May 2019 – Page 2 of 3 – Beckie Bookworm

Can be read as stand alone.

WARNING: HURT is a Dark Romantic Thriller and contains multiple scenes of violence. It is not intended for sensitive audiences or readers under the age of eighteen.

Title: HURT #1 
Release Date: 
May 21, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller | Dark Romantic Thriller | Suspense
Pages in Print: 518

Blurb

Award Winning Author, Lydia Michaels, enters the world of DARK ROMANCE with an unforgettably suspenseful psychological thriller!

IT’S GOING TO HURT…

Callan MacGregor might speak with the eloquence of a Scottish poet, but a hard life has turned him into a merciless killer. With a first-hand account of hell, he trusts nothing and no one but the hollow hurt tortured into his bones. Sacrificing all, he must escape Scotland to survive.

Emery Tanner is captivated—to the point of obsession—by the stunning Scotsman tending bar at the Imperial Hotel. With as many dark secrets as he has scars, she hungers to know every exquisite inch of him, but her shy nature leaves her tongue-tied. Despite her sense that innate kindness rests beneath his savage surface, Callan MacGregor is a man to approach with caution—if not fear.

When tragedy strikes and Emery’s world is shattered, she learns just how ruthless Callan can be. Violence has shaped his soul and love has always led to loss in both their broken lives. But as secrets are exposed, they find truth within the hurt and awaken a desire to become whole once more.

“Hurt is a masterpiece. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I will never forget it.”
—New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin

“A Home Run!”
—Author Michelle Windsor

“Raw and Beautiful! Hypnotic and Haunting! Hurt will absolutely WOW you!” 
—Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

“A Masterpiece!” 
—Author Haylee Thorne

“This is Lydia’s first dark romantic thriller
and I pray it will not be her last!”

—AJ’s Book re-Marks

“You haven’t read dark like this. To find such tenderness amongst all of the filth lies and horrors set Lydia’s writing apart from the rest.”

Author Andrea Bills

“Devastatingly beautiful story!”

–Author D.D. Lorenzo

Excerpt

Glasgow—Scotland

Callan’s teeth clacked with a horrid smack. Precise pain exploded behind his eyes as a fire bloomed under his stinging skin. His face caught the brunt of the assault, flesh splitting and bones throbbing with familiar distress. Thick blood mixed with sweat as rivulets poured down his face. He spit onto the cement floor and waited for his vision to clear as the beast of a man pounding him like raw mince shuffled back to catch his breath. The buffeted sound of the crowd returned, their hungry cries surrounding the makeshift ring from all angles. Callan’s throbbing ears siphoned the droning noise in and out to the rapid tempo of his heart. Womp—womp—womp—womp… His skin pulsed to the beat. His head snapped back. Another blast to the skull. Blood gushed behind his nose, choking off his airway, drenching everything in the metallic flavor of defeat. Tripping over his feet, he forced his knees to bend, rewarded by several knocks to the ribs. Voices collided in a drunken slur of bloodthirsty chants. Launching forward, he dodged a fist and blasted a punch into the tender solar plexus of his assigned enemy. The blood-drenched tape over his knuckles did little to protect his hands, each crushing hit pulverizing his brittle bones and weakening his wrists. At this point, they swung like numb ham hocks. Adrenaline thrummed through his veins. He bunched and bounced like a bobbin on a spool, tethered by a thread to the unknown outcome of the match, prepared for anything—even death. Heart hammering like a bodhrán, he maneuvered closer, blinking through the opaque film of blood and sweat coating his eyes. No time to wipe it away. Even blinking cost him. His head snapped back, jaw vibrating, as pain exploded in his ears. The sharp burst spiked through his brain, blowing open his sinuses, and drilling to the base of his spine—tripping him on thin air. He spit again, never taking his eyes off his opponent. The dank air mixed with the tang of whisky and desperation. Boarded windows kept the moonlight out and a stale scent of abandonment in. Everyone in that deserted mill had something to lose. Or everything to gain. But no one had more riding on this than him. No guarantees. Win, lose. Live, die. So long as the right people got paid, no one gave a **** who got hurt. A hasty lunge and a miss—bad timing on his part. A solid fist to the ribs whacked the wind from his lungs. It was the only warning before a storm rained over him. His opponent pelted him with fists, caving in his chest and hemming him to the line. While he’d always been a notably large man, his rival was ****ing huge. They loved to do this, to cut off his oxygen, hoping he’d black out. If they couldnae get the knockout, they’d go for a collapse. But his ability to take a hit—the sort of hit that would drop an average man—had made him a legend. Stumbling. Battered. Breathless. He let his rival—and the crowd—assume he was done. The roars of excitement echoed every hit as they fell in a flurry. The enemy weakened with each blow, slowed with each swing. Callan gasped through it, wearing his opponent down as he gathered his strength like a tidal wave sucks into the ocean before letting go. The abuse chiseled away the man until only an animal remained. And then… Snap. Like a phoenix of rage, he rose from the ashes. Nimble, with unexpected agility, he drew back, wheezed in a breath of blood and hate, and hurtled forward, rushing his rival and lobbing his ravaged knuckles into his meaty face. When a man had nothing to lose, he’d do anything to win. No longer shackled by strategy, Callan unleashed. His skull throbbed with the beat of his pulse. The bastard tumbled into the crowd, tripping over his own feet, only to get hoisted back into the action. Tasting victory, Callan bared his bloodstained teeth like the devil about to take his prize. Something dark and inhuman shifted inside of him. Limitless. Unredeemable. Hungry. He cleaved into the enemy, throwing haymakers, ballistic and desperate. It’s him or me. A blow cuffed his ear, delivering a stunning swirl of black behind his eyes as the roar muffled. Swarming figures blurred. From the depths of his pain, buried beneath every ache and injustice, he scraped the filthy floor of his soul for every jagged piece of broken determination he could find. He unleashed everything. “He’s done!” “Knock him oot!” Jumbled chaos scattered his thinking like sparks flying from a blowtorch. “Finish him!” A calm stole through him as his civility disintegrated, sinking into the dark abyss of his soul where he dinnae like to dwell. Barbaric determination took savage hold of his actions, demanding he finish this. “MacGregor, destroy that scunner!” His family needed this win. But they also needed him. Gavin’s elfin face wavered in his mind, too gaunt for a boy of ten, but so hopeful. Innis’s beauty shined like a beacon, her ebony waves framing the delicate angles of her ivory face. Incarnate hate for every suffered uncertainty spewed from him in a primal rage. The body beneath him slackened and stopped flinching. “MacGregor, yer gonna murder him!” The hushed shock of the crowd’s alarm penetrated his haze of savage fury, and his arms slowed. When nothing came at him, he staggered back, his heaving sides pumping like a bellow feeds wind to a flame, only the fire in his opponent’s eyes had died. He swayed back, panting and confused, as the world took a moment to spin to a stop. The other man lay bloody and still. Callan’s panic and paranoia churned into a frenzy of doubt, waiting to see him breathe. Balanced on the sharp prick of a needle’s edge, his existence teetered on his opponent’s breath. Though they were enemies in the ring, outside, they were the same.

Unlike the spectators, they came from nothing and would do anything to survive. But if that breath dinnae come, Callan would have to live with that sin for the rest of his life…

MY REVIEW

 Hurt by Lydia Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Hurt” was an extremely intense reading experience, one that has some serious triggers that some may find hard to deal with. This is not going to be for everyone just because of how much it takes out of the reader. Also, there’s a disclaimer at the beginning of this book so please do take notice of this it is there for a reason. So I liked the main characters Callan and Emery (love their names) and thought both their stories were just so heartbreaking. I found this to be not so much a dark romance as the relationship at its centre was relatively sweet in nature. It was all else here apart from this budding potential partnership that was darkness and death, blood and tears, this was where the rot set in colouring the landscape in such violence and brutal shades of black. I sometimes found so much suffering and despair here that I actually felt like there was no end in sight and I really felt there needed to be some sort of balance to counter this. So, this was told in a series of flashbacks so it was almost like two separate stories connected by a common theme. It was extremely well written and so emotive and on that fact, I can not fault this. There were just some little niggles from my camp that stopped it being a full sweep. I liked how Callan was not the classically handsome hero, he had scars both inside and out and they only made him more interesting to me. I also felt that without Emery’s own experiences she might not have accepted Callan’s past fully. As awful as it was it has somehow cemented them together. I also adored the finish it was fitting. One final observation from my camp I would have liked Callan to own his darkness completely with no apologies to anyone. So, this is a dark tale that takes you down to rock bottom, its a story of survival and human resilience but it is also a beautiful love story. Would really love to read the sisters story next.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Hurt (The Hurt Series 1).

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Uninvited by Alanis Morrisette
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Bruises by Lewis Capaldi
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Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
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Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
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Love Reign O’er Me by The Who
May It Be by Enya
Shape of my Heart by Sting

Author Info

Lydia Michaels is the award-winning author of over 35 romance novels. She is an iBooks Bestsellers and her work has been featured in USA Today. She is the two-time winner of the Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media [2018 & 2019]. In 2015 she won The Best Author Award from The Courier Times. She is a five-time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award. Her books are intellectual, emotional, haunting, always centred around love.

Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

Webpage: www.LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

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BLURB:

Run-away breeder Ava Davies only wanted to live life on her own terms. Now she’s captive in a labour camp deep within Dragath25’s core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? Appeasing the leader of the most powerful subterranean gang: a man from her past with his own score to settle.

Two years ago, resistance fighter Hunter Valdus’s and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves. Now a beautiful, desperate female from his past has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew’s escape and his revenge. All he has to do is keep her alive and at a distance until he can use her for his own dark purposes.

But raw, blood-pounding lust is a potent force. Forgiveness and love even stronger. And the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

TAKEN, Book Two in the Condemned Series, is an action-packed sci-fi prison planet romance that burrows to the deepest, hottest recesses of the globe to explore what happens when revenge and lust, redemption and love, collide.

MY REVIEW

Taken by Alison Aimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in this prison planet series and I seriously enjoyed this. We take up with Ava after she disappeared along with the soldier that was protecting her. Well, she finds her self in hell beneath ground and trapped and at the mercy of Hunter Valdus’s. Valdus former resistance fighter sentenced by the council and when he sees Ava amongst the fresh meat sent down to the core he recognises her value and decides to use her as bait to escape this hellhole. So this was super smokin hot and a kind of enemies to lovers story. I say kind of as this is actually rather instalove in nature and they are only at loggerheads for a short while. But you know what sometimes a bit of immediate affection hits that spot and this for me did that rather nicely. This was action filled and I am really looking forward to experiencing Ryker’s story next as he just intrigues me with his bolchy sniping attitude. I was slightly disappointed that the main characters from the first book didn’t make an appearance here, but all else here was good and I am happy to recommend this. Just a heads-up though Ava here is protected by Valdus and his men because of this books setting there are dark elements to this namely the rape of fellow inmates.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Taken (The Condemned Series, #2).

About Alison

Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci-fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaire Bad Boys series.

A romance junkie with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman who has always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.

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Release Date-May 16th 2019
Publisher-Bonnier Zaffre
Genre-Thriller
Kindle Edition

‘…They’re here. They’re-‘ The message on Sara Prior’s phone contains the last words she will ever hear from her husband. Racing to find him, she discovers he has been brutally murdered. While the police struggle to uncover evidence around this shocking crime, it becomes clear that Sara is no ordinary bereaved wife. And she is not the sort of woman to let things lie. Following a hidden clue in her husband’s last desperate phone-call, Sara follows the trail to the house of the last person she’d expect . . . Meanwhile, DS Nathan Cody finds himself drawn into the darkest and most twisted case of his career. And this time things are about to get very very personal.

A dark, shocking and relentlessly gripping thriller will keep you up all night until the final page has been turned.

MY REVIEW

Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this is a police procedural, it’s actually book four in the series which I didn’t initially realise and as such I do think this would be better served read in order as though I enjoyed this and it was well written the current storyline here is very connected and involved with past events. As I read this myself as a standalone I felt this did affect my overall enjoyment as I felt slightly out of the loop regarding past exposure to certain important key elements. So this was told from various POV but mostly Sara and Cody. After Sara’s husband is tortured and murdered in a particularly gruesome fashion she is determined to bring her husband’s killers to justice. Also, we have DS Nathan Cody on the case but because of past trauma, he is somewhat of a shell of the man he was. These two on the surface seem to have nothing in common but Cody himself senses an affinity in Sara that he can relate and almost understand and just got to say I was in awe of Sara; that lady has some series of brass balls loved her so much even if I was a tad sceptical of her ninja skills. Also, the clown inclusion was well creepy, I am so not a fan of clowns. So this was fast-paced throughout and as I said I did enjoy this to a certain extent.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Your Deepest Fear.

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Release Date-May 16th 2019
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-Mystery/Thriller
Kindle Edition-400 pages

On Halloween night, the residents of Black Gale gather for a dinner party. As the only nine people living there, they’ve become close friends as well as neighbours.

They eat, drink and laugh. They play games and take photographs. Except those photographs will be the last record of any of them.

By the next morning, the whole village has vanished.

With no bodies, no evidence and no clues, the mystery of what happened at Black Gale remains unsolved two and a half years on. But then the families of the missing turn to investigator David Raker – and their obsession becomes his.

What secrets were the neighbours keeping from their families – and from each other?

Were they really everything they seemed to be?

And is Raker looking for nine missing people – or nine dead bodies

MY REVIEW

No One Home by Tim Weaver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the absolute bomb, I enjoyed this book just so much. I am a relatively new reader of this author after I requested the previous book in this series without realising it was part of an ongoing series. I was that impressed with it that when I read the description for this instalment I just had to get my mitts on it. I actually didn’t think anything could surpass my previous experience here but this managed to surpass it and then some, I am super impressed. There is some previous stuff going on here that maybe it would enhance the whole read if you started at the beginning: but personally, I think there is enough backstory explained here that it’s not hard to catch on I managed to easily and I started at book nine myself. This story focuses on another mystery one that was just so fascinating and is what initially captured my attention and this had so many twists and turns at times I felt absolutely giddy. Set between Hollywood and the UK and spanning 33 years it was hard to see how the two were actually connected. But when the cogs start to click into place here and so seamlessly at that, this was just pure genius. Got to say this was such compelling stuff and a real page-turner of a story. Loved how everything just slotted together the further you went and I could literally feel a veil metaphorically being lifted from my eyes as this played out. This was also deeply moving and rather than just being told a story the author has managed here to transport the reader right into the tapestry of the story. This was a five-star experience all the way and I recommend this series highly.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of No One Home (David Raker #10).

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Genre- Erotic Romance
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Todd Warner is British, wealthy, and bored. Bored with the job. Bored with the women. And definitely bored with endless sessions he continues to travel for. Where’s the fun gone? Maybe it’s time to stop. Or maybe it’s time to have a holiday.

Hawaii sounds as good as anywhere.

Tamsin Tromolin is finally free of her adulterous ex-husband who slept with his secretary. The fact that while having him investigated she found his stash of millions in various offshore accounts, certainly has made the divorce easier. And now? Well, having spent the last fifteen years as a bored housewife she’s ready to make a change with her life. First stop – Hawaii. Where she’s meeting a man. A real one. Hopefully he’ll know how to please a woman and have some fun. He should do because she’s paid enough for the service.

The Indecency Suites are a collection of books designed to get your blood pumping quickly and your juices flowing just as fast. They’re everything and anything, and all in between.

The book is MF. 

Nb: The Indecency Suites are 18+ reads. 
They are intended for mature audiences and can be read as standalones. 

Paradise Nights Warner and Tromolin: Indecency Suites Novella #6 by Anabella Roscoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book six in this novella serial and as expected this was another corker of a read. This one features Todd and Tamsin at its centre, she’s a newly single but very rich single mother, ex-stripper and council estate girl: so she certainly knows how to keep it real and he is bored and very restless also considering taking a much-needed break from this high-class world of sex and power. When Tamsin Hires Todd with the sole intention of reclaiming her sexuality through there hot and heavy encounters he himself at last finds a female who interests him beyond the purely superficial. He finds in Tasmin a kindred spirit as she herself understands the job and its pressures and limitations. I also adored how real these two were just being themselves with no pretences between them. This was also incredibly humorous which I found so refreshing. This one was another hot read that I enjoyed a lot.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Paradise Nights (Warner and Tromolin: Indecency Suites #6).

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Release Date- May 2nd 2019
Publisher-HQ
Genre-Horror/Mystery
Kindle Edition- 336 pages

Chilling story. . . stunning' Clare MackintoshTaps into every woman’s fear that she will not be believed’ Mel McGrath, author of The Guilty Party Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. . . you can't unread this story. It will haunt you' Teresa Driscoll, author of The Friend THE TWINS ARE CRYING. THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY. LAUREN IS CRYING. LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED. Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . . Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate. When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later. Harper's superior officer tells her there's no case here, but Harper can't let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There's nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren's spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger? Early readers can't stop raving about Little Darlings:Every mother will see themselves in Lauren. . . taut with suspense’ You just need to read it and let the creepiness and uneasiness set in'A disturbing and spine-chilling tale. . . This tale will keep readers on the edge of their seat’ `A unique, haunting story that stays with you long after finishing it’Author BiographyMelanie Golding is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, with distinction. Her short stories have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story.

MY REVIEW

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sorry to say I found this one to be a bit of a slog. This was in itself an interesting premise but we didn’t quite click and I also found it a touch slow in places. This did have a creepy undertone but it wasn’t enough of a factor to ultimately rescue this for me. This was told from new mother Lauren’s POV as she struggles with the concept that something is after her twins and then later that they have been switched for changeling’s and are not, in fact, her offspring. I did enjoy the fable or tale at the beginning of each story chapter and found that to be a fun and interesting addition. Laurens husband I detested with a passion what a piece of work he was, his falsely over the top endearments and pretend concerns were such an obvious sham and he couldn’t be trusted as far as you could throw him. I did believe that he did care for his boys despite his selfish nature that I did think was genuine. But as for all else what a waste of space. We also have an unorthodox detective who is prepared to dig for the truth and is surprisingly open-minded to the seemingly impossible. I also wasn’t quite sure what to make of that finish as to me it seemed abrupt and unfinished. This was well written and there’s plenty out there that loved this I am just not one of them. If this hadn’t been an Arc I would probably have thrown in the towel and this would have been sent to my DNF Shelf but because it was I plodded on despite me not being fully invested. As I have said previously there’s nothing wrong with the writing here this just wasn’t for me.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Little Darlings.

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Release Date-March 26th 2019 
Publisher-Penguin UK
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-377 pages

Introducing the next generation of domestic thriller…

Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn’t perfect – you know that – but then again nor are you.

But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.

Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.

This is a thriller like nothing you’ve read before…

MY REVIEW

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m slightly conflicted about this one, on the one hand, I adored the idea here it was just so intriguing but the issue I have is the reality for me just didn’t live up to my internal hype. So this was told completely from the husbands POV who I don’t think we ever learn his actual name throughout the whole book here. From him, we are exposed completely to this strange family dynamic and if I am honest I did find him a bit of a wet weekend totally under his manipulative controlling wife’s thumb. He is definitely the subservient submissive one in this bizarre partnership. He seemed to me to be in this more to please his more dominant wife; I also got the impression that she is the one that likes the killing and he just likes the feeling he gets when he pleases his wife. Her response and adoration compared to her usual manner is the ultimate addiction for him. Millicent is the puppet master, shes the one in control and all in her household be it her husband or there two children dance to her tune. The husband himself does sleep and interact with some of they’re potential victims I think from this he gets back a sense of control and this is why he does it. millicent emasculates him so the planning, stalking and sometimes romancing of these women gives him back the sense of control he really is missing in his life and marriage. There was also a weird contrast between family man and predator that I had difficulty wrapping my head around, the two just didn’t equate as he did surprisingly seem to be an excellent father. Millicent, I Had no issues as she came across as quite cold chilling and emotionless. To do what she does and show no outward signs or remorse speaks to me of a lack of basic conscience or an overall sense of morality she was one cold chick. So I was getting a trifle bored but then things did start to heat up around the halfway mark. When the game gets real and both of there secret lives start to impact with there everyday reality affecting them all as a family and also as individuals and as events escalate building momentum along the way, the secrets these two are keeping from each other swiftly escalates as the distrust deepens and each shows there current hand. The second half of this I found to be much better than the first but I did find the ending here and the resolution slightly rushed. I also did appreciate the final few words genius. So yeh mixed bag I think my main issue here is that not much really happens and I was expecting much more, this is more of a psychological endeavour and what makes people tick rather than some action-filled thriller.

I did enjoy this as it was a gripping read just not as much as I initially thought I would.

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Release Date-March 1st 2016 
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-200 Pages

When Bella West crash lands on penal planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge…A tale of unbridled desire, stunning sacrifice, and unwavering love, Trapped is the first book in The Condemned Series.

Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight gruelling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.

But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise saviour or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.

MY REVIEW

Trapped by Alison Aimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Condemned series and I had such a fab time reading this. Sci-Fi romance books are a guilty pleasure of mine add in it being a prison planet and I was sold and this one was certainly a great read. So Bella West crash lands on this penal colony planet along with her fellow researchers and some soldiers sent along to protect them. Making a deal with prisoner 673 her body for protection is the only logical way forward if she wants to survive in this harsh terrain. I appreciated Bella’s determination and resilience to make it whatever the cost and found her to be a pragmatic sort which is a quality of hers I really found myself admiring. Prisoner 673 AKA Convicts humanity is still there despite him burying it so deep and I really enjoyed witnessing the blossoming bond developing between these two. This was actioned packed throughout and had no trouble retaining my individual attention. On a sidenote, I really appreciated that window where we get to jump forward slightly and see where are unlikely lovers ended up. This in itself had quite a feel-good vibe for me and though I had to suspend my disbelief slightly as I don’t think it would be that easy to receive a pardon and come out on top I found myself not really caring that much as I just wanted our twosome to come out on top and win.

This was also set up very nicely for the next story in this series of which I am looking forward to reading.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date- Genre-Psychological Thriller/Romance

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An emotionally gripping romantic thriller, this is a novel of love, marriage, deception and murder.

It’s one thing to discover the man you married is not who you think he is. It’s another thing entirely to prove it. After all, who is going to take the word of an unstable woman who’s never fully recovered from the heartbreak of losing her child?

The only question now, is how far he will go to protect his secrets.

~~~

As I lie here in my front hallway, in the place where it all began, I wonder what would have happened if I’d never opened the door that afternoon?

Would she have gone somewhere else? Would she have swept off in another direction, an alternative reality where our lives would never have crossed paths?
And now I’m lying here, blood pooling beneath my body, deep crimson smears on cold white tiles, remembering every sordid moment in vivid detail.

There’s a shadow standing over me.

“I want you to die here, slowly and alone.” Her voice is cold, emotionless. “And I want you to use the time to think about what you did. And when you take your last breath, I want you to realize it’s all your fault. All of it!”

I drift in and out of consciousness and wonder if I had my chance to do it over again, if I had the choice, would I choose not to open the door that day?

Even after everything, I know that I would.

I’d go through it all again, and then some if it meant the chance to be with Zach just one more time…

MY REVIEW

The Scream Behind Her Smile by Athena Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read and very different from what I was originally expecting here. This had so many actual twists and turns that it managed to capture my attention so effortlessly. It was well written a page-turner that really was addictive reading. Claire as a character I felt for her so much, her backstory in regards to her daughter made my own heart hurt so much. But for sure she certainly was a lousy judge of character. She has surrounded herself with toxic relationships from her so-called friends who have obviously never read the girl code rule book (What Traitors) to her waste of space husband Derek. Derek, himself has managed to isolate Claire manipulating and controlling the situation itself until she really has no way left to turn. Add in that venomous viper Jasmine who was such a piece of work and I was internally screaming put your foot down and issue your waste of space husband an ultimatum they are both taking the mick so badly. So Zach who for me was a surprise addition and what I saw of him I really liked a lot: he was mysterious, sexy and seemed protective of Claire but I did feel his input here was slightly limited and I would have liked to have got more of an insight into how he ticked. I felt this would have been better served being told in dual POV rather than just from Claire’s side of the fence. I really would have liked to explore Zach in more depth rather than just the superficial and felt this one-sided style of narration limited that slightly. We did get a snippet in the epilogue from him but this was really not enough to satisfy me. This was a great read that I enjoyed a lot a thumbs up from me.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Scream Behind Her Smile.

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Release Date-April 23rd 2019
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-892 pages

Welcome to a world of cursed immortals, broken rules, and eternal love…

╰☆☆ Elder Bonds ☆☆╮

“A well-rounded introduction to the Immortal Curse world and the brilliance of those who live there.” -Lucian

╰☆☆ Blood Bonds ☆☆╮
How far will Caro and Sethios go to protect their destiny and the fate of their unborn child?

╰☆☆ Angel Bonds ☆☆╮ An immortal war is on the horizon. Death will reign.

The endgame begins now.

***

“Drop the knife and place your palms against the window.”

She released the weapon against her will. “That’s not necessary,” she growled as her hands touched the glass.

“As you lost, that’s not your decision to make.” He bent to retrieve the dagger. She had no idea what he did with the other but guessed he pocketed it.

“What now?” she groused, awaiting his next wave of compulsion.

“Quid pro quo, angel.” He traced the sharp edge down her spine, hard enough for her to feel without drawing blood. “I bled for you, so you will bleed for me.”

Her eyes widened. “Excuse me?”

“Shh.” He used his opposite hand to gather her hair over one shoulder and kissed the back of her neck. “I’m still deciding where I wish to exact payment, darling. Don’t spoil my fun.”

MY REVIEW
5 STARS

This is the box set and books 4-6 in the addictive Immortal Curse Series. The page turning ongoing paranormal saga featuring my favourite Hydraian’s and Ichorian’s Each book is an interconnecting ongoing story with a slightly different flavour. Every one of these stories has something unique to offer and I ran the countless of emotions all the way from bursting happiness to the deepest despair. This story arc really touched me down deep and that final instalment here I was actually balling like a baby. Book six closes this current session ready for a new story direction I for one can’t wait as there’s a certain Angel I need to see get here release and ultimately her happiness really need the closure guys.

Highly recommend this series guys it’s a really great experience.

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WARNING: HURT is a Dark Romantic Thriller and contains multiple scenes of violence. It is not intended for sensitive audiences or readers under the age of eighteen.

Title: HURT #1 
Release Date: 
May 21, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller | Dark Romantic Thriller | Suspense
Pages in Print: 518

Blurb

Award Winning Author, Lydia Michaels, enters the world of DARK ROMANCE with an unforgettably suspenseful psychological thriller!

IT’S GOING TO HURT…

Callan MacGregor might speak with the eloquence of a Scottish poet, but a hard life has turned him into a merciless killer. With a first-hand account of hell, he trusts nothing and no one but the hollow hurt tortured into his bones. Sacrificing all, he must escape Scotland to survive.

Emery Tanner is captivated—to the point of obsession—by the stunning Scotsman tending bar at the Imperial Hotel. With as many dark secrets as he has scars, she hungers to know every exquisite inch of him, but her shy nature leaves her tongue-tied. Despite her sense that innate kindness rests beneath his savage surface, Callan MacGregor is a man to approach with caution—if not fear.

When tragedy strikes and Emery’s world is shattered, she learns just how ruthless Callan can be. Violence has shaped his soul and love has always led to loss in both their broken lives. But as secrets are exposed, they find truth within the hurt and awaken a desire to become whole once more.

“Hurt is a masterpiece. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I will never forget it.”
—New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin

“A Home Run!”
—Author Michelle Windsor

“Raw and Beautiful! Hypnotic and Haunting! Hurt will absolutely WOW you!” 
—Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

“A Masterpiece!” 
—Author Haylee Thorne

“This is Lydia’s first dark romantic thriller
and I pray it will not be her last!”

—AJ’s Book re-Marks

“You haven’t read dark like this. To find such tenderness amongst all of the filth lies and horrors set Lydia’s writing apart from the rest.”

Author Andrea Bills

“Devastatingly beautiful story!”

–Author D.D. Lorenzo

Excerpt

Glasgow—Scotland

Callan’s teeth clacked with a horrid smack. Precise pain exploded behind his eyes as a fire bloomed under his stinging skin. His face caught the brunt of the assault, flesh splitting and bones throbbing with familiar distress. Thick blood mixed with sweat as rivulets poured down his face. He spit onto the cement floor and waited for his vision to clear as the beast of a man pounding him like raw mince shuffled back to catch his breath. The buffeted sound of the crowd returned, their hungry cries surrounding the makeshift ring from all angles. Callan’s throbbing ears siphoned the droning noise in and out to the rapid tempo of his heart. Womp—womp—womp—womp… His skin pulsed to the beat. His head snapped back. Another blast to the skull. Blood gushed behind his nose, choking off his airway, drenching everything in the metallic flavor of defeat. Tripping over his feet, he forced his knees to bend, rewarded by several knocks to the ribs. Voices collided in a drunken slur of bloodthirsty chants. Launching forward, he dodged a fist and blasted a punch into the tender solar plexus of his assigned enemy. The blood-drenched tape over his knuckles did little to protect his hands, each crushing hit pulverizing his brittle bones and weakening his wrists. At this point, they swung like numb ham hocks. Adrenaline thrummed through his veins. He bunched and bounced like a bobbin on a spool, tethered by a thread to the unknown outcome of the match, prepared for anything—even death. Heart hammering like a bodhrán, he maneuvered closer, blinking through the opaque film of blood and sweat coating his eyes. No time to wipe it away. Even blinking cost him. His head snapped back, jaw vibrating, as pain exploded in his ears. The sharp burst spiked through his brain, blowing open his sinuses, and drilling to the base of his spine—tripping him on thin air. He spit again, never taking his eyes off his opponent. The dank air mixed with the tang of whisky and desperation. Boarded windows kept the moonlight out and a stale scent of abandonment in. Everyone in that deserted mill had something to lose. Or everything to gain. But no one had more riding on this than him. No guarantees. Win, lose. Live, die. So long as the right people got paid, no one gave a **** who got hurt. A hasty lunge and a miss—bad timing on his part. A solid fist to the ribs whacked the wind from his lungs. It was the only warning before a storm rained over him. His opponent pelted him with fists, caving in his chest and hemming him to the line. While he’d always been a notably large man, his rival was ****ing huge. They loved to do this, to cut off his oxygen, hoping he’d black out. If they couldnae get the knockout, they’d go for a collapse. But his ability to take a hit—the sort of hit that would drop an average man—had made him a legend. Stumbling. Battered. Breathless. He let his rival—and the crowd—assume he was done. The roars of excitement echoed every hit as they fell in a flurry. The enemy weakened with each blow, slowed with each swing. Callan gasped through it, wearing his opponent down as he gathered his strength like a tidal wave sucks into the ocean before letting go. The abuse chiseled away the man until only an animal remained. And then… Snap. Like a phoenix of rage, he rose from the ashes. Nimble, with unexpected agility, he drew back, wheezed in a breath of blood and hate, and hurtled forward, rushing his rival and lobbing his ravaged knuckles into his meaty face. When a man had nothing to lose, he’d do anything to win. No longer shackled by strategy, Callan unleashed. His skull throbbed with the beat of his pulse. The bastard tumbled into the crowd, tripping over his own feet, only to get hoisted back into the action. Tasting victory, Callan bared his bloodstained teeth like the devil about to take his prize. Something dark and inhuman shifted inside of him. Limitless. Unredeemable. Hungry. He cleaved into the enemy, throwing haymakers, ballistic and desperate. It’s him or me. A blow cuffed his ear, delivering a stunning swirl of black behind his eyes as the roar muffled. Swarming figures blurred. From the depths of his pain, buried beneath every ache and injustice, he scraped the filthy floor of his soul for every jagged piece of broken determination he could find. He unleashed everything. “He’s done!” “Knock him oot!” Jumbled chaos scattered his thinking like sparks flying from a blowtorch. “Finish him!” A calm stole through him as his civility disintegrated, sinking into the dark abyss of his soul where he dinnae like to dwell. Barbaric determination took savage hold of his actions, demanding he finish this. “MacGregor, destroy that scunner!” His family needed this win. But they also needed him. Gavin’s elfin face wavered in his mind, too gaunt for a boy of ten, but so hopeful. Innis’s beauty shined like a beacon, her ebony waves framing the delicate angles of her ivory face. Incarnate hate for every suffered uncertainty spewed from him in a primal rage. The body beneath him slackened and stopped flinching. “MacGregor, yer gonna murder him!” The hushed shock of the crowd’s alarm penetrated his haze of savage fury, and his arms slowed. When nothing came at him, he staggered back, his heaving sides pumping like a bellow feeds wind to a flame, only the fire in his opponent’s eyes had died. He swayed back, panting and confused, as the world took a moment to spin to a stop. The other man lay bloody and still. Callan’s panic and paranoia churned into a frenzy of doubt, waiting to see him breathe. Balanced on the sharp prick of a needle’s edge, his existence teetered on his opponent’s breath. Though they were enemies in the ring, outside, they were the same.

Unlike the spectators, they came from nothing and would do anything to survive. But if that breath dinnae come, Callan would have to live with that sin for the rest of his life…

MY REVIEW

 Hurt by Lydia Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Hurt” was an extremely intense reading experience, one that has some serious triggers that some may find hard to deal with. This is not going to be for everyone just because of how much it takes out of the reader. Also, there’s a disclaimer at the beginning of this book so please do take notice of this it is there for a reason. So I liked the main characters Callan and Emery (love their names) and thought both their stories were just so heartbreaking. I found this to be not so much a dark romance as the relationship at its centre was relatively sweet in nature. It was all else here apart from this budding potential partnership that was darkness and death, blood and tears, this was where the rot set in colouring the landscape in such violence and brutal shades of black. I sometimes found so much suffering and despair here that I actually felt like there was no end in sight and I really felt there needed to be some sort of balance to counter this. So, this was told in a series of flashbacks so it was almost like two separate stories connected by a common theme. It was extremely well written and so emotive and on that fact, I can not fault this. There were just some little niggles from my camp that stopped it being a full sweep. I liked how Callan was not the classically handsome hero, he had scars both inside and out and they only made him more interesting to me. I also felt that without Emery’s own experiences she might not have accepted Callan’s past fully. As awful as it was it has somehow cemented them together. I also adored the finish it was fitting. One final observation from my camp I would have liked Callan to own his darkness completely with no apologies to anyone. So, this is a dark tale that takes you down to rock bottom, its a story of survival and human resilience but it is also a beautiful love story. Would really love to read the sisters story next.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Hurt (The Hurt Series 1).

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Sound of Silence by Disturbed
Possession by Sarah McLachlan
Stay by Rhianna
Enter Sandman by Metallica
Uninvited by Alanis Morrisette
Quiet by MILCK
Bruises by Lewis Capaldi
Personal Jesus by Marilyn Manson
Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
I Know You Care by Ellie Goulding
Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray
Nothing Compares 2 U by Chris Cornell
Rise Up by Andra Day
Love Reign O’er Me by The Who
May It Be by Enya
Shape of my Heart by Sting

Author Info

Lydia Michaels is the award-winning author of over 35 romance novels. She is an iBooks Bestsellers and her work has been featured in USA Today. She is the two-time winner of the Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media [2018 & 2019]. In 2015 she won The Best Author Award from The Courier Times. She is a five-time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award. Her books are intellectual, emotional, haunting, always centred around love.

Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

Webpage: www.LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

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BLURB:

Run-away breeder Ava Davies only wanted to live life on her own terms. Now she’s captive in a labour camp deep within Dragath25’s core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? Appeasing the leader of the most powerful subterranean gang: a man from her past with his own score to settle.

Two years ago, resistance fighter Hunter Valdus’s and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves. Now a beautiful, desperate female from his past has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew’s escape and his revenge. All he has to do is keep her alive and at a distance until he can use her for his own dark purposes.

But raw, blood-pounding lust is a potent force. Forgiveness and love even stronger. And the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

TAKEN, Book Two in the Condemned Series, is an action-packed sci-fi prison planet romance that burrows to the deepest, hottest recesses of the globe to explore what happens when revenge and lust, redemption and love, collide.

MY REVIEW

Taken by Alison Aimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in this prison planet series and I seriously enjoyed this. We take up with Ava after she disappeared along with the soldier that was protecting her. Well, she finds her self in hell beneath ground and trapped and at the mercy of Hunter Valdus’s. Valdus former resistance fighter sentenced by the council and when he sees Ava amongst the fresh meat sent down to the core he recognises her value and decides to use her as bait to escape this hellhole. So this was super smokin hot and a kind of enemies to lovers story. I say kind of as this is actually rather instalove in nature and they are only at loggerheads for a short while. But you know what sometimes a bit of immediate affection hits that spot and this for me did that rather nicely. This was action filled and I am really looking forward to experiencing Ryker’s story next as he just intrigues me with his bolchy sniping attitude. I was slightly disappointed that the main characters from the first book didn’t make an appearance here, but all else here was good and I am happy to recommend this. Just a heads-up though Ava here is protected by Valdus and his men because of this books setting there are dark elements to this namely the rape of fellow inmates.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Taken (The Condemned Series, #2).

About Alison

Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci-fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaire Bad Boys series.

A romance junkie with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman who has always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.

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Release Date-May 16th 2019
Publisher-Bonnier Zaffre
Genre-Thriller
Kindle Edition

‘…They’re here. They’re-‘ The message on Sara Prior’s phone contains the last words she will ever hear from her husband. Racing to find him, she discovers he has been brutally murdered. While the police struggle to uncover evidence around this shocking crime, it becomes clear that Sara is no ordinary bereaved wife. And she is not the sort of woman to let things lie. Following a hidden clue in her husband’s last desperate phone-call, Sara follows the trail to the house of the last person she’d expect . . . Meanwhile, DS Nathan Cody finds himself drawn into the darkest and most twisted case of his career. And this time things are about to get very very personal.

A dark, shocking and relentlessly gripping thriller will keep you up all night until the final page has been turned.

MY REVIEW

Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this is a police procedural, it’s actually book four in the series which I didn’t initially realise and as such I do think this would be better served read in order as though I enjoyed this and it was well written the current storyline here is very connected and involved with past events. As I read this myself as a standalone I felt this did affect my overall enjoyment as I felt slightly out of the loop regarding past exposure to certain important key elements. So this was told from various POV but mostly Sara and Cody. After Sara’s husband is tortured and murdered in a particularly gruesome fashion she is determined to bring her husband’s killers to justice. Also, we have DS Nathan Cody on the case but because of past trauma, he is somewhat of a shell of the man he was. These two on the surface seem to have nothing in common but Cody himself senses an affinity in Sara that he can relate and almost understand and just got to say I was in awe of Sara; that lady has some series of brass balls loved her so much even if I was a tad sceptical of her ninja skills. Also, the clown inclusion was well creepy, I am so not a fan of clowns. So this was fast-paced throughout and as I said I did enjoy this to a certain extent.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Your Deepest Fear.

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Release Date-May 16th 2019
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-Mystery/Thriller
Kindle Edition-400 pages

On Halloween night, the residents of Black Gale gather for a dinner party. As the only nine people living there, they’ve become close friends as well as neighbours.

They eat, drink and laugh. They play games and take photographs. Except those photographs will be the last record of any of them.

By the next morning, the whole village has vanished.

With no bodies, no evidence and no clues, the mystery of what happened at Black Gale remains unsolved two and a half years on. But then the families of the missing turn to investigator David Raker – and their obsession becomes his.

What secrets were the neighbours keeping from their families – and from each other?

Were they really everything they seemed to be?

And is Raker looking for nine missing people – or nine dead bodies

MY REVIEW

No One Home by Tim Weaver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the absolute bomb, I enjoyed this book just so much. I am a relatively new reader of this author after I requested the previous book in this series without realising it was part of an ongoing series. I was that impressed with it that when I read the description for this instalment I just had to get my mitts on it. I actually didn’t think anything could surpass my previous experience here but this managed to surpass it and then some, I am super impressed. There is some previous stuff going on here that maybe it would enhance the whole read if you started at the beginning: but personally, I think there is enough backstory explained here that it’s not hard to catch on I managed to easily and I started at book nine myself. This story focuses on another mystery one that was just so fascinating and is what initially captured my attention and this had so many twists and turns at times I felt absolutely giddy. Set between Hollywood and the UK and spanning 33 years it was hard to see how the two were actually connected. But when the cogs start to click into place here and so seamlessly at that, this was just pure genius. Got to say this was such compelling stuff and a real page-turner of a story. Loved how everything just slotted together the further you went and I could literally feel a veil metaphorically being lifted from my eyes as this played out. This was also deeply moving and rather than just being told a story the author has managed here to transport the reader right into the tapestry of the story. This was a five-star experience all the way and I recommend this series highly.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of No One Home (David Raker #10).

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Genre- Erotic Romance
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Todd Warner is British, wealthy, and bored. Bored with the job. Bored with the women. And definitely bored with endless sessions he continues to travel for. Where’s the fun gone? Maybe it’s time to stop. Or maybe it’s time to have a holiday.

Hawaii sounds as good as anywhere.

Tamsin Tromolin is finally free of her adulterous ex-husband who slept with his secretary. The fact that while having him investigated she found his stash of millions in various offshore accounts, certainly has made the divorce easier. And now? Well, having spent the last fifteen years as a bored housewife she’s ready to make a change with her life. First stop – Hawaii. Where she’s meeting a man. A real one. Hopefully he’ll know how to please a woman and have some fun. He should do because she’s paid enough for the service.

The Indecency Suites are a collection of books designed to get your blood pumping quickly and your juices flowing just as fast. They’re everything and anything, and all in between.

The book is MF. 

Nb: The Indecency Suites are 18+ reads. 
They are intended for mature audiences and can be read as standalones. 

Paradise Nights Warner and Tromolin: Indecency Suites Novella #6 by Anabella Roscoff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book six in this novella serial and as expected this was another corker of a read. This one features Todd and Tamsin at its centre, she’s a newly single but very rich single mother, ex-stripper and council estate girl: so she certainly knows how to keep it real and he is bored and very restless also considering taking a much-needed break from this high-class world of sex and power. When Tamsin Hires Todd with the sole intention of reclaiming her sexuality through there hot and heavy encounters he himself at last finds a female who interests him beyond the purely superficial. He finds in Tasmin a kindred spirit as she herself understands the job and its pressures and limitations. I also adored how real these two were just being themselves with no pretences between them. This was also incredibly humorous which I found so refreshing. This one was another hot read that I enjoyed a lot.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Paradise Nights (Warner and Tromolin: Indecency Suites #6).

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Release Date- May 2nd 2019
Publisher-HQ
Genre-Horror/Mystery
Kindle Edition- 336 pages

Chilling story. . . stunning' Clare MackintoshTaps into every woman’s fear that she will not be believed’ Mel McGrath, author of The Guilty Party Deep. Dark. Utterly addictive. . . you can't unread this story. It will haunt you' Teresa Driscoll, author of The Friend THE TWINS ARE CRYING. THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY. LAUREN IS CRYING. LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED. Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . . Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate. When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later. Harper's superior officer tells her there's no case here, but Harper can't let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There's nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren's spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger? Early readers can't stop raving about Little Darlings:Every mother will see themselves in Lauren. . . taut with suspense’ You just need to read it and let the creepiness and uneasiness set in'A disturbing and spine-chilling tale. . . This tale will keep readers on the edge of their seat’ `A unique, haunting story that stays with you long after finishing it’Author BiographyMelanie Golding is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, with distinction. Her short stories have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story.

MY REVIEW

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sorry to say I found this one to be a bit of a slog. This was in itself an interesting premise but we didn’t quite click and I also found it a touch slow in places. This did have a creepy undertone but it wasn’t enough of a factor to ultimately rescue this for me. This was told from new mother Lauren’s POV as she struggles with the concept that something is after her twins and then later that they have been switched for changeling’s and are not, in fact, her offspring. I did enjoy the fable or tale at the beginning of each story chapter and found that to be a fun and interesting addition. Laurens husband I detested with a passion what a piece of work he was, his falsely over the top endearments and pretend concerns were such an obvious sham and he couldn’t be trusted as far as you could throw him. I did believe that he did care for his boys despite his selfish nature that I did think was genuine. But as for all else what a waste of space. We also have an unorthodox detective who is prepared to dig for the truth and is surprisingly open-minded to the seemingly impossible. I also wasn’t quite sure what to make of that finish as to me it seemed abrupt and unfinished. This was well written and there’s plenty out there that loved this I am just not one of them. If this hadn’t been an Arc I would probably have thrown in the towel and this would have been sent to my DNF Shelf but because it was I plodded on despite me not being fully invested. As I have said previously there’s nothing wrong with the writing here this just wasn’t for me.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Little Darlings.

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Release Date-March 26th 2019 
Publisher-Penguin UK
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-377 pages

Introducing the next generation of domestic thriller…

Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn’t perfect – you know that – but then again nor are you.

But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.

Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.

This is a thriller like nothing you’ve read before…

MY REVIEW

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m slightly conflicted about this one, on the one hand, I adored the idea here it was just so intriguing but the issue I have is the reality for me just didn’t live up to my internal hype. So this was told completely from the husbands POV who I don’t think we ever learn his actual name throughout the whole book here. From him, we are exposed completely to this strange family dynamic and if I am honest I did find him a bit of a wet weekend totally under his manipulative controlling wife’s thumb. He is definitely the subservient submissive one in this bizarre partnership. He seemed to me to be in this more to please his more dominant wife; I also got the impression that she is the one that likes the killing and he just likes the feeling he gets when he pleases his wife. Her response and adoration compared to her usual manner is the ultimate addiction for him. Millicent is the puppet master, shes the one in control and all in her household be it her husband or there two children dance to her tune. The husband himself does sleep and interact with some of they’re potential victims I think from this he gets back a sense of control and this is why he does it. millicent emasculates him so the planning, stalking and sometimes romancing of these women gives him back the sense of control he really is missing in his life and marriage. There was also a weird contrast between family man and predator that I had difficulty wrapping my head around, the two just didn’t equate as he did surprisingly seem to be an excellent father. Millicent, I Had no issues as she came across as quite cold chilling and emotionless. To do what she does and show no outward signs or remorse speaks to me of a lack of basic conscience or an overall sense of morality she was one cold chick. So I was getting a trifle bored but then things did start to heat up around the halfway mark. When the game gets real and both of there secret lives start to impact with there everyday reality affecting them all as a family and also as individuals and as events escalate building momentum along the way, the secrets these two are keeping from each other swiftly escalates as the distrust deepens and each shows there current hand. The second half of this I found to be much better than the first but I did find the ending here and the resolution slightly rushed. I also did appreciate the final few words genius. So yeh mixed bag I think my main issue here is that not much really happens and I was expecting much more, this is more of a psychological endeavour and what makes people tick rather than some action-filled thriller.

I did enjoy this as it was a gripping read just not as much as I initially thought I would.

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Release Date-March 1st 2016 
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-200 Pages

When Bella West crash lands on penal planet Dragath25, the only thing standing between her and a mass of brutal criminals is one of their own, a ruthless loner known only as 673. But what starts out as a desperate trade based on protection and raw lust soon blossoms into a scorching need that will push them both to the edge…A tale of unbridled desire, stunning sacrifice, and unwavering love, Trapped is the first book in The Condemned Series.

Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious penal planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight gruelling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.

But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise saviour or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.

MY REVIEW

Trapped by Alison Aimes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Condemned series and I had such a fab time reading this. Sci-Fi romance books are a guilty pleasure of mine add in it being a prison planet and I was sold and this one was certainly a great read. So Bella West crash lands on this penal colony planet along with her fellow researchers and some soldiers sent along to protect them. Making a deal with prisoner 673 her body for protection is the only logical way forward if she wants to survive in this harsh terrain. I appreciated Bella’s determination and resilience to make it whatever the cost and found her to be a pragmatic sort which is a quality of hers I really found myself admiring. Prisoner 673 AKA Convicts humanity is still there despite him burying it so deep and I really enjoyed witnessing the blossoming bond developing between these two. This was actioned packed throughout and had no trouble retaining my individual attention. On a sidenote, I really appreciated that window where we get to jump forward slightly and see where are unlikely lovers ended up. This in itself had quite a feel-good vibe for me and though I had to suspend my disbelief slightly as I don’t think it would be that easy to receive a pardon and come out on top I found myself not really caring that much as I just wanted our twosome to come out on top and win.

This was also set up very nicely for the next story in this series of which I am looking forward to reading.

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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date- Genre-Psychological Thriller/Romance

Kindle Edition-

An emotionally gripping romantic thriller, this is a novel of love, marriage, deception and murder.

It’s one thing to discover the man you married is not who you think he is. It’s another thing entirely to prove it. After all, who is going to take the word of an unstable woman who’s never fully recovered from the heartbreak of losing her child?

The only question now, is how far he will go to protect his secrets.

~~~

As I lie here in my front hallway, in the place where it all began, I wonder what would have happened if I’d never opened the door that afternoon?

Would she have gone somewhere else? Would she have swept off in another direction, an alternative reality where our lives would never have crossed paths?
And now I’m lying here, blood pooling beneath my body, deep crimson smears on cold white tiles, remembering every sordid moment in vivid detail.

There’s a shadow standing over me.

“I want you to die here, slowly and alone.” Her voice is cold, emotionless. “And I want you to use the time to think about what you did. And when you take your last breath, I want you to realize it’s all your fault. All of it!”

I drift in and out of consciousness and wonder if I had my chance to do it over again, if I had the choice, would I choose not to open the door that day?

Even after everything, I know that I would.

I’d go through it all again, and then some if it meant the chance to be with Zach just one more time…

MY REVIEW

The Scream Behind Her Smile by Athena Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read and very different from what I was originally expecting here. This had so many actual twists and turns that it managed to capture my attention so effortlessly. It was well written a page-turner that really was addictive reading. Claire as a character I felt for her so much, her backstory in regards to her daughter made my own heart hurt so much. But for sure she certainly was a lousy judge of character. She has surrounded herself with toxic relationships from her so-called friends who have obviously never read the girl code rule book (What Traitors) to her waste of space husband Derek. Derek, himself has managed to isolate Claire manipulating and controlling the situation itself until she really has no way left to turn. Add in that venomous viper Jasmine who was such a piece of work and I was internally screaming put your foot down and issue your waste of space husband an ultimatum they are both taking the mick so badly. So Zach who for me was a surprise addition and what I saw of him I really liked a lot: he was mysterious, sexy and seemed protective of Claire but I did feel his input here was slightly limited and I would have liked to have got more of an insight into how he ticked. I felt this would have been better served being told in dual POV rather than just from Claire’s side of the fence. I really would have liked to explore Zach in more depth rather than just the superficial and felt this one-sided style of narration limited that slightly. We did get a snippet in the epilogue from him but this was really not enough to satisfy me. This was a great read that I enjoyed a lot a thumbs up from me.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Scream Behind Her Smile.

 AMAZON UK
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Release Date-April 23rd 2019
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-892 pages

Welcome to a world of cursed immortals, broken rules, and eternal love…

╰☆☆ Elder Bonds ☆☆╮

“A well-rounded introduction to the Immortal Curse world and the brilliance of those who live there.” -Lucian

╰☆☆ Blood Bonds ☆☆╮
How far will Caro and Sethios go to protect their destiny and the fate of their unborn child?

╰☆☆ Angel Bonds ☆☆╮ An immortal war is on the horizon. Death will reign.

The endgame begins now.

***

“Drop the knife and place your palms against the window.”

She released the weapon against her will. “That’s not necessary,” she growled as her hands touched the glass.

“As you lost, that’s not your decision to make.” He bent to retrieve the dagger. She had no idea what he did with the other but guessed he pocketed it.

“What now?” she groused, awaiting his next wave of compulsion.

“Quid pro quo, angel.” He traced the sharp edge down her spine, hard enough for her to feel without drawing blood. “I bled for you, so you will bleed for me.”

Her eyes widened. “Excuse me?”

“Shh.” He used his opposite hand to gather her hair over one shoulder and kissed the back of her neck. “I’m still deciding where I wish to exact payment, darling. Don’t spoil my fun.”

MY REVIEW
5 STARS

This is the box set and books 4-6 in the addictive Immortal Curse Series. The page turning ongoing paranormal saga featuring my favourite Hydraian’s and Ichorian’s Each book is an interconnecting ongoing story with a slightly different flavour. Every one of these stories has something unique to offer and I ran the countless of emotions all the way from bursting happiness to the deepest despair. This story arc really touched me down deep and that final instalment here I was actually balling like a baby. Book six closes this current session ready for a new story direction I for one can’t wait as there’s a certain Angel I need to see get here release and ultimately her happiness really need the closure guys.

Highly recommend this series guys it’s a really great experience.

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AMAZON US

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