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Scars

By Jaimie Roberts

Synopsis

I had the perfect school, the perfect friends—the perfect life …
At least, that’s what I thought.
But you changed all that.
You are always there … Always watching … Always waiting in the shadows. You send me flowers and messages. You stalk me, trace my every movement…
Until that one day, in a silly game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, when I finally get to feel you—have a taste of you …
It left me wanting more.
One catastrophic day, my wish is granted.
Just past my eighteenth birthday, tragedy strikes and I watch my family die before my eyes.
You are there. You rescue me. You choose my life over my older sister’s, and I hate you for that. I hate you for taking me and imprisoning me. You say it’s for my sake, but I know it’s for your own. You make me see that my life could be much worse without you in it…
You make me see true darkness.
It is in that darkness you make me desperate for your presence, your touch, your caress. You make me need you… You make it impossible for me to live without you… And then, eventually…
You make me fall in love with you.

Secrets will always wound the ones twisted within their web of lies… But the ones I’m tangled in … are deadly.

WARNING: Although this book (overall) is not a dark read, one chapter is an exception, and contains the following triggers: childhood sexual/emotional abuse with some intensity in one particular scene.

Review

Scars is my third book by this author, it is not my favourite as it started dark and then turned sweet however I did enjoy the ending to a point.  I was totally floored by the turn of events with the main characters, I did not see or figure out the surprises or the twist in the story line so well done to the author.  I am though unhappy with the one unresolved secret for Lily and so for me the story is not finished.  I find in the author’s notes a story will be released on Christine that will also feature an update for “J” and Lily.

I love the cover of this, it is definitely “J” to a big “T”.

The main thing I did not like with this story was the way it turned rather sweet and I did feel we got dragged down with all the teenage drama.  I also felt the ending was rushed, it took us forever to get back to that room where we started this story in and I actually wanted to see Lily declare her secret to “J” and to see perhaps how they move forward, it just felt unresolved to me.

Scars has some pretty horrific flashbacks to what happens with “J” and Charlotte, my god what he and his sister go through, I can totally understand wanting revenge, it is a hard few chapters to read.

Scars is an enjoyable story, it was just different to what I expected from the author after reading Deviant and Redemption which I absolutely loved – definitely not as dark and dirty.

Quote:  “SMIHG – Seven Minutes In Heaven Guy”

Scars

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Crave

By Dani Rene

Synopsis

Samael
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Can love overcome hate?
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When I first laid eyes on the perfect little blonde,
I didn’t think she’d change my life.
But the first time I tasted her, felt her, took her,
I knew she was mine.
I laid a wordless claim because as much as I desired her,
I couldn’t have her.
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I craved the dark, she filled me with light.
I loved delivering pain, she craved it.
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Opposites merged by circumstance.
Hearts melded by passion.
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Angel
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Can light defeat darkness?
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I should have feared him.
Everything about him was drenched in the darkness he exuded.
But one glance into his cobalt eyes, and I knew I was his.
My heart allowed him entry, as did my body.
And after the first time, my soul recognized his.
Desired what he delivered.
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I craved his darkness, he bathed in my light.
I submitted to his desires, he craved my very being.
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Running from him wasn’t an option.
Fate bound us in its intricate pattern.
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*This is a dark romance, suitable for mature audiences, 18+ ONLY. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. Certain scenes are graphic and could be upsetting to some. This story is NOT for everyone. Proceed with caution. Discretion is advised. This is book one of the Forbidden Series, but can be read as a standalone. Each book will feature a different couple. There is NO cliffhanger.

Review

Crave will take you to a place that will make you cry, shake with fear and make your skin crawl, it is everything a dark and erotic story has and so much more but you need to be strong and Angel is an incredible character and shows what the mind and heart are capable of.

Crave is dark and even I struggled with the storyline and at times I became desolate and I admit right here at some points I skimmed a paragraph as I could not cope with what Angel was going through.  I struggled with the hurt and degradation to her at the hands of old men.  There is so much darkness in this story and you are not given light until the last few chapters and by then I was so depressed and raw, upon finishing Crave it took me awhile to process this story.  When Samael found those tapes in his dad’s office that was the final straw for me, it broke my heart.

Crave is dark, more it will break your soul and for a moment in time you will think humanity has forgotten Angel and then Samael does eventually save her and can I say the ending restored my hope but left me raw.

I do not think I could ever read this again but I am so glad I read Angel and Samuel’s story, I am not brave enough to return.

Crave

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Royal Games (The Royals Of Monterra # 3)

By Sariah Wilson

Synopsis

Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.

Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.

Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?

Review

ROYAL GAMES is the third book in The Royals Of Monterra series and after meeting Genesis in the previous book, I was really looking forward to reading her story because she was so nice and sweet.  Sadly, I did not enjoy her story and it was all because of her.

I understand that she was embarrassed at being tricked by Rafe on Marry Me, but I felt she was too fixated on how Rafe “deceived” and “lied” to her during the filming, especially when she knows he was under contract to keep his real identity a secret.  She flat out refused to hear his apology and spent almost the entire book treating him like crap.  I also felt, and I hate to say this, that she was just too stupid to live.  Her life was being threatened, but she refused Rafe’s protection and security because she had pepper spray and had taken self-defence classes.  But then she had a panic attack when a stranger sat down for a meal at her diner, which kind of threw her whole “I can protect myself” claim out the window.  When she was kidnapped and learnt that Rafe was only able to save her life because of a secret tracking device he had planted on her, she got angry.  When he left after she got in a fit and told him to leave, she got angry. When she found out that he paid for her hospital bills, she got angry.  Seriously, there was absolutely no pleasing this woman.  I was frustrated with her by the 30% mark, and her constant whining, complaining and stupid choices did nothing to win me over.

I liked Rafe, who did so many things trying to earn Genesis’ forgiveness and win her heart, but to be honest, I lost a little respect for him because of how much crap he was willing to put up with.  Her behaviour showed that she didn’t deserve him and I wouldn’t have shed a tear if he had just said “screw it” and walked away.

ROYAL GAMES is told only in Genesis’ POV and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  As with the previous two books in this series, there is no sex, not even the behind-the-closed-door stuff.  It includes the occasional flashback to their alone time on Marry Me⎯which was sweet⎯and it comes with a HEA.

Royal Games (The Royals Of Monterra # 3)

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The Royals Of Monterra Series

Twist (Dive Bar # 2)

By Kylie Scott

Synopsis

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they’re emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets…except the one that really matters.

When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it’s always better with a twist.

Review

I have been a fan of Kylie Scott’s since I first read LICK from her Stage Dive series several years ago and because of that, it pains me to say that I’m not feeling much love for TWIST.

Story-wise, I felt like it didn’t flow very well.  I often found myself thinking, “I don’t remember that.”, or “What are they talking about?”, or “How did the conversation shift from this to that?”.  I’d go back several pages to see if I missed a paragraph or something, but I never found anything that would explain my confusion.

Character-wise, not only did I not connect with Joe and Alex, but I also didn’t feel a connection between them.  There was nothing in their email communications that would explain why Alex would hop on a plane to surprise her “beloved”.  They had no chemistry and their relationship ran hot and cold from beginning to end.  There were things I liked about them, but for every one thing I liked, there was another thing I didn’t like.

TWIST is told only in Alex’s POV, but it also includes their email communications as flashback scenes.  While it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone and it does come with a HFN ending for Joe and Alex.  Joe’s brother, Eric, gets the next book, but I disliked his man-child attitude so much that I have no interest in reading it.

Twist (Dive Bar # 2)

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Dive Bar Series

More Than Want You (More Than Words Book 1)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

I’m Maxon Reed–real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn’t high profile and big money, I pass. Now that I’ve found the property of a lifetime, I’m jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success–my brother. I’ll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who’s just his type.

Sassy college senior Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff’s perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I’m having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don’t tolerate. But she’s beyond charming. I more than want her; I’m desperate to own her. I’m not even sure how drastic I’m willing to get to make her mine–but I’m about to find out.

Review

Shayla Black started this series with a bang.  Just like in past series, she makes characters complex that have you cursing them in one minute and cheering for them the next.   She also gave us a cast of people that work perfectly in this story.  The main characters are Maxon and Keeley.  But there is also Britta who assists Maxon with his business but she is also his brother’s ex-girlfriend. And she also had his nephew.  Rob also works with Maxon but he is driven by success and is cutthroat about it.

Maxon is everything that he is billed to be.  He is an asshole and I have to say that I didn’t care for him too much in the beginning.  His main goal is to be number one and he pretends to not care how he gets there. He doesn’t want his brother Griff to take that title from him.  But there is more to Maxon and he has to find his own road to forgiveness.

I loved Keeley from the very beginning.  She was sunshine.  I loved her personality and that her main goal was to be happy.  I also really liked that fact that she thought that was everyone’s goal.  She really is a glass is half full type of person.   It really had me wishing I could be more like her.

More Than Want You takes you on an emotional journey of what happens to a family when competition is prized above everything.  Maxon and Giff’s father is the real asshole and it drives these brothers apart.   Keeley is the exact opposite of Maxon but somehow they fit perfectly together.   I could really tell the musical influences in this story.  Keeley loves to sing but she sings what she is feeling in the moment.  This series started strong and now I can’t wait for Griff’s story.

More Than Want You

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The Castle (Endgame #3)

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

I’m safe in the ivory tower Gabriel Miller made for me. That’s what he says. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army of enemies held back by these walls.

Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel Miller my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?

There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.

No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.

Review

Firstly the Prologue gives us more of the night of Avery’s 18th birthday and it helped me return to this world of many games being played.

The Castle was breathtaking and brilliant and when Avery finally makes all the connections in her memory from her childhood it created that moment in books where you take a breathe.  As a reader you knew major secrets were hidden but there trying to be revealed – just fantastic.  This instalment is fast paced and you will be constantly on guard with Avery waiting for that moment when all the people in the game make their play.

Avery was strong in this final instalment of the trilogy and Gabriel was dominant and ultimately her protector and I loved the ending.

I loved the addition of Penny for Avery and I was so excited reading the thank you notes from the author that we will be having a story on Penny and Damon.  I have actually held an interest in Damon Scott from the first book and considering all his connections I cannot wait as I feel he has so much more to reveal and also perhaps Avery and Gabriel will make an appearance too!

I read this in two days, could not put down and I will be returning to read this series again as I just connected to Avery and loved her whole story.

Avery and Gabriel’s passionate sexual scenes were intense and erotic and held so much emotional feelings even amongst all the danger.

Quote: A pawn with ambition. Or a queen with chains

The Castle (Engame #3)

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Hold Me Down

By Sara Taylor Woods

Hold Me Down

Synopsis

Talia Benson has always been independent, unafraid to go after what she wants, regardless of setback, injury, or failure. But between her father’s conditional tuition payments and her mother’s nagging concern over her emotional state, Talia’s suffocating.

So when Talia meets doctoral student Sean Poole, she can’t figure out why she wants him to control her. Why she wants him to boss her around. Why she wants him to hurt her.

Talia learns the hard way that not all control is created equal, and sometimes submitting is the most empowering thing in the world.

From the author: Hold Me Down is a standalone romance with a HEA. It contains graphic sexual situations, language, D/s elements (including Daddy play), as well as discussion (but no depiction) of self-harm. 

Review

Hold Me Down has left me feeling so many emotions, I am raw, this was a devastatingly dark and highly emotional read, it had me gripped and I wanted to crawl into this story and stand with Talia when she was getting attacked from so many of her inner circle.

The Christmas period had me devastated, when she went on the medication, she was so alone and her semester back in college having to go to that class, she showed her strength.

One surprising story within Hold Me Down is her faith as a Jew, it was actually really incredible how the author spun Talia’s beliefs and her upbringing into her need for control and acknowledgement of good deeds.  Talia’s relationship with her parents helps you to understand how she thinks and her inner turmoils and need to affection.

Now onto Beardy McBlue Eyes ,well Dr Poole is bold and direct however towards the end I think I fell in love with that man, the showdown between Talia and Sean and their emotional outpouring of grief from their time apart gave me tingles and tears.

The passionate dominating scenes in Hold Me Down flow well, the build up of sexual tension and anticipation will have your squirming in your seat as you read.

I love the cover of this book and I would honestly read another whole story on Dr Poole and Talia.

Quote: I believe in strength through faith. I believe in compassion and freedom.

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?

He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.

Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.

The hard truth about sunshine…

Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

Review

I don’t even know where to start with this review, mainly because I just don’t think I have the words that will do this book justice.

When I first received the ARC request for THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE, I spent several days wavering between signing up for it because it’s a Sawyer Bennett book, and not signing up for it because it sounded too intense for my tastes.  I finally decided to request an ARC, but when it was time for me to read it, I hesitated again.  I still wasn’t sure if it was right for me and I’ll admit I regretted signing up for it.  But then I started reading it and I have never been happier to prove myself wrong.

I want to slap their sunny smiles off their faces, and I want them to come down to my level where they can wallow around in the sludge of desolation with me.  I want everyone to feel as bad as I do, because it’s unfair that I can’t seem to feel better on my own.

I won’t sugar coat it, Christopher starts out as an absolute arsehole.  He’s so bogged down hating his own life and being angry at the world over his disfigurement, that he doesn’t care about anyone else’s problems.  After being abandoned by his family and girlfriend while recovering from his injuries, he’s bitter and unwilling to let anyone else in.  But after just a few days into a road trip with the three members of his therapy group, he starts to open up and let them in, and he grows up a lot in a short amount of time because of it.

I choose to live.
I choose to love.
I choose to forge my path.
Life is my choice.

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE is told only in Christopher’s POV, so it’s his story you learn the most about.  But while Christopher is the focus, Jillian, Connor and Barb play big roles from beginning to end.  Their personal stories will break your heart at the unfairness of it all, and all three will grab your heart in their own ways.  This is a stand-alone and despite the devastating topics woven throughout, it does come with a HEA, one that is both sad and beautiful.  It was a perfect end to an emotional story.

THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE is beyond amazing.  It is real, deeply emotional and it will break your heart before putting it back together again.  I smiled a little.  I laughed a little.  I cried a lot.  I think I will be hard pressed to find another book that will affect me as deeply as this one did for a very long time.

The Hard Truth About Sunshine

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I Just Want You

By Kaylee Ryan

Synopsis

“Go to college,” they said. “Get a good job,” they said. “It will be a piece of cake.” Well, whoever they are, they lied. Sure, college was a blast, but after college, not so much. The finding a job to go with my expensive education, that part was not so easy. At least not until I was offered a position at the new club in town.

Life is defined by the little moments that have the power to change it completely. I never thought getting a cup of coffee would change mine, but it did. She did. She’s one of those moments.

He’s my boss.

She’s my employee.

I want him.

I can’t resist her.

Review

I Just Want You is a stand alone romance that will pull at your heart.  This is a story of two young people that  are finding their way in the world.

Crew just found out that he had a grandmother and she left him a lot of money.  He wants to make sure that he builds his future.  He has a loyal friend in Zane who also keeps him from getting too serious.

Berklee has just finished college and just needs someone to give her a chance. She has a business degree but, just like many new graduates find out, every job she applies for they want experience. So she is working at a coffee shop until she finds that place that will give her a chance.  Berklee has some great friends that help her through everything.  They also help keep the story light and fun.

When Crew walks into the coffee shop where Berklee works there is an instant attraction, but he has made a promise to himself that he is going to get his bar up and going before he will consider women again.  But fate has aligned against him and has put Berklee right in his path.

I really thought that I Just Want You was an interesting, intense at times and fun.  It had an interesting interruption on a modern relationship.  I fell for Crew the moment he offered a job to his best friend.  That to me showed what kind of man he was. But I also loved the way he wasn’t perfect.  He was jealous and he didn’t always know how to deal with his feelings. Berklee really helped him get to the next level of adulthood.  She also helped him realize what he had to lose. Kaylee Ryan wrote an effective view of professional and personal relationships that had me rooting for Crew and Berklee.

I Just Want You

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Into the Fire (A Night Prince Novel #4)

By Jeaniene Frost

Synopsis

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Review

Into the Fire is the fourth and final book in the Night Prince series.  And just like all the other books in this series it did not disappoint.  Vlad and Leila have true passion for one another. There is only one thing that can used against Vlad and that is Leila.

Leila is bound by spell to Mircea.  Mircea has daddy issues that have festered over time. Anything that happens to Mircea happens to Leila and that makes for a dangerous situation for Vlad.  Mircea wants to make Vlad pay.  But just has Mircea has the upper hand, he has been taken and used against Vlad because of the spell that was cast on Leila.

Into the Fire is so good.  It finishes this series in a spectacular way.  Jeaniene Frost has brought these characters to life for me.  Mencheres, Marty, Maximus and Gretchen all made appearances in this book.  But Ian made a huge impression on me.  He put so much humour into every facet of this book.  One of the things that I loved about this book is that you really see the passion that Vlad has for Leila and that they truly love each other.  Leila was very quick to stand up for Vlad even when he didn’t need it.

Leila also stands up for herself.  And when Vlad starts to be unreasonable and makes decisions for her, she has it out with him.  One things I love about these books is that they have strong female characters.  They always match their male counter parts with strength of character.

This book makes me want to read the whole series over again.  I can’t wait for Jeaniene Frost’s next book!!!

Into the Fire

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