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Blog tour: One Man by Lisa Renee Jones

unnamedBook: One Man

Series: The Naked Trilogy book 1

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Release date: 11 June 2019

Main characters: Emma Knight, daughter to the late business tycoon who founded Knight hotels. Jax North, successful businessman in his own right, determined to get revenge on the Knight clan.

Plot: Emma Knight has recently lost her father – a well-known tycoon and despite the grief, she is battling with the knowledge that he wasn’t the man she thought he was. In fact, he seems to want to control her life even beyond the grave by some peculiar stipulations laid out in his will.

Done with being a pawn in her family’s machinations, Emma is not about to roll with the punches. She’s sick of being pushed around and will not be anymore. When she meets Jax North, she’s struck by their similarities, but is also wary about his motivations – could his agenda see her caught in the crosshairs and  hurt in the process? The pair know that they face some insurmountable obstacles – but they cannot stay away from each other. Will love and lust win out against family loyalty?

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! I haven’t read a family saga like this in a while. It really started the series with a bang! Emma is plucky, smart and eager to live her own life, while trying desperately to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets. Meeting Jax when she does creates further complications she doesn’t need in the already complicated life she lives. She’s unable to trust anyone and I was on the edge of my seat reading this story. Everyone has an agenda, and I feel for Emma’s predicament. Her chemistry with Jax was palpable and the pair burn up the pages! I hope they’ll be able to maintain that intensity across the next two books as it was hot, hot, hot!

What you may not like: You’re going to have to be patient with this trilogy – there will be cliffhangers and there will be gaps between the next instalments. If you don’t like waiting  (guilty!) then this will be difficult – but come on, it’s good to delay gratification, right? Or so I’m told.

Rating: 5/5 for an explosive start to the Naked Trilogy. I truly hope the suspense and twists and turns can be maintained through the series as I’m truly on board and greedy for more!

Explore the series

ONE MAN (book one) – Available Now

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ONE WOMAN (book two) – out September 17th

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TWO TOGETHER (book three) – November 19th

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Release blitz review: Release by Dylan Allen

88DAFF84-3F8F-4231-A56F-C74B561B1D76Book: Release

Series: Symbols of Love #3

Author: Dylan Allen

Release date: 28 February 2018

Format: ARC review copy

Main characters: Lilly, youngest daughter to a large family harbouring a terrible secret. Harry, a man with his own issues and secrets, but who is entranced by Lilly and determined to get under her armour.


I’m here for pleasure.
And in paradise, I don’t have a past. I don’t have pain, my secrets don’t haunt me and I can be anyone I want.

He’s here for business.
Harry’s intoxicatingly handsome, rich, and also the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. So, it’s inconvenient that sparks fly every time our eyes meet.

Indulging in an affair wasn’t on my agenda.

But fate isn’t a mistress to our intentions; And what starts as a strike of lightening on a moonlit beach ignites a fire between us that will span continents.
Meeting again in the unlikeliest of circumstances feels written in the heavens.
And I’ll need the courage of the gods to tell him the truth.
They say the truth will set you free… but what if it destroys you first?

Why you should read it: I really like the way Dylan Allen writes – she’s smart, engaging and knows how to make the chemistry sizzle between her characters. I would recommend you read Rise and Remember before attempting this one, because it contains some necessary background you might miss if you dive straight into this one. This story is pretty absorbing – an enigmatic woman with a ton of secrets and who is miserable – you spend most of the book trying to unravel those secrets. She’s a tough nut to crack and her exchanges with Harry are loaded with angst and passion. I enjoyed the story’s setting too – I was given a great sense of place and the beauty of Ghana. It makes me want to hop on a plane!

It’s also an interesting study in family dynamics and the roles we play within them. Are those roles forced on us, or do we take them up willingly?

What you might struggle with: This book is intense. Like all the time. There’s no let up and very little levity. Lilly is a closed book and she gives very little away. As the reader, you’re privy to more information than her family or Harry, but after a while, I became exhausted by her. Which is tough to say, as she’s been through a lot, but I wondered WHEN she’d actually start sharing. Harry has to keep chipping away at her exterior and I felt it was hard going at times. The kept secrets stayed secret up to the final third of the book, so before getting to the point of revelation, there was quite a bit of repetitive scenes and inner monologues. However, bit by bit, Lilly’s personality did come through and her love for Harry developed and it was beautiful to read.

Rating: 3/5 for a hard going read (at times). It had its bright spots, but I just felt weighed down with all the secrecy then the eventual unravelling of secrets.

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Abuse by Nikki Sex

abuseBook: Abuse

Author: Nikki Sex

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Grant Wilkinson, having left active service a while ago, no longer has the frenzy of combat to keep his mind busy. Left to contemplate the things that happened to him as a child, Grant knows he needs help. André Chevalier, his counsellor sees through his façade and gently leads him to face the truth: he’s an alcoholic who needs to face up to his demons, stop hiding behind his facial scars, or he’ll eventually self-destruct.

In order to help Grant face his demons, André enlists the help of his ward Renata – someone whom he helped years before. Despite not speaking for most of her life, she has an extraordinary gift of helping others to overcome their fears of intimacy and cope with severe trauma. When the pair meet, it’s clear that they will be able to help each other. However, just when things seem to be falling into place, a case that should have remained dead and buried comes back to haunt Grant…

Why you should read this: Abuse is unlike anything Nikki has ever written before. This really is a book that has depth, substance and takes a serious look at abuse, without basking in the gory details (as some books seem to). It was very intelligent and it’s clear that the author has done her research here, because it wasn’t sensationalist at all and the therapy session scenes were done really well. The character of Grant is a complex one. He’s clearly struggling with his past, yet desperate to have a ‘normal’ life. I teared up quite a few times at this story actually. The sex in this particular book is fairly incidental, which is really unusual for a Nikki Sex book! I was glad of it, as it didn’t hold up the progress of the story.

What you might hate: I incorrectly assumed this book was a standalone, so when I got to the end and read the last line and was left with a doozy of a cliffhanger, I was a little peeved. I was so interested and invested in these characters and really wanted to read what came next. Also, I did get a little exasperated by the French typos. I’m reading a lot of authors lately who write French characters, but the French isn’t correct, which really does take away my enjoyment of the story – it really does pay to get a French speaker to check your sentences on forums or professionally – hell, I’ll do it!

Rating: 4/5 for a well-written and insightful tale. Two damaged souls who may or may not go the distance. A truly heartfelt story, that wasn’t salacious or over the top on the characters’ family histories. I would definitely say it’s worth a read.

Abuse is out now.