Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Roses & Thorns / Bry Ann /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-30th April 2018
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-280 Pages

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One Rose.
One prisoner.
A crime boss.
… and a man determined to overthrow him.

All I wanted was to help women. Free them of their demons. Until he walks in. See, the treatment centre I worked at was my home. The only one I’d known since I was seventeen.

I knew we’d opened a men’s unit. I got the honour of being head tech. He was a criminal. I was warned, prepared, professional. I knew it’d be hard… because of who my father is. I thought I was prepared.

I was anything but prepared.
I was taken.
Treasured.
Twisted by a criminal I swore I would never love.

Two love stories wrapped up in crime. In blood. Delivery.

Trigger Warning: This is a DARK romance. There is language, violence, sexual content and abuse.

Author Note: There IS a cliffhanger in this book, BUT the sequel is coming out in just a couple weeks. Pre-order will be live May 5th

 

Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns by Bry Ann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This was an enjoyable read that for me was slightly swings and roundabouts in nature.
There were some things here that I loved; while others not so much.
It had an extremely unique style of narration using four separate POV’s rather than the more common one or two and rather than concentrating on just one individual couple here we get the added bonus of two; who each seem to share the spotlight equally.
This was a very unique concept that I haven’t seen used that often.
A two-fer if you will.
The style of storytelling used here I initially found a trifle confusing, it did eventually start to grow on me and while I did feel a tad more connected to Sven and Rose, as the story unfolded Boss and Lacy also started to dig deeper and start to burrow beneath my skin.
So why not a higher star rating?
Well, I did struggle somewhat with the brutality depicted here and my final rating does reflect this slightly.
I do like my dark fiction but for some reason here I had issues wrapping my head around Boss’s actions towards Lacy; his complete disconnect to Lacy as a fellow human being and his single-minded focus on his own personal goals at the expense of Lacy was really difficult to comprehend or even understand.
It wasn’t even that the abuse happened, after all, I went into this with my eyes wide open.
Its that It came at the hands of the man who is essentially her future heart.
And yes I have read this type of thing before in my dark fiction its just Boss seemed to take it to a whole new level of extreme that shocked even me.
This was hardcore abuse that I found difficult to process and I just couldn’t find it in my heart to forgive him for his incomprehensible actions towards Lacey.
He essentially broke her which I found unforgivable.
And no it doesn’t give you a free pass if someone else is inflicted your orders.
There carrying out your wishes so your still ultimately responsible.
In some ways, it’s worse.
I found Sven and Rose while initially starting this a much more likeable proposition.
He even internalises that he couldn’t treat Rose this way.
I also should mention this ends on a cliffhanger which whilst not bothering me just thought I’d pre-warn you.
I think the next Installment is already out anyway.
At its essence “Roses and Thorns” is an interesting dark read that really pushed my boundaries far past what I was comfortable with.
This can be good or bad depending on your perception and mindset as sometimes we need to experience things outside of our compact little boxes.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be continuing on here as I’m afraid I definitely reached my hard limit with the treatment of Lacy.
I’m not going to recommend this, either way, it all depends on your own personal dark barometer.
Just be aware going in that this is rather upsetting in places.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Roses and Thorns” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

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

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

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

 

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

Giano gave me life.
I gave him death.

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

Could I ever believe in love again?

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

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

Series order: 
Stay 
Seeking Solace 
Reclaiming Me

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

 

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

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

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

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

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🍃ARC BOOK REVIEW🍃

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heartless (Merciless Book 2)

Heartless by Willow Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-17/7/18

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

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Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

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

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🍀ARC BOOK REVIEW🍀

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

 

Love is the deadliest lie.

Leighton 

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

Mateo

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

Faded Gray Lines (Carrera Cartel #2)

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

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-28/6/18

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

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

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

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

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

Katya
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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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-24/6/18

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

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

/ ARC Book Review / King Of Hearts (Old Money Roulette #2) / Natalie Bennett /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-9th June 2018
Publisher-BB Books
Genre-Dark Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition

 

His secrets. Her sanity

The road to hell…
Well, there is no road to hell.
I already live there.

I was forced to partake in a rigged game of seduction, manipulation, and murder.

Mateo Remmington is my formidable opponent.

He makes the devil look like a saint.

He’s immoral.
He’s ruthless.
He’s a goddamn king.

King of a clandestine empire who sits on a throne covered in innocents’ blood.

I’ve become his obsession.
He’s becoming my deadly addiction.

And if I make one wrong move he’ll end my life.

 

King Of Hearts (Old Money Roulette #2)

King Of Hearts by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-9/6/18

OMG! Loved “King Of Hearts” like so much and I feel like I was waiting forever to read this; I was so excited to get my hands on this second instalment in the fantastic “Old Money Roulette” series.
And sigh; it was over much too soon for me as I raced through this in record time.
This starts off exactly where we left events previously, and almost from the get-go we are ramped right back into the action with shocks and turns galore.
Mateo is in True King style as he attempts to mould and manipulate his Ley all in the name of shaping her new destiny as his queen; strategising events to play this game exactly as he chooses.
Taking Ley along for the ride; while giving her the allusion of choice when really her destiny has already been preordained by yours truly.
When the cards finally fall Elaina is going to be right by Mateos side; The dark Queen to his Corrupt King.
And my god this book was decadent and depraved personified; exactly what I have come to expect and adore from this particular author.
I just never knew where events were going to go next; This author has such a malignant mind that when let free it is honestly a touch unnerving; I was almost afraid to turn the page at times.
But in the same breathe, there’s also such a compulsion to soldier on here; as this is also such addictive reading that once started is impossible to put down until the final reveal; I was glued with an almost sinful sickened delight.
Both Elaina and Mateo are such flawed individuals both with multifaceted personalities.
Mateo being much more transparent than Elaina; who herself hides behind a facade of innocence concealing the cracks beneath her surface.
Mateo makes no apologies and himself stands in full view; almost daring his friends and also his enemies to judge.
while at the same time lending his assistance to Elaina as he attempts to get her to embrace her Immorality wholeheartedly.
So in “King Of Hearts” for every answer, Elaina gets another pops up in its place.
This is full of secrets and lies and is so fast paced it definitely kept me on my toes; feeding me just enough information to titillate but not ultimately satisfy my complete curiosity.
This was also scorching in terms of heat factor with some serious chemistry between our two lovers.
I should also probably mention that this story doesn’t pull any punches; it’s graphic and disturbed with torture that has an almost sick normalcy to it at times; that was just so wrong it was actually right.
This also straddles the dub-con line like a lot, so if this is a trigger; probably best to give this a wide berth.
My own personal morality radar when it comes to my fiction seems a bit screwy and I’ve found the more depraved the more I seem to devour; this I absolutely inhaled.
I’m so dying to read the next part of this addicting saga; So glad I haven’t long to wait, I will be on pins till I get my hands on the next piece of this perplexing puzzle.
I’m now convinced Natalie Bennett could write Christmas crackers and I would appreciate and revel in the almost neurotic normalcy she depicts so well; I’ve yet to read anything of hers yet that I haven’t adored.
This is one series I can’t recommend enough; Give it a go if your stomach is strong enough for the task at hand that is.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “King Of Hearts (Old Money Roulette #2” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Dagger in the Sea / Cat Porter /

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Release Date-6th June 2018
Publisher-Wildflower Ink, LLC
Genre-Mafia Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition

“The velvet tongue” 
That’s what they hear
“The silent fixer” 
That’s what they whisper
“Turo DeMarco can slice you with that smile” 
It’s been known to happen

 

But the one truth they don’t know could get me killed. 
It’s already gotten me thrown into the fire.

I may be the rising dark star of Chicago’s criminal underworld, but I’ve been warned, 
and I have one chance to make things right, flying halfway around the world to do it.

Until one hot AF heiress gets in my way with an unforgettable kiss and a blast of gunfire, hurling us both into the eye of a Mediterranean hurricane, snaring us in the ultimate high stakes games

Our impulsive escape to a Greek island exposes cruel lies, sour truths, explosive passion…and bares our bitter souls

I was always told that actions speak louder than words, 
and Adriana proved it to me
Yet there’s one thing that speaks even louder—
Blood
In my heart, on my hands.

Blood never lies, blood never plays games. 
And neither do I.

 
Dagger in the Sea

Dagger in the Sea by Cat Porter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/6/18

“Dagger in the Sea” was so completely different to what I was expecting.
I was prepared for the usual gritty mafia type romance and what I got was something else entirely.
This was such an in-depth deep glimpse into a different world and culture.
One steeped in history and mythology; which in turn then filled me with an almost gripping inner excitement.
Forget the Mafia connection; that is not really what this book is about; I mean its there in the background with partial exposure throughout; but that is not what “Dagger Of The Sea” ultimately concentrates on.
At the centre of this fascinating tale, we have Adrianna and Turo and this is their journey and also their destination.
It’s this we ultimately focus on; the simplistic connection developing between these two very similar but also so different individuals; exploring further the fresh feelings this new pair of lovers have for each other and as an added bonus this is all set against the stunning backdrop of simple greek island life.
This simple lifestyle also contrasts beautifully the differences in Adri’s usual existence.
exposed to so much money and privilege I’m amazed at her unspoilt persona.
There is so much going on to hold the reader’s attention here.
which is a really good thing as this really is quite a lengthy read.
One with very well developed characters and fantastic supporting side cast.
This is a really jam-packed ride; one that managed to keep my attention throughout without showering me in unwanted angst.
The love story at the centre here is beautiful and believable and it made such a nice change to just experience two people falling hook line and sinker without planting unnecessary obstacles in their path for shock value.
I liked both Adri and Turo equally and it was only certain little niggles that pulled this down slightly for me; they were mainly just personal preferences.
This was so well written and had a fantastic style of narration.
My first introduction to this author and I am pleased to impart that it won’t be my last.
This one was definitely a great read that I am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Dagger In The Sea” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva #10) / Hayley Faiman /

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🥀ARC BOOK REVIEW🥀

Release Date-21st May 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-298 Pages

**A Russian Bratva standalone spin-off novel. 

Giovanna Rossi was born an Italian Mafia princess, by blood only. Raised to be nothing more than a toy used to satisfy men’s pleasures. She was always available for a price. She never dreamed to hope for anything other than physical relationships. 

Aidan O’Neil was once an Irish Prince, next in line to his father’s throne. He grew up to despise what his father stood for. After all, he helped bring the Irish king to his knees. His devotions now lie with the newly formed union between his Irish mob and the Russian Bratva. 

An arrangement meant only to release physical tension, turns into so much more—it turns into everything. When a broken prince meets his match in a broken princess, their bond cannot be denied. 

*Recommended for readers 18+ due to Language, Violence, and Sexual Content. 

 

Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva Book 10)

Bought by the Badman by Hayley Faiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-21/5/18

So I really enjoyed “Bought By The Badman” and this being a new author for me I wasn’t sure quite what to expect.
Well, it was a really positive experience folks and I raced through this story not stopping till I was at the very end.
It was a definite one-sitter read for me.
So first; this is part of a series; number #10 I think, but let me tell you that doesn’t matter a tall.
This can, and I did read this as a stand-alone; I had no issues following along with the storyline either.
This was told in Dual POV; my favourite and also had the added bonus of coming with many diverse and interesting side characters; some not very nice ones either.
This is a mafia romance and the (H) here Aiden O’Neil is head of his Irish family.
Father of four and recently single.
The (h) Giovanna Ross is an Italian mafia bastard; A princess in blood only and a pawn used for her father’s whims.
Vanna is basically her father’s currency who he uses quite liberally as collateral when and if needed.
So this isn’t your conventional romance and has some very dark undertones of abuse.
Some of the scenes between Aiden and Giovanna border on the uncomfortable side of the spectrum; just so you’re aware of this.
Myself, I’m pretty much down for anything; this is fiction after all and I think it does add a slightly more believable angle to the proceedings here.
Aiden being the head of his criminal family is hardly likely to be all rainbows and roses now, is he?
Despite Aidens profession and faults, I found his most redeeming quality was just how much he adored his children.
Even going as far as to originally go against convention when His wife betrays him.
And I do believe he did this mainly because of his children.
There is a lot of Aiden to dislike; but also so much to embrace.
This is the mafia and as such the rules are so different; expectations are so warped against this volatile playground; the reality so atypical from the usual norm.
Vanna’s journey from being her father’s property to Aiden’s treasure was a road paved in ruin but also in new hope.
Vanna’s past has shaped the woman she has become and as such, she is the perfect foil for her Irish prince.
In reality, she is the perfect mob wife; accepting of all things, knowing when to keep quiet and when to wade in.
Her previous profession’s training is actually a plus here as the behaviour of how to act is already ingrained to the core within Vanna; who’d of thought aye?
So this had so many twists and turns and was a fantastic read.
It was a fabulous story and I’m looking forward to backtracking to read previous titles in this addictive series.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Bought by the Badman (Russian Bratva #10)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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

/ ARC Book Review / Breath of Deceit (Dublin Devils #1) / Selena Laurence /

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🦋ARC BOOK REVIEW🦋

Release Date-15th May 2018
Publisher-Golden Age Press
Genre-Romantic Crime
Kindle Edition-350 Pages

The Departed gets a modern upgrade with the injection of cybercrime and four sexy Irish mob brothers fighting to stay alive amidst drug deals and FBI probes.

Cian MacFarlane is the oldest son of Chicago’s reigning crime family. Now the defacto boss of the organization after his father’s retirement, Cian is feared by his enemies and revered by his brothers. But what if Cian isn’t all he seems to be? What if his end game isn’t to maintain his father’s empire but to topple it? As the MacFarlanes broker a deal with the owner of the world’s largest dark website, Cian brokers a deal with the FBI. But when he meets Lila Rodriguez, a genius hacker working with the dark web, his feelings for her only make life more complex.

Determined to save his brothers, even if it means sacrificing himself, Cian lives moment to moment in a deadly underworld of cybercrime, drug deals, federal agents, and a vengeful parent who won’t hesitate to remind his oldest son what it means to be a MacFarlane. Through it all, Cian fights for his brothers to make it out of Chicagoland crime. But will the pieces fall into place before his breath of deceit is discovered?

Breath of Deceit (Dublin Devils #1)

Breath of Deceit by Selena Laurence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-15/5/18

“Breath Of Deceit” was a good solid read; it was not quite what I was expecting but that was not altogether a bad thing.
Let me explain; I was expecting more of a traditional mafia romance and what I actually got was more the start of a mafia suspense with romantic elements throughout.
“Breath Of Deceit” seems to set a lot of the groundwork for the future series and what we get here is great stuff.
This is a suspenseful interesting start to what I imagine is going to be a very interesting new series.
I am really looking forward to seeing where this is ultimately heading.
With really inventive characters and fantastic storytelling its not difficult to fully immerse yourself in this colourful new world.
This was action packed and addictive reading right from the start.
Going into this and from the blurb, I was expecting for Cian and Lila to take centre stage.
Buts it’s actually the youngest brother Connor and his ex-girlfriend Jess who seem to be the more dominant couple here.
We do get some insight into Cian and Lila but I am expecting so much more from them in the next instalment in this series.
Here their story seems to be just getting started.
“Breath Of Deceit” Is told from multiple POV usually not my bag but here it did seem to work.
I also should mention if your looking for heat factor this is not that graphic.
This was more story based and though we do get a couple mildly sexy scenes “Breath Of Deceit” I actually found very tame to what I’m used to more of a slow burn.
Again not a bag thing just different.
Ultimately this was a good read; managing to hook and keep my attention throughout.
A great start to a new series that I am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Breath of Deceit (Dublin Devils #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Merciless / Willow Winters /

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💔ARC BOOK REVIEW💔

Release Date-11th May 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition-310 Pages

From USA Today bestselling author W Winters comes a heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat gripping, romantic suspense.

I should’ve known she would ruin me the moment I saw her. 
Women like her are made to destroy men like me. 
I couldn’t resist her though. 
Given to me to start a war; I was too eager to accept. 

But I didn’t know what she’d do to me. That she would change everything. 
She sees through me in a way no one else ever has. 
Her innocence and vulnerability make me weak for her and I hate it.
I know better than to give in to temptation.

A ruthless man doesn’t let a soul close to him.
A cold-hearted man doesn’t risk anything for anyone.
A powerful man with a beautiful woman at his mercy… he doesn’t fall for her

Merciless

Merciless by Willow Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-15/5/18

I really enjoyed “Merciless” Willow Winters new book and while at times I did wonder about the reasons behind Carter’s cold and calculated facade; and his abysmal treatment of his enemy’s daughter Aria; It was not enough to bother me and turn me away from this intriguing piece of fiction.
So after having, Aria delivered for his own personal obscure reasonings.
Carter sets out to break her to his will and I’m not exactly sure why.
There a lot of mystery surrounding his internal thought process; even when we are are listening to things from his POV.
It’s almost like Carter is the only one fully aware of the intricacies of his mental reasonings.
I mean locking her up in that cell with the barest of necessities does seem a trifle overkill in my opinion.
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I’m also not fully sure why he wants Aria to Kneel and obey him so much; other than the obvious of course.
And there were almost times when it seemed to me that Carter believes he is actually saving her.
I can only surmise; From her family’s ultimate fate.
There are some clues to a shared past as well, but mainly at this moment, everything seems to be clouded in a mist of obscurity.
I’m assuming Carter has his reasons for his heinous behaviour and we will eventually be let in on his full agenda in the next book.
Fingers crossed there.
Aria herself, well I just felt really sorry for the poor girl.
What a crock of crap shes inherited just by the accident of her birth.
The daughter shall pay for the fathers sins is a very apt observation here.
Aria has definitely gone into survival mode and has formed an unhealthy attachment to her Jailor Carter, but Carter ultimately is her heaven as well as her hell.
Her downfall but also her salvation.
And I’ve got to admit I’m partial to a bit of stockholmy type behaviour; its a secret weakness of mine; so I was quids in here.
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“Merciless” was fast-paced and easily kept my attention.
It was dual POV and had minimal secondary characters.
Mainly just Daniel and Jace; Carters Brothers.
there was no OM or OW drama and it had just the correct balance of intimacy while still focusing heavily on its addictive storyline.
So I was rocking along nicely at a four-star rating then.
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That bloody finale, what a finish folks.
That ending nicely catapulted this up into a different hemisphere totally.
Making what was for me a great read into a fantastic one.
Can’t say how much I adored it.
So, in conclusion, this was a really enjoyable read and I so can’t wait to read the next instalment here.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Merciless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.