Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) / Cara Hunter /

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Release Date-12th July 2018
Publisher-Penguin Books
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-444 Pages

 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY’RE HIDING IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR?

 

From the author of the massive bestseller CLOSE TO HOME, comes the second pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.

No one knows who they are – the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

And that no one is as innocent as they seem. 

In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2)

In The Dark by Cara Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Really enjoyed this one; which actually surprised me because initially upon first embarking on “In The Dark” I found it a bit of a chore to get into.
In retrospect, I think it was the many POV’s that I had teething issues with, I just found it a tad difficult to separate the many characters perspectives.
Losing my way slightly and getting turned around on who was who and also whose head we were inhabiting at any given time.
It was just slightly tedious initially keeping everyone separate and straight.
So glad I persevered though as when things finally started to click into place for me “In The Dark” was pure magic.
I’m not usually one for reading crime/police drama; watching it on the old screen Yes (I love Vera, Inspector Frost and the like) reading it; not so much, but made an exception for this as it had such an intriguing premise behind it that really captured my attention.
A girl and her child imprisoned in a basement, the disappearance of a young mother that has confounded the local authorities for the last few years, having all the hallmarks of a cold case.
All connected in some form and just waiting for D.I. Fawley and his team to crack wide open.
There were so many twists and unexpected curveballs thrown here that I was in danger of getting whiplash.
I did kinda guess some of the answers here but many others were still a complete mystery.
This was so well done and so intricately woven that I was seriously super impressed.
I thought an especially great touch was the inclusion of all the officer’s everyday mundane lives.
I really appreciated this aspect of “In The Dark” and felt it really brought a human touch to the whole proceedings.
Having a window into the ordinary really gave me a sense of comradery.
Ultimately forging a much stronger individual connection with all the cast.
This was one of the better police/Crime dramas I have experienced.
In conclusion, this was a fast-paced mystery drama that I am happy to give a thumbs up to.
Thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ Arc Book Review / Escape With Me / Lisa Eugene /

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Release Date-2nd June 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-230 Pages

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Jealously was her sin
Lust was her saviour
An ordinary woman did an extraordinary thing
Stepped out of her box, and tore down the confining walls

Guilt gave her purpose,
fueled her determination to find her missing sister.
A small-town girl must learn to survive in a tough, unforgiving city
In a world of dangerous lies, dark secrets and hungry shadows

She finds an ally in an NFL superstar
A man whose sexy vitality rivals his drive to win
He’s a force to be reckoned with, a god on and off the field
But his reckless passion and damaged soul
may prove to be an even greater danger

Her love for him may only destroy her
Because in the end, can she save him?

 

 

Escape With Me

Escape With Me by Lisa Eugene
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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Well Well Well, this one was quite the little gem; so wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did.
I don’t actually read much romantic suspense as it’s not my favourite genre but so glad I gave “Escape With Me” a chance.
So this was my first book by this particular author but it certainly won’t be my last.
Told in dual POV with a from the get-go interesting premise this managed to hook my attention instantly.
Such an easy fast paced suspensful read; which was a hot as it was tense.
“Escape With Me” managed to portray just the right amount of balance between plotline and romance.
The story centres around Jody and Jason.
Jody is in the city to investigate her sister’s disappearance from the exclusive escort club “Escape”.
obtaining a job in the office under false pretences mainly so she can dig deeper into the mystery at hand; it’s not long before she realises she’s in a lot deeper than she can safely handle.
Jason is a pro football player and when he mistakes Jody for his booked Escort Vixen sparks do ignite.
But with a barrel of baggage left behind by his greedy Ex, the road to true love with these two was never going to be easy.
With dodgy happenings about and things heating up on the streets as well as between the sheets, Jason pairs up with Jody to assist her in her search and also help keep her safe; while still trying to protect his own heart in the process.
So this was a great read that was action packed throughout; the characters involved here were both likeable and believable.
The side-cast was also fantastic adding an extra layer to the proceedings and just when I thought I had all the answers I quickly realised that was not actually the case at all.
Some stuff I did guess but other bits completely shocked my socks off.
This was by no means predictable and definitely kept me guessing.
this would have been a full house from me but unfortunately, I disliked the ending; I thought Jason got off much too lightly and Jody should really have made the lad squirm.
I also didn’t like how he didn’t come to Jody’s defence against his manager, that well annoyed me.
And finally how much importance he gave to his crappy biotch of an Ex letting her actions impact his life with a girl who had never been anything but lovely to him.
That peed me off the most if I’m being honest here.
But despite the above, the rest of this was grand for me and a fantastic read.
This is such a fabulous addition to its genre that I’m happy to give a thumbs up to.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Escape With Me” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2) / Chelsea Camaron /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-26th July 2018
Publisher-Carolina Dreams Publishing
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-139 Pages

 

The fork in the road in front of me screamed go right … 

Giano gave me life.
I gave him death.

The path to peace inside of me was covered in his blood.

Could I ever believe in love again?

Instead of going right, though, I veered left into the depths of a world unknown.

*This is a romantic thriller and is best read after Stay (Love in the Dark 1). Due to triggers and graphic violence, it is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.*

Series order: 
Stay 
Seeking Solace 
Reclaiming Me

Seeking Solace: Angelina's Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2)

 

Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration by Chelsea Camaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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So this is the second book in the Love in the Dark series and while I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as its predecessor it still certainly packed a massive punch leaving me reeling with that cliffhanger finale.
This carries on almost instantly after the events of “Stay” and after the shocking finale we were given there understandably Fallyn/Angelina is deep down in a hole of darkness and despair with a life-altering desition straight ahead of her.
Does she reclaim her old life or follow Her Strangers wishes embracing her identity as Angelina.
With the help of her Uncle Zo-Zo Angelina embarks on a whole new pathway leaving her old life behind for fresh new shores and college living.
At first, struggling and feeling adrift without her Giano; Angelina struggles against the tide with feelings of loneliness and isolation almost adrift without a familiar anchor.
But there is one bright spot on the near horizon her new college professor Shawn Patrick and due to the forbidden aspect of there relationship these two start a slow build friendship that eventually culminates in so much more.
She feels an almost instant connection to him and with the parallels of there upbringings.
Shawn himself has walked away from his father’s criminal lifestyle forging his own path ahead as a history professor.
And though Angelina is still knee deep in secrets and lies she falls hard and fast.
So as I said earlier I really enjoyed this; it was dialled back a notch from the previous book concentrating much more on the budding friendship emerging and also Angelinas growing rebirth of healing.
Told again from our girls POV; so you really do get a sense of where her heads at after previous fallout.
“Seeking Solace” does a great job of lulling you into a false sense of security and just when you think maybe out girl is finally due for some overdue peace and happiness; it strikes, like a snake injecting its venom; re-contaminated everything and dragging Angelina back into that world she has so desperately tried to leave far behind in her dust.
That ending; what a shocker that was, like seriously.
So I am so looking forward to the next instalment here and I’m hoping maybe there’s a big pot of karma at the end of the rainbow of ruins that seems to be Angelina’s recurring nightmare.
The poor girl so needs to catch a break.
I for one will be waiting with bated breath for the anticipated outcome here.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Seeking Solace: Angelina’s Restoration (Love in the Dark Book 2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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

/ ARC Book Review / You Were Gone / Tim Weaver /

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Release Date-17/5/18
Publisher-Penguin
Genre-Crime/Mystery
Kindle Edition-496 Pages

 

A woman walks into a police station and tells officers she’s been missing for eight years. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with a name on it: David Raker.
Raker specializes in locating missing people. After his wife died, they became how he coped and moved on – and, almost a decade later, the disappeared aren’t just his job any more, they’re his life. So when the police call him, Raker agrees to meet the woman.
But this is no ordinary case – and no ordinary woman.
She looks exactly like his dead wife. She knows everything about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. And soon, everything Raker thought he knew about his life, and about the woman he loved, will be exposed as a devastating lie.

 

You Were Gone (David Raker #9)

You Were Gone by Tim Weaver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I really loved You Were Gone (David Raker #9) like so much more than I was originally expecting, but had absolutely no bloody idea it was part of an ongoing series; no matter this can totally be read as a standalone no issues whatsoever.
So this was a mind-Eff of epic proportions and I couldn’t put it down such an engrossing read this was.
This had me second guessing along with Raker everything I thought I knew to be true.
Could it be true? was David losing the threads of his very sanity? Who was this woman who claimed to be his wife? Where had she come from?
This had so many twists and turns throughout I felt lost in a maze with no clear exit.
So cleverly executed and with such finesse, this was a pleasure from start to finish.
Not my usual genre but so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone.
This will have you psychoanalysing and dissecting every actuality for hidden messages and meanings and when events eventually reached a conclusion I was seriously shocked at the identity of the puppet master himself.
This was a fabulous addictive Crime Mystery that was glued to my hand till the final curtain.
A complete surprise hit for me.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “You Were Gone (David Raker #9)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Heartless (Merciless Book 2) / Willow Winters /

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Release Date-17th July 2018
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-258 Pages

From USA Today bestselling author W Winters comes an emotionally captivating and thrilling, romantic suspense. 

At first, his words were harsh and his touch cold. 
I didn’t want to be in his presence any more than he wanted me there. 
I knew he was a dangerous man and he could destroy me if only he wanted to. 

That’s not what he wanted though. It’s not what he needed. 
It’s not what I desired either. 

It’s so easy to get lost in the touch of a man who’s powerful and unattainable. 
A man who wants for nothing … except me. 
Soft touches and stolen glances made my blood heat and my heart beat in a way I never knew it could. 

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a haze of lust and desire. 
But there’s a reason his reputation is one of a heartless man. 
And I should have known better.

Heartless (Merciless Book 2)

Heartless by Willow Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-17/7/18

So this is book two in the Merciless series and one I was desperately awaiting after that shocking finale we were treated to in its predecessor.
So in “Heartless” we actually dial it down a notch and instead really just concentrate on the overall dynamic that is building between Aria and Carter and here I felt we get much more of a sense of connection between the two; more so than I originally felt in Book one.
While this was great and I did really enjoy exploring and deciphering the obscurity which is Carters’ brain as well as getting to understand more of what makes Aria tick this did mean a much slower pace overall.
For that reason alone, I think I enjoyed this slightly less than “Merciless”
It just wasn’t as all-out action and I felt it did drag slightly at times.
I mean book one was just so hectic and I think I was expecting this to be along a similar vein.
This wasn’t necessarily bad just different.
I still really enjoyed this a whole lot though; it was just much more internal angst than I was anticipating until about 70 percent in that is; here it then did start to pick up majorly barreling headlong towards another major cliffhanger.
And that’s another thing I could have sworn this was a duo, not what looks to be a four-parter so I was kinda expecting a conclusion that we didn’t actually get; got to say I was a tad bummed out at that fact.
This again had few minimal characters as practically all events occur at the house under lockdown.
This was also as expected super hot setting the pages alight with its raw sensuality.
Told in duel POV and after that ending; well its safe to say I for one will be waiting anxiously for the next chapter here.
This was a great second instalment that I am happy to recommend.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Heartless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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

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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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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.

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/ARC Book Review / Faded Gray Lines (Carrera Cartel Series #2) / Cora Kenborn/

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Release Date-28th June 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-376 Pages

 

Love is the deadliest lie.

Leighton 

I’m jaded. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow.
My first taste of love was my first betrayal.
Now, all I want is to start over, but they want my life.
Everyone says all’s fair in love and war. 
Except I’m done playing fair.
I’m tired of turning my back on his darkness when it’s the light that always burns me.
I’ve danced with the devil. Now it’s time to become one.

Mateo

I’m a criminal. Let’s not sugarcoat the truth.
Her morals never had a chance in my corrupt world. 
Now, all I want is to forget her, but they want her soul.
Loyalty is its own reward where I come from. 
Except she’s become the prize.
They’ve taken my shining star and dimmed her light. 
Some say I’m a monster. They haven’t seen anything yet.

Faded Gray Lines (Carrera Cartel #2)

Faded Gray Lines by Cora Kenborn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-28/6/18

So unlike a lot of other readers, I haven’t read the previous book in this particular series and Know I managed to follow along fairly easily here there were still some instances where I was left feeling a bit out of the loop overall.
So I am going to go out on a limb here and say; though this can be read as a standalone as all the necessary components are present; reading the two books as a series makes more sense to me and would probably make the whole experience here much better overall.
So much did I enjoy this I also will definitely be back-tracking and reading book one in this series at a later date.
So without having anything to measure this against I just really went with my gut for this one and I have got to say “Faded Gray Lines” is one book that I liked a hell of a lot.
I’m not usually a big fan of second chance romances but this one had so much going on that it was exceptionally easy to get sucked right in and lost within its excellent narrative.
This is Leighton and Mateo’s story and almost instantly upon starting I was unable to put it down such addictive reading was this; I was in a surefire race till that finish line
So Leighton has come rushing home to her big brother after events have spiralled out of her hands culminating in an epic fuck up out of all her control.
Big Brother Brody along with the Carrera Cartel is there to assist in cleaning up her mess.
Mateo or Matty as Leighton refers to him is a high up member of said Cartel.
When Mateo and Leighton reconnect its a big ole shock to both parties as neither was expecting the other and this is where our story takes off.
So I really liked Mateo as a character and once he got over his initial spit your dummy out tantrum it wasn’t hard to completely warm to his over the top protective alpha vibe.
He was so understanding of Leighton’s actions even without knowing the reasoning behind it.
And although I did think he was way out of order to be so pissed at Leighton for A not waiting for him and B lieing about her identity; Considering the complete lack of honesty on his part also it was a tad hypocritical and unreasonable in my opinion.
For that matter; How was she even meant to know he had been arrested anyway is the question that should have been on her lips.
But despite the above, I still really liked the fact that once he had gotten over himself he was all about Leighton; totally wearing his heart on his sleeve for all and sundry to see.
Leighton, I liked also but she was a bit dim at times and seemed to be an expert in creating drama that just wasn’t necessary out of sheer pig-headed stubbornness and unnecessary pride.
She also was a bit lone-wolf at times instead of trusting in Mateos care for her.
I did find that aspect of her personality a tad annoying.
But I really liked how eventually she embraced her inner monster accepting it for what it was; that I found was so refreshing.
Despite the above, I did really enjoy the dynamic between these two an awful lot.
“Faded Gray Lines” was a fascinating book that managed to hold my attention throughout.
All in all, this turned out to be a pretty good read for me that I’m happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Faded Gray Lines (Carrera Cartel #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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/ ARC Book Review / In the Blood / Ruth Mancini /

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Release Date-1st May
Publisher-Head of Zeus
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

‘If you loved Apple Tree Yard, you’ll love In the Blood. Totally gripping and compelling – perfectly crafted’ Sarah Flint, author of Mummy’s Favourite.

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die.

The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder?

Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game.

Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.

 

 

In the Blood

 

In the Blood by Ruth Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-1/5/18

This was a fabulous read that totally kept me guessing from the second I started right up until the final pages.
The story centres around single mother and criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman.
Trying to juggle her work life with the care of her disabled five-year-old son.
A case that’s seems very close to home for Sarah lands on her lap.
Ellie a young mother is accused of poisoning her infant son a fact she vehemently denies and Sarah upon taking the case starts to push the boundaries of professionalism as she becomes drawn into and more emotionally involved than is perhaps wise.
So this was brilliantly narrated with so many twists and turns it certainly kept me on my toes throughout.
With rich believable characters, this is one of those bite your nails to the quick books, where you are left in the dark guessing until the very end.
I did kinda suss the ending here but never mind that; it didn’t actually take away from my overall enjoyment at all.
“In The Blood” was completely amped a non-stop race to the finish with the eye on the main prize and an intriguing mystery woven into its very centre.
To say I was shocked by the inner mechanics of some individuals brains is a bloody understatement.
Bloody brilliant sleuthing.
I also especially loved the underlying thread of Sarah’s story on top of the main focus.
Getting a window into her everyday struggles and insecurities was quite the journey of discovery actually giving us a story within a story; nice touch.
This was such an entertaining read that I can totally recommend.
So I was provided with an ARC of “In The Blood” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Crime, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Reckoning (Skulls Renegade MC #5) / Elizabeth Knox /

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Release Date-24th June 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition

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Everyone around me calls me a monster. I can’t say that I blame them, over the years I was turned into one, into my worst nightmare – something that I tried so hard not to become. What no one knows is what I had to go through, and I doubt that they ever will. 
Sure, I married a monster and maybe he did turn me into what I am today.
But sometimes I wonder….who really turned me into this foul being? My mother? Or was it my husband?
Regardless, it doesn’t matter. I am what I am, and everyone hates me for it, even my own brother and sister.
Here I am, thrown to the side of the road like a piece of trash – hurt by the only person that I thought cared – Sergei. It turns out that he never did, or maybe he only cared when it benefited him. 
Now I’m trying to mend the only relationships that I can salvage while trying to protect my family from the war that is coming. Being a Petrov was never easy, and it never will be.
When I travelled across the globe to Gainesville, Tennessee I expected to mend a relationship with Dmitri and Ksenia. Instead, I began a relationship with someone else, someone who is just as much of a monster as me. Only, no one else knows that. 
He’s opening up to me in ways that my husband never did and while our relationship grows I only hope that I can keep everyone I love safe from the fight that is waiting on our doorstep.
After all, Petrov’s survive – no matter what. 
We always survive.

Reckoning (Skulls Renegade #5)

Reckoning by Elizabeth Knox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-24/6/18

OMG this was fantastic and my absolute favourite of all the books in this series.
Events here finally culminating with such reveals that have left the whole Skulls Renegade MC reeling in shock from the secrets and lies unfolding right before there eyes.
What a finale this episode had; saying I’m actually gobsmacked here is an actual understatement.
“Reckoning” left me completely flawed; so excuse me here while I actually pick up my jaw from the floor.
So This time around its Katya and Slasher/Junior’s time to shine beneath that spotlight.
And boy do they do just that; Reckoning has some incredibly steamy antics alongside its believable emotional turmoil so much so that I was hooked right from the get-go.
What we have here is two make no apologies flawed individuals who are just trying to beat the life lottery and win with the given hand they have been dealt.
I adored Katya and wanted to strangle her siblings Dimitri and Ksenia for there complete lack of insight and compassion.
Everything Katya has endured and embraced within her young life has been for the protection of her sister and the lack of appreciation and deeper understanding here is frankly astonishing, self-serving and selfish.
And is it so wrong to at least try and claw back a semblance of normality and take what happiness is offered; even if it is from what some would label a monster; I think its safe to say Katya paid for that err is judgement tenfold and then some, poor girl.
She has embraced the monster within to overcome her circumstances and shield her sister from life’s harsh realities and the thanks she gets is judgement at its most self-righteous.
But not from Slasher/Junior he sees beyond the forced persona to the vulnerable woman hidden so well beneath and has her back from day one of there first encounter.
He feels almost a sense of solidarity and an unfamiliar desire, a compulsion to shield Katya from those that would play judge and jury despite her well-apparent ability to take care of herself.
And Katya sees beyond Junior’s mutilated face to the man beneath; she has scars of her own they are just better concealed.
So as I said earlier this completely knocked my socks off in terms of outcomes and there is another huge player brought to the table in “Reckoning” that is quite evidently going to change the whole playground.
We are introduced to the missing Petrov Sister; the youngest a half sibling who is unquestionably criminal royalty and who also happens to be along with her husband the head of the Romanian Clans; The Romanian Mob in actuality.
Mariana and her husband Ion Petran are definitely going to be front characters in the future War that seems to be on the near horizon.
I for one can’t wait; all I really need now is that next book; I’m on literal pins here with such expectant anticipation, I so want it now folks.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Reckoning (Skulls Renegade #5)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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Crime, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Bride To Keep / Alta Hensley & Maggie Ryan /

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🍀ARC BOOK REVIEW🍀

Release Date-25th June 2018
Genre-Dark Reverse Harem Romance
Kindle Edition-229 Pages

Do you take these men? 
To honour and obey from this day forth… 

Stolen away by dangerous men on a mission. 
Dark intentions I don’t understand yet cannot refuse. 
Commanded to comply, obey, and serve in every way. 
I am captured in a twisted world of not one man… 
— but four. 
With a pull stronger than anything I have ever known, I march down the aisle compelled to surrender to the darkness. 

With these rings… I become their bride to keep. 

*This is a standalone full-length dark reverse harem. Dirty taboo with not just one, but four. You may be afraid to walk down the aisle on this one. 

Bride to Keep

Bride to Keep by Alta Hensley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-25/6/18

I found “Bride To keep” to be such an enjoyable read.
I’m not usually a great fan of reverse harem often finding it hard to experience a major emotional connection between the players involved.
Not so here; this was such an intriguing addictive ride that I thought managed to portray the emotive element just so well.
The concept used throughout was so simple but brilliant allowing me to forge ahead through hidden avenues with each and every character involved.
You might ask why I am actually reading reverse harem when it’s so obviously not my bag.
Well, this is one that just kinda slipped through the net; I had a bit of a brain-blip moment not realising what this was till after I had signed up for it.
Note to self; actually reading the blurb would be a good idea in hindsight.
In this case, I was incredibly thankful for my moment of inattention as this turned out to be such an unexpected gem; totally surprised me with how much I actually ended up enjoyed this.
So this is Dark reverse harem involving four notorious criminal brothers, A sweet as pie sister and a sassy opinionated female protagonist.
This was a hot as hell forage into an unconventional setup that is so far from the usual but still much to my wonder actually worked really well.
Though “Bride To Keep” was in itself relatively simplistic in nature it did surprisingly make compulsive reading while also managing to pack a massive emotional punch and When the fallout from past previous events eventually impacted this self-made family I cried like a baby; This was so sad and poignant was really not expecting that from this at all.
So this is told mainly from Monet’s POV (BTW Loving that name totally) with occasional input from the Brother’s side of things and though relatively limited in secondary characters I didn’t actually find this affected things at all.
This was more a point in its favour as it cut out the white noise involved allowing me to focus and hone in on the main event much easier than I would with a more cluttered landscape.
I liked how each brother got to spend their individual time with Monet and they were all such very different flavours of the same recipe.
It was almost a love/Lust story within a story within a story if you get my drift.
And what started out as so dark, swiftly morphed for Monet into a much lighter vein as the story evolved.
I also really adored the sentimentality of the epilogue it was the icing on the cake for me.
So on reflection, this was a great read that I’m happy to recommend to you.
It turned out to be so much more than I was originally expecting; with unforeseen depths that make this definitely stand out in its particular genre.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Bride To Keep” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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