Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Tales of Darkness and Sin Anthology

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Tales of Darkness and Sin, an all-new collection of deliciously dark and taboo short stories from sixteen bestselling authors is available now!

From 16 bestselling authors comes seven never-before-released dark and forbidden co-written short stories with HEAs and sneak peeks of upcoming releases. Tales of Darkness & Sin is only available for a limited time so pre-order your copy now!

Bestselling authors include:
Aleatha Romig
A Zavarelli
Ashley Jade
Cora Reilly
Giana Darling
Isabella Starling
Jade West
K Webster
Lucia Franco
Lylah James
Natasha Knight
Parker S Huntington
Pepper Winters
Sam Mariano
Sierra Simone
Skye Warren

All royalties from this anthology will benefit the National Women’s Law Center which represents a variety of issues from women’s rights to LGBTQIA issues. We aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to support an important cause.

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Sold to the Highest Bidder by Aleatha Romig & Skye Warren
4 Stars

A short but dark and dangerous tale of the heroine being conned by her soon-to-be ex-fiance. She is soon sold to the hero, a man who has been in love with her for a very long time. What was once considered a foolishly choice on her part, soon becomes the pathway to a very happy future.

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Stalker by A. Jade & A. Zavarelli
3.5 Stars

I am a die hard Zavarelli fan so I already knew I would adore this dark romance! It tells the tale of a stalker who moves in next door to his high school crush. While I did like this one, I wish it were longer and went into more depth! I find short stories can often be too short to get the whole story (the reason I don’t read novellas very often), and I think if it had been a little longer, I would have rated this 4 stars. The story itself was good, I just wanted more.

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Poisoned Hearts by Parker S. Huntington & Giana Darling
3.5 Stars

A short taste of a mafia tale. Two warring families, a virginity pact, and a wedding to be stopped. This dark romance had a lot of flirty, seductive moments between the hero and heroine, and a twist ending leaving you wanting more.

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Dirty Bargain by Lylah James & Cora Reilly
4.5 Stars

I haven’t read James’ before but I’m a huge fan of Reilly’s BIB and CC mafia series so I was excited to read about Talia. This is a wonderful taste of the dark mafia world and provides lots of intrigue, suspense and heat! Will definitely be checking of James’ work in the future.

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Mr. Foster by K. Webster & Sam Mariano
3 Stars

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Not a Dirty Little Secret by Giana Darling & Sierra Simone
3 Stars

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Her Christmas Present by Jade West & Lucia Franco
2.5 Stars

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Forbidden Flaws by Pepper Winters
3.5 Stars

An intriguing and steamy short story about a heroine who gets locked outside of her hotel room, in her underwear, during a fire alarm. Hero is a mysterious athlete. Very dark and seductive, as per Winters’ usual style, and I want to find out what happens next!

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With This Ring by Natasha Knight
4.5 Stars

An incredible teaser for Knight’s latest mafia romance duet. Very intriguing, entertaining and steamy! I’m looking forward to reading this one (in full) soon but I know it’s going to end in the mother of cliffhangers so I’m holding off for a couple of weeks until I can get my hands on both books in the duet!

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Tyrant Stalker by Isabella Starling
4 Stars

Very intriguing premise of a physically scarred heroine being stalked by the hero. This is just a teaser, and I’m very intrigued to see how Starling is going to develop the relationship between the heroine and hero.

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Please note: I’ve chosen not to review every short story because of the number of novellas/authors in this anthology. However, each short story does have a star rating as a general guide.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Social Butterfly PR for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

About Giana Darling

Giana Darling is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Top 40 Amazon bestselling Canadian romance author who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone.

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About Aleatha Romig

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

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About A. Zavarelli

A. Zavarelli is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance. When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research. She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.

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About Ashley Jade

Ashley Jade is a top 20 bestselling Amazon author who craves tackling different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance. Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them. She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em-dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought-provoking…except for math. Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel–you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.

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About Cora Reilly

Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature. Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world. Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.

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About Isabella Starling

USA Today bestselling author Isabella Starling describes her books with three words: dark, dirty and forbidden.

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About Jade West

Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted. Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile. She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness. She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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About K. Webster

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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About Lucia Franco

Lucia Franco resides in sunny South Florida with her husband, two boys, and two adorable dogs who follow her everywhere. She was a competitive athlete for over ten years – a gymnast and cheerleader – which heavily inspired the Off Balance series. Her novel Hush, Hush was a finalist in the 2019 Stiletto Contest hosted by Contemporary Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. Her novels are being translated into several languages. When Lucia isn’t writing, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach. She runs on caffeine, celery juice, scorching hot sunshine, and four hours of sleep. She’s written nine books and has many more planned for the years to come.

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About Lylah James

Lylah James lives somewhere in Canada. She is usually pretty busy but she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male. Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.

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About Natasha Knight

Natasha Knight is the USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance Novels. She has sold over half a million books and is translated into six languages. She currently lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two daughters and when she’s not writing, she’s walking in the woods listening to a book, sitting in a corner reading or off exploring the world as often as she can get away.

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About Parker S. Huntington

Parker S. Huntington is a USA Today, Amazon Top 15, KDP All-Star, and KDP All-Star UK bestselling author from Orange County, California. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. She was the proud mom of Chloe, the sweetest princess to have ever lived; has two puppies, Bauer and Rose; and lives with her boyfriend of five (almost six!) years–a real life alpha male, book-boyfriend-worthy hunk of a man.

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About Pepper Winters

Pepper currently has thirty-one books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-six times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age. After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestseller. After releasing two books with Grand Central, Hachette (Ruin & Rule and Sin & Suffer) Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work.

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About Sam Mariano

Sam Mariano has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She lives in Ohio and has a lovely daughter. Because of You was her first finished story (she started writing it when she was 18) and due to a full-time work and college schedule, it took her years to finish. She has also been telling people for years that there would never be a sequel (sorry, guys!)…which turned out to be a lie. In addition to the sequel, After You, Sam Mariano is currently writing another sequel, Irreparable Lives, featuring Ethan and Willow. She hopes you will love them as much as she does—but be warned, it’s a darker romance!

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About Sierra Simone

Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio). She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily. Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1908-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.) The social media she cares about the most are Spotify and Instagram. Following her in those places is a true love language, indeed.

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About Skye Warren

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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