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 thought I was good.
I thought I was just a girl.
I didn't see it coming.
Destiny had brought us together.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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!

"Sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself".

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.

I wiped the sweat from his brow as he drive into me, unable to look away as his eyes connected with mine.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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