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Blog tour: The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

IMG_4637Book: The Kiss Thief

Author: L.J. Shen

Series: a standalone

Release date: 9th January 2019

Main characters: Francesca Rossi, a mob princess used as a political pawn by the men in her life. Wolfe Keaton, a senator and perhaps the devil himself. Angelo Badini, the man who hopes to make Francesca his wife.

 

Blurb:

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Why you should read it: Oh my! Where to start? I’m a fairly recent fan of LJ Shen, so there’s a ton of books of hers that I’ve yet to read. I’ve read Dirty Headlines, Sparrow – which I adored, and now The Kiss Thief. The latter book reminds me in many ways of Sparrow – we have a spunky young heroine who finds herself in an impossible situation, due to the machinations of the men in her life. The lack of control over their own lives and the adversity both Sparrow and Francesca have to face, spoke to me and kept me reading. The anti-heroes of both books had similar character evolutions too – at first they’re surly, verging on sadistic, but little-by-little, they learn to let their guards down and show a more humane side towards the object of their desire.

The Kiss Thief is full of action, suspense and twisted sexual desire. You’ll either love it or hate it. The male characters in LJ’s back catalogue are not loveable rogues – they’re difficult, cruel but always redeemable.

What you may not like: It really depends on what you like a) in a romance and b) in a hero. As mentioned before, it you don’t like twisted, then you may struggle with this warped fairy tale. I found it engaging and thoroughly enjoyed it, however, there was a plot line towards the end which suddenly made Francesca, a hitherto sorted and sensible character (despite her age) act completely out of character. Her actions were stupid and seemed to have been engineered to cause drama. Despite this, I loved the story and couldn’t put the book down.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly heart-stoppingly good read. It was sexy, wrong in many ways, right in others! I would highly recommend it.

 

Buy links:

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Blog tour: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

IMG_5341Book: One Week Hating You

Series: One Week #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 October 2018

Main characters: Maeve Gallagher, Blake Taylor, childhood friend and frenemy. Peter Walker, Maeve’s former fiancé.

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

Why you should read it: I loved One Week so much, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I was beside myself. The end of book one ended on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to know how Maeve was going to cope with being left at the altar. The action picks up pretty much from where book 1 left off, and I felt a lot of empathy for Maeve. She’s left questioning an awful lot about her life. She’s essentially homeless, jobless and fiancé-less. Life is coming at her from all sides. She returns home and I enjoyed getting to know her family and see where she came from. Her relationship with Blake was pretty antagonistic, and I really didn’t see how they were ever going to get along.

What you may not like: While I empathised with Maeve, I felt that she was altogether too lenient on Peter and what he did to her. I wondered at her lack of self-preservation, if nothing else. Yes, she’d invested a lot of years in her relationship, but come on! Love yourself! Maeve’s relationship with Blake was also a head-scratcher. It was turbulent; most of the time, the pair seemed to just want to hurt each other. Blake was really unsympathetic to what had just happened to Maeve, but for the most part, Maeve just retaliated or brushed it off. I have to admit that the burgeoning relationship and back and forth didn’t really work for me. they both came off as immature – which is realistic, when you return to your family home. You tend to regress, but there’s teasing and then there’s just being downright mean. It wasn’t until Blake finally started to open up that I could see a way clear for them and he became a fully-formed character. The chemistry rang true, but  I wasn’t 100% convinced they brought the best out in each other…

Rating: 3/5 for an entertaining, but slightly problematic read. I like flawed heroes and heroines, but I guess I don’t like cruel ones. It didn’t work for me but there was plenty in it to make me smile.

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Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

TROPHY WIFE - EBOOK COVERBook: Trophy Wife

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.