Spotlight: All in Fear (an anthology)

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Want something a bit different for the holidays? Horror has never looked this enticing! New release, All in Fear, is a gorgeous collection of horror tales from some of the hottest names in queer fiction. Be prepared to be titillated…and terrified.

Horror wears many faces, and its masks can be tantalizing. Some of the top names in
queer fiction come together to spin their own versions of horror. Worlds rife with dark beauty and mystery, the familiar becoming terrible, creatures ethereal and alluring – and all bearing the gleam of love. Does hope lie along these grim passages or only doom? It will become clear. All in time – and all in fear.

Company by Roan Parrish

Nick Levy’s family is falling apart and he has no friends, but at least he can escape into the world of his favorite comic book series, The Face of the Vampire. Naturally, when the vampire in question shows up one day, Nick is enthralled. After all, what could be better than his own personal fantasy made real? Except that Nick isn’t exactly sure whether Michel is real or not. And when the arrival of a new boy in school promises romance, Nick sees a side of Michel he never could have imagined. This Michel is cruel, jealous . . . and he’ll do anything to keep Nick for himself.

Love Me True by Kris Ripperallinfear-final

Palmer’s life is as good as it gets. Well, okay, so he hates his mind-numbing office job. But he’s found a hot, smart, incredibly kinky guy. The sex is explosive. The power play is off the hook. And if he gets his way, Jon will soon be his husband.

When Palmer asks, Jon says yes. For the first time ever, Palmer thinks things might be really good. Sure, bad things happen in the world – to other people. But this is all he needs: Jon at the end of the day, in their bed, arms around him.

How could he have possibly been so stupid?

The Price of Meat by KJ Charles

Johanna Oakley will do anything to save her beloved Arabella from the cruelty of Mr Fogg’s madhouse—but ‘anything’ turns out to be more than she bargained for when she finds herself working for a man suspected of worse than murder. As Johanna is plunged from the horror of Sawney Reynard’s barber shop into the foul, lawless labyrinth at the heart of London, can she or anyone get out alive?

His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl by Steve Berman

Joining Zeta Psi isn’t Steve’s dream, it’s his dad’s. Nevertheless his dad’s gift of the mysterious Bailey flask gets Steve an in to the frat house, and maybe his best shot at being accepted on campus. But the flask’s silver sheen may only be lighting his way into the darkness at the heart of the frat – and the darkness he’s learning is within himself. Steve wants to choose who he is, but choices are dropping like flies as he learns the true mystery of the Bailey flask. How does he give back a gift that’s also a curse?

Legion: A Love Story by Avon Gale

Staff Sergeant Jason Essex, you have received the following orders from the United States Marine Corps:

Report to: Cain institute [address redacted]

Active duty commitment: guard an entity currently held in an enclosure at the Cain institute. Record daily measurements. Keep any and all persons from entering or leaving the facility. Ensure the entity remains completely incarcerated. Observe the entity without engaging.

Additional instructions: this assignment will be carried out in full isolation. Please be advised.

Beauties by J.A. Rock

When Dr. Lester Usole attends an event at AI developer Carnificiality, he’s introduced to Beauties: artificial beings designed to provide tailored sexual experiences for their human owners. Lester isn’t interested in sex – but he is fascinated by Ira, a Beauty too violent to be sold.

Lester convinces Carnificiality to give Ira to him. Lester has always wanted the chance to work with an adult AI, and around Lester, Ira isn’t violent. He’s strangely innocent, uncannily perceptive, and his company does much to ease Lester’s loneliness. Except something’s not quite right: Ira roams at night, even when Lester’s sure he’s locked Ira’s door.

Soon Lester is certain of only one thing: Ira has a secret. Something that will link their pasts and change the course of their future – if Lester is willing to face what’s on the inside.

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“An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace.”  — Kirkus Reviews

About the Authors:

Steve Berman

Steve Berman loves to tell stories that are both queer and weird. He was a Zeta Psi back in his college days at and remembers being hazed. He survived and graduated and even earned a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies. He has written and sold over a hundred articles, essays, and short stories. His YA novel, Vintage, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award.

Website: www.steveberman.com

KJ Charles

KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, and a cat with murder management issues. KJ writes mostly historical romance, mostly queer, often with fantasy or horror in there.

Find her on Twitter @kj_charles, pick up book info and free reads on her website at kjcharleswriter.com, get the infrequent newsletter at kjcharleswriter.com/newsletter, or join her Facebook group, KJ Charles Chat, for sneak peeks and exclusives.

Avon Gale

Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Connect with Avon:

Website: www.avongalewrites.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/avongalewrites

Twitter: @avongalewrites

Sign up for Avon’s Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bOXXp9

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14237686.Avon_Gale

 

Roan Parrish

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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Website: www.roanparrish.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/roanparrish

Twitter: @RoanParrish

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ARoanParrish

Instagram: www.instagram.com/roanparrish

Kris Ripper

Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a little kid, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

Links:
The site: krisripper.com

The Facebook group:

Ripper’s Irregulars: https://www.facebook.com/groups/405062456366636/

The Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SmutTasticKris

 

J.A. Rock

J.A. Rock is the author or coauthor of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A. has received Lambda Literary and INDIEFAB Award nominations for Minotaur, and The Subs Club received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Pauline Reage Novel Award. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website: www.jarockauthor.com

Blog: http://jarockauthor.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jarockauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ja.rock.39

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

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Series: Oxford #3

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: 6th December, 2016

Main characters: Lincoln Mathis (sexy hero and ladies man with a big secret), Daisy Sinclair (heroine with her own set of Louis Vuitton-sized baggage).

Plot: Lincoln Mathis has quite the reputation. A renowned ladies’ man, he should be a heartbreaker – instead, when he walks away, he manages to make the ladies love him even more. His friend Emma is about to marry his best pal and the bride wants him nowhere near her twin, Daisy. He’s been warned.

Daisy Sinclair may look identical to Emma, but she’s different in almost every way. She’s sassy, confident and as good at playing an upbeat version of herself as Lincoln is. She recognises a kindred spirit immediately. His urbane, devil-may-care attitude is a front for something painful and she feels that they understand each other from their first meeting.

Daisy is nursing her own scars – a failed marriage and past betrayals have made her wary of life, but her budding friendship with Lincoln could rebuild some of her confidence. If Lincoln could let down his guard for even one minute, maybe he too could see that life doesn’t have to be so lonely…

Why you should read it: I have been waiting the best part of a year for Lincoln’s story. He was a marginal character in all of the Stiletto books and the Oxford series, but the little I read of him, the more I was intrigued. I wanted to know his secrets and his backstory. He’s a truly wonderful hero. Funny, sensitive and sexy as hell. He ticked all of my boxes! Daisy is a great character too. She has secrets but she’s fairly straightforward. She’s plucky and brave and goes for what she wants, despite the risks. The chemistry between the pair is hot, hot, hot!

What you might not like: I’m honestly not sure. There are a lot of characters to keep track of. I would advise you to read at least some of the earlier books in the series. However, the author does put each character in context, so I’m sure you’ll keep up!

Rating: 5/5 for an entertaining, at times heartbreaking, sexy read. I loved every word, every page. I think you will too!

 

School Ties by Tamsen Parker

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Author: Tamsen Parket

Genre: BDSM

Release date: 20th September, 2016

Main characters: Erin Brewster – troubled heroine and awkward maths teacher; Zach Shepherd, her student, later the dominant hero.

Blurb:

Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he’s eighteen and a senior, he’s still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.

Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn’t forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he’s ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He’ll soon have her begging to be held after class.

As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure…

Why you should read it: I really enjoyed this narrative. It was written intelligently; the dialogue was realistic and well observed. I enjoyed the progression of Erin and Shep’s relationship from pupil/teacher and later as man and woman – equals. It dealt well with quite a few issues arising from dominant/submissive issues outside of the bedroom. Shep’s progress from young man to older man, who is more comfortable in his own skin, was very interesting. His openness and transparency was refreshing as you always knew where he stood.

What you may not like: I felt that Erin at times was a frightened little mouse – I understood why, but at times I wanted to shake her. She cried. A lot. Sometimes, I wanted her to react! She did when it counted however, so I can’t be too critical. I enjoyed the dynamic and nurturing relationship she had with Shep – it grew over the book at a good pace and I believed their love.

Rating: 4/5 for a smart, sweet story of accepting yourself and finding it in others.

Brutal Game by Cara McKenna

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Series: Flynn and Laurel #2

Author: Cara McKenna

Release date: 22 November 2016

Main characters: Laurel, (heroine and yang to Flynn’s kinky yin) Michael Flynn (complex hero).

 

Blurb:

Nine months ago Laurel walked into an underground boxing gym and found herself mesmerized by a stranger named Flynn — a man who fights hard and loves harder. Since then he’s taken her places where fear and curiosity clash in exquisite pleasure, where trust is the price of ecstasy, and in time their brutal games have become her kink as much as his.

But when real life intrudes and hard decisions demand action, will these two whose bond is rooted in fantasy take shelter in each other’s arms, or discover that lust is no substitute for a lasting commitment?

Why you should read it: If you enjoyed Willing Victim, then you’ll love revisiting these characters. Nine months on, Laurel and Flynn are in love, getting more comfortable with each other, while dealing with Laurel’s depression and other everyday challenges. The dialogue was tight, I cared about these characters and their relationship. The big obstacle they face was so ‘real’ and so raw, that I felt for them both. Flynn is a big, burly guy with an all-consuming love for Laurel – I don’t think he ever thought he’d find someone he could be himself with, so he’s keen to preserve what they have. These characters have a lot going on, but at no point did I think that it was over the top or melodramatic. On the contrary. Cara McKenna presents their issues in a way that isn’t overly dramatised. She nailed it.

What you may not like: Well, if you’re familiar with this couple you’ll know that they have – in the words of Christian Grey – ‘singular tastes’. This may not be for you, in which case, maybe give it a miss. The scenes are well written, sinfully hot and the insights into each character really does help the reader understand what makes them tick. However, if books dealing with simulated non-consensual sex are likely to trigger something – AVOID.

Rating: 4/5 for a very satisfying story. I liked Flynn and Laurel and their love for each other. It’s not the most conventional of relationships, but their challenges are. How they dealt with those challenges made it a very worthwhile read.

Brutal Game is out tomorrow (22nd November).

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

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Series: From Manhattan with Love #3

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release date: 20 October, 2016

Main characters: Eva Jordan (heroine and eternal optimist, looking for love), Lucas Blade (jaded hero, embittered by love and all its complications).

Plot: Eva Jordan thought she was simply decorating an empty apartment for the holidays. Nothing she couldn’t handle. In fact, she loves everything about Christmas, so this is exactly the kind of job to take her mind off her own problems and grieving heart. The brief was to make it festive and welcoming for the owner when he returned as a surprise. Surprise being the operative word…

Author, Lucas Blade is used to being alone – that’s how he likes it and having lied to his family about his whereabouts, he intends to spend the festive period holed up in his penthouse, staring at his blank laptop screen. Writer’s block is a problem, and seemingly an insurmountable one until Eva comes bouncing into his apartment and his life. Not wanting her there he makes life difficult, but when a blizzard makes it pretty clear that she’s there to stay, Lucas relents. Doesn’t mean he has to like it though.

Eva’s sunny disposition is usually contagious, but she has her work cut out with Lucas Blade. Finally, something in her behaviour sparks his creative juices, and that’s when things really get interesting…

Why you should read it: This book was super fun! Eva managed to stay the cute side of quirky and given how ‘good’ she was, she didn’t step into Pollyanna territory, thankfully. I really liked her and her philosophy – she’s been having a tough time and that made me sympathise and identify with her a lot. Her patience was never-ending with regard to Lucas, who was a complete pain in the ass. His belligerence was frustrating at times, but made their relationship all the more entertaining.

What you may not like: There’s not a whole lot to dislike in this book – it’s gentle, poignant and super romantic. Eva is day to Lucas’s night and the evolution of their relationship is reassuringly familiar. It’s the perfect read to curl up with on a cold, cold day.

Rating: 4/5 for a sweet, seasonal read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s perfect for the season. I will happily read more of this series.

 

Pre-release blitz – Someone Like You by Lauren Layne

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Hey everyone! Here’s a release that I’m waiting impatiently for! Book 3 in the Oxford men series focuses on Lincoln – self-confessed tomcat extraordinaire!

So what’s Lincoln’s story all about?

 

 A man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

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SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Oxford #3
Lauren Layne
Releasing Dec 6th, 2016
Loveswept

 

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series
continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible
bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie — until his dream woman takes
away the pain.

 
Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as
Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every
flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s
hiding from even his closest friends — a tragedy from his past that holds his
heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy
Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his
best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

 
After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need
anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look
at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the
type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret,
she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And
suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey
that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.



Advance praise for Someone Like You

 

“Fun and flirty, sassy and steamy, with a deep
emotional pull that will keep you turning the pages.”— Kelly Jamieson, author
of Top Shelf

“An unsung hero with a story that touched my heart. Emotional and
gripping. A top favorite of 2016 for me.”— New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

 
 

 

lauren_layneLauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart – cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back. In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

 

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Blog tour – Trapped by Amanda Lance

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Hi – me again. It’s day one of Amanda Lance’s new release Trapped. I was fortunate enough to read this while on holiday and it was so gripping! So I’m really excited to share this one with you. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the norm, look no further…


Book: Trapped
Author: Amanda Lance
Release date: 28 October
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

img_3201Main characters: Aubrey Kent,  (ambitious would-be reporter and our heroine) Jack Golden (secretive hero and man with a dark past…)

 Jack cracked his knuckles, clearly unprepared for what he wanted to say. “I—I don’t want to get attached to you. I can’t stand the idea of missing you when you go.”

 

Plot: When Aubrey Kent joined her news team on an assignment somewhere near the Canadian border, she could not have foreseen the disastrous consequences. Following a helicopter crash which killed all aboard, Aubrey’s own survival hangs in the balance.

Pulled from the wreckage by the surly and secretive Jack, Aubrey doesn’t know whether to thank him or fear him. She is his captive and seems unable to reach the man behind the secrets. As time passes, she learns that some secrets are better left buried…

Why you should read it: This book was so refreshing! Its pacing was perfect and the evolving relationship was compelling and natural. It wasn’t rushed and it didn’t drag either. The characters were also very complex.

Aubrey has that fearlessness of youth and she doesn’t stop pushing Jack in order to get to know him. At times I was worried for her, but seeing her melt his cold exterior was great too. Jack is all prickles but he has reason to be – he wasn’t always that way so it was interesting to learn his back story and precisely how he ended up where he was.

What you might not like: Well, this isn’t your typical read. The author tried to stay as realistic as possible and that may not satisfy romantic purists. I totally enjoyed the story and was left feeling optimistic for their future.

Rating: Without a doubt, 5/5 for me – thoroughly entertaining and exciting. Every page was a winner!

Fancy winning a copy? Enter the rafflecopter competition.

About the Author

A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing.

She currently resides in Easton Pennsylvania with her boyfriend and their spoiled dogs. She is a cliché booknerd who is terrible at math, clinically obsessive, and prone to addictive behavior. She may or may not be a recluse.

Beg For it by Megan Hart

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Book: Beg For it

Author: Megan Hart

Release date: 14 June 2016

Main characters: Corinne Barton Levy, (heroine with a dominant streak) Reese Ebersole, hero and submissive in a former life).

Blurb: He’s gonna have to beg for it…
Corinne was young once. She did everything—girls, boys, drugs, toys—and did it in high funky fashion. Reese wasn’t her first lover, but he was the first to submit to her. For a while they had something special, but it ended badly.

She’s a little older now. And the wealthy businessman who just bought the company she works for bears little resemblance to that boy. He’s commanding, domineering, and seems hell-bent on pushing her past her limits.

In a flash of anger, she falls back into their old pattern—and Reese falls right in with her. Before she knows it, she’s testing him. Then tasting him. But she can’t afford to get involved again. Her life is complicated enough without throwing in a slew of kink.

Now if only Reese would stop making her feel like the goddess she used to be…and showing her who’s been the boss all along. Then…and now.

Why you should read it: This is a delightful quick read. I love the whole domme-sub dynamic, as you so rarely read a book where the woman is in charge. This story had it all – which is what I expect from an experienced author like Megan Hart. Corinne and Reese are a couple with a past, and through a great narrative, you find out exactly how their relationship evolved and then deteriorated. I loved them and I loved this book. As women, we’re often taught to put everyone else first and ignore our own needs. I loved the fact that Corinne is in touch with her needs, despite putting them on the back burner for so long.

What you may not enjoy: I can’t imagine (and you know I like to play devil’s advocate when reviewing) – it was short, (read it in a few hours by the pool) satisfying and oh so sexy.

Rating: 5/5 for another accomplished read by Ms Hart. Let’s have more smart domme-sub books please!

To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

tlacBook: To Love and to Cherish

Series: Wedding Belles #3

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: October 18, 2016

Main characters: Alexis Morgan, (owner of Wedding Belles and the tricky heroine of the story) Logan Harris, Alexis’s silent partner, accountant and the man convinced she should be his.

Blurb: Alexis Morgan has devoted eight years to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding-planning company. Now it’s time to come up with a plan to tackle her personal life. Definitely not part of that plan is her silent business partner in the Wedding Belles, Logan Harris. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s more to Logan than just pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since they met and, when Alexis needs a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan sees the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s been missing. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…


Why you should read it: If you’ve been following the Wedding Belles series, then you’ll want to check this one out. It’s the final book in the series and focuses on Alexis and Logan – whose friendship has drawn plenty of speculation from the other characters since book one. We get to know a what makes Alexis tick and who Logan is beyond being her English accountant. The chemistry works between the pair, but their HEA is a long time coming.

What you may struggle with: One word: Alexis. I have to be honest, I’m getting a bit tired and exasperated by heroines like Alexis. The ones who have had disappointments in love before (but nothing truly traumatic) yet are completely incapable of trusting a man again. For goodness sake – get a grip! Stuff happens. Alexis’s inner monologue was exhausting at times, plus she was truly clueless despite Logan being very clear about his intentions! Grrrrrr! Sometimes the need to create drama in order to furnish an entertaining story can be so irritating.

Rating: 3/5 – I was entertained and the scorch factor was hot, hot hot – but this wasn’t my favourite story in the series by a long shot.

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

tahbBook: The Air He Breathes

Series: Elements #1

Author: Brittainy Cherry

Published: 25 September, 2015

Main characters: Elizabeth, (widow and our struggling to cope heroine) Tristan Cole, (hero and all-round wounded beast)

Plot: Elizabeth has been through the toughest year of her life. A widow at the age of 28, life has become a series of minutes to be endured. The only thing keeping her strong is her daughter Emma.

She decides to return to her marital home and confront life without her partner and slowly become part of society again. She doesn’t bargain for running into the town’s resident psycho, Tristan Cole. He’s surly, downright belligerent and seems hell-bent on repulsing everyone he encounters.

However, beneath the forbidding veneer, Elizabeth sees a soul in pain. How does she know? Because it matches her own. He has experienced loss too, but chose to cut himself off from the world. Determined to chip away at the facade, Elizabeth puts her energies into becoming his friend. Perhaps they can help each other to breathe again…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! There’s so much to this book, I don’t quite know where to start. I hesitate to use the word ‘broken’ as it’s so overused these days – but these two characters are truly broken. Seeing whether they’re able to put themselves back together is what made this such a riveting read. Tristan is a bull dog when we first meet him – but considering what he’s been through, it’s not in the least surprising. Elizabeth is more measured, more stable, but only because she lives for her daughter. I enjoyed the growing relationship between she and Tristan – it didn’t move too fast and it had its ups and downs. The character progression kept me hooked as the way they developed over the course of the book surprised and delighted me. They both had a lot going on and so there was no petty angst going on with these characters.

What you might not like: You will totally hate the smalltown baddies and their smalltown minds. They’re mischievous and completely judgemental and I wanted them to back off and mind their own business. The true peril lies elsewhere though – not saying anymore than that!

Rating: This was a nice surprise for me. I read Loving Mr Daniels earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I borrowed this book – but may have to buy it as I can see myself coming back to it again and again. 4/5 for a heartwrenching, breathtaking read. Super romantic and will hit you. Hard.