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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