Historical, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

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

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❄️BOOK REVIEW❄️

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

Carnage 
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: 2.5 of 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-17/6/18

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, Crime, Dark, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Close Your Eyes / Darren O’Sullivan /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-5th May 2018
Publisher-HQ Digital
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-384 Pages

 

 

Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Perfect for fans of Holly Seddon, Gillian Flynn and BA Paris.

From the best-selling author of Our Little Secret comes a new psychological thriller with a shocking twist.

 

 

Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-5/5/18

This was a fabulous edge of your seat read that I can’t really say too much about without giving away the whole plotline so I’m going to try to keep it as vaguish as possible.
So this was my second book by this particular author and “Close Your Eyes” had the slight edge for me in terms of enjoyment.
It was a fast-paced race against the clock as Father and family man Daniel attempts to unravel the Mystery that is his past.
If he fails; well the cost will be the ultimate punishment; his family.
Daniel suffering from amnesia from an accident fifteen years previous is sent on an action-filled journey of self-discovery where everything he thought he knew and more might just be the biggest lie of them all.
This is told from dual POV alternating Daniel then Ex-wife Rachel and later we also get a brief glimpse into the head of Daniels Son Thomas.
The main characters here are few with “Close Your Eyes” keeping the main focus on Daniel, Rachel and Thomas.
These three are also joined initially by the supporting cast of Rachels husband Sean and Daniels girlfriend Katie as they have formed for the sake of Thomas’s happiness an almost unconventional family setup that seems to work for them.
everyone else involved is then just thrown right into the mix also stirring and muddying the already churned waters causing a sense of confusion and even doubt especially for Daniel himself.
This was ramped throughout and as each new lead and corner was turned my heart was totally in my throat; I felt almost like I was undertaking this path with poor Daniel the helplessness he must have felt alongside his own fear and panic.
The emotions experienced by Daniel as well as Rachel and Thomas, well I felt like I was there in the moment with them, so fantastically did this portray the rawness and brutality of feeling here.
This went to places I wasn’t expecting shocking me completely.
Dipping me so low at times with where this dared to venture I couldn’t help but think the worst.
This truly sank to depths of darkness that I wasn’t quite expecting leaving me bereft in my feelings of despair.
I did have kinda an inkling where things seemed to be heading, but this didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment.
I also really liked the eventual conclusion here it gave me a much-needed sense of satisfaction; Much more so than using some clever gimic to devastate and shock the reader.
The ending here gave me an overall sense of justice which was ultimately want I wanted most.
Why then a rating of four over five you may ask if I liked this so much?
Well, two things really and I will try to explain without letting any cats out the bag; the first one here is relatively easy The Son Thomas; I thought he seemed much younger than what his actual age was.
I’m a mother of Five myself so hardly a novice when it comes to kids and in my opinion, Thomas didn’t seem like any six-year-old that I have ever met.
If I had to pinpoint his actual age from his behaviour and actions it seemed to me more like four; just an opinion though.
The second thing and this is more tricky to explain without disclosing too much but I’ll try; I never quite understood the timeline here; why this particular moment over any other logically it didn’t really make sense why this is happening now rather than another moment past or even future.
Especially with Daniel starting to recall moments from his past.
This really bugged me like a lot and I couldn’t stop myself overanalyzing the whys.
And while I’m on a roll the reasons behind all this for me were frankly lacklustre in nature and I wanted a more satisfying overall explanation for the completely unnecessary reactions and actions here.
But I suppose there wouldnt be much of a story if it was actually done my way with some bloody logic.
You will get more of what I’m trying to convey here when you’ve read this for yourself.
Over than the above I really did enjoy this it was a really engaging piece of fiction that kept me on my toes throughout; happy to recommend this.
So I was provided with an ARC of “Close Your Eyes” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance

/Arc Book Review / Liberty / Kirsty Dallas/

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❄ARC BOOK REVIEW❄

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-234 Pages
KD Publications

While Liberty is a spin-off novel from the award-winning book, When Nothing Is All You’ve Got, it can be read as a stand-alone.

“Face your enemy, show no fear, fight to survive.”

I was a child delivered to hell,
imprisoned in endless darkness,
until I found the light again.
I was gifted freedom
while still trapped inside a cage.
He helped me forget my confinement
He made me feel safe
And once I was old enough to know what love was,
He made me feel unwanted.
My name is Grace,
And this is life in Liberty.

*** Please be aware Liberty is for Mature Readers. It contains dark elements and violence

 

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Liberty

Liberty by Kirsty Dallas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-20/6/18

This was my first experience with this talented author and got to say this one blew me away with its fantastic world building and imaginative storyline.
I have already been checking out further titles by this particular author so much did “Liberty” impress me with its unique and original take on a future dystopian America.
The “USA” a hundred years from now is a vastly different place to what it is now; with rules put in position to help keep tight control of the masses.
The country is kept in check with a prison system called the Underground; here crime is punished in exactly the same way for all; with incarceration in a vast beneath ground penal colony.
Man, woman or child; Murder or stealing; this is where you end up if you’ve broken the law.
Or been born to a parent who has committed such a crime.
Thrown underground or just born into a nightmare of darkness; here the inmates themselves are the Kings and Queens of this insane system; No way out once in; you’re a guest of the Underground till the end of your known days; however long or short that lifespan might be.
The rebels; a breakoff army faction who disagreed with the current government’s stance and harsh position on crime.
staged a breakout of all the perceived innocents thrown or born into this corrupt government system.
liberating them from there underground prison sentences and shipping them off into secret compounds across the country.
Assisting them to heal and recover from the trauma they have been cruelly exposed to; some from birth, these places have become almost places of regrowth and hope.
This is the tale of one such fugitive safety net, aptly named “Liberty” and the events that escalate here when it borders are breached by an outside force intent on destroying all that “Liberty means and stands for.
This is a spin-off story; set in the already fictional world of “When Nothing Is All You’ve Got” but can definitely be read as a standalone no problem at all.
Got to say though that I enjoyed this so much I will definitely be reading the original novel that this addictive tale evolved from.
Events here are told from dual POV; Grace and Ink; two of Liberty’s inhabitants and I really did adore so much the overall dynamic portrayed here between these two individuals.
Ink is a Rebel fighter; in Liberty to head up protection and defence for the colony; Grace or Gracie as Ink calls her is one of the liberated Underground Inmates; thrown in there at Twelve after accidentally killing her stepfather.
With an already established relationship of friendship here, it was just so easy to get lost in the easy rapport between these two; even despite some initial misunderstandings that were mainly the fault of Ink and his sheer stubbornness and total man-brain moments.
So; Ink and Gracie really do come into there own when they need to collaborate together to save there home and rid their borders of these unwanted invaders.
“Liberty was such a gripping and raw experience; with some truly reprehensible actions and characters throughout.
There was pure evil in some of the people here and this certainly didn’t pull its punches; like not one little bit at all.
Do Prepare yourself as this book shows you the depths of human depravity and Wickedness and what we as a race can be capable off when the rules are dispensed with; How far we can actually sink when we throw our common decency and morality out that window.
But it also reflects back at us; just how far we can push back for the people we care about and love; how strong a community can be when they stand as one but also how one rotten apple can topple the barrel; Liberty had its own Trojan Horse within its walls just like the famous Troy itself.
There were just so many fabulous diverse characters in Liberty; too many to actually mention and give them all the justice they so deserve.
I honestly never truly knew what was coming or what some peoples involvement or actual agendas entailed; this author had some seriously spellbinding story weaving Skills that I truly did appreciate.
It’s was like a superpower all of its own making.
Rather than just concentrating solely on the romance “Liberty” I found to be much more story and action focused; The romantic elements were all there They were just more of a secondary factor to the whole entire experience.
I also loved how strong and kickass a female Gracie was; It was also refreshing to see Ink try and allow her to be herself and trust in her abilities even when it made him feel uncomfortable to not be in complete control of events and their actual outcomes.
So before I go I’ve got something small to add on; there was a situation here that after I had reassessed my original thoughts; I was so ashamed of myself for being so blind and heartless to the whole event.
It’s an actual Trespass no matter how you look at it; just wanted to get that out there.
I’m just so glad that certain individuals here had compassion once they had the complete picture, and treated all concerned in the correct manner.
So just a brief trigger warning before I depart; “Liberty” contains very dark themes you have been warned.
But still saying that; I can not recommend this story enough it was one hell of a read That I couldn’t put down.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Liberty” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) / Victoria Renteria /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-5th June 2018
Genre-Paranormal Crime Suspense
Kindle Edition-316 Pages

Colton Monroe was born with a gift: the extraordinary ability to bend time. A tragic incident in his youth compelled him into seclusion, forcing him to hide amongst the shadows—an outcast from society. Eventually, a driving need to alleviate his suffering draws him out of his self-imposed isolation. Embracing his unique power, he turns his talent into a profitable business . . . until the day the Chaumont police department recruit him in their search for a missing person.

Colton endeavours to aid the police, scouring the area for clues, searching for any signs of the missing girl, only to continually come up empty-handed. With only his gift to guide him, Colton is left to solve the riddle of Lana Turner’s disappearance on his own. But when things go awry and she begins to invade Colton’s dreams, an inexplicable sense of urgency pushes him to his limits.

In a deadly race against time, Colton will face challenges from both this life and the next. As the clock winds down, only one question remains: Will he find her in time, or is she destined for the afterlife?

 

 

Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)

Beyond The Pain by Victoria Renteria
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-5/6/18

I absolutely bloody adored Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) like just so much it’s unreal.
So. this was a bit of a genre switch for myself and while I do read the occasional Crime mystery this one was in a class all of its own.
It had a Mystery Crime Sleuth vibe to it; also accompanied by a huge splash of the Paranormal.
So it has been a while since I indulged in this particular cross-genre and In my opinion, this was an excellent book to get back on the horse with.
It Drew me in straight from the very beginning; teasing my senses with its intriguing agenda and surprising even myself with how fast I could devour a book.
“Beyond The Pain” tells the tale of Colton Monroe a gifted but troubled psychic; almost a pariah in his small town because of his strange abilities and unwanted gifts.
When a local girl “Lana Turner” goes missing Colton’s astounding abilities are called into play.
Working with a detective on the Chaumont police department payroll Colton employs all his varied talents to help bring Lana back home to her family.
Calling on depths of strength he was unaware he had; Colton is not only saving himself but also beginning a journey of discovery; (his destiny even) and once on this particular path; he will be committed to the destination; wherever it may lead him.
So this was so good; I especially adored the banter between our two main characters.
The back and fourthness of there repertoire was so amusing and brought a smile to my face often.
There was also such hidden depths to many of the characters portrayed here; Carlton especially was very proficient at hiding his inner turmoil and feelings; portraying an almost confidence and togetherness he was so far from actually feeling.
Using this mask as a shield to protect himself from the outside world Carlton has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.
There is still so much left to discover here; question and answers to be asked and fulfilled and I am so invested in the next leg of this addictive new series.
This was the first book in this series and I’m so interested in seeing where this is eventually going to proceed.
With all the reveals and revelations we were treated to here in “Beyond The Pain” its certainly going to be an interesting and informative ride.
This is one story that gets my wholehearted seal of approval; It was such a great read that kept me guessing throughout.
Oh and I should just mention this is not a romance it’s more of a supernatural crime Mystery.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Red Ledger: Part 1 / Meredith Wild /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-Dark Romantic Suspense
Publisher-Waterhouse Press
Kindle Edition-116 Pages

 

He’s death for hire… 

Some people measure life in hours. Days. Weeks. I measure mine in kills. A covert military mission gone wrong robbed me of my memory and any link to my past. This is my existence now. I execute and survive. Nothing more, nothing less. I was ready to write Isabel Foster’s name in my ledger of unfortunate souls until she uttered the one word that could stop the bullet meant for her. My name. 

She knows my face. She knows me. She’s the key to the memories I’m not sure I want back. Now nothing is simple. I still have a job to do, and my soul isn’t worth saving. I’m not the man she thinks I am. I can’t love her. And sparing her life puts us both in the crosshairs. 

 

The Red Ledger: Part 1 by Meredith Wild
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-21/5/18

Meredith Wild was a new author for me so I was going in blind here.
And for such a short read “The Red Ledger” was surprisingly packed full of twists and turns from start to finish.
there was never a dull moment here and the initial blurb for this didn’t disappoint; so many are less than what is described and built up.
So this delivered on its promise and definitely left me wanting much more, and with so many questions left unanswered, I am really looking forward to devouring the next piece.
Still, Have no clue why Isobel Foster has been targeted by persons unknown; discluding the obvious of course of her father’s job.
And also still a trifle bemused how Isobel’s lost love Tristan ended up with the contract for her ultimate demise.
And this shadowy organisation Tristan is now contracted to; that has now placed a bounty on both there heads.
Who is Jay? And what does she hope to achieve here?
Because I’m damn sure there more to her agenda than she is actually disclosing.
I’m hoping all these questions and more will finally get answered in the next instalment; can’t wait.
This was such a fascinating read and the only thing that pulled it down slightly for me was I wasn’t entirely convinced at how swiftly Tristan went from cold to caring in regards to Isobel.
Despite that slight nitpick this is one that I highly recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “The Red Ledger: (Part 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Legacy of Succession / Anna Edwards /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-22nd May
Genre-Dark contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-270 Pages

“Welcome, ladies, the next few weeks will decide your future. But before all that, let me introduce you to my son, Nicholas. To one of you, he’ll be a future husband. To the rest, a nightmare who will haunt your dreams for whatever time you have left.”

Victoria, born into a life of luxury, is about to discover that this will cost her a chance of freedom. She’s been hidden away to protect her virtue. Will the sheltered life leave her struggling in upcoming trials?

Nicholas is the son of a Duke. He’ll inherit the title on his thirtieth birthday. He’s been prepared for this moment all his life, but he didn’t count on falling for one of the girls he has to torture to choose a bride.

The ‘Legacy of Succession’ is a dark romance set in a corrupted aristocratic family. Nicholas is arrogant and driven; Victoria is the chaste rich girl. Together, can they free themselves of a society intent on corruption and inflicting pain that’ll destroy more than just their lives?

Let’s build a better world together rather than just extinguish the fires of hate. 
Legacy of Succession

Legacy of Succession by Anna Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW.
Release Date-22/5/18

I was in a bit of a quandary with “Legacy Of Succession” because as much as I devoured this in one sitting; I also hated it as much as I loved it.
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I read some extremely dark depraved fiction; but for some reason, this story actually made me feel very uncomfortable and itchy at times within my own skin.
I think maybe it was because it was some kind of psychological as well as physical torture and centre stage of this freak show stood Nicholas, the future Duke and supposed hero of the hour.
I could never quite get my head around how he could participate; his good reasons aside; in the abuse and mishandling of these poor unfortunate women.
I did get his reasonings; but to me, they really didn’t make that much sense; blaming Victoria for not just accepting her fate blindly; so he could then save her; by choosing her; was frankly insulting to the poor girl.
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Especially as she had no idea going in what she had been preparing for all these many years.
Victoria didn’t have the luxury of hindsight; unlike Nicholas; no matter how abhorrent he found the circumstances he was now in; he had been groomed for his role and station from a young age;

“You may have known you would become a monster, but I had no idea I would become your victim.”

The callous disregard for the collateral damage traumatised and broken along the way.
People are not disposable even when held to a much higher purpose.
It’s that age-old argument; kill a few to save the many.
And I stand firmly in Victoria’s court here.
So I did actually struggle with the actions of Nicholas; no matter how much he later redeemed himself; I couldn’t quite let go of his previous participation in the depraved antics of the society he had been born into.
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Bit of a dilemma for me that one; one that I had a slight issue overcoming.
Victoria; Oh my I adored this girl; sheltered and cosseted behind a persona of privilege and wealth.
She is everything enviable to those that would covet her position.
But the reality of her life is really just a gilded cage, and when Victoria discovers what she has been moving towards her entire life; well let’s just say this girl is not prepared to lay down the good fight.
Fiesty, opinionated and stubborn shes going to fight her fate till the bitter end; taking down any enemies that stand before her savagely.
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On the one hand, I was worried for her ultimate safety here; but on the other, I was screaming.
YOU GO, GIRL, kick them where it hurts!!!! extremely vocally from the sidelines.
She was one strong girl that was determined not to accept her fate meekly.
“Legacy Of Succession” was told in dual POV and seems to be the start of a new series.
I am very much interested in reading The next story as it involves Nicholas’s autistic brother; William.
A subject very much close to my heart as my own son is on the spectrum himself.
As a character, I really adored William and can’t wait to read more about him and his life.
There was also a variety of diverse secondary characters here; the majority were evil personified.
I can count on my own hands the people here; that were worth something significant in value.
and that number never went into double figures; that’s for sure.
Got to say “Legacy of Succession was certainly chocked full of truly reprehensible individuals.
So moving on, this was a story I raced through; in some ways, I was worried to put it down in case I was to chicken to pick it back up; so I finished in one readathon sitting.
Please do be aware, before starting this; that this book deals with some extremely dark situations.
If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid; you have been warned.
If you like a walk on the dark side occasionally; then this one should tick all your boxes.
I ummed and awed as I said previously, but this was so well written and addictive I decided to push with my gut and go with a higher rating; despite my ill-ease at times within this narrative.
This is a story that definitely pushes your boundaries to the extreme.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Legacy Of succession” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Merciless / Willow Winters /

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💔ARC BOOK REVIEW💔

Release Date-11th May 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-310 Pages

From USA Today bestselling author W Winters comes a heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat gripping, romantic suspense.

I should’ve known she would ruin me the moment I saw her. 
Women like her are made to destroy men like me. 
I couldn’t resist her though. 
Given to me to start a war; I was too eager to accept. 

But I didn’t know what she’d do to me. That she would change everything. 
She sees through me in a way no one else ever has. 
Her innocence and vulnerability make me weak for her and I hate it.
I know better than to give in to temptation.

A ruthless man doesn’t let a soul close to him.
A cold-hearted man doesn’t risk anything for anyone.
A powerful man with a beautiful woman at his mercy… he doesn’t fall for her

Merciless

Merciless by Willow Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-15/5/18

I really enjoyed “Merciless” Willow Winters new book and while at times I did wonder about the reasons behind Carter’s cold and calculated facade; and his abysmal treatment of his enemy’s daughter Aria; It was not enough to bother me and turn me away from this intriguing piece of fiction.
So after having, Aria delivered for his own personal obscure reasonings.
Carter sets out to break her to his will and I’m not exactly sure why.
There a lot of mystery surrounding his internal thought process; even when we are are listening to things from his POV.
It’s almost like Carter is the only one fully aware of the intricacies of his mental reasonings.
I mean locking her up in that cell with the barest of necessities does seem a trifle overkill in my opinion.
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I’m also not fully sure why he wants Aria to Kneel and obey him so much; other than the obvious of course.
And there were almost times when it seemed to me that Carter believes he is actually saving her.
I can only surmise; From her family’s ultimate fate.
There are some clues to a shared past as well, but mainly at this moment, everything seems to be clouded in a mist of obscurity.
I’m assuming Carter has his reasons for his heinous behaviour and we will eventually be let in on his full agenda in the next book.
Fingers crossed there.
Aria herself, well I just felt really sorry for the poor girl.
What a crock of crap shes inherited just by the accident of her birth.
The daughter shall pay for the fathers sins is a very apt observation here.
Aria has definitely gone into survival mode and has formed an unhealthy attachment to her Jailor Carter, but Carter ultimately is her heaven as well as her hell.
Her downfall but also her salvation.
And I’ve got to admit I’m partial to a bit of stockholmy type behaviour; its a secret weakness of mine; so I was quids in here.
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“Merciless” was fast-paced and easily kept my attention.
It was dual POV and had minimal secondary characters.
Mainly just Daniel and Jace; Carters Brothers.
there was no OM or OW drama and it had just the correct balance of intimacy while still focusing heavily on its addictive storyline.
So I was rocking along nicely at a four-star rating then.
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That bloody finale, what a finish folks.
That ending nicely catapulted this up into a different hemisphere totally.
Making what was for me a great read into a fantastic one.
Can’t say how much I adored it.
So, in conclusion, this was a really enjoyable read and I so can’t wait to read the next instalment here.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Merciless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4) / Maddie Taylor /

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Release Date-3rd May 2018
Publisher-Breathless Romance
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-311 Pages

One look and he stirs something deep within her.
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul.

She has a mission.
He has a duty.

He is her captor.
She is his destiny.

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming they’re happily forever after?

 

 

Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4)

 

Defying the General by Maddie Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-3/5/18

So doing my usual trick of reading things backwards I started ” Defying The General”.
And all-though I would probably suggest a smoother experience reading this from the start of the series.
This can be read in my opinion as a stand-alone as all the components are there and it does explain things fully.
So this runs parallel with previous instalments and right from the get-go I was hooked.
And apart from the prologue that initially confused me (until events were eventually clarified).
I found this super easy to follow and get lost in.
This had such likeable characters, great imagination and fantastic world building.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a goner for anything alien and though these ET’s were very human looking I forgave that on account of there barbarian chest beating masculinity.
You’d be like a kid in a sweet shop here with all this male yumminess and testosterone even with all the spanking and dominance shit.
I so wouldn’t mind complying for the luscious General Trask, just saying.
Trask was lovely a bit archaic in his views on the opposite sex but I forgave him as this was the Primarian way.
Lana was also a sweetie, a trifle simple in her belief system and easily manipulated but she was also harmless and most importantly she was kind.
She made stupid decisions, but at heart, her reasonings were sound and were done for what she perceived as good so that made it more understandable.

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Lana would definitely be the sort of girl that would do the obviously stupid crap in a horror movie that would so get her killed.

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You know, the one you’d be screaming at your TV screen too.
NO DON’T DO IT!!!

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I really did enjoy “Defying The General” so much more than I was initially expecting.
I was transfixed throughout.
I ummed and Awed over my rating with this, whether to give this a four or a five star.
I eventually went with a five as though I had some slight niggles this kept my attention from start to finish and was one I couldn’t put down.
“Defying The General” was told In dual POV and was a fabulous addition to its genre.
If you like your sci-fi romance give this series a go, it is an action-packed sexy ride with a surprisingly deep romance (despite the initial insta-love) at its centre.
I absolutely adored “Defying The General”.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Defying The General” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Crime, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Fools Rush In / Lilliana Anderson /

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Release Date-30th April
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-242 Pages

Before Sam, I was the most boring, awkward and level-headed person you’ve ever met. I was my best friend’s side-kick, the supporting actress to another person’s life. And I was OK like that.
I was lonely.
But I was OK.
Then I met Sam. Our eyes locked and BANG my heart started beating. As my blood warmed and pumped around my body, everything changed. Before that moment, I had been as dead inside as the stiffs I applied make-up to in the mortuary. Now I was alive, experiencing things for the first time, enamoured with a man I knew to be a criminal.
Instead of running and remaining the good Catholic girl I was, I married him.
Now I have to live with the consequences of that decision.

 

 

Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In by Lilliana Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/4/18

Well well well,
what a little gem this was, one that I really did enjoy.
“Fools Rush In” had such a unique way of relaying itself, one that I really loved.
Managing to deliver on its promise even though the relationship between Sam and Alesha wasn’t at all angsty.
In fact, I still found this to have an abundance of humour and side drama that pulled it screaming into the forefront, making it definitely stand out in its genre.
I was rooting all the way for Sam and Alesha, they were such a great duo and neither made any apologies for there choices in life, it was just like this is how it is, deal with it, dude.
I felt Sam was so real, not a cardboard caricature of a supposed thief, but so vital and vibrant.
He lived by his own set of rules and morals, in fact, the whole family did and Alesha despite her strict upbringing thrived in this new world.
Finding a true family she never realised she was seeking.
She proved herself very quickly because of her desire to really just belong somewhere and just be accepted for herself.
I didn’t even mind the Virgin trope with this, It usually bugs me to hell but here It just seemed to fit the mould and be believable.
I loved the fact that people here were redeemable, shades of grey, neither good or bad, such a very refreshing concept.
I also really felt Alesha’s inner turmoil as she seemed to be standing in the shadow of her friend.
Being a people pleaser at times myself I found her such a relatable individual.
I also really felt myself identifying with her internal angst as well.
Not having read Nate and Holland’s story I felt this gave me a completely fresh perspective on the overall dynamic overshadowing this whole entire family.
This left such an impression on me that I will definitely be reading that previous book now.
So This was almost like a reverse romance where everything seemed to happen backwards with the marriage coming first.
A very different take and on the whole falling for each other thing.
This was also surprisingly humorous at times and I adored the twins one-liners they were such classics.
“Fools Rush In” in my opinion was ultimately at its heart about family and what we will all do to just belong or ultimately just supporting one another with our whole entire beings, for no other reason than its family and that’s what you do.
It found this such a surprisingly heartwarming read.
This really was such a great book that I can’t recommend to you enough.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Fools Rush In” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / In The Darkness (Project Artemis #1) K.M. Scott & Anina Collins /

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Release Date-24th April 2018
Genre-romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition

A new romantic suspense series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K.M. Scott and Anina Collins!

Persephone Gilmore comes from a life of privilege. The oldest daughter of media mogul Marshall Gilmore, she grew up wanting for nothing. But her father taught her more than just how to make billions, and even though she could sit by the pool and eat bon bons every day for the rest of her life, she chooses to work as an ER nurse and live on her own away from the family estate and her father’s security.

Then one night, those choices come back to haunt her.

Nick Hanson hasn’t been truly happy since he left the FBI. Life as a hired gun for wealthy clients has paid well and made him very much in demand, but it isn’t the same as the life he used to have. When Marshall Gilmore wants to hire him to rescue his daughter after she’s taken hostage by a terrorist group, he agrees, but to save her, he’ll have to go undercover and become one of them. It’s dangerous work, but he knows what to expect and he’s never been one to turn down a challenge.

What starts out as just another case turns into something much more, and Nick finds out just how much he’s willing to do to save Persephone.

 

 

In The Darkness by K.M. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-24/4/18

So this was my first experience with this author and I am pleased to say I really enjoyed this first book in the “Project Artemis” series.
I found “Into The Darkness” to be really fast paced and you were immersed into the action right from the get-go.
The two main characters here were great, liked them both very much.
Persephone was a strong woman, totally unspoiled by her silver spoon upbringing.
I’m not quite sure how correct that would be in real-life but for the basis of this story, it was something I ultimately adored most about her.
The male lead Nick was also a really relatable individual and I liked him equally as much.
It was really great to see the relationship develop slowly between Persephone and Nick as they each realise they only have each other to rely on in this dangerous situation.
“In the Darkness” set itself up for future books in this series really nicely.
I am so looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
My only slight issues here (which is the main reason I removed a star) was I felt to much time was spent setting the scene for future stories.
I would have prefered the spotlight ultimately to remain more on our two lovers and less on future events.
I do understand why this was needed though.
My second slight peeve was I wasn’t a great fan of a certain scene between Persophone and Nick.
I didn’t think it added anything special to the storyline and was just there ultimately for overall shock value.
And lastly, I’m not sure why everyone was bandying Stockholm syndrome around?
Correct me if I am wrong but Stockholm is all about falling for your captor, well technically Nick was Persphones White Knight/rescuer, not her Jailor so Stockholm should never be in the equation DUH!!!

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Unless I’m ultimately missing something there.
So that’s it, folks.
Its been a while since I have read a good romantic suspense and this one ticked all my boxes.
This was a great read that I recommend giving it a go.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “In The Darkness (Project Artemis #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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