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Review – This is War, Baby (This is War, Baby #1) by K. Webster

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My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.

His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.

In my WAR, though, I found peace.

I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.

But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.

So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.

The good guys always win, right?
Not always.

All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.

***WARNING***
This is War, Baby is a dark romance. A really dark one. So dark you’re going to wish you had a flashlight to see yourself to the end and someone to hold your hand. Human trafficking, dubious consent, and strong sexual themes that could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. This story is NOT for everyone.

 

I’m sorry but does it state somewhere that this is a two part series and I missed it? I am seriously peeved BUT in saying that this book was amazing.
Getting to my review now

They’re in love. Fuck the war.” –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow. 

 

 

This is told from three points of view. Gabe the sick fuck who kidnaps his best friend’s daughter to train her so that he can sell her at the White Collar Trade. He has an obsession with her that it is also a borderline delusion.

-The training will be brutal. For her. For me, it will be decadent perfection. I will own every inch of her inside and out. I’ll fuck her into oblivion. I will be the very thing she craves.-

-I will lose her for a bit but when it all settles, I’ll claim her again. She’ll belong to me and nobody will say a fucking word. Her father will thank me. Her mother will hug me. Her boyfriend will hate me. And she will love me.-

See what I mean? Sick fuck! But he promised Baylee that he would come back for her to keep her for himself.

Baylee’s point of view where we see her as your typical seventeen year old girl with a high school boyfriend and a sheltered life until she wakes up to find herself smothered in darkness.

-Spent unthinkable amounts of time fingering every crack and crevice in the darkness in an effort to find an escape route.-

Baylee doesn’t want to like what is being done to her. Her body says yes but her mind is screaming no. You could really pick up on Baylee’s feelings and how she was trying to deal with it the best that she can. Even where she lies and says that she loves Gabe.

After her training she is taken to be sold to the highest bidder. Baylee lands with the unexpected.
The third point of view is from Warren or War he bought Baylee for five million dollars. He is different she expected pain and humiliation but is treated with warmth and kindness. War suffers from PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and depression including some delusions. But you get why when you know what he experienced. But he is lonely and wants companionship and he sees that in Baylee. The dynamics they have are interesting and how they try to interact with one another with their experiences and demons.

They in the end fall in love

“I’m completely crushing over this flawed man. And I know that the feeling is mutual.”
“I promise. I’m still yours even when you don’t want me.” His face darkens. “You’re always mine and I’ll never stop wanting you.”

What I find hard to believe is that Baylee’s parents aren’t even looking for her.
Not what I expected and most certainly not as dark as I thought it would be BUT there were some tough moments. Especially at the beginning and when Gabe finds her at the end.

Luckily we only have to wait till the end of the month for book 2.

Side note there were some cases where I felt things that I shouldn’t have felt. Which is quite disturbing to be honest.

 

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Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

 

October 1, 2017

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Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Sin With Me

 

 J.T. Geissinger

 

Bad Habit #3

 

 April 25th 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

The past she can’t remember. The secret he hides. And a love that’s worth risking it all.After a devastating car crash stole both her family and her memory, Grace Stanton was left with no past and an uncertain future. Now Grace likes to keep things simple. No sleepovers, never date a guy more than a month, and never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.Brody knows he doesn’t deserve an amazing woman like Grace—her creamy skin, red hair, or that smart mouth that fuels his every fantasy—but there’s something between them that’s more than chemistry. Something real. He’ll just have to convince Grace that he’s worth the risk—and hide the secret that haunts his worst dreams. But when fate plays a cruel hand, Brody’s darkest sin suddenly threatens his last chance at redemption…and the life of the woman he loves.

 

 

 

 

 

WOW – that was a rollercoaster ride – I felt really emotional during reading Sin With Me by J. T. Geissinger. If you read her previous books of that series you will def. know what I am talking about.

 

I have honestly never experienced reading a book where I have been paying attention to the background characters almost as much as to the leading characters.

 

And really Dear. Ms. Geissinger – I need to have a word with you about that… (and no – you will not get any spoilers here from me as to why – you will all have to suffer on your own because that is the only way with this series)

 

Gosh – I am not even sure what I should or could tell you about this book.

 

Well for one, If you did not read the previous two books – well YOU NEED TO and do not start with this one.

 

It might be readable as a standalone but the background/secondary characters have too much “voice” to read the books in the wrong order, you would spoil yourself one hell of an experience.

 

And second would be – if you DID read the previous books of that series – you will NOT be disappointed by this one. It was worth the wait but #sigh – why does it always feel like it was to short?

 

I am really not sure what kind of Box this author is keeping her ideas in when it comes to this series, but opening a new book always feels like a book version of Pandora’s box.

 

Just where that would have contained all the evils in the world J.T. Geissingers box contains gut-wrenching and heartbreaking (the good kind – but still they HURT). Well and what can I say ? I love it – every minute of it.

 

Opening her books is similar to opening a book of Colleen Hoover, you never know what will happen you just know for sure you will be surprised and it will hurt along the way but in the end you will love it.

 

I realize I am not telling anything about the story but really I can’t because I won’t yeah … you need to feel her books from beginning to end – no way around it.

 

So please enjoy! 

 

 

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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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Just received my ARC – is it OK to say I am scared ? I read some books by this author and I know what she is capable of – so yeah I am SCARED …

Dear future Readers,

This book was just as I expected…. – so me being scared was justified –

So this leaves me with the problem what could I tell other possible readers about this book ?
Other than it was #mindblowing ?

Actually to be honest ? NOTHING !
Simply because anything that I could tell would spoiler something that you should better read than hear it from me.
So this does not leave me with much to tell except – you may

– Expect to be dumbfounded
– Expect that nothing is as it seems
– Expect lies
– Expect tears
– Expect the unexpected

oh and in the total contrary to what the blurb might suggest (now here comes my spoiler of the day)

– Expect LOVE

BUT I cannot promise if you will get anything of what I tell you to expect

SO I will promise you

– You will be surprised
– You will not be able to guess what’s going on until the author is allowing it
– You will get well developed characters
– You will not be able to deny your connection to the characters
– You will have MORE than one WTF just happened here moment

And it will probably hurt – there is no denying – so I have to be fair and at least mention it.

And when you turn the final page of this book you will ask yourself what just happened

Lily White is just one of THESE authors – when you see she releases a new book you will know you need to read it and you know it will surprise you but you will never be able to guess how

 

 

 

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Review – Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

A brand spanking new review as the previous review was from when I was just starting out with the whole how to write a review. Looking back my first review was bloody atrocious.

This is my third re-read due to the sequel being released and I can say straight away that I will never tire of this book. I’m rereading it because book two is out. 

I still give it 5 ‘Good Sam & Red’ Stars

Makenna James aka MJ has had one hell of a day to top it off the elevator nearly closes in front of her but a Good Samaritan holds the doors open for her.

Cayden Grayson day hasn’t been spectacular either but when the redhead walks in it begins to perk up a bit that is until the electricity cuts and they are left in the dark.

Cayden suffers from claustrophobia and he is trying not to freak out. Luckily Makenna’s voice comes him and they get to know one another. They have great chemistry and back and forth banter.

Cayden is a bit of a loner. He doesn’t have a lot of friends but he has experienced a great loss which he still really hasn’t overcome and he has tried to fill that void with work and work.

Through the darkness everything is more intense and they become intimate with one another. They are complete opposites but they work together as a couple.

They both want to see one another after they get out of the elevator although at the beginning it is awkward.

I love the concept of this book. Two strangers meet in an elevator said elevator stops and there is a blackout. Cloaked in complete darkness is one way to really get to know someone without taking in the looks. It is what’s inside that really counts.

So finally after so many years of Ms. Kaye’s fans demanding more we get book 2.

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Blog Tour – The Thief by Kate McCarthy

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The Thief by Kate McCarthy
Release Date: April 4th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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After years of working in the family business, Arcadia “Ace” Jones has become a renowned car thief. Trained from a tender age, it’s the only life she’s ever known. Longing for a future that doesn’t hold the promise of prison, she makes the decision to go straight and earn an honest living.

But the Marchetti Organisation won’t accept her retirement, forcing her to complete a job so big it’s almost impossible. She’s on a tight deadline but an irritating biker dude keeps thwarting her attempts to deliver.

Kelly Daniels likes to tinker with bikes and cars. He’s content with operating the car restoration business he owns alongside his partners, until an annoying little thief manages to steal a Dodge Charger right out from under his nose.

He gets pulled into her treacherous scheme and they form an unlikely bond. When it becomes a race against the clock to pull off the heist of the century or end up behind bars, Ace and Kelly realise they have more to lose than their freedom—each other.

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Excerpt:

My breath catches. This was only supposed to be about wild sex with a hot, irresistible man. I should have known. The moment he walked inside Fix I knew he was a paradox. A puzzle, one I played with, slowly fitting all the broken pieces together until the whole picture now sits before me, a picture so beautiful it steals my breath.

“Kelly.” He watches me, his face close to mine. “You were never meant to get involved. It’s not your fight.”

He draws back like I’ve slapped him the face.

I fumble for his hand, grabbing it before he can withdraw any further. “It’s always been my fight. I don’t have friends. I don’t have boyfriends. I don’t sleep around. I’ve always kept people at arms-length because I don’t live a life where I can answer the kinds of questions they ask of me. Then you came along and I thought maybe this once it would be nice, real fucking nice to pretend I could have something beautiful for myself. Only you weren’t what I expected. You pissed me off. You made me laugh and you made me ache, and you made me want you so damn much. You did all that and now I can’t imagine how I lived a life without you in it. You give so much of yourself without even realising it. Even now you’re taking my fight and making it your own, and I hate myself for being so selfish and letting you.”

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About the Author:

Kate McCarthy is a USA Today Bestselling author who resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works full time on her writing.

She has two children, two dogs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the world that help keep her sane.

When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.

Connect with the Author:

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5+++++ ‘Chunks & Donkey’ Stars

The Thief is original, with nail biting, on the edge of seat, fast paced and action-packed goodness that you won’t want to put it down. All in all, it is brilliant. I see Kate McCarthy becoming one of my favorite authors if any of her other books are like this one.

The Characters.

Arcadia ‘Ace’ Jones is one of the best in the business. She comes from a heritage of car fanatics and thieves. After so many years living the high and the adrenaline and especially what happened to her brother she wants out. Getting out isn’t that easy though.

I love Ace, I have a major girl crush on her and seriously she is one of the best heroines I have ever got to meet. She is strong, sassy, does what’s right. Has her head screwed on yet has kept her soft heart, her loyalty is one of kind and she loves unconditionally.

Kelly Daniels is a Sentinel and has been since the age of 15. He loves his cars, he loves to tinker, and he loves his club. He would lay down his life for those who are in his inner circle.

I love Kelly just as much as I love Ace. He is one strong alpha with such an high level of overprotectiveness that normally I would say it is too much but here? Nope, not at all. He is loyal and a bit of a softie. I love him flaws and all.

The characters are three dimensional and have a depth to them that I haven’t experienced in a long time. They work together. They are similar but not quite. Ace has a light that shines that keeps Kelly’s demons at bay. Kelly is Ace’s rock.
Let’s turn to the secondary characters. Ellington Echo Reid is a prodigy with bubble gum hair. Fingers that work magic as a hacker security specialist. She is Ace’s partner in crime and yes had to bend the sistas code, but it was for Ace’s own good. Nothing too bad.

The Fox brothers oh lord I need them to have books like now. I know Luke is getting a book with Murphy/Hayden. Please hurry up.

These characters add so much more depth to the book.

The Chemistry.

From the first time that they met they had chemistry on all levels. Emotionally they were on the same wavelength and sexually no need to even mention that. They were scorching. I love how their interactions started off and although they were drawn to one another they both knew that what was between them is special. Even though there were some pesky reasons standing between them.
Their interactions flowed well be it that they were having a lark, or it went over to something serious. Or when it was time to get down and dirty.

The Writing & Plot.

The beginning of the book absolutely gutted me. The author doesn’t hold back she gets down to the nitty gritty and I was shocked, sad and amazed by the prologue. Ms. McCarthy’s writing is top notch. She knows how to lay the foundation for an epic story. I personally think that I got an epic story.

From Ace boosting cars to Kelly helping her. The background and in-depth story that happened between Kelly and Casey, his estranged brother where Kelly couldn’t quite let that grudge go. Or with Ace and Mason and the differences that they had. But family is family and you go through thick or thin. Boosting 12 cars in 12 weeks is no easy feat especially when Kelly gets involved. Ace’s nine lives are about to end. There is only so much luck you can have.

I was captivated with the story, it’s riveting. You just didn’t know what was going to happen next. Which for me personally is always refreshing.

The Verdict.

I am so glad that I took a chance with this author. It is everything I want in a book. I just need to back track and read the series as they are somewhat interconnected.

Racer Jones’s pray this nearly made me pee my pants

“As I lay rubber down the street, I pray for traction I can keep, but I spin and begin to slide, please dear God protect my ride.”

And last but not least I want the paperback.

 

 

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Release – The Last King by Katee Robert

 

 

THE LAST KING

Beckett and Samara’s story is now available!  

Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in Texas. But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert introduces a red-hot new series.

Keep reading to get a sneak peek excerpt and enter the giveaway for one of ten (10) print copies of THE LAST KING! 

Title: The Last King

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Forever

Series: The Kings

Page Count: 336 pages

Format: Digital

ASIN: B074M69QLF

ISBN: 978-1455597109

 

Synopsis:

 

THE MAN SHE HATES TO LOVE

 

Beckett King just inherited his father’s fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he’s going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they’ve been rivals for years, there’s no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

 

The rebel. That’s how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he’s absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can’t help wondering if it’s a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she’d mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

 

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.

 

 

Praise for The Last King:  

“Top Pick! Beckett and Samara are a fantastic, modern couple. They clash in the boardroom and the bedroom, are total equals, and their bring-it-on spirit makes every interaction lively and exciting — whether clothes are on or off. … The heart of this romance is the development of trust between Beckett and Samara, and Robert expertly unfolds it, revealing the emotional connection on both sides under the flash and fire of their irresistible chemistry. 4 1/2 stars.”—RT Book Reviews

 

 

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The Last King Excerpt

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

Heaven was Samara in a little green dress.

Beckett watched her walk across the lobby, her mile-long legs eating up the distance with ease. That glimpse of wildness she’d given him last night was in full effect today, her hair a mass of black waves that seemed to curl and snap around her shoulders with each step. Her dress fitted her like a second skin, sloping down over her breasts, her stomach, to her hips and thighs.

But it was her dark eyes that drew and held him. Anger and desire and something like guilt lingered there, and she held his gaze as she stopped in front of him. “Do I meet your expectation?”

“You’re beautiful.”

She arched a single eyebrow. “I know.”

That surprised a laugh out of him. Beckett turned to the elevator bank and offered his elbow. The gentlemanly move was over-the-top for their current circumstances, but he couldn’t be this close to her without touching her. Kissing her now, here, was a terrible damn idea, so he’d settle for the small touch. “No false modesty. I like that.”

“I think we’ve established that I don’t operate based on what you like.” Despite her words, amusement pulled at the edges of her lips, and she set her hand carefully on his forearm. “Every time I think I have your number down, you surprise me. Most guys get pissy pants if a woman doesn’t fall at their feet when they call her beautiful.”

“I’m not most guys.” He waited for the elevator door to open and led her onto it. “You can’t fit me into a box and write me off, Samara.”

“I’m beginning to see that.” She shook her head, her hair brushing against his shoulder. “My life would be a whole lot easier if I could.”

He couldn’t argue that, so he didn’t bother. Beckett took them up to the executive level. He noted the way she studied everything, obviously filing away every bit of information she could lay her eyes on. “What does Lydia pay you these days?”

She dropped her arm and stepped back. “Oh no. I don’t think so.” She pointed at him. “We went over this last night. I’m not for sale.”

“It’s an innocent question.”

“It is most definitely not an innocent question.” She looked like she wanted to take off her shoe and throw it at his head. “I don’t care what issue you and your aunt have. I’m not part of it. You don’t get to use me as leverage. I’m not a pawn for either of you to sacrifice in this pissing match you have going on.”

Shame tried to take hold, but he wouldn’t let it. Samara knew the game, no matter how much it apparently offended her. “I’m the bad guy for trying to offer you a job, but I’m sure you agreed to show up here solely out of the goodness of your heart.” He pretended to think about it. “Wait, no you didn’t—which you already admitted. You’re here because Lydia wants to do whatever it takes to sink Morningstar. Full stop.” He motioned at the offices behind him. “Wake up, Samara. I’m only playing the game she made the rules for.”

She took in the empty COO office on the other side of the glass wall. “She poached your employees.”

“Convenient timing, don’t you think?”

“You’re not still harping on that paranoid talk about Lydia meeting Nathaniel.” Samara hesitated and then moved to stand in front of him. She pressed her lips together and then very gently said, “Do you think maybe it’s a good idea for you to talk to someone?”

Beckett jerked back. “What?

There was nothing but sympathy in her dark eyes. “I’m serious, Beckett. I’ve known you a long time, at least by reputation, and this delusion you have going isn’t like you. Is it possible that Nathaniel’s death is hitting you harder than you realize? That you’re fixating on Lydia instead of your own grief because it’s easier to deal with an enemy than face the fact you can never make things right with your father?”

Every word flayed him, cutting to the quick. Beckett gritted his teeth against the need to tell Samara that she was the one who wasn’t thinking clearly. To yell. To expel some of the ugliness that had been brewing in him for a very, very long time. “I didn’t call you here to offer you a job, and I sure as hell don’t need a shrink.”

She stood her ground as he advanced. Her heels put them at the same height and she still managed to look down her nose at him. “Then why did you call me here?”

Because I can’t spend another moment alone without going out of my mind.

He didn’t say it. To admit how long it had been since he’d felt a connection with another person was to hand Samara—Lydia—a loaded gun and invite her to point it directly at him. He didn’t answer her verbally at all. Beckett cupped her waist and slowly pulled her against him, giving her plenty of time to register his intentions.

“Beckett.” Despair colored her tone and she gave a desperate laugh. “What are we doing?”

“I don’t know.” Using a hand on the small of her back, he pressed her firmly against him. “I don’t want to stop.”

Samara hesitated, but finally placed her hands gingerly against his chest. He waited, letting her decide. Yes or no. Push or pull. Stay or go. She hitched a breath. “I don’t want to stop, either.”

 

About Katee Robert:

 

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

 

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Mixing business with pleasure is a bad idea.

Truer words have never been spoken. But it can be sinfully delish as well.

Where that I might be true things have been set in motion that will save them if they stick together.

The Characters.

Beckett King is the last King on his father’s side after a terrible accident it is time for the will to be read. Nathanial King was loathed by everyone but he was the only family Beckett had left and now he is alone. Coming from one of the biggest oil magnate’s Morningstar Enterprises his now his. His rival? His Kingdom Corp, Aunt Lydia is one of the coldest subzero ladies out there.

Beckett King is lush. I rarely fall in love with a fictional character but he was snagged by his gruffness, his rough edges, his confidence yet also his ability to feel vulnerable. He is a total alpha male but he leans on Samara which I haven’t seen a long time in a book. He has integrity and plays by a different set of rules.

Samara Mallick has worked hard to be the second in command for Kingdom Corp. She has sacrificed to be where she is today. Her rival has always been Beckett King though.

Samara Mallick is a strong heroine, she is ballbuster and doesn’t put up with peoples bullshit mostly Beckett’s though. She is kind and although she doesn’t want to get involved in the end she can’t but not get involved. She was closer to turning into her father than she knew. But her sense of justice and moral kept her on the right path.

The Chemistry.

They should be off limits to one another but the tension has been rising with them for years.

I liked the rivalry they had with one another more than I thought I would. It added depth to them as characters especially when they were trying to adjust to be more than what happened in Norway.

The chemistry is in the small things that they share, their childhoods, secrets they can tell no one else. But not only that their sexual chemistry was off the charts but they also had emotional chemistry that grew more and more throughout the book.

The Writing & Plot.

The writing is solid it flows well and the pace of the book is never boring moment. I enjoyed every moment of it.

There is some fantastic family history created here. It is dark, it is borderline sick and it comes across as normal within the King family. They have their pride which can also be their downfall.

It was all cutthroat but that is what made it fun for me. The games they played the manoeuvring an intricate chess game hoping that Beckett & Samara would come out on top.

The Verdict.

Thirty years of spite makes for one hell of a story. I didn’t think I’d like it but I love being proved wrong. The Last King has everything I love in a book suspense, angst, romance all in a neat package with all loose ends tied up that I cannot see one thing didn’t work in this book.

New relationships will be created in the King family from now. Journey King and Frank Evans are up next. On a side note here who calls their daughter bloody Journey I mean WTH were they thinking?

Ms. Robert hit a winner with this one in my opinion.

 

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Claim Me (Capture Me, #3) by Anna Zaires

Goodreads review

 

 

She’s on the run.Yulia Tzakova’s freedom comes at a heavy price. Her former captor dominates her dreams, and survival consumes her waking moments. She may have escaped, but she’s far from safe.

In the shadowy world of spies and betrayal, nothing is what it seems.

He’s obsessed with getting her back.

Lucas Kent’s rage knows no bounds. The danger of his job occupies his days, but hunting down Yulia is what he lives for. When he finds her, she’ll never escape again.

He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

4.5 Yuila & Lucas stars.

 

First & foremost this CANNOT be read as a standalone. And it took me ages to write this review. It most likely won’t do the book justice but you gotta try, right?

This is conclusion to Yulia & Lucas’s story. There are some books that must be savored this is one of them. Alas I tried to here but I couldn’t I gobbled it up. I loved nearly every single moment of it. 

Did I get the closure to this series that I wanted? Yes & No. 

I also had a goofy smile on my face. Try telling people on the tram that you’re not a psychopath. 

From the first sentence to the last sentence I was hooked. 

“Say that again?” I grip the phone tighter, nearly crushing it as my disbelief morphs into burning fury. “What the fuck do you mean she escaped?” 

As you can gather Yulia escapes she is desperate to get back to the Ukraine and to her brother. Through the separation she realizes how attached she has become to her jailor no matter how wrong it feels. Her heart aches for him. She doesn’t understand why though.

I’m in love with a man who has every reason to despise me-a man who scares me to my very soul. 

I still find Yulia to be one of my favorite heroines of all time. She is still strong although she develops throughout the book she stays strong but still changes in defined ways. They are subtle but there. Yulia made a mistake and compromised the organization URR it’s a close call. She did completely think that plan out to the end but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

Lucas is well Lucas. We see how he changes throughout the book how he becomes more obsessed with Yulia How he is also violently possessed with her and how he can’t let go although he tries and what he wants. He is still a hard arse but he has a nurturing, soft side to him. Yulia is his beautiful, treacherous obsession.  

There is a cross over with what happened in Chicago just from Lucas POV. I think there is something wrong with me to be honest. Whereas I don’t think it was meant to entertaining or even funny I couldn’t help not be amused by it and outright laugh on the tram.

Maybe I have a strange sense of humor actually I definitely have a strange sense of humor. 

The penny finally drops for Lucas about bloody time as well. 

“Who is he to you?” Yulia’s eyes widen. “You don’t know? But you said-““I think it’s possible I misunderstood,” – You think Lucas? 

They are perfect for one another. I love them together. They fit. Lucas is a randy bastard though and I love how he put Yulia first. 

“There is no happily ever after for people like us”.  

But in this case maybe there just is.  

“It’s not tender or pretty like I thought it would be. Some might even say it’s ugly. But it’s us. It’s our reality, our version of perfect.  

There are a lot of things I didn’t see coming. Yulia’s demons from the past. Full of lies, deceit and betrayal. And yet over and over again she sacrifices herself for her brother and Lucas. She doesn’t know any differently.

 

Cute that Nora thinks she’s playing with the big boys. She only can thanks to Julian. Lucas stands between Yulia & Julian Esguerra by going their separate ways. You know the whole she took the plane down I mean you could have forgiven her but no things have to be complicated. So he nearly died it wasn’t personal. But it turns out true loyalty had to be rarer than unicorns in the arm dealer’s world. 

Lucas is a man of very few words but the words he does say, le sigh 

 “You’re my reason for existing now.” His eyes glitter fiercely “You’re my everything [….] even when I hated you, I loved you.” 

The ending for Yulia & Lucas felt pretty anti-climactic. There is a bonus scene with Julian & Nora but I felt that it didn’t fit in here at all.

I would have liked to have seen a bonus scene based solely on the main characters of this book. 

So Ms. Zaires what’s up next? When will we get Peters book? Do I see a book with Jared Winters, the portfolio manager and Rosa? Although I’m not a fan of Rosa at the moment. But I’m sure that Ms. Zaires will wave her magic wand and rock it. Will we see a book with Misha?

 

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKPROMO BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND RELEASE REVIEW

Release – Until Avery by Brynne Asher

 

Dreams.

I never had one. Never even knew what a dream was until a certain unassuming Carpino waltzed into my life. That day my world tilted.

It became unhinged.

I might not have been a dreamer, but she was.

She wrote the words missing from my life. Her notes ignited my heart. Her flame lit up my darkness.

Her dreams became mine and I’d move heaven and earth to give them life.

Especially when my past surfaced and threatened to kill every dream we had.
Until Avery, I had nothing.

But I’m Link Forester. I’d fight for her, for us, because right now, I have everything to lose.

Warning: The author will have a dramatic fit—Scarlett O’Hara style—if anyone under the age of eighteen touches this book.

About the Author

Brynne Asher lives in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and her perfect dog. When she isn’t creating pretend people and relationships in her head, she is running her kids around and doing laundry. She enjoys cooking, decorating, shopping at outlet malls as well as online and is always seeking the best deal. A perfect day in “Brynne World” ends in front of an outdoor fire with family, friends, s’mores, and a delicious cocktail.

 

I had the honour of snagging an interview with the fabulous Brynne. Go and check it out here. 

 

Now the best to come my review

 

First thoughts after reading.

Absolute amazeballs. Did I have a goofy smile at the end of this book? Hell yeah. Is that normal? Eff NO. I. Am. One. Happy. Bunny.

The Characters.

Avery Carpino the responsible one, the one to have never broken a rule but is about to break every rule in the book. But screw the consequences. Studying in Nashville child development she is secretly there to become a songwriter. A friend of a friend did her a favour that one of her songs is being played. She just has to get into The Knot. She’s not quite 21 though. With a fake ID and batting her eye lashes shouldn’t be a problem right? Wrong.

“Sweetheart, [….] But it’s your eyes – they’re not hazel. They’re the perfect shade of dark, melted chocolate, so deep and dusky, I can almost see into your lying, underaged soul.”

And she is bounced.

I love Avery she is strong, she follows her dreams when she does something she goes all out. When she loves, she loves deeply. She loves her family and her second huge arse family the Maysons. Avery is calm and collective. She is the kind of gal you want to have your back.

Link Forrester left Vegas cause he needed a change of scenery and well there was that slight thing with the club where he used to work. Now he owns the The Knot in Nashville. The downside of being back home? His parents. But he has the Maysons. After bouncing a beauty she still manages to sneak into the club. He is intrigued by her skin, her thick hair and that she thinks she can blend into the background.

Link is everything I want in a Hero. He may be an honorary Mayson but even the honorary members get their BOOM. HE is an alpha through and through. He is overprotective goes for what he wants and has always done is own thing. I adore him.

The Chemistry.

The hotness and sweetness of these two is off the charts. Not only did they share that moment when she got bounced *lol* but also when they listened to her song together. Till she left and he thought that he would never see her again. But when they do meet again he goes all caveman. Sigh. The best.

The Writing & Plot.

Ms. Asher decided to go back to the Carpinos and add in the Maysons and you have a winner. And I’m not taking about the younger generation of the Maysons. Nope. Old school Maysons, peeps! My favourite.

Ms. Brynne delivered a solid plot with some angst, steaminess, great suspense. No man whore and no other woman drama. What I always want need in a book. Her writing as always is flawless and flowed well. By adding sugar and spice at different intervals making it one adorable, sensual, sexy and enticing read.

Two things that had really stuck out.

1. Only a Mum really knows how to guilt trip like no other. It was like talking to my mum and I’m 37.

2. The epilogue and the extended epilogue are the cherry on the sundae.

The Verdict.

Suffice to say that I love this book, I adore this book. For me BA can take on all of the Untils and totally kick arse.

It is always hard for an author to write a novella that can be spot on with the story, chemistry, characters and writing. This has been achieved and the Ms. Asher sure does know what she is doing.
I see this as a reread in my future and it nearly is equal to the awesomeness that is Athica Lane but not quite. Not quite. Still my all-time favourite.

 

4 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Bind Me (Capture Me #2) by Anna Zaires

Goodreads review

 

 

He’s determined to break her.

For Lucas Kent, his new prisoner is a maddening contradiction: compliant yet defiant, fragile yet strong. He needs to uncover her secrets, but doing so may ruin everything.

His obsession could destroy her.

She’s determined to escape.

For Yulia Tzakova, her captor is the man of both her dreams and her nightmares: tender one moment, cruel the next. She can’t let him crack her, but resisting him may leave her broken.

A moment of weakness could cost her everything.

 

 

Finishing sentence at the end of book 1 – My captivity is just beginning-

At the end of this book

Did I mention that there is a third book to the series and that at book 2 I have realized my mistake by reading book 1 and 2 before book 3 hasn’t even got a release date.

 

Well, Bollocks it was a shite ideaGetting to my actual review now. I’m not entirely sure how many stars I’m going to give this. I’m torn between 3 & 4 stars. I’ll take the middle 3.5 stars it is.
Lucas, Lucas what is wrong with you? Because Lukas you are a tosser.

This picks up straight after book one has finished. Yes, we know you are obsessed with Yulia.
“You bought me here for sex?” This goes way beyond anything I could have imagined. “You took me out of prison so you could fuck me?” His gaze darkens. “Yes. I told myself I did if it for revenge, but it was to get you.”

I was effing frustrated that they didn’t really talk to one another about the important things. They made assumptions and it was frustrating as well as.

Dear Lord, Lucas why do you automatically assume that it is a man/lover? You are an intelligent man or well at least you seem to be up until this point. Yulia you twit you could have said that it is your brother then I assume that there wouldn’t be a third book.
So they are both not

Once again Ms. Zaires I have to ask

Please give us a release date soon.

 

4 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Capture Me (Capture Me #1) by Anna Zaires

 

Review on Goodreads

She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it’s just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him.

Now she will pay.

You know when have days, weeks and months of crap in RL and with books it is sometimes no different? Yep well me, too. I had a couple of flops and you can’t help but not want to

And then finally, after a bad streak where you are also shit out of luck. You get a book, a book that you can only shout out

A brief outline of the book.

I want a Lukas Kent all for me own. In comparison with Julian and Nora’s books I prefer this series from what I’ve read so far.

 

Yulia became an Ukrainian spy at the age of eleven. We don’t know all of what happened to her but we get bits and pieces. She is kick arse, strong and I would want her in my corner if I had to walk down a dark alley at night. She does it all to protect her brother Misha. You protect family no matter what and use any mean to the end.

 

Even if that means that the man, even if it was after one night of pure lust but they touched one another on a different level. She has feelings for him.

 

Kent, Julian’s right hand man, feels as if he has been betrayed. It shouldn’t cut deep but it does. He is out for revenge but when it comes to taking his revenge he can’t. He hesitates and he doesn’t know why.

 

-Everything inside me screams that she’s mine-, mine to fuck, mine to punish in any way I choose. –

 

The chemistry and the steamy scenes.  Good Lord where is me fan.

I had a fool proof plan, well at least I thought so anyway. I bought this for 0,99 € and thought nooo , I want start it just yet. I’ll wait until book 2 is out. I’m loving book 1 and have nearly finished where I find out that there is a book 3 with no release date!

I can’t help but not start book 2 now, damm you woman

 

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