Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ Book Review / Minotaur: Blooded (The Bestial Tribe #1) / Naomi Lucas /



Release Date-28th August 2018
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-203 Pages

Aldora lived in a bordertown on the edge of the maze. A labyrinth that spanned an eternity filled with creatures that howled through the night. She was a daughter to farmers that worked the fields and endured a quiet life as a peasant, away from the capital and its nihilistic celebrations; away from all that would look at her and discern her worth. Because to be chosen as a sacrifice was to be chosen to die. Until one night, while at the edge, she heard a husky voice in the darkness.

Vedikus Bathyr.
He prowled the overgrown passages at the farthest edges where the true, intelligent beasts roamed. They were all there for the same reasons: to kill each other and capture the humans that entered the labyrinth.

On one fated night a human girl called out to him. A girl with a voice that quickened his blood. But he wasn’t the only one to hear her call…

Minotaur is a dark fantasy romance with explicit violence and possible triggers. Mature readers only.

Minotaur: Blooded (The Bestial Tribe, #1)

Minotaur: Blooded by Naomi Lucas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was nothing hearts and roses in any shape or form about this story; in fact, it was more in my opinion about claiming and animalistic lust.
It was also if I’m being honest a trifle strange in content, so you know what it was absolutely inevitable that I was going to bloody love this.
I adore the weird and wacky and that is definitely what we are given here in spades.
This is a strange unapologetic romp filled with bloody gore and extremely graphic and carnal copulation.
Look this is going to be an acquired taste folks a bit like marmite; love or hate it people this is one that your not likely to forget in a bloody hurry.
If your easily offended or shocked then probably better to walk on by here.
Myself being a bit of a perve I found myself a spot and immediately got comfy; immersing myself fully in this unusual and strangely hot story.
Have to say this was my first minotaur romance; I have done centaur (I loved that also; see self-confessed perve here)
But here I did surely pop my cherry in all things, Bull.
I say romance lightly here as we actually have precious little of that, this is much more raw and primal in nature than romantic overtures and heartfelt declarations.
I also didn’t actually find this that dub-con in nature this to me just screamed more heavy seduction rather than rapey.
Also, this is in no shape or form bestiality either I mean yeh technically the guy has hooves and a big bull dong and even horns but the dude walks upright and can reason and talk so in my book he’s hardly there chewing the cud in a field now is he.
By that token, all shapeshifter romances would be reclassified wouldnt they.
So In “Minotaur: Blooded (The Bestial Tribe, #1)” the story is relatively simple Aldora living in a border town gets herself thrown into the Labyrinth.
Vedikus a Minotaur in the ways of his people takes Aldora for his own keeping her alive from all that would do her harm (Other than himself of course) within the labyrinth.
Determining to claim her for his mate he is willing to maim and destroy anyone who dares try to take his prize away from him.
And that’s it really; its actually quite a simple concept but I really did work.
So Vedikus himself did kind of grow on me and though Aldora did very swiftly accept her fate here I found I didn’t have it in me to care that much, this really for me was pure unadulterated fantasy at its very best and I devoured every wicked scenario I was given gladly.
The only reason I marked this down to a four rather than a five is I would have liked to have seen a bit more of them actually settled as a couple when they reached Vedikus’s home other than that I was a happy camper.
I will definitely be indulging in the next book in this series Minotaurs are now my new flavour of strange but sexy.
I borrowed Minotaur: Blooded (The Bestial Tribe, #1) with my KU subscription.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


Historical, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ Book Review / Carnage (Whispers From the Bayou, #1) / Sandra R. Neeley /



Release Date-17th June 2108
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-240 Pages

Whispers From the Bayou 
Book 1 

Raised by a father who curses the day she was born, Carolena finds herself in the swamps of south Louisiana under the guise of overseeing her father’s investments. In truth, she is making every attempt to avoid forced marriage to any of the men he would have her shipped off to. She’s always believed that her husband would love her, would give his very life just to hold her; not be a man who would marry her to claim her father’s wealth. When she arrives in the deep-south, she catches the eye of a local backwoods family of brothers. The eldest, Bobby, decides that he is deserving of a step-up in life, takes her against her will to his hovel of a home at the edge of the swamps to be shared between himself and his brothers. Carolena — not the shrinking flower they think her to be, flees into the deepest, darkest, wildest portion of the swamps in an effort to escape the brothers and their plans for her. Death at the hands of the creatures in these wetlands is a better option, in her mind. Little does she know, she’s also caught the eye of the most dangerous creature there, one of legend — of nightmares. He’s watching her every move, admiring her bravery — and he’s decided he’s keeping her. 
Carnage is a Gargoyle. He’s also volatile, dangerous, unpredictable, and lonely. One evening minding his own business at the edge of the sanctuary he calls home, he spies a female. A human female, and she’s running headlong into his swamps, with no regard for her own safety. Then he sees the reason; three men, and they’re hot on her trail, torches in hand, hell bent on catching her before she can get away. He watches as they get closer and closer to her, easily following her trail. Carnage makes a snap decision that changes both their lives forever; he drops out of a tree right behind her, slaps one clawed hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming, wraps her in his huge arms and goes right back to the treetops. He shelters her while the men traverse the ground below, unable to determine why her trail disappeared. Carnage admires this little female — she was brave to run into the swamps alone. There are many creatures lying in wait for just such a meal. But she no longer has to worry about that, because now she’s his. He only hopes that she doesn’t fear him too much once she gets a good look at his blue-grey skin, his fangs and his horns. Because regardless of what she thinks, or the rules of his community — he’s not giving her up. 


Carnage (Whispers From the Bayou, #1)

Carnage by Sandra R. Neeley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


So I enjoyed the concept of this more than the execution really.
It was a little to light in nature for me to fully appreciate this as I was kind of expecting a somewhat darker overall flavour.
I’m not going to major rehash the storyline her as Most of that is covered in the blurb.
What we have is Carolena escaping from her pursuers into the bayou only to be kinda rescued by the stuff of legends a Gargoyle called Carnage.
I say kinda because he has no intention of letting her go so he’s actually taking her really.
Carnage wants to take her home with him to keep safe even though humans are totally forbidden in this sanctuary deep in the swamps.
This sanctuary Whisper is filled with all sorts of dangerous supernaturals hiding out from the human race.
So up until now, I’m all good we have a scary-arse gargoyle who speaks little actual language, a damsel in distress, and the beginnings of a fabulous dark dialect all played out in the spooky swamps.
So this is where it lost me a bit; upon Carolena being discovered by the other supernaturals and the instant death sentence this should be and Carnage shouting Mine every five seconds and threatening fellow gargoyle Destroy and vampire leader Enthrall; this then somehow managed to turn very little house on the prairie in nature.
I actually felt like I was in some weird sorta wonderland.
so I’m going to do this backwards and explain what didn’t work for me and then end this on a positive with what did.
I thought the heroines name here just didn’t flow right; Carolena well I just wanted to call her, Caroline or Carolina, her name just didn’t seem quite right almost like a typo but it wasn’t.
This also didn’t seem that paranormal despite all the supernaturals or historical despite the year setting maybe because it was set in a swamp and some of the said paranormals here seemed just so human in nature I mean Enthrall was walking in sunlight and making Carolena sandwiches for god’s sake.
I also wasn’t a fan of the whole village type setting and everyone, in my opinion, accepted the human much too quickly than was actually natural here.
I mean they were hiding out from humans and they were all like well your just gonna have to stay as we don’t want to kill you.
I also could not understand how Carolena accepted her fate so fast; I mean she didn’t once try to escape her captors who she treated like friends from day one.
Also, the bit with Carolena’s dad I just didn’t get it; why were all the residents of whispers so afraid of him? just kill him already you’re all meant to be big bad scary monsters jeez.
He’s one human male.
So what did I like well in a nutshell Carnage I adored the huge ugly gargoyle.
He seemed I trifle simple at times but Carolena herself wasn’t the brightest spark so they were for me quite easily matched.
I loved his gruff takes no prisoners attitude, his lack of articulate speech and his obsession with that beauty and the beast book was simply adorable.
Carnage is what made this for me.
That and the front cover picture.
It was the actual cover on this one that actually twisted my arm into purchasing I just wish it could have lived up to it.
This also at times has some interesting moments but they were just for me overshadowed slightly by Carolenas rather annoyingly wingy personality.
I so wish I could have liked this more than I did I really do.
I did finish and there were some enjoyable instances mainly due to Carnage, I also thought this was such an interesting premise just not for me.
If you like a lighter flavour with your fiction then this one is that despite the cover and the disclaimer.


Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / His Beauty / Sofia Tate /



Release Date-8th May 2018
Genre-contemporary Romance
Publisher-Forever Yours 
Kindle Edition-272 Pages

She never should have come here. Twice a week, Lily Moore comes to work for me, stealing my breath with her light and beauty and sweetness. She doesn’t know the dangerous path she’s on. All she knows is that I am a reclusive artist living on a crumbling estate. That I am scarred, broken by life. A beast . . .

Lily ignites a hunger unlike anything I’ve known, one that could shatter the isolated world I live in. Even as I see the same longing for me in her oh-so-blue eyes, I know she belongs to another—one who does not deserve her. But it’s just a matter of time before the tension between us breaks. For this beast will have what he desires. To hell with the consequences. This is my world . . . and I will claim my beauty.



His Beauty

His Beauty by Sofia Tate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-8/5/18

Aw “His Beauty” made my heart hurt it was just so charming and heart-warming in all its entirety.
So, If a book or movie mentions beauty and the beast at all in its blurb or comparison then I’m totally sold on the concept and seen as this is my all-time favourite fairy tale I so couldn’t justify passing the opportunity up to add another notch to my already overflowing belt.
So this was a rather easy read that’s simplicity just worked.
And I was ecstatic that this ultimately turned out to be a winning experience for me as got to say my last few themed reads have totally crashed and burned.
This did not.
“His Beauty” took an old classic and revived it with a fresh modern sexy spin.
Dragging this “beauty and the beast” themed read kicking and screaming into the current century.
And with Grayson and Lily being such relatable individuals you couldn’t help but fall deeply in love with the whole journey these two lovers took towards there own personal HEA.
Grayson was a tortured scarred recluse waiting grumpily in the wings of his mansion for that special someone that could see past his scars and inner wounds and pull him out of the darkness into the light.
Lily was that light and deserved so much better than what her hand in life had dealt her.
with her fiancee.
Reed was a total tosser and I was urging her on subliminally to dump his loser arse.
Grayson was a sculptor and Lily had such a deep connection with one of his earlier creations “The Lovers”
And Grayson encouraged her on to explore her art and love of photography further, these two just meshed together so well.
Grayson saw the potential in Lily from the start, he saw depths that she had yet to explore.
While Lily, in turn, wanted to help Grayson embrace his true future with her urging him on from his side, whatever it took.
And though this was a slow burn romance it still delivered on all fronts so beautifully.
There was no OW drama and despite appearances no cheating on Lily’s part.
This was also duel POV and though there were minimal secondary characters here, what there were I loved and connected with so much.
Lily’s mum was wonderful and in my opinion, is what has shaped our girl into the person she is.
What a fabulous role model.
I also adored Emilia, she was more like a mum to Grayson and had raised and protected him since his parents died.
Emilia is Grayson’s window to his world, without her help he would struggle to function.
she was so like a mother bear protecting her cub and this was really adorable to watch.
Reed, well he was the only one I detested and I still think he needs a total arse kicking.
I suppose every fairy tale needs a baddie and he really filled that role nicely.
So, In conclusion, this is one of my better “beauty and the beast” reads.
If you’re looking for something to warm your heart give this a try.
It was a lovely simplistic sentimental read that definitely gave me the warm and fuzzies and I am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “His Beauty” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.



Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Belleza and the Brute / Jane Matisse /



Release Date-28th April 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Publisher-Hot Tree Publishing
Kindle Edition


The modern remake of a classic tale that twists the fictional into possibility.

When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life gives you a second chance.

Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab.

Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing, and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.

Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?



Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Release Date-28/4/18

So I should mention I did struggle with this book a wee bit.
There were certain aspects of this story that were just not my cup of tea and if I had been aware of them before starting I would probably given “Belleza And The Brute” a miss.
So first things first, the title here, I wasn’t really a fan and it was only that this was described as a modern beauty and the Beast tale that made me overlook this.
I do so have a soft spot for anything Beauty and the Beast.
It’s one of my all-time favourite fairy-tale’s so I was definitely intrigued as soon as this was mentioned in the blurb.
Unfortunately, this book for me had quite a few of my most hated romance tropes.
The first being The dead wife or girlfriend, I really don’t like it especially when I feel the H or h is getting a raw deal and made to feel like second best.
In this, I felt like Elana drew the short straw which was a shame as she was really quite the sweetie.
A girl wants to feel like the most important person in their lover’s life, not a replacement for what they cant have and I really felt that Tristan felt this way overall, sigh.
Don’t mistake me Tristan’s past was tragic, I just think he should have ultimately committed himself more to the partner that was alive and breathing and just remembered his dead wife fondly and with love rather than totally obsessing over her.
Then there was Elana’s virginity, I’m so sick of the untouched virgin storyline.
Maybe if we were dealing with an eighteen-year-old then yeh Ok, but not at Elana’s age, it’s a highly improbable scenario.
Then on top of that, there were actions in this book on the H’s part that I was just like
Why Just Why?


So there deep breathe, that’s my negatives out of the way onwards and upwards.
So despite the above, I did finish this and it passed for me a pleasant couple of hours.
This was a lot lighter in nature than what I was expecting and was also well written and despite some reservations, I did want to keep reading to discover the end-game.
It’s just a real shame that ultimately we didn’t gel more.
That I think was really more about my own personal preferences than anything else.
That’s why after consideration I rated this three stars as this wasn’t actually badly written just a bit of bad fit for me in places.
I still found “Belleza and The Brute” an enjoyable read, it just didn’t ultimately blow me away.
Oh, and on a sidenote that pet name Tristan used for Elana “Ma Puce” not only does the French sound plain awful and unromantic the meaning “My Flea” is so weirdly random I had to look it up to see if it was a commonly used term and Yep it actually is!!!
like calling someone sweetie apparently how weird and wonderfully strange is that ay?
You learn something new every day, all though I would still give my partner the stare of death if he decided to refer to me as a flea.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Belleza And The Brute” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Suspense

/ Book Review / Beast (Twisted Ever After #1) / A. Zavarelli /



Release Date-May 17th 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-243 Pages



Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales.

But then he took me.

And he taught me that life isn’t a fairytale.

He is scarred. Broken.

A dark and wild thing.

His beauty is violent and his words are cruel.

His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow.

He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

He’s destroyed my life.

Tortured me.

And worse…

He’s trained me to beg for his affection.

This prison is a place where sunlight doesn’t reach.

He taught me that hate is born in darkness.

And then he taught me that sometimes love is too.




Beast by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-17/5/17

Beast (Twisted Ever After, #1) is a really dark twisted tale loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast and it was so deliciously despicably good.
It was a tale of right and wrong where the boundary lines were ever so much blurred and obscured.
And begs the overall question is an eye for an eye fair.
And is it right that the innocent should pay the cost for the sinner’s actions?
That the horrors once visited upon your head you bestow on a blameless young girl ultimately to punish said sinner.
And also then in the grand scheme of things will it actually make you feel better and less broken to shatter someone else.
Beast is told from both Javi and Bella’s POV and apart from the occasional visitation from a few minor characters these two are really the main event.
with the story focused mainly on them both.
And what a performance to behold it is.
As Javi systematically sets out to annihilate and destroy Bella all for her father’s actions.
And Bella crumbles so tragically with Javi’s harsh treatment.
Then is again confused and left floundering by his seemingly affectionate actions totally contradicting himself in an effort to break Bella down emotionally.
This was at times a very dark and brutal read but slowly a flicker of connection sparks drawing these two into a new dynamic.
And I could see a light in the distance.
And As they slowly fall deeper down the rabbit hole we get to experience the descent with them.
So I really enjoyed Beast, and though at times Javi was hard to understand and like I did get the where and why of it.
Bella herself was such sweetheart with a total lack of belief in herself which was so sad considering her character and individual talents and as this story progresses she slowly starts to come into her own and I was her one-woman cheering squad urging her on.
So This was so well written and easy to read and I found I especially adored the epilogue.
Was a lovely look into Javi and Bella’s future.
On a final note just got to say, that cover, man its hot loved it so much.
I am very Happy to recommend Beast it was a great read.

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Contemporary, Cover Reveals Blitz's & New Releases, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Scarred / Trista Jaszczak /

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Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

Who could ever love such a beast?…

Eric Morris is at the top of his game as the CEO of Morris Talent. One of the world’s premier agencies for models to strut their stuff. He really has it all: the job, the money, women, the looks…but when he is scarred for life in a horrible motorcycle accident his world crashes around him. How can someone, who is a king in the world of beauty be so hideously scarred? Eric begins to shut out the world, finding comfort in being locked away in his home and out of the public eye that he loved so much. When Elle Davis comes into his life as an assistant, she shows Eric that there’s more to life than money, motorcycles, and model…but is it too late for Eric?

Scarred by Trista Jaszczak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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So this Is part of the believe series, the third book to be precise and Scarred is loosely based on the beauty and the beast fairy tale.
It’s a modern-day contemporary retelling and out of the three books in this series, this is hands down my favourite.
Here we have Eric a photographer and owner of an illustrious modelling agency.
He’s a vain egotistical A-Hole who lives for money power and has a parade of attractive woman who he uses then loses.
Beauty is his business and life.

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Until an accident leaves him permanently scarred and with the entry of Elle his new personal assistant into his life Eric starts to re-evaluate everything about his shallow existence.
So this was such an interesting tale.
In the beginning, it was so difficult to find any redeeming characteristics in Eric.
Until slowly Eric starts to change morphing into a much-better individual.
I loved Elle she was just the right sort of sassy but with a big streak of Cinderella syndrome.
What I mean is though life at times had given her lemons she just made lemonade.
And her heart was still wide open waiting for her Prince Charming.
Or in this case her Beastly Beast.
This was a lovely romantic heartfelt tale that made a pleasant change, it wasn’t particularly angsty and that actually made this very refreshing.
This was well written and flowed easily.
Scarred also had some great secondary players that just nicely rounded off this engaging tale.
This was one of those stories that when you finish you can’t help having a grin from ear to ear.
A perfect fairytale HEA that we all dream of as little girls.
My One little criticism here is I would have liked a front cover that better represented the hero as I feel the one provided just didn’t do that.
I was provided with an ARC of “Scarred (Believe #3)” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC-Book Review / Beauty And The Vampire / Zoe Hunter /



Release Date-19th February 2018
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Kindle Edition-207 Pages

“Beauty and the Beast Meets Twilight” 
Honor student and cheerleader, Bel Winter, works hard to be a normal teenager. But deep down, she knows she is far from normal. The glowing rose-shaped mark on her shoulder is her first clue. 

As her 17th birthday draws close, Bel’s friends fear she is losing her grip on reality. Yet, Bel believes. The visions she sees are real. The men in black capes who come out of the shadows are real. 

And they are coming for her…

On the night of Bel’s birthday, at the stroke of midnight, her world goes black. When she wakes, she is thrust into a new and frightening world—the underground Onyx City. 

It is a place rife with magic and creatures of the night. 

It is a place of dark beauty, dangerous intrigue and ruled by a beast—the ruthless vampire prince, Ezra Blade.

When Bel makes a desperate attempt to escape her captors, she trespasses through the royal gardens, and is caught by the prince himself. Now, her fate is in his hands. Though she fears the mercurial Ezra, Bel knows he alone has the power to release her from the Onyx City. 

Can Bel tame the beast? And convince him to set her free?

Fans of romance, intrigue and vampires will devour this magical retelling of a timeless tale.

Beauty and the VampireBeauty and the Vampire by Zoey Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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So “Beauty and the vampire” was one I was really looking forward to.
Not only was the cover of this book visually stunning it was one that the blurb really intrigued me.
capturing my attention then reeling me in.
The idea of a vampiric beauty and the beast, which just so happens to be one of my favourite Disney stories, really appealed to me in every way.
So Cheerleader Bel with her mum AWOL and her best friend and crush flirting it up elsewhere finds herself on the Eve of her 17th birthday transported to an alternate world.
the underground Onyx City where she is now a vessel for creatures of the night and property of the royal house itself.
A place Where magic abounds and Vampires rule.
So when Bel trespasses in the royal gardens she comes to the attention of the vampire prince, Ezra Blade.

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So this was a tale of two halves for me.
I loved the first half of this book and was disappointed in the second.
I felt that this should have been longer and there was so much more that could have been made of this fantastically fresh idea.
There were Ideas that were put forward but not always explained like the Infirmary, it was such a chilling concept but not expanded on.
A missed opportunity for sure.
I also felt too much was made of Ezra’s first love being totally beyond compare totally making Bel seem like the consolation prize.
Even the ending here when he doesn’t express verbally the same sentiments back at Bel shows a lack of commitment on Ezra’s part.
I felt overall the second half of this was rushed and so much more could have been achieved here.
The finish also I found to be very abrupt indeed.
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy this, it was just disappointing that this reality hadn’t been expanded on in more depth.
A shame as the world building here was fantastic.
One other slight nitpick I would have liked to see the mums fate as she was a class A Biotch who needed exterminating.
“Beauty and the vampire” could do with a bit of an overall and the ending ekeing out a bit.
If that was done I can guarantee a higher rating from me.
I met in the middle when it came to rating this, three stars.
I would definitely read a follow-on to this as I’m curious where this could go.
And as I said earlier this is a greatly imaginative idea.
So I was provided with an ARC of “Beauty and the Vampire” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

Stranger (Happily Never After) by B. Bennett

Release date-April 21st 2017
Genre-Dark Romance.
Kindle Edition-146 pages

Content Warning: This book contains blood, guts, strong sexual themes, nonconsensual sex, and other atrocious acts. Reader be warned.

He was a stranger.
My first instinct was not to trust him, but then I learned… sometimes the most beautiful people have the ugliest scars.

Stranger (Happily Never After)Stranger by B. Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG What Have I just read, Stranger By B Bennet is so heartbreakingly beautiful words just cannot describe it adequately and do it the justice it so deserves.
I really don’t want to spoil this first-rate piece of fiction for others, so I’m going to try to be as vague as possible while also conveying my thoughts and impressions of Stranger to you.
Before I do that a warning There are scenes of abuse (rape) in this story that you might find upsetting, if this is a trigger for you please avoid.
So a brief summary of the plot here is that after a very distressing experience Gabrielle is left for dead only to be discovered by our Beast.
A scared, half-mad individual who lives at the top of the hills overlooking the town where Gabrielle resides with her parents and sister.
The beast attempts to nurse Gabrielle back to health saving her and in the process manages to save himself also, as the two grow closer and bond over the abuse both have endured a sweet friendship develops between the two.
Stranger is a twisted outtake of the classic fairytale Beauty And The Beast, it makes for extremely compelling reading and this is one of those stories where the characters involved claw their way into your soul and burrow deep.
staying with you long after its over.
I loved Stranger from the second I started to read it, even though I ended up bawling my eyes out, even as it ripped my heart from my chest and stomped all over it.
I would still read stranger all over again.
This is an amazing read you need to experience, I just can’t believe it took me so long to get round to it. Give Stranger a go you won’t regret it.

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

Falling for the Beast: A modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling by Victorine E. Lieske

Release Date-March 10th 2017
Publisher-Createspace Independent Publishing
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-163 pages

Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he’s dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.

Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.

Falling for the Beast is a sweet romance.

Falling for the Beast: A modern-day Beauty and the Beast retellingFalling for the Beast: A modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling by Victorine E. Lieske

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Falling For The Beast By Victorine E Lieske was a very pleasurable read.
It was the first book I have tried by this Author and it was definitely a positive experience for me.
This was a refreshingly modern clean take on that old classic fairy tale we all love Beauty And The Beast.
I have got to admit this Disney story is my overall favourite, It’s just such a romantic Yarn and gives me the warm fuzzies inside.
Falling For The Beast really does its namesake justice and it’s one of those reads that is for me a real pleasure to discover all over again.
In this modern take, we have Aribelle going to work for Mr Thaddeus Walker a grumpy scarred individual who always seems to be injured.
Thaddeus has been cursed by a witch for his life choices resulting in him becoming a beast when he loses his temper. There is also a second part to this curse, the ability to heal others, but it comes at a terrible price, Thaddeus takes the injury and pain into himself leaving him with awful scars.
Until Belle, Thaddeus had no hope that anyone could see beyond this and love him for himself.
Falling For The Beast follows the narrative of the original tale very closely and it’s a fabulous portrayal that was greatly enjoyable.
The story is told superbly and flows beautifully and in my opinion is well worth a read.
I received a free E-Copy of Falling for The Beast and this is my own honest opinion.

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Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Release Date-May 23rd 2017
Publisher-Kindle Press
Genre-Futuristic Romance
Kindle Edition-419 pages

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five-year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

EnsnaredEnsnared by Rita Stradling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now out of all the Disney Tales Beauty & The Beast has got to be my all time favorite story, I’m a sucker for the plucky maiden and the misunderstood disfigured hero, so it stands to reason Ensnared and myself would fit together like a cuppa & biccy, a dog & a bone, and it did.
From the moment i started reading i was fascinated by this totally different and somewhat weird retelling of a futuristic beauty & the beast. It shouldn’t have worked but it did.
I found myself cheering on Alainne as she pretended to be Rose 76GF and i got very caught up in the whole tale.
Alainne herself i found to be a very unselfish individual, all she wanted was to help her dad and if that meant putting herself out well, so be it. There was also some past issues that she still has trouble coming to terms with, this gives her a bit of a hero complex as she wants to save everyone, even at the cost of her own safety.
Now Lorccan Garbhan, mmm what to make of him as a character, I would say that our Mr Garbhan is quite a strange fella, isolated from society by what i surmise where very paranoid unloving parents, Lorccan has evolved into an eccentric anxious individual, afraid of the outside world, he is also heavily scarred which adds to his apprehension of outsiders.
Lorccan Wants a robot to help teach him to interact with others mainly a love interest Shelby who he has only spoken to on the phone.
I don’t want to give much more away I will just say, that I couldn’t help smiling as these two emotionally scarred people fell for each other, It was lovely watching them both discover each other a calm before the storm. there is action, love, drama, psychotic robots and cute robot monkeys.
I would have liked a slightly different ending, not as open-ended, but that in no way takes away from this marvelously inventive tale and is just a personal preference, give this whimsical story a go, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it, I devoured Ensnared in one sitting it hooked me like a duck.
I received a free e-arc of this ebook from NetGalley for a review and this is my own honest opinion.

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