July 2018 – Page 2 of 6 – Beckie Bookworm

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Release Date-31st May 2018
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-YA Dystopian
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED. THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.

THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher.

Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-31/5/18

This really appealed to me the idea of a dystopian landscape where female births have decimated to the point where the last XX Birth in fifty years is the honour of one young girl aptly name Eve. Unsurprisingly she is one hot commodity; kept segregated from the common masses in the tower with the Mothers; Aged woman who have made it there lives vocation to raise her. Eve is raised with the ideals that she alone is the last hope for humanity; a heavy responsibility for any young girl. Her only companion aside from the mothers is Holly a kind of ready-made best-friend; she’s a sort of hologram run by three drivers one of whom is Bram. Bram and Eve, though they have never touched in person have sort of grown to adulthood side by side. Despite only interacting through Holly; these two have learned to recognise each other. And it’s not long before the deep feelings these two inspire in each other spill over into real time. So I did find this slightly disappointing sigh. Not much really happens in the first two-thirds of this story, it’s all Eve meeting the potentials and a whole lot of inner turmoil from both Bram and Eve and I did find things to be quite slow and plodding in nature a kind of slow build. This didn’t work for me really and I found my attention at times drifting somewhat. Also, there’s no real explanation for why things are the way they are which I found a rather perplexing fact. I felt this was a missed opportunity to further expand on this unique backdrop. So For me, this was all gearing up to be a 2.5 review then luckily things did kick up a notch going from snail pace to 100 MPH in ten seconds flat. What a relief, With this then upbeat in the storyline, things really did improve for me rescuing “Eve Of Man” and reinvesting me in the storyline. Eve herself finally becomes less of a victim and more proactive in her own life; her eyes are finally opened to what is actually occurring around her when she endeavours to break out of her bubble and take back some control of her own life. Bram also came into his own eventually as well, though I do feel that he took the scenic route rather than the main road but never mind the point is he gets there eventually. This is told in dual POV from Both Eve and Brams perspective and though there was a budding romance here this is a completely clean YA and the romance is more of a secondary concern the main focus being on the underlying greater purpose and the breakdown in society.. I also found this to be a very imaginative read, though I do think we are not giving the XY gene enough credit in regards to society’s breakdown without the female input. Ultimately I will read book two as I do want to know where this is going but I’m not sure how invested I am yet. watch this space. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Eve of Man (Eve of Man Trilogy #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions are entirely my own.

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Release Date-17th July 2018
Genre- Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-200 Pages

I’m old enough to drive a car, buy alcohol, and enter a club. I’m old enough to take responsibility for my actions. I’m old enough for her. No matter what her middle-aged friends or society says. No matter she’s the age of my mother. No matter why or how I met her. I’ll take those secrets to my grave. And her with them.

If those secrets don’t ruin us first.

(Old Enough is Book 1 of The Age Between Us duology. Book 2 will be available on 28 August 2018.) 

Old Enough by Charmaine Pauls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-17/7/18

Well, well well, what a surprise this was. So after previously deciding against ARC reading this; as well if I’m honest as much as I love age gap romances they don’t really work for me when its a younger man older women. I know double standard and all, buts that’s just the way I roll. I can only think of one instance when the above trope has worked for me; a story by Carian cole so I usually avoid younger man romances like the plague. But after reading a small taster of the first couple chapters the author sent my way I was actually extremely intrigued here and after much internal deliberation decided to give “The Age Between Us” Duo a whirl. I already knew I liked this author as have read previous works of hers and really enjoyed them but was still a bit apprehensive as this is not usually my thing. Well bloody hell!! really taken aback here; this was absolutely brilliant in every way that counts. That’s not to say I am going to go out and read all the Y/M books out there I’m, not a convert or anything, far from it but this is definitely my exception to the rule. This book ticked all my boxes on every level. It raised the bar and then some. It wove such an intricate web easily pulling me into the addictive storyline. I don’t think I have any criticisms here with “Old Enough” except it ended too soon. I liked Jane very much but it was Brian who stole the show for me I adored him. His maturity was way over the usual nineteen-year-olds. His upbringing and background bringing such a maturity of character to the table; he seemed so very self-aware and also responsible with the added obligation of his mother and sister. He’s all about his family and making things easier for them. And his confidence in his own sexuality well it was bloody red-hot its no wonder Jane couldn’t hold out shes only human and Brian may be the younger of the two but he’s a man in all the ways that count and that included taking charge; He likes to be the one in control. And while this does mainly concentrate on the connection being forged between Jane and Brian. There was also a lot of underlying storylines being intertwined such as how these two originally were brought together and issues Brian has going on with the local gang boss. This seemed to be mostly about building the trust but I’m expecting everything to implode dramatically in book two with all the story threads connecting, can’t wait. So “Old Enough” has some really diverse characters all so different. And while I adored some others were complete jerks. I hated Janes Ex-Husband and his new flavour; but also felt that Jane needed to go nuclear on their butts. She’s been a bit of a doormat in her past and now her present and there not surprisingly taking the piss. I’m hoping they get there comeuppance very soon. I also didn’t like Janes friend she was a grade A Biotch; there’s telling it as it is and then there’s backstabbing besties, shes reeks of the latter in my opinion and is no friend to Jane. I hope Karma comes and stabs her in the eye. Also Janes daughter; well shes a bit of a selfish brat but she has been taught it’s all about her so you can hardly blame the girl; I really felt for Jane when she seemed to be losing out with Abby but I would have gone postal at the blatant disregard my Ex had for my role as mother here; just saying. So I’m really looking forward to the next book here like jumping up and down with such anticipation. I have a feeling things are really going to come to a head, it’s going to be epic I hope. I really can’t recommend this enough so please don’t be put off by the age gap here; I’m so glad I put aside my preconceptions and gave this a chance or I would have missed this bloody fantastic read. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Old Enough (The Age Between Us, #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense/Family Drama/New Adult Cover Design: SD Hendrickson  Release Date: July 26, 2018 “Sultry
summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a powerful family”
He warned me. Said hawks were dangerous birds. Their majestic beauty could blind your eyes as they picked the flesh from your bones. But even hawks have enemies. And they eventually came for the Hawthorn family. Held us hostage. Demanded

retribution.

But I wasn’t a Hawthorn. No, I was just the help. Caught in the turmoil of a tragic family. I worked hard for Delsey Hawthorn. Tried to earn the respect of the reigning tyrant. Assistant. Event planner. Gardner. Chauffeur. I added it all

to my resume.

And then I met Javier Hawthorn. Delsey ordered me to stay away from her grandson. But like a moth to a burning flame, I gravitated toward him. He was so different than my

world. Irresistible. Charming. He brought a calmness to the chaos.

But that was before the intruders came into the house. Tied us up. Hurt us. We struggled to get away. We fought to survive. But who were the men behind the masks? Did we know them? Because someone who got this close to the family at night must be

even closer during the day.

The Hawks: A Novel by S.D. Hendrickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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release Date-26/7/18

The Hawks was my first experience with this particular author and it was a mostly positive endeavour for me. This was a well thought out intriguing read packed with suspensful romance and thrilling action. It had a fantastic twist that I never saw on the horizon and though I did have some slight issues here this for me was still extremely enjoyable and I would certainly recommend this if you’re looking for something to get your blood pumping. So as I said swings and roundabouts; while I really liked the way this was narrated in present time and flashbacks I felt that without this style of storytelling this could have felt a bit flat. The build-up to the main course was a bit lengthy in my opinion and could have done with a bit of pruning. This was a long book and it really felt it would have delivered itself better shortened slightly; maybe it’s just me but I did zone out slightly on some occasions. I also would have prefered this to be dual POV as I felt that I didn’t really get to know Javier that well and as such he felt slightly one-dimensional at times. Which was a shame as he seemed a real decent bloke; perhaps maybe a bit cookie-cutter perfect at times; but still, I would definitely have liked to delve deeper here. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Sarina’s boss Delsey Hawthorn; her eccentricities made such compelling reading and kept thing interesting. I know she was a massive opinionated pain in the derriere but the old girl had some good qualities also, hidden really deep that is, she wasn’t completely bad. I also really adored Cole and thought Sarina was a bloody major cow to him. I couldn’t quite work out what her deal was here she was an utter cow-bag to the poor bloke. In fact, if I’m honest I found it hard to relate or even like Sarina at times, she came across as completely, self-centred and materialistic. That is my main reason for marking this down slightly my compulsion to strangle some sense into the girl throughout. Despite the above, I still found this compelling reading and that finale completely knocked it out of the park. This was a good read that I had some slight nitpicks with; still very happy to recommend this if you like a bit of action with your romance. On a side-note, I want Cole’s story as I think he got such a raw deal here but please let’s have a girl who appreciates him for the unpolished gem that he is; I would so read his story. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Hawks” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions are entirely my own.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to upset you.” My hands cupped his cheeks. I peered into his eyes, trying to read him better as I wore my heart on the outside. “I know this is supposed to be casual. But this doesn’t feel casual to me. You are so good to me. So much more than I ever expected. The way you make me feel. I just need to know if you feel the same way. And it’s okay if you don’t. I just need to know the truth.”

Javier rested his forehead against mine. “I feel the same, Sarina.”

“You do?” The elation filled my chest and I leaned up to kiss him, but his words stopped me.

“I feel the same, but you’re not really mine. Not permanently. What right do I have to feel jealous or angry?”

“But you have every right,” I pleaded with him. “If you think we’re together.”

The emotions shifted in his eyes as he struggled with his answer. “Maybe I tried to pretend at first. That you could mean nothing. But I couldn’t. I care about you, Sarina. And in another time or place, I could see myself wanting so much more with you. But the more we feel, the harder it ends.”

“You don’t think I know that?” I whispered. “I know you will hurt me. Eventually.”

“But I don’t want to hurt you. So I have to ask you this. Do you want to stop now before this gets more serious? Before it hurts more?”

“No,” I gushed. I didn’t even hesitate. The idea of him pulling away sent a panic through me. I didn’t care about the heartbreak that would come later when he left me. I needed him in my life right now. “I don’t want to stop seeing you.”

SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism and Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. She is the

author of The Mason List, Waiting for Wyatt, and My Lucky Days.

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Titles: Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Resortation Series: Love in the Dark Series The fork in the road in front of me screamed go right. The path to peace inside of me was paved in his blood. Can I ever believe in love again? Instead of going right, I veered left into the depths of a world unknown.

Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration by Chelsea Camaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this is the second book in the Love in the Dark series and while I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as its predecessor it still certainly packed a massive punch leaving me reeling with that cliffhanger finale. This carries on almost instantly after the events of “Stay” and after the shocking finale we were given there understandably Fallyn/Angelina is deep down in a hole of darkness and despair with a life-altering desition straight ahead of her. Does she reclaim her old life or follow Her Strangers wishes embracing her identity as Angelina. With the help of her Uncle Zo-Zo Angelina embarks on a whole new pathway leaving her old life behind for fresh new shores and college living. At first, struggling and feeling adrift without her Giano; Angelina struggles against the tide with feelings of loneliness and isolation almost adrift without a familiar anchor. But there is one bright spot on the near horizon her new college professor Shawn Patrick and due to the forbidden aspect of there relationship these two start a slow build friendship that eventually culminates in so much more. She feels an almost instant connection to him and with the parallels of there upbringings. Shawn himself has walked away from his father’s criminal lifestyle forging his own path ahead as a history professor. And though Angelina is still knee deep in secrets and lies she falls hard and fast. So as I said earlier I really enjoyed this; it was dialled back a notch from the previous book concentrating much more on the budding friendship emerging and also Angelinas growing rebirth of healing. Told again from our girls POV; so you really do get a sense of where her heads at after previous fallout. “Seeking Solace” does a great job of lulling you into a false sense of security and just when you think maybe out girl is finally due for some overdue peace and happiness; it strikes, like a snake injecting its venom; re-contaminated everything and dragging Angelina back into that world she has so desperately tried to leave far behind in her dust. That ending; what a shocker that was, like seriously. So I am so looking forward to the next instalment here and I’m hoping maybe there’s a big pot of karma at the end of the rainbow of ruins that seems to be Angelina’s recurring nightmare. The poor girl so needs to catch a break. I for one will be waiting with bated breath for the anticipated outcome here. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions are entirely my own.

Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.

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Release Date-19th July 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-184 Pages

Lust, sex, lies. 
I fell in love.
l bled and broke for him. 
I foolishly played his game and woke to find he’s not done with me yet. 
He’s dead set on stripping everything I am bare. 
I’m nothing but his plaything and he’s pulling my strings. 
But things are going to be different. 
I’m more than an assassin, a monster with a pretty face. I’m his undoing.
I will rise. Seek my revenge. Outwit his deviant schemes. 
This time…I plan to win.

This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.

The Devil’s Plaything by Claire Marta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-19/7/18

The Only creature who has ever been able to bring the devil to his knees, my beautiful deadly Queen

This was such a delicious concluding instalment to a series that had previously captured my attention so completely with it’s ingenious and fresh perspective on that old tug of war between good and evil and everything that lies in the grey of the in-between. And after where we previously left off with this I was practically salivating to jump headlong back into the action alongside Mavi, Lucifer and all the rest of the gang. Having no idea how this was going to continue after that massive cliffhanger of a finale in book one I was ever so curious to see how “The Devil’s Plaything” was going to recover from the burnt ashes it had collapsed into previously. This is one book ive been wanting to hurry up and hit my kindle like so much and I have to tell you it was so worth the wait folks. So after a quick re-read of its predecessor, I was raring to go and almost instantly catapulted into a world of confusion where nothing is as it seems and the king of manipulations and lies that is Lucifer seems up to his old tricks; scheming and playing his cards totally to his own advantage. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt really I did, but it was just so hard when time after time he seemed to be playing a game that only he was aware of all the rules. No regard for Mavi or seemingly anyone else, stomping on her obvious affections without a care. And the more this progressed the deeper the hole he seemed to did himself into with Mavi I really didn’t see how he was going to explain his way out of this one. And while Lucifer spun his manipulations around the whole saga the contrast in his portrayed intent and actual attention to Mavi was just so confusing, I didn’t know what to think as he was Constantly blowing hot and cold throughout. And talking of heat the sexual antics between these two were seriously smokin in nature with a raw unapologetic carnality that I bloody adored. In fact, there was just so much here that I was loving as this was just such a fantastic engaging read. I think one of my favourite aspect of this series was the unrepentant nature of its characters. I adore it when we are given an unashamed anti-hero that stays totally true to there inner nature. A monster that is still kinda a monster to everyone but the one they adore and that’s what we are treated to here; Lucifer is who he is and makes no excuses for his inert essence. And Mavi herself is more than a match for him her ultimate wickedness complimenting Lucifers corrupt core just so cruelly and with such great finesse. So this is set primarily in Hell away from Ceasefire which I actually prefered. We also get to experience Lucifer this time in his true form which was also a mega plus for me. There are definitely some surprises here that leapt out of left field and totally knocked my socks off. And there were times occasions that I really hated Lucifer with a bloody passion and wanted to knock him the hell out. This is one of those reads that once started can’t be put down so great is its pull.

I was transfixed to the bitter end.

They call him a monster. Weaver of lies. The great deceiver. Yet the devil has wept for me. Fought For me. Taken me in his dark Embrace

I cant recommend this book series enough my only criticism here is it had to end. So looking forward to experiencing much more of this fantastic world and seeing what else this talented author has planned for us next. I was provided with an ARC of “The Devil’s Plaything (Ceasefire #2)” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.

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Release Date-19th July 2018
Publisher-Coventry Press Ltd
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-275 Pages

Born to darkness in a time when crusades raged between battling faiths, Dominic De’Lessep is taken prisoner of the blood. Cursed for spurning his maker for delivering him to an existence devoid of light, she condemns him to a life alone, where anyone he dared love, dies.

A millennium later, revenge is all he wants, that is until he meets Belinda Force, a fiery student of antiquities who knows him for what he is and what he plans to do.

Perilously drawn to this mysterious stranger, Belinda ignores the danger in his eyes and the icy touch that makes her body burn. She cannot deny her deep connection to the man and his quest or his raging need for her…even if it kills her. Can true love break the curse that’s held him for a thousand years?

Condemned by Marianne Morea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-19/7/18

This was my first book by this particular author and I really did enjoy myself here. Rich in a sense of history as well as the added bonus of paranormal and romance this has something to satisfy all tastes. I myself adored the rich tapestry of history we are exposed to as “Condemned” plays out drawing me into its rich atmospheric ambience so easily. Set in the field of archaeology this cleverly combines the old and the new making for such a fascinating tale. I wasn’t aware upon starting this that it was part of a series; no worries this can easily be read as a standalone; I had no issues whatsoever doing so. I did find this quite slow growing initially with a lot of time going into building the momentum so when Dominic and Belinda eventually do meet it did seem slightly instalove. This was one of the slight issues that pulled Condemned down a tad for me. I’m not overly fond of the Wham Bam! I love you vibe and prefer myself much more of a slow build when it comes to the feelings department. I also thought Belinda got over the whole Oh No; he’s a bloodsucking vampire fact far too easily, I mean come on he’s a freaken bloodsucker; you’d think she would be a tad warier than she actually was. Once she got over the initial OMG shock she hardly gave it a second thought. despite some slight issues I still enjoyed this very much. It has so much going for it in terms of plot and both main characters were extremely likeable individuals. The history here for me was a major selling point, and this delivered in spades on that front. I also never saw that ending coming either, completely snuck up and blindsided me. In conclusion, this was such an enjoyable read filled with Vampires, witchery, history and archaeology delivering a menagerie of flavours. And despite having a vampire for the Hero I did not find this dark in the least. A feel-good paranormal romance that certainly delivers on the romance front. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Condemned (Cursed by Blood Saga Book 7)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

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Release Date-17th July 2018
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-258 Pages

From USA Today bestselling author W Winters comes an emotionally captivating and thrilling, romantic suspense. 

At first, his words were harsh and his touch cold. 
I didn’t want to be in his presence any more than he wanted me there. 
I knew he was a dangerous man and he could destroy me if only he wanted to. 

That’s not what he wanted though. It’s not what he needed. 
It’s not what I desired either. 

It’s so easy to get lost in the touch of a man who’s powerful and unattainable. 
A man who wants for nothing … except me. 
Soft touches and stolen glances made my blood heat and my heart beat in a way I never knew it could. 

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a haze of lust and desire. 
But there’s a reason his reputation is one of a heartless man. 
And I should have known better.

Heartless by Willow Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-17/7/18

So this is book two in the Merciless series and one I was desperately awaiting after that shocking finale we were treated to in its predecessor. So in “Heartless” we actually dial it down a notch and instead really just concentrate on the overall dynamic that is building between Aria and Carter and here I felt we get much more of a sense of connection between the two; more so than I originally felt in Book one. While this was great and I did really enjoy exploring and deciphering the obscurity which is Carters’ brain as well as getting to understand more of what makes Aria tick this did mean a much slower pace overall. For that reason alone, I think I enjoyed this slightly less than “Merciless” It just wasn’t as all-out action and I felt it did drag slightly at times. I mean book one was just so hectic and I think I was expecting this to be along a similar vein. This wasn’t necessarily bad just different. I still really enjoyed this a whole lot though; it was just much more internal angst than I was anticipating until about 70 percent in that is; here it then did start to pick up majorly barreling headlong towards another major cliffhanger. And that’s another thing I could have sworn this was a duo, not what looks to be a four-parter so I was kinda expecting a conclusion that we didn’t actually get; got to say I was a tad bummed out at that fact. This again had few minimal characters as practically all events occur at the house under lockdown. This was also as expected super hot setting the pages alight with its raw sensuality. Told in duel POV and after that ending; well its safe to say I for one will be waiting anxiously for the next chapter here. This was a great second instalment that I am happy to recommend. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Heartless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

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Series: Spring Rose Bay Series Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: July 23, 2018 Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs Two broken souls, fighting for freedom… When I suddenly found myself in a world of darkness and despair, my only escape was to run. It was the only way I knew how to breathe. Life had been one big sh!t storm and I longed to find the rainbow. I was fighting for survival and longed to be saved. That little piece of hope finally broke through—creating the release I so desperately needed— and gave me a reason for living. The night I met a stranger in the dark, he consumed me like no other. He gave me hope, and, even though I still felt the need to run, I can’t—not from him. However, like everything in my life, it all seems too good to be true, because fate isn’t on my side. It never has been. I was a man of my word until I made a promise I failed to keep. My world turned grey, my nights even darker, as I suffered in the silence of my own nightmares. I longed for an escape, a distraction from my troubled mind. Little did I know that distraction would come with long, raven-black hair and a smile that took my breath away. She changed me; she changed everything. From the very second I held her, I knew her heart was scarred too, and I wanted to do everything within my power to fix her. A life should be lived without fear and all she ever did was try to escape it. I needed to prevent that. I needed to protect her with every beat of my heart and every breath that I had. But now I’m not sure if it will be enough.

Saved By You by K.L. Jessop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-23/7/18

Even though we may be broken individually, our hearts as one are stronger than ever. We are each other’s answer.

“Saved By You (The Spring Rose Bay Series, #3)” is the first book I have read by this particular author and know part of an ongoing series and third in the Spring Rose Bay series this can totally, in my opinion, be read as a standalone. The story here centres around Victoria and Lucas each with there own set of personal demons they are struggling to overcome. Almost instantly upon meeting; these two lost souls soon discover that they are each other’s safe sanctuary to shelter from the dark demons that plague their inner psyches. Each finding in the other an almost serenity within, a calming from there internal storms if you will. So I did find myself really enjoying this story. Although these two do fall for each other extremely fast it didn’t bother me like it usually does. The insta-feelings seemed to actually fit and with the contrasting internal turmoil being an added contender here it just didn’t feel forced at all. This was told in dual POV and also had the extra bonus of a fantastic side cast of previous characters all interconnected but also able to function independently; so there was no need for previous exposure to this series. Though it probably would add to your overall enjoyment it’s definitely not essential here. I especially adored the inclusion of Tori’s son Charlie. The dynamic between mother and son was so special to behold, he was her original saviour here; compelling her to evolve into a much better version of herself. It was all about Charlie for Victoria she was so much stronger when it came to fighting for her son rather than just herself. Throw Lucas into the mix and well; it was just so lovely to observe the new family dynamic slowly emerging and morphing into another life chapter entirely. I loved the fact that these two were flawed and imperfect and though “Saved by you” was so heartbreakingly poignant at times this also equally made me smile from ear to ear. Lucas humour was contagious and the sex here; hot as Hades itself. These two have some real chemistry together. There is a dash of everything here and it really is an enjoyable read that I’m happy to recommend. A lovely romantic interlude that left me feeling warm and fuzzy overall. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Saved By You (The Spring Rose Bay Series, #3)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.

All opinions are entirely my own.

Kate has lived in South West England her entire life just on the edge of Dartmoor where the moorland goes on for days. It’s beautiful, breath-taking and occasionally rather wet. 

She is a dyslexic author and finds things challenging which often leads to banging her head against the wall or searching for vodka. 

Kate loves anything creative, her college years were spent in the art room, she has numerous qualifications in advanced nail art and as well as writing her passion is photography.

She probably swears way more than she should. Her mum makes the best cupcakes in history, and she goes weak at the knees for a guy with a five o’clock shadow.

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Release Date-1st March 2018
Publisher-Emerson Ink
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-256 Pages

“Choose wisely. Then keep your head down and do what you’re told. Time will pass, and we’ll be back for you.”

Audra Copeland is among dozens of newly convicted felons dropped off on the prison planet Rhodon, where she discovers that the women of zone four have a long-standing arrangement with the men. If they hand over six of the new arrivals, the men won’t raid. And Audra has just been drafted.

She can take her chances on her own, or select a guardian. The deal is simple, if barbaric: sex, in exchange for food and safety from the other two hundred men in zone four. It’s a terrifying proposal. The men are violent, filthy degenerates.

Then Audra sees Tyson at the edge of the crowd. A hulking, scarred figure, the other men call him a savage, but his clothes are clean, and he’s holding a freshly caught rabbit. He can clearly protect what’s his.

As compassionate as he is powerful, Tyson ignites something fierce in Audra, and their connection is white-hot. The problem? Every thirty days, she’ll have to pick a new guardian.

Now that he’s found Audra, Ty has every intention of keeping her for himself. Even if he has to destroy the fragile zone four peace treaty to do it.

Guardian is a 70,000+ word novel set on a planet populated by violent criminals, so expect a gritty story about characters who have to fight to protect each other and their relationship.

Guardian by Emmy Chandler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-1/3/18

Zone four is what Neverland would be if the lost boys were all violent criminals and Wendy were a psychotic pimp.

“Guardian” (Prison Planet Book 1) is one book that definitely snuck up on me catching me completely unawares and reeling me in so fantastically. The simple concept behind this story worked for me on every single level; totally satisfying my taste for the slightly unusual I do so enjoy in my reading. I spotted this on Kindle Unlimted and thought it sounded right up my alley so would give it a whirl. I was going in here slightly blind here as have never read anything by this particular author before. Well, hey-ho folks, I am now super invested in this dark delectable sci-fi/romance series. I adored everything about this imaginative offering set on the prison planet Rhodon. This tale is told in dual POV and centres around Audra and Tyson and the events that occur after she selects him as a best-case scenario when needing a guardian to protect her from the other male inhabitants. This was gritty and imaginative with such dark undertones that I found so mesmerising.

The chemistry between the two mains gave me such tingles with its profound intensity and at times deeply emotional connection.

His arms encircle me, a warm band of steel, and he brushes hair down my back. “I’ve killed for you, Audra. I’ve gone hungry. I’ve fought. I’ve ripped apart walls, and doors, and a transport shuttle for you. And I would die for you. But I won’t let you go, for anything less than your freedom.”

I also especially adored the addition of Maci Bishop; I believe it’s her story next and I am really looking forward to uncovering more of this enigmatic girls past and future. This was such a fantastic experience that I can’t recommend more highly. Every so often I get a little gem that I wasn’t quite expecting that totally blows me away with its freshness and unique outlook. Guardian was that jewel for me. I’m gonna wrap things up here by saying I loved the old Snake Plissken, Kurt Russel films and this for me was like Escape from New York and LA but played out in space on an entire planet and with more of a romantic sexy element; whats not to love about this. The possibilities with this particular series are endless and as vast as the authors very vivid imagination. I borrowed this one with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

All opinions are entirely my own.

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Title: The Price of Brimstone Genre: Paranormal Romance Release Date: July 18, 2018 There’s a monster in my basement. That isn’t a metaphor, in case you were wondering. And it isn’t the tagline to some midnight horror flick. Fact is, Locryn Price is nothing if not a monster. One part human, the other part demon, the guy’s got a slab of ice where his heart should be. Ironic, considering the rest of him is hot enough to start a fire underwater. Not exactly what I was expecting to find when I came home from college to surprise my brother. I mean, I always knew Russell was a little warped, but now we have a pissed-off, wisecracking demon in shackles and chains as proof. The October winds are stirring, bringing more than just storms. Two of our friends are missing. Loc knows something, but he isn’t talking. And to complicate matters further, my former crush Max has joined forces with my brother. They think they’ll get answers using spells and pentacles and brute torture. But the devil prefers to bargain. My innocence in exchange for the hostages. Those are his terms. Now I’m in his world. A world of demons, deception and the sweetest of seductions. And losing my way in the darkness never felt so good.

The Price of Brimstone by Allie Gail
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS AEC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-18/7/18

After reading that hooking blurb there was no way I was passing this up it all sounded just so deliciously enticing. And so often these things do disappoint us; failing to deliver on the promised attraction, but not here; this is one story I’m happy to impart that definitely lives up to its hype in every way possible. Almost instantly upon starting this I was sold and invested for the whole duration “The price of Brimstone” managed to enthral and capture my attention just so effortlessly. Weaving such an intricate web of misinformation and manipulation all wrapped up so prettily with a side-order of romance and a dash of devilish intent. Being a new author for me so I wasn’t really sure what to expect here but it was all good and I’m pleased to say I was greatly entertained by this. So the description here says it all there’s a monster or if you will Demon in Judes basement. Placed there by her brother Russel and his friend Max so they can attempt to harvest information on the whereabouts of two of there friends. And after Her brother’s extreme methods of inducement, Jude decides to covertly use her own powers of persuasion with much superior results. But is she being played by a master manipulator, a demon deceiver and is there a greater power at play here moving its pieces in a macabre chess match; only time and Loc himself has the answer. So I loved this so much. it was such an unusual tale that really stands out in its genre. Locryn Price; well in my opinion though this is told from Jude’s perspective apart from a small part at the end (which I adored by the way; so typical Loc) this is his book. Loc is the standout character that made this such an intriguing read for me without him; well there is just no real pull. He had all the best one-liners and with his acerbic derisive wit, I couldn’t help panting after him tongue hanging out along with Jude herself as he attempted to transverse the rocky road of his own disinterested humanity. With his unapologetic askew moral compass, It was then fascinating to spectate as Jude tried to see the best and hone in on his more human attributes. Sometimes with a lot more success than others. So amusing being a fly on the wall as Jude tries to explain the concept of Love To a less than impressed Loc. So this wasn’t major fast paced and was quite a slow drawn out story but it seemed to work. Managing to build up the anticipation just so nicely. Amazingly humorous instances combined with an almost intensity at times make “The price of Brimstone” so utterly readable.

I adored the haunted carousel episode with the horses; the internal imagery this inspired within with its vivid prose setting the scene so splendidly.

Nightmares are only dreams that have grown bored of the monotony. They’re so much more interesting if you ask me.

Whether or not they’re bad depends on your point of view. To some nightmares consist of chaos and macabre imagery. That’s why people fear them. You see they don’t appreciate the thrill, the adrenaline rush of not knowing whats going to happen next. What sort of person are you, Judith? Do you embrace your nightmares? or do you run from them?

This was quite a long read in itself but I didn’t find myself drifting as It easily held my attention throughout. There were not that many developed side characters really only Russel and Max and if I’m honest neither was much to write home about. Russell himself was such a whiny tantrum throwing brat; just so needed a biotch-slap and Max, well he was just a bit MEH!. Next, to Locryn he just seemed like such a wet blanket. Besides these two there was only really Sky. Owen and a few lesser demons.

The main focus here really stays on Jude and Loc throughout which definitely does work.

I only really had some teensy grievances here that caused me to drop half a star and there only minor personal preferences. I wasn’t struck on the ending here and would have prefered an alternative to what we were given. I can’t really say much more as have no wish to spoil this for anyone. I would also have liked to have been subjected to more of Loc’s POV; I’m not the biggest fan of the type of storytelling where we only get one viewpoint, much preferring dual. As I said earlier we did get a snippet near the end but that was so not enough; it only whet my appetite for more. So that’s it really; this for me was a fabulous read that I can’t recommend enough. I would definitely read more Locryn, in fact, I would go as far as to say I need to with that bittersweet finale. Team Loc all the way for me; I really would love to read more about this fascinating Demon. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Price Of Brimstone” of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions are entirely my own.

His eyes, wicked as the devil’s soul, shimmer like jewels as he watches me with a fixed stare. “What sort of person are you, Judith? Do you embrace your nightmares? Or do you run from them?” In the midst of the whirling snow, the carousel picks up speed. I was right – the tune is changing, growing wilder, more discordant. If I thought the music was unsettling before, it’s downright terrifying now. “What are you doing?” I look around in alarm. The Tilt-A-Whirl is zipping past twice as fast as before. The icy wind whips my hair, stinging my cheeks. Beside me on the platform, Loc gazes at me impassively as if nothing at all is wrong. Slowly, dreading what I’m about to see, I turn my head to look down at the stallion between my legs. One of its round crimson eyes rolls back and settles on me with a demonic glare. “Loc…” I am frozen in terror, afraid to look away. Afraid to move. Afraid that one of these fiendish beasts will sink its teeth into me, or worse. The shrill calliope music clashes in my ears, and the carousel continues its runaway orbit. “Yes, Jude?” His voice is maddeningly calm. “Make it stop. Please make it stop.” “I don’t think so. Not just yet.” “Dammit, Loc, I’m not fucking kidding…” Reaching around me, he grabs the pole and swings one leg over the horse, pressing his body flush against mine. The stallion shakes its painted mane and I close my eyes to shut out the sight of those devil eyes. “I don’t like this,” I announce through clenched teeth. “I seriously don’t like this.” “Sh-h,” Loc breathes in my ear. The feel of his warm, hard body so close to mine does crazy things to my hormones. “It’s only a nightmare if you believe it is. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t understand. Open your eyes. See the world the way I see it. Get to know that part of me a little better. Take it in, baby. Take it all in.” Unable to resist his soft coaxing, I do as he requests, shooting a fearful glance at the animated steed on my left. It makes a vicious braying noise and lashes out at the air with its front hooves. “They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” he murmurs. “I don’t know. They’re…” I’m at a loss for words here. Beautiful? I’m not sure that’s how I would choose to describe the demon horses. I suppose they are, in an aesthetic sense, but like the dissonant music they seem so…evil. He slides one hand around my waist, the other moving up so he can trail his fingers down my neck. The stallion flies in its neverending circle, yo-yoing up and down with us on its back, a blur of snowflakes shrouding the landscape in white as the jarring melody thrums in my veins. “I can feel your pulse racing,” he whispers. “It feels good, doesn’t it? The adrenaline. The excitement.” I turn my head a bit so he can hear me over the spectral music. “You feel good.” He brushes his lips lightly against my cheek, his breath warming me as he chuckles softly. “Mm, sweetheart. You have no idea just how good I can feel.” Maybe not, but I’d very much like to find out. Impulsively, I let go of the brass pole and stretch out a hand to tentatively stroke the stallion’s painted black muzzle. It doesn’t seem to object, though the vacant eyes roll back once again to give me another indecipherable look. Behind me, Loc purrs his approval. “There. Now was that so hard?” Steadying myself with both hands on his thighs, I relax against his chest. My fears begin to recede. All I can think about right now is the hard body cradled against mine, and how intoxicating it feels to be this close to him. “Sure you don’t want a tour of the funhouse?” he teases. “Not on your life.” I don’t even want to think about the hellish horrors he might dredge up in there. Haunted carousels are bad enough. The last thing I want is to see the reflection of a demonic clown in one of those funhouse mirrors. His hands roam beneath my hoodie to cup my breasts, and I arch my back with a whimper as he slides his fingers inside my bra. All he does is brush them across my nipples, but the light touch has them instantly stiffening into hard peaks. “Loc…” His voice is a husky whisper. “What is it, precious?” “Let’s get out of here. Please.” “You know what’s going to happen when I get you home, don’t you?” He squeezes my breasts, and I squirm against him. I want his hands all over me. His touch does things to me that are pure magic. Black magic, surely, but at this point I’m beyond caring. “Yes. You’re going to…” I trail off, suddenly uncertain. By now I should know better than to second-guess his intentions. What if I’m wrong? “I’m going to fuck you,” he clarifies firmly. “Very hard and very deep. And just when you think you can’t take any more, I’m going to fuck you again. And again. And again. Are you starting to see a pattern emerging here, love?” Unable to speak, I merely bite my lip. Oh, God… “All I’m asking from you is one word,” he continues. “Because I’m giving you something I’ve never given anyone before. A choice. I’m offering you an out. I’m willing to release you from your debt if that’s what you want. I’ll still hold up my end of the bargain, no strings attached. All you have to do is tell me no, and I’ll send you back to Kansas and you will never hear from me again. But if you say yes, then know that I will not be holding back. Your body will be mine, to use for my own pleasure, and I won’t let you deny me anything.” Stunned, I turn my head to gaze at him in astonishment. Is he serious? After everything that happened, after everything my brother did to him, he’s willing to just forget it and let me off scot free? With no repercussions whatsoever? He’s a demon. Demons make deals. They don’t let people back out of them. They don’t possess the compassion for something like that. But maybe…half-human demons do. Brushing his lips across mine in a feather-soft kiss, he asks, “So what’s it going to be, Jude?” My heart hammers against my chest. The sad part is, I don’t even have to think about it. I know what I should do. I know the logical thing to do. The smart thing. Unfortunately, what I should do and what I want to do are two very different things. One day, I know I will look back on my naïveté and realize how foolish I was for following him so blindly. The lights on the carousel flicker and go dark. The platform slows its relentless turn. Suspended from their poles, the horses cease their thrashing and gaze lifelessly into the night, inanimate playthings once more. And the music, having reached its crescendo, ends in a rolling clap of thunder that resonates through the air before tapering off into silence. Born and raised in rural Alabama, Allie Gail currently resides in sunny Florida with her own blue-eyed Prince Charming and a hyperactive hamster named Toot-Toot. Always an avid reader, she took to her keyboard on a whim in 2012 and that was the last anyone ever saw of her. (Just kidding – I did venture out of the house that one time back in 2014, but only because I was tricked into it. Stupid hurricane.) Her genres of choice are paranormal romance and rom-com, featuring goofy but headstrong heroines and the sexy, snarky men who love them. When her indecisiveness doesn’t have her obsessively typing, deleting, then re-typing the same scene over and over, you can usually find her lurking online. Stop by Facebook and say hello!

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