Reading Guide for B.A.B.E 2023

Apr 292021
 
Reading Guide for B.A.B.E 2023
Lana from Lore and Lullabies started a reading guide to prepare for B.A.B.E 2023. Of course I jumped on this great idea because I am always looking for great books.

B.A.B.E stands for Books and Ballgowns Event. Is a fantasy and romance book signing event with over 100 international authors being held at the iconic Parkside Ballroom at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

We also have FB group, where we’ll be having polls to choose a book from each of the attending authors. We welcome everyone who is interested. The group is here.

Below, I’ll follow up with a list per month and our results of the voting.

Honest reviews will follow.

*we pick by vote since we try to cover more tropes and get out of our comfort zone. Name of authors to read are picked at random, but we aim to go through all of them until the event.

Lana from Lore and Lullabies is on YOUTUBE and also has a blog website. Check her out.

JULY 2021

Meow (Catnip Assassins Book 1) by Skye MacKinnon


Assassin. Private Investigator. Cat shifter.

Kat is used to killing people, but for a blank cheque, she’s willing to do the opposite and help solve a murder – even though it sounds boring as hell. That is, until she finds some body parts in her fridge, makes friends with the neighbourhood cats and realises there may be an assassin better than her…

Suddenly, things have become purrfectly exciting.

An urban fantasy full of cats, secrets and murders. This is a slow-burn reverse harem where Kat will find her love interests over time. Book one in the Catnip Assassins series.

Amazon || Audio

Shimmer (Summer’s Harem Book 1) by Maggie Alabaster


Our magic is dying…

…we’ll die with it.

On his deathbed, the king gave me an impossible task—save the fae realm from extinction.
I need to find the cause, but time is running out.

As if that wasn’t enough, the king wants me to work with his son.
I loathe him.
And he loathes me.
Even if we can’t keep our hands off each other.

With the help of the prince’s friend, a scholar, a human trapped in our realm, and a talking cat, we might just figure out why the fae realm is at risk and how to save it.

Or die trying.

Who said my job was simple?

Join my harem and our quest to protect the world.

Get it now.

**Warning – this is a reverse harem with adult content and language and a cliffhanger.**

Amazon || Paperback

Lucifer’s Daughter: Queen of the Damned (Damned Magic and Divine Fates #1) by Holly Renee


A steamy, gripping second chance romance that readers are calling “an intoxicating read that will hold you absolutely spellbound.”
-Bloggers From Down Under

It was a bad idea from the beginning.

He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable.

But I didn’t care. I had loved him for as long as I could remember.

He was worth the risk. He was worth everything.

But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him.

He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me.

So I ran.

Four years later, I never expected to see him again.

He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.

He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile.

Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die.

Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.

Amazon || Audio

Lucifer’s Daughter: Queen of the Damned (Damned Magic and Divine Fates #1) by A.J. Macey


Want to know what a girl’s best friend is? Revenge.

Hey b*tches, my name’s Kiera. You might know me as The Cat, famous cat burglar/thief.

No? Well, let me give you a little insight into my life as of late.

I was going about, minding my own damn business when the mob boss who runs most of the Reno underground sent an assassin after me. Crazy, yeah? Anyway, six months later the previously mentioned assassin is now my partner in crime when we get a job from the local motorcycle club, The Aces. All good and dandy, right? Wrong. They’re 1%ers, all three officers unbelievably attractive. Oh, yeah, the Vice President of the MC? That’s my asshole step-brother and let’s not even get started on the club’s suspicious Enforcer or the President who’s dripping in sexual swagger.

With four sexy as f*ck men at my back, can I get the job done or will our explosive personalities cause us to be at each other’s throats? Oh, damn! Almost forgot in the thought of all the ruggedly attractive men, muscles, and tattoos that the rival MC, The Alloy Kings are moving in and seem intent to take me down with the Aces. F*cking bastards.

But I’m not the thief who became famous at 15 years old and survived the mob’s hell in my past just to lay down and take that, they won’t know what hit them.

I’m The Cat, and soon enough, they’ll learn that I’ve got claws.

Book 1 of The Aces Trilogy

The Aces Series is a WhyChoose/Reverse Harem trilogy featuring MFMMM meaning the female main character doesn’t have to choose between her love interests. Please note, future books will contain M/M contact.

This book contains references involving PTSD, sexual assault recollections, abuse, and other themes that some readers may find triggering.

Amazon || 

Lucifer’s Daughter: Queen of the Damned (Damned Magic and Divine Fates #1) by Kel Carpenter


Warning: This series is a COMPLETED slow to mid-burn Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy with lots of action and some hot romance. There will be multiple F-bombs, violence, and explicit sexual situations. If you need a trigger warning, then this probably isn’t the series for you. If you can handle some grit in your stories, then go ahead and one-click because this one won’t disappoint!

We’ve all heard the story of the Four Horsemen. Harbingers of the apocalypse. Destruction given form. Four of the sexiest—wait no—forget that. You get my point.

So imagine my surprise when I find out everything I’ve ever been told, is a lie.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s start from the beginning.

My name is Ruby Morningstar. I run a tattoo parlor in Portland with my bestfriend, have a pet raccoon, a crazy ex that stalks me, not to mention this one little thing… I’m a demon. Half-succubus, to be exact. For the last twenty-three years of my life, that’s the story I believed, but on the day a handsome stranger bails me out of jail my world is turned upside down, and suddenly I don’t know who I am anymore.

Because the Four Horsemen aren’t the bringers of the apocalypse.

I am.

Talk about never catching a break.

Amazon || Audio

Heartbreak Prince: A Bully Romance (Broken Hearts Academy Book 1) by C.R. Jane


Soulmates. I believe in them. I was lucky enough to have two of them at one point.

The only problem. My soulmates happened to be twin brothers.
Caiden was the light to Jackson’s dark. And after all that I had been through, the light was what I thought I needed.

When I chose Caiden, I lost Jackson.

Feeling like half a person after Jackson left, I barely survived when tragedy struck and I lost Caiden too.

It took me years to admit to myself that I had chosen wrong from the beginning. I’m ready to admit it to Jackson…only problem, he hates me.

I’m ready to fight for my happily ever after.

But there’s a reason they call him the Heartbreak Prince.

Amazon || Audio

Queen of Gods (Vampire Crown Book 1) by Scarlett Dawn


Dark. Brutal. Sexy.
The VAMPIRE CROWN series sets emotions on fire, as vampires and druids hunger for one thing—power. Sex, secrets, and bloodshed twist two intoxicating love stories into one wicked tale.

Magic is life.
Bound to S’Kir, the Unseen Gods wait to reunite with their brethren. Only an ancient prophecy keeps their hope alive.

Blood is life.
Locked away from S’Kir on earth, the Vampire Overlords and an Original Druid hold their crowns with brute power. The Law is all that keeps their savage nature hidden.

Until one defiant vampire is awakened early from her Rest and summoned to the vampire stronghold. In her wake, all hell breaks loose…

Magic always wins.
But never without blood.

*CONTENT WARNING: This book contains graphic language and sexual situations. It is intended for audiences 18+ ONLY*
*Slow-burn Reverse Harem (for one woman) with guaranteed sexy times in each book*

Amazon || Paperback

JUNE 2021

The Magic of Discovery: Emerald Lakes Book One by Britt Andrews


Growing up in Emerald Lakes, population six hundred and eighty-two, had been safe and comfortable. Running my own magic shop and making a living off my green witchcraft, I have no complaints. Sure, there’s my ex, who never understood the word ‘no’, but there’s also the lovable and eccentric townspeople who feel more like one huge extended family, and let’s not forget my boy-crazed Gran who keeps us all on our toes.

…But something has apparently been missing, and the stars take it upon themselves to correct the problem, dropping four sexy men at my door. Well, not literally. They move into the apartment above my shop, so I’m their landlord. Drawn in by these mages who blew into town on a work assignment, a whole different kind of magic starts to grow between us, but my powers are doing things they shouldn’t, and there’s also a pesky prophecy to unravel.

Strange, unnatural things are brewing in Emerald Lakes, and I can’t ignore the sinking suspicion that something life-changing is headed my way.

Discovering a whole new world of magic, I can only hope I don’t lose myself in the madness.

This is a full-length romance novel. There is MM content. It ends on a cliffhanger and contains brief references to domestic violence and other themes that readers may find triggering.

Amazon ||Audio | Book review

Reckless Hate: A Dark High School Billionaire Bad Boy Romance (Westbrook Blues Book 1) by Thandiwe Mpofu


Deep always calls unto deep. The results? Reckless hate & catastrophe.

Westbrook had four boys that ruled my life once.
They were hell raisers.
Cunning Athletes.
Skilled Manipulators.
Hateful Assholes.
Gorgeous gods.
Heartbreakers.

Only I never counted on them breaking my heart as savagely as they did, sending me away when I needed them the most. Making me spiral into a vicious abyss of darkness where I’m haunted by a pair of frosty blue eyes filled with hate.

But now I’m back and this time around, for a reason that makes breathing almost completely impossible.
And if they think I won’t get revenge for my brother—one of the Blue Boys—then they have another kind of hell to face.
Because I’m no longer their little Blue girl from four years ago…

Amazon || Book Review || 

Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Book 1) by Aaron L Speer


Dante’s world is one of darkness…

…where a secret war rages.

Will he be able to protect the ones he loves?

At the hottest club in Sydney, the owner, Dante, sees her. Alex is cute, shy, and has no idea she needs his help. He has been, unbeknown to her, protecting her for years. He made a vow to her parents.

He plans to keep it.

Days pass and their friendship grows. Her boyfriend is jealous, but that’s not Dante’s concern. Those that subscribe to the motto ‘Join us or die’ want her dead.

She doesn’t know the whole story.

Dante can’t deny the chemistry between them, but he won’t let it distract him from the threat. His enemies will stop at nothing to silence her. The war rages on and Alex is the key to everything.

The night will never be the same.

You’ll love this Paranormal Romance, because it’s got twists you don’t expect and sizzle you’ll adore.
Get it now.

Amazon ||Paperback

The Mark of Fallen Flame (Weapon of Fire and Ash Book 1) by Brittany Matsen


The balance between good and evil comes down to one girl.

But is the darkness really so bad?

Emma Duvall starts senior year with one thing in mind: make Seattle, home.

All her life her mother lived with one foot out the door, but no more. That is, until Emma discovers she has the power to turn terrifying creatures of the night to ash with a single touch. That one moment unveils a hidden world of supernatural beings, both good and bad.

Suddenly her best friend is acting strange, the new guy that’s mysteriously in every one of her classes is too beautiful to be human, and an ancient, powerful being is stalking her.

To top it off, the “good guys”, the Giborim, aren’t convinced that Emma can be trusted. But their unofficial leader, Blaze, becomes her unwilling protector–and perhaps something more–setting fire to millennia of hard-set prejudices.

Especially when her newfound power awakens a deep and dark hunger that can only be sated with death.

Amazon || Audio || Book Review 

Wicked Gods: A Paranormal High School Bully Romance (Gifted Academy Book 1) by Michelle Hercules


Nowhere is safe when the gods are wicked.

Since the beginning of times, there have always been two sides: Norms and Idols.

But never have the scales been so unbalanced as they are today.

I’m a Norm, which means, I grew up in fear of the Idols and their godly powers.

And now, I’m going to be surrounded by them, day and night. I’ve been offered a place at the prestigious Gifted Academy, an opportunity very few Norms get.

To survive, I must become invisible. But my hope to get through the academy unscathed goes down the drain when the most powerful boys in school set their eyes on me.

They hate me simply because I’m a Norm. If they knew who I truly am, they’d tear me apart limb by limb. But I’m done cowering away from Idols. It’s time for the Norms to fight back, and it all starts with me.

*This story contains dark themes that may be triggering to some readers.

Amazon ||Audio|| Book Review

Wicked Dreams: A Dark High School Bully Romance (Fallen Royals Book 1) by S. Massery


She loved me. I hate her.

As a kid, she crushed my dreams to dust.

She tore both of our families apart with one confession, ending any chance of happiness for either of us and setting off a ripple effect of chaos.

Now she’s back as the new girl in school, and she doesn’t suspect the war that’s coming. She doesn’t realize the anger I’ve been harboring.

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to ruin her life, and it’s finally here.

Because even traitors sleep—and I’m going to make sure she only dreams of me.

Then I’m going to destroy her.

This is a dark high school bully romance with mature content and themes. It contains dubious situations that some readers may find offensive. If you’re looking for a white knight hero, this book is not for you.

Amazon || Audio|| 

Vicious Prince (Violent Kingdom Book 1) by Lili St. Germain


An arranged marriage. A brutal abduction.

And a love so forbidden, it might destroy them both.

Avery Capulet is missing.

Taken by a madman. Kept in the dark.

She might not survive.

He’ll use her body. Destroy her mind. All before he ever lays a hand on her.

Rome Montague is a drug dealer. A criminal. A thief.

And he needs the secrets Avery and her family are keeping – even if it means cutting them out of her pretty Capulet flesh.

Rome Montague is missing – but nobody will miss him.

Not that it matters; After the things he’s done to this girl, he doesn’t deserve to be found.

Vicious Prince, set in the criminal underbelly of San Francisco, follows two warring families who are ruled by blood, power and twisted desire.

Please note this book was formerly titled Verona Blood.

Amazon ||Audio

MAY 2021

Academy of Assassins (An Academy of Assassins Novel Book 1) by Stacey Brutger


ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

Meet the Assassins: Morgan, Kincade, Ascher, Ryder, Draven and Atlas.

Amazon || Audio || Book Review

Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters Book 1) by Jaymin Eve


#1 in the entire Kindle Store.

A new paranormal romance from Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller Jaymin Eve.

My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.

As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill our leader, I’m labelled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.

When I can’t take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don’t like losing their punching bag. Torin, the leader’s son, drags me back before my first shift… a shift that will reveal my true mate. I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.

Afterall, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?

Wrong. Very wrong.

When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.

The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.

Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.

*If you like sexy, dark paranormal romances, with humor, steam, action, a tough heroine and an antihero, this is for you.
Rejected is full length (100k) words, is book one in Shadow Beast Shifters series, and ends on a cliffhanger. It’s recommended for 18+ due to language and sexual situations.

Amazon || Audio|| Book Review

First Blade (Awakening Book 1) by Jane Hinchey


Georgia Pearce possesses remarkable psychic abilities. When she discovers an ancient dagger hidden in her workshop, she knows it can only mean one thing. Trouble.

Trouble arrives in the form of Zak Goodwin, an entity more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any she’s come across before. However, when a horde of dangerous vampires show up and threaten Georgia and her sister, she has no choice but to ask Zak for help.

Along with a shifter cop, a band of vampire warriors, and her own psychic skills, Georgia sets out to stop the awakening of an immortal vampire who has the power to destroy the world — and discovers that staying alive isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

If you like fast-paced paranormal romantic suspense, thrilling heroes, and sassy, kick-ass heroines then you’ll love the first installment of the Awakening series by Jane Hinchey.

Buy First Blade to begin the breathtaking adventure of Georgia and Zak today!

Amazon || Audio

Thicker Than Water by Becca Seymour


Outcast operative in the Supernatural Investigation & Crime Bureau (SICB) Callen Blackheath finds himself doing what he does best: defying orders and giving his boss a headache in the thick of an operation he shouldn’t be in. And there’s no way he’s walking away, not when the investigation has become deadly personal.

Needing to protect the only family member he has left, this wolf shifter will do whatever it takes to stop the blood farms and destroy the dangerous drugs the vampires will kill for. But he doesn’t expect Liam “Thatch” Thatcher, the head of a special task force team, to receive a bite that pulls him into the centre of Callen’s world.

Bonded by memories and blood, together they navigate the operation that has wider reaches than they could ever imagine. And when it comes to matters of the heart, Callen knows in order to win, he needs to risk it all.

Amazon || Not on Audio

Through the Pain (Whitsborough Chronicles Book 1) by C.A. Rene


I’m different.
There’s a darkness that stirs restless in my soul.
It craves blood and violence then feeds off of my anger and despair.
I can control it… most of the time.
I can starve it, but I cannot starve myself.
Because it’s not just the darkness that craves these things… I do, too.
My mother grounded me and helped calm the storm, now she’s dead and everything changed.
My life is now lived through red hued glasses and anger simmers just under the surface.
Until him…
Now my dark soul craves his and I won’t let anything come between us, even if I have to kill… with my bare hands.

Amazon || Not on Audio

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