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Ready to meet your next book boyfriend? How about 22 of them?

Prepare to ignite your nights with some of today's hottest contemporary romance novels, starring the baddest of bad boys, bikers, billionaires, and more!

Inside the Dark Desires omnibus collection, you'll find over one million words of burning hot fiction from today's NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and International bestselling authors!
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Catherine Vale writing as Kate Nova
USA TODAY bestselling author Muffy Wilson
USA TODAY bestselling author Madisyn Ashmore

Ivy Layne
Normandie Alleman
Ann Omasta
JH Croix
Donna Alam
Jade Kerrion
Charlotte Casey
Rebecca Norinne
Ines Johnson
Cathryn Cade
T.L. Smith
Amie Stuart
Author Quinn
Tameri Tiara
Beth Yarnall
Gabi Moore
Alix Nichols
K.C. Falls

2700 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 13, 2017

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Normandie Alleman

48 books890 followers
A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. “I’m interested in the kind of relationships people have in real life. So I write about my characters’ messy, unpredictable, and inexplicable journeys to love.”

If there were another 5 hours in the day, Normandie would spend more time needle-pointing and playing with photography. Instead, she’s a Pinterest addict and sports junkie who’s crazy for Twitter and the color pink. She lives with a passel of children, her hunky husband, and a pet pig who loves Red Bull.

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2,154 reviews45 followers
June 5, 2017
Ignite by Amity cross

Book 11 of the beat and pulse series. Can be read as a stand-alone, leads to he a, told in dual povs.

Another good fighter romance from Amity Cross.

Ali is a girl who is bullied by the more popular girls or women who should know better in her office, she's a lone not by choice, doesn't stand out in a crowd but fades into the background. Alison lives alone and has no-one in her life.

Overhearing the other girls at work talk about the fighters and cage fighting her curiosity is piqued and she goes to see what it's all about at an underground fight.

Liam or Blade as he's called rescues Ali when she finds herself in a dangerous situation.

Liam is drawn to Ali maybe it's their similarities, both alone both afraid of being left alone again if they commit to anyone. Liam for that reason doesn't commit to anyone, only has one night stands and keeps people at a distance.

Liam begins to Ali confidence and she starts to blossom. Liam still has his fears.

A good story, I suppose the moral is taking a chance against your fears and fighting for what's in your gut.

Ignite is Hot in all the right places, great characters, a story of fate and another enjoyable read from Amity Cross.

Ignite is part of Dark desires box set. This book alone would have me reading the box set.

Arc reviewed on behalf of the author.
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2,828 reviews143 followers
June 13, 2017
** Review for Ignite by Amity Cross only **

Ignite is a story about taking chances…about risking one’s heart even if there’s a distinct possibility it will be broken because living instead of simply existing definitely comes with growing pains. It’s a story about how people see themselves and see one another and the ways that those perceptions are changed through appearances and attitude. It’s about trying to break down walls of insecurity and rebuild self-confidence and positive thinking.

Ignite’s hero and heroine will frustrate readers, but I think that’s normal when it comes to a story whose characters are constantly trying to evolve but end up getting in their own way a significant number of times. Alison Anders is a complex as well as a confusing heroine…she desperately wants to be noticed…to be accepted…to be wanted, but she doesn’t know how to make that happen and the way she chooses to initiate that change could actually get her killed because the Underground isn’t the type of place a woman like Alison should go to reinvent herself, but then again, she doesn’t have any other place to go.

Alison’s metamorphosis happens gradually throughout the story, and it’s a process that repeatedly stops and starts due to her own doubts as well as the actions of others around her. For too many years, she’s isolated herself and allowed others to walk all over her, so it takes time to be strong enough to make the necessary changes, but Alison wants to reinvent herself…to step outside of her shell and break free from her past and have a say in her future, so she has to stop hiding and learn to no longer hide in plain sight.

The Underground may not be the best place for Alison to reinvent herself, but because anything goes there and she can blend in without drawing too much attention to herself, she finds comfort in the darkness and while she gets herself into a few difficult situations, she also blossoms a little bit each time she steps outside her comfort zone and lets her walls down enough to show the her inside.

Liam, known as Blade at the Underground, doesn’t know how to let anyone in beyond a night or two in his bed. In the past, he was always left behind, so now he takes the steps necessary for that not to ever occur again, which means he pushes people away before they can leave him, but for someone like Alison who desperately wants and needs a connection, the game he plays with her is one she may not recover from, which is why I had a difficult time warming up to Liam throughout much of their story. He royally messes up, and while he’s not the only one sending mixed signals and making mistakes, he is in control of his actions and he’s an abrasive asshole when it comes to how he handles Alison, and I had a hard time seeing past that behavior.

“If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way.”

This is the true lesson of Ignite…and the path one takes to accomplish those goals is definitely not going to be a straight shot, and perhaps if I can remember that and understand that it’s a process with ups and downs, I can get over Liam’s shitty actions and see that in the end, he made the best move possible as a fighter…as a friend…as a lover.

3.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)

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720 reviews
October 7, 2017
so far 1,5 stars

This anthology is quite a bargain with 22 novels for just 0,73 Euro/0,82 Dollar - at first glance. Once you start reading you’ll notice that the authors did without anybody proof reading, editor or somebody with a knowledge of grammar. There are so many mistakes in regard to sequence of tenses, difference of your and you’re, spelling errors (he went passed (meaning:past) his car), not to mention comma placement even evident for a German reader that I had to reread some passages to get the meaning. I suppose authors publish anthologies to pull in new readers, I bought this book because of Ivy Layne but so far(45% on my kindle) no other author has convinced me to buy another book.

Ivy Layne Secret Kisses ***

Nice addition to the Winter series. Nice plot but far too short.

Madisyn Monroe Timeless **

1946 –2006 heroine has to decide in which time to live. There are some inconsistencies in the story, e.g. how could she know in 2016 in advance that later in 2016 there would be an earthquake its shaking fixing the elevator? The plot was great and I expected a story with some twists and turns, maybe the heroine fixing some problems in the fifties with her knowledge of modern times - but nothing. Instead we get
too many inner monologues whether she should follow her heart or fulfill her parents’ and fiancé’s expectations instead of her dreams

Normandie Alleman Bishop’s Desire *

Predictable story with a not very likable heroine.

Ann Omasta His Best Friend’s Wife *

Story with a twist, but predictable and boring, the title is the plot.

JH Croix The Play **

Nice sport romance about a British football player and his orthopedic surgeon Olivia. Well known story line with no surprises.
Why did the author pick soccer/football as sports? For a German reader it is quite obvious that she knows nothing whatsoever about European football/soccer. European players cannot be traded at the whim of the clubowner but decide by themselves with which club to sign the next contract. Successful players have long lasting contracts the clubs cannot terminate and Liam as “one of the world’s best forward” or his best friend Alexander “one of the worlds best goalkeeper” would never play in the US when still in their twenties. Besides they would make a lot more money in the Spanish or Italian league.

Donna Alam Playing Games *

Young American woman working in London falls for a “private club” owner. Predictable story with a jealous soon-to-be ex and 90% sex.
Once again the editing was awful.

Jade Kerrion Prized

Kate Nova To Catch A Thief **

Jenna, specialized in detecting art forgeries, is set on billionaire Riley to find proof he is forging Vermeer paintings. Short, typical Cinderella love story .

Muffy Wilson Dark Butterfly dnf

Female stalker takes advantage of handicapped people, that was my impression after the first twenty pages and I stopped reading.

Charlotte Casey Jolt ****

So far the best book.
The plot was good, although sad to see how a mother uses her child as a piece of chess.
It is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I will definitely buy the next one to learn from where the leadsinger emerged again.
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3,839 reviews32 followers
July 7, 2017
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1,169 reviews50 followers
June 8, 2017
I read Ignite by Amity Cross from this anthology and it was a wonderful addition to the series.

Full review to come
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1,347 reviews39 followers
June 21, 2017
*** Review for IGNITE by Amity Cross only ***

IGNITE is book eleven in Amity Cross’ The Beat and The Pulse series and is featured in the Dark Desires Boxed set.

I have not read all books of the series yet, so cannot be completely sure about that, but for me this story has a different feel than the others – darker and dirtier in its setting in The Underground, a place where illegal cage fights and gambling is taking place. There was an underlying feeling of danger throughout the story, and while I enjoy reading about forthright MMA fighters very much, I loved the constant buzz, the awareness and the suspense this kind of fighter romance entails.

But not only the setting is different, the heroine, Alison Anders, is as well. She is not one of those natural beauties, more of a sleeping beauty, who desperately needs a wake-up-call to see and reach her own potential. She is plain, always hiding, almost invisible to other, with no family, no friends, and working in a job she hates where she is taken advantage of. Gathering that bit of confidence she has she decides it is time to break the monotony that is her life and shake it up with a visit to The Underground...

Liam ‘Blade’ Maguire is an up and running fighter at The Underground. He is fighting for his chance at the belt, but apart from a casual no-strings f++k here and there he keeps pretty much to himself, preferring loneliness in his internal fight against his own demons. Then that innocent mouse, trapped in a precarious situation, captures his attention. But even after diffusing the danger he cannot shake the impulse to protect her…

Both characters are broken in their own way, for each of them the other is everything they never wanted, and watching them slowly realize how good they can be together, to recognize they do not only share a physical connection, but an emotional as well, had me glued to the pages.

A wonderful journey of self-discovery spiked with danger and suspense. I am looking forward to more books of the series – hoping that maybe one day Faye – a wonderful supporting character in this story – can be tamed as well. She needs her story to be told!
358 reviews1 follower
August 6, 2019
Lots of Very Good Stories - But Don't Read RUTHLESS

Let me begin by stating that this compilation of stories was one of the best, all around, that I've yet to read. There were more stories in this book collection than I've seen in most others, several were written by authors I've already read and like, many were full length novels and, although I enjoyed some much more than others, none was that poorly written or trite that I was willing to blow it off.

As often occurs, reading and appreciating authors who are new to me frequently results in my desire to read more of what they've written. Clearly, this would seem to be one of the primary underlying purposes for an author to participate in such a group project. That was certainly the case after reading several of the stories included herein. But I have to categorically state that nothing irritates me more than reading a partial story, especially if it ends with a cliffhanger, and when I thereafter search for the specifically referenced and identified continuation, I come to find it doesn't exist (and likely never will). Such is the case with one story in this collection, Ruthless by Quinn. Immediately after the cliffhanger closing, there is a sentence that offers a link to the Ruthless Part 2 continuation for those who wish to read on. That link leads to the author's website where you discover that Ruthless isn't mentioned anywhere (nor was the story renamed or continued under a different author name, all of which I've dealt with before, and which I also find annoying, but nothing like I felt to learn the book was abandoned) . I tried to locate it through Amazon, Goodreads, and a few other sources searches, including Google, to no avail. There was simply nothing, not even a statement from the author apologizing for failing to pursue the story and disappointing readers. This collection was published more than two years ago. So, there's simply no excuse for any of this. Therefore, I would strongly advise against reading Ruthless - unless you enjoy being totally frustrated and irritated.
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2,717 reviews12 followers
June 6, 2017
** Reviewing Ignite by Amity Cross only **

I have fallen hard for the guys and gals of The Beat and The Pulse series, and enjoy every bloodthirsty visit to The Underground.

Blade and Ali's story had me hooked from the start. The feelings, the emotional connect I had with Ali, the wanting the hunka hunka burning love that is Blade/Liam. They are everything neither of them wanted, and I adored seeing the changes they made in each other.

There is just something about an Amity Cross story that drags me in every single time. I can't help but fall for each and every new couple as the series is released.

Can't wait for Strike!

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14 reviews
June 17, 2017
This review is based on reading Ashes to Ashes by Rebecca Norinne.

Rae's story starts out like a fictionalized version of Miranda Lambert's musical career and the aftermath of her marriage to Blake Shelton. I kept flipping through the pages because her vulnerability & her running from her pain, and even her hitting bottom felt so real and relatable. It was impossible to read the story without her hurt reaching palpably through the pages to you. She is ready to let the world know her pain and hear her side of the story of her marriage, in the best way she knows: her music.

Ash seems to be the opppsite of Rae: cool-headed and closed off emotionally. But throughout the story, you learn about what led to his closed-off personality, and what weight he carries with him always, and he learns to trust and share all that.

They are thrown together through unusual circumstances, two years after a one-night stand. The chemistry sizzles between them, and that kindles a love that catches both of them off-guard. And being who they are, and how hurt they've been in the past, both their instincts -- at first -- are to run and pretend that they don't care.

Despite that, they are able to confront their fears and come together in vulnerability & strength. But just when you are excited that they are about to have their HEA, the Chekov's gun goes off and you fear for their fate. Then you realize it's 1/2 of a duo and that you have to find out what happened later! Omg! :D I want to read the end now!

Also: Rebecca puts the D in BDSM in this story. Just sayin'. :D
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786 reviews8 followers
June 14, 2017
4 stars for - Ignite - book eleven in The Beat & The Pulse series by Amity Cross. This book can be read as stand alone to the series and as always there is a Happily Ever After. ​The Underground is where illegal cage fighting, gambling and all around mayhem goes down however it has also been the catalyst to many hot and steamy romances too. This is Blade and Ali's story...
Alison Anders a plain, strait-laced girl who is quite literally the "grunt" at work is tired of her boring life. When she hears of the Underground and what exactly happens there she is beyond intrigued. Hoping she will find that extra confidence in herself that has been lacking she decides to attend a fight night.
Liam "Blade" Maguire is one of many fighters at the Underground but he is in the running for the championship. When he sees a new face one night he can't help but want to rescue her from things she has no business being part of. He recognizes a innocent and scared woman when he sees her and for some reason he feels compelled to protect her.
This is another great edition to this solid series of fighters who never expect to fall in love. The chemistry is as always, perfect and the supporting characters always leave you wanting more. Can't wait for the next one :) 
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376 reviews20 followers
June 19, 2017

*******Review for Ignite by Amity Cross Only *******

This story features in the Dark Desires Box set. Having read a few of the stories from the Beat and the Pulse series, this book has a different fill in the way that it is written. However being part of a box set where readers may not have read any of the authors work before then they will know no different.

This story is actually set away from the gym's that we know and love. It is centred around the illegal "Underground" fight club. The main female character goes on a journey of self discovery, a complete plain Jane, Alison is ignited when she takes a risk and goes to watch a fight at the illegal club that she has overheard her colleagues talking about.

Liam, the fighter who has ignited Alison is all kinds of hot and he is struggling with his own demons. The Underground is a dangerous and dirty place where you do not want to expose your weaknesses and Liam has potentially shown his. The "will they, wont they" push and pull of the story was gripping. Alison is at rock bottom and has nothing, where as Liam is at the top of his game, can they get past all of the BS to make it work?
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624 reviews7 followers
June 20, 2017
I read Amity Cross's Ignite

Ignite is the final (sob!!) book in the Beat and the Pulse series even though we still have one book we haven't read yet. I have read and loved every single book in this amazing series and Ignite didn't disappoint in the least.

Alison is certainly a character a lot of people can relate to or at least understand. Liam is a protector and yet feels he is not worthy of anything good. When Alison goes to the Underground it changed not only her world but also his.

This was a powerfully emotional book. Highly charged and I couldn't put it down. It was a straight read through. I wanted to start over and read it again immediately. The characters go through so much character growth and self discovery, it was just perfect. The romance wasn't perfect and that made it real and better. The sexy scenes were HOT. I highly recommend this book and definitely this series if you are just picking it up for the first time. This is a standalone and doesn't need the other books to enjoy it.
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1,978 reviews7 followers
June 13, 2017
Ignite by Amity Cross 5 Stars

I haven't had a chance to read the rest of this anthology, I'll add more reviews as I go.

I absolutely love The Underground series. I have to read them as soon as I can. This is the eleventh book in the series, but it is a stand alone. If this is the first one you read, you won't be lost at all.

This is a quick read, but it is action packed with both fighting and steamy sex scenes. You won't be disappointed at all.

Alison "Ali" Anders is bullied at work, she's taken advantage of. She lets it happen. She's shy. She's lost. She's not living.

Going to The Underground changes every thing for her.

Liam "Blade" only has fighting. He is in the running for the championship.

Neither of these characters have anyone that fights for them. They came into each others life at the perfect time.

I love the growth they both had.

I have to say, I absolutely love Faye!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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3,318 reviews105 followers
June 13, 2017
Ignite by Amity Cross

Although this story has a different feel to it than the other books in the series I really enjoyed it.
Alison is the girl who nobody sees, she's coasting through her life by just making do, at work they use her and her social life is non existent she has no friends and no family. When she decides to take a risk she goes to the Underground where she meets Liam aka Blade.
It took me a while to warm up to Alison but that's because I would never be able to hold my tongue at her workmates but when I was cheering when she decided to fight back. I misjudged Liam at first I thought he was just your typical fighter but once you get to know him you get to see the real him.
I really enjoyed this story but the whole Faye thing i would have knocked her out and I would have liked a longer last chapter or maybe an epilogue to finish the book.
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3,684 reviews43 followers
June 25, 2017

A fantastic addition to the Devil's Flyers!
Billie Boggs couldn’t be more different than her sister Lesa. Lesa is sexy and exciting and living with a hot biker. Billie is a gamer girl. A geek in a cardigan. A girly girl. But when she is threatened the Devil's Flyers MC consider her one of their own and nobody messes with theirs. If that protection comes in the sexy form of Rocker Hayes, the guy she has been crushing on from afar, well she can get behind that. Rocker doesn’t do repeats. He doesn’t do good girls but oh how he wants to do Billie.
I love how Billie stands up to Rocker and for herself. She may be a good girl but she is no pushover.
This is one of 22 stories in the Dark Desires box set and I will get around to reading and reviewing the rest but had to share the gooey goodness that is Honey In The Rock.
1,890 reviews49 followers
June 14, 2017
So far I have read Pure Punishment by TL Smith and I felt compelled to review it alone! It is that good.

OMG! I didn't want this story to end, I could have easily stayed in the lives of Kristy & Kai forever!
Kristy is such an intense and complex character, you can't help but become a bit obsessed with her!

What a brilliant storyline and a touchy topic to boot! Even though it is an intense read it flows smoothly and you find the pages flying by as you can't put the book down!
The emotions throughout the story keep you on your toes and the twists and turns on the edge of your seat!
I recommend this to everyone!
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1,182 reviews7 followers
August 22, 2017
A wonderful collection of romance stories. One of my favorite authors is showcased in this series:

Jolt by Charlotte Casey

This book 2 in the series, so while not necessary to enjoy this book I do recommend you read the first book. Jason is such a sweetie. He stands up when needed and faces his mistakes. He tries to be a good friend and band mate. I love the interaction he has with Jade and Cara. Shaina is a sleazy piece of work, but it's sad what happened to her in the end. Jade is so loving and strong. She is truly wonderful. I love how this story picked up where the first one left off and the twist at the end....oh my goodness! I can't wait for the next book.
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1,546 reviews17 followers
June 20, 2017
This is my review for Pure Punishment by T.L Smith
Holy crap!!! T.L Smith TOTALLY messes with your head, But totally worth it in the end... Pure Punishment is one of those books that has you second guessing your logic throughout the entire story and leaves you yearning for more.
Kai is the ultimate Alpha and Kayla and Kristi are perfectly imperfect.
The dynamic of this story was incredible to say the least!! Just when I was figuring something out, BAM something would happen and twist my head up all over again!!!
Truly a Jem
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5,560 reviews27 followers
June 14, 2017
Imagine 22 book boy friends, what more could a woman want? How about variety? Bikers, billionaires, alphas, CEO's, executives, bad boys and more. A collection of hot and steamy stories from some award winning romance authors. Something for everyone. Curl up in your favorite chair with a cool drink and escape to another world. A great read and a great bargain. What a great collection and so much fun to read.
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731 reviews12 followers
January 15, 2018
Muffy Wilson's "Dark Butterfly" (also know as "The Butterfly Collector") is part of the Dark Desires collection. This tale is not a romance or erotica. It is an object lesson in how to overcome what is holding you back and be happy. Sex therapy at its best! There is someone for everyone. I could really associate with the Mistress. I have given similar object lessons in how to love yourself to many people.
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731 reviews12 followers
January 15, 2018
Muffy Wilson's "Dark Butterfly" (also know as "The Butterfly Collector") is part of the Dark Desires collection. This tale is not a romance or erotica. It is an object lesson in how to overcome what is holding you back and be happy. Sex therapy at its best! There is someone for everyone. I could really associate with the Mistress. I have given similar object lessons in how to love yourself to many people.
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462 reviews
June 18, 2017
This review is for Cathryn Cade's Honey In The Rock. Another masterpiece of hot sex and dirty talk! Ms. Cade knows how to bring her heroes and heroines to life. Their stories are something you don't want to miss and Rocker is my personal favorite. I love the Honey series and can't wait to read the next book. Thank you, Ms. Cade!
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376 reviews4 followers
June 21, 2017
Ignite by Amity Cross is a well written book. The characters are exceeding well written and the plot well thought out and carefully constructed. Although it is part of The Beat and The Pulse series, it is easily a stand alone. If the other books in this collection are of this caliber, this is one of the best collections available.
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2,910 reviews15 followers
March 12, 2020
#4 His Best Friend's Wife

Most people know of the bro code, not touching another person's wife, girlfriend, sister etc.
However, this shows how that code can be exploited by those with low moral fortitude.
It also can show how others can rise above the animalistic instincts and treat others with honor.
Interesting tale!
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501 reviews8 followers
December 5, 2017
Some good some bad

Some good and some bad in this grouping of books. Amity Cross as always was the stand out for me and was the reason I bought this compilation in the first place, frankly it was worth it just to read her book!
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740 reviews1 follower
July 13, 2018
Overall, the quality of this collection was not high. I've tried to write reviews every couple of stories, but there are very few gems in this. It's mostly just blah stuff, a lot of which desperately could have used a copy editor.
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694 reviews50 followers
June 13, 2017
I had the pleasure of reading Ignite by Amity Cross, great book, perfect characters, and incredible storyline, wonderful writing.
Full review to come.
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1,497 reviews12 followers
June 22, 2017
I read this for ignite by Amity cross love it but really couldn't get into the others (sorry) I really liked timeless though maybe I'll attempt the others at a later date
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