Friday, 17 July 2015

Cathy Jackson - Bloom

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Charles Swartz was abusive and demanding. He ruled my life with a leather strap and harsh words. The physical and mental abuse I suffered at his hands made me hate and fear him.
His death would be the only thing that could release me from our marriage.
John Westerling is caring and thoughtful. He treats me as his equal and his encouragement builds me up. His displays of patience and love to everyone around draws my heart to him.
Can the love we are finding together stand against a woman from his past who threatens to tear us apart and destroy all that we are working to achieve? Will I be able to trust again after being married to a tyrant?











An incredible story of one women's strength, pain and love. Phoenix is such an incredible woman but the pain that she was subjected to was awful. The abuse and torment she faced is unimaginable. 

After a stranger stops to help her in more ways than one the rest of her life will be easier. John is a very religious man and a strong Christian...but she doesn't just accept him into his life, but his daughter too.

The story of loss, healing, friendship, love and faith is a sincere one.

A heartwarming read that I couldn't put down. Beautifully written and am excited to read the next installment which is due out next month.  

You can keep up with Cathy and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Bloom here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A K Michaels - A Highlanders Return (Highland Wolf Clan #5)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Grant, Alpha of the Pack in the Highlands, returns home triumphantly with his special mate by his side. Blessed by the Goddess herself, as their two hearts beat as one. Anxious to show her off to his Pack he cannot foresee what is about to unfold. Not everyone within the Pack is happy to see his return and even less pleased that he brings back an American as Alpha She-Wolf.

A Father whose jealousy eats at his soul, changing him forever and putting him on a course that will lead to devastation and heartache. A childhood friend who is capable of the worst kind of betrayal that leaves Grant with a heart wrenching dilemma.

Can Grant keep his soul-mate safe? And at what cost to him, her, and the Pack?

Continue the story of The Highland Wolf Clan series with this novella of Grant and Shelly’s return to Scotland. Hot Alpha males, sexy Wolves, and chilling discoveries abound in this latest addition to this hot Paranormal Shifter series. 







Book five of the Highland Wolf Clan is a shorter book than the other in the series mainly focusing around Grant and Shelly and their return home to Grant's pack in Scotland. To officially break the news that he has a mate and meet the parents!

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With you by my side, I think I can take on anyone, including your father.
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As Grant fills Shelly in on Scotland (and Grant picks his new Beta) and her new pack and family she would meet Agnes (Grant's mother) and Lachlan (his father) who we both know Cam and Grant have had their issues with throughout the series to date.

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"Guess we've a lot to learn about both of our origins, don't we?"
"We have a lifetime to learn, Mo runsa."
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As the pair prepare to inform the pack and their families of their true pairing and that they are in fact the "Chosen two" and talk to 'the elders' about their true 'bond' which has been written about for hundreds of years but little known about.

But as this happens its clear that Lachlan has major issues with Grant choosing someone from America. Also giving up his "Alpha" status is something that causes great issues between the father and son and his new mate.

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"...Make no mistake, I am Alpha, and if he pushes me to it then I will. I'll challenge him if he causes problems for me, you or the Pack."
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Also we meet Nancy. A character I am curious about as haven't heard much about her until now. Only that she was a close member of the family and that she felt very uncomfortable at being pushed away and took an instant dislike to Shelly. Her issues would stem further but how far would she go?!

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She'd have to get closer to this Shelly and size her up. See if she was indeed Alpha She-Wolf material. If not then Nancy was determined to do something about that...
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The truth about Lachlan and Agnes also becomes more concerning. That Grant's parents had been suffering some problems and with the new found information and loss of control as ex-Alpha upon his son's return would shed light on the true extent of the problems and demons he faced.

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Not for the first time she wondered where the man she'd fell in love with had gone. Certainly this one before her was not he.
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But as Shelly was keen to show her place in the pack and as true She-Alpha others would be set to question her abilities and strength despite knowing what she had previously been through.

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For the first time since Cam and his Wolves had killed Dupont and his men, her stomach clenched in fear. Something was not right...
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As someone close to the family sets up a trap for the newcomer into the pack, not only Shelly's life, but Grant's too would be in danger. The two of the people Grant held close to them previously would hurt them the most, with dire consequences...

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What you've done is the worst betrayal of a Pack imaginable, and by rights you could be sentenced to death.
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But with decisions made, lives and loves lost, would Shelly and Grant be able to find their place in Scotland? Could they indeed find their happily ever after?

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I love you, much more than those words can tell you.  My bonnie lassie, my mate, my heart.
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Another incredible installment for the Highland Wolf Clan that flowed as well as the others and proved to be just as enthralling as the other books, lots more directions to see where the rest of the series will go. As ever I am anxiously awaiting more from the incredible A K Michaels!

You can keep up with A.K. and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of A Highlanders Return here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

A K Michaels - Despair and Destiny (Highland Wolf Clan #4)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Where is Rebecca? Who has kidnapped the sassy Witch from right under the noses of the Wolf Pack? Jacob is distraught and his anger knows no bounds as they fight to find out where his mate has been taken; and by whom. The answer is unimaginable and the bloody confrontation that leaves death in its wake shocks Jacob and Cam to their core.
Can they rescue her unharmed? Or will her ordeal affect her far more than even she could imagine? With happiness surrounding the Pack they have to pull together and seek her out. Before it’s too late.
Chastity faces her own fears of fitting into Cam’s billionaire lifestyle but finds something that she needs his money to fund. Will he agree? Or will she fail in her attempts to be at his side in the ‘human’ world?
With action, love, sadness and grief, read Highland Wolf Clan, Book 4, Despair and Destiny to find out all this and more; much more. If you love your Alpha Wolves, suspense, action and love then this paranormal romance is for you.

If you like Shifters and PNR then this series is for you!

Another hot and suspenseful paranormal read by A K Michaels.




Jumping straight back into the Highland Wolf Clan where we left them in the third book, 'New Beginnings' we come back to the story of Fergie and Angel and how her love for the once-Alpha since his future was bypassed because of his accident which lead him to be bound to a wheelchair. Rebecca had healed him but was still to learn of his new development, which he quickly does upon discovering that she has gone missing from her mate, and Pack. 


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"...I couldn't stand by and not do anything...you're my everything, Fergie, and you were dying inside, right in front of my eyes."
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With Rebecca missing they unite to find this woman with a heart of gold...bringing her back to her back but what damage would already have done?

The desire for Fergie to return to be rightfully Alpha would cause a strain on the cousins, Fergie and Cam. But surely after all Cam had done for his pack would see them working together rather than against each other...


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...Fergie looked over at Cam for the first time and Cam could see an Alpha staring back at him
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A trip for Cam and Chastity back to their 'human' lives lets us see their new connection and future together, despite Chastity's concerns.

The continuing relationship between Logan and Tina is also incredible...their story developing from where we had previously left them. Seeing them cement their love for one another firmly...


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"I can't even put into words how I feel about you, Logan...it's more than love, it's more than anything I've ever felt before. Love doesn't seem enough to describe it."
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But as the pack decides how to move forwards and reassigns their positions accordingly, we see the love we have known and felt from the original characters Cam and Chastity throughout. Their bond going above and beyond every time. 


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"I don't want a lot Cam.  I just want us to be happy and have a long life together.  I've learned the hard way just how lucky I am to have found you..."
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With a new future and a newly branded pack, we see more emotional developments and exciting times ahead for this group of not only wolves, but friends and family..


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The new name, and the one we will be known by from this day forward is, Wild Highland Heather Pack.
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Another awe inspiring read by A K Michaels for the Highland Wolf Clan Series full of hope, determination, bonds and acceptance and equality, despite whatever comes their way...the future of the West Highland Heather Pack seems full of promise, commitment, trust and most importantly love.


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...It's all real.  We are real.  It's only the beginning, Chastity.  We have our whole lives ahead of us...
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A truly magnificent read that captured me from the first page right until the very last. Spellbinding in more ways than one. If you haven't read these books, please do! 


You can keep up with A.K. and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Despair and Destiny here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

A K Michaels - Despair and Destiny (Highland Wolf Clan #4)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Where is Rebecca? Who has kidnapped the sassy Witch from right under the noses of the Wolf Pack? Jacob is distraught and his anger knows no bounds as they fight to find out where his mate has been taken; and by whom. The answer is unimaginable and the bloody confrontation that leaves death in its wake shocks Jacob and Cam to their core.
Can they rescue her unharmed? Or will her ordeal affect her far more than even she could imagine? With happiness surrounding the Pack they have to pull together and seek her out. Before it’s too late.
Chastity faces her own fears of fitting into Cam’s billionaire lifestyle but finds something that she needs his money to fund. Will he agree? Or will she fail in her attempts to be at his side in the ‘human’ world?
With action, love, sadness and grief, read Highland Wolf Clan, Book 4, Despair and Destiny to find out all this and more; much more. If you love your Alpha Wolves, suspense, action and love then this paranormal romance is for you.

If you like Shifters and PNR then this series is for you!

Another hot and suspenseful paranormal read by A K Michaels.




Jumping straight back into the Highland Wolf Clan where we left them in the third book, 'New Beginnings' we come back to the story of Fergie and Angel and how her love for the once-Alpha since his future was bypassed because of his accident which lead him to be bound to a wheelchair. Rebecca had healed him but was still to learn of his new development, which he quickly does upon discovering that she has gone missing from her mate, and Pack. 


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"...I couldn't stand by and not do anything...you're my everything, Fergie, and you were dying inside, right in front of my eyes."
------------------------------


With Rebecca missing they unite to find this woman with a heart of gold...bringing her back to her back but what damage would already have done?

The desire for Fergie to return to be rightfully Alpha would cause a strain on the cousins, Fergie and Cam. But surely after all Cam had done for his pack would see them working together rather than against each other...


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...Fergie looked over at Cam for the first time and Cam could see an Alpha staring back at him
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A trip for Cam and Chastity back to their 'human' lives lets us see their new connection and future together, despite Chastity's concerns.

The continuing relationship between Logan and Tina is also incredible...their story developing from where we had previously left them. Seeing them cement their love for one another firmly...


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"I can't even put into words how I feel about you, Logan...it's more than love, it's more than anything I've ever felt before. Love doesn't seem enough to describe it."
------------------------------


But as the pack decides how to move forwards and reassigns their positions accordingly, we see the love we have known and felt from the original characters Cam and Chastity throughout. Their bond going above and beyond every time. 


------------------------------
"I don't want a lot Cam.  I just want us to be happy and have a long life together.  I've learned the hard way just how lucky I am to have found you..."
------------------------------


With a new future and a newly branded pack, we see more emotional developments and exciting times ahead for this group of not only wolves, but friends and family..


------------------------------
The new name, and the one we will be known by from this day forward is, Wild Highland Heather Pack.
------------------------------


Another awe inspiring read by A K Michaels for the Highland Wolf Clan Series full of hope, determination, bonds and acceptance and equality, despite whatever comes their way...the future of the West Highland Heather Pack seems full of promise, commitment, trust and most importantly love.


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...It's all real.  We are real.  It's only the beginning, Chastity.  We have our whole lives ahead of us...
------------------------------


A truly magnificent read that captured me from the first page right until the very last. Spellbinding in more ways than one. If you haven't read these books, please do! 


You can keep up with A.K. and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Despair and Destiny here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Monday, 13 July 2015

KA Hobbs - Destined (The Connected Series #5)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Do you believe in soul mates? That there is one person out there who you’re supposed to meet? To fall in love with? One person who completes you? I’m Miley. And I do. Because I found mine. I’ve never been the kind of girl who needed a man to feel complete. Until I met Jonathan. Now I can’t bear to spend a night away from him. Sickening isn’t it? Anyway, you all know who we are, but you don’t know how our story began or how it finishes….or just begins. So let me tell you our story. The most beautiful love story even if I do say so myself. You’ll fall head over heels for my man, I know you will. Come and meet Mr Cooper. 













**Warning: Spoilers Included**

So book five of The Connected Series has arrived! The story of Miley and Jonathan...

We see Miley and her friendship with Sophie more in this book and hilarious antics you can just imagine having conversations with your own best friends..

Jonathan - the hot as hell nightclub owner. The gentleman. The man every woman wants. He cooks, he's romantic and meaningful. Despite them only knowing one another for a short time their feelings are pretty clear...it was true love. They were soul mates.

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Jonathan...after less than five days of meeting we've admitted we love each other. Space in your wardrobe doesn't scare me in the slightest. The thought of being without you is the only thing that scares me...
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Miley's introduction to Mr Cooper (or Jonathan) as we will know him better as is a handsome devil. And a caring affectionate one at that...

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"I've got you, you're safe with me.  I promise."..I know he isn't just talking about keeping me upright.
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The physical, emotional and sexual attraction is just brilliant. As with all The Connected books! Jonathan's romantic ways will make your heart ache and other parts too I imagine ;)

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"Do you know what your words do to me?" He whispers huskily.
"I have an idea.  Your eyes are black."
"My eyes?"...
"Yes.  When you're aroused, they're almost black."
"I'm so much more than aroused right now, Miley,  I'm complete."
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But not only Jonathan falls in love with Miley, but his mum and dad too. They really do have their happily ever after...

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When I look into her green eyes, I see tears there too.  Right then and there, I love the woman standing before me, she steals a part of my heart and I think I steal some of hers as well.
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THE treasure hunt....MY treasure hunt. I swear I'll beg my husband to do something so bloody adorable. This mans romance skills knows no bounds....did I mention I adore him?!

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Are you wondering why I put this note on the 6th tree?  Today, we've been together exactly 6 months and they have been the best 6 months of my life...so where are you going from here I hear you ask?...
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The fairy tale love story they have progresses....and they buy a house together, under no illusion of what the future holds...amongst many other commitments I just loved reading about. My heart was just bounding for the soul mates.

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I want to take this table because it is where you and I started and it should be there at our new house...I want you to make love to me on this very table the night we move into our new home.  I want this to be the first part of our story.
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But all was not to plan as fertility became an issue for the couple...their heartbreak and despair evident, but equally their strength and belief pulling them through...

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I have no idea what the road ahead of us is going to be like, Jonathan.  I just know that I want this more than I've ever wanted anything before in my whole life.  And I want it with you.
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So much more than a HEA...because that wasn't given to Jonathan or Miley on a plate. A story of love, romance and heartbreak surrounding fertility. An amazing read that had me leaping for joy in their romance and equally sobbing into my pillow in the characters darkest moments. But they had one another the entire journey...another incredible book in The Connected Series.

You can keep in touch with KA Hobbs and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Destined here (UK) or here (US). Add it to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Leigh Stone - Pulled Apart (Belfast Bound Novella #2)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

It’s been a long journey to get here. A long, painful journey, I have the scars, nightmares, and panic attacks to prove it. I never would have believed, all those years ago, that Oliver Watson would have been my worst nightmare. I’m not sorry that he’s dead. I’m just sorry that it wasn’t at my hand. I hate him. I hate what he did to me. I hate what he has taken from me. More than anything, I hate him for taking the coward's way out. He was supposed to rot in prison for his crimes, not leave me to be the only one to face what happened.

I’m Juliet Monroe. I’m twenty-five years old and I have been through hell. I’ve learned so much about myself. The thing that I’ve learned most is just how strong I can be, but as strong as I am, without my friends, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve learned that friends can be your lifelines, friends can be your support, friends can be your saviours, and sometimes, they might just save your life.


**WARNING** This book is intended for mature audiences (18+) only. The storyline is a rape survivor's retelling of their story, and as such may cause distress. While acts of violence are depicted, it is vital to the main premise of being able to move on with hope.



Where do I start? Juliet Monroe is one incredible young woman. Her story until now a little in the dark, Pulled Apart brings us up to speed on her history with Oliver. The man who she doted on and adored. The man who treated her so poorly despite her already blighted start in life...

Their relationship was good initially but as we see the deterioration of her friendships and links to anyone other than him we truly see his true colours.  We start to hate this man...

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He was definitely that kind of man. Controlling, possessive, and who would stop at nothing to keep what he thought belonged to him, his to toy with as he saw fit. Something worthless, and less than whole.
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His treatment of Juliet was abysmal.  From the emotional abuse to the physical...

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I hadn't wanted or welcomed his actions. I was violated in the worst way possible by someone I thought I loved, someone I thought was supposed to care about me in return. Nothing would ever be the same again.
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But after being released on bail, of course he goes after Juliet. He knows something vital about their relationship and would use it against her...even if it does cost him his and her life. He truly is one evil man.

As Juliet picks up the pieces of her life after surviving his worst attack, he takes much more from her than he will ever know.

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I didn't eat. I barely existed. Oliver had left me to barely exist in a hollow shell.
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But after a sentence nothing short of what he deserved, he does something which Juliet doesn't know whether to feel relieved about or angered by. He would get to walk away, but she would never have that..

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I can never escape what he did, and he has...I am still here, and I'm hanging on...and he gets to walk away from the responsibility of his actions, and will never have to truly suffer like I will forever. He's taken everything...
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Her utter desolate emotions are heartbreaking and her strength was astounding. As this young woman pieces her life back together, despite all the anxieties and pressures she does it. And makes some friends along the way. First and foremost, the one and only, incredible Alex.

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I cemented a firm friendship with the man I worked for, and I felt like the hole that had frequented felt like it would swallow my soul got a little smaller....
Alex, my boss, and one of my closest friends, took me under his wing, and his strong dominance helps me when I panic even now....with their help I face my future...
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It was an absolute honour to read this and despite feeling emotionally hung out to dry after reading this I think just shows the incredible talents of Leigh Stone's writing. Her ability to get across Juliet's turmoil and desperation, whilst making it a story of a true survivor was one I will always remember. I just loved it.

You can keep up with Leigh and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Pulled Apart here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.