novel (40 000 words) Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer

This is not a romance.

Tags: graphic torture, murder, paranormal, forced incest, rape

Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?

What’s the catch, you ask?

Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.

No, I’m not talking about S&M.

Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t.

He has a perfect record.

Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.

Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.

Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.

Bookshop: US
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Just finished this and hoo boy, do heed the trigger warnings! Review soonish.


Last Year I Was Reading…

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GOODREADS

Breaking News is the continuation of Xander and Sean’s story and should only be read after book one, Inside Affair.

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Sean Bailey, the older brother of my lifelong best friend, has always been a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. But sometime during the last few weeks, I’ve gone and fallen head over heels for him.

Gruff and charming, charismatic in his own way, I’ve found myself looking past my preconceptions and discovered a whole new side to Detective Dick—a side I could fall in love with.

But life isn’t always easy—it can change course in the blink of an eye. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. I know this because last night I experienced both sides.

I went to Sean for help in guarding my body; what I didn’t expect was for him to steal my heart.

Bookshop: US
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The heart-melting romantic development made up for the cliffy ending and the lack of substantial plot.

My 3-star review here.


Two very different books today. The current read is not at all romance. It’s a straight up horror story about a very, very depraved serial killer. The other one is a fluffy contemporary romance about an established couple, a news anchor and his bodyguard turned boyfriend. The former is a standalone novel, the other is the middle book of a trilogy. One thing they might possibly have in common are compelling characters. Both books feature rich, successful and charismatic men, the type who can easily charm the pants off from even the most resistant.

Better The Devil You Know is Byron Danielsen, former doctor, indulging his darkest, sickest fantasies on hapless men he seduced with the help of his brilliant assistant, Gloria. Through her, he secured a date with his newest potential victim, a young man named Michael. The date went better than he expected and thoroughly charmed by Michael, he made up his mind that he will let the man live. Then, things took a very unexpected turn.

This book is super dark, super disturbing with horrific scenes in almost every chapter. Byron was a surgeon who used his considerable wealth to cover up, among many things, a medical scandal. He also used his medical skills to inflict maximum amounts of pain. He’s most definitely a sicko but boy, is he charming. The book has many layers to it. It also a mystery that has the readers asking, who exactly is Michael?

Breaking News continues Xander and Sean’s story. There’s really not much happening here. The main issue was that the couple had yet to tell Sean’s younger brother, Bailey, about their relationship. Bailey is also Xander’s bestfriend. The book felt like it was written to make the story longer than it actually is so there were a lot of boring, non-events.

What saved this book from becoming a total disaster was that I loved Xander and Sean. They were awesome characters. The two started as enemies in Book 1, Inside Affair when Chicago’s no. 1 news anchor, Alexander Thorne needed a bodyguard because of a stalker. Here, they took their relationship to a whole new level. The once straight Detective Sean Bailey really went above and beyond as Xander’s devoted boyfriend. Overall, I got that middle book feels mixed in with a wonderful relationship development.

All the world loves a lover but who wouldn’t stop and listen when the devil comes calling?


I’m ending the post with a book I’m looking forward to reading.

A jaded lawman on the wrong side of the law. A vigilante conman with a passion for justice. An obsessed stalker who wants them dead. If they’re going to have a future, they’re going to have to confront the past.

★★★★★

When the past comes calling, there’s nowhere you can hide.

Once upon a time, a conman and a lawman walked into a bar. That conman turned the worst day of my life into the best. My name is Leo Shook. I’m an FBI Special Agent with a secret that could cost me my life.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that my association with Charlie got me suspended from the Bureau, but when Charlie died, he posthumously blackmailed me into babysitting his team of criminals while they ran around the country doling out Charlie’s brand of vigilante justice.

Then Charlie came back from the dead and things went from bad to worse.

Now I’m trapped in a freaky bunker by an obsessed stalker and Charlie is running around at this monster’s beck and call.

I don’t know where I am. I don’t know where Charlie is. I don’t know who my captor is. All I know is that if I don’t get out of here ASAP, I’m a dead man walking.

FIVE MEN. FIVE CHANCES FOR REDEMPTION.

One thing’s for sure, they’re no angels.

★Pros & Cons of Obsession is book 5 in the series and NOT a standalone. You’ll be much less confused if you’ve read the first four

Amazon Buy Links: Kindle
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Dying for this story since the first time these boys got together!


What were you reading this time last year?

(I hope it’s as riveting as Morticia’s book)

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