February 2019 – Page 2 of 3 – Beckie Bookworm

ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-21st February 2019
Publisher-Penguin UK
Genre-Psychological Suspense
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

They say you killed…But What If They’re Wrong?

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.

What really happened that day at the river? Where is Maggie’s husband?

And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?

MY REVIEW

Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh My: this book was just so good. I was hooked and invested from the very instance I started this journey and what a ride this was. The basic premise here: Maggie wakes up from a coma after an accident that has left her daughter dead. The car slipped into the river after the handbrake wasn’t engaged properly and despite Maggies best efforts Elspeth drowns and is pronounced dead at the scene. When Maggie eventually gains consciousness her daughter’s funeral has past and her husband is missing. To further confound events their marital home has been sold seven years precious and their joint bank account has been cleared. Maggie is alone adrift without an anchor and she has no idea where her husband has disappeared off to, she is also suffering from amnesia and can’t remember what actually happened the day of that terrible accident. So there’s a lot going on here: So many strands of the narrative waiting patiently until eventually, a picture starts to emerge where all pieces of the puzzle connect. The flashbacks of Maggies returning memories like a trail of breadcrumbs marking the forward path. A deepening mystery in regards to Sean and his secrets and Maggie: what is she hiding from, what dark secret from her past is infecting her present. I also felt such a sense of sympathy at poor Maggie’s confusion and current bewilderment at her present situation: not only has she lost Elspeth but her life has imploded so dramatically leaving her essentially alone. But the bit I liked most of all about this was that child dialogue and it’s utter poignancy. It was like a beacon of hope that eventually was quashed by the realism and disappointment of life. That voice for me resounded so loudly through “Day of the Accident” essentially stealing the whole show. So this was psychological suspense at its finest a gripping page-turner that I read in one sitting. I actually thought I had worked this one out and though I had guessed some I was still blown away by that finale. This one is a definite thumbs up from me it was such an amazing read. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Day of the Accident.

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Release Date-18th November 2018 Genre-Paranormal Suspense

Kindle Edition-185 Pages

Bill Eisner escaped the high-powered world of dog eat dog and opened a neighbourhood coffee shop. His high-maintenance girlfriend stayed behind. Now all he wants is a second chance in life, a chance to do something he enjoys and meet someone who can love him for who he is, not what he can buy her. The community loves him, the press loves him, and even the homeless think he’s one of the nicest guys around.

Finally, he thinks he’s found true happiness with the woman of his dreams. Until she’s murdered. At her funeral, Bill discovers that the woman he loved had a lot of secrets and told him a lot of lies. But does it matter? She’s gone forever. Or is she? Her text messages say otherwise.

The police don’t believe Eisner and suspect he might be responsible for his girlfriend’s death. Meanwhile, the text messages become more and more threatening. When a car bomb blows up his car he is forced to accept that someone or something clearly wants to kill him.

Hello Again combines the spine-tingling tension of a paranormal mystery and the descent into madness of a psychological thriller.

Hello Again by Stan Schatt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So this is one instance where the actual premise outshone the book’s execution: which in itself was really quite a shame as on paper this sounded fabulous. There was actually nothing wrong with the writing here but for me, I found that the characters reactions to certain situations here just didn’t feel authentic to the storyline and I also failed to achieve any deeper emotional connection with any of the cast involved. It all just felt so shallow and superficial if I’m being honest and as for Amber and Bills relationship well I just wasn’t feeling it during and definitely not after and Bill himself really didn’t seem that cut up at all about Ambers accident. He just went on with his mundane life as normal with no outward portrayal of grief or loss. I guess what I’m trying to impart here is Bill certainly didn’t act like a man who had lost the potential love of his life. Most of this is told from Bills POV and I did think he came across as a trifle shallow at times. Amber well I didn’t feel I got to know her beyond the superficial and I really felt that Bill was mostly wowed by her outward appearance rather than any deeper meaningful connection. Also, what’s with the creepy stalking and investigating her? Talk about an invasion of privacy. This also had every what not to do cliche you’d find in a B Horror movie. And lastly that insensitive police officer: I was in shock when they were informing Ambers mum about her daughter’s death. “Hello again” I’m sorry to say didn’t really work for me: the story itself was imaginative it just failed to live up to its original potential. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Hello Again.

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Release Date-6th February 2019
Genre-Dark Dystopian Romance
Kindle Editions-253 Pages

Reckless. Wild. Legends. 

Adelaide. Reckless. Debauched.

Savage princess.

Zane. Wild. Depraved.

Venomous prince.

One midsummer night that cruel bitch called, fate, decided we needed to meet, setting off a chain of events that would change both of our lives forever.

Hating him was innate.
Loving him was unexpected.

I was the nitro.
He was the dynamite.

Together we were catastrophic.

MY REVIEW

Degenerates by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So it was fabulous to be back in the badlands and continue the story here with “Degenerates” the next generation of savages. Settling in with a whole new chapter and cast: the offspring of the previous books now get their chance to shine in the spotlight of this messed up wasteland and as usual, this was pretty hardcore right from the get-go. Blood, gore murder and mayhem is the name of the game here and this particular author is the queen of dark. So this story features Adelaide Savage Princess and Zane Venomous prince. These two both from separate factions along with their families join forces to rescue their siblings who have gone AWOL somewhere over in district 9. So Savage and Venom working and coming together here in more ways than one. A match made in heaven and sweet hell. This is a series I adore so much so was ever so excited to get stuck in here and though this isn’t my favourite of the badland books for me this was still a great addition to the series. I don’t think this one was as particularly dark as others by this author but this was still pretty darn gruesome in places. I really liked the growing connection between Addy and Zane: but I wasn’t a fan of Zane’s little friend’s inclusion at the start of this; I just didn’t see the need. Hope that little number isn’t going to come back at a later date and throw a spanner in the works: unrequited feelings are savage can see that one coming back to bite Zane in the bum. was also fantastic to catch up briefly with all the old gang: though this is predominantly now the kid’s roadshow. This was as you would expect ramped up and despite thinking It wouldnt catch me unawares did manage to throw a giant curveball that I just never saw coming. If you like your fiction on the psychotic sick side then this should definitely tick all your boxes. It certainly ticked mine. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Degenerates (Badlands Book Five).

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Release Date-6th February
Genre-Omegaverse
Kindle Edition-177 Pages

He obtained her – and now she must obey

The Alpha Prince

Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best–to earn his place and prove his worth.

After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.

It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.

She must accept her fate – and so must he.

The Omega Gift

Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.

But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.

Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.

Own To Obey is the first book in this couple’s story, but the seventh instalment of the Myth of Omega series. This is a dark, steamy, Omegaverse romance. Cliff-hanger included. For fans of barbarian Alpha anti-heroes, sweet but savvy Omega heroines, epic fantasy worlds, and captive romances. Discover a magical kind of dark…

Own To Obey includes romance and situations of a dark nature. Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers. For ages 18 and over 

Own To Obey by Zoey Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega, #7 ) starts a new chapter and a new Alpha/Omega pairing. Visiting tribe leader Kardos who we previously met was promised an Omega to take back to his lands: that Omega is Shaya who has been hiding in plain sight. So book Seven in this series starts exactly where we left off in its predecessor and almost immediately here I was engrossed and committed to the unfolding drama. Shaya after willingly trading herself in place of her sister is determined to stay strong and not be broken by her new circumstances in life: but it’s not long before the reality of her new situation really starts to hit home. So, this was quite savage and brutal at times and I really felt for Omega Shaya: her confusion and bewilderment of her current situation all made much worse by the language barrier and treatment she is receiving from tribe leader Kardos. He, in turn, thinks that he needs to do this to help her accept her fate and place with his people: that he is training her in the ways of his tribe and culture. There were certainly times here that I hated Kardos just as much as poor Shaya. It was such a struggle at times to really comprehend his true feelings towards Shaya: beyond the obvious that is. He was also king of the mixed messages and as soon as I realised what he actually intended when he reached home I was just then just waiting heart in mouth for the dreaded and expected fallout. My heart was breaking for poor Shaya when she finally realised what he had done and I wanted to personally knock Kardos out for being such a bloody turd. I was engrossed from start to finish here and read this in one entire sitting. Really can’t wait to read the next book here so much did I enjoy this. On a final note please be aware that this story is very dub-con in nature and please do avoid if this is a tall an issue for you. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Own To Obey (Myth of Omega, #7).

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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The Forgotten Commander

The Lost Planet Series, Book One

by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard

Publication Date: February 13, 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

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BLURB

Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.

A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.

My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.

Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.

The most we can hope for is survival.

We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.

Five females—a chance at a future.

Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

They’re ours now.

Asleep and made ready for breeding.

We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.

It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.

I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.

My people will have the future they deserve.

I’ll make sure of it.

My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

MY REVIEW

The Forgotten Commander by K. Webster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I do love a bit of alien romance and this one for me delivered a really great start to this new series. Such a highly imaginative endeavour this was: I adored the descriptive world building and overall alienness of the Morts they for me had almost a reptile feel to them with there forked tongues and paralysing venom. I also really liked the unique vocabulary used throughout: it really added a nice touch to the whole story, made everything seem just a tad more exotic. So this is the story of Breccan and Aria: Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander of the planet Mortuus: because of a past disaster his race and planet is all but decimated in numbers, down to only ten Morts and none of these survivors are females. Aria of earth former party girl and actress: when Breccan’s Morts intercept five cryo chambers from a passing vessel they feel like there prayers for salvation have finally been answered. So Aria awakens in a strange place with no idea of where she is and it becomes very evident she is not on earth any longer. Aria then realises that these scary looking aliens have an agenda and she along with the other females still in cryosleep are the sole hope for this dying planet’s future. So “The Forgotten Commander” is a breeding trope alien romance and I didn’t even know that was an actual thing until I embarked upon this book. its told from dual pov Breccan and Aria. Aria though a tad highly strung at times seemed a highly pragmatic sort: making the best of things and able to see the bigger overall picture. She will do what’s necessary for her survival and I liked the fact she wasn’t really despite her situation a whiner. Breccan for me came across as such a sweetie he really was adorable in all his interactions with Aria and I couldn’t help but warm to the sweetly protective vibe he outwardly portrayed. This was also equally amusing and scorching hot in temperature. I really enjoyed myself here and will definitely be reading the next in this series. An observation though before I finish up here: Aria didn’t seem to know how she had ended up in cryosleep at least that’s the impression I got. I was surprised this wasn’t elaborated on further, maybe I just missed something or this is one explanation for a later date it just struck me as odd. I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Forgotten Commander (The Lost Planet, #1). All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

The Vanished Specialist

The Lost Planet Series, Book Two

by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard

Publication Date: April 3, 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Continue the out-of-this-world Lost Planet Series with Calix’s story.

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-5th February 2019
Genre-Gritty Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-281 Pages

I’m used to getting my hands dirty. During the day it’s mud and grime on the construction site. At night…it’s the blood I spill. A drug lord’s enforcer does what needs to be done. It’s my obedience, my loyalty to the boss that keeps my family alive.

I know I’m teetering on the edge. I’m losing my humanity, I can feel it. It’s changing me, and it’s only a matter of time before the darkness takes over.

Then I meet her. Liv. The only person who sees past my busted knuckles and brutal exterior. She sees…me. But being with me will get her killed. The only way I can keep her safe is by staying away. Until her own actions catapult her into the centre of my world—a world which will swallow her whole.

Now I’m forced to be the ruthless bastard I’ve been for so long. Only this time it’s not to destroy…but to defend.

MY REVIEW

Brick by Jen Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Brick such a lot: it has such an overall feel-good vibe to the whole entire experience. I adored Brick and really appreciated the fact that he wasn’t your usual pretty boy. He defiantly lives up to his name in size as he is built like an actual shed: so definitely a big fellow. Which certainly comes in handy when he is doing his job for a local loan shark as his top enforcer: a job he dislikes but has no choice in as his employer has leverage that keeps brick compliant and in line. To keep himself sane and for his own enjoyment Brick works a day job at Cooper Construction. It is here that he runs into Olivia a workmates sister. Liv is everything he thinks he is not and though the attraction is certainly mutual he knows to keep her safe from his associations he needs to stay far far away from her. But Liv is not prepared to take no for an answer and what follows next was such a warm and engrossing journey of love and acceptance. With Liv, (Jonathon) as she decides to call him, is a gentle giant and he finds in her something he has never quite experienced before a person to call home. As liv Pushes: Brick Pulls right back: scared of contaminating what he perceives as her light with his filthy stained hands. Because of life’s lessons, Olivia isn’t scared to now go after what she actually wants and this was ever such a refreshing quality. I especially adored that Brick wasn’t a man-whore and that at times when it comes to the romantic side of things he seemed a trifle shy and unsure of himself: now that was very endearing indeed. I felt that the action and suspense here was just the right balance and this didn’t go overboard: it felt authentic and real to the whole situation. In conclusion, this was a fabulous and thrilling introduction to what looks to be a great new series. Really enjoyed myself here and am happy to give this a big thumbs up. On a side-note the dark in this story is mainly Bricks Job this is more gritty dark than dark, dark: the romance itself here is super sweet. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Brick (Cooper Construction, #1).

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Date-21st February
Publisher-Penguin UK
Genre-Mystery & Horror
Kindle Edition-352 Pages

The new spine-tingling, sinister thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man . . . 

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her.

Something happened to my sister. I can’t explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn’t the same. She wasn’t my Annie.

I didn’t want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

MY REVIEW

The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Taking of Annie Thorne was such an engaging read. I went into this blind, not quite knowing what to expect and can honestly say this really impressed me. From that visually disturbing opening scene where we along with the officers are exposed to that stomach-churning optical delight: that set the stage so brilliantly in preparation for whatever was to come forth. This really was powerful stuff projecting such an atmosphere of darkness and a stench of foreboding evil that Our main character, teacher Joe Thorn had felt once many tears before. So this is told from teacher Joe’s POV: a washed-up forty-year-old with a gambling addiction, bad debts and a sarcastic take no prisoners wit. I found myself really warming to Joe despite his many faults at heart he seemed a good man who had just lost his way a bit: his witty one-liners also made me smile and he just came across as real. Many years ago Joe’s Sister Annie had vanished from her bed in the middle of the night only to return 48 hours later alive but changed in subtle ways. Joe has had an email from an anonymous source claiming it is all happening again. Needing someone to lie low Joe decides to kill two birds with one stone and off he trots back to the backwater place he grew up in to delve deeper. So this was creepy and cold and had a deep sense of wrongness resounding from the pages almost from the start here. That macabre Abbie Eyes Doll and the insects adding such a harbinger of doom atmosphere to the whole entire concern. This really wasn’t about any shock scares more an intense awareness of things to come that sinks down deep into your very bones, petrifying them in the process. Past does collide with present here as Joe’s life starts to gradually implode and what hes running from manages to catch up with him. This really was such great reading: a real ominous page-turner that I really did enjoy and that curveball right at the finish here well that certainly was a surprise: didn’t see that one coming, nice finish, no issue recommending this one at all. I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Taking of Annie Thorne

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Release Date-19th February 2019
Publisher-Owl Hollow Press
Genre-Young-Adult Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition-318 Pages

Total Recall meets Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies.

Sleep for three months and make your problems go away.

Ellie Savage is used to promises. Her dermatologist dad and her psychiatrist mom run the Narcosis Clinic, a medical facility famous for ultimate makeovers, where disturbing issues are resolved while patients are beautified. Clients like pop star Dean Mathews are grateful to narcosis for healing their deepest wounds. Ellie is her parents’ most ardent supporter until her dreams become a nightmare. Ellie discovers that her true self has been shredded to bits by the scalpel and the only way for Ellie to remember is to forget everything she thinks she knows.

“The relationship between Cole and Ellie is absorbing (it’s indisputably a mutual affection) while the twins’ dynamic–they’re supportive but playfully combative–is likewise effective. The plot eventually spins into thriller territory but shrewdly incorporates themes of parenting and self-confidence. Cypress’ prose throughout is colourful: a crowd getting into ‘a ginormous frenzy’ and Ellie walking ‘in a fog of convoluted memories and migraine medicine.’ Well-defined characters in a zigzagging medical tale rife with surprises.” –Kirkus

MY REVIEW

Narcosis Room by Louise Cypress
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So “Narcosis Room” is a standalone Young-Adult: Mystery and suspense novel. My first experience with this particular author and one that for the most part was a positive one. This was a clean YA read told from multiple POV’s: Mostly Ellie but also some from Dean and Cole too. I found this such an interesting concept and idea especially considering though fiction this had some loose base in factual reality. The idea that you can sleep away treatments and trauma while someone basically fixes and reprograms your brain and body almost like an unconscious miracle cure that doesn’t impact harshly on the patients overall well being and state of mind: well It really does sound too good to be true, doesn’t it? This also poses ethical questions and the dilemma between how far do you go to get that perfect physique and lifestyle. When all you need to do is go to sleep for a time and awake fluent in French or an expert on literature the self-serving possibilities with this sort of treatment are endless. Then on the other end of the spectrum to be able to sleep threw invasive painful surgery. For Ellie’s experience with Narcosis, this was almost a “Total Recall” meets that old Katie Holmes film from the nineties “Disturbing Behaviour” where her parents are also striving for some unreal idea of perfection in their daughter. I also thought that Ellie’s mums own personal life experiences had definitely impacted her decision making and choices in the negative in regards to dealing with her daughter’s behaviour. So Ellie in the second half of this seemed to understandably do a complete turnaround in her behaviour and general attitude: though I could one hundred percent see why this was it still didn’t stop me wanting to give her a big kick up the backside and tell her to pull up her big girl pants and just deal already. So it becomes obvious that Ellie’s parents are keeping big secrets from her and as Ellie and her friends begin to delve deeper this did a 160 on me and changed directions again. This goes so much deeper than what’s visible on the surface and even though I did find certain aspects of the finale here a trifle farfetched and improbable I still very much enjoyed myself here. Narcosis Room was such an imaginative endeavour and a really easy read. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Narcosis Room.

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Release Date-7th February 2019
Publisher-Macmillan
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-382 Pages

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller, The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone. 

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“An anonymous Girl” was a collaboration between two authors and I for one couldn’t tell: it was a seamless undertaking that if I hadn’t been aware beforehand I would still be completely in the dark about. These two writers obviously complement each other’s styles greatly. This for me was very much a mixed bag. Mystery and intrigue combined with such a gripping and freshly unique subject matter. I especially liked that this was so different to all else around at this moment. This started out so well, pulling at my sense of curiosity and reeling me in, unfortunately, what began with such finesse rapidly fizzled away leaving me feeling a trifle deflated. This took a while to get off the ground and during this slow start “An Anonymous Girl” lost my attention slightly. Luckily when things did start to move along I was still somewhat invested in this story. So this one is a difficult one to explain its such an unusual concept. Purley a psychological thriller at heart this mainly deals with morality and choices made, but not really in the obvious way that you will initially perceive here. This is told from Two POV: Jessica and Dr Shields, Dr Shields thoughts are really more of an ongoing voiceover with Jess herself taking centre stage for the majority of this book. Jess is a viable test subject in morality for a supposed ongoing study, but really she is a pawn for others in a dangerous psychological game where caught in the crossfires she is a casualty of others choices and ultimately their actions. So while I did enjoy this I did find the writing style wasn’t quite a fit for me which impacted slightly on my enjoyment here hence my three rating: this is still, in my opinion, an interesting undertaking that I would certainly recommend. I voluntary reviewed a copy of An Anonymous Girl.

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Release Day-31st January 2019
Genre-Dark Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-300 Pages

Once upon a time, humankind ruled the world while lycans and vampires lived in secret.
This is no longer that time.

Rae

Blood Day–the culmination of my training. The day I find out my fate. I will not cry. I will not beg. I will remain calm. Emotions are for the weak, and I am not weak. My name is Rae and I will survive this.

But I never expected him to call my name…

Kylan

Someone wants to frame me for immortal insanity? Be my guest, darling. I’ll just pick a fighter as my bait, a consort with a hint of defiance. And when the culprit attempts to bite, I’ll be the one who bites back.

Because no one touches what’s mine, including the fiery redhead at my side.

Welcome to Kylan City.
I dare you all to come out and play.

****

Oh, no. This wasn’t good. I couldn’t afford for Kylan to be interested, not with immortality dancing at my fingertips.

You can’t want me, I thought.

But how did I convey that?

I… I…

Do something!

My jaw clenched in frustration, not knowing how to stop this–him. His grip on my chin tightened painfully, his growl vibrating my chest. It took me too long to realize why, to realize what I’d done.

His tongue was trapped between my teeth.

I’d just bitten him.

I’d just bitten a royal vampire.

And not just any royal vampire, but Kylan, the oldest royal in existence.

Royally Bitten by Lexi C. Foss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So glad I took a chance on this particular author as I had not read any of her work before embarking on this series. I am now a complete fan of this incredibly imaginative but brutal future dystopian world: this author has quite the lurid imagination let me tell you. This is the second book in the Blood Alliance series and this time we get acquainted with Royal vampire Kylan and Rae or Raelyn to Kylan. We get to join Rae and her friends at the totally barbaric blood day ceremony where the humans in there 22nd year are being sorted into there designated factions and twelve of them the brightest and best in there graduating class will be chosen to compete for the immortal cup: a competition where the last two left alive will be given the gift of immortality, one to join the lycans and the other the Vampire ranks. Rae’s hopes are dashed when she unintentionally catches the eye of the royal Prince and instead of her place competing in the tournament, she is acquired for the royal harem. Kyran is referenced in book 1 as having murdered his whole harem for sport and is rumoured to be suffering because of his advanced age from some form of immortal insanity but things are not always quite what they seem on the surface and Kylans waters run much deeper than he outwardly reveals. I also found this had a totally different vibe to its predecessor and I enjoyed this even more than Chastely Bitten. I really didn’t think that was even remotely possible considering how much I adored it but this actually surpassed my expectations completely overtaking book one in my affections. Rae herself is of a totally different personality type than Juliet was: more feisty and argumentive challenging Kylan at every turn. Kylan I liked a lot more than I originally thought I would he was quite the personality. I found that this instalment explores the sexuality side of things much more Kylan even has a male blood slave Mikail though he is not actually gay he is certainly more fluid with his affections towards his charge indulging him with pleasure while taking his vein. There is also some slight M/F/M action between Kylan, Rae and Mikail We also get reacquainted with Jace, Darius and his Juliet and though brief I adored catching up with them all. So this for me was a fantastic read and I really didn’t want it to end I was that invested in the unfolding dramatic storyline. I liked where this went and am looking ahead eagerly for book three this is one series I recommend highly loved it. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Royally Bitten (Blood Alliance Series Book 2).

All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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