Review | 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Thirteen

SYNOPSIS

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Rebecca Zanetti, Shayla Black, Lauren Blakely, Liliana Hart, and introducing Molly E. Lee.
Five Dark Tales. Five Sensual Stories. Five Page Turners.

TRICKED: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti
Ronni Alexander had it all before a poison attacked her heart and gave her a death sentence. Now she has an opportunity to live if she mates a vampire. One night of sex and a good bite, and she’d live forever. Jared Reese agrees to help out his new sister in law by saving her friend’s life with a quick tussle in bed. But after one night with Ronni, he wants more. 

DIRTY WICKED: A Wicked Lovers Novella by Shayla Black
After being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Nick Navarro has nothing but revenge on his mind—until a woman from his past returns to beg for his help. Sasha Porter has been hunted by his enemies. Desperate, she offers him anything to keep her young daughter safe, even agreeing to become his mistress. The last thing either of them want are emotional entanglements but as they entrap the ruthless politician who arranged Nick’s downfall, passion sizzles between them. 

THE ONLY ONE: A One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely
Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again. Until ten years later. Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event. The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.
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This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take. The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day. But I’m determined to change that.

SWEET SURRENDER: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Liliana Hart
It’s been twelve years since Liza Carmichael stepped foot in Surrender, but after her great aunt’s death she has no choice but to return and settle her estate. After twenty-five years on the job, Lieutenant Grant Boone finds himself at loose ends now that he’s retired. The only thing Boone knows is that his future plans don’t include Liza Carmichael. She’s bossy, temperamental, and the confections she bakes are sweet enough to tempt a saint. Thank God he’s never pretended to be one. 

EDGE OF CHAOS by Molly Lee
Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and she can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash.

Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review | 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Thirteen

by Rebecca ZanettiShayla BlackLauren BlakelyLiliana HartMolly E. Lee 

1001 Dark Nights is back with a new bundle, a mix of supernatural, suspense, and some light and fluffier material. We have vampires, private investigators, chefs, cops, and even storm chasers, with different levels of alpha-ness. Different flavors for different tastes, so to speak. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with what I've read, and I added new books to read because of it. 

TRICKED: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti

I was in for a treat with my first Rebecca Zanetti read. Jam-packed with heat, action, and explosions, Tricked is about Ronni Alexander, a psychiatrist close to knocking at death's door, and Nick Navarro, the 400-year old vampire who saved her by becoming her mate. I'm not usually a fan of alpha heroes, but I don't know, for some reason if you add a supernatural element, now that, that for me is hot. Someone tried to kill Ronni, and she wants to know who did it. There are people after Nick and his men, too, so expect lots of fighting and running. The only thing I wasn't a complete fan of was Ronni's penchant for jumping into trouble—most often behind Nick's back—because she thinks she can do it (SHE CAN'T). 

Tropes: Supernatural—vampires, Mates
POV: Third Person

DIRTY WICKED: A Wicked Lovers Novella by Shayla Black
DNF

This is the only novella I didn't finish in this bundle. It just wasn't for me. It bothered me that the heroine kept comparing her sexual experience with her dead husband while she was getting it on with the hero, who, I need to add, is said husband's best friend. Nothing wrong with the fact that the hero and heroine's husband were the best of friends, but it just rubbed me the wrong way the way she kept comparing them. I couldn't connect with the characters, and couldn't get with this pairing. Sorry.

Tropes: Single Mother, On the Run
POV: Third Person

THE ONLY ONE: A One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely

Penny and Gabriel had a whirlwind romance in Barcelona that ended in heartbreak for Penny when he stood her up when they agreed to meet up again. Ten years later, with Gabriel now a successful chef and restauranteur and Penny focused on a non-profit organization for animals, they meet again in New York. Unfortunately, Gabriel doesn't recognize her at all. Penny has no choice but to work with the sexy Spanish chef since their event for the animal shelter needs a last-minute caterer and Gabriel's restaurant is the only one available. 

There's a bit of mystery as to why Gabriel didn't meet up with her, and there's the thing about Penny not revealing who she is to him when they meet again. It's romantic, sweet, and steamy. There's some angst in there, but the tone of the story is still light. A story of two people who are meant to be.

Tropes: Second Chance
POV: First Person, Dual POV

SWEET SURRENDER: A MacKenzie Family Novella by Liliana Hart

Liza is my favorite heroine in this bundle. She's a wild child, doesn't cower and bend when it comes to facing alpha men, confident in her own skin, and she knows how to cooperate when her life depends on it...unlike a certain woman who tries to do things on her own to show she's a "strong" woman, but I digress. Liza Carmichael, the woman who inherited the bakery at Surrender from her great aunt, and recently retired Lieutenant Grant Boone's first meeting went with a bang, literally. Grant's old assignment is catching up on him and Liza is dragged along with it when a person who's after Grant shoots at them at Liza's bakery.Now they have to run and hide to stay alive. This novella had a lot of suspense and action, in and out of bed, and a lot of chemistry.

Tropes: Small Town, On the Run, Cop
POV: Third Person

 EDGE OF CHAOS by Molly Lee

This novella, with its fair share of angst, is sweet, hopeful, and beautiful. Blake finds solace from her abusive relationship in meteorology, where she meets friends with the same passion, and Dash Lexington, the storm chaser. A strong and solid friendship forms between them as they run after tornadoes. I've never read a romance book about storm chasers and just storms in general, so it was really interesting to read that. Plus, I love Dash, patient, kind, loving, and understanding Dash. I also loved that this didn't feel rushed, their relationship especially, even if it was just a novella.

While it frustrated me that Blake didn't drop Justin's a** soon enough, I understand most abusive relationships are like that. The abused can't easily leave the relationship, sometimes being in denial at what's happening, and other times in fear of what would happen if they left. It felt realistic, her struggle, and I felt for her throughout the story.

Blake's old boyfriend Justin is a selfish d*ck. He gave little and took a lot, and he's an abusive man. He chose to become what he is, and no amount of tragic past can make his actions against Blake understandable. 

Tropes: College, Friends to Lovers
POV: First Person, Female POV

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