4 Star Review: Stipulation (Legal Affairs #1.2) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday 24 January 2014 No comments
Stipulation (Legal Affairs, #1.2)Stipulation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm loving these stories but I just don't like being drip fed my smut.

Mac and Matt are still bouncing between bed and court and that's about it until suddenly a third party shows interest in Mac and things start to get interesting but then the book ends.

This took 30 mins reading time tops for me and now I'm ready and waiting for the next instalment. I'm tempted not to read any more until I've got the set, this is just too frustrating :)

Frustrations aside though, Sawyer's writing is as ever fabulous and compulsive and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Review: Take Down

Wednesday 15 January 2014 No comments
Take Down Take Down by Mallery Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to be your white knight. Not to save you - you saved yourself just fine. I want to be your champion, standing beside you while you take on the world. I want you to be what I live for, what I fight for. ~Gabriel

I've really enjoyed this series. The three main characters were all uniquely different. All lovable and wealthy fighters in their own right and you can't help but be sad that their respective stories have now been told.

Take Down focuses on the one person that I was really intrigued by, cage fighter, Gabriel Devereaux. This man piqued my interest throughout the first two books and I couldn't wait to get my teeth into his story.

In this encounter, Gabriel seeks out the one true love of his life, Karina Armistead, who he was forced to spurn in order to protect her from her father's threats. Now a successful music artist, Karina still dreams about Gabe but after so many years, her hopes of rekindling their feelings have all but been dashed. Or have they!

There are twists and turns throughout this book as two try to find a way to be together without re-opening wounds which have long since healed.

Mallery Malone's writing style is really enjoyable and the story is fast paced and a relatively quick read. I didn't quite feel the emotion in this book as much as the first two stories but it was still a fascinating read.

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Review: Power Play

Power Play Power Play by Mallery Malone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mmmm Raphael Jerroult aka the Crescent City Casanova..... sorry, where was I? Oh yes, this is the story of the second of the three Lost Boys. I thought Sebastian ticked all my boxes but then came Raphael! I dread to think the affect Gabriel (the Bayou Beast) will have on me.

Raphael is missing something in his life and that something is Macy Lovelace the girl that he loved but set free 8 years ago.

It's at Bas and Renata's party that Raphael's dreams are answered though as he sees Macy across the room. Raphael rushes to her side but is shocked to come face to face with a cold shoulder.

Macy loved Raphael but was heart broken when he sent her off to Paris only for her to never hear from him again. Despite her best efforts, Raphael could not be found so Macy was forced to continue with her life without him. Shocked to see him again, Macy lets her anger rule her heart and tries to turn her back on him just like he did to her 8 years previous. Raphael is not prepared to give up without a fight though and does everything in his power to win back Macy's trust. Is this a fight that Raphael will win though?

This is yet another well written story from Mallery Malone. I personally would have preferred these stories to have been longer with more depth to them but they are still really enjoyable and a nice read if you're looking for something relatively quick and enjoyable with a HEA.

I can't wait for the final instalment in this series. I wonder what Gabriel will have in store for us readers!

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Review: Knock Out

Knock Out Knock Out by Mallery Malone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A boxer in love with a boxer, who also happens to be a sexy billionaire, what more could a girl want!

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and put a slightly different spin on the other books about fighters out there, and the best bit, Sebastian has two equally delightful business partners waiting to tell their story.

Sebastian has returned to New Orleans with one objective, to win back the love of his life, Renata.

Renata has three months to prepare for her next title fight but after splitting up with her fiance, who was also her trainer she had only one option, to return to New Orleans and, unbeknownst to her, Sebastian Delacroix her ex and the man who broke her heart five years before.

Bas, also a title winning boxer, has now retired and has turned his skills into developing a sports equipment business with his fellow "Lost Boys".

Bas knows he only has three months to convince Renata of his feelings for her because this time, he's not prepared to let her go without winning the greatest fight of his life.

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Review: One to Leave

One to Leave One to Leave by Tia Louise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One To Leave = Stuart and Mariska = hot, hot, hot!!!

It's book 5 and this series continues to go from strength to strength. After loving Kenny and Slayde's story so much I was worried that Stuart and Mariska's story may pale into insignificance but I needn't have worried, Stuart was ready to lift my expectations!

I swear Tia's writing gets hotter and hotter and some of the scenes *phew* were extremely spicy. I was on the fence about calling Tia an erotic romance writer before, choosing instead to think of her books as more adult romance, but One To Leave definitely takes the eroticism of her writing to another level.

So, Stuart and Mariska, well there's a partnership we were always destined to enjoy. From the teaser in One To Love, we were left questioning who this broken man is and who can possibly save him. Enter Mariska. From the brief moment they shared at the gym, Stuart and Mariska can't stop thinking about each other but their lives are heading in different directions.

Stuart is still coming to terms with his recovery and the implications of his treatment and heads to his uncle's to try to recover but Derek and Patrick are suspicious and head out after him. Derek finds Stuart in need of his support and spending the week together they try to piece Stuart's life back together again.

Mariska can 't stop thinking about Stuart and when her dreams start to become mysterious she does what she thinks has to be done and she heads in Stuart's direction.

Stuart and Mariska are immediately attracted to one another once again but they question the power in their feelings for one another. Their relationship doesn't run smoothly though as Stuart feels that he has unfinished business in the desert and pushing and pulling at Mariska's heart strings he inadvetently pushes her away, back home.

It's not long though before Stuart realises the error of his ways and decides to seek out his one true love, Mariska.

This is a special story and one that certainly had its ups and downs. I especially love the way these two characters souls called out to each other.
"I saw you and my soul came to life inside me." ~Mariska
The bond shared between Stuart and Mariska goes so deep that their dreams are intertwined and who is about to refuse them their HEA.

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Review: One to Love

One to Love One to Love by Tia Louise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know you've read a good book when you keep repeating the characters' names in your head as your own personal homage to their brilliance in the storyline. For me, Kenny and Slayde are my new personal mantra. I love these two characters so fiercely that I want them to recreate their magic every day for ever, and ever, and ever..... do you know what I mean?

So, we met Kenny in One to Keep when she and Patrick met, hooked up, and then out popped baby Lane. Since then the threesome, including Patrick's Fiancee, Elaine, have settled into a unusual life, with Lane living with Patrick and Elaine and Kenny visiting every couple of weeks.

Life is stable for Kenny but she is still struggling to move on from her husband's murder. Now working as a personal trainer, life is stable for Kelly that is until a mysterious stranger starts working at the gym.

Slayde has a secret past and is desperate to carve a new life for himself and to try to move on from the life changing event that he experienced years before. Needing a job, but without any references, he's relieved when Rook, the gym's owner, gives him a job as a cleaner. Struggling financially, Rook and the others at the gym try surreptitiously to help Slayde without upsetting this proud man.

When Kenny returns to work she immediately sets her eyes on Slayde and suddenly her life is about to change but will it be for the better?

Kenny and Slayde are seriously attracted to each other and it's not long before they fall into a steamy romance which as a reader you feel right down to your toes!

I've got to give it to Tia, she has one sexy imagination and you'll see what I mean when you read the book. The things that happen on that boardwalk, well, let's just say, WOW, who'd have known art was so HOT!

From the eroticism of the storyline you also get the sweetness that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you go all mushy inside (yeah, even I felt it) so when Kenny and Slayde's hands are thrust together I turned into a puddle of emotions.

I hoped that I'd love this book and I wasn't disappointed. From start to end I was hooked and pulled into the story with such force I was helpless to resist the emotion, pain, hope and most of all love and happiness.

As expected, things don't go to plan for Kenny and Slayde and when their secrets are revealed you'll be shocked into wondering whether their love can continue to grow or is it the end for this beautifully damaged pair.

The story sets up the next book perfectly and now all I can think about is Stuart and hopefully Mariska!!!

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Review: One to Protect

One to Protect One to Protect by Tia Louise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can't believe we're up to book three in the One to Hold series already.

Life is continuing for the foursome of Patrick and Elaine and Melissa and Derek but there is still one shadow in Melissa's past that needs to be stopped.

In this instalment, Derek and Melissa are trying to find a way to be rid of Sloan, Melissa's ex, once and for all. Sloan is sneaky though and plays mind games with the pair and it is up to Derek and Patrick, who form an unlikely partnership with the woman who once set Patrick up, to finally find a way of stopping Sloan's attempts to hurt Melissa.

Sloan is a mean SOB and after someone connected to him is found dead, Patrick and Derek know the time has come to act before any more innocent girls are harmed, or even killed.

The story is an enjoyable one and provides more insights into each pair as they try to continue with their relationships.

There is no cliff-hanger and a HEA!!!

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Review: The Alphabet Game: Part Four - S to X,Y,Z.

The Alphabet Game: Part Four - S to X,Y,Z. The Alphabet Game: Part Four - S to X,Y,Z. by Andie M. Long
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't believe I've reached Z which means the end of the story and series. This is been a highly entertaining story and one which has kept me on the each of my seat waiting in anticipation for the next instalment.

Right from the beginning I loved the game between Gabe and Stella but their story is not without drama and the twists and turns which occur as a result of Gabe's father, Arnie Gregory. Arnie has added the mystery and intrigue to this story as you try to understand what game he himself is playing with Gabe, Stella and their friends and family. At the end of each instalment you get a little more insight into what this man is capable of but it's not until the conclusion that you really see him for what he is, pure evil.

Gabe and Stella are trying trying to find a way to topple Arnie but as ever, he is one step ahead of them and is prepared to do anything to protect himself. Turning to others for help, Stella and Gabe put lives in danger and they have to decide how to end Arnie's control before anyone else is hurt or killed.

Stella and Gabe are also experiencing their own problems after Stella's announcement at the end of book 3 but will they be able to put their differences aside and be able to move on with their lives, hopefully, without Arnie watching their every move.

Andie has written a delightful series and it's one which has kept me thoroughly engrossed. The only problem I had was remembering how the last instalment ended and where I was up to in the lives of this complex group of characters but now that the complete series is available you won't have the same problem!

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Review: The Alphabet Game Part Three: L to R

The Alphabet Game Part Three: L to R The Alphabet Game Part Three: L to R by Andie M. Long
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is getting better and better with even more twists and turns and I can't wait for the conclusion!!!

After the cliffie at the end of book 2, the mystery surrounding the lives of Gabe and Stella continues with more shocking revelations.

Gabe and Stella are growing closer and closer as their game continues. Still trying to come to terms with their lives living in the shadows of their father/step-fathers, Gabe and Stella continue to plot to overthrow these two dangerous men but in doing so put themselves and their friends/family in more danger. Determined not to be dissuaded though, Stella infiltrates the sex club to see what secrets can be revealed only to be shocked by her findings.

I love the occasional comedy moments in these books as much as the twists and turns and letter N gave me a giggle as Gabe showed his playful side.

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Review: The Alphabet Game: Part Two - F to K.

The Alphabet Game: Part Two - F to K. The Alphabet Game: Part Two - F to K. by Andie M. Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!!!!

Argh, a HUGE cliffie before going to sleep is just downright cruel Andie!!!

This series is getting better and better. After the brief introduction to the "game" in book one, this next instalment is altogether longer and more captivating as you continue with Gabe and Stella's plan to bring their respective fathers to their knees whilst playing the alphabet game, which, by the way, is getting more and more interesting - "K" was a hoot!!!

I can't wait for the next instalment, that cliffie needs resolving asap!!!

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Review: The Alphabet Game: Part One - A to E.

The Alphabet Game: Part One - A to E. The Alphabet Game: Part One - A to E. by Andie M. Long
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 of 5 Steamy Stars!!!

I have to thank the Author, Andie M Long, for offering me a complimentary copy of this her first book to review.

The Alphabet Game is unlike any other book I have previously read. The story centres around two main characters: Stella Mulroney & Gabriel 'Gabe' Gregory. After a chance meeting in a coffee shop, Stella and Gabe realise that there is an attraction simmering between them but it's only when she's interviewed for a position at the top London Law Firm, Gregory & Sons, that she realises who her new employer will be.

Stella is hell bent on bringing her step-father to his knees and with Gabe's help she starts to plan a way to destroy him for his treatment of her growing up. It's not long though before Stella and Gabe can't keep their hands off each other though and the alphabet game commences!

The book continues with Stella and Gabe exploring and enjoying each other’s bodies while playing the “game” but Gabe is reluctant to offer Stella more than sex. It becomes apparent though that Gabe hasn't been truthful with Stella and after a chance encounter with her Mother and Stepfather, Stella starts to wonder who Gabe really is. Stella also finds out that her best friend has also been keeping secrets from her and starts to question who she can trust. At this point, Part 1 A-E ends.

This book is fully of steaminess and raunchiness for those readers looking for something to brighten up the dullest of days but the background story, having initially started out with a clear focus on Stella's part, soon turns into something darker with suspense and intrigue.

As a new author, Andie M Long's writing is excellent with none of those pesky spelling and grammatical errors all too common these days. The story flows throughout and captures you from Stella and Gabe's first meeting in the coffee shop. This book is written by a British author and is based in Britain. It uses British colloquialisms which for a British reader is such a welcome change!!!

This book ends on a cliff-hanger and sets the scene for Part 2 which I am eagerly awaiting.

To be released in April 2014

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Review: Knox: Volume 2

Knox: Volume 2 Knox: Volume 2 by Cassia Leo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Easy to read and follow but not enough substance to capture my imagination. Knox is hot though and the only brightness in what is basically an average storyline. I'm not sure I'll go any further with this series although I am curious to see what has happened to Lita.

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Review: Knox: Volume 1

Knox: Volume 1 Knox: Volume 1 by Cassia Leo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Well that was a brief insight into Knox Savage!!!! Volume 1 only took me 50 mins to read but it was hot, Knox is sexy and I can see the series getting very interesting, just not enough in volume 1 to be able to rate it more than 3.5 Stars!!! I've got Volume 2 waiting though so I'm off to enjoy hopefully more raunchiness from the man himself :)

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Review: Wild

Tuesday 14 January 2014 No comments
Wild Wild by Adriane Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy cow, this book is the business!!!

If you're looking for something extremely sexy with an edginess to it then Wild is definitely the book for you. If you don't like lots of dirty talk then turn away now.

This story centres around Lane Wild and Kat Kennedy. After relocating to Maine, Kat stumbles right into the arms of Wild. Drunk and looking for only one thing, Kat doesn't expect to ever see Wild again.

Unfortunately for Kat, Wild just happens to live near to her and Kat bumps into him in the local hardware store, much to her dismay.

Wild is crude and vulgar but devilishly attractive and despite Kat's initial protestations she can't help but want a repeat performance with Wild.

Wild can't get enough of Kat though and their one night stand soon turns into lots of frequent and "wild" encounters as the two try to work each other out of their system. The only downside to that though is that they start to develop feelings for one another.
He was so bad for me; it was palpable. I knew it with every fiber of my being, but despite it all, he’d sucked me in.
Both Kat and Wild have secrets buried in their past and although they start to open up to each other, Kat's secret is far more sinister than Wild could have imagined. Kat continually tries to push Wild away from her but he is determined to keep her to himself and to find out what secrets she is keeping from him.
“Like feeling your body pressed to mine. Waking up with you tucked into my arm and hogging my pillow.” I grinned at her. “I do not.” She rolled her eyes. “You do . And I like it. Reminds me I have you in my arms.”
It's not long before Kat's past comes back to haunt her and the terrors she escaped from once again take centre stage in her life. In an attempt to protect Wild though she pushes him away once and for all but can Wild help Kat to escape her traumas and to find happiness once and for all?
“Why are you running, Sugar? If you’re afraid, I’ll help you, let me help. Move in with me. We spend all of our time together anyway. I’ll take care of you. I don’t like you out here alone. It’s no place for a woman by herself.”
I know some people will hate Wild's vulgarity, crudeness and domineering personality but at the same time you can't help but love him. He knows what he wants and that is Kat.

This book is part of a series with the next instalment focusing on Wild's brother, Ridge.

I loved this book, it's probably not one to be read in public due to its steaminess though. You do start out wondering if it will just be about Wild and Kat's sexual exploits but keep reading, there is a dark storyline just waiting to get out!

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Review: Wicked Innocence

Friday 10 January 2014 No comments
Wicked Innocence Wicked Innocence by Missy Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an unusual story and one which portrays a realistic sadness in the form of Micah.

Rejected by her own mother, Mikayla and her brother are farmed out into foster care before an horrific attack leaves Mikayla changed forever and realising that she must escape the pain of her life in order to survive. Fake id in hand she becomes Micah and grows into an adult over-night.

With her one true talent, singing, she auditions for Resurrection but little did she know their manager is one of her greatest idols, Saxon Waite, ex-bad boy rocker who is also fighting his fair share of demons from his past.

Micah is understandably attracted to Saxon but never in her wildest dreams would she think that he'd fall for her.

Touring together with Resurrection makes Micah and Sax become close and before long they realise their feelings for one another are not going to be ignored.

Sharing their pasts together makes their relationship stronger but Micah has one big secret yet to tell Sax and that is that she is only 17 and 8 years his junior.

How will Sax react when he finds out? Will the band and their relationship survive? Will Micah ever be free of the nightmare of her life as Mikayla? Read the book to find out!
"I hate that you've been through so much, M. I wish I could take away all the pain."

"Pain is life. You can't avoid it. It's how you find the strength to go on that shapes you as a person. Without pain you can't live." I shrugged.
I felt a little disappointed by this story as it had endless possibilities which were not realised. The book is short, sadly, and aspects of the story which could have been developed into more simply weren't. It's an easy to read story though and one which will be enjoyed by many I suspect but I was just left wanting more from this book.

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Review: Provoke

Provoke Provoke by Missy Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 of 5 stars!!!!

I’ve not had read of any Missy Johnson books before so when Provoke was announced as a new release I had to jump right in and I am so glad that I did. This book blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect from the book or the author and the synopsis didn’t prepare me for the ride Provoke took me on.

The story is about two main characters, a Prosecutor called Leeta, and local bad boy, Mace. Mace has a troubled and tragic past and tries to find justice for the horrors that his family have beheld. Leeta is a beautiful Prosecutor who has fallen for Mace having seen behind his reputation and family connections. Together they have a love and a passion which is threatened by the secrets that Mace has kept from Leeta. Mace loves Leeta with such a sweet tenderness that you feel it in your heart. You can only hope that their relationship and love for each other will survive the hurdles that it faces.
“God, you’re so beautiful,” he said, cupping my face with his hand. I closed my eyes, my body weakening at his touch. He swept a strand of hair away from my face as his eyes gazed deeply into my eyes.
Sweetness aside, Provoke is also extremely sexy and Mace and Leeta cause sparks to fly whenever they are together, and even when they are apart!
We were miles away, only a phone connecting us, and we were on the verge of orgasming together. It was impossible to put into words how intimate this moment was.
Provoke started out relatively lightheaded as Leeta prepares to introduce Mace to her parents for the first time. The story then introduces a fun character in the form of Tim, a colleague and friend of Leeta’s, and his cat, Marcus. All ok and enjoyable so far but then the dark side of the story hits you and propels you into a completely unexpected tale of abuse. A further character in the form of Leeta’s ex-fiancĂ© is also introduced and who becomes an unexpected ally for Mace. Ben has a dark side which is hinted at but is not expanded upon in more detail.

By 33% through I questioned how dark this book was going to be but I persevered and I am so glad that I did. Although running a disturbing background story, this book offers so much more and Missy Johnson did really well not to sensationalise the horrific nature of Mace’s family experiences.

I read this book pretty much non-stop from that point and I have to say I loved it and would willingly recommend it to others. My 5 star ratings are based on whether I would want to read a book again and although I loved this book it doesn’t fall into that category. That said, it meets all other criteria I ask for in a 5* read.

Reader Note: This is a stand-alone book with no cliff-hanger and it has a HEA.

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Review: Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For Be Careful What You Wish For by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book unlike anything I've read before but it was really enjoyable despite the cheating element introduced into the storyline early on.

Jessica is in need of money to repair her car but doesn't expect the proposition she receives to act as a honey trap for a married man.

Kage is married but unhappily so but despite his wife's beliefs he has never cheated on her until he's tempted by Jessica. Immediately drawn to her, he sees something in her eyes that is missing from his life and risks the wrath of his wife by starting a relationship with her.

The story continues with the two trying to build a life together but will the unethical start to their relationship allow them to find true happiness together?

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Review: Fake

Fake Fake by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited to be offered this long awaited next instalment in the Nicki Sosebee series from Jade C Jamison. This series is so compelling and I am glad I didn’t have to wait as long for book 9 as some fans did.

The series continues with Nicki now working as a salaried journalist whilst continuing to work at a declining Napoli pizzeria. Life with Sean is still going well and Nicki is happy finally with her situation, or is she! Nicki continues to delve into the town’s political underbelly and after the announcement that Gina McCafferty is throwing her hat into the political ring as a city council candidate, Nicki starts to wonder what this ex-pageant contestant is doing fronting a political campaign.

Jesse has now recovered from Nicki’s rejection and is once again prominent in Sean and Nicki’s lives. Unfortunately for Nicki though, she realises that she still has feelings for him and she starts thinking more and more about him, especially in her dreams!

Whilst recovering from one of Nicki’s dream revelations, Sean becomes distant with his own problems and starts to isolate himself from Nicki. Nicki is desperate to know what is causing Sean’s anxiety but he is reluctant to explain what is troubling him.

“Sometimes, babe, there are things I have to work through on my own…. And you’re just gonna have to trust me.” He turned his hand over and took hers in his and squeezed it. “I love you. That’s all you need to know.”

I’ve got to say, Jade answered all my prayers with this book and boy, I really didn’t expect her to go there but I’ve gotta say the Jesse and Sean combo just became a whole lot sexier!!!

For a girl who doesn’t like reading anything more than a 3 book series, the fact that I’m already waiting for book 10 goes to show how enjoyable this series is. The books are not too long but long enough to be thoroughly enjoyed without feeling cheated. I am being selfish in hoping that book 10 comes soon, because I know Jade has other priorities in her writing, but I’m going to plead that we don’t have to wait too long for the next instalment!!! I need to know what’s next for this delicious trio.

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Review: Fully Automatic

Fully Automatic Fully Automatic by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book tentatively because, well to put it simply, I love Ethan and all his flaws, and I just hadn’t warmed to Brad in the previous books.

Having assumed this was just going to be Brad's POV, I was sorely mistaken; it was so much more. Yes, the storyline mirrored previous books but you got to see a completely different side to Brad from that seen from Ethan's perspective.

Brad has been in love with Valerie Quinn since he first laid eyes on her but unfortunately, for him, Val’s eyes were fixed elsewhere, namely Ethan. Brad knew from the outset that his heart belonged to Val but he sat by patiently as he watched his best friend, Ethan, and the woman he loved, Val, try to make their dysfunctional relationship work. Break up after break up, Brad was ever present in the wings waiting and hoping that each time Val would realise that her relationship with Ethan was toxic.
“I know you’re into Ethan, and as long as you are, nothing’s gonna happen between us. But I want you to know I’ll wait.”
Val in the previous books has been written as a strong character who knows her mind but in this book I couldn’t help but call her all the names under the sun for what she put Brad through. She was cold, heartless, calculating, and deceitful but most of all unworthy of the feelings Brad had for her.

I really enjoyed reading the story of the formation of Fully Automatic again but from Brad’s perspective. At times the story lacked some momentum but having read the previous books you knew he story was building slowly and carefully towards its conclusion.
“He could feel what she was feeling. It was deep and soulful, and there were no words for it. It wasn’t just love. It was more than that. It was deeper than anything he’d ever known, and he know then that it wasn’t just him. She felt it too.”
This book is part of a series and I would recommend reading the first three books before this one. It does have a HEA though and no cliff-hanger.

I simply love my band-based books and this is not exception. Everything Jade C Jamison writes has me hooked from the first word on the first page.

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Review: The Scribe

The Scribe The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Hunter has to be one of the best paranormal romance writers around and I can’t wait to devour anything that she writes.

The Scribe forms part of a new series called the Irin Chronicles which I hope will be another long-running series because from book one, I am completely and totally hooked.

The premise of the book is totally different and surrounds a group of Irin scribes who are the immortal offspring of the Forgiven Angels. The scribes work together to protect innocents from the dangers of the Grigori, descendants of Fallen Angels.

Ava Matheson is just a girl but who has heard voices all of her life. Partially considered crazy she travels to Istanbul looking for answers. Whilst wandering the city, Malachi, a scribe notices that Ava has drawn the attention of the Grigori but unlike their normal MO of drawing females into their clutches, they simply follow Ava. Ava is aware that she is being followed and assumes that it is by her step-father’s hired protection.

Ava approaches Malachi and assuming his is her hired bodyguard starts spending time with him touring around Turkey. Before long, however, Ava soon realises that she is developing feelings for Malachi and when she finds out he is not whom she suspected him to be, becomes concerned for her wellbeing. Malachi however soon convinces Ava that he is still there to protect her and the two soon become inseparable. It is only when they kiss however that they start to realise that their relationship could have more meaning than they first thought.
She pressed her face into the skin of his neck and breathed deeply, allowing herself the comfort. Allowing herself to dream for a moment that there could be a future for her that didn’t mean loneliness and isolation.
The story progresses with Ava and Malachi trying to dodge the ever-present Grigori whilst trying to find out exactly who Ava is and why the Grigori have an interest in her. Ava and Malachi fall in love and together they try to understand their feelings as each other’s Reshon.
“Be quiet and let me undress you, woman.” His low growl shocked Ava out of her anger. “I’ve been thinking about this for over two hundred years.”
I can’t wait for the next instalment of the Irin Chronicles and to find out who Ava really is and to see what powers she is capable of yielding. The ending of The Scribe is painful but at the same time there is hope that the tragedy that came about may not be as final as first thought.

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Review: Deviant

Thursday 9 January 2014 No comments
Deviant Deviant by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a debut by Callie Hart! If there ever was an arc that I needed to get my hands on this was it and as soon as I started reading it I knew the story was going to blow me away. Callie has written an extremely strong storyline which is filled with a delicious mix of intrigue, violence and eroticism.

The characters that Callie has created in this, the first book in her Blood & Rose series, are simply breath-taking. Sloane and Zeth live polar opposite lives but their paths cross in Sloane’s attempt to track down her missing sister. From their first “meeting”, Sloane and Zeth take readers down a path into a world of danger and criminal activity. Zeth is THE man though and I challenge any reader not to find his cold, calculating persona simply the hottest thing ever.
“Ask yourself the question, though, Sloane. Ask yourself if you want to walk away. If you want me out of your life.”
Determined to find Alexis, Sloane accepts that she will do whatever is necessary to track her down. After a heart-stopping encounter with the man she came to know as Zeth, Sloane never expected to see him again but little did she know that his voice, having dominated her dreams, once again became a reality.
“Do you remember?” he whispers.
I nod.
“And when you close your eyes?”
I know what he’s asking. I nod again. “Yes.”
“Do it, then. Close your eyes.”
This story is fast-paced and extremely easy to read. My only criticism about this book was that it ended too soon. I needed more, so much more, and for it not to end where it did!!! I can’t wait to read more of Callie Hart’s works, especially the next story in the Blood & Roses series.
“The darkness we create ourselves is better than the darkness waiting for us with our eyes open, because at least with our eyes closed we’re in control of the darkness that way.”
Congratulations on a well-written book and a storyline to match.

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Review: Love, in English

Love, in English Love, in English by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh wow, this book was amazing and another masterpiece by Karina Halle.

A standalone book with a HEA, isn't that what everyone secretly loves!!!

This tells the story of Vera, lost in her own life and looking for happiness. When she decides to travel to Spain for an English speaking course little did she know, or expect, that she would fall in love.

Enter the gorgeous Mateo, ex-professional footballer and now a businessman looking to improve his conversational English, he signs up to the same course and his path crosses with Vera and he is immediately swept away by her beauty, tattoos and vibrancy.

Right from the start the two realise they are attracted to each other but Mateo is married with a child and Vera is unwilling to be the cause of a marriage breakup.

After weeks together though, Mateo and Vera struggle to fight their feelings for one another and their affair starts.
“Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic, and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.”
The story continues with Mateo and Vera facing ups and downs in their lives but will they ever find true happiness together or separately?

I loved this book so much. Despite the cheating aspect, it is a heartwarming story of love overcoming all.

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