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

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

Cobra 

Wildcard.
Sinner.
Frequently misunderstood.

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

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

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

Blue 

Old soul.
Selfless.
Unusually stable.

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

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

Nothing could prepare me for what came next.

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

 

 

Heathens (Badlands Book 4)

Heathens by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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/ Book Review / Sovereign (Irdesi Empire #2) / Addison Cain /

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🌹BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-1st December 2016
Genre-Sci-Fi Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-401 Pages

There is no Quinn without Que. 

Her only family murdered, the males of her species governing the prison designed to contain her, she mourns. Que had been her world, but it is Sovereign who enters her body day and night.

No man has loved a woman more, and no woman has hated a man with such passion.

She cannot help it. Designed to be the perfect slave soldier, programmed to exterminate her own kind, Sigil wants nothing more than to butcher those who would save her.

Sovereign’s many Brothers lavish her with attention, taking turns practising seduction to woo the only female who might propagate their species. No matter twisting limbs or thrusting bodies, no matter opulent gifts and distraction, Sigil sees what they seek to hide.

There is a dangerous secret Sovereign and his Brothers cannot conceal forever, though they are willing to risk the empire, their lives, and even her sanity trying. Is that not the definition of love?

Publisher’s Note: The second instalment in Addison Cain’s provocative and raw Irdesi Empire series is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. Some scenes are written to be disturbing. If such material offends you, please do not purchase. 

Sovereign (Irdesi Empire, #2)

Sovereign by Addison Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This gets a full house in regards to my rating just because as per usual whether I actually liked where the story was heading or not there was no way on heaven or earth anyone would have been able to prise me away from this disturbing tale of events.

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I don’t want to actually go into to much detail here mainly because this just needs to be experienced in all its unapologetic entirety.
To actually comprehend the whys and whatevers of all involved here you need to intermesh yourself fully into the landscape and mindsets of all involved.
We are dealing with an almost hive mindset with a morally reprehensible outlook on all its society.
So basically the alliance and sigil are actually the bad guys and though you never can really condone their actions I could at least get to a point in my head where I could see how they had arrived at this current crossroads in the Alliances overall objective.
It is really all about protecting and acquiring precious sigil she is really the key to everything that has occurred and will occur despite her abhorrence for this fact.
In Sovereign, we delve more into the emotional side of Sigil but don’t expect her to suddenly blossom into all that is good and kind Our precious girl is still the psychotic sociopathic killer from the previous book as the brothers discover time and time again.
This story was so interesting and despite certain directions that I would have prefered otherwise, I was transfixed throughout; Addison Cain is definitely an author I can’t get enough of.
Her dark mind delves into crevises others fear to tread appaling and enthralling me equally.
So this was left in my opinion slightly open-ended for future story development which was great as I felt I got closure while still eagerly anticipating the next shocking chapter.
As such I am happy to wait even though I really do want it right now; just because I am so bloody impatient for my next fix.
I am going to leave you with my favourite quote from the whole book just to entice.

“Stop?” Sovereign’s grip tightened his voice razor blades. “It is always stop, isn’t it? I give you gentleness, you fight. I build you an empire, you hate me for it! I could take you here, on these very dead right now. I could make you, and you couldn’t stop me—just like you couldn’t stop me on Pax. I could push into your body anytime I wanted.” He bit at her mouth, lapped her lips before he shoved the startled woman away. “There is no STOP! There is only wait. Wait while you fuck my Brother. Wait while you mourn a being who never loved you. And I will wait, Sigil. You would be surprised how far my patience will extend. But there is never, ever going to be a stop. I don’t even think the grave could keep me from you

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I borrowed Sovereign (Irdesi Empire, #2) with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
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/ Book Review / Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) / Addison Cain /

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🍁BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-1st October 2018
Genre- Dark Reverse Harem Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition-325 Pages

 

He will possess her in every way.

After a century, The Irdesi Emperor has finally cornered their species’ only female. Sovereign and his fanatic brothers are closing in, driving Sigil to desperation.

They outnumber her, they are stronger, and they are relentless.

Sovereign knows her secrets better than Sigil knows herself. He knows she was conditioned to hate him. It changes nothing. The Emperor cannot help but crave her—just as his loyal brothers crave her.

The entire future of their species hinges on Sovereign’s ability to dominate the slippery renegade and make her feel the truth of what she is. She is his Consort. She is his obsession—a bride destined to be shared with and adored by his kin… to be satiated and ruled, to be overpowered and healed of her compulsions by any means necessary.

She has no choice in the matter. The empire will stop at nothing. Sigil will belong to them; she will be made to love them, even if they are forced to rip the galaxy apart to claim her.

Publisher’s Note: The first novella in Addison Cain’s provocative and raw Irdesi Empire series is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. Some scenes are written to be disturbing. If such material offends you, please do not purchase. 

 

Sigil (Irdesi Empire)

Sigil by Addison Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I suppose we’re both monsters; Black hair hung in his eyes as he turned her chin to taste her mouth. “At least I didn’t try to eat her, lost lamb.

Oh, my Star and moon this was bloody good.
Like seriously I really couldn’t get enough of this darkly sadistic depraved tale.
I’m not even sure how to start describing this madhouse of mayhem.
So this places us in a fictional fantasy landscape set in space, so its a sci-fi Yes?
Well, it sort of is but its also so much more sci-fi / Erotica / Horror / dystopian; We have a bit of everything all mashed up together to create this fantastical adventure that I honestly have nothing to compare it to.
everything that shouldn’t have worked did; this author has the exceptional ability to create whole masterpieces when it comes to her world building skills.
This is something she absolutely excels at.
What she’s is also a master at is giving me a story that I didn’t even know I wanted never mind needed.
I am having quite a time lately with dark fiction that I am actually struggling to accept emotionally which as a result is reflecting in my final book ratings.
I am not even sure what the correct combination for myself even is so to expect anyone else to get it is a bloody long stretch, but Addison Cain seems to have punched my ticket because she gets the formula correct for me every single time.
Definite auto-buy author.
This is dark dubious material skirting the edge constantly in regards to its content.
dub-con bordering at times on non-con and I seriously devoured every depraved scenario we were given here.

Oh, Sigil.” Sovereign slid his lips over her ear. “It had to happen this way. Can you not already feel me working inside you, undoing the damage? Does it not satisfy to be mounted by your own kind? Every time we mate, you’ll know completion. You’ll chemically recognize your place until you are healed of the poison they inflicted on you to punish me.

Sigil/Quinn is a complete psychopath with very few redeeming qualities of these anomalies was her compulsion to save neglected children and provide them with an alternative (probably an understandable result of her own horrific childhood)
And her love of Que her unemotional alien companion and saviour.
Her devotion and internal gratitude to this particular individual is very apparent.
While playing the role of master and slave on the space station Pax Sigil is discovered by the very species that she has been evading for years.
With Sovereign and the brothers ready to reclaim Sigil as imperial Consort to the Irdesi empire they are willing to do whatever it takes to claim and dominate this elusive escapee.
Sigil is right back at ya and the trials and agonies she is willing to endure to evade sovereigns attentions was truly astounding.
Sovereign I’m still not sure of but I do think he generally cares in his own unique fashion and even when he does what is necessary his words still reflect his hope and blind devotion that Sigil will return his affections some day.
We left Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) on a shocking cliffhanger that had me screaming NO!!!

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Will be starting the next instalment immediately after that one; how could I not.
Before I go just a small observation Sigil, in my opinion, is one of the most crazy-ass female characters I have ever encountered.
I mean geez this girl has actually eaten people.

Quinn envisioned plucking out one of his unimaginable eyes and crushing it to jelly—or maybe eating it, swallowing down a piece of him while he watched. The fantasy blossomed, made her smile, and she slipped further into manic bloodlust.

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What am I saying she was completely the bomb and I adored her crazy lab-engineered butt.
You so rock girlie.
I am really looking forward to my next Sigil fix.
This won’t be one for everyone, but this one was definitely my particular brand of bad.
As an added bonus Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) is also available through KU.
For clarification, this review is for the re-released book.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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/ Arc Book Review / Depredation / Natalie Bennett /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-12th August 2018
Genre-Dark Erotic Horror
Kindle Edition-126 Pages

Depredation (previously titled Fxck Toy)

Kidnapped. Tortured. Corrupted.

He stole me away in the middle of the night.

A windowless cell with a floor of stone became my new home.

He took, and he took until I had nothing left to entertain him with.
And then I was abandoned and left to die, just like all the other girls.

He has no idea I’m alive.
He doesn’t know he woke the devil inside me.

When I find him, nothing in the world will be strong enough to save his tar black soul.

 

18+ Reader discretion is highly advised.
Complete standalone novella. No cliffhanger. Loosely connected to DEVILS WITH HALOS.

Depredation

Depredation by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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As per usual this author managed to deliver a completely corrupt tale filled with depravity and vicious immoral behaviour.
This author is the master of this type of fiction managing to deliver such dissolute debased conduct while still also somehow hooking the reader like a fish on a line.
You so want to look away in horrific denial but It’s almost like you just have to watch so great is the compulsion and magnetism of the scene set before you.
The basic premise here is the kidnapping and incarceration of young Harper and the trials and tribulations she has to endure to escape from a nightmare at the sadistic hands of her kidnapper J.
She is not the first visitor to J’s basement prison but she’s determined to be his last.
Kept in squalor and filth by her Jailor Harper is prepared to do whatever it takes to survive her abominable ordeal.
Told from two points of view Harper and her captor this is a dark tale of extraordinary extremities and the resilience of the human spirit and psyche.
I also really adored the karmic justice this deviant narrative imparted it left me with a feeling of deep satisfaction and an almost gratification for the fate it eventually delivered to those deserving of such torments and tortures.
The only reason I haven’t scored this higher is that I would have myself liked a slightly more drawn-out process with some added closure when it came to the finish here.
It seemed to end rather abruptly which I was not a big fan of.
But as usual, a fabulously unique endeavour that certainly stand out in its genre.
Oh and I should probably mention as well that this is not a romance; nope not at all, if I had to classify it I would say erotic horror is probably the closest term to describe this.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of ”
Depredation: A Dark Erotica” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / The Darkness In Faith Boxed Set (The Darkness in Faith) / C.F. Rabbiosi /

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🌹BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-2nd May 2018
Genre-Erotic Horror
Kindle Edition-381 Pages

Book 1: My name is Faith: Tortured sex slave turned brutal murderer. Men have abused my body for inhuman pleasures, hurt me and made me feel helpless. But now…

They fear me. I wish I could say that it is all for the good of the world that I kill them slowly and give them a taste of what they have made others feel, but that would be a lie. Turns out, I have a lust for blood and get off on making THEM my slave. They may be way past being offended at that point, but I sure enjoy my living dead boys.

Just one small problem. I am falling for my newest conquest and don’t know anymore if I want to tie him up and kill him slowly. He supposedly sexually assaulted a woman horribly ten years ago and is currently on parole for the crime, but something about those genuine sea green eyes and that beguiling mouth makes me weak. I still want to tie him up but what I want to do to him- will make us both scream.

Something about his darkness and pain calls to my own, and he knows I could kill him at any time, but still fights to possess me in every dripping, consuming and tantalizing way.

Come inside if you dare where real sex slave stories are my inspiration and I’ll tell you the story of a serial murderess and the life altering events that made her a Lover of the Dead.

Book 2: How can I admit to myself that I have fallen for the one thing I fear the most? I should kill him, as I have visited bloody death on many others just like him but…

Instead I have let him inside me. Deeply, painfully and with all-consuming psychotic passion. My body hums when he hurts it, as he’s brought out a hidden side of me that thrives off his rough touch. I have never felt so alive.

Here he is by my side as we travel the country, staying in the finest hotels and savagely getting revenge on those who have sexually tortured me. What a ride. Kill, rough sex. Try to kill each other, more rough sex… And repeat.

But something changes my dark lover with each kill and I fear I will lose him forever. The blood thirsty beast he struggles to keep locked up within thrashes against its cage, and I don’t know how much time we have left together. Oh, but I WILL make the most of it.

Book 3: My enemy becomes my lover…

“Please let me go,” I say.
He takes a deep breath. “I can’t. Why don’t you see that you are meant for me? You’re a killer, you’re a sexual predator, and my dark soul demands I take yours. I need to **** your body mercilessly and make you scream from beneath me. I have no choice because I’ve never wanted anything so bad.”
His lips move to ear. “Say you want me, Faith.” He sucks my neck into his mouth and the ache feels good. He leaves bruises. “I will do anything.”
I cringe and stare into nothingness. This is my way out. If he has become obsessed with me because I escaped him years ago, because his best friend wants me, and because I challenge him, then I can use it to escape. I refocus and allow my demoness to take hold. “I shouldn’t want you James.”
He moves inside me, lifting me up and forcing me back down over his thickness and I cry out. “But you do,” he breathes.
I won’t make it that easy. “You excite me. You make my body sing and scream at the same time.” His **** rubs through me igniting incredible sensations and I haven’t lied to him yet. “I want you,” I say breathlessly. He feels so good because this is so bad and my sanity is being pushed to the limit. I run my fingers across the shaved sides of his head and rip his blond hair backward. I ride him hard. “You’re beautiful,” I say, trying to breathe. “Because you tear me to pieces.”
He grasps my hips, the killer who has never gotten off without hurting a woman first, and digs his fingers into my flesh. With a desperate kiss, his eyes roll back and his body tenses in anticipation.

 

 

The Darkness In Faith Boxed Set by C.F. Rabbiosi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Serial Murderess Series

so I’m going to do things a bit different here and review all three books in the Serial Murderess Series together but giving my brief impression on each instalment.
So I’m not normally one for trigger warnings but with this, you need one; this is dark depraved sick stuff proceed with caution.
If like me that sentence is like honey to a bee just be aware that at times this was even a bit too much for me and that’s something I don’t usually say.
There is Rape, murder, torture, necrophilia, cannibalism the list goes on and on so please do take my warning seriously there is the blackest stuff imaginable between these pages.
So this is a hard one, on the one hand, I love to push the boundaries of my tolerances, but here I wasn’t just giving them a nudge I was flat out annihilating and totally flattening everything in its path.
So If you want to just dip your toe into darker waters this isn’t the series to start with; this is completely hardcore.
This series is mainly told from the POV of Faith herself a product of her horrific life experiences in her case a history of rape, torture and slavery.
This girl has some serious issues which have resulted in her fascination with blood and death.
She’s a self-made serial killer who preys on the predators themselves.
Her moral compass is so off course when it comes to dispensing her own personal brand of justice.
So what happens when this necrophilia loving serial killer meets what could be her match made in heaven.
I’m gonna stop you right there; this is not a romance; this is so far from the warm and fuzzies than your ever going to get; Brandon the male interest here, is so not what I would even label; what we like to call an anti-hero.
This is more a psychotic bloody Bonnie and Clyde type journey cross country where Faith and Brandon embark on an all-out pilgrimage to annihilate every person that has ever hurt Faith in the most imaginative ways possible.
The go-to phrase these two start to employ.

This is going to be the most fun we’ve had yet

But this is also a downward spiral into the Pitts of insanity and what happens when you give your demons such a free rein.

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is the onset of the journey where we learn what shapes our two lovers into the individuals they have evolved into.
This is perhaps the mildest of the three books almost a build up to more gruesome events.
It’s still bloody graphic as hell though so be prepared for anything.
In This instalment, we leave Brandon and Faith ready for there mission ahead.

Darkly Dreaming Faith
Portrays there antics as each kill goes down more each imaginative than the last.
Brandon and Faith fall deeper down the rabbit hole with each occurrence sending Brandon on a downward spiral into insanity.
In fact, here it becomes very apparent that Brandon is so much more than he has previously revealed to his new partner in death.
Finally culminating in Faith through self-preservation contemplating going rogue on his butt.

Vicious Faith
The final book in the trilogy and perhaps the most graphic and depraved of all three.
Here all roads come to a head and number five on Faiths list “Gas Mask” in dramatic style manages to turn the tables on Faith.
This was my favourite of the three books and though there where things I had kinda guessed previously here; there were still many shocks that snuck up and caught me unawares.
I adored the shocking conclusion we were given here.
It had an almost karmic justice to it.
Here is where we discover that there are no heroes only predators and events do come full circle in such a shocking finale.

This is not a romance.
There are no heroes in this trilogy only innocents and evil.
This was not easy reading at times but I persevered as I wanted to know the final outcome.
My rating here really reflects my unease with the content matter involved.
“The serial Murderess series” itself really pushed the envelope with me in regards to my comfort levels.
It’s an unapologetic jaunt through a dissolute and perverted playground.
Where everything good and wholesome has been stripped back to the bone and the only thing left behind is viciousness and cruelty.
Enter if you dare but be warned the passage your about to traverse is anything but pretty.
The road ahead of you is paved in blood and tears.
I’m not going to give this a yay or a nay just a give this a go if you think you can handle it and prepare to be appaled.
And again remember my original caution.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Serial Murderess Series” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Outcasts (Badlands #3) / Natalie Bennett /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-12th May 2018
Publisher-BB Books
Genre-Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Kindle Edition-

*Grimm* 

Pariah. 
Dark Messiah. 
Harbinger of death. 

My reputation has always preceded me. 

I’m a brother to the queen of the Badlands. 

I’m one of the few confidants to her fiancé–the devil himself. 

And those whispered rumours that I’m a silent killer, a true harvester of souls? 

They’re true. 

People never see me coming. I don’t discriminate, I show no mercy, and I feel no remorse. 

My only loyalty is to my family and when someone important to them goes missing, I vow to do whatever is necessary to track her down and bring her back. 

But the person I find is not the same woman who was stolen away. 

Something’s different about her. 
Something I find myself drawn to as we fight our way back to hell. 

*Arlen* 

Stubborn. 
Reckless. 
Original family disappointment. 

My reputation has never preceded me. 

I’m supposed to be this spoiled, rich b*tch who does everything her daddy tells her. 

I was forbidden to even think about the Badlands. 

But money means nothin to me and my paradise was a pretty cage I refused to be trapped in. 

I fought my way out, I found a new family, and even though sh*t got tough sometimes it all worked out in the end. 

And then I got kidnapped. 
I thought it was over for me. 
I almost broke. 

I should have known he would never let that happen. 
And I should have realized something inside me had shifted. 

Maybe then I’d have seen the signs that I was falling for an irredeemable man. 

A man who taught me that there was power in taking away a life. 
A man who showed me just how beautiful hell truly was. 

It’s only fair I warn you that this is not a story about a rescued damsel in distress. 
This is a story about what happens when a man who collects souls finally meets his match. 

*Outcasts is the 3rd book in the Badlands series. This book can be read as a standalone but I recommend starting Savages & Deviants first.* 

Outcasts (Badlands Book 3)

 

Outcasts by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-12/5/18

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You know I don’t think it really matters the dark depraved satanic stuff that comes from the depths of Natalie Bennet’s soul.
I just can’t help but absorb the craziness and depravity portrayed here so decadently.
Really just flowing with the tide and giggling manically as we get to delve deeper amidst the fucked up pages that is ultimately Outcasts and this author’s amazingly demented psyche.
And man this stuff; is as always major fucked up; like totally.
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Sorry; I just can’t bring myself to care though as its just such compelling reading.
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So in “outcasts” we get to continue the story we started in previous books and this begins initially with Arlen still MIA waiting for Grimm to come rescue her arse from her kidnapper Noah.
And In direct opposition to most romances (if you could call this that) the feelings between Grimm and Arlen are already established and on a firm ground, just not yet acted upon by either party involved.
And from the onset, we are thrown right back centre-stage into the action with blood, gore and torture aplenty.
“Outcasts” really doesn’t pull its punches in that particular department.
There were even occasions when I found my self-going no that’s just sick man, no way.
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So here we get to be up close and personal with what makes the Reaper that is Grim himself actually tick.
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And we also get a front row seat to his brand of psychotic savagery and his way of giving his brat all of his attention and true self.

“I’d give her a crown forged of blood and bone from every motherfucker who’d laid a hand on what was mine. I hoped she was ready to paint some shit red. We weren’t going home until their bodies were at our feet.”

 

“Grimm was filthy, wicked down to his core, but he was the kind of filthy you wanted coating every fibre of your being, straight down to your bare bones”.

Then we have Arlen; Grimm’s brat, already damaged, but since her capture and life’s cruel lessons she now on the wrong side of cray-cray.
And what she wants most of all; besides grim, is to bathe in the blood of her enemies.
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she is no longer so hung up on right versus wrong and is now fully embracing her malfunctioning moral compass.
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So this is told from dual POV with a bonus chapter at the end courtesy of Romero.
We don’t get to see that much of Rom and Cali here though they do make the occasional cameo.
“Outcasts” mainly features Grimm, Arlen and Cobra heavily with some extra newcomers also thrown into the mix.
This was extremely ramped throughout; which as you can expect from this series was of a very graphic nature.
“Outcasts” was also super steaming hot setting the pages alight with its chemistry.
Grim and his brat certainly had a connection here and I could really feel it literally projecting off the page, heading right for me.
sometimes it’s the little things. like a shared interest.

“I wondered what it said about my relationship when I knew it was my man who killed someone simply by the way they were executed; clearly, we were very compatible.”

So I know this says it can be read as a standalone but in my opinion, I wouldn’t advise it.
You would lose so much and I do think have issues following along with the present timeline.
My advice, start at the beginning with savages you really won’t regret it.
Its a fantastically imaginative journey; that would be a shame to miss.
But before I go, a warning “Outcasts” is an extremely dark read dealing with some very graphic scenes.
If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid, you have been warned.
If like me you like to take a stroll on the dark side occasionally then, by all means, please do join me on this effed up post-apocalyptic ride.
I want to leave you with this quote; which I think sums Grimm and Brats relationship up perfectly.

“She was mercy. I was death. She’d always be Sally. I’d be her Jack. A goddess like Persophone, to a dark lord like Hades. Queen of death. Queen of me. For always.”

Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Outcasts (Badlands #3)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Factual, Historical, Horror, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Hunger / Alma Katsu /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-6th March 2018
Publisher- G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genre-Historical Fiction/Horror
Kindle Edition-376 Pages

Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere.

Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone–or something–is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck–the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.

While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions–searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand–evil begins to grow around them and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves “What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased…and very hungry?”

 

 

The Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/3/18

“The Hunger” By Alma Katsu was such an immersing read with such diverse interesting characters you couldn’t help but become hooked and transfixed by the storyline.
With its rich tapestry of history, you actually felt transported back into another place and time.
Taking the story of the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party, one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history and putting its own horrific slant on it.
The author has managed to meld fact with fiction, giving us this portrayal of history mixed with an ominous presence of dread throughout.
The story takes various members of this party and tells its narrative from different POV giving us such a diverse understanding of the dynamics and powers that were at play.
Different members insights show the good and bad of all involved here and how easy breakdowns in communication, as well as fear mongering, can spread like a plague throughout a group.
This was truly shocking in places and I was suitably impressed with how the fiction had been interwoven into the known facts.
Being from the UK I was not aware of the Donner Party myself so this was a new story for me and got to say a very enjoyable read.
Give this a go if you like stories rich in history and character.
So I was provided with an ARC of “The Hunger” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ Book Review / Damaged (Voyeur #4) / N. Isabelle Blanco & Elena M. Reyes

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🌾BOOK-REVIEW🌾

Release Date-17th December 2017
Genre-Dark romantic suspense
Kindle Edition

“Now I’m going to ruin you.” 
I found the way out.
Yet, Ivy doesn’t know it. Haven’t been able to tell her.
My plan is incomplete. Possibly flawed. The exit from this room is almost in the palm of my hand.
But there’s no telling what truly lies on the other side of that wall.
How the hell we’ll survive escaping this place.
How damaged we’ll be.
Jamie’s life is in our hands—one wrong move from us will be her end and yet, I can’t afford to let that stop me.
Fuck no.
I’ll forsake their lives without so much as a blink to get us out. Their blood on my hands I’ll wear with pride.
To survive I’ll kill every last one of them.
It’s time we finally escape.
We’ll die if we don’t.
WARNING: This story isn’t for everyone. Please read with caution. Contains graphic violence and explicit situations some might find disturbing. Read at your own risk

 

 

Damaged by N. Isabelle Blanco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
KINDLE UNLIMITED
Release Date-17/12/17

Oh, My bloody god, this book is like seriously messing with my head.

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And after the events at the end of book three where we seem to have one part of a who but not a why.
Things are really starting to heat up for Ivy and Noah.
So after another session of drugging poor Noah much to his distress awakens to find his Ivy missing.
Vanished.
Left the building.
And the gates of there prison are now wide open to play.

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So as Noah is going nutty searching for his love there are still so many questions to be answered.

Who is the familiar masked male?
Why is this happening?
Will they make it out of this nightmare alive and together?
And that finale is it real or just another sick torturous game to mess with there psyches.

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Noah and Ivy, I will be praying for you both.
After finally connecting you need and deserve a happy ending.
Just keep your pants zipped for now you need to concentrate on escaping not shagging.
Plenty of time to swing from the chandeliers later.
I so need the next piece of this addictive puzzle like now sigh.
Damaged by N. Isabelle Blanco is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Horror, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ Book Review / Broken (Voyeur #3) / N. Isabelle Blanco & Elena M Reyes /

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🦋BOOK-REVIEW🦋

Release Date-28th September 2017
Genre-Dark erotic Suspense
Kindle Edition-70 Pages

Deceased.
Gone.
Someday to become a distant memory. 
They’re dead and I don’t feel an ounce of remorse.
Instead, the relief is almost instant. No longer will I feel like scum because my heart lies with him—My Noah.
The voice might’ve forced my hand, but in the end, I’ll always choose my heart. I’ve lived within my fear of losing him and that’s now been stripped from me.
We’ve been forced to say goodbye to our past and I’m embracing my future with both hands.
I’m no longer afraid.
I’m pissed. 
They want us broken, but instead they’ve unleashed a beast unwilling to submit. I’m an animal determined to save her man.
To live. 
I no longer care who gets in my way or what I have to do. I will have that man . . . 
And one day, we will both escape.

Broken by N. Isabelle Blanco

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS
Release Date-28/9/17
Kindle Unlimited

So Broken (Voyeur Book 3) was slightly different from previous reads.
here we take a little step back from the madness and get to experience some of the past and how Ivy and Noah Met.
So this is told from Ivy’s POV and there is more of the same sort of games we have had in the previous books.
This instalment focusses a lot on the connection already established between these two.
And I have found with each segment of the story we are given that there is a stronger deeper thread connecting our pair of lovers.
You can really feel all the heartfelt emotion in Broken.
Maybe expounded also because of the circumstances, kind of like a pressure cooker waiting to let off steam.
These two have only each other to rely on here and there forced containment seemed to bring a sense of intimacy much faster than the norm.
Broken takes it a tiny step further and we get a glimpse of the puppet masters pulling the strings behind the scenes.

SICKOS!!!!

There are also new creepy players introduced here the usual kinky shenanigans and before the final curtain falls Ivy gets to share her suspicions about the identity of one of there captors with Noah.
Is she right?
Can’t wait to find out.


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All in All, this was unique fun read that I enjoyed greatly
Broken Is currently Free on Kindle Unlimited.


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Historical, Reviews, Suspense

/ ARC-Book Review / The Coffin Path / Katherine Clements /

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🍁ARC-BOOK-REVIEW🍁

Release Date-8th February 2018
Genre-Historical
Publisher-Headline Review
Kindle Edition-384 Pages

The Coffin Path is an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. For fans of Michelle Paver and Sarah Waters, this gothic tale will weave its way into your imagination and chill you to the bone.

Maybe you’ve heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there’s something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn’t afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father’s study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can’t see it yet.

The Coffin PathThe Coffin Path by Katherine Clements

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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ARC-REVIEW
Release Date-8/2/18
So the Coffin Path By Katherine Clements was a strange one for me, I was really looking forward to this but it didn’t quite deliver and left me feeling a tad confused by that unexplained ending.
So this book tells the story of Mercy Booth who lives at Scarcross Hall with her father and an old servant called Meg.
Scarcross Hall is at the end of the old coffin path that winds up from the village to the top of the moor, hence the stories name.


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Stories Abound about the evil that resides up here.
But Mercy isn’t afraid she loves this land.
And when a stranger appears seeking work Mercy reluctantly provides it.
So the stranger, Ellis Ferreby and Mercy’s tales are on a collision course and the fallout is going to be epic.
So this is what I would class as a gothic ghost tale, set in the seventeenth century on the bleak Yorkshire Moors amid sheep country.
The Coffin Path gives vivid descriptions throughout of the bleakness of the times.
The first visual upon starting this is a graphic portrayal of Mercy aiding a sheeps labour and this book continues to provide vivid optical delights.
The atmosphere created throughout hangs heavy with an extremely ominous feel.
Despite this, I struggled at times to fully connect and though the mood was set there never seemed to be an adequate explanation for any of the events occurring.
The Coffin Path mostly relies on its ambience, setting an aura of terror for the reader.
I also felt there were just too many bloody sheep stories being told.
I know where it was set, and the author did show her great knowledge of sheep farming back in the day, which is awesome, but for me, it was just a tad too much information.
I was sick to the back bloody teeth of sheep.
So the ending for this book took me completely by surprise, I saw some of it coming, but there was other stuff that I really wasn’t expecting at all, and if I’m honest I actually feel rather sad and heartbroken for Ellis, the poor bloke.
I would have definitely prefered an alternative ending and actually felt that Mercy was a complete cow to the poor bloke.
And also, as I said earlier, I am not quite sure what has actually happened here.
It was all a bit weird if I’m honest.
I was left feeling a bit deflated, this showed so much promise but for me fell totally flat in places.
Saying that this was very well written and had such a lyrical prose you couldn’t help being enthralled by the language and also the overall setting.
So, in conclusion, this was a somewhat solid read but with some issues that I failed to overcome.
I was provided with an ARC of “The Coffin Path” 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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