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Blog tour: Overture by Skye Warren

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Series: North Security #1

Author: Skye Warren

Release date: 19 February 2019

Main characters: Samantha Brooks, violinist and prodigy about to embark on her first tour. Liam North, her guardian, and the only one who can tell her the truth about her past.

Plot: Samantha Brooks is about to turn 18 and with her birthday will come not olny emancipation and adulthood, but also some answers about who Liam is to her and why he became her guardian. Their relationship is civil; Liam has always seen to her needs but no-one has ever shown her the love she needed. Not even the father she barely remembers.

Despite his frosty demeanour, Liam is all Samantha has, and lately, she’s been thinking of him as less of a guardian and more of a potential lover. He continues to keep her at arm’s length but she intuits that he is fighting the attraction that burns between them. Will he ever give in to temptation, or will he let shame and guilt stand between them..?

Why you should read it: I thought I knew what I was getting with this book. A young girl/woman, an older man, a taboo-ish story of characters struggling with their attraction. It is that kind of story, but as ever, Skye Warren adds in an extra layer or two. There’s intrigue – both in Liam’s family and in Samantha’s past. Exploring just how the two may be linked kept me reading and turning the pages.

It was an intriguing narrative that introduced the characters to the reader. I’ll be very interested to see just how the main characters will develop and also the peripheral characters in the story – they’re equally interesting.

What you may not like: Well, Samantha is pretty young and Liam is not. If that is likely to make you uncomfortable, I would sit this one out. However, if you’re a fan of Skye Warren, you’ll no doubt know what you’re getting into. I just want to read the next instalment posthaste! Beware cliffhangers – for they will drive you insane!

Rating: 4/5 for a story that developed slowly, but sucked me in and made me want more.

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Blog tour: Undone by Elisabeth Naughton

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Series: House of Sin #3

Author: Elisabeth Naughton

Release date: 5 June 2018

Main characters: Natalie Salvatici, Luc Salvatici.

Blurb: 

Behind the doors of the House of Sin, no one is ever safe…

I love him. It’s the only truth that matters now.

I’ve cast my old life aside and given myself fully to his wants and desires, to the fire he alone ignites inside me. And together, we’ve found strength and salvation in each other.

But there are evil forces, people who see me as a threat that must be undone. I trust that our love can withstand any test, but I can’t ignore the growing shadows lurking beyond our door.

Because I understand now that those shadows are not waiting to destroy me as I once feared. They’ve come for him. To steal him away from me for good. And to finally and completely engulf him in a sinister world he’s eluded for so long.

In the inescapable darkness of the House of Sin…

Why you should read it: This book is certainly not boring! There are so many twists and turns, misunderstandings between Luc and Natalie – while they still struggle to communicate – not the mention the plotting and scheming done by Luc’s family. It left me breathless – the newlyweds are really put through the ringer in this book. There was barely any respite. I enjoyed the developing characters of Natalie and Luc, they became more and more solid in my mind. I was thoroughly invested in their story. Crazy as it was! The chemistry levels between the pair remained off the charts and their passion leapt off the page – without getting too over the top. The Italian wasn’t bad – it merged quite well into the English and wasn’t too distracting. For the most part it was correct, which was a relief, as it has been done very badly in other books I’ve read.

“You are my life, Natalie James. The very reason my heart beats. And I will love you across the ages. Nothing will ever change the way I feel. Nothing.”

What you might not like: As I said, there’s A LOT going on for Natalie and Luc – it never ends. There was one point when I asked myself whether I could take another kidnapping! Natalie always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – and with disastrous consequences! This many twists and turns made it quite a long book, which is not a problem, but I did experience drama fatigue nearing the last third of the book. Perhaps certain plot-lines were tied up a little too neatly (if I’m seriously nitpicking) for my liking? Though, that’s better than a gaping hole in a plot.

Rating: 3.5/5 for a satisfying end (if somewhat hard to come by) to the story and a seriously sexy read. It was thrilling and consistently good across the series.

 Buy links:

Undone, House of Sin #3

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Fxf8hD

Nook: http://bit.ly/2LxE64m

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2xiRXZ6

iBooks: https://apple.co/2LxEvDU

Deceived, House of Sin #2

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rVapEk

Nook: http://bit.ly/2HVYz4p

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2rrCos0

iBooks: https://apple.co/2HVlpZT

Forbidden, House of Sin #1

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2DDpkb0

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2qLsnW2

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2qK88J8

iBooks: https://apple.co/2F1WVYB

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Release blitz – My Valentine by Jaimie Roberts

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Roses are red, violets are blue.

You’ve sent me to Hell.

Now you must join me, too.

Obsession is a word that’s followed me since the day I met her. I’m not too ashamed to admit it flows through my veins. I, of all people, realise how dangerous that can be.

I may have escaped, but no matter how much I run, she’s there, reminding me of what I did…what I miss. Even in death, she haunts me. If losing her wasn’t enough, I constantly have to live with her inside my head during the day, and in my dreams at night.

She’s punishing me. It’s what she does best. Even gone, her claws sink deep into my skin.

I thought it was over.
I was wrong.
It seems Scarlet’s not quite done with me yet.

Available in print.

 

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Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield

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Author: Eve Dangerfield

Series: Act Your Age #1

Releasedate: 27 September 2017

Main characters: Kate McGrath, sweet exterior, complex interior. Tyler Henderson, boss in every way with a kink he thinks no-one will ever understand.

Plot: Kate McGrath is a young, ambitious engineer who has a huge crush on her boss, Tyler Henderson. She’s convinced he hates her and she can’t discern why. But that doesn’t stop him featuring highly in her fantasies. Her very particular fantasies.

Tyler Henderson is off love and relationships – he was burned recently and isn’t in the market for a repeat. The constant presence of Katie at work makes him tense – he can’t stand her sunny disposition. It makes him wants thinks he shouldn’t. But when she looks at him a certain way, he can’t help the direction his thoughts take.

When it becomes clear they share some of the same sexual kinks, so begins an intense affair. Will Tyler be able to keep Katie at arms distance and will that be enough for Kate now that she’s found her ‘daddy’?

Why you should read it: I was quite ambivalent about reading this book – read the blurb and you’ll see why.

I’ve been quite vague about the ins and outs of the story, as I don’t want to lead you into any preconceived ideas. My curiosity won out and I discovered a complex tale about desire and how people with particular kinks navigate life – whether they can find self-acceptance and live life to the fullest, or they are full of self-loathing and never feel comfortable in their own skin. It was enlightening, entertaining and also pretty hardcore in places. It’s not a fluffy book. Kate isn’t your typical heroine – I don’t think I’ve read a romance that involved a heroine with ADHD and other challenges. It was refreshing and inclusive.

Considering Ty was older (but definitely not wiser) he was a bit of a moron at times! He was pretty closed off for a great deal of the book, but it was good to see him finally get his head out of his ass and embrace his feelings.

What you may struggle with: Well, as I said, I didn’t think I’d particularly enjoy a book featuring a daddy kink. Not something that turns my crank, but I think I was a very hasty in dismissing it initially.  It’s smart, crass, enlightening and made me a little less judgey by the end of it.

Rating: 4/5 for all the reasons stated above. It’ll challenge and titillate you in equal measure.

Siren by Jaimie Roberts

Book: Siren

Author: Jaimie Roberts

Series: a standalone

Main character: Scarlet – aka the Siren. Men fall at her feet, and she takes pleasure in destroying them…

Blurb:
I’m not a good person. In fact, I’m a real bitch. If the opportunity arises, I will take your husband, give him the best sex he’s ever had, and laugh behind your back once I’m done with him. I do not put on airs and graces. I just take what I want whenever I want it.
I am the abused who has become the abuser. I live for power because all power had been stripped from me for years. Now that I have it back, I feed off of it like it’s my primary sustenance, and I don’t care who I hurt in the process.

Every woman hates me, but do you know what? I don’t give a shit.

You won’t like me. I’m not here to be liked. You want to know my story? I won’t stop you from observing. Just know that once I’m done with you, no shower—no matter how scalding—will ever get me out from under your skin.

Warning: If you’re looking for pink, fluffy clouds, rainbows, and HEA’s, then this book is not for you. These pages contain flashback scenes of child abuse in all forms (physical, sexual, and emotional) as well as BDSM and other taboo themes.

Love does not live in this book. Only dark, twisted, and sick obsessions thrive here.

You. Have. Been. Warned!

Why you should read it: I’m not 100% sure you should! It’s completely messed up! It has some themes that may really unsettle and upset, so I would heed the warnings about this book, if themes of abuse etc. are not something you can handle. Because the author doesn’t hold back. At all! However… if you’re the kind of person who laughs in the face of warnings, well you’ll find something completely deranged yet absolutely compelling. The story is simple and is told in such an engaging way, that despite Scarlet’s path in life, you can’t help rooting for her. She’s an anti-heroine with a vendetta and I really kinda wanted her to succeed. Why is she out for revenge? Well, I can’t tell you that. Read the book. If you dare.

What you may not like: Covered it in the blurb and above – but to reiterate – this book isn’t romance and it isn’t fluffy. It’s freaky with a capital F. Think CJ Roberts and double it…(Although, even CJ gave her characters a happy ending!)

Rating: 4/5 for a daring, mind-altering read. It was brace, enthralling and definitely does not follow any traditional tropes!

Fractured Love by Ella James

Book: Fractured Love

Author: Ella James

Series: standalone

Release date: 19 July 2017

Main characters: Evie Rutherford and Landon Jones, star crossed lovers who could never quite let the other go.

Blurb:

I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and grey eyes – light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-seven, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him – Dr. Jones.

Why you should read it: Holy moley – want a story with angst, heartbreak, yet stoic optimism? This one could be it! The story of Evie and Landon (or should I say ballad) is a 10-year memoir of lost opportunities and external factors keeping them apart. Their connection was palpable and it jumps out at you from the page. Both Evie and Landon are well-drawn, soulful characters and I loved them both. The physical side of things actually took a backseat to the story – their love for each other was the story’s focus.

What you may not like: The ‘obstacle’ that stood in the way of Evie and Landon being together seemed a bit trivial in the grand scheme of things. Evie just wasn’t brave enough to tell the truth and it seemed a bit daft to be honest. However, this was one element in a very engaging and compelling story that kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was invested in knowing the outcome.

Rating: 4/5 for a heart wrenching, rollercoaster of a story that will make you gasp, make you swoon and sigh.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

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Author: Tiffany Reisz (writing as Nora Sutherlin)

Series: a standalone

Genre: Erotica, fantasy

Release date: 11 July 2017

Main characters: Mona St James, owner of The Red, a gallery that is failing. Malcolm, an enigmatic stranger who can solve her problems…

Plot: Mona Lisa St James is in dire financial straits. Having inherited a failing gallery, The Red, she is bound to keeping it open no matter what it takes. She made the promise to her mother on her death bed, so there’s no getting out of it. Just as she’s about to despair, Malcolm appears, seemingly from nowhere and makes her an offer she can’t seem to refuse.

The deal is simple: for one year, she will be his. Nothing is taboo. In return, she’ll receive the means to keep the gallery afloat. Simple. Thus begins a thrilling and magical ride, which both excites Mona and makes her fear for her sanity. When it becomes clear that she has lost control not only over her body, but perhaps her mind too, she wonders exactly with whom she has made this bargain…could it be the devil himself?

Why you should read it: it’s Tiffany Reisz people, come on! Plus, it’s the book Nora was writing in the Original Sinners series, which is a pretty cool idea, not something you read every day. The writing was of course smart and engaging. It weaved in works of art impeccably and it totally captivated me. I enjoyed looking up the art pieces while I read – as I am no art buff. Then there’s the sex. The book is filled with sex. Oceans of sex. Battalions of sex. There’s something in there for everyone.

What you may not like: This book is weird. I know the author won’t mind me saying that – she’d probably agree! It starts off fairly normally and lulls you into a false sense of security. I thought I knew what I’d be getting. I didn’t. If this book were the Beatles, it starts off all Please, please me and is sexy and fun and then, bam – halfway in it becomes full on Sgt Peppers. There is a  satyr, (which is different to a centaur, but don’t ask me why) nymphs, a half-man, half-beast. It gets pretty trippy, which may or may not be to your taste. I enjoyed some chapters more than others I’ll confess.

Rating: 3.5/5 for the premise. It was original and I enjoyed the different scenarios each chapter evoked. It’s fantasy erotica, so I’d advise you to just go with the flow and enjoy the depravity and decadence!

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

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Author: Alessandra Torre

Release date: 18 April, 2017

Publication info: Previously released as The Dumont diaries.

Main characters: Candace Tapers, a graduate, deep in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Nathan Dumont, successful businessman with a plan, who intends to make Candace an offer she can’t refuse.

Plot: Candy is on skid row. Despite a good start in life, she’s found herself on the bad side of debt, now working as a stripper in a third-rate club. Escape is not in sight and she only  has time to contemplate how bad things have got. When a rich stranger enters her club and demands she dance for him, she begins to hope that her luck is about to change. She knows how dangerous hope can be…

Nathan is on a mission – he’s looking for Candace to become his wife. He’ll give her everything – except for love, affection and respect. She’s in a hole and really can’t refuse. Only after the weeks become months does Candy realise the ramifications of her decision. Certain at the beginning that love was a luxury she couldn’t afford, she realises that a life with luxury but no kindness is not for her. But what can she do?

Why you should read it: This book! I loved it when I first read it and now it’s back and improved. It came out yesterday and spent all evening reading it. (Good job my family is used to me ignoring them!)  I devoured every word. Nathan is a shit – the best kind of anti-hero, while Candace is plucky and optimistic despite her situation. I loved the developing story and the character development. It’s a guilty pleasure for me when the hero of a book isn’t exactly a good guy.

What you may not like: Ok – parts of the book are pretty messed up – poor Candace gets humiliated at times and treated very poorly. She’s a great character and surprisingly resilient. There’s a lot of sex too – like a bunch. Not a problem for me – (total perv that I am) but if you like your romances to be bright and breezy, this one is dark and dank at times! Hopefully the narrative will help you along and the smut won’t be too distracting.

Rating: I loved the original and welcome the additions to the story – I like Nathan and Candace and I very much enjoyed the story’s evolution. 5/5.

 

Asking For it by Lilah Pace

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Author: Lilah Pace

Series: Asking for it #1

Review by: Onni

Release date: 2 June 2015

 

Basic story: Grad student Vivienne Charles is hardworking, pleasant, happy by all outward appearances, but beneath the veneer, she’s dealing with secret desires that make her ashamed. She fantasizes frequently about being taken by force. She can’t fully enjoy sex without conjuring elaborate scenarios in her head. None of her former partners have been able to give her what she needs and she can’t really blame them. Her tastes are singular and according to her therapist, not that uncommon. She doesn’t necessarily agree but there are underlying issues she’s not quite prepared to deal with.

When Jonas Marks, learns of her ‘kink’, he thinks he may be able to help her. He shares similar tendencies and although tempted, Vivienne isn’t sure she can go there with him. Can she put her trust in a perfect stranger – or will she end up causing more harm than good? No-one else would understand their arrangement, so maybe the rewards outweigh the risks…

Why you should read it: I didn’t know what to expect with this book. I have read some pretty messed up books that sought to titillate with pretty out there scenarios. This one was different: it’s subtle, it’s beautifully written and the story was intelligent. I enjoyed Vivienne’s journey. She’s trying to find a peace that allows her to indulge in her fantasies, while trying not to despise herself for it. Her struggle was one I empathised with – I had a vague idea of what must have happened in the past, but it was heart-wrenching to have those suspicions confirmed. Jonah is a pretty cool customer – it was particularly enjoyable to see his character develop. Both characters are complex and broken.

What you may not enjoy:  Not going to lie – this is some pretty heavy shit! The premise is clear from the outset – if this kind of thing makes you feel icky (totally understandable) then don’t go there. If this could possibly trigger anything – again, do not proceed. If you have no problem reading some pretty harrowing back stories, then it’s a well-crafted, intricate story that feel real and gave some good insights.

Rating: 5/5 for a truly accomplished read. Hard to digest at times but the characters are courageous and I want to see what happens in book two Begging For It. It’s well worth the cost of the ebook!