Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Ain’t Doin’ It (Simple Man, #4) / Lani Lynn Vale /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date- 6th July 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-213 Pages

 

Coke Solomon has lived a full life.

He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.

And if he can’t have it his way? Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before…

At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.

He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.

He can’t stand it.

He wants her, and he has to have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.

Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.

His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned

 

Ain't Doin' It (Simple Man, #4)

Ain’t Doin’ It by Lani Lynn Vale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/7/18

So this was my first book by this particular author and it was mostly a great experience with only a few tiny nit-picks from me.
So this was an easy enjoyable read that though part of a series of interconnecting novels that focused on an individual couple, I still managed to follow along with fairly easily.
At its heart “Ain’t Doin It” is a contemporary romance with some added suspensful elements.
I liked both the main characters Cora and Coke very much; perhaps Coke a teensy bit more than Cora who did have some slightly irritating whiny traits and could be a bit of a drama llama at times.
Though I did warm to her more as this story evolved.
I adored the fact that this was a slow burn romance and the author did an excellent job of ratcheting up the tension here so when we did eventually get the promised action it was well worth the wait.
This had a great cast of secondary characters, but have to say that Cora’s friends did come across like actual adolescents at times, not wives and mothers; I understand they were meant to be portrayed as fun and quirky but for me, that was a total washout missing the mark entirely.
Completely understand why Cora tried to avoid them like the plague they would be enough to give anyone a bloody headache.
I also really liked the daughter and how she was so refreshingly unspoilt.
The blurb itself here I thought was really misleading Cora’s dad wasn’t a complete fan of his daughter’s new relationship but I didn’t think he ever came across as completely hostile; more like reserving judgement until a later date and its never suggested; as far as I can see that he ever wants him dead.
And also the twenty year age gap well correct me if I’m wrong but twenty-five and thirty-five is a ten year age gap.
I know it’s been a while since I left school but I can count.
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I still liked the story but Its a real bug-bear of mine when we get misleading book blurbs.
Just tell me like it is already.
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As for the ex-wife, I wouldnt say she was offended about Cole and Cora’s friendship the woman is a bona-fida nut job; a real class A loony-tune psycho biotch.
How Cole managed to stay married to the cray-cray Ex-wife for all those years and stayed relatively sane is a conundrum indeed.
My other winge is I felt there might be a tad too much going on in terms of plausible plotlines.
I prefered this story before things went to shite on a shovel and felt all the unnecessary drama only muddied the picture.
At its heart, The more simplistic aspect of boy meets girl and falls hard is what I prefered most about this tale, that was refreshingly lovely.
How they met, got to know each other properly before jumping into the sack together.I also especially adored the epilogue here was just so touching and sweet.
Just one last thing here I’m really over the whole virgin at twenty-five thing; are there even any of those unicorn’s around in real life.
Weighing up the whole she-bang though this had more positives than negatives and I really did enjoy myself overall; I will definitely be checking out more of this authors work to have a nose at.
I was provided with an ARC of “Ain’t Doin’ It (Simple Man, #4) ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.
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Contemporary, Mystery, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / Watching You / Shannon Greenland /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-2nd July 2018
Publisher-Entangled Publishing
Genre-N/A Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-305 Pages

 

Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

Watching You

Watching You by Shannon Greenland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-2/7/18

“Watching You” by Shannon Greenland was a well-written page-turner of a read.
My first experience with this particular author and pleased to say it was a positive one.
Genre-wise I would place this in the Young Adult/New Adult category.
I’m undecided between the two as there is some mild content near the end the might lean this more towards the New Adult camp.
It’s nothing hard-core and is really rather mild in nature but does stop this short of being a completely clean read.
What I did like about this particular content was how realistically it was portrayed rather refreshing and makes quite the change from the norm.
So moving on slightly; this was romantic suspense set in and around a prestigious boarding school. where our main girl Viola is attending on a scholarship that shes slightly fudged about on the application process to receive.
Here she runs into her new crush the gorgeous and Spanish Reil.
Almost instantly upon meeting Reil, she senses a deeper connection; but there are certain obstacles that seem to be standing in her way of a friendship the most important being the scholarship that Viola has acquired under less than honest circumstances.
There are so many parallels in her life that she can compare with Reil and this understanding and solidarity understandably brings her feeling much closer to her new friend.
So with her goals of school well underway Viola settles into her new academy life but it’s not long before events for her start to take a rather sinister turn.
And with the added complication of mean girls and her well-hidden secrets becoming common knowledge.
Viola is not enjoying her senior year as much as she originally anticipated.
So I really did enjoy this a lot; Yes it was probably more romantic than overall suspenseful and was slightly predictable in some places.
But and here’s the main kicker for me; I couldn’t put this down and for the reason alone this deserves for me its whole five stars.
I actually started reading this at my bedtime with every intention of a couple of chapters and then getting some much-needed shut-eye.
Well, that was a complete wash-out; I ended up reading this all through the night and finished in one sitting, talk about bags under the eyes the next day.
And it was so worth it; “Watching you” in itself is not an overcomplicated story but it did deliver for me that thrilling excitement that I was actually looking for from this.
Managing quite easily to keep my attention throughout.
It has some great characters and so much to recommend itself making it a complete no-brainer in terms of would I recommend this.
And I think its safe to say I definitely would; this is one read that I am happy to give the green light to.
Thank You to the Author and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of “Watching You” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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

/ ARC Book Review / Hell Upside Down / Mia Villano /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-26th June 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-

Scarlett Ferguson wanted out of her dreary life in Cutler, Maine. Every day was only an existence living in poverty in a run-down trailer with her dad and his girlfriend. Working a dead-end job in a restaurant, Scarlett’s life changes the day Hugh Cruz walks into her world.
He is gorgeous, rich and charming, sweeping Scarlett off her feet after a few dates. When he wants to marry her in a rush, she thinks nothing of it, other than it is true love. That changes on the night of her honeymoon. The night Scarlett realizes, things are not what they seem. It doesn’t take long for Scarlett to become someone she swore she never would be, in a life she swore she never would want.
Heartbroken and confused, Scarlett realizes that the life she ran away from is the life she truly wants.  Secrets unravel as Scarlett discovers the real reason Hugh came into her life. No one is who she thought they were and the people she trusted are soon revealing their true identity. Hell Upside Down is a dark, emotional standalone novel filled with suspense. Each page has you wanting more.
 

Hell Upside Down

Hell Upside Down by Mia Villano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-26/6/18

You know this was a great read that I really did enjoy.
I raced through here in record time and if it wasn’t for a few little niggles I would have given it the full five stars.
So I’m going to start by saying that this was a brand new author for me so wasn’t quite sure what I was going to be getting here.
Need not have worried “Hell Upside Down” Is one of those stories that hooks you in almost instantly.
So after that wowzer of an opener, we are then taken on a journey of discovery starting a year previously.
Alongside Scarlett herself, we get to accompany and experience how such a strong individual finds herself in such a harrowing and horrific position.
How Scarlet could so easily get sucked into the fraudulent facade of the charismatic and successful Hugh Cruz.
He was like an answer to her prayers sweeping in and giving her the whole fairy tale; rescuing Scarlet from the ordinary everyday drudgery that is her life.
And the whole time I was experiencing Hugh’s lavish courtship; I felt such a sense of unease just waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it did I felt the bewilderment and anguish of pain and confusion along with Scarlet as the rug was systematically yanked right from under her feet.
So this was such an enthralling read that dealt with some appalling abuse; the physical as well as mental.
I couldn’t help but feel real compassion for Scarlett as she tries unsuccessfully to fight against the circumstances she had unwittingly placed herself in.
And when things do eventually come to a head and everything implodes in a dramatic fashion.
We then do get to experience the fallout.
We also get a privileged up close and personal front seat view to witness and process how Scarlett manages to deal with the aftermath.
Shes definitely a changed girl in some ways for the better as she does seem to appreciate more of what shes got as opposed to what she actually wants.
Its the old adage be careful what you wish for.
But the nervy scared girl she now is; is so far from where she originally started; It just goes to show how easy it is for a predator to pounce and move on in.
“Hell Upside Down” also had some excellent side characters both good and bad.
Not necessarily the ones you would think either a couple did blindside me with their overall attention.
We do get some love here also; though I wouldnt necessarily describe this as a romance novel the courtship is actually more of a secondary concern to the whole story; almost an added bonus.
But the message it did impart here for me was; don’t be so blind to what is actually under your nose.
The best things can come from the most unlikely of places.
So I only had some slight issues with this: first Tabatha; there were a couple teensy things that perplexed me in regards to her part in the story and Scarlett, as a result, I was left feeling a trifle bewildered.
I was also never quite sure what Hugh’s main motive was in regards to Scarlett and why he was even doing what he was doing it was never adequately explained to my complete satisfaction.
So that’s it told you they were slight; all in all, this was a truly great read for me that kept me easily engaged and I’m happy to give the green light to.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Hell Upside Down” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

 

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Close Your Eyes / Darren O’Sullivan /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-5th May 2018
Publisher-HQ Digital
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-384 Pages

 

 

Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Perfect for fans of Holly Seddon, Gillian Flynn and BA Paris.

From the best-selling author of Our Little Secret comes a new psychological thriller with a shocking twist.

 

 

Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-5/5/18

This was a fabulous edge of your seat read that I can’t really say too much about without giving away the whole plotline so I’m going to try to keep it as vaguish as possible.
So this was my second book by this particular author and “Close Your Eyes” had the slight edge for me in terms of enjoyment.
It was a fast-paced race against the clock as Father and family man Daniel attempts to unravel the Mystery that is his past.
If he fails; well the cost will be the ultimate punishment; his family.
Daniel suffering from amnesia from an accident fifteen years previous is sent on an action-filled journey of self-discovery where everything he thought he knew and more might just be the biggest lie of them all.
This is told from dual POV alternating Daniel then Ex-wife Rachel and later we also get a brief glimpse into the head of Daniels Son Thomas.
The main characters here are few with “Close Your Eyes” keeping the main focus on Daniel, Rachel and Thomas.
These three are also joined initially by the supporting cast of Rachels husband Sean and Daniels girlfriend Katie as they have formed for the sake of Thomas’s happiness an almost unconventional family setup that seems to work for them.
everyone else involved is then just thrown right into the mix also stirring and muddying the already churned waters causing a sense of confusion and even doubt especially for Daniel himself.
This was ramped throughout and as each new lead and corner was turned my heart was totally in my throat; I felt almost like I was undertaking this path with poor Daniel the helplessness he must have felt alongside his own fear and panic.
The emotions experienced by Daniel as well as Rachel and Thomas, well I felt like I was there in the moment with them, so fantastically did this portray the rawness and brutality of feeling here.
This went to places I wasn’t expecting shocking me completely.
Dipping me so low at times with where this dared to venture I couldn’t help but think the worst.
This truly sank to depths of darkness that I wasn’t quite expecting leaving me bereft in my feelings of despair.
I did have kinda an inkling where things seemed to be heading, but this didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment.
I also really liked the eventual conclusion here it gave me a much-needed sense of satisfaction; Much more so than using some clever gimic to devastate and shock the reader.
The ending here gave me an overall sense of justice which was ultimately want I wanted most.
Why then a rating of four over five you may ask if I liked this so much?
Well, two things really and I will try to explain without letting any cats out the bag; the first one here is relatively easy The Son Thomas; I thought he seemed much younger than what his actual age was.
I’m a mother of Five myself so hardly a novice when it comes to kids and in my opinion, Thomas didn’t seem like any six-year-old that I have ever met.
If I had to pinpoint his actual age from his behaviour and actions it seemed to me more like four; just an opinion though.
The second thing and this is more tricky to explain without disclosing too much but I’ll try; I never quite understood the timeline here; why this particular moment over any other logically it didn’t really make sense why this is happening now rather than another moment past or even future.
Especially with Daniel starting to recall moments from his past.
This really bugged me like a lot and I couldn’t stop myself overanalyzing the whys.
And while I’m on a roll the reasons behind all this for me were frankly lacklustre in nature and I wanted a more satisfying overall explanation for the completely unnecessary reactions and actions here.
But I suppose there wouldnt be much of a story if it was actually done my way with some bloody logic.
You will get more of what I’m trying to convey here when you’ve read this for yourself.
Over than the above I really did enjoy this it was a really engaging piece of fiction that kept me on my toes throughout; happy to recommend this.
So I was provided with an ARC of “Close Your Eyes” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

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

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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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Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / In the Blood / Ruth Mancini /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-1st May
Publisher-Head of Zeus
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

‘If you loved Apple Tree Yard, you’ll love In the Blood. Totally gripping and compelling – perfectly crafted’ Sarah Flint, author of Mummy’s Favourite.

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die.

The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder?

Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game.

Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.

 

 

In the Blood

 

In the Blood by Ruth Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-1/5/18

This was a fabulous read that totally kept me guessing from the second I started right up until the final pages.
The story centres around single mother and criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman.
Trying to juggle her work life with the care of her disabled five-year-old son.
A case that’s seems very close to home for Sarah lands on her lap.
Ellie a young mother is accused of poisoning her infant son a fact she vehemently denies and Sarah upon taking the case starts to push the boundaries of professionalism as she becomes drawn into and more emotionally involved than is perhaps wise.
So this was brilliantly narrated with so many twists and turns it certainly kept me on my toes throughout.
With rich believable characters, this is one of those bite your nails to the quick books, where you are left in the dark guessing until the very end.
I did kinda suss the ending here but never mind that; it didn’t actually take away from my overall enjoyment at all.
“In The Blood” was completely amped a non-stop race to the finish with the eye on the main prize and an intriguing mystery woven into its very centre.
To say I was shocked by the inner mechanics of some individuals brains is a bloody understatement.
Bloody brilliant sleuthing.
I also especially loved the underlying thread of Sarah’s story on top of the main focus.
Getting a window into her everyday struggles and insecurities was quite the journey of discovery actually giving us a story within a story; nice touch.
This was such an entertaining read that I can totally recommend.
So I was provided with an ARC of “In The Blood” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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

/ ARC Book Review / Mery Brown Part 2 / Tiki Kos /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-20th June 2018
Genre-YA Paranormal
Kindle Edition-139 Pages

Humanity is on the brink of extinction. 

One month after the events in Goodsprings, Mercy Brown is welcomed into the wasteland that is now the United States. The vampire virus has run rampant across the world. What is left of humanity is scattered. 

Separated from Sebastien and Amanda, Mercy must navigate this new world by herself, embarking on a journey to find her friends, stop the vampires, and save the world. 

As she fights for survival, Mercy discovers who she can trust. Will she ever be safe again? 

For fans of The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiki Kos presents the second part of the YA horror/dystopia saga, Mercy Brown.

 

Mercy Brown: (Part Two)

Mercy Brown: by Tiki Kos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-20/6/18

This was a somewhat satisfying conclusion to this interesting YA duo; although the ending here was not really to my taste at all.
I in truth found it a trifle depressing and pointless in nature but hey ho that’s just me and I’m not a big advocate for these type of finales; never have been.
Mercy Brown Part Two; brings us back to the stage it set for us in part one and almost immediately we are thrown headlong back into the action.
Unlike its predecessor, this is pumped from the outset with a steady storyline of action, chaos and curveballs.
Out of the Two instalments, this one was my favourite and as well as getting to delve deeper into the psyche that is Mercy we are also introduced to additional characters each bringing something unique to the table.
What let this down slightly for me was that I didn’t really feel we got to know Sebastion any more this time around.
He felt to me like a cardboard caricature of a self-tortured misunderstood vampire that I’d seen many times before; it felt a trifle old if I’m honest here.
I wanted to dig deeper into what makes Sebastion the vampire he is instead we barely scratched the surface with him and what we did learn didn’t for me show him in the best of light.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you have this kick-ass girl whos such a big personality and force to be reckoned with and then we have Sebastion seemingly in her shadow and hanging on to her coattails for dear life; he never once takes up for her and comes across as a bit wishy-washy.
And he’s always leaving her behind which didn’t sit well with me at all.
I didn’t get the sense these two were soul mates or anything near and that was a bit off a sticker for me really.
What we did get here is an almost chocka filled race to the finish; with many glorious turns and unexpected pathways and despite some reservations, I still enjoyed this so very much.
Now if that ending could be rewritten, well I would definitely rate this so much higher.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Mercy Brown: (Part Two) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Sage’s Surrender (Hell’s Riders, #4) / Joy Blood /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-13th June 2018
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-210 Pages

 

 

Sage 
She is my best friend’s daughter. I have no right to be looking at her the way I do, but with her snotty attitude, I find myself wanting to put her bratty ass into its place. Under me. 


Brook 
I have had a stupid school girl crush on him since I was fifteen years old. Now he is dragging me back to the one person I am not ready to face. My father.

All characters are of consensual age. HEA guaranteed! And as always with the Riders expect violence and big bad alphas swearing!

 

Sage's Surrender (Hell's Riders, #4)

 

Sage’s Surrender by Joy Blood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-13/6/18

“Sage’s Surrender” is the first book I have read by this author and while I did ultimately enjoy this; I also had some slight issues as well.
So my positives first; This was an age-gap romance which is one of my all-time favourite tropes.
I really can’t get enough of this type of story; it’s a real guilty pleasure of mine in romance fiction.
This was well-written and very engaging and had a great cast of characters that kept me invested and entertained throughout.
It was told in dual POV; which I prefer and had just the right balance of action, suspense and angst to pique my interest.
In my opinion, though part of the Hell’s Riders series this can definitely be read as a standalone; I did no issues and I easily followed along.
This was a relatively easy read and despite this being set in an MC Club; I didn’t find it especially that dark either.
Don’t get me wrong; there was a definite stain here, but my depravity meter is actually set way-way high, probably due to all the disturbing stuff I actually inhale; so by my standards, this was actually relatively tame in comparison.
I also was really digging sage’s manly Vibe; he was such hunk of a man and after finally throwing in the towel and succumbing to his feelings towards Brook he only became hotter in my eyes.
A man who goes after what he wants disregarding societies rules is just so darn sexy.
Now for my issues, I disliked how in the beginning Sage blew hot and cold with Brook; I thought he really wasn’t being fair to her sending her such mixed messages.
He really should have made a choice either way and just gone with it instead of almost playing with her emotions just because he couldn’t control his baser urges.
But the main kicker here for me was Brook herself; she was such a wingy spoilt child; I really found it extremely difficult at first to warm up to her, like even a smidgen and I really did struggle to comprehend how a grown man would be interested romantically in such a juvenile Little girl; and I’m talking about her outward behaviour here not her actual age; as that in my opinion is really just a number.
I was so pleased when she finally quit the stroppy teenage tantrums, this gave me a chance to actually warm up to her without the added distraction of her constant juvenile behaviour as background noise.
Finally, there was some really hypocritical behaviour on someone’s part here and also in regards to where we eventually ended up that didn’t really sit that right with me.
That’s all I can say here; without letting the cat out of the bag, but you’ll definitely get what I mean when you read about it.
The ending here could also have been better for me, I wasn’t a big fan; finding it actually kind of anti-climatic overall, but I must say I did really love that epilogue; it was ever so charming indeed.
So taking everything here into consideration while I did enjoy this and found it mostly a positive experience there were just some slight tweaks that for me would have given this a much higher eventual score; overall this still had many more positives than negatives.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Sage’s Surrender (Hell’s Riders, #4)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) / Victoria Renteria /

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Release Date-5th June 2018
Genre-Paranormal Crime Suspense
Kindle Edition-316 Pages

Colton Monroe was born with a gift: the extraordinary ability to bend time. A tragic incident in his youth compelled him into seclusion, forcing him to hide amongst the shadows—an outcast from society. Eventually, a driving need to alleviate his suffering draws him out of his self-imposed isolation. Embracing his unique power, he turns his talent into a profitable business . . . until the day the Chaumont police department recruit him in their search for a missing person.

Colton endeavours to aid the police, scouring the area for clues, searching for any signs of the missing girl, only to continually come up empty-handed. With only his gift to guide him, Colton is left to solve the riddle of Lana Turner’s disappearance on his own. But when things go awry and she begins to invade Colton’s dreams, an inexplicable sense of urgency pushes him to his limits.

In a deadly race against time, Colton will face challenges from both this life and the next. As the clock winds down, only one question remains: Will he find her in time, or is she destined for the afterlife?

 

 

Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)

Beyond The Pain by Victoria Renteria
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-5/6/18

I absolutely bloody adored Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) like just so much it’s unreal.
So. this was a bit of a genre switch for myself and while I do read the occasional Crime mystery this one was in a class all of its own.
It had a Mystery Crime Sleuth vibe to it; also accompanied by a huge splash of the Paranormal.
So it has been a while since I indulged in this particular cross-genre and In my opinion, this was an excellent book to get back on the horse with.
It Drew me in straight from the very beginning; teasing my senses with its intriguing agenda and surprising even myself with how fast I could devour a book.
“Beyond The Pain” tells the tale of Colton Monroe a gifted but troubled psychic; almost a pariah in his small town because of his strange abilities and unwanted gifts.
When a local girl “Lana Turner” goes missing Colton’s astounding abilities are called into play.
Working with a detective on the Chaumont police department payroll Colton employs all his varied talents to help bring Lana back home to her family.
Calling on depths of strength he was unaware he had; Colton is not only saving himself but also beginning a journey of discovery; (his destiny even) and once on this particular path; he will be committed to the destination; wherever it may lead him.
So this was so good; I especially adored the banter between our two main characters.
The back and fourthness of there repertoire was so amusing and brought a smile to my face often.
There was also such hidden depths to many of the characters portrayed here; Carlton especially was very proficient at hiding his inner turmoil and feelings; portraying an almost confidence and togetherness he was so far from actually feeling.
Using this mask as a shield to protect himself from the outside world Carlton has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.
There is still so much left to discover here; question and answers to be asked and fulfilled and I am so invested in the next leg of this addictive new series.
This was the first book in this series and I’m so interested in seeing where this is eventually going to proceed.
With all the reveals and revelations we were treated to here in “Beyond The Pain” its certainly going to be an interesting and informative ride.
This is one story that gets my wholehearted seal of approval; It was such a great read that kept me guessing throughout.
Oh and I should just mention this is not a romance it’s more of a supernatural crime Mystery.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Crime, Dark, Erotic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Reign (Skulls Renegade # 1) / Elizabeth Knox /

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Release Date-May 5th 2017
Genre-MC Romance
Kindle Edition-340 Pages

 

After catching her fiancé with another woman while visiting his office, the young, fiery FBI agent Elena Johnson, is pissed that she wasted so much time being stifled by the man she had thought was her entire future.       
              
Now, she is back in action, using that anger and pain for her first new assignment in a while – going undercover with the Skulls Renegade MC to try to catch them in their illegal activities. Soon, she finds herself not only connecting to these outlaws who are not the evil monsters the government believes, but she also finds herself face to face with another MC leader, one she knows intimately from her tumultuous childhood and owes a debt of revenge to in the form of a violent end. 

As she finds herself caught in this new MC life that she finds more appealing than she expected and falling for a sexy motorcycle club Prez named Reed, she must still try and keep her identity as an FBI agent hidden, or everything could fall apart on both sides of her dangerous life.

 

Reign (Skulls Renegade # 1)

Reign by Elizabeth Knox
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Release Date-5/5/17

I struggled with this one for a number of reasons and I will get to them in a minute.
And while this originally started off in such a great vein for me it quickly escalated into a bit of a mish-mash of splitting threads.
If I’m honest here I think maybe there was just too much going on for me to connect fully with the story being told.
Events themselves were skimmed over a lot and I feel this contributed to me failing to feel any profound connection with the relationship that was at the centre of “Reign” (Skulls renegade #1).
So first this was extremely insta-love; like almost immediate, which in itself is fine and all, but I found it did prevent me actually forming valid opinions based on discovered inner characters.
I felt this was a missed opportunity to introduce The Skulls Renegade more thoroughly and also build a deeper understanding of the inner cogs of this MC.
I also wasn’t entirely convinced that some of the happenings here were actually viable and ultimately that they were also in themselves believable; but what do I know, I could be wrong I’m no expert after all.
what I do believe is that Reed would have had a much more explosive reaction to Elena’s Revelations than he actually did; After all, he is the Prez of an MC gang; even if they are relatively clean in there overall dealing compared to some others.
This at its centre did have a great premise I just think it could have been executed in a much better fashion than it actually was.
Despite my above grievances, I am still planning on continuing this series.
I’m somewhat invested here and I do want to discover where this is ultimately heading; hoping as I continue that this is going to be just a bit of a slow-burner for me.
At heart, this wasn’t a bad read just a bit of a disconnected experience that I did find myself skimming near the end.
I look forward to seeing if the next instalment can pick this up a notch for me.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Reign (Skulls Renegade # 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

EDIT; Would just like to add that I have now read book two and three in this series and it was so worth continuing I am really enjoying them now; this series for me got better the more I read on, so if you do struggle with this one it’s definitely worth persevering in my opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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