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

/ Arc Book Review / The Date / Lousie Jensen /



Release Date-21st June 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-320 Pages

Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor. 

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

The Date

The Date by Louise Jensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“The Date” was my first book by this particular author and I really did enjoy it.
I was rapt and invested from the very first instance here.
A mystery told from Ali’s and her enemies POV, an enemy who we have no idea; along with Ali the identity of.
So during this, I was glued to the emerging picture with an almost obsessive compulsion.
Watching with a rapt fascination usually reserved for my current favourite TV show.
This was, in my opinion, psychological warfare at its very finest and I can’t recommend “The date” enough, especially if you’re looking for something to compel and confound you all at the same time.
This one’s is a tricky one to describe without giving the whole game away so I’m not going to go into any great detail here.
This story’s blurb really does sell itself, how could you not want to delve deeper and discover more after that intriguing description.
Also using the medical condition Prosopagnosia, which to put it in its more understandable form Face Blindness, was absolute genius.
Adding this unique aspect to “The Date” took this for me to a whole new level.
Such one-off circumstances created a scenario where anything and everything is possible, no matter how remote and improbable that occurrence could actually be.
This also had more twists and turns than a fairground rollercoaster and I changed my mindset on a hairpin frequently with the sheer abundance of red herrings thrown in my path.
These diversions only purpose that I could ascertain was to confuse and muddy the already churning waters I was currently occupying.
The author really has done a remarkable job of weaving her mysterious web here, managing to entangle me within the threads of this tale with her oh so vivid imagination.
This was a fantastic read that’s really a no-brainer for me to recommend; loved everything about it.
Happy to give this one my seal of approval.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “The Date” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / In the Blood / Ruth Mancini /



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 /



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

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

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / His Beauty / Sofia Tate /



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

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

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



His Beauty

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

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Release Date-8/5/18

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



Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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


Release Date-28/4/18

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


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


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

/ ARC-Book Review / Scarred / Trista Jaszczak /

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Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

Who could ever love such a beast?…

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

Scarred by Trista Jaszczak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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


Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / Chased /by Clarissa Wild /



Release Date-12th February
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-250 Pages

I’m filthy rich … and ruthless.
I live for the hunt. The chase.
My desires aren’t exactly normal.
But neither is she … The girl I bought.
She’s innocent and blind.
Perfect for all my wicked needs.
Perfect to prove just how far I’m willing to go.
But there’s just one problem …
I’m falling for her. Deep. Hard. Fast.
Even though I’m the bad guy. The man who keeps her locked away.
I’ll do anything to make her stay.
One thing’s for sure … She will be mine.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing content that may be offensive to readers.

ChasedChased by Clarissa Wild

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-12/2/18

I really loved Chased by Clarissa Wild.
From the moment I picked this up, I was invested.
Chased is basically Syrena and Chase’s story and tells events after Chase purchases Syrena from an illegal sale.
I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet.
So I do love me a twisted deviant hero and with Chase, we have this in spades.
Chase may be all sorts of wrong but he is also all sorts of right for Syrena.
I wasn’t quite sure initially exactly what he was hoping to accomplish with Syrena but as things progressed further along it quickly became apparent.
Chase lives by his own agenda of rules and because of these, he was swiftly falling into a black hole.
Syrena for him was a test to see how far down this rabbit hole he had fallen.
Syrena herself was much harder to get a handle on, but I believe she was just the right side of feisty.
Too much and maybe there would have been more of a power struggle between these two.
I think the balance was just right here.
And with Chase ultimately looking for innocent and vulnerable, well whats more so than a blind girl.
I also think Chase was initially surprised at how independent Syrena actually was, she wasn’t quite the shrinking violet he was ultimately expecting.
I also loved how there was a deeper story running underneath, a river flowing that we gradually became more aware of as events unfolded.
This for me delivered one hundred percent.
My only slight gripe would be that I was not completely convinced about syrena being blind and able to hold down a waitressing and cleaning job.
It doesn’t seem likely in my opinion.
But that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong.
So Chased delivered on all fronts for me and I found it to be an engrossing actioned packed read that I enjoyed immensely.
And I have no problem recommending this to others.
I hope you give Chased a go and enjoy it as much as me.
one final thing, From other reviews I’ve gathered this is part of an ongoing series.
I read this as a standalone and had no issues at all following along.
I was provided with an ARC of “Chased” By the author 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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Historical, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ Book Review / The Duchess Deal / Tessa Dare / THIS IS A RE-RELEASE /



Release Date-22nd February 2018
Genre-Historical Romance
Kindle Edition-384 Pages
Publisher-Mills &Boon


When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love



The Duchess DealThe Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Oh, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) by Tessa Dare.
I wasn’t really expecting that much from this and it jumped up and hit me by surprise.
So The “The Duchess Deal” tells the tale of vicar’s daughter turned seamstress Emma Gladstone and The Duke of Ashbury’s “Ash”.
Ash Horribly disfigured after the war needs a wife and heir after his broken engagement and Emma a seamstress but a lady nether the less fits his bill precisely.
But there will be some rules to follow.

.They will be husband and wife by night only.
No lights, no kissing.
No questions about his battle scars.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma sets a few stipulations of her own.

They will have dinner together every evening.
With conversation.
And unlimited teasing.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love

What follows is nothing short of sublime as Emma wagers one-woman guerrilla warfare against her new unsuspecting husband.
Emma can’t help falling for the grumpy bad tempered Duke and She will Teach Ash the real meaning of Love and care as she falls further down the rabbit hole herself.
So This was a fantastic read not only did it manage to keep my attention I found myself chuckling throughout.
Ash’s intriguing use of language had me grinning from ear to ear.
That original bed scene where it was like a game of blind man’s buff as Ash was feeling around in the dark for Emma was fantastic, so amusing.
Then there was that stray cat Emma just picked up from the street to take with her, lucky cat ay.
And as this story progressed you couldn’t help to fall along with Emma for the gruff, sarcastic stubborn but wholly worthy of love Ash.
It reminded me so much of a beauty and the beast tale just more risque and raunchy as Emma and her Duke proceed to christen all rooms in there home lol.
Ash may be disfigured but without his impairment, Emma and Ash would never have married so maybe it was a blessing in disguise resulting in his happiness and escape from his previous shallow engagement.
The many terms of endearment used throughout “The Duchess Deal” By Emma were brilliant and kept me smiling along.
And the added story of the “Monster of Mayfair” was also quite sad, I felt for Ash but at the same time wanted him to realise he was much more than just his face.
And when Ash did do sweet in his own particular snarky way well just SWOON GIRLFRIEND!!!!

“You are wet, and you are cold. You don’t like being cold. Therefore, I despise you being cold. I would go about murdering raindrops and setting fire to the clouds, but that would take slightly more than an hour. Perhaps even two. So we’re here, and you will cease complaining about it.”

Listen to me talking as if these characters are really real lol.
But that, in my opinion, is the sign of a well-written story that by the time I was finished here I felt I was leaving behind me, two old friends.
I was actually sad to leave Emma and Ash in the background.
But so happy they got to live there very own HEA.
“The Duchess was so refreshing to read and left me with such a happy feeling inside.
I was provided with an ARC of “The Duchess” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

💜Book-Review💜Walking Away💜 by Xavier Neal💜



Release Date-22th January
Genre-Romantic Menage Romance
Kindle Edition-377 Pages


For her sake, I should walk away. I’m not the man she needs. 


For his sake, I should walk away. I’m not the one he wants. 


For their sake, I should walk away. I’m not the solution. I’m a new problem. 

What happens when three people unexpectedly fall in love and one should walk away, but can’t? 


Walking AwayWalking Away by Xavier Neal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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WOW WOW WOW!! Where has this author been all my life bloody amazing This was such a captivating read and “Walking Away” By Xavier Neal literally snuck up on me in stealth mode, blowing me away with its utter sheer magnetism.
I have never read anything quite like this story, and I feel like I’m doing this a disservice by labelling “Walking Away” a menage romance.
This is so much more, It’s a beautiful love story that just takes you by the throat and won’t let go.
This is by the far the best M/M/F romance I have ever read and I’ve read a few over the years.
So “Walking Away,” tells the tale of Jason and Gwen or Blondie and Gwenny as Hudson has affectionally nicknamed them.
After answering an online advert, Hudson finds himself in the strangest of situations dating a married couple.

.Seriously? Am I actually considering being the third wheel to their marriage? I mean, easy escape when I’m ready to bail, but banging a married chick and dating a….dude? Am I really gonna give this shit a try?

Gwen and Jason are having issues in there once idyllic marriage.
An accident has left Gwen’s husband Jason in a wheelchair, unable to perform his husbandly duties.
And then there’s Jason, needing a companion as he is stuck indoors while his wife works.
Brain stagnating from all the toxic daytime television, isolated from the world around him and taking his frustrations out on a wrecked Gwen.
Totally managing to alienate his wife and not even caring because of what he perceives as his now manly limitations.
The pair themselves have not been intimate in over a year and their union is now approaching breaking point.
So Hudson agrees to date them both and after setting up some initial ground rules the trio are ready to start there very unique arrangement.
What was so unusual about this was that Jason and Hudson are both manly males and have no experience or desire normally for the same sex.
But as well as being blown away by Gwenny’s curves and sheer sexiness.
Hudson finds himself actually intrigued and for the first time in his life interested in a male.
Which also seems to be projected back at him by Jason.
So first things first I adored Hudson, I loved his straight-talking take no prisoners attitude.

.“Let me make something fucking clear for you, Blondie. Gwenny asks you to do shit. I’m telling you. Gwenny is your hot as fuck wife, and I’m the asshole whose cock you’ll be sucking between highlight reels on ESPN. She treats your ass with kid gloves because she cares about your feelings, and I’m the one here to tell you to man the fuck up.”   The glare deepens yet he doesn’t say a word.   “Now, you can make this easy for me and tell me where the keys to the van are and your shoes, or you can make this fucking difficult and be a bigger fucking pain in the ass. But let me remind you, one more time, I am not Gwenny. I’ve got the strength to force your ass wherever it is I feel like taking you, so if you wanna fucking box this shit out, just know I’m not holding back a damn thing.”

And this is exactly what Jason needs as its a refreshing change to Gwen’s softly softly approach, which isn’t really working and is only leaving Jason and Gwen more frustrated in their marriage.
So this was all sorts of unusual and it shouldn’t have worked but it just did.
I adored watching this trio fall in love and Jason becoming more accepting of his condition and disability thanks to Hudsons insights and friendship.
What was once two lovers, gradually evolves into a close trio.
The overall dynamic of Jason and Gwen’s relationship changing for the better with the added addition of Hudson.

“You have a problem with me, with what happens between us, you fucking talk to me, Gwendolyn.” I watch her chest rise and fall a little faster. “You treat me like I’m your husband and not just the asshole in the wheelchair you tolerate.”   She takes a couple steps closer and leans her face down to mine. “Then you treat me like I’m your wife and not just the doormat who was doing everything she could to make all of this easier for you.”   My lips drift towards hers. “I don’t want easier, baby. I want what we had.”   Just above a whisper she proclaims, “What we had is gone. But what we’re building…” Gwen’s fingertip trails along my jaw, “will be so much better.”


I try to smile at the genuine concern he’s displaying. “I’d kill to make love to my wife but-”   “Ah-Ah.” He holds a finger to hush me. “We can make that happen.”   “Did you lose the memo about my dick not being available to serve for duty?”   Hudson cocks a smirk. “I got you a new dick.”   “What?!” Gwen and I squawk together.   After a small chortle, he explains, “On my way over this morning, I made a pit-stop. I swung by a sex shop and got you a strap on.”

So walking away was funny, oh was it amusing, usually due to Hudsons sheer outrageousness.
He was an absolute card and I have to say he was hands down my favourite character in this book.
He just brightened everyone’s day with his constant monologue and no filter on his mouth.
An example of this.

“Why do we have to learn to cook?” Hudson whines as the three of us wander around the fresh produce selection of the grocery store.  “We have you.”   “I’m sorry, do I look like your mother?”   He instantly frowns. “Thank fuck no. I’m not into that whole fucking chicks who look like my mom thing. It’s fucking weird. And disgusting.”   Jason doesn’t bother hiding his laughter.

See, quite the naughty schoolboy vibe here.
So I love where this took us and I found the deeper exploration of this relationship and its many variables so endearing.
This wasn’t just smut or for titillation.
And although the scenes were hot and heavy you could also feel the love and emotion as well.
and everything was also enveloped in a warm shade of humour.
You just could not help falling for these three lovers.
I find in most menage stories the emphasis is usually on the female and the males sharing her.
Here this wasn’t just the case all our threesome Gwen, Jason and Hudson fell deeply in love and lust and the author has portrayed this beautifully.
Managing to convey the sentiments behind the actions in an almost normal everyday way.
Showing The camaraderie and old boys club antics between Jason and Hudson as well as also conveying the love between all three so splendidly.
And while Gwen definitely gets her share of the attention there is definitely a Bromance in the making between Jason and Hudson.
It was absolutely poetic to observe.

They are an adorably obnoxious pair. Somedays I swear there’s a Super Bowl party in my living room with the spread of beer, pizza, and sports blaring, not to mention the belching and farting. Other days…well they’re overwhelmingly thoughtful like when Jason will rub my feet while Hudson gently strokes my head. It’s been such a long time since I’ve had to balance the desire to pop the person I love upside the head for being too childish and drop to my knees to praise them for being so sweet. What makes it more complicated now is that there are two of them and they find humor in tag teaming in regards to who deserves kisses and who deserves kicks.


Gwenny peels her body out of my grip and busies herself with cooking. Once I’m out of the way of the both of them, I take a moment to adore how easy everything flows when we’re together. From the beginning it’s always felt like I just stepped into shoes waiting for me. Like he’s my best friend and she’s our girl. Like the connection we have is older than time itself.

This then has then been topped off with the added cherry of Gwen and the room in her big heart for both men who she is now so invested and in love with.
I will leave you here with this final sentiment that “walking away” managed to convey to me with its beautiful emotions conveyed on every page of this book.
Here the message is clear really, love is just love, whatever the gender its the person inside that is the ultimate attraction.

Despite the fact I may never learn to walk again, I’ve learned to love again, and I think that makes me the luckiest bastard on the planet. Yeah, maybe it’s been two years since I could make love to my wife without assistance or drive or have a real job, but I’m still alive. I’m still capable of much more than some. Plus, I have the greatest two people in the entire world to love and support me. Being able to feel my legs or my dick again will always pale in comparison to that.


I’ve never felt anything this powerful. This intense. This…soul shaking. Every time we’re together, everything we do together feels like this is how we belong. Like it should always be this way. However, I can’t stop myself from wondering, if it feels this extraordinary when we’re together, how excruciating will it feel if we’re ever torn apart?

So There you have it, folks, sorry for all the quotes, I could have posted loads more.
There was just so much good material here to work with here.
If I could give this more than five stars I would, it’s just that unique and brilliant.
I can’t wait to check out more of this authors work, if this is an example of her writing, well I’m blown away really blown away.
So I got this free with my KU subscription and boy am I glad I did.
I hope you take a chance on this and give this a go, I really don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Contemporary, Crime, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2) by Charmaine Pauls

Release Date-November 14th 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-241 pages

When Gabriel broke down my door, he took over my body and life. Never with force, but always with clever manipulation. He stripped me of my independence, my defences, and my clothes and turned me into an addict for his touch.

Once, I had dreams and a future. Now, I have fears, scars, and insatiable needs. I’m damaged beyond repair, but if I’m to survive the most dangerous man in Johannesburg, I can’t allow him to break me because broken toys are destined for the garbage dump.

Book 1 & 2 in the LOAN SHARK DUET will be released back-to-back.
DUBIOUS: 10 October 2017
CONSENT: 14 November 2017

Consent (The Loan Shark Duet, #2)Consent by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS

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Wow!!!, What a read this was, I was engrossed until the bitter end.
“Consent” starts where “Dubious” left off and right from the get-go we are plunged right back into the raw and gritty world of Gabriel Louw AKA The Breaker.
So Gabriel is now on the hunt, his very delectable prey Valentina Haynes has bolted along with her brother Charlie to whereabouts unknown.
Valentina and Gabriel Both with very crossed wires over this now very real pregnancy and a new baby on the near horizon.
Gabriel himself is counting down the minutes until he has Valentina back in her cage. This time around things are going to be different and he has plans for Valentina once he catches up with her that is.
Right, so the last book “Dubious” I didn’t find at all angsty, not that I was complaining.
“Consent” more than makes up for this in buckets.
There is so much going on here in regards to angst and all characters involved take steps out of there very own cliches to evolve brilliantly throughout.
I’m also Loving the new roles for Gabriel’s bodyguards, they make fantastically funny baby-sitters and they had me chuckling along with them.
So where do I start with this, well I found this such an enjoyable read and I was glued to the pages throughout.
The story flowed easily and it was great to catch back up with everyone from “Consent”
so sorry for being vague here, but I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don’t want to give away anything.
I only have three small nitpicks that in hindsight made me deduct half a star, but really these are just little things overall.
So number one, I like my dark heroes to stay mostly dark and in this instant, Gabriel becomes a whole lot whiter, I didn’t find him that dark initially so I really didn’t want him to get even lighter in nature.
And yes I do get it, why he wants to change so dramatically, it’s very understandable and also extremely commendable.
It doesn’t mean I have to like it though.
That brings me to number two “The Events” themselves, they were dragged out a bit too much for me and I wanted to move on from them, I cried, and then I tried to heal and I wanted poor Gabriel to heal also, then to pull himself back together.
I really don’t mean that to sound harsh, it’s just I thought poor Valentina was given a bit of a raw deal and could have done with a bit more TLC. instead, she was mainly ignored and pushed to the sidelines by Gabriel, dealing with a pregnancy that had been largely thrust upon her young shoulders.
On a further side note and without giving anything away I was also decidedly disappointed in The makeover, that is all I’m contributing on that matter, but so not a happy bunny here, just saying.
So despite these small grievances I loved all the rest of this and couldn’t put it down “Consent” was full of Angst and drama and unforgettable characters and I would highly recommend this as an unforgettable read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing an ARC of Consent this is my own unbiased honest opinion.

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