Dystopian, Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ Book Review / Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1) / Lucy Smoke /

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💙BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-25th June 2018
Genre-Reverse Harem Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-291 Pages

“Lucy Smoke has brought to life a world in Heart of Tartarus the likes of which I never could have envisioned and will never forget. Strong writing, a kick-butt heroine, and a perfect sense of what makes science fiction romance rock, has turned this book into one I will never forget losing myself in.” –Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Rebecca Royce

On Tartarus I was born… 

Soaked in power and secrets—Tartarus is a city for rebels, exiles, and criminals. As a messenger, every shadow is my friend. I know all the secrets of this place. Or, at least, I thought I did. When my best friend, Kida, goes missing, I don’t waste any time assuming her identity to draw her or whoever took her, out of hiding.

On Tartarus I will die… 

As I search for Kida’s whereabouts, Tartarus’ most dangerous gang—The Tanks—are slowly rising out of the chromework, growing more and more powerful. Every instinct in my body is screaming for me to run, to save myself, but I can’t—not without Kida. If I have to set the city ablaze just to get her attention, I will. And if the fire doesn’t kill me, the secrets I uncover just might.

***THIS COPY CONTAINS BOOK 1 AND 1.5 OF THE SKY CITIES SERIES*** 
***THIS IS A REVERSE HAREM TITLE***

 

Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1)

Heart of Tartarus by Lucy Smoke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This was so good: like seriously read in one sitting fab.
A new author for me and what originally drew me towards this series was the unusual premise behind the storyline.
I have read many dystopian themed books where the earth has been obliterated and society is now living in a new type of hierarchy or even taken off into space itself to a whole new planet: but an actual sky society was a whole new concept for me.

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Such an ingenious imaginative idea: throw in a reverse harem type storyline and this was definitely an extremely unique approach to the whole post-apocalyptic sub-genre.
And this was such a fabulous introduction to what is looking up to be a first-class new series.
And the whole reverse harem thing well it’s subtle: like very, this is more about building emotions and the whole emotive relationship than any gratifying get your rocks off type thing.
In fact, this is a very slow build burn and as much as I am usually about instant gratification this really does work here and I have to say this for me was the best Reverse Harem I have experienced yet.
It’s so ingeniously applied that it becomes so normal and acceptable here without even realising it: Like second nature.
There is also so much flying under the radar here that totally stunned and intrigued me; This story was full of surprises indeed.
Also, the world building here was phenomenally well done: I was really impressed with how splendidly the whole city of Tartarus and its surrounding metropolis was portrayed.
The characters here were totally multi-faceted in there entirety and I really felt that I got to know each one intimately.
Quite a feat when this is actually only told from Cassie’s POV.
I loved Cassie and also adored her boys all of them brought something unique to the equation: something that Cassie needed: I also liked how protective and warm they were emotionally towards her.
I could actually see Cassie, Thayer, Levi, Aaron, Haze, and Noaz gradually morphing into a family and it was really lovely to behold especially considering the lack of caregivers in Cassie’s life.
So this volume contained book 1 and 1.5 it really could have been one if I’m being picky.
But no matter I read them as one anyway.
I am so looking forward to the next volume in this addictive new series and pleased to impart it won’t be long and I’m so excited that I have got an ARC of “Shadow Of Deception”(Sky Cities #2) coming so watch this space.
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I really can’t recommend Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1) enough it literally blew me away with how fabulous it actually was: counting the days here until I get my mitts on the next volume.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Heart of Tartarus” (Sky Cities, #1) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dark, Dystopian, Erotic, Horror, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Heathens (Badlands Book 4) / Natalie Bennett /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-16th September 2018
Genre-Dystopian Dark Romance
Kindle Edition

Cobra 

Wildcard.
Sinner.
Frequently misunderstood.

I can be your best friend or your worst fucking nightmare.

The Savages are my family and the Badlands is our paradise.
When that’s threatened, no one is safe.
Carnage and chaos unfold around me.
Loyalties are tested. Truths start to unravel.

When everything I know teeters on the verge of going up in flames, the only girl I tried to save, may end up saving me.

Blue 

Old soul.
Selfless.
Unusually stable.

I was the good girl, the one who saw beauty in people.

When the devil marked me everything changed.
The world I’ve been chained to is merciless and cruel.
I was ready to leave it all behind, but then he found me again.
He needed saving, I needed a reminder of who I was.

Nothing could prepare me for what came next.

Heathens is book 4 in the bestselling Badlands series. This is a complete story with no cliffhanger, however, books 1-3 must be read prior. 

 

 

Heathens (Badlands Book 4)

Heathens by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Heathens was the much-anticipated conclusion to this particular chapter of the series.
Bringing forth some much-needed closure to this current generation of savages: but leaving the stage fully prepared for the next offerings of degenerates: this current casts fledgeling feral offspring.
I am so entirely grateful that this is not my final foray into the dark decadent depths of the badlands.
And I am very much looking forward to continuing on with this new set of individuals next year.
That teaser at the end of “Heathens” looked so bloody delicious: I for one will definitely be on board for the upcoming journey.
So here we get to catch back up with the gang after the events in the previous instalment.
This time around we are focusing our attention on Cobra and Blue and for me as much as I did enjoy this there was something slightly missing; not enough of a something to stop my overall enjoyment here that was a given: I mean we are back in the bloody badlands duh!!!
But “Heathens” for me, when held up against its predecessors was like the little brother of the bunch and didn’t pack the full punch that the rest of the family themselves actually delivered.
There were a few things here that bothered me: For one the Katya thing really bugged me.
I would have prefered that Cobra had stayed away from her like completely.
I felt like Blue got a bit of a raw deal and was almost shoved aside originally for Katya: Not cool a-tall Cobra.
“Heathens” did some backpedalling fully explaining the actions behind Cobras faulty reasonings: for me, these excuses didn’t really wash and I felt he got off extremely lightly.
I also couldn’t quite work out the deal with Katya because of discrepancies in her behaviour was she loyal to Blue or not.
I mean at the end of book three she went postal when Blue was taken but later shes pretty much MEH about the whole thing: this did confuse me slightly.
I also felt that Blue was much too forgiving and Cobra to loyal to his brothers over all else.
I couldn’t see Grim or Romero sitting on their arses instead of being pro-active: Blue was literally handed back on a platter to Cobra no major effort on his part which sucked hairy balls.
Blue herself was also too nice a character for the Badlands: I would have liked her to make Cobra do some major sucking up and grovelling.
I also wasn’t happy with how the baby storyline played out.
And finally, the ending for me also seemed slightly rushed and was a bit anti-climatic in nature.
Look this was a mixed bag: but was still a solid four Star read and one that despite my moanings I still did enjoy very much.
I know it may look overwise considering my above peeves but this is still a fantastic imaginative read. Natalie Bennett for me is an auto-buy and a four-star read out of her depraved mind is still a solid offering that I am ever so happy to recommend.
So It just wasn’t a complete full sweep: which is the norm for me here with this series.
But No mind: It was, as usual, a decadent, depraved romp through a brutal badlands whereas its everything wrong that makes this just so fantastically right.
Expect all the usual visual delights that you’ve come to expect from a Natalie Bennett novel: this instalment certainly delivers on them in spades.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Heathens” (Badlands #4) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ Arc Book Review / Mirage (Mirage #1) / Somaiya Daud /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-28th August 2018
Publisher-Hodder & Stoughton
Genre-Young Adult
Kindle Edition-320 Pages

The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my face changed, my body broken.
But I was not a slave and I was not a spare.
I was my mother’s daughter, and I would survive and endure. I would find my way back home. 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, and of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear and if Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection… because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Mirage (Mirage, #1)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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There wasn’t really anything awful or bad about Mirage: it just wasn’t quite to my personal taste.
It didn’t have that pizazz for me: not managing to either grab or retain my initial interest.
I even found myself having to concentrate and work really hard on staying the whole course and I started this three actual times before progressing any further than the first few chapters.
I think maybe there might have been a bit of an information overload when it came to the world building; too much info dumped on the reader in one go, I myself would have prefered to be drip fed.
This also wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be at all and considering I was actually so looking forward to this one I’m a bit bummed, to say the least.
My journey will definitely be ending here as I am just not invested in this at all.
So the premise here was intriguing eighteen-year-old Amani is taken to the palace to act as the body double to a princess; here she enters a whole new world of politics, intrigue and also romance.
The concept behind this story was fabulous indeed: just for me personally it worked better as that concept rather than in reality.
I also think this was much to heavily geared towards the romance and as a result, a large part of the story was lost.
For me, I was expecting a much faster pace with more of a sci-fi action vibe, but what I got was far from that.
this was more heavily steeped in legend, mythology and love.
Look don’t get me wrong if this is your thing then it’s probably going to blow your mind: Mirage is full of lyrical prose and fantastical descriptions throughout.
The language used here is so beautiful with an almost poetic flow to it.
I myself am not a big fan of this type of prose: I imagine if you were this would definitely be your thing.
Though I’m not much of a fan myself I can still applaud and appreciate the appeal of this type of literature and this as a prime example disregardless of my own personal taste.
I also wasn’t that keen on Amani herself and also found the fiance Idris a bit lacklustre as well.
In fact, if I’m being completely honest the cruel Princess Maram was perhaps the most interesting character here for me and I would have liked to have seen a chapter from her POV.
On a sidenote just want to add that the front cover here was gorgeous, very eye-catching indeed.
So Yeh, in a nutshell, gorgeous front cover, beautiful language overall but this was not quite to my taste.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “Mirage (Mirage, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/Book Review / Cursed Rebel / H.G. Lynch/

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❄️BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-5th October 2018
Genre-YA Fantasy
Kindle Edition-204 Pages

 

Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her…until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty. 
But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him – for now. 
Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should’ve listened to Gran.

 

 

Cursed Rebel

Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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I enjoyed Cursed Rebel a lot; it was an action-packed foray into the world of faerie; one that I really found ever so entertaining.
This being my first book by this particular author I wasn’t quite sure what to expect so I’m pleased to say that I easily managed to lose myself in the rich otherworldly landscape portrayed here so vividly.
The excellent world building was a huge positive for “Cursed Rebel” the author has managed quite splendidly to build and describe this alternate backdrop in such vivid detail that I could quite easily picture in my head this colourful terrain we have been introduced to here.
The story centres on Fin and Lucy and the events that unfold after he kidnaps her and transports her to Faerie, where he is under a compulsion to deliver Lucy to the king.
There are also other players underfoot; one especially that has been keeping a big secret from Lucy.
So, Not knowing quite who to trust, but needing her guides as she won’t last one minute alone in this beautiful but brutal land Lucy tries to make the best of her current situation.
So why not a higher rating from me: look I really did find this a delightful read but I did have some slight issues with the beginning and the end of this story.
This for me affected my final rating.
Don’t mistake me this was still a solid experience but I did find the beginning here slightly rushed, I felt there wasn’t much build up to the actual main event.
There was just no backstory or building up of Lucy’s everyday life before she finds herself in faerie, I felt we just skimmed the surface and didn’t really get a sense of her and her tribe and I did feel this was a slightly missed opportunity.
I would have liked to have delved deeper into Lucy’s life pre Fin.
I also felt the ending here was slightly rushed: like something was ultimately missing from the final recipe.
Thankfully I had no issues elsewhere with the rest of this story, the rest of this was grand and did manage to pull me in, captivating my imagination and retaining my interest very easily.
so despite the above, this was for me still a great entertaining read that I am happy to give a thumbs up to.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Cursed Rebel” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Dark, Dystopian, Erotic, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance

/ Arc Book Review / The Golden Line (Knotted,#1) / Addison Cain /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-30th August 2018
Genre-Omegaverse Romance
Kindle Edition-208 Pages

 

They call me brutal. They call me unrepentant. They call me possessive. I am all these things and much worse.

But to her, I will be conqueror.

The Golden Line is a dark, sinister Omegaverse romance for those with twisted tastes and a love for delicious villains. Complete power exchange dominates these pages, as does an attentive Alpha hero you will adore.

 

 

The Golden Line (Knotted,#1)

The Golden Line by Addison Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Oh my friggen god I bloody adored The Golden Line (Knotted,#1) like so much.
Just when I think it can’t get any better than my previous Addison experience I get this little gem.
I don’t really want to share this; nope nope nope.
I want to keep the delectable delicious Simin and all his deep grumbly purrs all to myself; he’s not yours girls; This Adorable Alpha is all mine.

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Okay okay, I suppose I’m being greedy trying to keep Simil all to myself I can share the love if I absolutely have to.
So this was really a tale of two halves for me; one of which I entered rather blindly.
I really was quite literally in the dark towards where this was ultimately heading.
Experiencing alongside Morgaine her frightful treatment at the hands of her Alpha tormentors.
I was there as they broke her with there unapologetic conditioning and as she hit rock bottom my heart hurt so much for this poor confused and traumatised girl.
Frantically looking around for someone to save her I was losing all hope.
That was why it was so special to see Simin take a step out of the stereotypical box and attempt with his whole entire being to rebuild Morgaine’s shattered psyche.
To come along and take this supposed feral omega for himself but also to actually see her as an individual and person in her own right was bewitching.
So this one for me; had as ever everything that I usually find captivating and hypnotic when it comes to this authors work.
All the usual magnetism you’d expect was still produced but this was alongside a much more softer overall approach when it came to her Alpha than we are usually given.
Don’t mistake me Simil is as Alpha as they come but he also came with the ability to place his omega at a much higher importance than his own needs and wants and it was magic.

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Simin understood the best way to gain his omega Morgaine’s heart was ultimately through her trust; he had her lust but as his end game he wanted her soul also.
He was much more romantic than his predecessors and was not afraid to voice his feelings but rather than emasculating him it only enhanced his overall allure.

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I also think taking away the ability to communicate through language and only through an interpreter brought a new layer to Alpha and Omega expectations.
Much more care was taken considerably on Simil’s part because of the lack of verbal cues.
It made it much more crucial to observe the non-verbal signs in each other.
So this had everything you would usually expect from this series but with such a difference in approaches than what we are usually used to.
I have to say, I’m equally a fan of both ways.
I also loved the finale here; where it left us, on edge and salivating at the mouth for that next anticipated instalment.
I feel like I am poised, waiting, breathe bated in expectation; the scene has been set with such finesse.
Addison Cains omegaverse universe is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite series I can’t get enough of it, whatever light the participants are portrayed in.
So before I go I should mention that this is an extended reworked story from the Royally Mine anthology that was originally titled Consumed.
That was a short story that is no longer available; “The Golden Line” is now a full-length novel and has been extensively improved on.
This is a series I can’t recommend highly enough and gets my whole-hearted seal of approval every single time.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Golden Line (Knotted,#1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

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

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🌹BOOK REVIEW🌹

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

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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.

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Erotic, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ Arc Book Review / Alien Captive / Lee Savino & Golden Angel /

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☘ARC BOOK REVIEW☘

Release Date-31st August 2018
Genre-Alien Romance
Kindle Edition

Who knew reading sexy alien abduction stories could get a girl into trouble? Or that an e-reader could also be the gateway to another galaxy? I definitely didn’t… but here I am anyway, mated to the Tsenturion High Commander just like the unwilling human heroines in my favourite sci-fi romances.

The Commander demands obedience. He intends to claim me, train me, and turn me into his perfect little pleasure trophy. He doesn’t believe in love. I don’t believe in giving in without a fight. There’s no amount of discipline or ecstasy that could break me to his will… I hope.

Alien Captive is a hot alien abduction romance, starring one feisty human and the Tsenturion Warrior strong enough to potentially master her.

Disclaimer: the authors are not responsible for any actual alien abductions that may result should you purchase this book.

Alien Captive

Alien Captive by Lee Savino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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So really enjoyed this one; found it so very amusing and its super scorching hot to boot.
I also really adored that oh so ridiculous disclaimer.

The authors are not responsible for any actual alien abductions that may result as a consequence of your purchase of this book.

Love it; that definitely got a chuckle out of me.
Both are actually relatively new authors for me but it was all good from my corner as I certainly did enjoy getting acquainted with them both here.
So this one is red hot and does contain a lot of Alien hanky-panky, not that I’m complaining mind.
There are also some very unique differences in this interspecies romance that had my tongue hanging out in pure unapologetic delight, the fiercely descriptive originality of the narrative was fantastic and despite the many sexy scenarios we are introduced to here there is also a great imaginative storyline thread also running throughout.
I loved how Dawn ultimately arrives as a tribute for the commander it was really so inventive and was just so refreshing to also experience an alien romance that doesn’t take itself to seriously.
In fact, that was one of this books greatest assets its ability to make the fantastical just so mundane.
The scenario we are introduced to here was just so fanciful and ingenious that I found myself devouring every impossible word.
I bet we have all fantasised slightly; Ok I confess in my case a lot, about being the heroine in our own starring roles never for one minute thinking that fiction could become reality.
Be careful what you wish for as for Dawn; well her x-rated daydreams have certainly become her new reality; lucky lucky girl.
In fact, I only have one question left where can I get one of those E-Readers and where do I sign up?

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On a final note, I really did enjoy the brief glimpse into what could be an excellent continuing series.
It really managed to pique my attention and interest and I for one would love to learn more and also explore where this could ultimately go.
So pleased Gavrill and Dawn got there much deserved HEA; fingers crossed that we do get a book two in this series; I for one definitely want to continue on here.
I mean come on we so need grumpy old Bogdan’s story next.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Alien Captive” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn) / Claire Marta & Anna Edwards /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-28th August 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition

Vicky

I thought I knew who I was. A girl from Devon with a love of drawing.
A trip to Rome has ancient forces at work I never knew existed.
Beauty in my world has died.

Can he save me from the encroaching darkness?

 

Mars

I’m the God of War. The God of Masculinity.
If I want something I take it such is the power, I wield.

How is it possible, one human woman can bring me to my knees?

History tells us of mighty God’s that once ruled the Earth, what it doesn’t say, is that over time their powers were suppressed by hatred, violence, and suffering. Many have forgotten their true nature and those that remain behind strive for balance. Welcome to the world of the Gods reborn, a place where emotions can destroy a planet, supremacy is the ultimate goal and the possibility of love can change everything that we know forever.

Please be warned this book may contain triggers for some.

 

 

Beauty's War (Gods Reborn)

Beauty’s War by Claire Marta
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Was excited to read a collaboration between these two authors as they are both ones I have loved previously.
And this was for me, for the most part, was great; It has so much to recommend itself and was such an easy read to get lost in.
Focusing on the Roman gods, the basic premise here is that Jupiter the king of the gods has a law firm in Rome that he runs with the help of his godly offspring.
This is a front to help and assist mankind in an ongoing war with his brother Pluto the god of the underworld.
Pluto also has a rival firm and his end game is to cause as much chaos and evil insanity in direct opposition to his family’s directive.
His goal; to totally eradicate life for the humans as they know it and he will use any means necessary to achieve this objective.
Including a goddess who has no idea of her original origins.
So this is the story of the god of war Mars; a lawyer working on the side of good for his father’s Law firm.
Tasked with befriending the newly awakening goddess of beauty and love Venus and protecting her from his uncle Pluto it’s not long before events start to escalate leaving behind destruction and devastation in its wake.
So for me, the fallout here was rather shocking and was not quite what I was expecting from this.
This is where things lost a bit of there glitter and shine for me as this was so much darker than what I was actually expecting.
Please do be aware there are some dark situations depicted in Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn).
My rating reflects my struggle with this dark material and is no way a reflection on these authors combined talent; this was as expected excellently written.
Despite my pains with the overall brutality here I still did enjoy this.
I adore anything mythology related and this had that in spades.
This was such an imaginative perspective on the gods, one that I truly appreciated.
It had some extremely likeable characters alongside the dregs of humanity and beyond.
Such a real vivid contrast of extremes that when placed side by side really reflected this picture back so starkly.
This on reflection eas such an interesting beginning to a new series.
I for one will be watching keenly to see where this is heading.
Just be aware as I mentioned earlier that this was extremely dark and brutal in some places so please do avoid if this is an issue for you.
Thank you to the authors for providing me with a Review copy of “Beauty’s War” (Gods Reborn) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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BDSM, Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ Arc Book Review / Island Captive /Jane Henry /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-24th August 2018
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition

I was hired to apprehend a monster – a Dom who’d been sentenced to life for murdering his submissive. I’ve seen what he’s capable of, and the images will haunt me forever. I swore I’d stop at nothing to put him behind bars.

But then our plane back to the States crashes.

We are the only two survivors.

And the monster will make me wish I’d died along with the rest of them.

 

Island Captive

Island Captive by Jane Henry
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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I devoured “Island Captive” in like one sitting it was that good.

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And no this was not no insipid flowery fairy-tale but it was definitely my kind of bed-time story
one where my evening is most certainly going to feature sweet dreams of the more carnal variety; if I’m very lucky that is.

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The premise behind this storyline is simple Nadine works for a government agency that apprehends hardened criminals that have gone AWOL.
Along with her partner, she is hot on the trail of convicted killer Adrian who has been convicted of brutally murdering his submissive.
Nadine feels this one personally; despite her trying to stay detached and manages while recapturing Adrian to earn his own brand of personal hatred.
When their charter plane encounters difficulties mid-flight and crashes Adrian and Nadine are the sole survivors.
The roles these two started out with are dramatically reversed; Jailor becomes prisoner and the prisoner holds all the cards and is damn sure ready to use them all to his advantage.
I think someones definitely got a case of bruised feelings here.

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So this is where our story really takes off and it’s fabulous.
Adrian in control making Nadine pay for every little slight while he in a way punishes here for her past treatment of him.
I have to be honest here I was struggling initially with whether I could grow to like Adrian as he just seemed so cold and single-minded in his interactions and overall mindset.

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no matter as the story unfolded, I began to warm to him as he gradually started to redeem himself.
The slow gradual burn between Nadine and Adrian really appealed to me.
I would have liked him maybe to show a bit more in terms of feelings as the book progressed.
But that was just more of a personal preference; I do like my dramatic declarations of loves and devotion and sadly that for me was missing here.
We do get the eventual HEA here, but it was just a little anti-climatic for my liking.
This had plenty of action and was super enjoyable, do be aware it is slightly dub-con in nature but that was half the draw here for me.
The eventual connection between Adrian and Nadine here was completely consensual just initially this does skate the boundaries please avoid if that is at all an issue for you.
So yeh my removing half a star was mainly due to the lack of emotional declarations something about seeing a tough grown man brought to his knees by the fairer sex just gets me all a quiver.
despite my above gripe, this was still a fantastic read that I really did enjoy.
So Imagine a naughtier version of the Blue Lagoon (Love that film) one with lots of spankings and you’re halfway there with picturing this.
This may be my first Jane Henry book but It definitely is not going to be my last.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Island Captive” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Crimson Ash / Haley Sulich /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-
Genre-Young Adult Dystopian
Kindle Edition-382 Pages

 

You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

 

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

 

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

 

 

Crimson Ash

Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Unfortunately for me, this was really just an Ok read; I originally requested a copy of this because I was oh so intrigued by the actual blurb.
It really captured my attention and sounded ever so intriguing in its overall description.
But this one; for me was one that worked much better on paper than in its actuality.
Initially, I found myself rather bored and uninvested I also had real issues getting into and immersing myself in the story plot.
I’m not really sure why that was, as it had all the necessary ingredients that usually work for me.
Just something seemed to be missing from the recipe which was a shame as It was one that I was really looking forward to reading.
So after several stops and false starts, I finally bit the bullet and managed to get through the first few chapters and once accomplishing this feat I then found myself much more interested in what was to come next.
Basically “Crimson Ash” is a YA future dystopian tale set against a surreal post-apocalyptic landscape.
Our story though encompassing many characters is really the saga of two sisters Ember and Solanine; told by focusing individually on each sister and then alternating POV “Crimson Ash” bounces back and forth weaving a fantastical web.
A war is raging between two opposing factions drawing all into the crossfire whether wanted or not.
So this has all sorts to offer its readers; deep tragedy action and romance all combined together to bring forth a fresh new voice in Dystopian YA fiction and once I connected here I did then enjoy myself; there were still things that for me spoilt things, but for the most part, I was satisfied with the eventual conclusion we were given.
The main grumbles I had that caused me to drop my rating a smidge was the constant back and forth between the rebels and the government; I did find this slightly tedious and I also thought some of the secondary characters could have been a tad better developed than they were.
ultimately though this wasn’t a bad read just one that wasn’t really my flavour at times.
Maybe it will be a better fit for you; as at its heart, this was a good solid YA read that was at times just so bittersweet and poignant in nature.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Crimson Ash” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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