Contemporary, Dark, Reviews

/ Book Review / Stay (Love in the Dark Book 1) / Chelsea Camaron /



Release Date-Sep 5th 2015
Genre-Dark Drama
Kindle Edition-193 Pages


Fair Warning … This isn’t a sappy romance. It’s not sweet. It’s far from anything you would want to imagine. This is a story to leave you feeling dirty.

Nothing about us is normal.

Nothing about us is natural.

Can love ultimately be defined in such ways, truly?

This is our story.

He is a hit man, the very one who took my family the night that changed us both forever. Something in my eyes stopped him from killing me. Something in my eyes called out for him to take me.

At ten, he captured me. At fifteen, he consumed me. And at eighteen, he owned me.

Outsiders think he’s my father … That is so far from the truth.

Our twisted desires fuel the darkness that lies deep inside us both. My innocence never existed, and he takes me as I am.

***Warning: Adult content not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a dark romance filled with graphic violence and is not to be mistaken as a light read. This is not your typical HEA. You have been warned.***


Stay by Chelsea Camaron
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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This was certainly nothing like what I was expecting but I adored it anyway.
“Stay” tells the story of one tragic little girl’s redemption by a very unlikely saviour.
I didn’t find this a particularly dark read but it definitely had undertones with the physical abuse of a young girl prior to her liberation from the hands of the people who should have been her fiercest protectors.
In this, it’s Her Stranger that takes on the mantle of guardian and unexpected benefactor to a young Fallyn.
In her, this stone-cold hitman sees his second chance at protecting the innocence he still sees in her.
An almost second chance if you will after his life imploded so dramatically; ironically it’s his angel (Fallyn) that gives him a purpose to live for; I say ironic because considering his initial intention it really is.
So I really loved this and honestly didn’t see that ending; it took caught me completely unawares.
Though I do think considering Her Strangers need to protect her things would have gone down slightly differently than they did.
After everything that Giano had done to shield and protect her, I can’t see him then subjecting his Angel to such tortures of the soul and scarring her with recurring memories for years to come; one thing was very apparent here her stranger loved her so deeply so I just can’t see it myself.
That is my only reason for removing half a star here.
This is told all from Fallyn’s POV and it was truly intriguing witnessing the slow metamorphosis from Fallyn to Angelina to the point the two identities merge into one whole new entity entirely.
I also loved the fact we are then treated to two epilogues an almost you decide scenario; I adored that and is it wrong that the darker of the two possibilities is definitely where my own choice was edging towards here.
So This isn’t a rainbows and ribbons type of story, it isn’t even a romance if I had to put a label on this it’s all about loss, redemption and temptation, finding a reason to continue the daily struggle that is life.
But where there is darkness there is also light and I truly believe that Fallyn was this for Giano, his redemption; And in a way, despite the conclusion here these two were each other’s, unexpected saviours, there for each other at a certain crossroads in life.
I’m actually welling up here just writing this review so deeply did this story touch my soul.
This is one bittersweet story that will stay with me for a while and am so very glad to see the author has decided to continue this enthraling saga I for one can’t wait to see where this goes.
A warning before I go this does very briefly at the beginning portray a scene of Fallyn’s abuse by her father; just thought I’d give a heads up in case anyone is triggered by this.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy of “Stay” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.


Crime, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

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



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

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

Dark, Dystopian, Futuristic, New Adult, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) / Alyson Santos /



 Release Date-6th June 2018
Genre- NA Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-243 Pages

They may be refugees but Andie Sorenson never chose to flee when government forces abduct her to the “safety” of a military-operated compound. Caught in an ugly civil war no one understands, she’s now a number, a uniform, her future reduced to three stale meals a day with the strangers who share her fate. She’s nothing, no one—until a random act of compassion and an electric smile turn her prison into a refuge.

It’s his eyes, his heart, his beautiful soul drowning in an ocean of secrets. Lance Corporal Kaleb Novelli is an enigma, but with each plunge through another layer, Andie finds herself captured in a way she never imagined. She knows they have no future. They can’t even have a present, but that doesn’t stop her heart from committing to a man she can never have. The only one she trusts in this battle of lies and manipulation.

But they’ve found their paradise in hell, and she can’t shake the feeling that Kaleb Novelli is not just a player. He’s the game.


Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1)

Traitor by Alyson Santos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date-6/6/18

This was such an unexpected little gem; so emotive and heart-wrenching in its brutality.
But also strangely uplifting and profound at the same time.
I felt so connected to the storyline and its characters here and this was one read that definitely snuck up on me in stealth mode; catching me completely unawares with its rawness and individuality.
From the second of starting this, I was ever so intrigued; The tale told here was so unique and so different it was in a genre all of its own class and I found myself struggling to classify this as it crossed so many lines with its profound message and agenda.
A real standout story that captured my attention with its ultimate distinctiveness.
“Traitor” in its first half almost seemed to rely more on the sentiment and simple interactions between Kaleb and Andie than any shock tactics to hook and draw in its reader and that was a real plus point for me.
Maybe that’s why in the second half the sheer brutality portrayed was such a contrast; it really reflected back the almost simplistic beginning here when placed and held up against such utter savagery as we encountered in “The prisoner” chapters; truly shocking.
The prose used here was so good Building anticipation and a sense of almost injustice against this post-apocalyptic waste-ground.
There was such originality in the way this story unfolded; Its a tale of two halves and though told in dual POV rather than it being alternate chapters; which is the usual norm; this book is split down the centre; with Andie’s perspective first; closely followed by Kaleb’s.
And rather than chapters dedicated to the build-up in Kaleb and Andie’s relationship; what we get is a series of flashbacks to more closely explain how there deep and profound connection ultimately developed.
This was such an original way of narrating and one I really adored.
The author doesn’t go into great back detail; it is assumed that the reader is somewhat aware of previous past endeavours; I found that this was not a great issue as the story is somewhat self-explanatory and so easy to follow along with.
As I mentioned previously; this has a sort of dystopian apocalyptic feel to it; A civil war rages across all fronts and our two main characters both seem to have there own personal roles to play.
This is almost a love across the barricades romance; one where you are forced to pick a faction but where both are equally abhorrent in their ultimate behaviour and intention; both sides guilty; nether innocent; both awash in shades of grey; is the real sense you take away from this touching poignant tale.
In fact, its poor Kaleb who gets caught in this crossfire who is the ultimate victim here; a pawn in this stalemate of wills and at the mercy and whims of powerful individuals; it’s truly heartbreaking to witness the extent of his suffering at the hands of a monster.
I could have wept rivers of pain for his agony, torment and terror.
How much misery and despair he must have endured internally to swallow his pride and beg for mercy in the way he did; truly tragic and dehumanising; a casualty of war not of his making.
But we also get to experience the other side of the coin; how just when you think life cant give you any more surprises it throws you curveballs.
That hope is not lost and people can still amaze you with there ingrained humanity.
Ultimately what I took away from this was a profound sense of faith and that even in the dark there can be a glimmer of light; for Kaleb, that is Andie she is his very beacon of hope.
Loved the ending here; I was worried for a second; so was so pleased to not have my expectations dashed just for cruel shock value; It was a bit of a phew moment for me there.
This was my first book by this author but so won’t be my last; I cant recommend this read enough; this is fiction at its best outstanding.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / If You Say So / A.R. Myles /



Release Date-27th May 2018
Genre- Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-324 Pages


Sometimes life is a dream you don’t want to wake up from . . . 

The night Alison Lockhart walks in to Undisputed, she only wants to have a drink, celebrate a friend’s birthday, and forget about the newest guy her mother tried to set her up with. It’s why, when the infamous Jay “The Hurricane” Hamilton—one of the highest-ranking boxers at The Underground—labels her a ring rat, she writes him off as just another guy with an over-inflated ego. 

Only she can’t stop thinking about him. 

Or his steel-blue eyes. 

Or the apology on his perfect lips. 

Their fall is fast and hard, but when Alison’s ex shows up and Jay starts keeping secrets, will they be able to find their way out of the nightmare? 

*** Standalone. Recommended for readers 17+ ***


If You Say So

If You Say So by A.R. Myles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-29/5/18

So this is a difficult one for me to rate; On the one hand, I loved the majority of “If You Say So” And I also found it to be incredibly romantic, emotive and sweet, I could actually feel the sentiment projecting off the page; right at me.
I have a soft spot for fighters with a core of mushiness and Jay Hamilton had this in spades.
He was a man who was tough, took no crap but was also not afraid of embracing his softer side and showing his true emotions.
I suppose what I’m trying to say he was Alpha enough that he didn’t need to prove himself in any way; secure in his own manliness; with no point to prove.
His personality really complimented Alison’s and the projected dynamic between these two was something I truly enjoyed.
It was such a believable partnership and I had no issues warming to and embracing this couple wholeheartedly.
But then on the other hand that ending; man, I hated it; like it really pissed me off big style.
It totally blindsided me; and usually for me in fiction that’s a good thing.
It’s not very often an author is able to sneak up on me and take me unawares like A.R. Myles did here, but this time; it so wasn’t my bag.
I found it unnecessary and frankly a trifle bemusing; like what is the author trying to accomplish here; if it was to make me have a good old cry and shock the socks off me then mission accomplished; it certainly achieved its intention.
But all that this finale brought to my table was a big pit of sadness combined with despair.
And it left behind an awful sour taste in my mouth.
I was so enjoying the refreshing simplicity of “If You Say So”; then to be left feeling like I had been floored by a ten-tonne lorry; unacceptable.
Without that finish, I would have rated this much higher; In fact, it was a total four-star from me, up until that moment I was bomb-shelled in such a dramatic fashion.
Such a shame as I was so enjoying myself until then; this book is still an excellent read and was exceptionally well written with a warm inviting style of storytelling.
It was told in dual POV had no OM or OW drama; which I was stoked about; I’m not a big fan of this and seem lately to be getting this a lot in my choice of fiction; so was great that this was missing from “If You Say So”.
I think this book is going to be like marmite; you either do or you don’t.
Unfortunately for me, that finish major derailed me.
Despite the above, I would still recommend this; its really gonna come down to your own personal preferences and what you like here.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “If You Say So ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) / L.E. Sterling /



Release Date-1st May 2018
Publisher-Entangled Teen
Genre-Dystopian YA
Kindle Edition-352 Pages

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm


True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3)

True Storm by L.E. Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS RTF
Release Date-1/5/18

“True Storm” is a fantastic conclusion to what has been so far a great Imaginative new YA series.
Though book two is still hands down my favourite this definitely comes in a very close second.
With, as usual, fabulously creative world-building skills and an amazingly diverse cast.
This directly from the start places the reader smack bang into the middle of the story and with so many ups and downs and twists and turns I really had no clue what was going to occur next.
And if I’m bloody honest here, I had the pants shocked off of me on numerous occasions.
This is non-stop action with some major shockers thrown into the assortment just for shit and giggles and also to help muddy the waters further.
I really wasn’t prepared for some of the happenings in “True Storm” and did find myself crying like a baby as the story gradually unfolded to its ultimate conclusion.
“True Storm” itself, finally gives us answers to certain questions and loose ends left over from previous instalments.
A sense of closure is finally offered, rounding things up nicely for the reader.
One slight criticism from me know, that ending!!
I would have maybe liked things expanded on slightly.
Clarified a trifle more, the eventual fallout with Storm and Jared I would have really liked to see play out to its foregone conclusion.
I just think It would have added an extra dimension and depth to the proceedings if things had been spun that way.
And also can I just say, after all that denial from Lu and Jared about there relationship things just seemed to me to be slightly anti-climatic in nature.
It was all wrapped up a bit too quickly and pat for my particular liking.
Another slight gripe was I didn’t feel certain characters in this book got the page time they deserved when it came to there fates.
I know obscure much!!!
but I really can’t say much more without giving too much information away and spoiling this excellent tale for others.
But what I will say is this.
one of my favourite characters here got a pretty raw deal in my opinion.
And I was not impressed with how quickly he was brushed over and moved on with, just saying.
On a final note, this instalment is slightly friskier than the others.
Though it is still completely suitable for a younger audience it’s only kissing and some mild petting but just thought I’d mention it.
So that’s it from me, this was a great YA read that I really did enjoy.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Sergio-A Dark Mafia Romance (The Benedetti Brothers #3) / Natasha Knight /



Release Date-23rd April
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-256 Pages

Dark Mafia Romance

I’m the firstborn son of the mafia king. The favourite. Destined to rule, I’m a dangerous man, a ruthless one. But in my world, you have to be.

Then Natalie stumbles into my life. Wrong place. Wrong time.

Twice, fate put her in my path.
Twice, fate placed the innocent lamb at the mercy of the monster.

I gave her a chance to walk away. Told her it would be better for her if she did.
But she didn’t listen.
And now it’s too late.
Because I’m not good. I never wanted to be. And I won’t let her go anymore. See, I’m not the hero. When I touch her, it’s with dirty hands.

I know my reckoning is coming though. I know I’ll burn for the things I’ve done, the sins I’ve committed. And I don’t deny hell is where I belong, but I want my time first. I want my time with her.

She’s mine.
No matter what.

Author’s Note: Sergio is a steamy standalone mafia romance set in the Benedetti world. Themes are dark and may not be what you expect.

Sergio: a Dark Mafia Romance

Sergio: a Dark Mafia Romance by Natasha Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Release Date-23/4/18

I am destroyed!!!
Sergio by Natasha Knight has ripped my heart out and stomped all over it.
Leaving behind a bloody mangled mess.


I knew exactly what I was getting myself into from the get-go.
So I have nobody else to blame but my own stubborn arse for thinking I could handle the fallout of such a profound and deeply emotional read.
I am not saying a word about plotline or character development, what made this good, what got on my proverbial wick.
Why I liked this one and why I wanted to kick that one’s arse.
All I’m going to say is read “Sergio” a Dark Mafia Romance, and prepare yourself.
You are going to be ripped limb from limb and left sobbing like a baby.
I can’t even talk about this book without tears dripping down my face.

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My DP thinks I’ve lost the plot, you know what he said, people?
You do know their fictional Characters “BOO” like not real people, made up?


How dare he!! they feel so real, alive and vital to me.
And that there lies the crux of this conundrum.
If an author can make you experience such depths of emotional despair than that is, in my humble opinion, one hell of a writer.
And this author is ultimately one brave lady, telling this story exactly how she envisioned it.
Not how others wanted it.
I’m impressed, still broken but entirely bowing down to your genius here.
So I am going to finish on this note “Sergio” is a story that will live in the depths of your soul long after the lights go out.
Its a beautiful, poignant tale of love and life gone wrong, where the ultimate attraction is in the actual realism portrayed between its pages.
This is a story that needed to be told and I feel richer overall for this humbling experience.
I am ever so glad I got to read this ARC and though not a newcomer to Natasha Knight this was definitely different to what I usually expect from her scribblings.
Different in a good way that is, it’s certainly been a memorable journey, one that I am so not going to forget in a hurry.


I adored your unconventional love story, Sergio & Natalie and you both definitely deserve your moment in that spotlight.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Sergio” A Dark Mafia Romance of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / MERCY- A Hitman Romance / Lindsay Marie Miller /



Release Date-31st January 2017
Genre- Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-412 Pages



I fell in love with a hitman.
The one hired to kill me.
I just hope he doesn’t break my heart.

Nineteen-year-old Anna James is an Ex-President’s daughter with a bounty on her head. A sudden thirst for teenage rebellion lands her in a crowded nightclub, where she locks eyes with a beautiful stranger across the room.

Ten years her senior, elusive and brooding Julian rescues Anna and then whisks her away to an undisclosed location in the wilderness. But Julian is like a force of nature—cold as ice one minute, warm and tender the next. Frightened and distressed, Anna is reluctant to trust her hero.

Especially when she discovers that Julian is the man hired to kill her.

Mercy: A Hitman Romance

Mercy: A Hitman Romance by Lindsay Marie Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-21/1/17

So “Mercy: A Hitman Romance” by Lindsay Marie Miller was very much swings and roundabouts for me and initially I thought It was totally going to be a three-star rating all the way, then just over halfway through this book something happened to change that.
The author managed to totally blindside me, I mean I really didn’t see this coming at all.
The ball was thrown completely out of the park.
And in doing so “Mercy” was pulled from an Ok mediocre read to a
WHAT THE ACTUAL F**K !!!! just happened moment.


Loooved that so much, it’s been a while since I’ve been caught off guard quite like that.
So I will try to explain what my gripes were here.
first, really didn’t like the cover picture of this book at all.
I hate to sound judgmental and all, but it just wasn’t at all how I imagined Anna to be.
She was meant to be a sheltered naive nineteen-year-old.
She also, I found, came across initially as quite an immature child, lacking the life experience to see the overall bigger picture.
I did find this extremely irritating, but it just goes to show how our life experiences shape us as individuals, as I imagine a similarly aged girl, with a normal upbringing, would have likely been much more grown up in behaviour, I know I was at that age.


So back to that front cover, Well, the representation of Anna, really looked just like a high-class call girl.
And that’s no offence to call girls everywhere.
I’m sorry she just did with her boobs pushed up in that bright red dress.
It was just all sorts of wrong in appearance.
And the male on the front, Well he looked like a chauffer sigh.
But that aside it was mainly Anna’s immaturity and Julian’s arctic mood swings that I initially found off-putting.
Julian’s moodiness was bordering on bipolar at times, there was just no rhyme or reason to his behaviour at these times and that really perplexed me.
Why was he was acting like such a tool?

And I also couldn’t reconcile with his wanting Anna when she acted like such a child.
And this is coming from a women whos partner is twenty years older than her.
I met my other half when I was Twenty-one and he was Forty-0ne and I imagine he would have run for the hills, If I’d behaved quite as young and idiotic as Anna.
Julian, in my opinion, seemed more like a father than a lover to her.
I also wasn’t a great fan of the way the physical aspects of this relationship played out.
I even had to re-read a few passages, as I couldn’t be sure that they had actually done the deed the descriptive was so vague in overall nature.


This is just me personally as I like my men to be portrayed as much more raw and graphic in overall nature and intent.
Also, Annas relationship with her parents.
She really needed to grow a pair and tell them where to get off.
Girl, you want to be a grown-up?
then start behaving like one.
Tell mummy and Daddy to bloody butt out.
So now I have that off my chest, here come the goodies.
When this really got going I was shocked.
This was completely different to what I was expecting and everything I thought I knew was incorrect.
I Can’t say too much without letting the cat out the bag. but let’s just say this had twists and turns aplenty.
Most that I had not a clue were approaching.
And these secrets and lies also left me reeling, with my mouth open, agape.
“Mercy had me sobbing like a baby, I was absolutely distraught and bereft in places here.
This ultimately turned out to be a great read, and I especially love it when you think you’re in for one thing and then you get something else entirely when things change directions on you in such dramatic fashion.
Bravo that quite a feat to manage.
This isn’t a dark read in my opinion.
It’s more about sweet second-chances and love.
Much more romantic than I was expecting.
So if you like your romance more on the lighter side of the spectrum, this ones for all those closet romantics out there.
And I am happy to recommend.
So Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Mercy A Hitman Romance” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

🐳ARC-Book Review 🐳The Daughter by Lucy Dawson🐳


🐳ARC-Book Review🐳

Release Date-24th January 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-290 Pages

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone’s determined to make you pay…
Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

The DaughterThe Daughter by Lucy Dawson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC-Book Review
Release Date Jan 24th 2018

The Daughter (Kindle Edition) by Lucy Dawson is the first thing I have read by this author and this is a great psychological thriller that gripped me from the very start.
So I am trying to be as vague as possible with this review to avoid spoiling this thrilling piece of fiction as I feel explaining the plot too much will do just that, so I’m just going to give you my personal impressions of The Daughter.
So first, I wasn’t aware of what was going to occur at the beginning so this hit me completely out of left field and left me in shocked disbelief.
To continue The daughter portrays its characters in all their flawed glory and I’m sure each of us can find at least one individual here to identify with, or at least find one to resemble an acquaintance we know.
And as the tension mounted and the terror campaign intensified, I was holding my breath in anticipation and also a somewhat fearful fascination.
The Daughter itself I found wasn’t completely unique and at times it seemed quite predictable but during each new experience, you felt an almost stomach-churning dread right alongside Jess as shes made to somehow pay for what someone sees as her past guilt.
Like she hasn’t suffered enough.
Jess even seeming at times to almost accept the mantle of blame like an atonement she really shouldn’t have to feel.
I did kinda guess the perp and I was silently screaming at Jess to catch on and dig her head out the sand, this I found didn’t affect my enjoyment of The Daughter, I almost felt like I was watching a movie, the only thing missing was the popcorn and the TV of course.
In fact, this would be fantastic on the big screen.
In conclusion, this was an excellent piece of fiction I enjoyed immensely and I would definitely recommend if you are a psychological thriller junkie like me.
Although somewhat predictable this didn’t disappoint.
NetGalley provided me with an ARC of The Daughter by Lucy Dawson
of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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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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