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.

Copy provided by the publisher, author, and Netgalley in return for an honest review. 

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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