Review: Heart-Shaped Hack

Thursday 17 December 2015 No comments
Heart-Shaped Hack Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was definitely a story with an unusual slant to it. From hacking to love at first sight, it was a sweet story with a twist in its tail!

The characters in this story we really entertaining. Both with a desire to help people who need it the most, their paths were destined to cross.

After seeing Kate on TV, Ian found himself drawn to her and after supporting her cause, initially anonymously, it wasn't long before Kate sought him out. Surprised at what she found, Kate was also immediately attracted to him and after an unusual start to their relationship, it wasn't long before Kate fell for the Hacker.

I loved the banter between Kate and Ian, especially when he used his hacking ways to get messages across to her. He was fun and quirky and from the start, Kate was done for.

I did find this story lacking in direction right up to about 60% way through the book. I read on in the hope that something would draw me in and it did. The twist in the tail was well worth the wait and came out of the blue.

All in all a good book with fun loving characters that you can't help but like and add that to the mysterious life of a hacker and the story really sells itself.

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Review: Some Sort of Crazy

Sunday 13 December 2015 No comments
Some Sort of Crazy Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars...

Another book that has me torn. After loving the first book, and really looking forward to Natalie’s story, I did struggle to fully enjoy this instalment. The characters were fun loving and easy-going but at times childish and idealistic. That said, the connection between Natalie and Miles was easygoing and on the whole lighthearted and I loved their childhood connection which blossomed into what it is today.

After hints in the first book about Natalie and Dan’s relationship being not what it should be, we quickly come to understand why. After being treated so badly I expected Natalie to implode, and I guess she did, in her own way thanks to a few drinks and a funny drunken attack on her lifelong friend, Miles. But, after having been in a relationship with Dan for over 10 years I found Natalie’s behaviour slightly strange. I expected devastation, heartbreak and soul searching but Natalie just seemed to move on and into Miles’ bed.

Miles was a sweet boy-man character but who was way too childish in his outlook to life but then way too overly confident when it comes to sex, which I found at odds with his character. I hated his sexy talk and I loathe the word “slut” and every time him and Natalie got amorous and he started his so called “smooth talking” I just found myself going “urgh”. And boy did they like sex. Their sexcapades were wild, frenetic and at times just felt forced into the storyline.

Despite the chemistry between Natalie and Miles I did find they story lacking any real depth. It was just sex, sex and more sex before the twist at about 70%. As much as I enjoyed their connection I felt that the story needed to slow down and take a breather at times.

I did enjoy the story’s conclusion though, eventually. I loved that Skylar and Sebastian had to step in to save the day and their part of book’s conclusion was extremely sweet and tender. It’s still team #Sebastian for me. Sorry Miles!

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Review: Some Sort of Happy

Saturday 12 December 2015 No comments
Some Sort of Happy Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars...

This was a really enjoyable story of a love constrained by a need to overcome a fear of failing and hurting those closest to us. Meet Sebastian, a lifelong OCD suffer who has struggled throughout his early years and into adulthood with a debilitating condition which has already cost him one relationship, or has it?

I loved the way this book started and the introduction we were given to Skylar. Despite the humour of the situation, it was apparent that Skylar was lost and needed saving but little did she know that the boy who she once knew at school as a hopeless loner, would be the man to help her to towards a brighter future.

After an unexpected meeting, Skylar is immediately attracted to this mysterious man and is surprised when she finds out that this strong and attractive stranger was the boy who was once teased at school. Setting out to find out more about him, she sees that his attraction towards her has been lifelong and yet he still keeps his distance.

Knowing that he must overcome his OCD and push himself to talk to Skylar, Sebastian finds it initially hard to approach her and to simply say ‘Hi’ but when he sees her again in her sister’s cafe, their tentative connection is ignited and they soon start to talk on a more frequent basis.

What Sebastian lacks in communication skills is not mirrored when it comes to sex as Skylar, and us readers alike, soon find out. Boy, that man can use his OCD in ways that would be felt on Mars! With their initial hesitancy long overcome, they set off on a journey of understanding but it's not a journey without its hurdles, as Skylar soon finds out. For every step forward with Sebastian there’s two giant steps back as his condition once again starts to overwhelm him.

I loved the simplicity of this story. Two people destined to be together but who face problems at almost every turn. They know they love each other, unconditionally, but Sebastian is fearful of what he could do to harm Skylar and instead of embracing their love, he pushes it away.

This is a thought provoking story which goes some way to demonstrate the impossibility of living with such a condition. Germs and alignment aside, the repetitive nature of the condition is heartbreaking especially for the loved ones who have to watch, helplessly, as their loved ones go about their daily struggle.

Although I loved this story I did find my attention waning somewhat just after half way but this was soon captured again thanks to an impromptu accident and the events which followed. I can't wait to read the next story though which features Natalie, Skylar’s sister.

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Review: Lawless

Saturday 5 December 2015 No comments
Lawless Lawless by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally, T M Frazier lets us get our hands on Bear and I can honestly say, I won't be letting go any time soon!

We have been teased and tantalised with Bear and his connection to King and Preppy and this story goes some way to further explain how these misfits came to become friends. Bear has been the enigma up until now. He is a diamond in the rough but fiercely loyal to his friends and as we experience in this story, he has a score to settle, with his own father.
“The truth is that I'm not the good guy. I'm the fucking bad guy, and club or not, that hasn't changed."
Having experienced unbearable pain, at the hands of Eli, he now finds himself lost and falling down a deep well of despair and depression. That is until he is saved by a little girl he met years before.
I've been beaten, but I'd never been broken. Until Thia…
After making a loose promise to Thia, Bear doesn't expect to see her again but when tragedy strikes in Thia’s life, she turns to the one man who can help her, Bear. After turning up at the MC club gates though, Thia soon finds herself in even more danger, especially with Bear having thrown down his cut and turned his back on the club, including his father, Chop. Chop soon sees a way of punishing his son in a brutal fashion, by abusing and torturing Thia. Terrified and battered, Thia expects to die a slow and painful death, that is until she is rescued by an unexpected person and taken to King.
He was just a boy who had no clue what he was doing and I was just a girl who had no idea what to do with all the feelings I had swarming around inside of me. I just knew that I wanted him. That I loved him.
Called back from the bottom of a bottle of Jack, Bear can't believe his eyes when he sees pictures of the little girl he once met but who is now all grown up, but battered and bruised. Returning to his apartment at King’s place, Bear is forced to care for this frightened girl who once captured his heart. Unexpectedly though, Bear's feelings for Thia hit him hard and he’s torn between wanting her and wanting her safe.

As the story continues, Bear and Thia try to come to terms with their dysfunctional relationship, which is not something that Bear ever expected to find but with Thia’s help, and love, he slowly starts to accept his feelings for her. But with danger following him around by the Beach Bastard’s who are still hunting him down, and with Thia trying to outrun the law, Bear and Thia fight to stay safe, together and alive.
We were just a normal boy and a normal girl trying to figure out how to love one another.
Thia was an unexpected character who complemented Bear’s edginess perfectly. She is surprisingly strong, despite her young age, but due to her upbringing, has been forced to grow up, fast. She is not one to suffer fools lightly though, and speaks her mind with abandon, which Bear finds endearing. Also skilled with a gun, she doesn't hold back with her emotions, especially when challenged.

I loved Bear’s story, and Thia’s relationship with him, but this story took a while to engage me emotionally. Given that the story is overall relatively short, this meant that I only felt it grabbed me at about 70% and by that time the book was reaching its conclusion. Even though, this was a rewarding read but with a frustrating ending, especially when you read the snippet of the next instalment. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and to see what twists and turns life has in store for Bear and Thia.

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Review: First Touch

Wednesday 18 November 2015 No comments
First Touch First Touch by Laurelin Paige
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+++ Stars

This is one of those books which makes you want to cry out, “what have I just read?”, quickly followed by “I don’t know, but it was freakishly brilliant”. From the taboo to the impossibly wrong, but oh so right, this story gives its readers a real taste of a richly sweetened darkness.

From the start, the story had a suspenseful edge to it as we get to meet Emily Wayborn who sets off in search of her ex-best friend who has left a plea for help with her mother. Knowing from Amber’s choice of words that she is in danger, Emily heads off in search of the last man she knew Amber had been seen with, Reeve Sallis.

Reeve is the epitome of a brooding and disturbingly beautiful stranger and Emily soon realises that trying to seduce him will not be as easy as she expects. However, Reeve begins to wonder just who his fingers had punished and decides to track Emily down to see why his body responds to her the way it does. Emily and Reeve quickly start down the path of an explosive and brutal sexual relationship and Reeve is more than happy to push Emily, sexually, as hard as she needs him to.

With Emily’s darkened past, she finds something in Reeve which makes her unable to resist his charms and whilst still trying to find Amber and, assuming that he, or the Greek Mob which he is presumed to be connected to are involved, places herself in danger but it’s a danger that feeds Emily desires.

The story continues as Emily tries to put together the pieces of the jigsaw that she has managed to uncover about Amber. With most leads heading to Reeve, and his previous partner already dead, Emily fears for Amber’s life and wonders if she has finally bitten off more than she can chew.

I haven’t read any of the author’s previous works and simply read this because I received a Netgalley widget. However, what I found was a chillingly good story which is difficult to put into words. From Emily and Reeve’s sexual connection and especially his need to dominate her, the story theme had highs and very low, lows. I loved the emotion which continued through the book. It bubbled away almost imperceptibly as we were treated to the author’s interpretation of how two such characters would interact and respond to each other’s domineering personalities. Only Emily could push Reeve as hard as she does and live to tell the tale!

This book does end on quite a cliffie though and it’s not going to be an easy wait in order to find out what the future has in store for Reeve and Emily.

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4 Star Review: Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

Sunday 15 November 2015 No comments
Touch Me Not (Manwhore, #1)Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you get when you cross a manwhore with a prude? A beautiful story of love in the face of adversity of course!

Just when life can’t get any more difficult for Lily, who is in love with her best friend Adam and unable to verbalise or act on her feelings towards him, Nikoli, the local manwhore, sets his sights on her and despite the threats from everyone who knows and loves Lily, he is not to be deterred from achieving his target, to get Lily between the sheets.

Review: Chelsea

Tuesday 10 November 2015 No comments
Chelsea Chelsea by Addison Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it, loved it, loved it!

I can see there have been some mixed reviews over this book but for me it was even better than Harmony. I loved the depth to the story, the characters' chemistry, the addition of the Mafia connection (always a plus for me) and of course, the heart-wrenching side story between Blizzard and Rose (and yay, their story is coming next!) -

Chelsea is no ordinary Club Girl, she has ambition, drive and a determination to succeed outside of the Club House but with the gravitational pull she has to Optimus, breaking free is never and option, that is, until it becomes a necessity.

Aside from the delicious biker boys, we also get to meet Deacon. A gym owner like no other, and a person that Chelsea can turn to and trust, or so she thinks.

Life was never going to be straightforward for poor Chelsea as she fights to secure the life that she thought she had lost at the age of 5. Needing security, love and protection though only accounts for 90% of her ambition though and the other 10% belongs to Optimus, the most stubborn man that she will ever meet. Between Chelsea's desire to run and Optimus' desire to protect by pushing people away, their story is one to grasp tenatively as they push and pull away from each other throughout the book.

This is a really well written series so far. The author has a thought provoking writing style which, together with the storyline, is one to savour.

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Review: Rogue

Monday 9 November 2015 No comments
Rogue Rogue by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Rebel, with love, comes this next instalment in the Dead Man’s Ink serial by Callie Hart. After an initially steady start to this Blood & Roses side series, probably felt due to my post-Zeth blues, this next instalment packs a real punch. Rebel and Sophia have connected and their feelings are growing stronger for each other day by day. They fight hard and love even harder and it’s not long before Sophia’s Christian values are put to Rebel’s test!

Rebel still has Hector Ramirez breathing down his neck but despite the danger and the injuries inflicted upon him, there is only one thing, or woman, on his mind, Sophia. Sophia is still being kept safe by Rebel, albeit against her will, but against her best intentions she is starting to see the man behind the mask and that is Jamie instead of Rebel. Although furious about being kept locked away, Sophia is drawn to Jamie and despite an opportunity arising where she could make her bid for freedom she stays to help Jamie.

As expected, this story is not without its blood and gore and it’s not long before Hector leaves Rebel and his brothers a message that they can’t ignore. Sophia is also still in danger from Raphael Dela Vega and when he arrives, unexpectedly, with Maria Rosa aka Mother, things start to get interesting, especially when Sophia needs to take things into her own hands in order to stay safe.

Between Zeth and Rebel, Callie certainly has plenty to keep her occupied! Their stories are well written and captivating. I didn’t think Zeth’s story could be matched but Rebel is definitely keeping up. I love how this story compliments the Blood and Roses series so perfectly and rather than feeling like just another spin-off, it has its own strength to hold your attention and to keep you engrossed in the storyline.

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Review: On the Rocks

Saturday 10 October 2015 No comments
On the Rocks On the Rocks by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A rocking read like no other!

I am so sorry to see this trilogy end, I simply loved everything about it. From the darkness of the drug abuse, to the magic of its music and the sex appeal of its characters, this is a story with a bite, kick and a punch.

Told from Kyle Summers perspective as a narrative of her life, Kyle leads us deep into the world of rock and everything in between. Now going it alone, Kyle has to reinvent herself in order to bring her music alive. Not wanting to continue down the pop route the Vagabonds took, she is determined to make the world love her for her metal.

As ever, CJ is in and out of her life but with CJ not open to the idea of a steady relationship, you wonder just how long they can go on pretending they are not in a committed relationship. I loved CJ’s character but I did want him and Kyle to wake up and smell the coffee on more than one occasion. Talk about not seeing the elephant in the room, their non-relationship was beyond frustrating at times.

I did love Kyle's journey though from an innocent teenager to a strong and determined young woman who is fiercely protective of her music. With the added benefit of some spicy sexual encounters along the way, combined with a comical Vegas hiccup, her heart remains firmly with CJ but will he ever be ready to love her unconditionally?

So Kyle's story has been told but whilst it ended on a sweet note, I would have liked to have experienced the tour that Kyle headed out onto at the end of the story. Perhaps Kyle’s story has a Part 2 waiting to be played out?!!!

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Review: Locked and Loaded

Locked and Loaded Locked and Loaded by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can feel the pain in this story right from the start. Yet another rock star living his dream life but with one thing missing: Jennifer Manders. Jennifer is the girl Zane met and fell in love with in College. Jennifer is the girl Zane’s heart is bound to. Jennifer is the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Jennifer is the girl he can’t resist cheating on. This is an love story tarnished by an unexpected addiction.

A typical rock star, Zane spends his days high and with that comes sex, lots of sex. With their on again, off again relationship lost for almost 2 years, Zane finds himself wanting to reconnect with Jennifer but is it too late? Can they ever truly be happy together, especially when Zane finds out that Jennifer has been keeping a secret from him?

After deciding to contact Jennifer again they meet and immediately realise that they are destined to be together but their constant fighting means that they simply can’t live with one another. Zane is desperate to make a future with Jennifer though and decides that this time he will do everything necessary to beat his addiction. Little does Zane know that his life is about to change forever when he finds out just what secret Jennifer has been keeping from him.

I’m afraid I found it difficult to fully connect with this story and I wasn’t able to embrace the emotion or connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. Yes, they were special and loveable but I needed something more. I felt that the story could have benefitted from more length and more depth. It almost had a novella feel to it as it raced through the storyline without pulling me in. That said, it is yet another amazing story from Jade C Jamison in the series that she is famed for.

As expected, some old favourites make an appearance to delight fans of Fully Automatic.

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Review: My Stepbrother, My Escort

My Stepbrother, My Escort My Stepbrother, My Escort by Leigh James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another step brother with a tale to tell but this one, for me, managed to draw me in.

I’m not sure what the fascination is about step brothers in particular so I only give books with this heading a cursory glance normally but this caught my eye on Netgalley. After checking it out on Amazon and seeing it was on KU I thought great, then accidentally bought it! So as I had paid for the book I decided to read it straight away and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story started with a background into the previous family life of Lowell and Kyle, brought together by their parent’s marriage but after their relationship broke down, neither Kyle nor Lo expected to see each other again. That is until Lo drunkenly, and very funnily, decides to give the police a piece of her mind and as a result her outburst becomes fodder for the gossip machine which surrounds her blossoming acting career.

With damage control needed, and fast, Lo decides to hire an escort to act as her boyfriend but little does she expect her ex-step brother Kyle to turn up at her door. Frustrations are quickly reignited as the two clash, as they had as teenagers, but Kyle sees something in Lo that has him developing feelings for her very quickly.

The story continues with Kyle doing everything he can to win over Lo, and the press who are watching her every move. He is caring, tender, supportive and before long Lo is powerless to resist his charms. Despite winning over Lo, Kyle knows that it’s their parents who hold the key to their future together and it’s not long before they find out their ex step siblings have fallen in love.

I really enjoyed this story. It was a light hearted read which was moderately captivating. I think the strength of the story lies with the characters rather than the stepbrother connection, which despite it being the main reason for Lo and Kyle not to be together, could be easily overlooked. Overall the book was a sweet contemporary romance and, as long as you don’t question the plot too indepthly, you won’t be disappointed.

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4 Star Review: Friction (Legal Affairs) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday 24 September 2015 No comments
Friction (Legal Affairs)Friction by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you loved the Legal Affairs series, then you will find this story as equally enjoyable. Following different characters from opposing law firms this time, we get to meet a woman who will do anything to get her way, Leary Michaels, and the man set to challenge her, Reeve Holloway.

From the outset, it was apparent that this story was going to have a heavy theme and an even heavier law setting. With more of a legal focus and plenty of court time, we get to witness Leary and Reeve as they go head to head over a case which is both personal and heartbreaking for Leary. Reeve is determined to do his job though but as he gets closer to Leary, both professionally and personally, he soon finds out that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

5 Star Review: Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill #3) by Jewel E Ann

Wednesday 16 September 2015 No comments
Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill, #3)Dawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A perfect conclusion to an outstanding series.

I knew this book was going to be a painful one to read, especially the start with AJ’s rapidly declining health but I still wasn't prepared for the emotion l felt throughout the story. The beginning was especially poignant as Jackson took over AJ’s, now limited, control of his life in order to protect his sister. As expected, Jillian reacted badly to news of AJ and immediately spiralled out of control but what no-one realised was that she wasn't just running from her emotions!

Review: On the Road

Thursday 10 September 2015 No comments
On the Road On the Road by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an amazing second instalment. This had everything I love in a music themed book: sex, lots of sex, drugs, lots of drugs, and of course rock stars/divas!!!

This isn't a soft centred read. It's raw, gritty, passionate and full of female hormones and love them or hate them, these girls and their story will rock you off your feet!

So, after book one set the scene for what is Kyle's life, we return with the Vagabonds heading out onto the road on tour. As expected from what we've seen so far though, this was never going to be a smooth ride and it's not long before these youngsters succumb to their success. Kyle appears to be the most stable in the group but even she starts to test her self restraint as drugs, sexual encounters and drink start to play a key role in her life. Despite this, she continues to be the gel to keep this group together until she questions whether the daily sacrifice is really worth it.

With ups and downs, the Vagabonds continue to tour but it's a tour that is killing them slowly and it's not long before the inevitable crash but how many crashes can this group of girls survive?

I can't wait for the next instalment. Kyle and CJ continue to spend time together when not on tour but when touring they still have random hook-ups but will they ever find their HEA, together? Only time will tell.

This series will be popular with lovers of CM Stunich's Hard Rock Roots series, as it is told with the same raw energy, which some people may not like. This is real life though so don't expect a story with candy floss and fluffy bunnies!

Thank you to the author for the opportunity of reading her book and providing an honest review.

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5 Star Review: End of Day (Jack & Jill #1) by Jewel E Ann

Wednesday 9 September 2015 No comments
End of Day (Jack & Jill, #1)End of Day by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a story which bites, scratches and kicks it’s way into your mind, and it’s one you won’t want to miss!

From a dark and disturbing past in the light of Day to a future and a life in the Knight, we are welcomed into the lives of Jessica/Jude and Jillian/Jackson as they try to outrun their past and the horrors experienced at the hands of a serial killer.

Review: Unblocked - Episode Five

Friday 4 September 2015 No comments
Unblocked - Episode Five Unblocked - Episode Five by Marni Mann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, that's the story completed and the end of Derek and Frankie, in a good way!

We have finally heard the full history between Derek and Randy and why Derek is seeking retribution but I have to say, I was hoping for more drama, especially when Frankie was threatened. Personally, I feel the story could have been so much stronger with more added suspense and also if it had been a single novel rather than five individual releases. That said, the story was entertaining and the connection between Derek and Frankie palpable and certainly hot although I did skip over some of the sex scenes between them this time around as I wanted to get to the bones of the story.

I loved the side characters as much as Derek and Frankie. Brea and Will are definitely two intriguing characters and I'd love to spend more time with them, especially Brea.
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5 Star Review: Rip by Rachel Van Dyken

Thursday 27 August 2015 No comments
RipRip by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

RIP is another amazing book in Rachel Van Dyken's arsenal of outstanding storylines. No-one quite writes Mafia like her and in this stand-alone book we are treated to Nikolai and Maya, two Russians who set about to save each other's souls, with the help of some Italian favourites along the way!

I was initially torn about this book. It didn’t start in the same vein as other Rachel Van Dyken books but instead had a slow and deliberate feel to it. Despite that, it did keep my attention, albeit tentatively, until I realised that this was going to be a side-story to the Eagle Elite series and once that happened *BANG* the story picked up and pulled me in at an alarming rate. Irrespective of how the story initially started though, I loved the characters right from the beginning. Nikolai was a dream of man with his mysterious, dark and Jekyll/Hyde ways which were complemented beautifully by Maya’s innocence and locked away secrets.

Review: Out of Plans

Tuesday 25 August 2015 No comments
Out of Plans Out of Plans by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I simply love this author and everything she writes but the Mercenaries duo is just perfection. From explosions and fights, and that’s just between Marc and Lily, readers are treated to Stylo’s special form of entertainment thanks to an immaculately developed and executed storyline.
“I’m a bad man, Lily. I’ve done awful things. But you, you are the best thing I’ve ever done.”
We meet up once again with Lily and Kingsley Law (oosh, that man needs his own story, stat) as Lily prepares herself, without Marc, for her ultimate showdown with Anatoly Stankovski, the man who killed her sister. After training under Kingsley’s tutelage for 6 months, Lily is now a sleek and skilled killing machine and ready to exact revenge for her sister’s death. As expected though, her plans once again overlap with Marc’s and it’s not long before the two are at war, with each other.
They were something better. Something unified. Something unbreakable.
Despite her best intentions, Lily can’t hide her feelings from Marc and it’s not long before they can’t resist their interminable attraction to each other and together, with their faithful sidekick, Kingsley, they set their sights on tracking down Stankovski. But will the three of them succeed in their “plan” or will one or all of them die trying to get to Stankovski.
“The next time we take a job,” she said her words slowly, “we’ll make sure it’s something easy. Like hamster theft.”
I love the banter between these three amazing characters. From Kingsley’s cool wit to Lily’s sass and Marc’s stubbornness, they are a match made in heaven. I didn’t expect to fall in love with yet another character in this series but Damiano Ledo wasn’t what I expected, at all. Despite initially capturing Marc and Lily, and inflicting as much pain as possible on Lily, she is still able to draw out the best in him and it’s not long before Damiano has also fallen for her charms.
“You, Lily, are by far the best thing I’ve ever stolen.”
Lily’s character has certainly developed from her innocent yet beguiling self in book one. In this story she is an out and out mercenary with no qualms about taking even the strongest men down but can she kill when necessary? Lily is a match for any man as she leads Marc and Kingsley into and out of numerous dangerous situations. Even injured, she has the strength and determination to succeed and can push through unimaginable pain to protect those she loves.

If you enjoy stories that pack a punch then you will definitely love this serial. Don’t forget to follow the author’s Facebook page for even more insight into her stories, characters and plotlines and even her character's preferred weapons. There is certainly a lot more to Stylo’s writing than what appears in her books!

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Review: On the Run

Monday 10 August 2015 No comments
On the Run On the Run by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh to be starting out on the journey of life again at the tender age of 16. All that anticipation, promise, hope, determination and of course….. sex! Welcome to the life of Kyle Summers as she tells the story of her life leading up to the formation of The Vagabonds, an all girl band set to turn the world upside down.

I knew when Jade C Jamison said this story was going to be about an all girl band that I needed to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. The story sets out at a steady pace and book one simply sets the scene for the rest of the series as The Vagabonds head out for their first tour. My only difficulty with reading this story where the numerous music references; I definitely need to do some homework before reading on!

We meet Kyle Summers, and her parents, as she tells us about her nomadic lifestyle before she finally settles in one place and starts to experience the highs and lows of high school. One definitely high in her school life is Decker. Interest piqued by Kyle when he sees her fielding her guitar at a school talent show, the duo soon become romantically involved as they seek an outlet for their raging teenage hormones.

Much of this first instalment was about Kyle and her relationship with her parents and her sexual awakening with Decker but as the story progresses, and she is offered a position with a new all girl group later to become known as The Vagabonds, we get to witness her musical journey. With the coming together of teenage girls there is some angst but the group soon become friends, perhaps with the exception of the diva-like lead singer, Barbie. We have Liz, the starting point of the group and song-writer extraordinaire who lives a wealthy lifestyle but definitely with a story to tell. Then we meet Kelly, on bass, Vicki, a talented drummer, and the group is complete. They soon become close friends and excited to be thrust into a lifestyle they had only previously dreamt about. From laying down tracks in a recording studio, to filming videos, the girls enter into a maelstrom of life changing experiences.

One such life changing experience for Kyle comes in the form of CJ Slavin, a musician who is brought in to assist in the studio. It’s soon apparent that CJ and Kyle have a connection but as she is only just 17 to his 21 years they have to fight their feelings for one another, but reading between the lines we look set for some explosive encounters in future instalments.

Told very much from the first person, and almost as a narration of the story of her life to date, Kyle sets the scene for the next stage of The Vagabond experience. You can bet there will be drama, sexiness and heartbreak along the way, all in the name of rock ‘n’ roll!

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Review: Best Laid Plans

Sunday 9 August 2015 No comments
Best Laid Plans Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, what a story! This has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ll admit it, Stylo Fantome cannot write a bad book in my eyes and Best Laid Plans is close to being her best story yet. This book is fast-paced, explosive, and extremely sexy as it tells a story about a ruthless and fierce mercenary and an outwardly innocent looking but dangerous smuggler as they fight their way across North Africa and in and out of each other’s arms.

This story literally takes us on a tour of North Africa and its barren but ruthless beauty. Right from the outset, this book packs a punch as we get to meet Marc De Sant and Lily Brewster. Brought together by a job; Marc to steal rare and valuable diamonds and for Lily to smuggle them out of Africa and into Russia, we quickly get to witness their anything but conventional lives. Having spent some days around each other and now about to head in separate directions, as Lily prepares to smuggle the diamonds across Africa, they suddenly become aware of an attraction to each other which proves to be as rough as their lifestyle. Despite their connection and explosive night together, Marc assumes he has been double-crossed by Lily and heads of after her in order to reclaim the diamonds from himself and to clear his name.

Once chased and captured, Lily become a prisoner of Marc’s until she can convince him of her innocence and as the story unfolds, we’re treated to an amazing tale as they try to reach an agreement over the future of the diamonds. Lily has a score to settle and needs the diamonds to do this but then again, Marc wants to turn the cards on the man who employed him and who set him up.

At this point, the story becomes explosive, literally, as Lily and Marc try to outrun the men sent to kill them and to steal back the diamonds. From town to town, using remote routes and trying to remain inconspicuous, they fight their way across Africa in order to reach Tangier and for Lily to complete the next stage of her job. As they fight, so do their emotions and despite their tempers telling them otherwise, they start to develop a strong, protective bond.

As their journey continues and the dangers unfold one by one, they meet up with another interesting character who is also a mercenary but one that is smooth to Marc’s rough. Kingsley Law is his name and despite Lily initially having to fight him off, in more ways than one, he soon becomes an ally that Marc and Lily come to rely upon. I can’t wait for the conclusion of this story if we’re treated to more time with Law!

I really can’t praise this story highly enough. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end and now I’m left wishing it was December and time for the story’s conclusion to be read. There is violence in this story and some consensual rough sexual scenes but they blend in with the characters and the storyline and do not feel forced or out of place. Stylo has created a dream trio in this book and with their different personalities, they complement each other perfectly to add to the strength of the story.

If you like your books light and fluffy though this isn’t the story for you. It’s sweaty, dirty and downright delicious and to the right audience, a rare diamond to behold!

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5 Star Review: Undeniably You by Jewel E Ann

Sunday 19 July 2015 No comments
Undeniably YouUndeniably You by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the first I’ve read by the author and it won’t be the last. I love a good stand-alone and this is definitely one to delve into. The writing is clear and concise, the story captivating and the humour is balanced and with characters perfectly complimenting each other, this is a story to love, cherish and hold on to.

For me this story had a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde feel about it. It started out with one distinct theme to it; comical romance with a dash of quirkiness, but then it morphed into its alter-ego; a deep contemporary romance with passion, heartbreak, angst, dare I say it, some cheating, before reaching its long awaited HEA. I loved both parts but it did feel that the author set out with one objective in mind only to be swept away by the power of the characters’ connection. The start was lighthearted with comical moments, fun banter and a delicious combo in the form of the “pool guy”, aka Lautner, and the easy-going but equally gorgeous vet, Dale. Torn between both men from the outset, Sydney, knowing she will only be house-sitting for a month, knows that romance should be kept firmly in its place; buried deep inside a locked box.

Review: Tyrant

Tuesday 14 July 2015 No comments
Tyrant Tyrant by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From a King to a Tyrant, we return to the drama of Doe/Ray/Pup’s life as she heads home and into the arms of her family and away from the man who saved her but will she be able to settle into her old life or will the pull of darkness overpower her?

From a hesitant start with King, I was pleasantly surprised to find Tyrant captivating and a compulsive read as we find answers to the questions which were left hanging at the end of book one. The storyline seemed stronger throughout and with only the odd aspect of the story which I felt could have been expanded upon.

Having returned home Doe is still unable to remember her life before she became amnesic and despite familiar surroundings, her memories are still elusive even after finding out that she was a mother in her former life. Tanner is the father of her son and he tries to help her to remember but it is Nikki who holds the keys to this story and when Doe’s memories start returning, and her life starts to piece itself back together, Doe starts to make some startling realisations.

Doe knows that despite her past memories returning she is struggling to forget the man who saved her and when she unexpectedly sees King again, she knows he is the one that her heart truly belongs to. However, King is still facing threats to his life and knows that the only way to protect Doe is to leave her safe in the arms of her family, for now.

This story is certainly fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Right proves to be wrong as Doe comes to understand who the monsters are from her past and how she came to be found by Nikki. Sadly, Preppy doesn’t make a return from the dead appearance, in true fantasy style, but he does still play a part in this story in his own special way. Bear is also back and facing dangers and demons which will leave you pained as this strong man is broken and brought back to life again.

I really enjoyed this two-part serial and I can’t wait to read Bear’s story in the next instalment. That man captured my interest in King as his personality clawed at me and even managed to overpower King at times!

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Review: Sloth

Friday 10 July 2015 No comments
Sloth Sloth by Ella James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 Stars

A curious read and one which has left me in a quandary. Yes, I enjoyed the story but at the same time if left me questioning whether I’d see it through to the end. Never fear though, my OCD prevailed and my need to finish each and every book won out and I’m glad it did. The last 20% of the book held me in rapture as it bled into my heart and poured through my soul.

So what was it about this book that had me wondering why I’d started it?

From the first few pages I found it difficult to settle into. The story commences with a series of handwritten letters and with no preamble or character definition, they left me wondering what I’d picked up to read but then the story commenced, properly, and I was fixated and read it non-stop until the end of Part 1 when, for me, the story lost its way and fell flat. Yes, I know the end of Part 1 depicted a shift in the characters’ relationship but still, from then on I felt that the story floundered. I still persevered though, despite my inner monologue telling me to give it up. I read on until 80% when finally my prayers were answered and I re-connected with the story.

What didn’t I like I hear you ask. Well, it was a cluster of unnecessary ramblings, definitions and body part fixations. At one point I thought a third person had joined the story, its part was so “big”, and that was Kellan’s dick. Why of why, did it have to “jump” into almost every tender scene between Sloth and Kellan? I’m all for a bit of sexiness in a story even I can only take so many BJs and HJs but for some reason, in this story, they cured all, really?! Another constant point of reference was Kellan’s shoulders and thighs. I got it from the outset - they sealed the deal for Sloth, so why did they get mentioned again and again throughout the story? Maybe the author thought that us readers had a short-term memory problem in which case I suppose I should thank her.

I struggled to feel any sort of a connection between Sloth and Kellan for the first three-quarters of the story but at least that part of the mystery was solved and resolved by the end of the book but the cold and callous treatment of Sloth and her feelings was still in part uncomfortable to read. Another aspect that seemed out of place for me was the BDSM element in the story. I suppose reading deeper into the character you could say that BDSM gave Kellan an element of control within the life he was struggling to maintain but even so, it still felt slightly overplayed.

Another conundrum for me was the way the characters were revealed to each other. For one, the world nearly stopped spinning on its axis and for the other, meh, a small fizzle of emotions. Maybe the timing played an important part in that but still, it felt overshadowed.

Overall the story’s premise was an exceptional one but it just felt rushed, which given the amount of time it took to write didn’t make sense. The author seemed to race to put her thoughts and words down on paper in an excitable manner when instead you wanted her to take a step back, breathe and compose herself. This could have been an all-time epic read but sadly the edge was lost in the story’s portrayal of what was an emotive and powerful theme.

Despite my misgivings, this was a great story about a thought provoking theme. It was powerful, it brought tears to my eyes and at the end of the story I felt like I’d been on the biggest fair ground ride of my life and it left me unable to pick up another book for a day or two (in a positive sense). This was my first Ella James book and I’m not sure if I will read another, especially if it was written in the same vein but still, I’m glad I read Sloth, I got a lot out of the story and its message and it will certainly be a book that remains in my psyche for a long time.

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Review: Come to Me Recklessly

Come to Me Recklessly Come to Me Recklessly by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having not read the first two books in this series I wasn't sure whether to dip straight in to Come To Me Recklessly. Authors quite often say their books can be read as a stand alone and, in my experience, readers often miss out or are unable to fully connect with the characters as a result. This may have been the case here but even without having read the first two books, which portray Jared and Aly’s story, I was able to easily settle into and enjoy this book.

This story is told in a dual timeline. Starting in the present we meet Samantha. Now living with, Ben, she is living an emotionally empty life. Having loved and lost the boy who stole her young heart, Christopher, she continues to struggle to understand why he so cruelly rebuffed her when they were destined for a long and happy life together. After an unexpected and chance meeting with Aly, Christopher’s sister, the two agree to meet up despite knowing the pain Samantha could subject her heart to if she ever came face to face with Christopher again. Also living a life of regret, Christopher is immersing himself in women but it’s Samantha who still haunts his heart and stops him from ever moving on despite the time which has elapsed since their last painful encounter.

As expected, Christopher and Samantha are brought face to face with one another again as Christopher unexpectedly arrives at his sister’s house. Samantha is horrified when she looks across the room and into Christopher’s eyes and sees the pools of hatred that lie within them. Despite their angry encounter, Aly sees that there is still something between Christopher and Samantha and despite the hurt and punishment they continue to put each other through, she tries to make them realise that they belong together, despite their history.

Heading back into the past, we see how Samantha and Christopher met and slowly fell in love. Despite their feelings for one another, Samantha and Christopher had to hide their relationship from her parents. Being brought up as a pastor's daughter, Samantha had to act in a certain way and sneaking out a night to see Christopher was not what her parents expected from her. But never fear the good boy that her parents love, Ben, was never far away but he wasn't what or who Samantha and her parents expected him to be. Forever scheming, Ben ensures that there will only be one winner of Samantha's heart, him.

As expected, it’s not long before Samantha’s parents discover her duplicitous ways and after finding her returning from a party they were not aware she had gone to, her life with Christopher is all but over. This is one point in the story where the background to Aly and Jared’s lives would have explained the emotions running through Christopher’s mind. I felt slightly lost as the author recounted the experiences for readers but, without the depth and emotion that I feel I would have experienced had I read the first two books, the story lost some of its depth. This didn’t detract from the story however as you still felt the pain of Samantha’s separation from Christopher even if you couldn’t necessarily appreciate or fully understand his actions.

I enjoyed this story. It was slightly too long winded and drawn out at times and left me waiting for the story to move on instead of recounting past emotions and actions between Christopher and Samantha. I’m not sure whether I will go back and read book one and two. For the price, I’m not sure if I’d enjoy the story enough but then again am I missing out on something special? I’ll keep it in my wish list and you never know, my curiosity may win me over as I really do want to know what happened to Jared when he went off the rails and how he found himself and Aly again.

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5 Star Review: Capture (Seaside Pictures, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Friday 3 July 2015 No comments
Capture (Seaside Pictures, #1)Capture by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another brilliant story from an amazing author whose writing lights up the pages in front of your eyes as it entertains and leaves you with a lasting memory. With books spanning across a range of themes, Rachel Van Dyken’s Capture brings with it an element of surprise as some of our favourite characters, from her other works, make cameo appearances to add a little something extra to this already wonderful story.

From reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be an emotional read but with Rachel Van Dyken's talent to bring humour into most situations I need not have been concerned. From the start, when we first meet Dani and the rest of the wonderful cast, we're thrust into a potential love affair as 17 year old, recently mute, Dani crashes straight into Lincoln who, unbeknownst to her, is her new employer thanks to her Hollywood movie star/director/brother-in-law, Jaymeson. Dani is immediately captured by Lincoln, in more ways than one, as she feels something in her heart that has been dormant since losing her parents in a tragic accident.

Review: Unblocked - Episode Four

Wednesday 24 June 2015 No comments
Unblocked - Episode Four Unblocked - Episode Four by Marni Mann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oooh, the intrigue is so frustrating. More mystery is revealed but we're getting a little closer to what is lurking behind Derek Block and why he's set his sights firmly on revenge by hunting down Randy White.

This continues to be a steamy read and now we have the added addition of a love revealed but quickly spurned as Frankie comes face with Derek's past and questions if she can trust him enough to have a future with him.

This is another fast paced and quick instalment but we're finally starting to get more out of the story, other than the developing relationship between Frankie and Derek. Ideally, I would have preferred to read this story as a single book rather than in episodes as I feel that some of the emotion and intensity has been lost as you try to remember what happened in the last instalment before delving into the next. However, this is an enjoyable read and one I will definitely see through to its conclusion.

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Review: My Time in the Affair

Sunday 21 June 2015 No comments
My Time in the Affair My Time in the Affair by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a simply beautiful and breathtaking story and one which is firmly placed in my all time top 10 favourite reads.

This book was extremely well written and the story was the complete opposite of what I expected. The cover said sweet contemporary romance and whilst it was, there was also intrigue, suspicion and heartbreak as the story crosses countries and continents as the characters fight to find their HEAs.

If you don't like stories about cheating then don't even pick this book up. Whilst telling the story of an affair, it is not wholly about selfish, gratuitous feelings but more of hope in the face of desperation as Mischa tries to find a way out of a loveless marriage. Whilst the way she went about it is wrong, and acknowledged so by the writer in the story, it is a portrayal of possibilities beyond the four walls of a perceived perfect marriage.

I was drunk on him. High on him. I wanted to swallow him down, inhale him, inject him. I wanted him to live under my skin and change my DNA. I wanted to live in his air and breathe his passion.

Given the opportunity to head to Italy for work, Mischa quickly sees this as an opportunity to experience more out of life. With a plan for a one night stand; a quick release in order to feel again, Mischa doesn't expect what she finds in Tal. Saving her from herself, he quickly assumes the role of lover and gives Mischa everything she ever wanted from her husband, and more.

“They have a word especially for people like me,” Tal said softly, reaching out and wiping her tears away. “And what word is that?” “Lover.”

Whilst you expect the story to meander between these two characters as they find themselves in each other you wonder where the plot will head to and then you take a journey down an completely unexpected path into one of deceit, violence and corruption as Mischa quickly realises that her business trip isn't what she expected it to be.

Mischa was supposed to just be a good time. A challenge, a dare, a dirty secret.

As expected, once the affair becomes public, Mischa's husband doesn't take the news well and Mischa's story becomes one of heartbreak as she is spurned by her friends and family. Eventually with Tal’s charms and easygoing way about him, Mischa's friends and family, and even her ex-husband, come to realise that what they have is more than simply a frivolous affair.

Come find me.

It's been awhile since I've wanted to re-read a story straight away and that's how I have been left feeling after finishing this book. It blew me away with the strength of the storyline, the characters and the emotion it portrayed. My Time In The Affair has left me wanting so much more from this amazing writer.

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Review: Harmony

Wednesday 10 June 2015 No comments
Harmony Harmony by Addison Jane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An MC book with a dash of feminine charm. Harmony gives its MC readers a fresh take on club life from a club girl's perspective whilst keeping it gritty and raw.

From the first page, I knew this story was going to keep me entertained and I loved the passion and determination of Harmony as she tries to find happiness in the arms of her family, the Brothers by Blood MC.

As expected, life in an MC is never straight forward but it's when Harmony and her best friend Chelsea find their lives in danger that the story really gets going. Unaware of the severity of the danger they find themselves in, it’s up to the MC to protect them and the role is immediately picked up by another local chapter’s new Pres, Kit.

After seeing her at a party, Kit is immediately attracted to Harmony and as her personality shines through so does his realisation that she is the ideal woman for him. Harmony is attracted to Kit but the last thing she wants or expects is to be taken away from her family on the back of his bike. Life immediately changes for Harmony and it takes her time to realise whether this is the life she wants and if she she can truly be happy with Kit.

This was a brilliantly thought out and executed story. There are twists and turns, heartbreak and happiness and a touch of violence, as expected from any MC story, but most of all it was refreshing. Don't be fooled though, Harmony is more than a club girl and with her fierce attitude the story quickly becomes a lively read.

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Review: Violent Things

Tuesday 9 June 2015 No comments
Violent Things Violent Things by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zeth and his Angry Girl are back so buy the book and live, vicariously, through Sloane in order to taste a little bit more of Zeth, you won’t be disappointed, but just when you think life may have settled down for Zeth and Sloane, and even poor Michael, the Italians raise their heads once again.

Having loved the Blood & Roses series, hard, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Violent Things, Callie Hart’s new spin-off series, featuring the loveable due and Zeth’s faithful side-kick Michael. What we didn’t expect is a new character in the form of Mason Reeves. Mason has such a sweet and painful story to tell that for me he - nearly - topped Zeth and Sloane in the story. We are still waiting to see where his character will fit in but for now we know he has a troubled past, an unclear future, and an unlikely relationship developing with Zeth.

Mason is a wannabe fighter, as he tries to find ways of earning enough money to take care of his little sister. Working by day as a mechanic, he watches the Blood & Roses gym knowing that he could never afford the membership but after coming face to face with a bloodied Zeth and Michael, he finally finds a way in. It’s obvious that Zeth sees something in Mason but only time will tell exactly what that is, for now Zeth has simply agreed to train Mason.

We also spend some time with Sloane and her doctor sidekick, Oliver Massey, as we continue to watch them save lives and try to understand if they can ever go back to the friendship they had before all hell let loose, thanks to Zeth, but can Oliver ever let go of his feelings towards Sloane?

This was merely a teaser of what is to come in this series as we witness Mason meet a girl, Zeth soften, just a little bit, and Roberto Barbieri raise his head again to offer Zeth an ultimatum. One thing that does carry over from Blood & Roses, is Zeth’s determination to continue to test Sloane’s, now nearly non-existent, sexual limits. That man was born to tease!

What I didn’t expect was for the story to finish at 84% with a cliffie, not nice Callie, but we still get a little teaser from Michael’s story, Badlands, which I also can’t wait to get my hands on. Callie Hart is an amazing writer telling a dark and dangerous story and it’s one that you really won’t want to miss. You do need to read the Blood & Roses series before starting this series though so I hope you bought the box set whilst it was on offer!

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Review: Reparation

Friday 5 June 2015 No comments
Reparation Reparation by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fabulous instalment in this amazing trilogy but what a frustrating ride it has been with two people so clearly in love with each other, fighting their feelings at every turn.

I must admit, I was starting to get a little sick of the constant pushing and pulling between Tate and Jameson but this didn't detract from the story as they road the roller coaster that has become their lives.

Sanders, for me, is the saving grace here as he adds his own brand of humour and quirkiness to the story as he tries with every ounce of his being to make Tate and Jameson see sense. I added a tag that this was a comical read, and it was to a certain extent, with some classic one-liners that had me laughing out loud, unexpectedly. However, this is a dark read with violent and abusive, consensual, sex making it a deliciously steamy read but not one for the light-hearted.

Stylo has a brilliant storytelling ability and easily captures her readers with her writing talent. If you haven't found her, or her books, yet then I would highly recommend that you take a chance. This isn't just another billionaire businessman story, it's so much more.

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Review: Separation

Monday 1 June 2015 No comments
Separation Separation by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oooh, what an ending! Revenge is definitely a dish best served cold and I can't wait to see what Tate has in store for Kane, Ang, Ellie and even poor Sanders.

Still recovering from the brutal way her life nearly ended, Tate is still friends with Sanders but is fiercely resisting any re-acquaintance with Jameson. Sanders continues to look out for Tate after they build up a strangely endearing friendship, but even Sanders is struggling to bring Tate around from the darkness overshadowing her.

Tate is still being befriended by Nick but she is resistant to his charms as she struggles to find a way to live without Jameson in her life. Despite their hate-filled relationship, Tate is mourning the loss of his presence in her life and despite Nick's advances and hopes, she is unwilling to commit to anything more than friendship with him. Jameson is aware of Tate's relationship with Nick though and sets out to bring Tate around to his way of thinking and with Sanders' support, they hatch a plan to get Tate to spend time with Jameson without her knowledge.

Tate loves Sanders and trusts him implicitly so when she realises that he and Jameson have duped her she is furious but she finds it difficult to be angry towards Sanders for long. Jameson though is a different matter and she sets about making life as difficult as possible for him. Eventually, though, Jameson and Tate come together once again and despite Tate's inability to forgive him, she is insanely jealous of him and especially his connection to Pet who is still lurking in the shadows.

Just as you think life may be calming down for Jameson, Tate and Sanders though, Ang arrives and causes mayhem and leaves Tate questioning where her loyalties really lie.

This trilogy is simply amazing. I am loving every minute of it and I can't wait to see what Tate has in store from Jameson and her friends as punishment for their wrongdoings. Strangely, it's actually a comical read at times, despite the darkness, and this certainly adds to the book's success.

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Review: Degradation

Sunday 31 May 2015 No comments
Degradation Degradation by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eeek now that was a story to whet most whistles! And when I say most, I mean those of us with a penchant for dark and dirty storylines with a hint of romance. This isn't a story for the lighthearted. It has consensual abuse and plenty of rough sex so what made it so special. Simple, it was brilliantly written. I have no idea why I haven't read anything by Stylo Fantome before but I'm hooked and going to see the story through one delicious morsel at a time.

Jameson Kane is probably the king of alphas. There is something he is hiding behind his darkness and I guess time will reveal exactly what it is. Tatum is also a dream female character. She is feisty and happy to feed off what Kane has to offer her, mostly, and is quick witted enough to challenge his domineering ways. When they come together their escapades are literally earth shattering.

Kane and Tatum fight for overall dominance as they fight to each win the ultimate game! As the story develops though, so do Tatum's feelings for Kane but that part of the game was unscripted and isn't what Kane is looking for, or is he?

There is also a sweet story developing on the side with Kane's assistant, Sanders and I can't wait to see what his story is both past and future. We also have a complicated story to live out through Ang, Tatum's best friend - with benefits, as he tries to comes to terms with Tatum's feelings for Kane.

So if you're looking for something a little dirtier and something to rock your reading world, then you have to give The Kane Trilogy a go, you won't be disappointed. Be warned though, this ends on one hell of a cliffie!!!

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Review: Unchain My Heart

Wednesday 13 May 2015 No comments
Unchain My Heart Unchain My Heart by Jani Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ahhhh, what a sweetie Ryder is and it just goes to show, you shouldn't judge a book by the cover, no matter how rugged it is!!!

The story picks up with the same old dramas: Harrison wants to stop Jade from seeing Ryder, Jade and Ryder want to be together, Ryder wants to stop Harrison from falling for his sister, Eva, and so the story continues.

It's certainly one complicated love nest in this series but it's one that is really enjoyable, at least when it's not tearing you apart. This book has, as with the others before it, its emotional highs and lows alongside pain and happiness. We get to spend more time with Harrison, who I still don't trust, and also Eva, Ryder's half sister. We get to meet Max, albeit briefly, and the relationship between him and Jade's cousin, Rebecca, is one to definitely follow through the spin-off Firebird Triology.

Personally, I can't decide who I want to read about next as all of the characters are delicious. Definitely an series to read for the MC book fans out there.

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Review: Two Worlds Colliding

Two Worlds Colliding Two Worlds Colliding by Jani Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Ryder's prequel I couldn't wait to get back to this series and boy was book one full of steaminess and intrigue as we get to witness the aftermath of Jade's one night stand with Ryder.

I loved these characters from the outset and they compliment each other so well. From the Princess aka Jade who is rich, smart, sexy and feisty to Ryder aka the dirty talking biker, I have been consumed by their connection and needed more of their story stat.

Two Worlds Colliding picks up with Jade leaving Ryder's bed knowing that anything more than a single night together could spell danger for them both. Jade's brother, Harrison, is determined to bring down every biker gang in the area and she knows that he would never accept his sister dating someone like Ryder. The only problem is that Ryder didn't get the memo and decides that Jade will be his and his alone. Powerless to resist, Jade welcomes him into her bed time after time but it's only when her brother finds out that things become impossible for them as their relationship puts Scorpio Stinger MC under threat.

Jade is furious but accepts that they can't be together and so after a last night together, she sets Ryder free but will Ryder be able to forget Jade and will Jade be able to move on from Ryder?

This was another fast paced read which drew me in as we witnessed a present day Romeo and Juliet try to find a way to be together. I loved all of the characters and especially the twists and turns as new characters are introduced into the storyline. Some of the scenes didn't exactly flow for me (view spoiler) but all in all I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read on.

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Review: King

King King by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who wouldn’t love a King especially one that is brooding, gorgeous, sensitive, caring and downright dangerous. Yes, Brantley King is a bad boy trying to live life under a shadow of previous wrongdoings whilst trying to clean up his image in order to cut a path towards a happy future.

The story starts with a bit of history as we witness King and his new side-kick Preppy establish a life-long bond that will see highs, lows, happiness and sadness. Each with their own tragic background as children, King and Preppy are determined to find a way to wealth and happiness in any way they can, legally or illegally. King’s past is painful but Preppy’s is heartbreaking and I quickly fell in love with this special character as we experience his own special brand of “Preppiness”.

By comparison, Doe doesn’t have any memory from her past. After waking up in hospital and not remembering who she is or anything about her life to date, she is taken to live in a house where she fears for her life and determined not to be used as a sex toy, she flees onto the streets and tries to survive against her biggest enemy, hunger. After being “saved” by Nikki, she is taken under her wing and shown a possible future but it’s not one that Doe is comfortable with. After going with Nikki to a party, Doe quickly becomes fearful of her surroundings and the MC club she has found herself in the presence of. Escaping upstairs she stumbles across the enigmatic King, green eyes blazing, as he screws the girl he’s just tattooed. Eyes drawn to each other, King and Doe can’t fight their attraction but it’s when Nikki causes a scene that King decides that Doe, or Pup, is to become his property in order to pay off Nikki’s debt and to help him to change the life of one special family member.

Doe and King fight. Doe wants to leave but has no-where to go. King wants to keep her but still pushes her away but it’s not long that King realises that this little doe-eyed girl is playing on his mind as he sets out to bring her home, to his home.

Living a dual life isn’t easy for Doe as she desperately tries to find out who she is and to protect her previous self from possible life choice errors. King, on the other hand knows exactly who she is but doesn’t tell her.

The story continues twisting its way towards the inevitable cliffie as we get to know more about King, Preppy, their friend and local VP, Bear and of course Doe. It’s not long before they become firm friends but will Doe ever be ready to move on with a life that she has no past memory of?

I found this story a little slow to develop. I loved the characters from the start and I quickly became captivated by their complexities but I felt that I was still waiting for the story to catch up. By 50% things were looking up but then it slowed before and explosive ending. Don’t get me wrong, the story was enjoyable just a little drawn out for my liking. There were emotional highs and lows in this story. I laughed at times and cried at others. Personally, I found myself wanting the story to head in Bear’s direction rather than to continue with King but that’s probably the MC book fan in me getting distracted. King is a loveable character though but it was Preppy who stole my heart.

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5 Star Review: The Consequence of Revenge (Consequence, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday 11 May 2015 No comments
The Consequence of Revenge (Consequence, #2)The Consequence of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oh I love this series so much, I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Thank you, thank you, thank you Rachel Van Dyken for bringing Max to life and delivering him to our e-readers.

I thought Colton's story was funny but Max surpassed my expectations as he unleashes his own brand of quirkiness on the story. Page after page brought tears to my eyes and they weren’t just tears of laughter but also pain, pain that is mostly endured by Max’s poor brother, Reid. If you thought he'd recovered from Grandma then you are sorely mistaken. What fascinates me though is how Max and Reid didn't kill themselves before the age of 10! If you've ever had a sibling prank played on you you will know what I mean when I say multiply it, tenfold, and you will understand what Reid and Max put themselves through!

This story was again brilliantly written. The comic capers flowed beautifully throughout the story as Max, plus one or two other series favourites, try to survive Love Island and to win the ultimate prize but will the winner choose Max or the money?!

From goats to geckos, this story brings its own brand of happiness to your life as Max, the ultimate bachelor, tries to find his HEA in the arms of his Starbucks girl.

Although I’m firmly Team Max for this instalment, my heart ultimately belongs to Reid and I can’t wait to get my teeth into more of his delicious charactor!

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Review: Declan

Declan Declan by Ava Manello
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars

Well, after my review of “Carnal Persuasion” when I asked “who the hell is Declan?”, I now have some, if not all, of the answers!

We pick up Declan’s story by finding out about his military background and what his life was like before he stepped down from active service. Now wondering what to do next with his life, and after facing his own demons, he tries to find happiness and in doing so ends up in Severed.

We already know some of the details of what happened after his arrival in Severed from Carnal Persuasion and that’s where the story dropped off for me. It simply felt like a recap of events from Carnal Persuasion from Declan’s POV. His dialogue was stilted and came across as an account of the facts rather than an in depth analysis of the story from his perspective. The book sadly lacked a fluidity and wasn't anywhere near as absorbing as the Severed MC book series, sadly. Both Holly and Declan lacked emotion and I didn’t connect with their characters at all.

So, returning to my first statement, we are in some ways still no clearer as to who Declan really is but at least we know where he came from.

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Review: Savage

Sunday 10 May 2015 No comments
Savage Savage by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

So, I've done it. I've read a zombie book and survived to tell the tale. It was relatively painless, not too gruesome and despite the theme, the story basically portrays the behaviours of those not infected by a virus as they try to keep themselves safe whilst coming to terms with their altered lifestyle.

Set in the past and present, this books tells the story of Nina, a lonely woman whose husband has died and who has lost her children to college, and the boy she once loved from afar, Kevin Savage.

When the virus spreads and the zombies reach her town Nina decides along with her neighbours, Larry and Vera, to head to Chipeta Springs to flee the dangers they are facing and to check on Nina's Aunt. When heading out of town they hit a motorcyclist and Nina is shocked to see Kevin Savage for the first time in years. Bike damaged, Kevin decides to travel with the group but despite her feelings for Kevin reappearing, Kevin doesn't recognise Nina.

After becoming stranded in the hills, Nina and Kevin start to become close and working together daily to ensure they have what they need to survive the cold winter, they start to build a friendship that in turn becomes more. Thinking their only danger is from the zombies, Kevin and Nina soon realise that isolation and basic living is starting to take it toll on Larry and Vera and they become increasingly concerned about their safety especially around Larry.

This story has its horrors in the form of the zombies but also a suspense that builds slowly as the foursome struggles to live in fear of the zombies and also their own minds. Breaking the story down, it could have portrayed the after effects of any virus and makes you think just what would happen if society as we know it collapsed and people had to find a way to survive without basic necessities.

This was a well written and thought out book from Jade. It really made me question the behaviour of those in the book and whether their actions were appropriate or would I have acted differently? The story for me did seem quite long winded though and I struggled to get thoroughly absorbed by the book and I felt the ending was unfinished, despite the small HEA. (view spoiler). That said, just because I didn't love the book it doesn't mean that others won't. Zombies are not the main focus of the story though as the lives of the four survivors are followed as they come to terms with their new post apocalyptic life.

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Review: Dirty Deeds

Saturday 9 May 2015 No comments
Dirty Deeds Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've finally found time to read this next instalment in the Dirty Angels trilogy.

We met Derek briefly in Bold Tricks but he was simply portrayed as a hit man for hire. Now we get to experience the real Derek and what a treat he is. Having been hired to kill Javier's sister, Alana, Derek realises that this is one job he won't be able to complete as he decides that he wants to protect her from the evil at her door instead.

Derek and Alana set off on the run from danger whilst getting to know each other, bit by bit. Alana is hesitant to reveal her family to Derek and Derek pretends to be someone he isn't so it's not difficult to predict what is set to take place as the story continues.

For me this story fell a bit flat, which was a complete shocker given how much I love Karina Halle's books normally. It didn't grab me but instead gave me a gentle push towards seeing the book through to the end. I did find myself speed reading this in order to reach the stories conclusion which is sad. The story despite some exciting scenes lacked depth and I didn't get to feel the emotional and sexual attraction between Alana and Derek. The story kind of made me feel it was a means to and end. I guess I miss Javier and despite his brief appearance in this book I was left wanting more.

Disappointment aside, I will read on to the end of the trilogy.

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