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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.

Buy links:

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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.

Torture to her Soul by J.M. Darhower

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Author: JM Darhower

Series: (Monster in his Eyes #2)

Format: uncorrected ARC

Review by: Onnica

**This review contains a few spoilers from book 1 – so make sure you’ve read it first!**

Basic story: The action picks up from where Monster in his Eyes left off. Karissa is struggling with who Naz really is and his connection to her ever-diminishing family. So she does what any self-respecting adolescent would do – she ignores him. Naz is content to ride out the storm for as long as it takes, as long as Karissa stays with him. Despite not being able to trust her, he’s adamant their wedding plans and the future they had planned will go ahead as scheduled.

Naz has more things to worry about than Karissa’s cold treatment. His associate and father-figure Ray is displeased with their relationship and makes his feelings clear on the subject: she’s a Rita and needs to be dealt with. There’s no way Naz is going to stand by and allow Karissa’s to be hurt. It’s not in his nature. So even if that means taking on ‘family’, so be it. She may not want to be protected by him, but sometimes the adage better-the-devil-you-know is accurate.

As the pair struggle to find some middle ground, the road to reconciliation is a rough one. Karissa’s about to face the biggest betrayal in her life and must decide whether she can really be with Naz forever, or whether he really is a monster after all…

Why you should read it: I was a huge fan of Monster in his Eyes – the plot, the twists and the smut were delicious. If you read and enjoyed it, how could you not want to read Naz and Karissa’s next instalment? Naz is back and as dark and brooding as ever. This book is his story, told from his point of view. You’ll get to know him inside out – the good, the bad and the downright terrifying. What I liked and appreciated was the humour in the book. Naz can be dry and witty at times and when he teases Karissa by mimicking her or repeating her questions back to her is actually very endearing. The story isn’t heavy all the time and I was grateful for these moments of comic relief.

What you might hate: Ok! deep breath. So, one of the things I liked about Naz as a character was that he didn’t say a lot, but what he said meant something. He wasn’t a massive talker. But jeez – his internal monologue? I lost count of how many times he said he was a bad man over and over and that he’d never let Karissa go. He did go on a wee bit. Secondly, the ability to suspend my disbelief in certain plot lines was not easy – the ultimate betrayal I alluded to before – personally, I don’t see anyone being forgiven or coming back from that. But hey, I’m not in the mob so what do I know? What about Karissa? She’s a typical nineteen-year-old so I didn’t expect too much from her, but she surprised me by finally growing up and facing her problems once and for all. In the end, she has the power over her life and the choices are hers.

Rating: a tricky one as I was super-excited to read this and expected it to be on a par with book one. If I’m honest, for me it wasn’t and it felt a lot longer than the first book. However, I was glad to see how it all ended for the pair. I expected a Greek tragedy at the end, but somehow they managed to get their HEA. Was I a bit disappointed? Perhaps by the repetition at times, but all in all, a heart-stopping thrill ride of a book that I give 3/5.