Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sebastian EX - Dangerous Desire (The Onyx Club #2)

*Contains adult themes (graphic sexual content/violence)
**Review by Susan

My name is Brandon Edwards. Men like me don’t come along often. I'm a gentleman, a lover, a protector, and a Dominant. I've never been the type who can – or even wants to – commit to a woman…until I met Penny a couple of years ago. Since then, we've been in a committed relationship. I adore and cherish her.


Penny has a darkness inside her, a yearning for extreme pain. But I don’t want that for her, nor can I give her what she’s so desperate for. Her craving has led her down risky paths, and it’s my job to keep her off those now.


There’s a dangerous desire lurking within all of us. But when does wanting more become too much?


Follow in after Matthews and Ella's wedding...





So the continuation of Filthy Desire by Sebastian Ex was another eye opening read. This book focused primarily around Brandon and Penny (aka Petal). Their story was one that both shocked me and inspired me. Much like Matthew, Brandon is a brilliant character. A terrific Dom but Penny questions their relationship because of her risky sexual desires.


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She pushed me to be the best Dom I could be for her. She showed me the control I needed to have when we're Dom/sub. And I've shown her the power of freedom she has through her surrender.
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But Penny walking out would lead her to something much more dangerous than anyone anticipated. Not only would she lose her ability to use safe words with her next match but also so much more personally. Knowing that Brandon couldn't give her what she wanted or needed would cut him in half but when she truly needed him, he knew they wouldn't be separated again.

The continued morals from the first story are very much apparent. The vulnerability and safety of their women always being at the forefront of their thoughts. Unlike some men, pretending to be what they aren't, would rile the men. They knew how a Dom should act at all times and how to treat the ladies in their lives...


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Matthew, Nathan and I have the same values. Women - more specifically our women - are to be nurtured, encouraged, and worshipped...To take them, use them, break down the barriers their minds put up, and to rebuild them until they're the women they should be. But most of all, we cherish and love them.
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Penny wanting more, shows Brandon he needs to do all in his power to be what she wants. What she needs. But could he bring himself to do what she craved so badly?

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But Master is what she wants to call me, and I've made a promise to myself to learn to be the best Master I can be for her. "I'll be here to catch you if you fall. I'll be here to be your Master."
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Penny's upbringing was a normal one. But her desires seemed far from what you expect. But with friends and support around the pair, they would help one another. Grow together emotionally, physically and financially through their own personal journeys as well as the businesses. Even if this meant treading on the toes of someone who would have set off the whole mess with Penny in the first place.

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Final Excerpt:
...all I want is to feel that burn of pain. It's like a craving, one a junkie might have...But I crave the pain, and I don't think I can ever be happy with just some kink. It makes me feel alive, wrong and right, elated and sad, and everything in between, with each and every strike.
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A difficult and mind boggling second read from Sebastian Ex but as always, a learning curve and a very intriguing read into the BDSM and Dom/sub world.

You can keep up with Sebastian Ex and news about his books on his websiteFacebook, or Goodreads.

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

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

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Sebastian EX - Filthy Desire (The Onyx Club #1)

*Contains adult themes (violence, sexual abuse)
**Review by Susan

My name is Matthew Weston. Don't call me anything else, because I won't respond. And if you think you can get away with whimpering ‘Matt’ while I have you tied to the bed, about to devour you, it'll end up being your loss.
Men like me don't talk about feelings. We just don't.
What men like me do is pound. I pound the asphalt with my running shoes on morning runs. I pound a punching bag in the gym until my knuckles bleed. And when I need a release, I find a beautiful woman sprawled out on her bed, eagerly waiting for my cock, and pound her into oblivion. Yeah, that's me. I don't have feelings, and I don't do love.
At least I didn't, until the night Ella walked into my office looking like a disgusting junkie to interview for a position for The Onyx Club.
She was like no one I'd ever met before. She was timid, reserved, and quite plain with her mousy brown hair and dirty clothes. Ella also had a dark and haunted gleam in her eye. A secret, a past she was desperate to conceal.
And when she called me ‘Matt’ it didn't seem to bother me.
She came into my life and turned it upside down. The only question is, can I screw her out of my system, or will my filthy desire for her keep her by my side?

Matt...sorry Matthew (might get told off for that!) is a character I instantly disliked from the first page. Arrogant, pig headed, controlling in all aspects of his life and generally chauvinistic...but it was all a front.

Yes he's a bit of an arse at times but behind that facade, we meet a brilliant guy. Yes a man who likes some pretty rampant sex but one girl would change all that.
Would change HIM.

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"I'm taking us out for lunch, no arguments. You really have to learn to just accept what I do, because it's going to happen regardless of whether you like it or not."
She shrugs and walks away. She doesn't talk much, but that's fine with me. I don't like them overly vocal.
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*Cue Susan's tutting and desire to dislike of this man*
But it doesn't last long...his walls (as well as Ella's), slowly lowers and they let one another in. We see his patience, his surprising morals and sense of protectiveness over this new girl he let into his workplace, home and heart...

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It's my role as her protector and later hopefully, as her Dominant, to find a way to give her what she wants and protect her at the same time.
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But as he learns more about the trauma Ella endures he pieces her slowly back together. He becomes her knight in shining armour.
It was very Cinderella/pretty woman style in lavishing this "ordinary girl" into the beautiful lady we know has endured so much.

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Her eyes tell such an intense story of hurt and betrayal. It's all there, behind the brown, deep inside her soul.
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This book truly threw me.  From the first page I expected filth (but boy was it hot filth! :P), meaningless relationships and Matt to be the emotionally challenged man I assumed him to be. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

A hot and steam meter bursting book that will have you hooked and emotionally distraught in places but I have to commend the author for making me do a complete 180 on my opinion of Matt.


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I know she'll need more time and patience because ultimately, she needs to trust in herself, to find her own power before she can willingly give it to me.
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You can keep up with Sebastian Ex and news about his books on his website, Facebook, or Goodreads.

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

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

Friday, 2 September 2016

CJ Fallowfield - Torn

*Contains adult themes (sexual content)
**Review by Stacey & Susan

Torn One will break her trust - One will break her heart - One will kill for her.

When Sky’s parents moved from San Francisco to Boulder City in Nevada, she thought her life was over, until she met the Hudson boys. Two years older than her, tattooed bad boy Nate was confident, cocky, good looking, and a straight talker. He was the unattainable guy that all the girls wanted, but the one their fathers warned them to steer clear of. Josh had all of his brother’s looks, but he was the sweet charmer your mother would beg you to marry. Their cousin Billy lacked the brothers’ good looks, so relied on his quick wit to attract the girls.

When all three of them set their sights on Sky, they became competitive, and cracks in their close bond began to form.

Torn between her loyalty to all three, and feelings for one, Sky was faced with a dilemma.

When she made her decision, she had no idea that her choice would set them all on a path that would tear the group apart.

Torn is an Amazon erotic romance, and adult fiction, international bestseller. It's a standalone new adult erotic romance novel, which is heavy on the angst. A box of tissues is likely to be required.


Stacey
Wow. Just wow. Once again CJ has surpassed my expectations. I have read a few of her stories now and this one is different to the others, it has a different kind of feel. (Though I love how her stories all feature The Domville hotels!).

Sky is a new girl in town and whilst getting a feel for the place before she starts Uni, she gets a puncture on her bicycle and while looking for somewhere to get it fixed, rolls in on Nate Hudson, the bad boy with a reputation in town. The trouble of love really begins though when she also bumps into his younger brother (Josh) and their cousin (Billy) across the road. Sky is the girl they all want and will stop at nothing to win her...

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Nate Hudson was the kind of guy who'd break my heart, I was sure of it.
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The first 30% or so of the story dealt with this kind of love triangle and it was a little dragging, but after that, wow, it was explosive and my tears started rolling (I did cry more than once - that doesn't often happen!).

I had my doubts about Billy - I was mainly rooting for Josh and Nate and I was torn between them, never mind Sky being so! All the feels!

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Instead of feeling weary and tired all of the time, it was like I'd had new life breathed into me.
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Between the group, they go through so much drama, enough to tear them all apart. But they keep fighting. Right until the end in the worst way possible...

I love the angst we get from CJ in her stories and this was the most I have felt in one of hers so far. The first third of the book was a little slow compared to usual, but after that I was truly hooked.

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My days of being torn were well and truly behind me.
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A brilliant 4.5* star must read.

Susan
Torn....this book had me torn!!! I've got to say it's got to be the first book of CJ's that I've struggled with. But by no means did I not enjoy it. 

The new "girl next door" Sky Torres is the new girl in town, having moved to Nevada, (Boulder City) she was about to meet the notorious Hudson boys....and jeez what a journey she was about to take with them all. 

We have Josh, the good guy, struggling to live in (or out!) of his brothers shadows. 

Billy...the boy that Sky would only feel was her "very platonic friend, pure and simple". 

And the one and only, first ever guy she meets...Nate. A mechanic and aspiring baseball player. He has a bright future ahead of him, despite his reputation for being a bit of a player in the town. This doesn't stop stop ogling the man who fixed her bike that first day in town. And let's face it...I think any girl would! 

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A girl like me, shy and bookish, had no chance with a guy like him. But it sure was going to be fun imagining. 

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The first forty percent definitely wasn't as I had hoped. It was a little predictable and "will she/won't she" and I just wanted the characters to get their HEA. But Sky and her innocence was endearing. Her values and relationships were what we can all hope for young girls. Her strong relationship with her family and friends warmed my heart. 

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I'd seen other girls give away their affections so easily, like the very act of choosing to share your emotions and your heart with someone was worthless. It wasn't to me. It was everything. I wanted that moment I did to mean something, to be personal.

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The devastation the Hudson boys face is unimaginable. The journeys the boys all take all link back to Sky and she's always there for them. Even in their darkest hour....and each of the boys have them! 

A read that took me a while to "feel" but once I did, the story flowed. Another brilliant read, but for me had a slower start than I would have liked. A stunning cover though and most definitely worth a read.


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We were sent a copy of this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Hemmie Martin - Garlic & Gauloises *BLOG TOUR*

**Review by Stacey

Alice Calwin finds herself without purpose in life after the death of her mother, whom she’d been caring for following a stroke. Theo Edwards, a literary journalist, has a sour outlook on life, bolstered by his ongoing divorce, and is feeling the pressure to revitalise his column in the newspaper. 

They encounter one another at a writers’ retreat in France, but Alice’s shameful past and Theo’s deceptive reasons for being there end up affecting them both in very different ways. 

When someone finally acknowledges their mistakes, is it ever too late to make amends?











This was my first read from Hemmie Martin though I am familiar with the author.

I am always intrigued to see how an author writing a book about an author pans out, and in fact there was more than just the one in this story!

Though the male protaganist (Theo) in this was a journalist posing as an author at a writer's retreat in France, and the main female was an actual author, Alice. Alice, along with five other authors, each had their own reasons for attending the retreat but the story focused mainly on Alice, whose mother has just died. Theo attends in order to get some 'juicy' content for the paper he writes book reviews for, and that he does!

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"It doesn't matter what others think, it's what you think about yourself that matters."
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The story in general felt quite jumpy and rushed, I would have liked to read more about the other characters at the retreat. The chapter format was just a bit confusing for me with it constantly jumping between different characters and no indication it was going to happen.

There was certainly a lot of emotion in the book and I found myself really feeling for Alice; she was really the only character I found myself connecting with though.

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She re-read every word he had written as a form of self-harm, and let each syllable carve blistering wounds on her heart.
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That was, other than Theo who I thought was an arrogant sod, until some life changing news made him rethink his actions. I didn't particularly feel a connection between any of the characters either.

The book deals with a number of themes and though I did find it jumpy, they all tied together well.

Overall, it was a book that I did read quickly as I wanted to know what happened to the main characters and Hemmie does give the reader closure.

3.5*

You can keep up with Hemmie and news about her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Garlic & Gauloises here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

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

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Addison Kline - A Murder of Crowes (Shadow, #3)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

When the life of a family dies, what happens to their secrets? Are the memories of their vitality stamped out by the darkness? Are their heirlooms and photographs stowed away, hidden from view? Can the flicker of a candle’s flame reveal the secrets of a bygone life? Or will the damp and the darkness squelch the truth forever?

The Elkhart Bugle called it A Murder of Crowes. It was a clever play on words. A sinister spin on the traditional meaning of the phrase. A murder of crows - three crows gathered in unison. The trio are seen as an omen, a threat. The three stand in judgment over their peers. Self-declared kings of paupers. But on November 22, 1967, one journalist cloaked the phrase in further darkness when Ellis Crowe and two of his adult sons, Warren and Jasper Crowe, were murdered just moments after they had finished their evening dinner.


There were witnesses who had watched the ordeal play out and all evidence and accounts, all but one, led straight to Nathaniel Crowe. He was the youngest son of Ellis and Victoria Crowe. After his arrest, Crowe Towers was emptied of its residents for the first time since the grand estate was erected in 1754. It would not stay empty though. Like a sadistic case of whisper down the lane, the story changed. The truth was altered, shrouded by local lure, and those that believed the stories couldn’t deny the pull Crowe Towers had over them. They didn’t know that the truth was far worse than the tales that they believed.


Now thirty-six years after Nathaniel Crowe was first sent to prison, the State of Pennsylvania is preparing him for his release. The citizens of Elkhart are on edge. Nathaniel himself is uneasy. All he has known for the last thirty-six years have been the walls of Pennington Prison. But when a triple homicide occurs on the very night he is released from prison, one can only ask, “Is history repeating itself?” Or is there a copycat aiming to make sure Nathaniel never tastes the sweet nectar of freedom again?


So the third book in The Shadow Series, was a long one! I don't think it was any longer than the two books previously but I did struggle to get into the third story a little more than the first two.


The story of the long standing families; the Morrow's and the Crowes.


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Quickly, the Morrow's and the Crowes began to learn just how different they were, but somehow, they always remained connected in one way or another.
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The shocking truth of what happened all those years ago in the Crowe residence, and the release of one of Nathaniel. The man who knew the real truth...but had served time for the murders...

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The ancient bond the Marrow's and the Crowe's shared was severed...A blood bath occurred. The wrong man was arrested. A mad man ran free and unsuspected. A murder of Crowes.
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The departure of Nate was a sad one...but one he was at peace with...he may have lost some of his life serving time but in the remaining time in his story he was given something that he couldn't ever be more thankful for...

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"I'm sorry Nate.  I'm sorry things weren't better for you"...
"You don't know what you're talking about, Moira.  You two have me the greatest gift these last two days....You gave me a family again.
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The book was in the usual sense of flipping between the different characters and the plots that each of them had...but on occasions I did struggle to keep up. But overall, the last 40% of the story had me hooked. So please bear with the story. You won't regret it!


The Morrows showed their family commitment, love, respect and values as first set out in the first two books. The Morrows truly were an incredible family despite all the turmoil they had survived. This book was no different there.


A truly brilliant ending for all the Morrows, on the lead up to Christmas, which until then had been a somber occasion, they finally find some peace and happiness. Just what they all deserve.


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...It was the most memorable Christmas the family had enjoyed in quite some time....As Tristan smiled at her father...It was the happiest she could ever remember.
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Disclosure

I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Addison Kline - Stolen Innocents (Shadow, #2)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Everybody in Elkhart has a secret and if they say they don't, they're lying. Three years have passed since Tristan Morrow returned home after her harrowing kidnapping ordeal with her former English teacher, Bernard Kendricks. A sense of peace has taken over the Morrow Manor, but it will not last forever. A killer of women is on the loose in Elkhart and has already claimed the lives of two young women. Will DiNolfo and her officers catch the killer before a third victim is claimed? When their three main suspects turn out to be innocent, the Elkhart Police Department is at a loss until a citizen comes forward with some crucial information: Tristan Morrow knows who is responsible for the murders. But does the information come too late? And how does this relate to the murder case of Tiffany O'Mara? Tristan soon learns that not even the dead can keep their secrets buried forever.








Stolen Innocents is the follow on story to Shadow Dancer and boy, do things step up a notch!


As we learn more about the O'Mara's and in particular their eldest daughter, Angie. The story throughout leads us to know that there is a grave secret in that family...


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Not all haunted houses are the same. While Morrow Manor fits the bill, the modern O'Mara house had more secrets than the whole of Elkhart combined.
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But as a the story of the murder comes to light, it is clear to see that females are being targeted. Bringing up memories or Tristan's ordeal three years previous at the hands of Kendricks (Bernard). She had moved on but did things seem a little copycat? Who was it within their community going to great efforts to lead the police to three male suspects?


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Hadn't the Morrow and the Piedmonte families suffered enough?
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As with Addison Kline's first book, the writing is beautiful and descriptive beyond measure...I felt like I was transported straight into the emotion filled page turner..

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He didn't cry...What happened was far more heart-wrenching than that.  Bridgette watched her nephews eyes as his sanity threatened to flicker out of sight...
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As a jewellery box known to the family makes an appearance with some grilling evidence giving an insight into who might be hurt next, the story steps up in danger and onto a new level of on-the-edge-of your-seat-peeing-your-pants lol.

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A heavy sigh released from Bridgette's lungs. She knew what the dates meant. The date on the back of the photograph was the date that each of the women had died at the hands of another.
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But as the story and danger permitted a lot was learned about the Morrow family. Their true feelings and understanding of one another, as well as seeing them no longer as children, but adults too.

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It was so easy to forget that her intelligent, beautiful and courageous niece had been through so much...Bridgette trusted Tristan more as a confidant then as a child.
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A truly mind blowing book that just kept getting better. One that didn't feel rushed or the ending cut short. Secrets, betrayal, grief and animosity all outweighed by the support and love of a tight knight community and family who hold on till the very end. One of my top reads of the year!

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Bury a secret, and prepare to have it haunt you well past your dying day.
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Disclosure
I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Helen J. Barnes - Nameless

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey & Susan

Addison is a typical teen, who worries only about the relatively insignificant things in life like; college, friends, boy bands and passing her driving test. 
Little does Addy know, life is about to put her to the test when she becomes the object of an addiction, an infatuation and an obsession on a level she cannot begin to comprehend. 
As the weather turns frosty and the icy season draws in Addison finds that, someone she assumed to be a relatively innocent secret admirer, is taking things to the next level and their thoughts are colder, darker and more sinister than the freezing winter nights. 
But how do you stop a faceless, nameless stalker when even authorities can't find the culprit?











Stacey
It's been a long time since I have read a romantic suspense, or any suspense at all in fact, though I have read Helen's work before. I know this was a completely new genre for her though and going by the blurb I was so excited to read it!

Addison (Addy) is in the prime of her teenage years and loving life with her best friends Dayna & Lexi when she discovers she has a stalker. This happens around the same time she meets Ben and Olly, both interested in her and from two totally different backgrounds, but like many people, she is quick to judge them.

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"Wanker or not, you got to admit he's got a great arse," I say with a giggle. "Shame that's where he keeps his brains."
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I must admit, I judged them the same as Addy but I did take a dislike to Lexi straight away - my bitch radar was on full alert! Helen's character profiling is great though, I really love Dayna and felt so much sympathy for Addy. I grew to adore Ben too as he was such a sweetheart. And Razz, even though he is 'only' a dog he was like a main character and I love him as well!

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When our lips collide again it's a kiss full of promises and gratitude. Both of us claim one another in that moment and we each know that we would do anything for the other.
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Helen definitely kept me hanging on throughout the story and I was always changing my mind about who Addy's stalker was, but it was still a surprising revelation! I love how Helen's writing kept giving me chills because of the actions taken by the stalker, and it was really full of tension toward the end. I could hardly put it down and was frustrated when I had to, to look after my family, ha! I could tell Helen had done her research. It also gives out the message that you shouldn't judge a book - or a person - by the cover.

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My heart breaks that I may never see him again. I can't bear the thought and feel the last of my determination rise from within me. I will go down fighting, for Ben, and the future we deserved together.
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Overall, Nameless is a story full of crazy roller coaster emotions and it gripped me from start to end - a 5* must read.

Susan
I was so bloody excited about this landing on my kindle...after reading the blurb (yes I do it from time to time!) and eye-floving the stunning cover, I flew through my first read by Helen J Barnes! 

Addy is a funny, smart and typical nearly-18 year old! Well, until we discover she has someone who thinks a little too much of her...

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...I didn't anticipate this getting so serious; so sinister. A secret admirer was more infuriating, not knowing who it was, rather than scary just a couple of short weeks ago. Now I feel like I can't do anything without some nameless freak knowing what I'm doing, where and who I'm with.
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I've got to say it's been a refreshing read as it's a story line that I can't say I've read before and I genuinely think young people/YA would get a lot out of it, not only in terms of the hilarity and typical teenage banter (and backstabbing!) that comes with girls, but also down to personal safety, the use of social media and knowing who to trust. 

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Do I want to fight back? Or stay hidden in my prison, safe behind closed blinds and locked doors? Is it worth the fight to reclaim a carefree life? Would my life ever go back to what it was? 
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A really well written story that I fell in love with...especially the formatting of the text and messenger screenshots. This gave it a really good "fun" feel and a uniqueness I can't say I've ever got with another book. I can only praise Helen J Barnes and say that this is just the first of many of her books I plan to read.


Be sure to go one click Nameless now! You won't regret it.


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

Sunday, 24 July 2016

J A Heron - GirlsQuad (A Best of Friends Series: Book Two)

*Contains adult themes (inc. sexual content)
**Review by Stacey

The ‘GirlsQuad’ ladies are back and the next chapter of their lives is about to begin.
We re-join the girls in the small village of Quicks Green, right where we left off.

Brenda’s future is uncertain.
Carla is missing.
Clarissa is angry.
Davina is dealing with her mother.

The last time we were with these girls, all of them were juggling an innumerable amount of balls in the air, their lives were in turmoil. Each character is dealing with something in their personal life, but as a strong and inseparable unit, they face these issues head on.

One of the girls has been holding onto a dark secret, one that no one knows about. Which one is it? What has she been hiding? How will they all deal with it? 

GirlsQuad have a lot of living, loving and figuring stuff out to do. One thing’s for sure… they’ll do it together. 

GirlsQuad is a series, so it is advisable that you read book one first.


It feels like I have been waiting forever for this conclusion to what was happening in the lives of Clarissa, Brenda, Carla, and Davina, aka GirlsQuad!

GQ2 begins where GQ left off, no spoilers from me but somebody's life was changing forever and I cursed the author for leaving it there, but it stepped right back into it with no reminders needed, if you have read GQ then you will know what I mean! (And you should before you read this anyway).

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"Life is way too short not to chase your dreams or pursue what means the most to you."
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This book takes the format with each chapter being the POV of one of the girls, but taking place at the same time - ie. next chapter starting where the last one ended - so it isn't confusing like some can be.

Once again I loved the Davina-ism's, she is SO funny! And Carla's bluntness had me spitting my drink out with laughter at one point too - I'll never think of oven chips in the same way again (I was going to share that line but you will have to read to find out ;))!

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"Outsiders looking in could wonder if my friend was being mean, but I love the banter between us, it's what keeps us a fun loving group. If we took offence any time any of us said something like this, we'd never be friends in a million years."
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Towards the end of the book there were months missed out between chapters; I had wished it hadn't been but then the character filled in with what had been happening so it was all good.

There are a mixture of endings for the girls - happy, sad (I did have leaky eyes), and a whopper of a shocker - again! But it was written in a way that gave me closure, though I do hope we get to visit them again at some point in the future.

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"I pull her arms away, lifting her chin so that she looks directly into my eyes. "I love you!" I say, covering her heart with my palm. "Until my very last breath, I love you. I will love you from my grave, for all eternity."
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A thoroughly enjoyable, at times emotional, humorous read from J A Heron once again. I definitely recommend this series!

5 fabulous *!

You can keep up with J A and news about her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

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Disclosure
I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

R. M. Simone - Gothic Gates

*Contains adult themes (sexual content)
**Review by Susan

Dante's France Mansion. His business Franchise is 'GOTH'. He Rules his world and the wealthy want INVITES to his Soiree's. Head of the Board Meeting of 12 and he is the master number 13. He is filled with secrecy and plays Chess in the underground world of other private societies in the light dark power global games. His Love he has just found. Will she now enter his World of GOTH and cross the threshold into his Heart? He is 'not a vampire' but an IMMORTAL.













Gothic Gates is a short story that I flew through in one sitting. Was the book intriguing? Yes! Was it a good story? Yes! But I did struggle with the authors notes in the beginning and towards the end. It made it a little disjointed but in the grand scheme of the short story, it's pretty minor.

Courier delivery leads our leading lady to Dante. The owner of the Gothic Masquerade parties aimed at the rich and wealthy. He is a man who knows what he wants and SHE is exactly that. The story gets interesting when we learn that he is in fact immortal. Thrown into board meetings about keeping the population of the human race (light vs dark) going all seemed a little odd and slightly confusing at times.

As the story develops and the history of their relationship/feelings towards one another come to surface, I'm feeling torn and in need of more! Not a cliff hanger necessarily but hoping that the next story will shed more light on the unanswered questions I have.

A short story that will transfer you into a parallel universe and make your head hurt a little but well worth a read. I can't wait to read more from R. M. Simone.
(3.5 star rating)

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Rebecca Sherwin - Elias (GRIT Sector 1)

*Contains adult themes (sexual content, violence)
**Review by Susan & Stacey

I thought I was safe.
I FOUGHT TO KEEP THEM ALIVE.
I thought I was good.
THERE WAS NO GOOD LEFT HERE.
I thought I was just a girl.
I WAS MORE THAN JUST A MAN.
I didn't see it coming.
I SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING.
Destiny had brought us together.
HISTORY WOULD TEAR US APART.

Twenty-first century London - daytime
Freedom is non-existent.
Self-expression is confined to sunlight hours.
Happiness is on a schedule.
Safety is a temporary fixture.

Twenty-first century London - nighttime.
Blood cascades over cobbled stones.
Criminals emerge from the shadows.
The depraved, the deviant, the morally corrupt, own the streets.
Happiness comes in the form of final breaths.
Safety is found in the shrills of death.

A love story emerges inside the barricades.
A story played out many times before...
But not like this.
It's evolution of tradition.
It's insanity fighting to break the cycle.
It's history's repetition with hope for a better outcome.

Can love survive in a drowning capital?
What if the good guys aren't the good guys?
What if the heroes have become the villains?

Trixie Ashford has been living a lie.
Elias Blackwood has been creating it.

It is their destiny to meet.
It will be their downfall to fall in love...

*Please note: GRIT is a Dark Romance series.
You will find no butterflies or rainbows here.
 


Susan
Trixie and Elias were thrown together and their sexual chemistry was seriously hot! But with Trixie's parentage to become known to her and what life Elias has within his safe haven (which is far from safe given his role) surrounding his family and the prestigious GRIT.  

But Trixie is an amazing 21st century, admirable and respectable woman....and let's face it - pretty damn lucky to get Elias!!  But she took no crap and was seriously grounded when it came to learning all that was being filtered to her. 

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None of the things I'm going to teach you will be pretty. Some will hurt, some will confuse, some will question everything you know, and others will test you. They'll ask you to look inside deep inside yourself and revaluate everything you hold on your moral compass...I need you to choose to do this with me.
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As her learning and attraction with Elias continued and grew as did her responsibilities to be a part of GRIT.  Be a part of the family surrounding her.  And Elias wanted her by his side...as well as a few other members of the family. 

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I control the empire. It's an institution for what would be the criminally insane, I guess. I deal with the most heinous crimes, the sickest criminals and the most doomed psychopaths. I take charge of the ones with no way back. 
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A dark read, but also seriously hot! From reading about pain versus pleasure in all aspects of their professional and personal relationship. But it was seriously well written and the chapter headings were simply stunning (because I'm a geek like that and like my formatting prettified!) ;) 
An amazing start to what I can hope will be a brilliant series! Already looking forward to the second book.

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Sometimes love is a curse. Sometimes it is a weapon. Sometimes it is a disease that eats you alive and drowns you in your own selfishness until you've lost everything you once regarded as important. Love is not enough here.
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Stacey
Wow. Just wow. I have read some of the Twisted dark romance series by this author, but this was so different, even more twisted! 

Trixie Ashford. Orphaned at the age 5 but taken in by another family and now living with her grandmother Ruby, who holds her own secrets. On a curfew after  nightfall in the city of London, along with the rest of the population. Except for GRIT. Trixie is a feisty character and though I shouldn't after knowing what happened to her, I like that she puts herself in danger and takes no shit!

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"Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself".
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Elias Blackwood. Ruler of GRIT Sector 1. He is one of those characters that you really should hate but can't help but love - there is something about Rebecca's writing that just makes you love each and every one of her dark twisted males!

The tension between the two of them is unbearable, though it's a bit taboo, you really kinda want them to get it on as although they are polar opposites, they are much of the same and made for each other. When they do get it on - just, wow. Totally explosive and I wanted more and more.

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I wiped the sweat from his brow as he drive into me, unable to look away as his eyes connected with mine.
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There are a lot of other characters in this book and unlike some books, I found I developed some sort of deep feelings for each and everyone one. 

The story was toe curling at points but I just could not stop reading. Rebecca seems to have that kind of effect on me it seems! ;)

I could actually write an (even longer) essay on this book, but I don't want to give much away! If you like dark dystopia reads this is for you. I cannot wait for part 2 after that ending! 

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Sometimes love is a curse. Sometimes it is a weapon. Sometimes it is a disease that eats you alive and drowns you in your own selfishness until you've lost everything you once regarded as important. Love is not enough here.
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5 explosive stars!

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Helen J Barnes - Disrespectful Diva (DJ #2)

*Contains adult themes (sexual content)
**Review by Stacey

Join Tara, better known as DJ DisDiva, and her best friend, Shazza, on a clubbing tour across the UK. Tara is living the champagne lifestyle as London’s hottest female DJ, producer and sound engineer. Her weeks are spent in the studio and her weekends spent clubbing it up, being paid for the pleasure. She is signed to one of the UK’s biggest record labels after the owner, Pops, takes pity on a down and out college student. One with a bad attitude, nothing but the clothes on her back and a head full of dreams of one day being the best DJ on the scene.

I think it’s safe to say, after a turbulent battle to the top, Tara deserves her time to shine. And shine she does, until her world gets thrown into a spin when Pops hires Dominic Clayton to manage the Xtreem radio station. He wastes no time in mixing things up and making his mark on the label. 

Dominic’s reputation rivals even Tara’s and she knows there’s a good reason her best friend keeps warning her to avoid the sexy, yet arrogant, bastard. But how much can you avoid someone when you have to work with them? When they seem to show up everywhere you go. With a cocky smirk and devastatingly sexy green eyes, there is only so much temptation a girl can withstand before caving in and dancing with the devil. The only problem is, everyone knows, mixing business with pleasure is always a bad idea.
DOES CONTAIN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT SCENES AND LANGUAGE SUITABLE FOR READERS 18+ ONLY

After reading The Final Note I was looking forward to reading Disrespectful Diva as I enjoyed the whole DJ theme. We meet Tara - DJ DisDiva - and best friend Shazza who both work for Pops (and his wife-to-be Val) at Xtreem Records. The whole crew are like one big happy family, that is until Val's "chip off the old block" son Dom turns up to work for Pops too and Tara & Shazza start to gain distance between themselves. Shazza can't stand Dom, but a spark ignites within Tara and as much as she tries to fight her feelings to please Shazza, she can't resist Dom, and Dom had wanted her since before he met her.

Tara and Dom's relationship grows and Tara's friendship with Shazza slowly starts to crumble, but Tara can't fight her feelings any more. At first I was itching for Tara not to want Dom as I thought he was a bit smarmy, but as the story and his character progressed I really warmed to him.

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His eyes bore into mine and my heart clenches at his words. This man is my everything, he's taught me how to open up again, how to let someone in and allow them access to my heart.
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Friendship is a forefront theme in Disrespectful Diva, it was lovely to see unlikely friendships formed - especially between Tara and a rival DJ - and old friendships rekindled. I like that we get to meet Dayton and Allannah again too as it really felt like a continuation of The Final Note.

I found Disrespectful Diva a really easy read and a great follow up to The Final Note. A worthy 4 of 5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Helen.

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Disclosure
I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

L.C. Morgan - Humankind (Invasion Day, #1)

**Review by Susan


“The human race will ultimately be responsible for its own demise. It is with great certainty that I alert you of this now, and you heed my warnings. What we have called the ‘benefits culture’ for hundreds of years has caused profound chaos to our world and its economy, and it is damage I fear we will not return from.” President of the USA, Harold Chant, the year 2465. 

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“We need to find alternative fuels and a cure for overpopulation. But short of a miracle or genocide, I fear it’s too late…” Queen Anastasia of England, the year 2989. 

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Against all foretelling and scientific proof, humans have ruined their home, Earth. Overpopulation and the misuse of valuable fossil fuels have resulted in the end of the world fast approaching, and many believe it might be too late to stop it. 
With that fear very much in mind, in the year 3030, an alien race called the Thrakorian’s stepped in to take charge of the Earth and its inhabitants, but at a price. 
Rather than leading by fear, the Thrakorian’s have ensured the loyalty and servitude of the human race through gratitude and a sense of purpose they’d been lacking for generations. But can their savior’s really be as generous as they seem? 

Years later, and rebel forces are intent on bringing down their new governing race, and Earth’s new leader atop it. Loyal humans must fight against their own, but to what end, and for whose agenda? 

Young Kyra Millan is a girl from the slums with a valuable mind. She’s intent on fighting her way up the social ladders and starting a new life based on her own merit, and will do anything it takes to reach her peak. Kyra also harbors a strange and unusual secret though, and it’s one she holds so precious it consumes her. Before long it becomes clear that all is not what it seems, but when you’re in too deep can you ever come back, and would you even want to? 
Kyra must decide, and with everything on the line she’ll have to prove herself if she wants to survive. 


So this is my second read by Laura Morgan and it blew me away...having read very few Sci-fi reads I can honestly say this ticked every box for me.  

Kyra Millan after losing all she knows on 'invasion day' at only five, knows exactly where and what she wants to do with her life.  

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I want to serve, and I'm not afraid of hard work.  I'm ready to be a soldier first and a geek second.
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With her education coming to an end she heads straight for human armed forces with a view to getting into elite computer intelligence and code breaking as her specialty this girl has got to be one of the strongest and hard headed characters I've come across. She knows what she wants and gives it everything she's got. 

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All your life you've been held back because of your bed in that foster home and the status it gave you, but now the world's your oyster, and I can't wait to see what you do with it.  
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The thraks (human cousins/invaders) think they are superior in all things, but cling onto the humans that they can't be without - Kyra being one of them. With her training, we see her grow and develop physically and even emotionally with a heartbreak combined...

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Being alone was better than being with a man so desperate to keep her under his control that he was willing to sabotage her career in order to do so...
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The emotions in the story broke me, when the writer makes you fall in love with a character, it breaks a little of my own heart when they turn out to be a let down but for me? That says the author is going their job brilliantly.  

As her career progresses and opportunities come her way (very much through her own merit!) she proves herself worthy of working in The Tower where her future lies ahead of her...capturing the affections of a Thyrakian with the power and respect to give her more than any human would imagine.  

With a blast from invasion day, and someone who has played heavily on her mind since she lost everything she knew at just five, I sincerely hope her go-get attitude will get her what her heart desires going further into this series.  

Final excerpt:
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I'm not promising you perfection, but I can promise you're one of the very few humans who've been offered this procedure.  I can't give you love, marriage or a family, but I can offer you your health and a long life.  I guarantee we'll have a lot of fun together, and I'll never hurt you.  
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A truly brilliant read, that for me was all about a strong willed and bodied woman, who is a real aspiration in reaching her goals. Her attitude and intelligence in all things career orientated shows us one very strong cookie.  

I loved the fact the author broke down the ranks at the beginning of the book, it gave me a much better understanding and enjoyed flipping back to it when dealing with different ranks that Kyra came across.  

An all round brilliant read, that although seemed a little long, the finer details for me made it the five star it deserves.  

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I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.