Contemporary, psychological thriller, Reviews

/ Arc Book Review / My Husband’s Lies / Caroline England /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-17th May 2018
Publisher-Avon Books UK
Genre-Psychological Fiction
Kindle Edition-384 Pages

 

‘I was gripped immediately – perfect for fans of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins’ KATERINA DIAMOND, author of THE TEACHER

Known since school as ‘The A Team,’ Nick, Dan, Jen and Will have been best friends for years. But now they’re older, and their bond is stretched by partners, children, and the tightening net of secrets that are threatening to emerge.

On the morning of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their friend Penny is found poised on the hotel window ledge, soaking wet and ready to jump. As the A Team rally around her, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think they are…

Why does Will look at Jen’s daughter so strangely? What is Dan really doing on his long lunch breaks? And what is the real reason that Penny was found on that ledge?

Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is the second domestic noir from Caroline England, perfect for fans of C. L . Taylor and Apple Tree Yard.

 

My Husband’s Lies

My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This one for me wasn’t really my bag at all.
It was also filled with some truly awful individuals that I had great trouble feeling any sympathy for whatsoever.
I mean there were some normal ones as well but I have never seen so many selfish peeps all in one book.
I was frankly for the most part quite bored throughout and I only actually kept reading here because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop; newsflash it didn’t.
I also found it quite hard going keeping the whole cast here straight in my head, it got quite confusing separating the characters as there were just so many of them to contend with.
This had actually quite a lot going on here hence me hoping there was going to be an upward tilt at some point.
At Its heart “My Husbands Lies” was for me a book about relationships and the tangled threads they can weave.
We deal here with the repercussions of these secrets, hidden attractions and downright deceitfulness, throw in some mental illness and its really just a cauldron of catastrophe waiting to explode dramatically.
And it does; though got to say when things finally reached their momentum here I was actually passed caring.
That shocking finale for me actually felt slightly anti-climatic in nature and I could see it coming a mile off.
On a side-note, I do think more could have been made with the Mother/Not my mother storyline I was disappointed that this was not expanded on and explored more fully.
So on reflection, as much as I wish otherwise this one wasn’t quite to my taste; maybe it will be more to yours.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “My Husbands Lies” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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

/ ARC Book Review / Sworn (Blood Duet, #1) / Maria Luis /

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🌾ARC BOOK REVIEW🌾

Release Date-17th May 2018
Publisher-Alkmini Books, LLC
Genre- Romantic Suspense.
Kindle Edition

I bow to no man. 

The words are tattooed on my skin, just as they’re branded on my heart.

But I never planned for Sergeant Lincoln Asher, a man as deceptive as he is cold. His dominance sets my teeth on edge . . . and my body on fire. He won’t stop until I’m his, but I’m not his to take. 

My secrets bind me—and blind me. 

I live in the shadows of New Orleans. Hidden and protected in the underworld I call home. I know who I am.

I vow never to kneel before a man…

Save one.

And he will be my downfall.

Sworn (Blood Duet, #1)

Sworn by Maria Luis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“Sworn” by Maria Luis was such a good read it was also the first thing I’ve read by this particular author.
From the minute I started this I was transfixed and transported into the fascinating world of Avery and Lincoln.
Set against the decadent background of New Orleans; we are swiftly immersed into this rich tapestry of secrets and lies.
“Sworn” features Lincoln and Avery; the former a cop and the latter a tarot reading runner just trying to live her life whilst also staying under the radar.
Hiding really; in plain sight.
When these two finally connect sparks do fly, but with both hiding so much from each other and also drowning in undisclosed information how can it ultimately work between them both.
Well, I for one couldn’t wait to find out.
And got to say this was just so good.
like seriously couldn’t put it down good; the chemistry between our H and h was rocking and really hot and the storyline here was just action-packed with never a dull moment throughout.
And that ending MAN!!!!
what a cliffhanger; I for one can’t wait to discover the outcome from where we left it here.
Good job I don’t have to wait too long ay.
So this is told in dual POV and is relatively low on centre stage secondary characters.
There’s really only Katie; Avery’s best-mate/roomie, who I really adored by the way.
It’s an easy to follow, well-written piece of fiction that definitely gets the stamp of approval from me.
This is one of them stories that just grabs you by the throat and digs in.
I need the next instalment of this like yesterday.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Sworn (Blood Duet, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Blood and Secrets (The Calvetti Family) / Rose Harper /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-1st May 2018
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Publisher-Rose Publishing
Kindle Edition

Take a walk on the wild side with Blood and Secrets. Lovers of Meghan March’s Mount series, Amo Jones’ Devils Own Series and The Elite Kings Club, and Tillie Cole’s Scared Souls series will lose themselves in this story of all-consuming passion, vengeance, and dark dealings.

Don’t miss the first instalment in a deliciously, seductive new series from author Rose Harper.

I’m dangerous. Calculated. Bloodthirsty.
The perfect motherfucking trifecta of crazy.

The name’s Mateo Calvetti, and Brooklyn belongs to me.
My reach knows no bounds, and I always get what I want.
Including the little gem currently twisting my insides.

She’s been promised to me since birth.
Nothing anyone says will change that.
She will be mine, whether she wants it or not.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Fuck, I may even keep her.

Yet, something comes to light I never expected in my wildest dreams.
Blood, secrets, and lies all fall around my feet.
Carina Ricci isn’t what she claims to be.
It appears she’s just as fucked up as me.

Come on, baby, let’s make them scream.
Let’s show them what happens when you anger a King and his Queen.

This is volume 1 in Blood and Secrets, and is not suitable for anyone under 18. Some portions of this will be hard to read, so be warned before continuing onward. If you do decide to read, Blood and Secrets #1, just remember: The author is not responsible for any kindle’s being set ablaze from the raw passion and heated moments between a king and his queen.

 

 

Blood and Secrets by Rose Harper
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Release Date-1/5/18

So I struggled a fair bit with Blood and Secrets (The Calvetti Family) hence my lower star rating.
On reflection, I’m not really convinced the blurb here reflected the overall content contained in this book.
And while on paper this actually looked like a good fit for me, in reality, this was so not the case.
there were some major red flags with this book that had I known beforehand I would have avoided like the plague.
In particular the mistress Camille and also Mateo’s blatant disregard and disrespect for his future wife’s feelings or even her reputation for that matter.
To allow his mistress to basically look down her nose at his future wife the way she did, well it absolutely boiled my blood.
I was ready to rip them both a new one I was that livid and annoyed with there contemptuous antics.
I also really disliked Mateo like detested him a lot.
He was such an arrogant dick who really needed taking down a peg or two.
I detested his holier than thou attitude.
It was like he thought he was the only one that mattered and talk about a god complex with an over-inflated ego what a douchebag.
And the way he treated Carina and referred to her as a slit, in my opinion, was just abysmal.
So, This really got to me and I had to force myself to keep reading because I was just so darn uncomfortable with the storyline.
Despite the above, I have still given this two stars as occasionally there were instances that had me intrigued against my better judgment.
I just thought ultimately this could have been executed a lot better than It was.
This wasn’t badly written just not my bag at all.
I won’t be reading the next instalment basically for the above reason that this was just a bad fit that blind-sided me as It was totally unprepared for it.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Blood And Secrets (The Calvetti Family)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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

/ ARC Book Review / Sinister Love (Dark Intentions, #2) / T.L. Smith /

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🦋ARC BOOK REVIEW🦋

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

He was a drug I couldn’t kick. I’d overdosed on him before. It didn’t turn out well.
I was stupid enough to let him crack my heart, in hopes we would fall off the same cliff together. 
No matter how much my idiotic heart wanted to love him, my head knew better. 
He didn’t choose me. 
He chose her. 
That’s where the problem started. 
Maybe that’s how it should end.

 

 

Sinister Love (Dark Intentions, #2)

Sinister Love by T.L. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-24/4/18

Well got, to be honest, I was dreading this book.
“Distorted Love” Broke me and as much as I wanted to finally conclude the angsty journey I originally started in that Previous volume, I was also shitting bricks that “Sinister Love” was going to finish the job that was started then.

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Never have I enjoyed a book so much but totally detested The Male hero (And he was definitely no hero)
And After the antics in the previous volume, I started this with an initial sense of dread and a well lets get this over with attitude, I just needed some closure.
This was, thank god, not as angsty as the first book.
And though Ryken eventually came to his senses and decided where his loyalties lay
I hold a grudge, and I just couldn’t make myself forgive him for what he had previously done.
I found myself, still wanting to stick him with sharp objects in retaliation for his previous selfish and self-serving actions.

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I still enjoyed this very much but got to say nothing can, for me, justify a man who plays two women off against each other.
Especially when it’s For his own weirdly obscure reasonings, that makes absolutely no sense to anyone but him.
Just be a man and choose, stop selfishly playing with the lives of others.
it says a lot about me that the collecting of girls and murder was something I can overlook but the emotional and physical betrayal, I’m struggling with here.

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So glad this is over I so needed the closure and this was such a bittersweet read.
I was also suitably shocked when the identity of the traitor finally emerges and the reasons why.
Didn’t see that one coming.
So this was a good read that manages to nicely cross the T’s and dot the I’s.
It did a great job of collecting and tying up all the loose ends into a nice tidy package.
I am happy to recommend this duo as a fab read, but be aware it’s an angst-filled ride.
So Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Sinister Love” (Dark Intentions #2) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

Trophy Wife (The Dumont Diaries 0.5-5) by Alessandra Torre

Release date-April 15th 2017
Publisher-Select Publishing
Genre-Contemporary Erotic Romance
Kindle Edition- 258 pages

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. That’s what happens when you develop half a town and sleep with the rest.
Four years ago, his fiancee disappeared.
Last night, he proposed to me.

I had wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.

Maybe I should have done my homework first.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MMM, this is a hard one, on the one hand, I very much enjoyed Trophy Wife and on the other, there was some real no no’s that totally turn me off when it comes to erotic fiction.
This is the main reason I’ve marked it down in my ratings.
Now obviously what sinks my ship may float your boat and more, we are all different and you may find my reasons don’t bother you at all.
Now there are gonna be some teeny spoilers ahead as It’s major unavoidable if I am going to explain why I’ve marked this down.
My major hard limit
CHEATING!!!!!
and not only cheating, the fact that no one’s really bothered and I know this may seem a bit boring, but I like my Lover & Lovee to save the honey for each other, no excuses, no we were on a break and definitely no contact of any kind whatsoever, no exceptions and that means kissing also.
Why you might ask.
BECAUSE THERE MEANT TO BE BLOODY IN LOVE!!!!!!
or getting there at least and I’m a die hard romantic like that.
So yes no bodily contact with others while still being as filthy as downright sin is the flavour I like to see in my reading.
So, of course, this is where Trophy Wife let me down a bit, I maybe could have overlooked this if either Nathan or Candy had got their knickers in a twist diva style or something to that effect, but no let’s brush it under the carpet like it never happened, and yes it’s still cheating in my book when he takes his ex-girlfriend back and sleeps with her while still being married to Candy.
So the poor boy needed to get his leg over with his ex to decide he’s in love with his wife geez!!
What happened did a shag unlock his brain.
And I do know that Candy is not exactly innocent either, They both behaved like a pair of absolute bloody pillocks in my opinion.
The second thing I had an issue with was the car incident. I have nothing against voyeurism at all but when Nathan gets candy to perform a certain service for his business associate and calls her a derogatory name in front of him well this wasn’t hot or sexy one iota I was cringing in shame for the poor girl, awful behaviour.
The third and final thing and it may seem a tad silly but it’s the name CANDY!!!
I hate it, it sounds like a stereotypical strippers name, which I know Candy is, but couldn’t the poor girl have had something more sophisticated than Candy.
Despite my above bugbears, I really did like the rest of this book. It was mucky as hell and hot hot hot.
The story flowed brilliantly and I especially loved seeing the inner thoughts of both Candy & Nathan.
I feel that we needed to see inside Nathan’s head as well as if I hadn’t I don’t know if I could have warmed to him at all.
He was such a dominant man, his vulnerability was so well hidden that it was his musings inside is own head that showed he had a softer side.
Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre gets a three & half from me a great read with some issues that for me are just personal preferences.
You they might not affect at all.
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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

Eternity (Descendants of Ra #1) by Tmonique Stephens

Release Date-August 29th 2012
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-332 pages

Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is their only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.

A late night walk home throws Stella into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter? She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eternity-Descendants of Ra is the first book I have read by this author. On reading the blurb I noticed that this had a very interesting unique plot-line, this is what initially drew me to this piece of writing along with the heavy Egyptian influence Eternity seemed to offer me, I am so a sucker for anything to do with Egyptian mythology.
This book for me was a mixture of contrasts, some parts I loved, others not so much. I still overall enjoyed the experience and definitely want to read the next installment in the series there were just some niggling personal preferences I found hard to reconcile with that I think let it down slightly.
Let’s start with our main characters- Stella, I didn’t find her that easy to connect with initially and I’m not actually sure why, maybe it’s because I found her a bit bland and one-dimensional, forgettable( not counting the opening scene that is, that was way intense ) she did start to grow on me more as the story commenced luckily.
I am also very skeptical that Stella thinks she can identify her assailant just from the shade of his eyes when he was wearing a balaclava, that’s just insanely far-fetched in my opinion.
But all this aside Our Stella did become more interesting the further on Eternity progressed and I did find myself liking her especially with all the weird crap being thrown her way, MAN!!!! give the poor girl a break.
Now Roman, at first I really liked him and felt quite an immense dollop of sympathy for our heart wrenched immortal. poor man, aw, must be awful to keep losing his beloved over and over again.
AND THEN HE HAD TO SPOIL IT ALL!!!!
What the freaken hell was he playing at Romancing and seducing Stella when he still had a fiance (Oh Bianca of the massive rock on her finger) when he hadn’t had the TALK!!! with her poor girl, it wasn’t her fault Roman was only marrying her because he felt lonely perhaps he should have enlighted Bianca of that selfish man.
the other main person we see so much of is Daniel. he is one of Romans progenies who he has raised and brought into his family almost like a beloved a son. He is also the killer that attacked Stella at the beginning.He is massively jealous of his savior and this, in turn, has somehow turned him bitter and evil. WHY ? I don’t get it I was often jealous of my siblings growing up it didn’t turn me into a killer lol seems extreme.
There were other secondary characters the plot had on the sidelines but these three Stella, Roman and Daniel are the main go to guys.
so in summary for me, we have,
good points – Fast-paced storyline, well written, Egyptian influence, immortal hottie.
Bad points- cheating douche bag, indecisive hero and by this I mean yes I want to do you, nooo I don’t go away, come back, nooo. GGGRRR make up your mind rebound Roman.
Ungrateful evil pleb (who’s been given everything) of a relative (I still don’t get it )
I was also a teeny bit confused about what happened to Bianca the now ex-fiance, after the maze incident nobody seems to mention her again, where is the girl, wait I think Stella asked after her at the hospital and was told she was now an ex-fiance, what the heck!!!! surely she was a bit freaked out after Daniels show and tell, what was she told? where is she now?
this was an enjoyable read, with an HEA and a lot of room for future series growth. I think being the first of the series the plot was heading in numerous different directions and this was what made the sub-plots slightly confusing. Maybe this was why I had trouble connecting, as I was trying to keep it all straight in my head. I have tried to give my honest opinion while still being fair and this in my view is a great start to what promises to be an interesting series.
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Dark, Dystopian, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

Born to be Bound (Alpha’s Claim, #1) by Addison Cain

Release Date-April 8th 2016
Genre-Dark Erotic Romance
Kindle Edition-242 pages

Surrender is not survival.

Claire is desperate. Her once thriving city lies in ruins. The strongest of the three human dynamics, Alphas, have grown feral. Common Betas circle like vultures. The lowest in the hierarchy, rare and weak Omegas like Claire, are being destroyed. Sheltering amidst a dwindling enclave of frightened Omega women, Claire cannot provide enough to feed them all; her friends are starving.

All due to one escaped convict’s violent rise to power.

Shepherd is every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests. Despite taking every possible precaution, Claire is captured and her worst nightmare realized. Shepherd, discovering a rare Omega in his midst, claims her like a prize, forcing a pair-bond that ties her to him forever.

She fights her instincts and his will because no matter how manipulative the bond might be, she despises what he’s done to her people. If she cannot find a way to help her friends, if she cannot escape, everyone she loves will die.

Publisher’s Note: The first book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse series is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. Though situations may be interpreted as romantic, this is a story about the effect of extreme circumstances on the human psyche and the consequences of obsession—not a standard romance. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wasn’t sure what I was going to think when I started to read this book but boy in a word AMAZING!!!!. I love the whole idea of omega’s, beta’s and Alpha’s the whole concept of Heat cycle’s nesting and pair mates was so very unique. A very quick explanation of Born to be Bound is Claire an omega goes to try and secure help for her fellow omega’s from Shepherd The Head alpha in charge after the undercroft the prison system for the domed city has overtaken and toppled the city’s government.The omegas are starving and being hunted. Instead, shepherd takes Claire hostage killing ten men in the process and forcing a pair bond, when Claire goes into heat. After some drama, an escape and some very shocking action’s on shepherds part that stunned me stupid, the mate bond is damaged to an extent that leads to a shocking finale.totally get Claire’s reaction what on earth is going through that alphas head, cannot get my head round shepherds mindset is he evil or misunderstood time will tell, don’t think any amount of purring is going to get him off the hook this time, enthralling read so looking forward to book two

 

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