Contemporary, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Old Enough (The Age Between Us #1) / Charmaine Pauls /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

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

I’m old enough to drive a car, buy alcohol, and enter a club.
I’m old enough to take responsibility for my actions.
I’m old enough for her.
No matter what her middle-aged friends or society says.
No matter she’s the age of my mother.
No matter why or how I met her.
I’ll take those secrets to my grave.
And her with them.
If those secrets don’t ruin us first.

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

Old Enough (The Age Between Us, #1)

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

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Release Date-17/7/18

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

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Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Sage’s Surrender (Hell’s Riders, #4) / Joy Blood /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-13th June 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-210 Pages

 

 

Sage 
She is my best friend’s daughter. I have no right to be looking at her the way I do, but with her snotty attitude, I find myself wanting to put her bratty ass into its place. Under me. 


Brook 
I have had a stupid school girl crush on him since I was fifteen years old. Now he is dragging me back to the one person I am not ready to face. My father.

All characters are of consensual age. HEA guaranteed! And as always with the Riders expect violence and big bad alphas swearing!

 

Sage's Surrender (Hell's Riders, #4)

 

Sage’s Surrender by Joy Blood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-13/6/18

“Sage’s Surrender” is the first book I have read by this author and while I did ultimately enjoy this; I also had some slight issues as well.
So my positives first; This was an age-gap romance which is one of my all-time favourite tropes.
I really can’t get enough of this type of story; it’s a real guilty pleasure of mine in romance fiction.
This was well-written and very engaging and had a great cast of characters that kept me invested and entertained throughout.
It was told in dual POV; which I prefer and had just the right balance of action, suspense and angst to pique my interest.
In my opinion, though part of the Hell’s Riders series this can definitely be read as a standalone; I did no issues and I easily followed along.
This was a relatively easy read and despite this being set in an MC Club; I didn’t find it especially that dark either.
Don’t get me wrong; there was a definite stain here, but my depravity meter is actually set way-way high, probably due to all the disturbing stuff I actually inhale; so by my standards, this was actually relatively tame in comparison.
I also was really digging sage’s manly Vibe; he was such hunk of a man and after finally throwing in the towel and succumbing to his feelings towards Brook he only became hotter in my eyes.
A man who goes after what he wants disregarding societies rules is just so darn sexy.
Now for my issues, I disliked how in the beginning Sage blew hot and cold with Brook; I thought he really wasn’t being fair to her sending her such mixed messages.
He really should have made a choice either way and just gone with it instead of almost playing with her emotions just because he couldn’t control his baser urges.
But the main kicker here for me was Brook herself; she was such a wingy spoilt child; I really found it extremely difficult at first to warm up to her, like even a smidgen and I really did struggle to comprehend how a grown man would be interested romantically in such a juvenile Little girl; and I’m talking about her outward behaviour here not her actual age; as that in my opinion is really just a number.
I was so pleased when she finally quit the stroppy teenage tantrums, this gave me a chance to actually warm up to her without the added distraction of her constant juvenile behaviour as background noise.
Finally, there was some really hypocritical behaviour on someone’s part here and also in regards to where we eventually ended up that didn’t really sit that right with me.
That’s all I can say here; without letting the cat out of the bag, but you’ll definitely get what I mean when you read about it.
The ending here could also have been better for me, I wasn’t a big fan; finding it actually kind of anti-climatic overall, but I must say I did really love that epilogue; it was ever so charming indeed.
So taking everything here into consideration while I did enjoy this and found it mostly a positive experience there were just some slight tweaks that for me would have given this a much higher eventual score; overall this still had many more positives than negatives.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Sage’s Surrender (Hell’s Riders, #4)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1) / Virginia Wine /

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Release Date-13th March 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-381 Pages

Book 1 in the Surviving Series 

Dr Theodore Grant worked hard his entire life to achieve his goals. He was a prominent, renowned psychiatrist. He had it all: wealth, prestige, respect. Or so he thought. 

When tragedy unexpectedly struck, he was forced to help his best friend’s daughter. She needed him. What he didn’t know was that he needed her, too—like his own breath. 

How could he know it would all go so terribly wrong? That he would cross the line? He fought the desire leading him astray with everything he had, but in the end, he wanted only one thing: her. 

To hell with what was right. Losing everything never even factored in his decision. All he wanted to do was live in the moment. Her moment. 

She found his demons and slayed them with her innocence. The answer was clear now: he had done the right thing. He was certain of it. People would believe what they wanted to believe. 

His notion of right and wrong was discarded the day Eden Barnett walked into his office. What he didn’t know was that it would be the day his life truly began. 

The day he followed his heart, and it lead him into the garden… of Eden. 

*Content warning: Contains adult content, language, and scenes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Intended for 18+ audience. * 

 

 

Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1)

Surviving Eden by Virginia Wine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-13/6/18

For the most part, this was an enjoyable read it just had some slight personal preferences that let proceedings down slightly for me overall.
Without these niggles, my final rating would have been much higher.
I still enjoyed “Surviving Eden” At its heart, it still was a well written and at times extremely poignant experience.
This is a story all about loss and rebirth; About two people finding each other in the midst of this soul-destroying pain and loss.
We have Dr Theodore Grant; successful psychiatrist and Eden the daughter of Theo’s deceased close friend; And when he takes her on as his patient to assist her in her grief after the passing of her family in a horrific accident; he knows he’s sinking fast.
To further complicate matters Eden feels the same pulling connection to Theo and it’s not long before these two succumb fully to there pulsing bond and ultimate attraction.
This has a touch of the taboo feel to it; there is a thirteen-year age gap between Theo and Eden but that’s not what sends up the red flags here; the differences in their years is a secondary concern and only slightly touched on; its the taboo nature of there relationship Doctor and patient that is at the heart of this book.
Surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be that much of a concern over the threat of disbarment; rather than the actual worry that it is coming.
Theo and Eden hardly seem to fight there connection at all; I was slightly sceptical as This is someone’s career and livelihood we are talking about here.
Theo has been closed off emotionally for years; would he then succumb so swiftly to the softer emotions all at the expense of his job; mmm I’m not so convinced myself.
Despite the above, I did still enjoy the romantic dynamic portrayed here between this pair.
But I also still struggled with the fact; that Theo was, in the beginning, a bit of a Man-Ho.
I really didn’t need or want the graphic descriptions of his exploits with other women.
In some senses these encounters were hotter than the actual main course; Theo and Eden; which I found a bit out of whack myself.
I felt this added nothing to the proceedings at all just not needed titalation; I know what the author was trying to portray; Theos actual disconnection; a kind of voyeur in his own depravity rather than an actual participant; but for me, it didn’t ultimately work I’m afraid.
he just came across as a bit of a douche with absolutely zero respect for the woman he was hooking up with.
I actually felt quite sorry for his Ex despite her overall bitchiness; she was just understandable jealous and took it out on the wrong individual.
There was also a great backstory here that was cleverly interwoven into the fabric of this tale.
Eden and Theo have so much more than there relationship to ultimately contend with; still lots of surprises to catch them unawares.
Things were also set up quite nicely for future endeavours.
There were only a few secondary characters here, but what we do encounter was quality; Gage, Edens bestie being my hands down favourite.
Once our couple connected they did stay true to each other, thank god.
This was told in dual POV and the finale was ultimately satisfying.
All things considered, this was mostly good for me.
Overall this was a bit swings and roundabouts, but taken in its entirety was mostly a good read.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of ”
Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Cut Loose (The Sublime Book 3) / Julia Wolf /

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Release Date-31st May 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

A broody bartender, a sassy-as-hell dancer, and a surprise twist on second chances; this swoon-worthy romantic comedy will have you laughing, blushing, and believing that maybe opposites do attract. Can be read as a standalone!

We had one night together six months ago. One terrible, no good tangle in the sheets.

I should be over him, right?

But James, with his gorgeous, ginger beard, shoulders that go on for miles, and soft, steady manner, is the only thing I can think about.

We couldn’t be more different. James is quiet and reserved, where I’ve never had a thought I didn’t express. He’s broody with a tendency to be reclusive and I’m just a little bit reckless and a whole lot of wild.

But when we meet in the middle? Those differences don’t seem to matter very much.

And now I wonder if maybe, just maybe, we can have a second chance at our first time.

Cut Loose is a funny and sexy story of second chances and happy endings. Also included is an excerpt of my next book, Cut Free, which releases in August 2018.

 

Cut Loose (The Sublime Book 3)

Cut Loose by Julia Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-31/5/18

“Cut Loose” by Julia Wolf was such a sweet emotive read.
I bloody adored James like so much; he was just so god damn adorable in his whole un-surety and inexperience.
I felt almost like we had reversed the roles here; with Frannie taking the part of the take what you want man with the fucking and chucking and James being just that much younger; Twenty-three to her twenty-nine and lacking the social skills and life lessons to maybe quite keep up with Frannie’s matter a fact attitude to all things romantic.
Now It was really nice to see James emerge from his shell and find his confidence and voice.
He was so eager to absorb everything Frannie had to teach him a ready and willing student.
And in my opinion, his masculinity was only enhanced by his inexperience; he was such a fast learner and it wasn’t long before he was taking the lead reins with Frannie which she really digged.
It was also quite ironic to see Frannie flounder in confusion as she realises she’s in deep for the first time in her life and watching her running scared and in self-sabotage mode was like observing everything to not do if you want to succeed in the matters of the heart.
Frannie was her own worst enemy; take about shitty logic this girl had it in spades.
To be on the other side of those pesky feelings is something she was ultimately struggling with.
I thought James seemed more than a match for his girl; his overall personality made him seem much more mature than his actual age and at times he definitely had more logic and wisdom than she had in her entire little finger.
I read so many alpha male books that this was such a lovely refreshing change to just kick back and appreciate the sweet simplicity offered up here.
And I especially loved the contrast between James manly size and his gentleness; a real-life gentle giant.
What else can I tell you about this great read; erm Frannie is a former dancer and now hair stylist.
James is a bit of a computer nerd slash bartender; he also had an especially well-conditioned beard; that Frannie really likes to sniff a lot; well I didn’t say she was quite normal now did I folks.
This was dual POV fiction which is my favourite; there was a fantastic cast of great supporting characters and though “Cut Loose was part of a series this can definitely be read as a standalone; which I did fine.
My only slight criticism here was that I thought Frannie was a bit OTT when it came to her deciding James had lied to her; come on now; pfft they were slight omissions at best; hardly the crime of the century; get a grip girl.
I think its more likely she was just creating reasons to condone her own unreasonable and unlogical behaviour.
So with “Cut loose” Frannie may have started things initially but its safe to say James definitely caught up and then some, and though there are no great shocks in the narrative here I still enjoyed this ever so much.
“Cut Loose” at its heart was a fantastically easy read that pulled you into its warm gooey centre; a truly positive. fun and at times humorous experience.
And on a final note; just go to say; my heart went pitter patter every instance these two uttered the repetitive words of Hi Frannie; hi James; it wasn’t what was said it was the way it was delivered.
I was like Aww; how awkwardly cute; and that is where I’m going to leave it.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Cut Loose (The Sublime Book 3) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

BDSM, Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Ruthless (Sins of Seven #4) / Dani René /

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Release Date-28th May 2018
Genre-Dark Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-250 Pages

I’m an asshole.
And I make no apologies for it.

My life has been spent drenched in the blood of my enemies.
Our family legacy, left only to me when my brother walked away.

Women are pawns in a game for pleasure. Nothing more.
Until her. Madison Parker.

I’m enthralled. Captivated.
But my past is far too dark.
Pushing her away is my only option.
Yet her stubborn, sassy mouth and beautiful eyes weaken me.

I save her as much as she saves me.
Then blood is spilled once more, and I’ll forever live with the guilt.

Can light find its way through my darkness?
Can she truly be the salvation for this ruthless heart?

*This is romantic suspense story. It may be best to read Indulge prior to this story, but it is not imperative. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.

 

 

Ruthless by Dani René
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-28/5/18

So I’ve got a bit of a dilemma with this one; as much as I did enjoy “Ruthless” there were also some major red flags here that brought this story down from what would have been a five star read; to a four star one.
Don’t mistake them this is an excellent piece of fiction, and I stress fiction as there may be some major triggers in this takes no prisoners tale; This is raw graphic and violent at times and does feature; (view spoiler) Which I’m only disclosing in case this is a cause for concern for some; I really don’t want to spoil this story for others but just thought the reader should be aware in case of actual triggers.
And on a side-note here I was extremely bemused and somewhat astounded that this is then not discussed or visited upon in any shape or form further.
I mean like zero mention; whats with that; I found this fact slightly shocking.
But moving on from that I still rated this four stars despite reservations because of A) This was fabulously written; that is one thing this book cannot be faulted on; the writing style used here was warm and inviting and had a style that was just so easy to relate and get sucked in by.
And B) despite Callan being a complete tosser at times I also really liked the way his broken psyche complemented and connected to Madi’s almost completing a jigsaw of jaggedness.
Their pieces just fit together so nicely; two broken halves of a whole.
Alone they were surviving, but as a pair, they were not fixed but their imperfect parts acted almost like a glue.
Loved the fact that both Madison and Callan were slightly defective in nature: I’m a big sucker for disjointed Love stories and this certainly did tick all my boxes in that department.
My other major red flag and it is more of a personal preference than anything else: I don’t like either my H or h to be either pursuing or engaging in relations or sexual antics; EVEN IF IT’S NOT ACTUAL SEX!!!; I still don’t like it; with anyone else.
It just spoils it for me and while this book was not as bad as the previous in series I’m not sure as much as I did enjoy this; If I want to continue; If this is going to become a pattern in the “Sins Of Seven” series then I think I’m out.
This was written in dual POV my favourite and I easily read it in one sitting.
It was extremely graphic in terms of language and I must admit I did adore that about it.
Callan is one dirty boy or should I say man as I think he’s thirty-seven here and Madison is twenty-one; so a bit of an age gap there: which is also my bag; love an age-gap.
This is the second of this series I’ve read and I did prefer this one over “Indulge”.
What else?
There were only a few side characters here; the majority of the action is between Callan and Madi.
Oh, and on a final note we have two excellent epilogues one from Madi’s POV and the other from Callan’s; that was a nice touch.
So that’s it folks; this was a well written engaging book that I had some slight issues with at times but I still did really enjoy.
I’ll leave the ball in your court now. It all really depends on your own personal boundaries.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Ruthless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

BDSM, Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Indulge (Sins of Seven #3) / Dani René /

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Release Date-3rd April 2018
Genre-Dark BDSM Romance
Kindle Edition-374 Pages

I’m a glutton. I indulge in women because I can.

Carrick knows love is merely a shattered memory. 
Until Peyton stumbles into his arms and he steals a kiss. 
One taste isn’t enough. One touch would never satiate him.
And he does what he’s become accustomed to, he indulges in her.
A man hell-bent on not falling in love, he pushes.
But Peyton’s not giving up.
Can they have forever while Carrick is haunted by a ghost from his past?

*This is an erotic romance with BDSM elements. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.

 
Indulge (Sins of Seven #3)

 

Indulge by Dani René
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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SIGH; this book.
I’m a bit disappointed if I’m honest.
Take out the beginning where The so-called hero Carrick has an orgy with multiple women.
The fact that Peyton is the doppelganger of his dead fiancee; and he hasn’t moved on from her death and it’s been like eight years.
And that he cant stay out of his playroom with OW when he’s on a short break from his relationship with Peyton, and it was like almost instantly; whats with that?
And we’re good.
I don’t give a flying Eff that he doesn’t bone said OW it still pissed me the hell off that he felt the need to act this way while supposedly in love with Peyton.
Like really!! wheres your patience and loyalty dude?
Carrick acted like an arrogant smuck throughout “Indulge”
Peyton I really liked and felt that at times she deserved better than Carrick’s less than stellar regard.
I also think she was much to understanding of a certain scene she walked in on; I wanted her to brick his balls and make him suffer in unimaginable ways; cough! cough!
So yeh despite the above; this was still an excellently written read that did capture my attention it just also managed to a piss me the hell off as well; sigh.
Such a shame as this was so well written; just not my bag in terms of OW action and as I said earlier Carrick was a big fat dick.
After careful consideration, I still gave this a three-star rating as I did finish and was somewhat invested here; just not sure it was altogether for the right reasons.
On a plus note, I did enjoy the epilogue here.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Indulge” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Book Review / Duke / Jax Hart /

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Release Date-27th March 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-225 Pages

She’s his obsession.
He’s her downfall.

Raised in a remote town by men who would die for her, Shanna can’t wait to escape years of being babysat by the archaic mentality of the men her father’s MC. They live by a code. A code she’s done being part of.

But even in isolated places… there are people dying to take you down.
Duke and Shanna must decide if they are going to fight for their love or watch it crash and burn when both of them are forced to make choices they can’t come back from.

How far would you go for love?

Duke…

I stopped in on a whim to see the old dive bar where my old man used to spend his days–getting drunk with his boys from the MC. But when I walked in and saw her… I knew I would be back and not just for another round, but to make Shanna mine.
She’s asking for trouble teasing me the way that she does.
She’s made a mistake.
A bad one.

I’m not like the pathetic boys at her college. I’m an ex-marine, and I’m gonna make my BAD GIRL pay. But I wasn’t expecting her to put up a fight. Taming her just might be the biggest battle I’ve faced yet, but I’m determined to make it the sweetest victory for us both.

She’s my angel, but I’m her devil.
Together we’re gonna burn. 

 

DUKE by Jax Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“Duke” is the first book in a new MC series and got to say I really did enjoy this one.
It would have been a much higher star rating for this but there were a few instances here that really set my teeth on edge; which was a real shame as the writing style used here was so easy to get lost in and relate to.
So I will start with the good; this was well written, emotive and heartfelt.
I loved the main characters; both Duke and Shanna and was rooting for them all the way.
I adored that this was an age-gap romance; they are so my guilty pleasure; this was the ultimate cherry on the cake for me.
This was plenty smoking hot and the chemistry between Duke and Shanna was off the charts.
In fact, this was rolling along quite nicely and all was good with my world until; and here’s my bad; things went to hell in a handbasket.
Everything was so good and hunky dory; then major car crash moment or several of them.
“Duke” then changed dramatically for me.
we are now introduced to a bit of a love triangle and nobody has the patience to just wait a damn second for things to get back on track.
I’m talking about both Shanna and Duke here; both needed their heads banging together.
This kinda spoiled event’s slightly for me; I’m an all in sort of girl and not a big fan of my lovers getting their juice from elsewhere.
This didn’t actually go all the way here; so I could still kinda deal, but it was enough that it pissed me the hell off and ultimately spoilt my enjoyment Of Duke.
Was not a happy bunny at this point; thankfully our pair of lovers do eventually pull themselves together and get back on track; so I forgave them after I’d finished cursing their arses of course.
Despite my above moaning, this was still an excellent read that was easy to get lost in and enjoy.
The author did a fantastic job of reeling in the reader and managed to keep my interest throughout.
Another Dual POV tale which is by far my personal preference and Duke also came equipped with a great cast of secondary individuals which also added to the overall experience.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Duke” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / UnScripted (CREED MC Book 2) / Jax Hart /

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Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-256 Pages

When she told me Sons of Anarchy was her favourite show, I knew I was in trouble.

When she said I’m what Jax would look like if he didn’t die, I knew I was screwed.

I was her fantasy man… all grown up.

But I’m no pretty boy acting in a show.

This is real life sweetheart. 

It’s ugly. 

It’s raw.

Unscripted.

Meat a.ka. Roger spent his life protecting the secrets of his motorcycle club while being a bodyguard to the princess who grew up in its shadow. But when she finds her king and her happy ending; Roger rides alone.
Devon walks into his bar looking for a job. But, one look at the tatted, silver fox and she knows she’s found her man.

But Meat wants nothing to do with a girl half his age.

He calls her jailbait.

She calls him her dream man.

Sometimes the best things are unplanned. 

They are unscripted.

UnScripted

UnScripted by Jax Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-21/5/18

Holy moly this book blew me away I absolutely adored every bloody word written here.
The previous in the series “Duke” I enjoyed this I devoured; I can’t express just how much I loved this book and if I could rate “Unscripted” any higher I so would.
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So this is set after “Duke” and has Meat/Rog running the Sassy Wench in Springdale; When Devon; flirty and thirty; High school teacher breezes into town looking for answers and decides Roger’s establishment is where she’s gonna get these elusive questions acknowledged.
Desperate for knowledge and having the experience needed (Former Hooters girl) Devon Signs on to waitress for the summer at the Sassy Wench.
Meat/Roger is instantly enamoured by the sexy school teacher he’s lovingly labelled jailbait but doesn’t quite trust her reasons for being in his town.
Former soldier in arms of the disbanded Springdale chapter; he was the muscle back in his day and is still heavily involved in club life; once family always family.
Rog is determined to uncover all of Devon’s secrets; while trying to still keep as far away from Dev as he can; as this is one woman that could easily break his status-quo.
So, do you know what my favourite factor in “Unscripted” was; the characters ages; yeh there are loads of romances out there that deal with young twenty-year-old girls and hot older men.
But this story featured an older age gap couple and I couldn’t have loved it any more.
This was a major plus for me and so refreshing to see someone older portrayed in such a positive light; I know an older man can be extremely sexy; I have my own silver fox after all, but it’s not very often we get one portrayed as the Male Hero in a romance novel so I was loving this unique aspect of “Unscripted”.
I adored how Roger, Devon’s sexy silver fox was portrayed here.
He was a gruff, rude, stubborn, set in his ways oldie; but also protective, loving and loyal with it.
A heart the size of Texas; A big buff grizzly bear; my only slight annoyance with him was his sheer stubbornness, but I ultimately let that slide on account of Rog’s total manly hotness; I am a girl after all.
“unscripted” has been one of my most fave reads in a while it just got to me.
I liked everything about it; It was told in dual POV; my fave and had an abundance of interesting and intriguing characters; all well fleshed out so you felt like you really got to know the whole gang.
There was a fantastic side story and you were just waiting for everything to implode dramatically for poor Devon; I do feel in that instance Devon maybe got a bit of a raw deal, the parent’s sins are so not the kids and all that jazz; thank god for the voice of reason Shanna.
And that’s another reason there to pick this up; the lovely Duke and Shanna; Although not heavily featured here they do make a couple of appearances and it was so lovely to catch up with them and see how they were getting on.
All though with that, I will say this can be read as a standalone no issue at all.
“Unscripted” is set in the MC world but it’s not heavily relied on here for story development.
Its just part of a bigger picture; that makes up this engaging tale; an extra piece of the puzzle that is “Unscripted”.
This has twists and turns aplenty and is a fantastic second book to what was already a great series; can’t wait to experience more in the world that is “Creed”.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “UnScripted” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ARC Book Review / Firsts / C.L. Matthews/

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☘ARC BOOK REVIEW☘

Release Date-22nd May 2018
Genre-Taboo Romance
Kindle Edition-

She’s forbidden.
Too young, too pure, and not mine.
I’ll break all the rules to be with her. 
She belongs to me, even if she doesn’t know it yet.

He’s taboo.
Too old, too experienced, and my stepfather.
I’ll cross every line to be with him. 
He’s not mine, and never will be.

It’s not about the danger of what’s forbidden, 
it’s about the pleasure we get from it.

All consequences be damned.

Firsts

Firsts by C.L. Matthews
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-22/5/18

This wasn’t badly written just not my bag.
On paper, this should have been a good fit for me; I’m a big fan of age gap romances being in one myself with a twenty year age gap; they are just so my guilty pleasure.
But “Firsts” for me was a strange one; I found it ever so difficult to connect to either Sy and Leia and I’m not sure why that was.
So I’m just going to give you a brief idea of where this went wrong for me.
I didn’t love the fact that Sy was initially lusting after a thirteen-year-old girl.
I know taboo and all that, but that’s the truth; it made me feel really uncomfortable and icky.
I know he never acted on his feelings until later and we only briefly meet thirteen-year-old Leia but I struggled with this all the same.
I would have much prefered the feelings Sy had towards Lei to develop at a later date or even for Sy not to meet Leia until she was sixteen.
Still young; but I could have dealt much easier.
I met the father of my children when I was twenty-one and he was twenty years my senior, so I’m the last one to judge; I just felt the timeline used here was a trifle young.
I also felt that if Sy cared as much as he claimed to about Leia he would have (A) not married her mother whatever the reason or (B) at least have the decency to treat Leia like an adult; if you want to bone her then she’s mature enough to know the reasoning behind the desition that was made.
Cant have it both ways boyo.
I also thought the mother was a waste of space; so much is said about how she really does care but you hardly see her for dust; Leia was practically raising herself; not acceptable in my eyes.
Leia’s mum so deserves the crappiest parent of the year award for sure.
I still could have somewhat dealt with things as they were progressing but then Bran was thrown into the mix and that I wasn’t cool with.
I detest love triangles with a bloody passion sorry, and this just happened to be the final nail in the coffin for me.
I really do wish I could have liked this so much more; “Firsts” was really just a very bad fit overall.
If you like your taboo romances this will probably be a much better fit for you.
I usually do love them, but this one just wasn’t for me sorry and I won’t be continuing any further
Heres hoping you find this a much better fit than I.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Firsts” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva #10) / Hayley Faiman /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-298 Pages

**A Russian Bratva standalone spin-off novel. 

Giovanna Rossi was born an Italian Mafia princess, by blood only. Raised to be nothing more than a toy used to satisfy men’s pleasures. She was always available for a price. She never dreamed to hope for anything other than physical relationships. 

Aidan O’Neil was once an Irish Prince, next in line to his father’s throne. He grew up to despise what his father stood for. After all, he helped bring the Irish king to his knees. His devotions now lie with the newly formed union between his Irish mob and the Russian Bratva. 

An arrangement meant only to release physical tension, turns into so much more—it turns into everything. When a broken prince meets his match in a broken princess, their bond cannot be denied. 

*Recommended for readers 18+ due to Language, Violence, and Sexual Content. 

 

Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva Book 10)

Bought by the Badman by Hayley Faiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-21/5/18

So I really enjoyed “Bought By The Badman” and this being a new author for me I wasn’t sure quite what to expect.
Well, it was a really positive experience folks and I raced through this story not stopping till I was at the very end.
It was a definite one-sitter read for me.
So first; this is part of a series; number #10 I think, but let me tell you that doesn’t matter a tall.
This can, and I did read this as a stand-alone; I had no issues following along with the storyline either.
This was told in Dual POV; my favourite and also had the added bonus of coming with many diverse and interesting side characters; some not very nice ones either.
This is a mafia romance and the (H) here Aiden O’Neil is head of his Irish family.
Father of four and recently single.
The (h) Giovanna Ross is an Italian mafia bastard; A princess in blood only and a pawn used for her father’s whims.
Vanna is basically her father’s currency who he uses quite liberally as collateral when and if needed.
So this isn’t your conventional romance and has some very dark undertones of abuse.
Some of the scenes between Aiden and Giovanna border on the uncomfortable side of the spectrum; just so you’re aware of this.
Myself, I’m pretty much down for anything; this is fiction after all and I think it does add a slightly more believable angle to the proceedings here.
Aiden being the head of his criminal family is hardly likely to be all rainbows and roses now, is he?
Despite Aidens profession and faults, I found his most redeeming quality was just how much he adored his children.
Even going as far as to originally go against convention when His wife betrays him.
And I do believe he did this mainly because of his children.
There is a lot of Aiden to dislike; but also so much to embrace.
This is the mafia and as such the rules are so different; expectations are so warped against this volatile playground; the reality so atypical from the usual norm.
Vanna’s journey from being her father’s property to Aiden’s treasure was a road paved in ruin but also in new hope.
Vanna’s past has shaped the woman she has become and as such, she is the perfect foil for her Irish prince.
In reality, she is the perfect mob wife; accepting of all things, knowing when to keep quiet and when to wade in.
Her previous profession’s training is actually a plus here as the behaviour of how to act is already ingrained to the core within Vanna; who’d of thought aye?
So this had so many twists and turns and was a fantastic read.
It was a fabulous story and I’m looking forward to backtracking to read previous titles in this addictive series.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva #10)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.