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Midnight Blue

Author: LJ Shen

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It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

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Scarred Perceptions Jackie Williams

 

 

Scarred Perceptions

  

Scarred Perceptions
Scarred
Jackie Williams
November 13th 2017

 

A chance sighting started it. A mere bump and the slightest flicker of recognition, but there are some people so vile, so greedy, self-centred and egotistical, they are impossible to forget. Why was the man there? And what havoc was the slime about to unleash? Surely a little digging through some computer databases wouldn’t go amiss.

The truth is almost too much to handle. Alex is already way too late. The damage has been going on for years. Will carry on if he doesn’t do something about it. But who can he trust? Not the military. They are already ignoring his frantic calls, his terrifying emails. And now they have sent someone after him. They are on his tail, closing in fast, and he’s out of time, out of luck, and out of options. Until he can get hold of vital evidence, he’s on the run.

But how could he leave without seeing his friends one last time? It would be chancy. Though he trusts them with his life, he daren’t let them know the truth. They wouldn’t stand back and let things run their course. They would require action. Fast and furious. Lethal retribution. Immediately. But one wrong move would bring them all down, close the château, and finish the rehabilitation centre. Something that couldn’t happen. Too many people needed them.

Perhaps if the person following him could be avoided, Alex would have time to complete his investigation. Time to collect enough proof to give them all some peace of mind. All he needs to do is find out who they are. Then shut them out and take them down.

With right on his side it should be easy. It’s just a pity that their investigator has stalked a path straight into his heart.

Scarred Perceptions is an easy read romance suitable for anyone 16+ due to sensual scenes and typical army guy language. The book can be read as a standalone romance but the Scarred series is best read in order to appreciate the relationships between past characters and situations.

 

 

 

I was taken by surprise do find this next installment in a series I love very much. And I directly started reading it. There is not much I have left to say about the writing style of the author as I obviously like it, otherwise I would not have already read the previous 6(?) books.  Anyway – please do not attempt do read this story as a standalone – it will not work because you will have no idea about the people and what is really going on. I admit you might be able to read it but you will never enjoy it fully.

I have to admit even I never knew or recognized really what was going on with Alex. And due to very personal reasons Alex is now a character very close and dear to my heart. Because there are some things that distinguish one person from another person a the first look and there are other issues that you will never directly see.  And I would like to use this moment for a very personal message. If you see a person in a situation where food is involved asking strange questions please do not automatically think  they are just trying  to be a pain – do not assume they are snobs or picky if they do not eat stuff that is served. I have been living with this “sticker” now for 10 years always between a rock and a hard place. I either have to tell my lifestory and and take the pitty that is not wanted nor does it help. Or I choose to look like a prick resuming to not eat or bring my own food.  And I can not even count the times or occasions that I paid for food at places just to look normal in a group and never ate it.  I know this has nothing to do with the story but yeah but reading about Alex again made me realize I never read about this before so it mad me feel things and I would like to thank the author to also bring subjects like this into her books.

So yeah I really liked this book as it fits perfectly into the already existing series and I am looking forward to the next stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since Drew by J. Nathan

 

 

Since Drew

  

 Since Drew
 J. Nathan
 April 23rd 2015

 

All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and about each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

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This was an amazing story – with a twist I did see coming a mile away like literally within 20 pages after starting. But the other twist – well THAT one took me by surprise and I really loved how it was played. I really loved the writing style of the author, the plot development and the characters. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most people don’t feel comfortable in the darkness, don’t want to be around people who do.

I have no words to really convey how I feel about this book. There are a lot of things that bothered me, no not bothered maybe irked me. But after reading the last words I was at a loss, what with everything that I had read and the things that irked me how could it come down to that ending? That twist and turn, the emotions that were described. The pain, the loss, of drowning in loneliness. That with all that irked me it didn’t matter that much in the grand scheme of things.

Hannah Jennings has come home to Whistler, Canada after running away for nine years and the death of her grandmother she has nowhere else to go. Once a happy, fun, boisterous girl she is now a shadow of her former self. With all the guilt she carries. The burden but what happened to her. A high price was paid.

Being back home the one person she doesn’t want to bump into is Rhys.

Rhys Axton has been living in the shadows all of his life he’s nearly through the finish line. He has been rejected all his life. His only support his coach and surrogate father. He has an anger and darkness in him that is on the brink of consuming him every day.

Rhys & Hannah having been living a lie and they both know it. They both are looking for something they finally find one another. Hannah tries to keep her distance but in the end she can’t. They get closer and closer until there is no turning back.

I liked the MC and I didn’t. There was something interesting about them and what they are going through but other times they drove me crazy. At times this book was maddening, frustrating, and heart-breaking with secrets and lies.

I didn’t particularly like Siena but the way she stood up for Hannah well she is my homie now.
But with everything that bothered me I can say that there is a lot going for this book.

As a new to me author I didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s hook, line and sinker. I was captivated by it from start to finish. Was I frustrated? Yes. Was it maddening to read at times? Hell yes. Did I want to throw my kindle against the wall most of the time? Yes, yes, yes and yes.

What bothered irked me was that there was an age gap. Older woman/younger man although it is only four years, I’m just not fond of these tropes. But Rhys acted older than he was which saved it for me.

Trope two I’m not a fan of his other woman drama and boy was there some drama.
I would need at least 2 extra pair of hands to count the amount of times the Hero mentioned that he could get any woman anytime he wanted. All the snow bunnies, it was for ME repeated one too many times. They have nothing on the snow bunnies here. #RidingRhys. Yuck.

Things I would have liked to have seen;

A longer epilogue, what happens with her future career?

More closure when it came to Hannah seeing her brother. Rhys’s father reconciling with Rhys.

After all the revelations the epilogue just wasn’t enough.

All in all I am extremely impressed with this book and although it had a lot of stuff I usually don’t like in a read I would recommend it.

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Mr. North by Callie Hart

 

 

Mr. North

  

Mr. North
Callie Hart
November 2017

 

Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out…

Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.

Captor.

Curator.

Lover.

Enigma.

Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.

 

 

 

The second book I read by this author was again a winner all the way. She has really a wonderful way to create characters that are so different and special. I loved every second of this book and I can only recommend it. I wish to hear more form these characters because while the book does have no cliffhanger it still feels as if the leads have more to say and I am sure the readers will want to hear it. 

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Silent Song by Jaci Wheeler

 

 

Silent Song

  

 Silent Song
 Jaci Wheeler
January 22nd 2018

 

*Barrett*
I’m Deaf. What most people view as a disadvantage, I see as an advantage.
I feel my way through life in my 1969 Ford Fairlane. The vibrations and speed sustain me, the race track is where I dominate.
I thought racing was all I needed to survive…but I was wrong.*Presley*
Music is my life. I inhale the melody and breathe in the lyrics.
That was until I met someone that opened my eyes to a new culture. Who knew all it would take was silence for me to really experience music.When Silence and sound collide it creates an explosion of the senses.

 

 

 

It hast been a few days since I read “Silent Song” by Jaci Wheeler now. And my mind is still processing the book. So I guess the author did something right. It seems from what I saw this book was the first journey into this kind of contemporary genre for the author. The other books I could see seem more a touch of paranormal. It sure was my first book by this author. And I am 100 % sure that I will read the next book from this author too if it contains a contemporary plot with these kind of “broken/hurt/brooding” leading male character.

I am not even sure what to say about the book because I want to avoid under any circumstance to give away to much on the plot … but I am going to pick up a card from this deck that I rarely play and that is the comparison card… Please let me mention Two books – and please do not take the mentioning of these book as face value for the plot but just as my very personal comparison of what I felt when I read the book. OK here it comes

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Dangerous to Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick

I am not going to comment on the reasons for this comparison again because of spoilers (this time because of the mentioned books) but lets say these two books left me with a similar feelings but questions and Silent Song was finally able to answer a lot of these questions. So in any case if you read one or both of the above mentioned books and loved them as much as I did – you are going to want to read this one and vice versa.

I admit to being an addict to these kind of stories so I scan all outlets on regular base for these kind of novels and if you read this review and know of a book that fits these descriptions please feel free to drop me a line – comment – message whatever…

I loved the writing style of this author. Without going into details as you have to experience it for yourself (and please read her explanation so no skimming on the first pages please) I can only say that it was exhausting to read it. I can almost feel your confusion so I confirm. YES I loved it and YES it was exhausting. But it was necessary that it was like that because that was one of the things that makes this book unique and that helped me understand some things. Gosh I wished I had a way of precisely telling you what I mean but really you need to try for yourself.

The only thing I come up with that I can tell is that the writing style helped me understand how exhausting and loud the world is and how full of unnecessary things. How unimportant the words of an answer are when you can read it in the face of the person you are talking with.

There is so much more I would like to say but then I would have to mark this whole review as spoiler and I do not want to do that.

This book opened my eyes … and I feel ashamed that even after reading so many books in this genre I still did not grasp the complete picture until now. I think now I do. And I would like to thank the author for that.

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4 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Where I End by Michelle Dare

 

Where I End

 

  

Where I End
Michelle Dare
June 9th 2017

 

Where I End is a standalone new adult romance.

Eve
Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel.
All words I’d used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn’t know the man behind the facade at all.

Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine.
All words I’d use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn’t expect was that he would save me, too.

Cy
I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn’t supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn’t walk away.

I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn’t let her go, because where I end, she begins.

 

 

 

A very raw and unusal story… There were moments when I loved it and moments when I felt it was to over the top. The subjects that are the focus of this plot a serious and the way they were handeld felt good. I as a rader felt that it was good to show “stuff” can happen to anybody and at any time. There is no guarantee just because you are of a certain gender and a have a certain position in society that it will not happen to you.

I really liked the characters and the plot but in the end I could not give it 5 stars because there were to many moments that felt “over-the-top” and while it was well written there was never a moment where I felt near tears even if the story would have demanded it.

 

 

 

 

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Books of 2017

My aim was to read 150 books this year. I wanted to read less compared to the other years. Yes I consider 150 books to be light reading. Yep I’m crazy. 

I actually managed to read 272 books this year. There is a lot to say about the books that I read this year. Around 160 where ARCs the rest I actually bought. Yes, I bought books. I’ve managed to get a lot of hit reads but there were times when it was a major miss. My taste in books has also changed and I read books I normally wouldn’t have read. I even started buying paperbacks again. There is just something about having books on your shelves. 

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. 

My first read of 2017 and it didn’t go as planned. I wanted to start out with a bang and all I got was a poof.

 

Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Good of 2017

 

 

 

Top 10 and in no particular order. These are all 4/5 Star reads. 

 

Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

A pleasure to read actually for me it was pure perfection. There were so many twists and turns and I usually see them coming but here nope. I had no clue what was going to happen. 

Dear Aaron by Marina Zapata

One of the best books where all of the interaction took place via email. Ms. Zapata is the QUEEN of slow burn crockpot romance. Read her other books as well. 

Gifts by Brynne Asher

The third book in the series and one of my favourites. Ms. Asher is an author that is extremely underestimated IMO and deserves more recognition. Asa the Hero of the book is one of the best Hero’s of 2017. 

The Staff and the Blade by Elizabeth Hunter

One of the most unique series in paranormal romance. The main characters love spanned a lifetime and was so beautiful. 

Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott.

Ms. Scott is my new to me author of 2017. The first book I read by her was The Butterfly Project and well she is a genius and blends a lot of unique characters to fall in love. 

           

Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain.

When you request a book by this author you just know that it will be filled with mindfuckery. 

“Beware the dark pool at the bottom of our hearts. In its icy, black depths dwell strange and twisted creatures it is best not to disturb.”

Pretty much sums it up. Even now when I think of the heroine she still gives me goose bumps. 

Bombshell by C.D. Reiss.

My first read by this author and I loved every moment of it. There was no other woman drama and the real star of the book was the little Bombshell. I am impressed by the author’s work not all of it is for me but that is fine. 

Ashwin by Kit Rocha.

A spin-off series from Beyond and I waited a frigging long time for Ashwin to get his book with Dr. Cora. These two really know how to create a world. If you’re not into kink then you don’t have to read the Beyond Series although it is amazing to read. 

Crave Me by Cecy Robson

Loud and brash Irish family that get involved in everything? Sign me up. I loved the heroine in this book and how they complemented one another. There were so many laugh out loud moments. The book is a riot.

Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

There are so many dystopian series out there but this one tops all of them and a bonus? It’s not for teenagers but for adults. I have loved this series from the beginning and would recommend it. 

Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Worst of 2017

 

Top 10 and in no particular order.

                  

Something There and in Between by S. Ferguson. 

The Hero gushes about the heroine throughout the beginning of the book and then decides to get a bj from the bird his brother fobbed off on him. And to leave with her. The heroine can’t be that important. 

Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

Keeping it real here. I don’t want predictable from this author. I want exceptional and this isn’t what I got.

Breaking Grace by Rose Devereux. 

Just wrong on so many levels. 

Midnight Kiss by Thea Harrison

If you’ve read the other books then you know why this fell short. 

Born to be Wilde by Jenn Stark

Although the heroine is kickarse she is just too predictable in her actions and doesn’t think before she does something which only gets her into trouble. Probably meant to be that way but it doesn’t work for me. 

                  

I knew You were Trouble by Lauren Layne. 

The MC antagonised one another too much. They were downright mean to one another and that is the kind of shite I don’t want to read about. I was finding the author’s books tiresome but then I met her and well she wasn’t what I expected. 

Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison. 

Yes she made it twice. This book bored me to frigging tears. Nuff said. 

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson.

I caught a lot of flack for this review in 2017. I once again found that the story and the author’s writing skills (what skills?) didn’t appeal to me. 

Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills. 

Not liking it is completely on me is that I thought a Fake Fiancée sounded cool and was intrigued and it is by the talented Ilsa Madden-Mills. But the fake fiancée is a well-used plot sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.

 

The Hitchhiker by Charlie Lee. 

What is completely on me is that I thought a Fake Fiancée sounded cool and was intrigued and it is by the talented Ilsa Madden-Mills. But the fake fiancée is a well-used plot sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.

Let’s get to the rest of the year so here comes the Ugly of 2017. 

 

There really wasn’t a lot of Ugly this year. But there were some series that I started that turned frigging ugly.

The Fever Series. 

Original, action-packed with amazing characters that keep you hooked to the book. All worked well until book 5 where Mac still wasn’t getting any slack and IMO she is TSTL.

Her reasoning in book 5 was ridiculous to say the least. Maybe one day I will go back to it. 

              

Charley Davidson Series. 

I’ve decided to stop with this series because even though I like Charley and her awesome sarcasm. I just can’t deal with her & Reyes at the moment. Maybe I will change my mind but I found out they get back to square one later on in the series. So no! I mean why?

 

       

The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

This was recommended to me by a friend of mine and it was a freebie as well so I just couldn’t say no. This book is amazing and surprised me so much that I consider it to be one of my favourites. 

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

This is my first book by this author and I was blown away with what was delivered. Be aware that it isn’t romance but a mystery/thriller. To be honest I don’t know why I picked it up but I’m glad I did. I’ve also bought the paperback, so nuff said really. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This was a charity shop buy as a paperback as everybody had been raiving about this series and well I didn’t want to pay that much. Another book in a genre I wouldn’t have usually read. But it is YA Fantasy apparently Erotica as well. I see some bits but not all of it. 

        

The hard truth about Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett. 

This here once again isn’t your typical romance but more of what life throws at you and what you make out of the lemons that you get. It had me laughing and crying all over the place. An outstanding read!

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Just. Read. This. Book!

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

A fabulous paranormal read where I thought I wouldn’t like the Hero but he is an Anti-Hero which made it all so much better. Thea Harrison is a fantastic author and although two of her books are on my worst list of 2017 the others outweigh those two by miles.  

The Kate Daniels Series.

   

One of the best series that I have ever read. I love the world that has been created. When I grow up I want to be Kate Daniels. Curran is an amazing Hero. Oh then there is Derek. But the best thing of all? Hugh D’Ambray. 

                                  

The Boston Underworld Series.

I avoid mafia books like the plague but when I was at RARE #17 in Berlin I met the author and I bought the second book, she was generous enough to give me the first book for free and since then I have been hooked.  

               

 

 

  • I was bullied into taking a review down by an author and till this day I really regret it. 
  • It was an honour when Ms. Hunter asked me to be on her ARC review team. 
  • I was trolled on numerous accounts and I’m not sure why. Being judged for not wanting to read a book is ridiculous. I don’t force my tastes on other people so why do it to me?

On a personal note not everything in 2017 was shiny for me. 

We tried a medical treatment and it didn’t take. I was gutted but apart from that I’m alright. 

The Pursuit of Happiness seems like an Urban Myth. It seems my expectations are too high. 

What I would like for 2018

To move buy/build a house. 

A new job because I am being smothered by my boss in so many ways and I need a new challenge.

Bookwise I would say that I want to read quality books. No more bad writing. No more unappealing titles. No more misleading blurbs. To finish series that I have started.  

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Heartthrob by Katie McCoy

 

Heartthrob

  

Heartthrob
Katie McCoy
November 28th 2017

 

Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!

Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.

He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ’Pride & Prejudice.’

Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.

Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’.. and break all the rules.

Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?

Find out in the hot, hilarious new romance from Katie McCoy!

 

 

 

Yeah I know Hollywood Romances are the stuff that fairytales are made of. That might sound harsh but to be very honest its also honest because we all need our fairytale once in a while right ? …. Did anyone see “Notting Hill” the movie with Julia Roberts ? Did you like it ? well then you are going to love  Heartthrob by Katie McCoy. Because I sure did.

 

In the moment that “Darcy” connection was made I saw the pictures of that movie in front of me #swoon.

 

And lets face it –  the Picture of that British Heartthrob male lead – that the author created was really yummy. #Sigh I can not help but be a goner for that British-ness

 

If you leave the part aside where the whole plot sounds to good to be real. (and please do that in order to enjoy the story) … you can really feel the characters. They feel as real as they can be in that specific setting. I liked the developing of their relationship, their dialogues towards others as well as their banter with each other –

 

may I quote a line here ? (no spoilers so no worry) >>>… Both of Jax’s parents stared at me and Jax cast me a grateful, if not amused glance. “Let’s have tea,” Kira said after a long, tense pause. Great, I thought. Better I put food in my mouth than continue to try to shove my foot down there.”… <<<

I guess you can imagine that this and other dialogues like it had me laughing out loud in the most inconvenient places … but who cares #hahahah

What felt so good about the humor was it was subtle and not over the top which had me smiling.

 

The more I think about it – I think my reference to Notting Hill will be the most helpful if you are considering to read this book. But please do not think that the plot is the same, because it is not … just the feeling and some of the settings might be lets say feel “related”.

 

My suggestion would be … just take a dive into it … be prepared to swoon …

 

 

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills


 

 

Spider

  

 Spider
 Ilsa Madden-Mills
November 13th 2017

 

He’s a British rock star.
And my stepbrother.
What can go wrong?

He called himself Spider. I just knew him as the sinfully gorgeous guy with eyes of fire that fate sat next to me on the airplane. I didn’t know who he really was…rock star…my stepbrother.

He kissed me because he thought we’d never see each other again. We would.

Everyone warned me about him.
They said he was ruthless and cold and screwed up.
They said he’d leave me with a hole in my heart.

Maybe I should have listened.
Maybe I should have built up a fortress to keep him out.
But I crumbled instead.

Some have said there’s an unbreakable thread that connects those who are destined to meet. If that’s true, then the moment he sat next to me, we were bound together forever.

He just had to figure it out before it’s too late…

 

 

 

Reading “Spider” by Ilsa Madden-Mills was not my first “rodeo” with this author … I already read several of her “British” spiced novels …. And I adored each and every story (which makes me think it would be the perfect time by now to go back and check on some of her older works which I did not read so far)

 

I am sitting here now staring at the screen and wonder how I should write a review without spoilers on this book. It is really kind of hard because there are no actual surprises with which I could tease the reader – no dark secrets hidden – no this author simply works with the natural dynamic between the leading characters. She adds the British accent that sends shivers down the spines of all readers and toys with tiny details that make her stories special.

 

The dialogues between all “attending” characters is well balanced and you know at all times where you are standing. Usually when a book sounds like that you would think it is predictable or boring. But with this author I never had that feeling. My kind of novel is usally the one where the male lead is darker and tortured hiding in secrets. Ms. Madden-Mills’ characters are non of that really but still they feel partly broken or bent. For me her books are a welcome relief when I need something with less pressure on my nerves but still require feed a certain appetite for “broken”.

 

The introduction of the characters was just perfect… the first time around as well as the second and third time … (yeah you are reading right no mistake here)

I loved their banter and dialogues.

 

I liked that both of them where not weak but strong , bent maybe but never broken. At all times they were well aware of their mistakes. Yes they were still making them but the reader never felt like they were simply foolish – there was always more to it.

 

There were one or two side characters I could have done without and there is I have to admit cheating involved which is the only thing I did not like because I usually avoid that at all costs in a book. BUT I have to admit also that the situation is “sold” to the reader in a way that made at least make me feel that it was not that serious between the concerned characters.  (Or shall I say “they were already on the way out of the relationship even before that”) Doesn’t make it right I know but somehow in this story – as an exception to my rule – it worked). The “scorned” character was from the beginning on to me as a reader always placed as a “filler” and never as a real competition maybe that is why it felt ok for me.

 

Having said my piece – I still loved this story to pieces … from beginning to end and I hope you will do too – and if you do – don’t forget to return to this author and read her other books especially those that feature “British” characters – you will love them all

 

 

 

 

 

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