Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

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

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

BLURB:

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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Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ Book Review / Iced (Valos of Sonhadra #10) / Regine Abel / KU /

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❄️BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-26th June 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-187 Pages

The fate of his people rests in her hands.

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Kira barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Along with a handful of survivors, she finds refuge in the fiery city of Caldera alongside its Fire Valos inhabitants. But the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist make the heat intolerable for her. When the opportunity to go to the frozen city of E’Lek presents itself, Kira believes she’ll finally find her new home.

Duke is confused by the strange human female. Like him, she’s cold, made for the icy lands of the Northern Valos. Her resemblance with the Creators and questionable friendships raise their collective suspicions. Yet, only she can save their lost tribes condemned to an eternal slumber. As his heartstone warms for her, Duke is determined to prove to his people that despite appearances, Kira belongs with them… belongs with him.

 

Iced (Valos of Sonhadra #10)

Iced by Regine Abel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This was my first book by this author and while I did somewhat enjoy “Iced” in some places this really wasn’t my complete bag.
I was actually really looking forward to this as the blurb really intrigued me and I do so love me an alien that looks like an alien romance.
So It wasn’t any one thing in particular that turned me off here.
I think it was just an overall combination of issues that didn’t quite gel for me.
Together they just stopped me emotionally connecting which was a shame because as I said earlier this on paper sounded so good.
So this is part of a larger series where each particular instalment is written by a different author.
I know, cool ay; I thought so too.
Each book can be read as a standalone while still being part of a larger picture.
I myself read “Iced” as a standalone and it did work.
I had no problem following along here despite being a newcomer to this alien world.
So Kira and Duke; this is where I had issues I didn’t particularly like Kira I found her rather judgy

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I also struggled with Duke as well the way he was all about second-guessing Kira’s motives and all they were like matching bookends in the judgmental department.
Not very nice personality traits and all, as a result, I actually struggled to feel their connection.
I was just not feeling the love here.

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Look this wasn’t awful; I just didn’t live up to my initial expectations and also didn’t leave much of an impression on me probably because I didn’t really care that much about Kira or Duke.
I did finish and it did have its moments.
I guess for me this was more of a middle of the road read.
I borrowed “Iced” with my KU subscription.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ Arc Book Review / That Guy / Belle Brooks /

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Release Date-8th August
Genre-Romantic Comedy
Kindle Edition-251 Pages

 

A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.

Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.

The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.

Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.

That Guy

That Guy by Belle Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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OMG this book was bloody hilarious; I laughed till I had to cross my legs and run to the loo (you’ll get this if you have kids like me)
My other half thought I was losing the plot and kept giving me concerned glances with the strange noises that were coming from my corner of the lounge.
I can honestly say it’s been a while since ive found a story so bloody funny.
“That Guy” should seriously come with a disclaimer; beware danger of serious injury through laughter.
Ive previously read this author’s “Game Of Life Series” which I adored by the way.
This was so different and definitely shows this author’s complete diversity as she switched genres so seamlessly and I enjoyed this just as much as past reads despite them being so different.
This is the story of Melinda and Arlie and the trials and tribulations they traversed on their journey to coupledom; It wasn’t smooth or completely rock free but it was certainly honest and unique.
I also want to put out there how much I adored Mindy’s bestie, Chris.
In my opinion, everyone needs a Chris and for me, he really stole the show; he was the man.
This was a fabulously funny romp that I generally appreciated; loved it so much.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “That Guy” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own give this a go You’ll be laughing till you cry.

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Erotic, Fantasy, Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ Arc Book Review / Rogue Cyborg (Interstellar Brides The Colony #6) / Grace Goodwin /

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Release Date-13th August 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

 

He conquers her, body and soul.
Makarios of Kronos is a rebel, a smuggler who reports to no one, not even those on Rogue 5. But one betrayal sends him to a Coalition brig, and to a fate worse than death—capture by the Hive. He escapes but exchanges one prison for another. He now lives on the Colony, contaminated and deemed a risk. He’ll do anything to regain his freedom, including agree to a bargain with a beautiful, cunning warrior with secrets of her own.

Gwendolyn Fernandez volunteered to defend Earth from the Hive menace. For four years, she was a valued member of Coalition ReCon, until the Hive caught up with her, and a strange Nexus creature took special interest in her integration.

Gwen escaped with super-human strength and a will to live that cannot be broken, until the governor of the Colony demands she choose a mate. A bargain with Makarios seems so simple until he conquers her in a way no other has—body and soul—yet the Hive Nexus who wanted her for himself won’t take no for an answer.

Rogue Cyborg (Interstellar Brides: The Colony Book 6)

Rogue Cyborg by Grace Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Really enjoyed “Rogue Cyborg” for some reason I could have sworn I had already read this author before; my bad, I so haven’t weird that as I was convinced I had mmm strange one that.

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Well anyway, nope this is definitely a new author for me but one I would definitely read again.
This was book 6 in the Interstellar Brides series but I read it as a standalone and had no issues following along with the current storyline.
Everything is fairly self-explanatory here and it was really easy to get lost in this rich well-developed sci-fi story.
I do so love me a good alien romance and “Rogue Cyborg” delivered in spades.
It was fast paced well imagined and super sexy.
I adored both Mak and Gwen they made such a fabulous couple and I was rooting for them all the way here.
This was told in dual POV my favourite and was so smokin hot I needed a bucket of the cold stuff to extinguish the burn.
This had a great secondary cast and if you have read the previous books in this series prepare to get re-acquainted to some past staring players.
All in all, this was a fun read that totally captured my imagination and If you like a bit of the old Sci-Fi romance like myself then this one will probably be your flavour.
This gets a definite seal of approval from moi.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Rogue Cyborg” which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ Arc Book Review / Alphahole / D.D. Prince /

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🍑ARC BOOK REVIEW🍑

Release Date-15th August 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

Aiden is potently male, predatory (in a sexy way), and absolutely infuriating. You’re going to f*cking love him.

#badboy #alpha #office-romance #roommates #enemies-to-lovers

I’m Carly.

A nice girl. A nice girl who has recently figured out that nice girls get the shaft. So, I’ve decided that Carly 2.0 needs to be me. Buh-bye Carly 1.0, the doormat.

There’s a problem, though. An alphahole is my new roommate and my boss’s son. And the alphahole is gunning to ruin me.

Alphahole: a grade-A alpha male asshole.

The epitome? Aiden Carmichael.

Aiden wants to give me the shaft. In multiple ways, if you get my drift.

Good thing the new me has decided to fight dirty.

I’m Aiden. Alphahole.

Or so the chick my father put in my corporate apartment and my department at the office calls me. Whatever. She’s got spunk. And a great rack. She tries to come off as a badass, but I see right through the act. If she’s gonna tangle with me, she’ll be the one to get tied up in knots. It won’t be me.

A bad boy, enemies-to-lovers, roommate & office romance.

Alphahole

Alphahole by D.D. Prince
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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OMG, this book I bloody loved it like so much.

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Its one of those stories that instantly reaches in a grab you by the throat and you’re unable to shake free until that final curtain.
This was such addictive reading; a slow-burn, room-mates and enemy to lovers rollercoaster that took me through such a kaleidoscope of deep emotions; which I felt from the top of my head down to the very tip of my toes.
I ran the gauntlet from start to finish; leaving the party with a massive book hangover and still wanting more from these fascinating new characters that have sprung forth from this author’s vast imagination and Alphahole does a fantastic job leaving the stage splendidly set-up for further future developments.
As an added incentive I am already emotionally attached to a great deal of the individuals portrayed between these pages and will definitely no question be reading anything else set in this particular world; I mean how could I not.
Embarking aboard the aphahole train is an experience in a league all of its own; one you will most certainly enjoy.
It’s full of unexpected humour, plenty of action and is also super smoking to boot.
Aiden himself, our resident Alpahole/Hot sauce is such a character.
Even when he is at his worst you can’t help but be drawn to his cheeky-boy arrogant persona.
He’s one unapologetic Alphahole and a loved watching his metamorphosis from arrogant douche to; well a bit less of a douche as he slowly drinks the cool-aid that is Carly.

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I loved that even though Aiden does grow as an individual throughout this story he still manages to stay true to his inborn nature just a much more likeable version of himself that was there all along but was just buried deep; like really needs a shovel deep.
Carly/Peaches, I really adored the girl with her ingenious set of new rules for the new an improved Carly 2.0 she had me from the first page.
Who hasn’t been screwed over and taken the mick out of; Carly was being proactive and taking control; this girl was so my hero especially when she stood up to Aiden’s complete bullcrap, calling him out and refusing to be his whipping boy.

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This also had a fantastic supporting cast that I really want to learn more about especially Carly’s new friend Ally whos vibe I was really digging.
In fact, the whole story here was jam-packed with something for everyone.
Not one for slow burns; well I would make an exception here the best bit for me about Alphahole was how the tension was expertly ratcheted up notch by delicious notch; it really was one of the best slow-burn romances I have read and when we eventually arrived at the expected destination well boy it was so worth the anticipated wait.
So Alphahole gets a massive thumbs up from myself, this one turned out to be a real winner that I totally recommend 100%.

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Give it a go I really don’t think you will be disappointed.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Alphahole” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Escape With Me / Lisa Eugene /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-2nd June 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-230 Pages

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Jealously was her sin
Lust was her saviour
An ordinary woman did an extraordinary thing
Stepped out of her box, and tore down the confining walls

Guilt gave her purpose,
fueled her determination to find her missing sister.
A small-town girl must learn to survive in a tough, unforgiving city
In a world of dangerous lies, dark secrets and hungry shadows

She finds an ally in an NFL superstar
A man whose sexy vitality rivals his drive to win
He’s a force to be reckoned with, a god on and off the field
But his reckless passion and damaged soul
may prove to be an even greater danger

Her love for him may only destroy her
Because in the end, can she save him?

 

 

Escape With Me

Escape With Me by Lisa Eugene
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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Well Well Well, this one was quite the little gem; so wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did.
I don’t actually read much romantic suspense as it’s not my favourite genre but so glad I gave “Escape With Me” a chance.
So this was my first book by this particular author but it certainly won’t be my last.
Told in dual POV with a from the get-go interesting premise this managed to hook my attention instantly.
Such an easy fast paced suspensful read; which was a hot as it was tense.
“Escape With Me” managed to portray just the right amount of balance between plotline and romance.
The story centres around Jody and Jason.
Jody is in the city to investigate her sister’s disappearance from the exclusive escort club “Escape”.
obtaining a job in the office under false pretences mainly so she can dig deeper into the mystery at hand; it’s not long before she realises she’s in a lot deeper than she can safely handle.
Jason is a pro football player and when he mistakes Jody for his booked Escort Vixen sparks do ignite.
But with a barrel of baggage left behind by his greedy Ex, the road to true love with these two was never going to be easy.
With dodgy happenings about and things heating up on the streets as well as between the sheets, Jason pairs up with Jody to assist her in her search and also help keep her safe; while still trying to protect his own heart in the process.
So this was a great read that was action packed throughout; the characters involved here were both likeable and believable.
The side-cast was also fantastic adding an extra layer to the proceedings and just when I thought I had all the answers I quickly realised that was not actually the case at all.
Some stuff I did guess but other bits completely shocked my socks off.
This was by no means predictable and definitely kept me guessing.
this would have been a full house from me but unfortunately, I disliked the ending; I thought Jason got off much too lightly and Jody should really have made the lad squirm.
I also didn’t like how he didn’t come to Jody’s defence against his manager, that well annoyed me.
And finally how much importance he gave to his crappy biotch of an Ex letting her actions impact his life with a girl who had never been anything but lovely to him.
That peed me off the most if I’m being honest here.
But despite the above, the rest of this was grand for me and a fantastic read.
This is such a fabulous addition to its genre that I’m happy to give a thumbs up to.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Escape With Me” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Humorous, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1) / Michelle Gross /

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🍃ARC BOOK REVIEW🍃

Release Date-30th July 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-271 Pages

Reapers are the peacekeepers—the balancers of life and death, good and evil. They’re the police of the Underworld in a way. They keep both worlds balanced just enough so that the King of the Underworld can never escape his prison. 
For the day his reign stretches into the human world, all things good will come to an end. 
This is the story of a dark king who cursed seven siblings with sins, and how far those seven went to protect both worlds from the end of days when an old entity challenged the Dark One’s very reign. 

Isabella Wen has spent the last decade in the human world hiding from the one that turned her touch deadly, made her body a weapon for his own gain.
Sebastian Reaper—bearer of the sin of sloth and the eldest son of the revered Grim Reaper—has spent his entire life fighting to stay awake because of his curse.
When the witch finds the sleepy sloth passed out in the human hospital, they touch and sparks fly. Her touch should have hurt him. Instead, it’s the one thing he’s after.
She thinks her darkness is her undoing. He thinks she’s his cure.
When her past and her future collide, he must choose between duty and heart.
The world or her?

Each book in the series is about a different sibling and their sin, so the romance has an ending in each book. As for the storyline, it’s just getting started

 

 

Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1)

Bewitching Sloth by Michelle Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Arc Book Review
Release Date-30/7/18

I really enjoyed this like so much from the second I picked this up I was invested and enthralled.
“Bewitching Sloth” is a fantastic start to an imaginative new paranormal series that focus on the seven sins.
These sins have been bestowed on the children of the Grim Reaper.
Seven siblings each carrying an individual stain gifted by the devil himself.
This first instalment we join Isabella Wen; a powerful witch who just happens to be on the run from an evil entity and Sebastian Reaper oldest son and keeper of Sloth.
From the onset here we are flung right into the action, in fact, this was manic form the first page.
With incredible one-liners, fantastic world building and incredible humour, this book delivers on all fronts.
Overall this was such an easy read with extremely likeable characters and as an added bonus the side cast was also exceptionally intriguing also; I can honestly say Im looking forward to each and every story that was hinted at here.
“Bewitching Sloth” set the stage here so nicely for the unfolding drama and I am already its avid audience.
I really can’t wait to see what this series is going to bring to the table.
This one’s a no-brainer for me; Read it, you definitely won’t be disappointed; I guarantee you this.
Five very well deserved Stars.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Bewitching Sloth (Seven Deadly Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Contemporary, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Until We Are Gone/ Gia Riley /

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🍀ARC BOOK REVIEW🍀

Release Date-30th July 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition

I wanted a family with Cash. 

We had dreams –building a house, kids, a dog, and, yes, even the white picket fence.

Or so I’m told.

I don’t remember anything about my husband. Not the wedding or the vows we shared.

The past ten years were erased, but with time, they’re supposed to come back.

But what if this isn’t your typical case of amnesia?

What if I’m not supposed to remember?

What if I was meant to forget?

Maybe I don’t want my old life back.

Because if the accident hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have uncovered the truth.

Losing my memory wasn’t tragic.

Losing my memory was fate.

 

Until We Are Gone

Until We Are Gone by Gia Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I Really enjoyed this one like a lot, but I am struggling slightly to classify it as it crosses over into genres with a little bit of everything.
So this had such a unique voice when it came to its narration giving us the POV from three individual important players; this, in turn, helped portray them all so realistically with flaws and all.
I found this style of narration so intriguing and it did help me get a handle on why certain individuals behaved they way they did and all through certain actions were in no way condonable it did give me a certain insight and almost unwanted sympathy into why things occurred the way they did.
Human emotions can make us behave in such unfathomable ways that are just beyond our comprehension sometimes.
This is essentially at its heart a mystery with romantic elements and how one woman’s memory loss can impact and steamroll into so much more.
When events started to slowly come to light I felt so much empathy for Meadow and completely understood how she had managed to spiral so out of control in her distress and confusion.
Her memory loss having an almost snowball effect so far did the cause and effect ripple outwards.
Her husband Cash I could also empathise with and I could understand somewhat how he had arrived at the crossroads he had.
I also felt extreme empathy for him as he tried to traverse the daily battlefield that is now his marriage.
Meadow was an absolute nightmare for him to live with as she fell deeper into the bottomless pit that was her despair and utter desperation; using Cash almost as her own personal whipping boy.
This story also dealt with alcohol addiction and the debilitating impacts this dependence can have on the people surrounding us.
I didn’t really think anyone in this story was truly innocent except maybe Logan all else portrayed were imperfect and flawed in some way or other.
But what I did ultimately take away from this, was there were no baddies and goodies here just misguided actions that though essentially wrong were actually done initially for all the right reasons.
And I essentially wanted everyone involved to find some sort of personal HEA regardless of there misguided and imprudent undertakings.
I adored that “Until we are gone” gave everyone a piece of that pie.
This is one story that I was glued to throughout and enjoyed immensely.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “Until We Are Gone ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Hawks: A Novel / S.D. Hendrickson /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-26th July 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

“A sultry summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a power family.” 

He warned me. Said hawks were dangerous birds. Their majestic beauty could blind your eyes as they picked the flesh from your bones.

But even hawks have enemies. And they eventually came for the Hawthorn family. Held us hostage. Demanded retribution.

But I wasn’t a Hawthorn. No, I was just the help. Caught in the turmoil of a tragic family. I worked hard for Delsey Hawthorn. Tried to earn the respect of the reigning tyrant. Assistant. Event planner. Gardner. Chauffeur. I added it all to my resume.

And then I met Javier Hawthorn. Delsey ordered me to stay away from her grandson. But like a moth to a burning flame, I gravitated toward him. He was so different than my world. Irresistible. Charming. He brought a calmness to the chaos.

But that was before the intruders came into the house. Tied us up. Hurt us. We struggled to get away. We fought to survive.

But who were the men behind the masks? Did we know them? Because someone who got this close to the family at night must be even closer during the day.

The Hawks: A Novel

The Hawks: A Novel by S.D. Hendrickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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release Date-26/7/18

The Hawks was my first experience with this particular author and it was a mostly positive endeavour for me.
This was a well thought out intriguing read packed with suspensful romance and thrilling action.
It had a fantastic twist that I never saw on the horizon and though I did have some slight issues here this for me was still extremely enjoyable and I would certainly recommend this if you’re looking for something to get your blood pumping.
So as I said swings and roundabouts; while I really liked the way this was narrated in present time and flashbacks I felt that without this style of storytelling this could have felt a bit flat.
The build-up to the main course was a bit lengthy in my opinion and could have done with a bit of pruning.
This was a long book and it really felt it would have delivered itself better shortened slightly; maybe it’s just me but I did zone out slightly on some occasions.
I also would have prefered this to be dual POV as I felt that I didn’t really get to know Javier that well and as such he felt slightly one-dimensional at times.
Which was a shame as he seemed a real decent bloke; perhaps maybe a bit cookie-cutter perfect at times; but still, I would definitely have liked to delve deeper here.
I really enjoyed the portrayal of Sarina’s boss Delsey Hawthorn; her eccentricities made such compelling reading and kept thing interesting.
I know she was a massive opinionated pain in the derriere but the old girl had some good qualities also, hidden really deep that is, she wasn’t completely bad.
I also really adored Cole and thought Sarina was a bloody major cow to him.
I couldn’t quite work out what her deal was here she was an utter cow-bag to the poor bloke.
In fact, if I’m honest I found it hard to relate or even like Sarina at times, she came across as completely, self-centred and materialistic.
That is my main reason for marking this down slightly my compulsion to strangle some sense into the girl throughout.
Despite the above, I still found this compelling reading and that finale completely knocked it out of the park.
This was a good read that I had some slight nitpicks with; still very happy to recommend this if you like a bit of action with your romance.
On a side-note, I want Cole’s story as I think he got such a raw deal here but please let’s have a girl who appreciates him for the unpolished gem that he is; I would so read his story.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Hawks” 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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