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

The Darkness In Faith(1)

🌹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.

The Darkness in Faith
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 / Scarred (Demons of Hell MC Book 1) / Elizabeth Knox /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-28th July 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-235 Pages

 

I had it all, or at least I did according to everyone else. 
I had the club, I had the most powerful husband, the Prez of the Demons of Hell MC. 
I had a family. 
He’d told me time and time again the club was my “family”. 
My “family” let a lot of things happen to me that shouldn’t of. 
My “family” did a great job of turning a blind eye. 
My “family” was great at letting me be the punching bag for their mistakes. For all of his pent-up anger and frustrations. 
My “family” was the reason I almost died. 
When Rage came into my life I saw nothing else. 
His name was a warning and I didn’t listen. 

Scarred (Demons of Hell MC Book 1)

Scarred by Elizabeth Knox
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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This was a tale of two halves for me; one in which I really wish I could have liked much better than I did.
Ultimately It just wasn’t for me and though I have previously loved books of this particular author “Scarred” (Demons of Hell MC Book 1) just didn’t do it for me at all.
The first two-thirds of this story may not have blown me away but I was still somewhat onboard and invested in the relationship developing between Roxy and Vince.
I did struggle to feel the connection and also understand how he had looked sideways for years considering his overall feelings towards Roxy, but I tried to overlook that slightly due to the emerging story dynamic and its potential for some dramatic grovelling and explosive probable blowback.
But then everything seemed to go to hell in and a handbasket and I was left floundering around in the dark.
At around two thirds into this the whole relationship, dynamic changed completely and I didn’t like it at all.
We had new entities in the form of two other males and a female brought into the equation and for me, it just didn’t work.
We have the random use of the word daddy which just seemed to come abruptly out the blue and while when done in a certain way can certainly be hot here it just felt plain weird and a bit Eww.
I also didn’t believe considering Roxy’s background that she would be so up for these type of encounters; I mean the girl had been shared amongst her husband’s cronies for years; I just can’t see it myself.
I also struggled with just how graphic some of the situations portrayed here were after years of abuse at the hands of her husband and MC I would have liked to see Roxy catch a break not be placed back in such horrific circumstances.
And then there’s poor Amy I just didn’t see the need for her particular fate.
I did like the ending here but would still really like more of an explanation into why Rage is the way he is; I mean the guys certifiably nuts; surely there is more of an overall reason for his irrational actions towards his wife.
The epilogue here for me also raised more questions; why now after thirteen years is Rage stepping out of the woodwork? Why leave it so long?
So Look this really wasn’t my flavour but that’s not to say it won’t be yours.
I have read Elizabeth Knox books that I have absolutely adored this one just wasn’t my particular bag. It had its moments and if I’m honest I enjoyed the first half much more than the second.
It wasn’t actually badly written we just didn’t click and I struggled with the overall violence here.
I’m no stranger to these type of storylines but I think with such violence and dark behaviour a counterbalance of extremities is needed to balance things out slightly.
You know that we are soul mates till the end of days and I will love you till my dying breath sort of affection; something that isn’t voiced just felt deep within; but I really didn’t feel that emotion here and maybe that’s where my issues lie.
It just seemed to me to be cruelty and brutality for shock-value rather than the added progression of the overall storyline.
So sorry I couldn’t like this more than I did.
Finally a warning this book has some very hard-core rape and abuse scenes please do avoid if this is at all a trigger for you.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Scarred (Demons of Hell MC Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ ARC Book Review / Ruthless (Sins of Seven #4) / Dani René /

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💔ARC BOOK REVIEW💔

Release Date-28th May 2018
Genre-Dark Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-250 Pages

I’m an asshole.
And I make no apologies for it.

My life has been spent drenched in the blood of my enemies.
Our family legacy, left only to me when my brother walked away.

Women are pawns in a game for pleasure. Nothing more.
Until her. Madison Parker.

I’m enthralled. Captivated.
But my past is far too dark.
Pushing her away is my only option.
Yet her stubborn, sassy mouth and beautiful eyes weaken me.

I save her as much as she saves me.
Then blood is spilled once more, and I’ll forever live with the guilt.

Can light find its way through my darkness?
Can she truly be the salvation for this ruthless heart?

*This is romantic suspense story. It may be best to read Indulge prior to this story, but it is not imperative. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.

 

 

Ruthless by Dani René
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-28/5/18

So I’ve got a bit of a dilemma with this one; as much as I did enjoy “Ruthless” there were also some major red flags here that brought this story down from what would have been a five star read; to a four star one.
Don’t mistake them this is an excellent piece of fiction, and I stress fiction as there may be some major triggers in this takes no prisoners tale; This is raw graphic and violent at times and does feature; (view spoiler) Which I’m only disclosing in case this is a cause for concern for some; I really don’t want to spoil this story for others but just thought the reader should be aware in case of actual triggers.
And on a side-note here I was extremely bemused and somewhat astounded that this is then not discussed or visited upon in any shape or form further.
I mean like zero mention; whats with that; I found this fact slightly shocking.
But moving on from that I still rated this four stars despite reservations because of A) This was fabulously written; that is one thing this book cannot be faulted on; the writing style used here was warm and inviting and had a style that was just so easy to relate and get sucked in by.
And B) despite Callan being a complete tosser at times I also really liked the way his broken psyche complemented and connected to Madi’s almost completing a jigsaw of jaggedness.
Their pieces just fit together so nicely; two broken halves of a whole.
Alone they were surviving, but as a pair, they were not fixed but their imperfect parts acted almost like a glue.
Loved the fact that both Madison and Callan were slightly defective in nature: I’m a big sucker for disjointed Love stories and this certainly did tick all my boxes in that department.
My other major red flag and it is more of a personal preference than anything else: I don’t like either my H or h to be either pursuing or engaging in relations or sexual antics; EVEN IF IT’S NOT ACTUAL SEX!!!; I still don’t like it; with anyone else.
It just spoils it for me and while this book was not as bad as the previous in series I’m not sure as much as I did enjoy this; If I want to continue; If this is going to become a pattern in the “Sins Of Seven” series then I think I’m out.
This was written in dual POV my favourite and I easily read it in one sitting.
It was extremely graphic in terms of language and I must admit I did adore that about it.
Callan is one dirty boy or should I say man as I think he’s thirty-seven here and Madison is twenty-one; so a bit of an age gap there: which is also my bag; love an age-gap.
This is the second of this series I’ve read and I did prefer this one over “Indulge”.
What else?
There were only a few side characters here; the majority of the action is between Callan and Madi.
Oh, and on a final note we have two excellent epilogues one from Madi’s POV and the other from Callan’s; that was a nice touch.
So that’s it folks; this was a well written engaging book that I had some slight issues with at times but I still did really enjoy.
I’ll leave the ball in your court now. It all really depends on your own personal boundaries.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Ruthless” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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/ ARC Book Review / The Sinister Silhouette / Alex Grayson /

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Release Date-25th May 2018
Genre-Romantic suspense
Kindle Edition-300 Pages

 

“Luca…”

She whispers my name at night, filling my dreams with her haunting beauty. 

Her tormented amber eyes beg me for something I don’t understand, and her agonizing pain becomes my own.

For years, she’s come to me, calling my name.

For years, I’ve never known who she was.

Until now…

 

The Sinister Silhouette

The Sinister Silhouette by Alex Grayson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-25/5/18

I adored “The Sinister Silhouette” By Alex Grayson.
This is my first book by this particular author, but it definitely won’t be my last.
No sir-ee; I am certainly going to be having a mooch around to see what else this fantastically talented author has to offer.
But first; yes I did figure out the twists here.
And Second; I’m so sorry; I can’t really elaborate any further on said twists as this would spoil the whole experience for you.
I know some find it spoils there enjoyment overall when deciphering plotlines; myself; I always feel a trifle smug and sherlocky and if the twist is good and clever; I really couldn’t give a hoot if I’ve used my marvellous skills of deduction; blowing my own trumpet here folks.
I just feel like raising a glass to the author saying; job well-done mate; I applaud you; really I do.
So figuring out some stuff here or thinking I did; really wasn’t the end of the world for me.
This still was jammed packed with so many twists and turns and intricate plot-journeys that I was enthralled throughout.
Its told in my favourite dual POV and had the added bonus of an excellent side-cast; all really well developed as well.
This was also crammed full of mystery and intrigue throughout and at every new turn, I felt we were getting a different perspective and fresh flavour.
“The Sinister Silhouette” was a fabulous read that I can’t recommend enough.
I have a soft spot for tattoo artists as well; so was over the moon to have one at the centre of this intriguing story.
I wasn’t quite sure what this book was going to bring to the table with that obscurely but so tantalising blurb. but need not have worried as it was all so darn good.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “The Sinister Silhouette” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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

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Release Date-12th May 2018
Publisher-BB Books
Genre-Post-Apocalyptic Romance
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*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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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.

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/ ARC Book Review / In The Darkness (Project Artemis #1) K.M. Scott & Anina Collins /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-24th April 2018
Genre-romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition

A new romantic suspense series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K.M. Scott and Anina Collins!

Persephone Gilmore comes from a life of privilege. The oldest daughter of media mogul Marshall Gilmore, she grew up wanting for nothing. But her father taught her more than just how to make billions, and even though she could sit by the pool and eat bon bons every day for the rest of her life, she chooses to work as an ER nurse and live on her own away from the family estate and her father’s security.

Then one night, those choices come back to haunt her.

Nick Hanson hasn’t been truly happy since he left the FBI. Life as a hired gun for wealthy clients has paid well and made him very much in demand, but it isn’t the same as the life he used to have. When Marshall Gilmore wants to hire him to rescue his daughter after she’s taken hostage by a terrorist group, he agrees, but to save her, he’ll have to go undercover and become one of them. It’s dangerous work, but he knows what to expect and he’s never been one to turn down a challenge.

What starts out as just another case turns into something much more, and Nick finds out just how much he’s willing to do to save Persephone.

 

 

In The Darkness by K.M. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-24/4/18

So this was my first experience with this author and I am pleased to say I really enjoyed this first book in the “Project Artemis” series.
I found “Into The Darkness” to be really fast paced and you were immersed into the action right from the get-go.
The two main characters here were great, liked them both very much.
Persephone was a strong woman, totally unspoiled by her silver spoon upbringing.
I’m not quite sure how correct that would be in real-life but for the basis of this story, it was something I ultimately adored most about her.
The male lead Nick was also a really relatable individual and I liked him equally as much.
It was really great to see the relationship develop slowly between Persephone and Nick as they each realise they only have each other to rely on in this dangerous situation.
“In the Darkness” set itself up for future books in this series really nicely.
I am so looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
My only slight issues here (which is the main reason I removed a star) was I felt to much time was spent setting the scene for future stories.
I would have prefered the spotlight ultimately to remain more on our two lovers and less on future events.
I do understand why this was needed though.
My second slight peeve was I wasn’t a great fan of a certain scene between Persophone and Nick.
I didn’t think it added anything special to the storyline and was just there ultimately for overall shock value.
And lastly, I’m not sure why everyone was bandying Stockholm syndrome around?
Correct me if I am wrong but Stockholm is all about falling for your captor, well technically Nick was Persphones White Knight/rescuer, not her Jailor so Stockholm should never be in the equation DUH!!!

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Unless I’m ultimately missing something there.
So that’s it, folks.
Its been a while since I have read a good romantic suspense and this one ticked all my boxes.
This was a great read that I recommend giving it a go.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “In The Darkness (Project Artemis #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

🎯Book Review🎯 Of A Harmless Little Ruse🎯(Harmless, #2)🎯 by Meli Raine🎯

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🎯BOOK-REVIEW🎯

Release Date-18th November 2016
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-179 Pages

 She has no idea what she’s doing. Loose cannons never hit their targets.

And they take out plenty of collateral damage.

Four years ago Lindsay experienced the unspeakable right before me, and I couldn’t stop them.

But that’s all changed now.

When her father, Senator Bosworth, contacted me to ask — demand — that I protect her, it was a second chance. A shot at redemption.

An opportunity to right an unspeakable wrong.

Controlling Lindsay as she seeks her revenge on the monsters who hurt her won’t be hard.

Containing my own out-of-control feelings for Lindsay and keeping up this ruse of cold-blooded distance will be.

Even harder than admitting to her what really happened that night four years ago.

It turns out I don’t have to, though.

Someone else did it for me.

And I’ll make sure they regret it.
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A Harmless Little Ruse is the second book in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine, and is entirely from Drew’s perspective.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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So here we have the second instalment A harmless Little Ruse (Harmless, #2) By Meli Raine.
I read this immediately upon finishing book one, I was that gripped by this story.
This begins directly where the first one ends and unlike the previous tale is told from Drew’s POV.
This was a major plus point for me for as I believe I mentioned in my previous review that even though I liked Lindsay there were certain times I still found myself getting slightly irritated at the girl’s choices.
So I found this a complete breath of fresh air in contrast and we also get the added bonus of understanding Drew much more.
Drew is brought fully into the spotlight here and we get to witness his inner thought process and understand in more depth the events of four years ago.
If I had to pick a favourite out of these two rating them both four stars this would so be it.
I found Lindsay Doubly irritating in “A Harmless little Ruse” as she seemed to be blowing hot and cold throughout.
I also struggled with how she wasn’t telling her parents to piss off in regards to her relationship with Drew.
She’s a bloody twenty-three-year-old Adult woman for christ sake!!!
Can’t believe she let them paint him in such a bad light with the media either.
Shaking my head in disbelief here girlfriend, what were you thinking, he loves you so much.
As for Drew, what I learned, well all I can say heartbreaking.
So This gets four stars all on the merits of Drew who I absolutely adore.
Lindsay herself can go suck eggs, I’m hoping she is able to redeem herself in book three.
I am crossing my fingers in hope, but not holding my breath considering her past behaviour your free pass from me has now expired my girl, get with the program.
So this ended on such a cliffhanger yet again and I so need to fast forward to see if the bad guys get there comeuppance in spades.
everything I can cross is crossed here.
Well on to book three for the conclusion to this addictive trilogy.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

🎲Book Review🎲 Of A Harmless Little Game🎲 (Harmless #1)🎲 by Meli Raine🎲

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🎲BOOK-REVIEW🎲

Release Date-18th October 2016
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-227 Pages

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course, it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.

Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.
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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1) by Meli Raine is the first thing I have read by this author and it was that oh so intriguing blurb that initially attracted me to this book, that was such a killer of a synopsis, in my opinion, it actually deserves a rating all on its own.
So A Harmless Game is the first instalment in the Harmless Trilogy it is written from Lindsays POV and follows the story of Lindsay and Andrew after Linsay’s release from “The Island ” Where she’s been recovering, hidden from the public eye for the last four year’s, Yeh I kid you not, you heard that right I said FOUR BLOODY YEARS!!!
So Lindsay a senator’s daughter gets sent to The Island after she is brutally attacked by three of her boyfriend Drew’s old school friends while Drew himself supposedly stood by and watched without intervening.
The gang rape sees Lindsay in the hospital and then on to a rehabilitation unit to receive therapy for the attack.
It also goes viral, though the video is doctored to place masks on all involved to conceal all their identities.
Lindsay’s name is then also leaked to the press but the investigation stalls when her friends make statements to the effect that Lindsay was high and drunk at the time of the attack and everything that occurred was consensual in nature.
Gives a new definition to the term frenemies, doesn’t it?
fast forward four years and after aeons of incarceration in what is nothing more than a glorified prison, Lindsay arrives home to find things are not always what they seem.
What’s more, her three attackers are walking around, not just free but in highly successful careers this is despite there young ages and to top it all off her ex-boyfriend Drew is now head of her security detail and seems a completely changed man.
So yeh, I really enjoyed this unusual romantic suspense, I loved the way this was essentially more plot driven and the romance was really just a backdrop, taking more of a back seat to the whole main event.
From the get-go, I surmised there was more here than was initially being drip-fed to the reader and without giving anything away turns out I was right.
This really was a total page-turner that manages to jump right into the fray from the initial onset.
I also found the two main characters extremely likeable, if I’m being honest I have to say I was drawn more towards Drew than Lindsay.
I just felt that sometimes she was too pliable, not inserting her independence more and reading outside the box.
Believing the worst of people she had no cause to doubt while not confronting the many snakes she seemed to be surrounded by.
I decided to give her a break though mainly because
A-I thought she was probably a product of her upbringing.
B-The poor girl had been attacked horrifically and essentially been kept in a mental institution against her will for the past few years.
C- The whole world had labelled her an internet slut while she was shut away unable to defend herself, harsh much.
So where was I, Oh yeh total page turner,
So why four stars instead of Five?
Well, there were a few things here that despite my enjoyment bothered me slightly.
The first one being Lindsays stay at the island, now I’m from the UK so I’m not sure exactly how it works over in the good ole USA, but it surely can’t be that different from over here.
I’m slightly sceptical that she would be able to be kept locked up so tight completely against her will for so long, It just seems so far-fetched.
But then again, who knows what can be achieved with power and money, so I could be wrong.
I also couldn’t believe Lindsay would put up no fight in regards to Drew being the head of her security detail if she really believes he is complicit in her attack surely that wouldn’t have left her feeling very safe with him at all.
And finally, I also found it amazing her lack of major anger towards her parents all that she really does is act like a petulant child towards them.
Despite these three grievances I still very much adored this so I have just marked it down a star overall.
We left this story with Lindsay finally getting some answers to her questions and a much anticipated (from me that is) level of re-connection between her and Drew that definitely left me wanting more.
Harmless #1 closes on a cliffhanger which then assures me I am so going to pick up book two.
No problem recommending this it’s a delightful read that despite certain plot-holes still manages to deliver.
(This first instalment is currently free on Amazon.)

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Dark, Erotic, Horror, Reviews, Suspense

🕊Book Review🕊Of Die By the Drop🕊 (Shivers and Sins #1)🕊by Kaia Bennett🕊

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🕊BOOK – REVIEW🕊

Release Date-26th September 2016
Genre-Dark Paranormal Erotic/Horror
Kindle Edition-347 Pages

I’d fought to lead a normal life, despite being anything but.
Until the night three monsters forced me to fight for survival instead.
They turned a short walk through the woods into the road trip to Hell.
The leader made me his, made me dread pleasure and relish pain. Made me want things I’d once feared.
They wanted to break me, bleed me drop by drop.
They picked the wrong witch.

Author’s Note:

The light at the bottom of this rabbit hole is tinted obsidian, and I put the characters in this story through the ringer. Not for the faint-hearted, this read explores the dark side of obsession, in all its forms. Adults only from this point. Strap in and buckle up. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. Because the teeth lurking ahead are razor sharp and the blood they seek might be yours. Please, do not attempt to exert your human morals on the fictional beasts you will meet. They’ll just laugh while they rip you to shreds.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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OMG!!! What did I just read !!!!
I really don’t know where to start with this review.
Die By the Drop (Shivers and Sins #1) by Kaia Bennett is going to be such a super hard one to articulate my thoughts about. All I know is that I need to get my concepts down on paper while they’re still fresh in my head.
And as I have already started to read The second instalment. where we get to play around in Jesse’s head this time, I would like to keep the two experience’s as separate as possible as I’m finding the two seem to have slightly different flavours to them.
So first a huge warning, Please take this author’s disclaimer seriously “Die By The Drop” is not for the faint of heart, it is at times a very hard pill to swallow.
And also on a side note If I had to classify this there is no way I would shelve this under dark paranormal romance, There is nothing in any way shape or form romantic about this story.
In my opinion, erotic horror is closer to the mark with this.
“Die By The Drop” contains graphic themes of rape, murder and torture and it is all described explicitly, no punches are pulled here.
If you think you can handle that level of dark and depraved then, by all means, strap in for the ride, but, you have been warned so please do take notice of this.
So now I have that warning out of the way let’s begin.
first, let me give you a brief outline,
Evie is stolen from her life.
Her everyday mundane existence with her cookie cutter family and her lack-lustre boyfriend Manny.
While attending a party in the woods, Evie feels off not feeling it and with an unexplainable sense of dread she bickers with her boyfriend and decides to ditch.
On the way back to her vehicle Poor Evie encounters two males (Liam and Vaughn) in a terrifying game of cat and mouse the two give chase eventually easily subduing her and setting a nightmare in motion that Evie has no idea is only just starting for her.
They are joined by there brother in arms and leader of there rag-tag little crew Jesse.
This trio of brothers are so in sync, they’ve been hunting together for years and have chosen Evie as their next meal/fuck toy.
As Evie finds herself dying fading away on the forest floor she reaches deep into her psyche and pulls forth from her inner depths an overwhelming will to survive at any cost.
Calling on abilities she has suppressed for years Evie summons her resolve and allows her senses to quicken.
An empath and natural witch Evie uses these gifts to capture the interest of a predator.
intrigued despite himself Jesse calls a halt to proceedings and decides to take the witch along for the ride as a side-diversion.
Evie for the moment is alive, but for how long and will she be the same if she ultimately survives this cross-country road trip of terror and depravity.
Evie is now in the company of Vampires and she herself is their ready-meal of sweet intoxicating witches blood with a side offering of easy sex.
It Gives a whole new meaning to the term playing with your food and meals on wheels, doesn’t it?.

So First, point-I have never read anything from this author before and despite the hard subject matter dealt with here this is so very well written that despite my internal cringing and revulsion I was glued and enthralled with an almost morbid compulsion to continue.
I couldn’t stop reading if you paid me, I was fascinated, repelled, addicted and revolted all at the same time.
So This had to be one of the darkest if not the darkest book I have ever read, just when I thought this had reached the bottommost depths of depravity and it couldn’t possibly get any worse, you’ve guessed it, yep it deteriorated.
I actually found myself hating Vaughn so much his and Liam’s actions I found particularly hard to fathom there lack of humanity and empathy considering they were once human was at times difficult to grasp.
Jesse, I kinda comprehend his lack of humanity considering its an affliction he has never suffered from, notice I don’t say understand or condone as there is nothing that can make the atrocities committed by these three at all understandable.
Their actions are evil whichever way you look at them, in every way, shape and form imaginable.
Bloodlust doesn’t make you cruel, uncaring and evil personified.
The way they taunt and play with their victims does that.
Drunk on their own power and arrogance, thinking that their top of the food chain and everything else is just a blood sack to use and abuse. like a dog playing with a bone.
Evie being the Bone.
I also think that Vaughn being and seeming such a monster was there to kinda make Jesse seem more sympathetic, this did actually work it was like oh yeh Jesse is so evil!!! but Vaughn is so so much worse mindset.
But really when it comes down to it bad is just bad.
Liam, well he was like the badly influenced much younger baby brother going along for the ride, he was so easily influenced and seemed quite simple in his overall dealings, almost seeming like a such a child at times, it was all just about the sex blood and the hunt for him.
The whole underground supernatural storyline with vampire hotels room service with hazmat suits and complimentary meals on the house and V-Strep (A Vampire disease) very inventive adored this aspect of the book.
I enjoyed how this story progressed and you really had absolutely no idea where you were heading, this made for some very unexpected situations encountered along the way.
I liked where we left off with this and though “Die By The Drop” was not the easiest to stomach at times, I do like where we left it and I honestly can say I will definitely be continuing (as I said earlier I already have started.)
How could I not? this is not the sort of story you just quit, it’s one where no matter how great your abhorrence of the individuals involved your compliance is not just an option its a given.
So in case, you didn’t get the memo
Vaughn- Hate his guts strongly.
Liam-Actively disliking Him.
Jesse-want to rip his heart out, let him heal then do it all over again just for shit and giggles.
Evie-Such a strong individual, I want to cry so bad for her. Poor Poor girl.

So I’m going to leave it here, “Die By The Drop” By Kaia Bennet may not be for everyone.
It’s fucked up and all sorts of disturbing, but it is the sort of train that once you’ve got on your there for the ride.
Sheer doggedness kept me there for the journey and when the going got rocky I just clung tighter to my seat to avoid expulsion. I wanted things to change for Evie so much I just wasn’t going anywhere.
I So just wanted her to catch a break.
I expect this tale is going to very much like marmite for people,
It is going be a love/Hate job with few in-betweens.
One last thought and I’ll stop waffling on.
I think the author Kaia Bennet was very brave going the way she did with this it could have blown up in her face big style.
massive gutts from her indeed.
In my opinion, she’s done a fantastic job and while I can’t say it’s always been a pleasure.
Its certainly and most definitely been one hell of a ride.
I am so looking forward to the journey take two will bring.

DIE BY THE DROP IS CURRENTLY FREE ON KINDLE OFF AMAZON NOT SURE FOR HOW LONG THIS WILL BE THOUGH.

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Fantasy, Historical, Reviews

🌺Review Of Woven by Bree Moore🌺

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Release Date-1st August 2017
Publisher-Phase Publishing
Genre-Historical Fantasy
Kindle Edition-381 Pages

For thirty years, Elaina has sat in her tower, fingers caught in an eternal dance, cursed to weave the tapestry of life on her loom. Bound by an enchanted mirror whose magic shows her the distant lives of the people of Camelot, she must forever watch a land which remains ever beyond her reach. Elaina despairs that she will ever experience more than just the shadows of life, until one day a face appears in the mirror that will change her life, and possibly her fate, forever.

Guinevere is losing her mind. When a severe injury to her head nearly kills her and awakens alternate personalities suppressed from her past, Guinevere learns that one of them is plotting with a knight of the round table to murder King Arthur and take control of Camelot. In the midst of war, Guinevere fights to save both her own life and the man she loves, each day coming closer to succumbing to the violent personalities within her.

Inspired by Arthurian legend and Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ballad, “The Lady of Shalott”, Woven spins a tale of two women who must risk everything to save those they love most into an epic of enchantment, love, and madness.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I Loved Woven, Bree Moore has taken an old legend that we all know and love and put her own fresh twist on it.
It was just so easy to lose yourself in the vivid history that was portrayed between these pages.
So Woven, of course, tells the story of that famous love triangle between Guinevere, Arthur and Lancelot.
Except, in this case, Guinevere seems to be suffering from multiple personality disorder.
She hears voices and the main one seems to occur whenever she is near Lancelot, causing fainting and passing out from Guinevere.
It’s soon apparent that these two have some sort of connection to Morgan Le Fey and Mordred.
But Guinevere herself finds she is drawn romantically in Arthurs direction.
Which obviously in itself comes with its own set of unique issues.
Meanwhile, imprisoned in her tower cursed to weave the tapestry of life, desperate for freedom Elaina enters this tale.
Unbeknown to them all, their stories are intertwined in love and life, ready to play out before the reader’s eyes.
So firstly as I mentioned before Woven is extremely rich in history and sets such a believable tapestry. I could almost smell and feel the history involved, so much research has so obviously gone on here. and it works Bree Moore has brought this legend to vibrant life.
and even know roughly knowing the way this was going to play out I still found myself wishing I could tweak the outcomes, I was obviously facing, so invested was I in this fascinating tale.
This story flowed well and easily kept my attention throughout and the characters involved felt fresh and not recycled, not an easy job when reselling a story that has been told so often so a very well done to the author herself for this feat, I was impressed.
The females I found especially, were such strong individuals, showing up there male counterparts completely.
Merlin was the only male I generally liked here, he was the only one I felt had a core of genuine integrity.
It was ironic really all the honour and loyalty that was bandied around by the men when it was the woman themselves that were the towers of strength and steadfastness.
This really was a joy to read. The way this tale was narrated with multiple personality inputs was great, it gave a very rounded portrayal of all involved here.
I just wish there could have been a happier outcome for our fair ladies, I know, I know, it’s the way the legend play’s out, but this is a fable and as such I think is open to interpretation, so why not tweak the outcome, stack the deck and give all involved a much happier ever after.
That is except for maybe Arthur and Lancelot, I really didn’t like these two very much, a pair of douchbags in my modern day opinion, the females portrayed here got totally shafted, big style, by these two.
This legend so needs a rewrite with a proper ending for the girls, give them a break jeez.
So if you like your stories rich in history and steeped in legend then this is the book for you.
But before I go a warning Woven contains sexual assault and rape scenes if this at all is a trigger for you please do avoid.
The scenes are in keeping with the story and it’s not there for shock value, this is the days of old when times were different and woman were chattel, but it’s there, all the same, so just thought you should be made aware before reading.
So that’s it for me, Thank you to the author Bree Moore for providing me with a copy of Woven.
This is my own free and honest opinion.

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