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The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

Release Date-21st September 2017
Publisher-Headline
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

The brilliant new novel from Jenny Blackhurst , the #1 eBook bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU , which Clare Mackintosh called ‘utterly gripping’ and BEFORE I LET YOU IN . If you love Louise Jensen’s THE GIFT or SK Tremayne’s THE ICE TWINS you will love this.

When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she’s just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie’s foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger…

The Foster ChildThe Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS

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The Foster Child By Jenny Blackhurst was one hell of a spooky book, having never read anything by this author before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
I really didn’t need to worry from the first page this story captured the reader building the atmosphere gradually and hooking its audience so subtly that before you knew it you were so emotionally invested in what was playing out before our rapt eyes.
So The Foster Child tells the story of Ellie Atkinson a foster child placed in the system after the death of her family in a house fire.
Along comes child psychologist Imogen Reid who upon returning to her childhood town after a big blip in her illustrious career inherits Ellie’s case.
From day one on the job, it’s apparent to Imogen that things in her old town are not right.
Everybody seems afraid of the quiet eerie eleven-year-old and Ellies only supporters are Her fifteen-year-old foster sister Mary and Imogen herself.
So, my god, this was creepy.
I actually found myself questioning everything I thought I believed.
You could feel the mass hysteria building as it was fueled by what people thought was real.
Taking on a life all of its own, like a snowball building its momentum.
Then BAM!!!!
everything came to a head and you were left feeling a trifle dim questioning yourself, did I really think that ?.
You as the reader have been swept along in the mass hysteria along with everyone else in this small community.
I loved this story, the characters were so real and interesting, this could be set in any small town around where I live.
The Foster Child was a fascinating insight into small-town dynamics and also a creepy atmospheric chiller.
Do you know what I liked best, it was how one young girl can start a rumour that actually takes on a life all of its own.
fuelling its own journey along the way.
Or did it!!! that twist at the end Man, didn’t see that coming.
It left us the reader with a whole host of new questions to ask.
So I end this review in a bit of a quandary.
What do I actually take away from this as the truth, I think in this instance only Ellie is aware of the bigger picture she is the puppetmaster of this chilling tale.
That is the only reason I deducted 1/2 a star from this as I was left feeling slightly confused, wondering what to actually believe.
I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free ARC of The Foster Child this is my own free and honest opinion.

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The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

Release Date-14 Nov 2017
Publisher-Harper Impulse
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-364 pages

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises the like of which you can’t imagine.


When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal it…


A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.


Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

The Birthday GirlThe Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
Now never having read anything of Sue Fortin before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this.
Well, Wow, this certainly didn’t disappoint.
I read this in practically one sitting, it was such addictive reading that I struggled to put “The Birthday Girl” down I was so engrossed.
This story tells the tale of four best friends, Carys, Zoe, Andrea and Joanne, all in or approaching their forties.
All Bogged down with the usual life dramas, petty jealousies and rivalries that usually come with groups of girls of all ages.
So when one of the girls, Joanne to be exact, decides to throw a very different fortieth party.
The other Girls half-heartedly accept her invitation.
Straight from the get-go, I loved how the scene was staged, Johanna lulling her friends into a false sense of security, outwardly not portraying her anger, but showing her game face and going in for the long con.
So there you are, You think you know where This tale is going, who the baddies are, when suddenly and without warning “The birthday girl” changes directions on you leaving you floundering in the wake of the upheaval.
And you’re left there scratching your head in total confusion.
The Birthday girl will seriously confound your expectations and have you questioning everything that happens, nothing will be taken on face value and nobody is above suspicion.
On top of all this, there is also the mysterious voice that seems to hate Carys so much, I was so wrong on all fronts with this when attempting to use my sleuthing skills to unmask, brilliantly done indeed.
So the story that unfolds here drew me in straight from the beginning.
It manages to build layer upon layer until gradually a bigger overall picture is finally revealed.
This was so well done and it actually helped make the Birthday Girl such a page-turner.
this has all the ingredients of a five-star read and it wasn’t until the last chapter that for me this lost some of its star quality.
I just really didn’t like the ending, I’ve never really been into self-sacrificing or cutting off my nose to spite my face and that is what the last chapter to me stank of.
So Sorry to be so cryptic, but needs must as I really don’t want to spoil this experience for others.
So there you have it, in a nutshell, this was such a good solid read, it flowed brilliantly, kept the reader guessing till the final pages and overall just pulled you right in.
So yes I would most certainly recommend this if you like a good psychological thriller, this is hands down, definitely one of the best I have experienced for a while.
So All that’s left is to say thank you to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with an ARC of The Birthday Girl this is my own honest and unbiased opinion.

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Grace Street (Chapter 8 #1) by Ella Dominguez

Release Date-April 1st 2016
Publisher-Bondage Bunny Publishing
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-263 Pages

Revised Edition

Obsession, possession, resilience, insanity…

Seeking solitude and reprieve from her past failed relationships, Elsa begins her life anew in Richmond, hoping to find the change that she so desperately needs. Things are looking up for her—a new job, new friends, a fresh start.

But Victor has different plans for her. From the moment he heard Elsa’s voice, she became next on his to-do list—his Chapter 8. A well-known and respected criminal profiler, his mind is as dark as the criminals he hunts down. It takes one to know one, after all. Under the guise of making his subjects stronger, he intends to break Elsa down using everything in his arsenal—including pleasure, pain, humiliation, and things unspeakable.


Lonely, still on the mend from a bad break-up and longing for attention—Elsa consents to an odd proposition. Initially unaware of Victor’s plans, she quickly realizes that the casual encounter she agreed to is, in fact, a cruel psychological game with no ending in sight. She may be one in a long line of test subjects for Victor; however, she can’t be broken so easily. What he puts her through only fuels the fire burning within her—a flame that begins to blaze out of control as she becomes obsessed with everything about Victor and peeling back his cruel layers in search of the real man hiding beneath his heartless facade.

In Victor’s world, there is no such thing as happily ever after, and Chapter 8 proves to be an infuriating challenger when she flips the tables on his selfish and twisted game, a game they both may end up losing their hearts and minds over.

Warning: this is neither a conventional romance nor a traditional love story. There are no hearts and flowers on the pages of this book. The heroine doesn’t always make wise choices and though I’ve tried to make her strong, she’s often times weak in the face of the fierce hero. The hero is not a knight in shining armour. He’s broken and frequently cruel, and what every woman in the real world should avoid. What’s contained within this book is fiction—dark, depraved and decadent make-believe. Contains erotic elements, uncomfortable situations, and descriptions that may trigger past memories of abuse. Intended for readers 18+

Grace Street (Chapter 8, #1)Grace Street by Ella Dominguez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS


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Grace Street (Chapter 8, #1) by Ella Dominguez what did I think.
Well first things, I have not read anything by this author before so this was a virgin experience for me.
So mostly I liked this, but unfortunately, there was just something I struggled to put my finger on in regards to our two main characters.
I couldn’t quite get a handle on them which left it in turn quite difficult for me to connect with both Elsa and Victor themselves.
So Grace street tells the story of both Elsa and Victor.
Victor, a successful criminal profiler for the FBI doesn’t do relationships he does Chapters.
He breaks these chapters down piece by piece with pleasure, pain and twisted mind games under the guise of helping them become stronger individuals.
Victor after pulling the curtain on seven is now ready for new games to begin and he has a new target ready in his sights.
Enter Elsa chapter eight, new to the area after relocating following a painful break-up with a work colleague.
Lonely and still on the mend shes ripe for victors games and cruel psychological manipulations.
So firstly I found it pretty hard to connect when the characters involved here are just not that likeable.
But let’s start first with Elsa, So I found her a bit of a whiner, plenty immature, very inconsistent in her intentions and she really just got plain on my wick like a hell of a lot.
Her worst incident that stands out for me was when she was out with her mother for a meal, which Victor had actually booked and paid for and she acted like such an immature ungrateful child.
I wanted to give her a slap every time she opened her mouth. she acted like an infant and for once victor was actually being thoughtful and nice.
Elsa was just embarrassing using her mother as a shield and spokesperson (what are you girl, ten).
she also doesn’t seem to know her own mind one minute wanting Victor and then changing her mind back.
As for victor well I really wanted to like him he had all the qualities I usually love tortured hero check, hot check, misunderstood check, successful check, getting the picture yet, but there was just something missing here.
He talked the talk but there was just that spark missing for me.
I also didn’t find him that dark either, I could see a lot of light creeping in around the edges right from the very beginning.
Victor’s main fault for me was that I found him to be rather egotistical and self-centred and that really was a way big turn off overall.
So anyway despite the above issues I still did enjoy this and I did start to feel more of a connection towards the end of Grace Street which I was very glad to eventually experience.
This was also my reason for adding half a star as up till then it was a three star all the way.
So anyway this was for me a series of up and downs and now I have started “feeling it” I’m hoping to become more invested with this as I read further.
So its safe to say Grace Street (Chapter 8, #1) ends on a bloody cliffhanger, typical, but now I’m feeling the love I will defiantly be continuing with the next chapter in this series.
And on a final note just thought I’d mention you can get this series on Kindle Unlimited so enjoy.


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Once Upon a Time Travel by Sariah Wilson

Release Date- 21st November 2017
Publisher-Kindle Press
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-312 pages

Once upon a time…

Recent college grad Emma Damon knows the Rose Room in Hartley Hall is off limits, which is exactly why she can’t wait to get inside. Once she enters the forbidden room, Emma learns more about the history of the museum than she ever intended to know.

Waking up confused and shocked in 1816, all Emma wants is to return to her cozy home with flushing toilets and disposable razors. But when she’s mistaken for someone else, Emma must pretend to be everything she’s not. About to be engaged to the Earl of Hartley’s brother, Emma fails miserably at playing the role of a sophisticated lady.

Hartley is determined to ensure that the quirky and adorable woman marries his brother – despite his ever-growing attraction to her. After loving and losing, he refuses to fall prey to the shackles of love. But as his desire for Emma increases, he knows he must forfeit his happiness for his brother’s future. After all, there’s no such thing as happily ever after.

Or is there?

Once Upon a Time TravelOnce Upon a Time Travel by Sariah Wilson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟 STARS


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I picked up Once Upon a Time Travel By Sariah Wilson as I fancied something light and fluffy and this certainly hit the spot.
This is my first experience with a Sariah Wilson book and this definitely got a thumbs up from me.
It was just what I needed, An easy read that put a big smile on my face.
So first I just want to say I absolutely love time travel romances and couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one.
“So Once Upon A Time Travel,” Tells the story of Emma Damon who while working at Hartley Hall manages to get herself transported through time to 1816 (200 years in the past to be precise).
Here Emma gets mistaken for someone else entirely, an American lass by the name of Miss Emily Blythe.
Seeing no other course of action Emma decides to pretend to be Miss Blythe Until she can work out how to return home.
The only dilemma is Miss Blythe is about to be engaged to the earl of Hartley’s brother and Emma now must learn how to engage with polite society in this time period and help keep her true identity under wraps.
To further confound things, Emma takes a massive shine to The Earl Of Hartley.
The Earl himself has vowed never to marry, so pushes his feeling for Emma aside while in turn nudging her in his brother’s direction.
So this story was lovely, it kept my interest, flowed brilliantly and also made me chuckle on numerous occasions.
The two main characters Emma and Hartley were extremely likeable, though I did find Hartley a bit thick-headed at times particularly in regard to his ex-love Libby, who everyone but he could see what a huge golddigger the girl was.
I loved all the secondary characters, especially aunt Charles that woman cracked me up.
This was also a mainly clean read, Bar a couple of heated kisses this was PG rated all the way.
So Once upon a time travel really does do what it says on the tin, its a feel good delightful fun read that I really loved.
So now for my negatives and I really hate to do this as I really did enjoy this story very much,
So here goes,
first, I didn’t like the introduction of magic into the story, I think it was just put out there to help explain the time travelling nature of this tale, I don’t think it added much overall and I would have preferred it not to have entered the equation at all as this was such a lovely tale and it was managing just fine without its inclusion.
That brings me to my second gripe the time travelling itself.
I kept waiting for someone to explain how the dress with the note got into the closet, and waiting and waiting some more, I finally assumed Emma had put it there at some point but this was never actually clarified for me.
Then there were a lot of things that came out of Emma’s mouth that I felt people in the 1800’s would have been much more shocked by, she didn’t have a filter, I myself found her extremely amusing but I felt The aristocracy of the nineteenth century would have been outraged.
My final issue was When the real Miss Emily Blythe reared her little head.
It was brushed away so easily and I found the events just a little convenient and a trifle unbelievable in their content.
So, Now that nasty business is over with, let me just say that this was such an entertaining read.
I found Once Upon a time travel very amusing and I would so recommend this to others no issue.
So lastly just want to say thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC
This is my own unbiased and honest opinion.

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Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2) by Charmaine Pauls

Release Date-November 14th 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-241 pages

When Gabriel broke down my door, he took over my body and life. Never with force, but always with clever manipulation. He stripped me of my independence, my defences, and my clothes and turned me into an addict for his touch.

Once, I had dreams and a future. Now, I have fears, scars, and insatiable needs. I’m damaged beyond repair, but if I’m to survive the most dangerous man in Johannesburg, I can’t allow him to break me because broken toys are destined for the garbage dump.

Book 1 & 2 in the LOAN SHARK DUET will be released back-to-back.
DUBIOUS: 10 October 2017
CONSENT: 14 November 2017

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2)Consent by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS


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Wow!!!, What a read this was, I was engrossed until the bitter end.
“Consent” starts where “Dubious” left off and right from the get-go we are plunged right back into the raw and gritty world of Gabriel Louw AKA The Breaker.
So Gabriel is now on the hunt, his very delectable prey Valentina Haynes has bolted along with her brother Charlie to whereabouts unknown.
Valentina and Gabriel Both with very crossed wires over this now very real pregnancy and a new baby on the near horizon.
Gabriel himself is counting down the minutes until he has Valentina back in her cage. This time around things are going to be different and he has plans for Valentina once he catches up with her that is.
Right, so the last book “Dubious” I didn’t find at all angsty, not that I was complaining.
“Consent” more than makes up for this in buckets.
There is so much going on here in regards to angst and all characters involved take steps out of there very own cliches to evolve brilliantly throughout.
I’m also Loving the new roles for Gabriel’s bodyguards, they make fantastically funny baby-sitters and they had me chuckling along with them.
So where do I start with this, well I found this such an enjoyable read and I was glued to the pages throughout.
The story flowed easily and it was great to catch back up with everyone from “Consent”
so sorry for being vague here, but I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don’t want to give away anything.
I only have three small nitpicks that in hindsight made me deduct half a star, but really these are just little things overall.
So number one, I like my dark heroes to stay mostly dark and in this instant, Gabriel becomes a whole lot whiter, I didn’t find him that dark initially so I really didn’t want him to get even lighter in nature.
And yes I do get it, why he wants to change so dramatically, it’s very understandable and also extremely commendable.
It doesn’t mean I have to like it though.
That brings me to number two “The Events” themselves, they were dragged out a bit too much for me and I wanted to move on from them, I cried, and then I tried to heal and I wanted poor Gabriel to heal also, then to pull himself back together.
I really don’t mean that to sound harsh, it’s just I thought poor Valentina was given a bit of a raw deal and could have done with a bit more TLC. instead, she was mainly ignored and pushed to the sidelines by Gabriel, dealing with a pregnancy that had been largely thrust upon her young shoulders.
On a further side note and without giving anything away I was also decidedly disappointed in The makeover, that is all I’m contributing on that matter, but so not a happy bunny here, just saying.
So despite these small grievances I loved all the rest of this and couldn’t put it down “Consent” was full of Angst and drama and unforgettable characters and I would highly recommend this as an unforgettable read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing an ARC of Consent this is my own unbiased honest opinion.

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Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet #1) by Charmaine Pauls

Release Date-October 10th 2017
Genre-Dark Crime Romance
Kindle Edition-305 pages

How far will a man go to get the woman he wants?

I’m a loan shark. Breaking people runs in my blood. The Haynes’ were supposed to be a straightforward job. Go in and pull the trigger twice. One bullet for Charlie, one for his sister. But when I saw Valentina, I wanted her. Only, in our world those who owe us don’t get second chances. No way in hell will my mother let her live. So I devised a plan to keep her.

It’s depraved.
It’s immoral.
It’s dubious.

It’s perfect.
Just like her.

Book 1 & 2 in the LOAN SHARK DUET will be released back-to-back.
DUBIOUS: 10 October 2017
CONSENT: 14 November 2017

Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet, #1)Dubious by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS.
Dubious (The Loan Shark Duet, #1) was a delight to read and once I started there was no stopping me, I was on a mission to finish this.
So the low-down on Dubious was that Valentina Haynes a young veterinary student manages to get on the wrong side of the Louw family courtesy of her car thief neighbour, who while watching her disabled brother Charlie lets him run up gambling debt’s at a local club.
Sent in on a kill order Gabriel Louw wanting Valentina for himself offers her an out, come work for him for nine years to pay off her brother’s debt and he will let her brother go.
Now this book was fantastic and was such an easy read.
Despite the subject matter involved here, this was not in any way for me dark.
Gabriel rather than force Valentina (who is now working as a maid in his home).
Gradually seduces her senses with his brand of charisma and skills.
Alongside Gabriel, Valentina has to endure his mother Magda. who from day one is unhappy with her son’s decision to allow the Hayne’s to continue to exist and is just looking for an excuse to end Valentina.
I also loved the fact that Gabriel wasn’t your typical looker and was covered in scars, this to me was an actual plus rather than a minus because I do adore me a less than perfect anti-hero.
Gabriel also came packed with a spoilt teenage daughter and I get the impression from her behaviour that she was less than aware of her father’s profession.
I also thought it was a stroke of genies to set this in South Africa, Johannesburg to be precise.
This made it stand out for me from the norm, I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve read this genre of story set in this background before.
This made this really original.
The tale told here was not very angsty but that didn’t matter.
As this story progressed, two things became very clear to me, Gabriel’s self-confidence in his own appeal was low, more than likely due to his scarring.
He felt that his money and power was all he had to offer besides the obvious things as well of course.
The second being Valentina has vastly underestimated how much Gabriel wants to protect and keep her, the former going to such extremes that it was bound to come crashing down around his ears just through miscommunication.
There were some very interesting side characters here Quinn and Rhett, Gabriel’s bodyguards being two that grew on me and I believe they both generally liked Valentina.
Also, her friend Kris was a diamond watching her brother Charlie, maybe for the next nine years, this was definitely above and beyond.
Bet we would all love a friend like that.
So the only reason I pulled this down a star was that I feel that Gabriel himself would with this sort of reputation and power be less than inclined to allow his mother to pull his strings.
Yes, I know in the beginning she was described as having all the power.
I just fail to see, how with Gabriel’s sort of nature he has allowed this status quo to go unchallenged all these years, I just can’t see it.
After all, he is the muscle and scary face of the Louw’s family loan shark franchise.
I actually just really wanted him to tell his mother to go screw herself.
So Would I recommend this? Hell yeah!!!
Dubious was well written with great developed characters and an interesting storyline.
It also really helped that the hero and heroine were both extremely likeable people.
Even considering the hero’s occupation.
And the way this was left. well just Phew, so need that next instalment.
Dubious ended on such a fantastic cliffhanger.
I would like to say thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free ARC.
This is my own free and honest opinion of Dubious.


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Saved by D.D. Prince

Release Date-August 23rd 2017
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-439 pages

Holly has been kept ‘safe’, untouched, and segregated within a sex slave training center for 2 years. But when she has to jump from a burning building into the arms of the mysterious and handsome master of the house, it’s a catalyst for big change. Holly, no longer happy to be blissfully ignorant, starts to play with sexual fire. How badly is she about to get burnt?

Dedication:
This story is for the readers who like to spend time in the dark.
With the anti-heroes.
The damaged ones who don’t think they can be redeemed.
This book is for you.
And for them.

Him:
I saved her from a fate many would believe was worse than death. But, I’m no hero. Far from it.
I’m saving her for myself, which might be an even worse fate.

Her:
He’s dark. He’s dangerous. He’s the most attractive man I have ever laid eyes on. Everything about him says villain but I can’t help but think that maybe there’s a hero deep inside.

He’s kept me apart from the others for a long time. No one is allowed to touch me. Few are allowed to even set eyes on me.
I arrived here just before my sixteenth birthday. But soon, I won’t be a little girl any more.
How much longer will I be safe? And is safety all that matters?

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A dark romance. Dominator series spin-off but can be read as a standalone.
(For the full optimal reading experience, consider reading the Dominator box set)

Potential triggers. Human Trafficking. Dub/Non-Consent.

SavedSaved by D.D. Prince

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS.
So I really enjoyed Saved by D.D. Prince, in fact, I stayed up all night finishing this as I was that invested in where this was going.
Now This is a tale I’ve been waiting for, for quite a while.
We have had teasing glimpses from previous books set in this world, just to whet our appetites, but this was the main course,so to speak.
A complete downslide into the dark and dangerous world of Alessandro Romero and the murky depths of his depraved lifestyle.
So briefly “saved” recaps the story of Holly’s arrival at Alessandro’s compound and her subsequent imprisonment at his hands.
It shows how she becomes the latest obsession to the very damaged dark man who resides here.
At first, maybe just being a beacon of light in the dark to him, and then later an actual visual reminder of just how stained his hands really are.
But so soon, she becomes so much more, a decedent temptation that he can just no longer resist.
Tick Tock Holly that clock is ticking down to that all-important birthday.

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To me, she is the one untainted thing that exists in my world. My world is filthy, black, evil and I’m a big part of the reason for that. But Holly? She’s clean, pure; she’s light. I’m night; she’s day. And it’s only a matter of time before I lose my loose hold on control and turn her to nothing but charred remnants of what she was.

While nosing around, I have noticed a few reviews that have some issues with Hollys personality and attitude and while I appreciate there take I’m going to approach this from the opposite camp and try to articulate why I felt that mindset was what was needed from Holly to achieve a fully functioning relationship with what was the really fucked up Alessandro Romero.
So First, we have Holly’s age, She’s still so young and then her background also works against her, so just where was she going to go if she escaped, Holly’s choices were extremely limited in nature, she has no idea where her sister is and her mothers a waste of breath total dead-beat.
So she has just accepted her situation in some ways like a cosseted child.
It’s not so bad and could be worse is her mindset.
From listening to her inner musings it’s quite apparent to me that Holly has never been the confrontational type letting others like her sister just arrange things around her.
And she complied here, just as she’s been doing all her life.
Holly is essentially at heart a follower and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Second Alessandro was so fucked up in his interactions with Holly that even the tiniest little thing acted as a trigger to him, Imagine if Holly was more an in your face screaming harpy and think where that could have gone.
I really don’t think it would have been pretty at all, and I certainly wouldnt want to put it to the test for real.
And yes initially I do believe Holly was probably suffering from a touch of Stockholm.
but She kind of burrowed under Alessandro’s skin catching him unaware with her brand of sweetness and acceptance which is ultimately what he needed someone so pure that they could attempt to wash clean the blackest of his sins.
I also think this softly softly was the sneaky backdoor stealth approach needed.
And Alessandro’s sins are very black indeed, not surprising considering his background.
I actually think out of all of DD Prince’s boys in this world, Alessandro’s soul holds the darkest stains of them all.
He was not a good man then, and he is not a good man now, treating poor Holly like dirt and then at other times giving her a glimpse into someone so different.
In my opinion, it’s because he doesn’t want to accept this weakness he feels for her so he self-projects, Blaming poor Holly for his own limitations.
So it’s safe to say Alessandro himself is a complete and utter bastard
his behaviour itself is in no way excusable at all, but considering what he has done in his past very understandable to me.
He has done some really evil shit that he now has to learn to live with, especially now with his distant past catching up with his present.
But bearing in mind the sadistic crime family he comes from I would be much more surprised if he was lily white and all super caring, totally unrealistic indeed.
I will say this, that I thought Holly was a complete and utter saint to deal with Alessandro’s brand of crazy and fucked up behaviour towards herself without screaming for her bad-ass brother in laws to come rescue her.
This shows that she is actually stronger than she appears.
Able to deal in the real world.
Maybe her actions could be seen slightly as those of a doormat, I suppose its really all in your interpretation.
Mine was that she was just an unloved vulnerable young girl who wanted to save the world and also believe the best in people, so Yes there probably was a big dash of Stockholm mixed in with her love, but do I really care?
Nah, I loved this fucked up story anyway.
I loved the angst of the unexpected this tale brought it came complete with a tortured anti-hero who just wants redemption in any form he can get and most especially I adored catching up with all the Ferraro’s too, that really was the cherry on the top.
This was a definite hit for me and I would highly recommend if you like your fiction dark.
So just Before I go a trigger warning this book does contain Dub-Con and Non-Con just a heads up so you are aware.

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Taken by the Enemy by Jennifer Bene

Release Date-March 25th 2016
Genre-Dystopian BDSM
Publisher-Blushing Books Publications
Kindle Edition-354 pages

Emmie had spent her life pampered, sheltered, and mostly unaware of just how bad things were inside and outside of the city that she called home – but when reality comes knocking, Emmie must choose between staying and suffering, or running and breaking a promise that could break her heart.

After fleeing the city in the dead of night, Emmie expected the hazards of the forest, but she never thought she would run into real danger or be brutally taken by one of the raiders who had been banished outside the walls. She never thought she would be tied up and forced to submit to their rules, and she never planned to find herself kneeling before their leader – no matter how gorgeous he was.

Lucian had spent most of his adult life figuring out how to protect those banished by the corrupt men inside the city, but when he meets Emmie, he doesn’t just want to keep her safe, he wants to claim her – body and soul. But once he does, and she despises him for it, how can he possibly show her what life can be like when she’s really and truly free, and how can he show her that a good life might be possible with him?

In ‘Taken by the Enemy’ readers are taken on a dark journey of discovery where the truths that Emmie has held close since she was a child are turned inside out, and she discovers that the enemy she’s been raised to fear may just be her salvation. Will she be able to bend to Lucian’s demands for obedience, and the harsh ways in which he enforces them, so she can discover a world where real peace is possible? Or will she turn away from the people who can save them all just to protect her heart?

Taken by the EnemyTaken by the Enemy by Jennifer Bene

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

🌟🌟STARS

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“Taken by the enemy” by Jennifer Bene,
Well, I suppose I better start with the good points I have for this before I mention my peeves, it’s only fair. So I got this as a freebie which is always a bonus, so a big thank you for that it’s always appreciated.
Also, I just want to mention that it wasn’t the overall writing with this that made me mark this down, this was surprisingly good.
It was more the writing content itself which I found its content very rapey indeed.
Now just to clarify, I read a lot of dub-con and even non-con and I’m fine with that.
I really love my dark fiction but I think what I struggled with here was the total oppression of the female population.
I felt like I’d been dropped into a totally alternate reality where men are gods with the power to do what they please a male utopia outside the walls of the city. And the poor woman well they obviously didn’t get the memo to steer clear.
Think this just about sums it up in a nutshell.


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everyone in that village is totally batshit crazy.
Even the woman for as soon as there mated there all A-OK with all the punishments and lessons that their fellow sisters now need to conform with. very short memories indeed.

SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

So to give you a brief lowdown of events we have Emmie, who runs from the city, is chased by a boar and rescued by Lucien and his fellow hunters.
She then is yanked from the tree by Lucian where she proceeds to smack him in the face and leg it.
Upon being caught, Lucian punishes His little bird as he as nicknamed her.
By you’ve guessed it spanking and raping her.
He’s shocked she’s a virgin like it would somehow be okay if she wasn’t.
He then drops her off at the stable where the free woman are kept but leaves orders she is not to be touched.

You still with me.
Well, this story is filled with more of the same joy throughout, from naked floggings to everyone must earn there place little bird.(on there back presumably)
Then the whole story went completely to hell in a handbasket as Emmie ends up back in the city with yet more awful things happening to her.
Now, to be honest with you, I couldn’t really abide her she was a bit stupid, and you’d think she’d learn to shut her trap, all it did was constantly get her into trouble, but the poor girl really couldn’t seem to catch a break at all.
Its no wonder she decided she want’s Lucien as he was the lesser of all evils in every scenario.
Now I’ve skipped over a lot of this but just be aware there is a lot of Non-Con in this like loads, just so you know.
Besides the awful subject matter, this was actually well written, that is the reason I have given it two stars.
I also don’t like to not finish books if I can help it, so I did finish this and it was just an ok read.
but that’s just me, you might like it more.
So If you’re just looking for some escapist fiction in this sort of genre well enjoy, I’ve read a lot worst.

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Dark Planet Warriors: The Complete Serial (Dark Planet Warriors #1) by Anna Carven

Release Date-May 2nd 2016
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-240 pages

***This book contains the first three Dark Planet Warriors books, Invasion, Taken and Escape (which were originally released as a three-part serial) in one single volume.**

Abbey

Some scary looking aliens have just boarded Fortuna Tau, our little asteroid mining station. Kordolians, by the looks of things. What the hell do they want with this floating rust bucket? What are they even doing here?

In the grand scheme of things, Earth is a total backwater, and the Solar System is the galactic equivalent of Hicksville. That’s why aliens rarely bother to come to this corner of the universe. And Kordolians are usually too busy conquering the important parts of the nine galaxies to bother with us.

But it looks as if their battle cruiser is broken. Probably shot up in a firefight. They’re going to use every means necessary to fix it, even if it means putting Fortuna Tau on lockdown. I just hope they don’t decide to enslave us and ship us off to some remote alien planet.

Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a Kordolian up close before. They’re huge, with strange, silver skin and pointed ears. They have freaky nano-armor. And they’re packing a serious arsenal. Our human technology has no chance against their weapons.

When I encounter their General, I find him insufferable. Arrogant. Domineering. He won’t tell me anything.

I guess that’s what happens when your race is kicking ass across the nine galaxies. You get pigheaded.

So why do I keep running into him? Why is he looking at me funny? And what’s with this weird feeling I get when he’s around?
I really hope these guys fix their ship and go away soon, because I get the feeling they could be major trouble.

Tarak

Sucked into a wormhole during a fierce skirmish with an enemy ship. Spat out near a human mining station in a remote corner of the nine galaxies. Stuck with weak humans who operate with inferior metals and technology.
This mission couldn’t get any worse.
We need to fix our craft before the wormhole collapses.
We need to hunt the cursed Xargek monsters that have infiltrated this human rust-bucket.
And these infernal headaches of mine are getting worse.
I don’t really care about these humans. Their existence makes no sense to me. All I care about is killing Xargek and getting back to my home planet, Kythia.
This situation is tiresome. The light of the star humans call the Sun burns my eyes. I crave Kythia’s darkness.
So why has this crazy human female captured my attention? She’s messy, awkward and she babbles nonsense half the time.
These humans are crazy. I don’t understand them at all. Especially this female. Why do I keep coming back to her?
I need to leave this place before I go insane.

Dark Planet Warriors is a 3-book serial. Each book is an episode of Abbey and Tarak’s story, just like a TV series. A new installment will be released every two weeks.

Books in series:
Book one: Invasion
Book two: Taken
Book three: Escape

Due to violence, swearing and steamy sex scenes, these books are recommended for readers aged 18 years and over.

Dark Planet Warriors: Invasion (Dark Planet Warriors #1 part 1 of 3)Dark Planet Warriors: Invasion by Anna Carven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS


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***This book contains the first three Dark Planet Warriors books, Invasion, Taken and Escape (which were originally released as a three-part serial) in one single volume.***
This is my review for the three parts

“Dark Planet Warriors: Invasion” by Anna Carven was a delight to re-read.
I just had a compulsion to read this again, something light, easy and fun and it certainly ticked all my boxes.
In fact, I think I enjoyed it more this time around.
So a brief description of this, We have Abbey a scientist working on space station “Fortuna Tau”
when they are boarded by Kordolians large, silver-skinned, pointy-eared hotty warriors.
After a serious incident leaves Abbey in a bad way There Big Bad General Tarek whisks Abbey aboard his ship to transport back to Kythia for treatment.
The grumpy General soon becomes captivated by the little human and as his own people scheme to take her away from him. Tarek vows to protect his little human mate from all that would wish her harm.
this is a lovely tale, the general beneath his gruff exterior has a heart of gold for Abbey, and I loved how Abbey was not one of these seriously stupid girls always doing the reverse of what she was told.
She was the opposite of angsty and I found this very refreshing, made such a nice change.
So if you’re looking for some light reading that’s guaranteed to make you smile and also get you a bit hot under the collar.
give this a go, it’s definitely worth a read.

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Doll Face by Sadie Grubor

Release Date-August 12th 2017
Publisher-Book Nerd Revelation
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance.
Kindle Edition-367 pages

Most kids don’t grow up wanting a dead beat dad. Those kids don’t understand how much worse it can truly be. How it feels to grow up wishing your father was a neglectful dead beat and not a living nightmare.

I did. I do. And my safest place is to hide among the monsters. So, that’s what I do. I blend into a sea of criminals and the depraved. Any of them are far better company than my father.

That’s how I ended up here, applying too much makeup and too little clothing. Tonight’s show has to be enough to entice, yet subdued enough not to draw too much attention. Getting noticed not only puts you in the position of private dance rooms, but also makes them curious. They want to see you, all of you, and for even a brief moment possess you.

Even if it’s all a part of the game, their night of fantasy, it’s still too risky. For two years, I’ve held the delicate balancing act. The occasional businessman, random bachelor, and even the rare everyday good guy, but never a regular client or patron as many of the other girls have. Sure, the money, gifts, and, hell, even the attention and pampering are more tempting than the drugs readily available in this place. Yet, the fear of being discovered, again, tampers the temptations and desires for more.

It’s been over two years I’ve stayed safe, over two years of keeping the balance, over two years of being someone else and living their life.

Then he walks through the dark red lacquered doors of my hiding place. His eyes searching, probing, and knowing. He sees through my fabrications, but his own secrets silence his curiosity. Buried beneath the corded muscle and smooth tan skin lies a darkness I know too well. It’s terrifying and seductive.

Now, this temptation swirls on the tip of my tongue, teasing my taste buds, making me want to confess all my sins to a man who could punish me and free me in the most wonderfully worst ways.

Doll FaceDoll Face by Sadie Grubor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS

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There really are not enough good things I can say about this Book.
“Doll Face” By Sadie Grubor is the first thing I have ever read by this author and boy was this one action-packed non-stop gruesome bloody read.
This was so deliciously wrong but felt so freakishly right.
And I would have to say this is hands down one of my favourite reads of this year.
But just be warned this is dark stuff and it doesn’t pull its punches.
So Doll face revolves around “Mei” a stripper/dancer whos rather cray cray and also “Saint” whos a mob enforcer and boss and even more cray cray.
These two have the type of Loony tunes sadistic natures that just recognise and bask in each other’s dark auras.

The evil lurking within recognizes and wants him. Even now, the urges swirl beneath my skin in a choreographed dance designed just for him. He grins, walking around the bed, and my eyes follow every languid movement of his large body. Stopping at the right of the bed, he leans down, fists burrowing into the mattress. “I’ve been in hell for years, dead girl,” he informs. “Now, I’m bringing you with me.”

 

This is it. She finally understands. She sees the creature at its worst. The very thing grown men cower from and my absolute jubilation in the acts I perform.

Each have their own reasons for the way they are and together they just fit, like two pieces of a puzzle.
Mei is in hiding, on the run, lying low when she catches saint’s eye, he decides he wants her for his own, so he just takes her and installs her in his penthouse.
together they slowly learn to welcome each others brand of nuts.

“That was all you, my pretty, dirty, little dead girl,” I say, bringing my face so close each of her heavy breaths warms my mouth. “I’ve glimpsed your darkness,” I whisper, feeling her body tense, “and it’s fucking beautiful.”

 

“The ground will be littered with the bodies of those who have and would hurt you,” he vows. “I will lay each one at your feet and carve your name into their flesh as a reminder to others.”

So this was fantastically written, I hung on to every gruesome bloody word written.
The world building was amazing and it also had great secondary characters that I would love to see centre stage in their own stories.
There were so many twists and turns I was getting dizzy.
And as we approached the end things really started to heat up fast barreling towards a giant cliffhanger, which I found so bloody annoying.
The way this was left I imagine and hope there will be a continuation of this story, there just has to be, It cant be left here.
I for one will be waiting for the next delicious instalment with baited breath.
I will leave you with this delicious declaration from Saint

“I don’t care about your sins,” he says, “I have my own.” His fingers flex against my scalp. “And quite honestly, I need your soul to be as dark and corrupted,” he confesses. “It’s the only way mine won’t destroy you. I can’t destroy you.” Tears fill my eyes, one blink setting them free. “You’re so fucking perfect, and I’m terrified of you,” he admits, bringing his left hand to the other side of my face. “It’s like my demons conjured you just to torment me and I’m scared they’ll take you away.” “You resurrected all my demons and ghosts,” I sniff. “He’ll come for me.” “I hope so,” he growls. “Because there isn’t a god or devil who will save him from The Saint.”

I so need more Saint and his deadly little Doll.

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