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Review: Heaven's Sinners by Bella Jewel

Heaven's Sinners - Bella Jewel
4.5 I loved Spike's spikes Stars
"When are you gonna see there’s no point in fightin’ for something that don’t wanna be fought for?"
"I won’t, because everyone deserves to be fought for Spike. Even you."

I really wasn't sure what I was walking into when I started this. I was not a fan of the first book. At all. And that's putting it mildly. However, I thought that the author had potential once she worked through the kinks, and I was damn curious about Spike and his spikes. What? The man has spikes in a certain area of his body, and rumor had it he liked his women to remove them...with their mouth. You saying you wouldn't be curious?! Well either way, my pervy little mind was intrigued so of course I had to read it. I'm so glad to say that I was not disappointed with this one. I loved it!

Years ago, Spike and Ciara used to be friends. They weren't just close friends, they were inseparable.

While both had feelings for the other, youthful ignorance, fear of ruining their friendship and mistakes kept them apart. Young Ciara loved Spike, but her inability to see his feelings for her drove him right into the arms of another woman...her sister. Then one night something that was already rocky, takes a turn for the worst and Chey, Ciara's sister, gets killed in the crossfire of Spike's mistake in crossing another MC. Unable to work through her feelings of guilt, grief, and love, Ciara takes out her hurt on Spike and blames him for everything.

Now, having realized her mistake, Ciara is back. She wants Spike's forgiveness but most of all she wants to get back the boy that she knew simply as Danny. And she's willing to fight for him this time.

You know what’s so pathetic about this situation?" I rasp, my hands shaking. "It’s that no matter how angry I am at you, no matter how many times you spit hurtful words at me, or how many times I keep telling myself to walk away, I can’t. I want to save you. I want that friend that I know is in there. I can’t walk away, Spike. I hate you, and yet I can’t walk away."

Spike is working through regrets and grief of his own. He once loved Ciara with everything that he had, but her ignorance pushed him away, and her blame wounded him deeply. He's no longer the boy that she once knew.

Don’t want you to fuckin’ save me, Ciara. Don’t want you in my fuckin’ life. When will you get that through your head? I don’t want to be in your life. I didn’t chose you, I chose her. You need to fuckin’ move on. I am not the same person I was before."

But feelings from their past are not that easily forgotten, and even though Spike does everything he can to drive Ciara away, the pull between them is too strong to ignore.

 

This book had everything that I found lacking in the first. Emotion, great relationship development, and a story that I truly grew invested in. Spike and Ciara's relationship was filled with angst, emotion, and so much steam I felt like I needed a cold shower and a cigarette after every single encounter.

Come for me Tom Cat, fuckin’ come around my cock." "God, Spike, yes." "Say my name baby, fuckin’ say it." "Spike," I rasp.
"No, the other one. Say my real name," he growls, thrusting harder.
"Danny," I scream, my orgasm tearing through me like liquid fire.
"God, Danny."
 
 

This story might now be for everyone. There are a few things that I can see some might be uncomfortable with. One, is Spike's treatment of Ciara. He is incredibly cruel and callous to her at first. You can see that it stems from his hurt and grief, so it didn't bother me too much. There is also elements of voyeurism in this book. If that's something that makes you uncomfortable, this might not be for you. My pervy little mind ate it right up, so you will be getting zero complaints from this girl.

 

 
This is not a story about perfect love. It's a raw and gritty story about 2 people learning to forgive, move on, and find their way back to each other. Their road was not a smooth one. It was filled with pain, mistakes, and grief; and I devoured it in one day.
 
I loved that Ciara wasn't some meek little mouse. She had her moments where I wanted to smack her, but I really loved the way that she fought for Spike and stood up to him. Spike was just sexy as sin, him and his delicious piercings.
 
This book turned out to be such a pleasant surprise, and I'm looking forward to Jackson's story next. Especially with that ending...

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Review: Hell's Knights by Bella Jewel

Hell's Knights - Bella Jewel

2.5 Meh stars

One day, a man is going to come along and sweep you away. He’s going to give you that feeling you can’t go back on, that feeling that will change your world.


Damn my clicker finger. She sees the words MC and a markdown to $.99 and she just HAS to one click. The compulsive bitch! Last time I allow her to make a decision for me.

I believe that the author had all the right ingredients for a fantastic book. But unfortunately I don't think she mixed them right, and the end result was a bit...well...meh. At least it was for me. The book didn't work for me for a number of reason. What are the reasons you ask? Well I'll tell you.

100
The amount of times that Cade called Addison "sugar". Yes I fucking counted. It drove me out of my ever loving mind. I was willing to overlook the "babe" and the overused "yeah" ending sentences, yeah? But the sugar thing. Gah! It was every other sentence. C'mon. Switch it up a bit here, Cade. There's honey, baby, sweetheart, twat. Freaking anything but sugar!! I'm pretty sure I got to a point where every time I read "sugar" I just wanted to

20
Number of eye rolls I had over the at times juvenile dialogue. Addison was only 21 years old, so I can excuse some instances. But her behavior really didn't endear me to her. She's been through hell, and I wanted to feel for her. I truly did. But she just drove me crazy at times with her childish tantrums and behavior.

3
Number of times I almost DNF'd this book. As much as I wanted to like this book, the negatives definitely outweighed the positives for me. The story flow seemed choppy at times. The jumping between Past and Present would have worked if it was just with Addison. But when it had the same thing of an event from Cade's past, it didn't really work. The progression of the relationships between Cade and Addison, and Addison and Jackson weren't believable. At least not in the time frames it happened in.

1
A character that I truly wish was killed off.

The ending with Britney being responsible for revealing Addison's location which lead to her kidnapping and brutal torture did not make sense to me at all. I find it hard to believe that a MC would allow her to just get out of town. The excuse of not hurting women did not do it for me. It's a Motorcycle Club that isn't exactly known for their legal and moral activities. And this is where they draw the line? Really? Or maybe it was just my own wishful thinking that she be killed off? Punished? Something! Anything! But just telling her to leave town and not come back was letting her off so easy for what she did. I don't even know. I freaking hated her.

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What worked for me

Cade. Well aside from the "sugar" business, he was sexy as hell. I seem to have a soft spot for the dirty talkers, and he really delivered on that end.

 

Sugar, if I wanted my dick wet, I could get it wet anywhere, with anyone. I don’t want my dick wet. I want it fuckin’ drenched, drippin’ and surrounded in you."



Spike
I love me an asshole. The only thing better than an asshole, is a tatted and pierced asshole. And Spike is rumored to have some interesting "spikes" in some VERY interesting areas.

The sex
It was hot. At least I think it was. Maybe? I got so frustrated with so many parts of this book that I skimmed through a lot of it. Sex included.


While the book didn't quite work for me, I will gladly pick up Bella Jewel's next book because I think this may have been the case of a debut novel and working out the "new book" kinks.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get intimately acquainted with Spike's spikes. Well, maybe not intimately intimately. But I have a VERY good imagination. I'll make do. And I thank you






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Review: Mine to Hold by Cynthia Eden

Mine to Hold - Cynthia Eden

4.25 Steamy and Suspenseful Stars

After so many years of going through the motions of life, she actually made him feel alive.


There are 2 things I am almost guaranteed when I pick up a book by Cynthia Eden: A steamy romance with a protective and possessive alpha hero that is to die for, and a suspenseful story that will keep me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end.


After being introduced to Noah and Claire back in Mine to Keep I just knew that their story would be sizzling. And I was not disappointed.

After a horrific tragedy in her teens that cost her both her parents, and the recent brutal murder of her sister, Claire is running. That's all she knows how to do, move from place to place and make no attachments. Especially to a man. But then when she has no other choice, she finds herself turning for help to the only man that has tempted her in over 9 years.

Noah is rich and successful, but beneath his expensive suit he is a man with a dark past and even darker secrets.


He doesn't hold on to any woman for longer than a night, but for some reason he can't seem to get Claire off of his mind. He knows that he must have her. And when Claire's past comes back to threaten her, he knows that he will stop at absolutely nothing to protect her.

I loved this book. Noah was the perfect combination of dark and broody, possessive, and sexy as hell.

I wanted to fuck you from the first moment we met."
She tried to suck in a deep breath.
"You feel so good."
"Will you scream for me again?"




I also liked that Claire wasn't a meek little mouse. She's been through so much in her life, and she is still vulnerable from her past but she still had this strength at the core of her. I thought she was the perfect match for Noah and his past. I loved watching their relationship develop.

One of my favorite things about Cynthia Eden's book is that she not only gives you dual POVs, but she also give you a peak inside the villain's head. It really spikes up the suspense of the story.

I have to admit that I had a feeling who the bad guy was around the 20% mark, so I wasn't all that shocked when the truth was revealed. But then when you think everything is all sunshine and rainbows Ms. Eden throws in a twist and a hell of a shocking surprise at the end.

Mine to Hold was my favorite book out of the series, and I can't wait for future installments.

On a side note:
Please please please for the love of all that's holy, can we get a book for Drake. How can you tease me like this, Cynthia? You give me hints and peaks at a damaged and broken man and expect me to wait patiently?!! I'm dying! DYING over here! And no, I'm not exaggerating dammit! I need, must have Drake's book.
Now I am off to internet stalk the author to find out if and how soon I can get my hands on the deliciousness that is Drake. And I thank you


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Review: Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden

Mine to Keep  - Cynthia Eden

4 I did not see that ending coming Stars

You were my dream, when I was in a nightmare.


When I read and loved Mine to Take, I wasn't aware that the author was planning a second book for Trace and Skye. I was skeptical about reading this book since I wasn't sure what more could possibly be told of the couple. But I gave in because I was curious to learn more about the mysterious Trace and also because I have yet to read a Cynthia Eden book I haven't enjoyed. Mine To Keep was certainly no exception.

Mine To Keep starts off exactly where Mine to Take left off. Skye is still recovering after being held captive by her crazy ex-lover. She's still hunted by nightmares and she is beginning to see that she is not the only one. While she may have been in love with Trace since she was a teenager, she is beginning to realize that she barely knows him. Trace hides nightmares of his own, and his past is a dark shadow that threatens to overtake their current happiness. But not all things stay in the past, and when something from his past threatens his future, Trace knows there isn't anything that he won't do in order to protect Skye.

If there is one thing that Cynthia Eden is good at, it's writing one hell of a Romantic Suspense. Every time I thought I knew what was coming, she would yank the rug right out from under me. Mine to Keep was a spine tingling suspense filled with so many twists and turns, that it will keep you at the very edge of your seat until the last page. But let's not forget the steam, because well...I like me my steam. This book was damn hot.

Trace was just as delicious as he was in book one. He's arrogant, fiercely protective, and broody. Which is a winning combination for me.

I loved Skye and Trace's relationship. While it wasn't perfect, there were moments that just melted my heart.

"I never understood how you could spin that fast, that much without getting dizzy."


"It's easy, I just look at you. You're my center. My focus. For every spin, a ballerina needs a focus."


We get to find out about Trace's past and his time in the military. Although from all the build up, I was expecting something much worse than what it turned out to be.

I also really enjoyed how Skye came into her own in this book. Even though she loves Trace, she knew her limits to what she will be able to accept, and she wasn't scared about drawing that line.

What ultimately made this a solid 4 stars for me was the suspense. As much as I thought I knew what was coming, it caught me by complete and utter surprise. And even then there were still more twists. No it wasn't quite a 5 star book, only because I felt that I had gotten my fill of Trace and Skye in book one, and felt that it could have been just one longer book as opposed to 2. And while I doubt it would be a book I would re-read, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.

We were also introduced to 2 men from Trace's military past, Drake and Noah. While I am enjoying the delicious golden eyed Noah right now in Mine to Hold, I really hope that we get a book for Drake. There is just something about a broken man that gets to me, and Drake is all sorts of broken, broody and dark.

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Review: Madeleine Abducted by M.S. Willis

Madeleine Abducted - M.S. Willis


3.5 stars

There was light in him, one so bright it could illuminate the entire night sky if only it wasn't covered over by the shadow of his darkness.


Well...hell. This book...Damn. I struggled with my rating on this one. There were things I loved, things that disturbed the ever loving fuck out of me, and a few things I could have gone without. I love a dark romance, and this book definitely delivered on that front. This is not an easy read by any means. It's dark, gritty, disturbing, somewhat erotic, and not a book I'll be forgetting any time soon. The author does not play around. She tells you exactly what you're in for with the epilogue.




Madeline is a talented yet an incredibly sheltered young cellist. When her talent catches the eye of a certain man, her life takes a dark twist. She is taken from the only life she knows, and is thrown in to a den of vipers where depravity, violence, and brutality become her new surroundings.

Taken by a madman and given as a gift to his son for his 25th birthday, Maddy finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of power. While her new Master might not be quite as evil as the man that kidnapped her, she knows that he's just hiding a different type of darkness.



Aaron is The Estate executioner. While he doesn't blink an eyelash when meeting out death, he's inexplicably drawn to Maddy's innocence. While his brutality is the key to keeping her alive

I promised you pain for pain, Madeleine, and it only makes my cock harder when you fight back. Keep writhing beneath me, it’ll only help me along as I fuck your body and as I fuck your mind."


The man that he hides beneath the violence and death seems to come out in her presence.

Dream of me, Maddy. See me as I want to be; not the nightmare who torments you, but the devoted and mystified man who worships at your feet."


I loved Aaron. While he was not a white knight, he still had this soft side to him. It didn't come out very often, but when it did...*sigh*

I’m not a good man, Maddy. I’ll never be a person worthy of you, of the beauty and light you provide to this world. I kill, I steal, I lie and I cheat. I take pleasure when I bathe in the blood of another man’s demise, when I watch the life drain from their eyes as they die. I enjoyed you as well, Maddy, not when I had to hurt you, but when I took things from your body that weren’t mine to take. I’ve done nothing for you, Mouse, nothing but what I wanted to do."


But then again, I always do seem to go for the tortured and broody ones.

I loved the author's writing style, it was almost poetic at times. There was a flip side of it for me though. I felt it was a bit much at times. There was almost too many descriptive sentences. I lost count of the many different ways that Aaron's green eyes came across. It was a bit much for me. At times it almost read like a historical to me. I struggled to remember that this is set in a modern setting.

The brutality. I am not a virgin to dark and gritty reads, but some of the scenes in this book disturbed even me. The event that takes place at 89% for instance. It takes A LOT, and I do mean A LOT to truly disturb me, but fuck...that scene still fucking haunts me.

The romance. This took a while to really get into. It took a backseat to a lot of other things that were developing in the first half of the book. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting instant Stockholm here. This is not really a complaint, but I do feel it necessary to mention.

Aaron's background. We didn't get much except for little hints and words. This is a continuing series, so maybe it will be covered in the future books.

Aaron's father. Holy shit! Holy fucking shit! I have never...and I mean never spent so much time picturing killing a fictional character in quite such brutal fucking detail as I did here. The man was a sadistic asshole. The things that he did...Holy shit...just holy fucking shit. This book had some of the most brutal and descriptive scenes I have read in a while (And I've read and loved Captive/Seduced in the Dark, SKALS, and all of Madeline Sheehan books. I'm not exactly a fucking innocent here). I was left gaping, reeling, and so fucking disturbed I almost felt like I needed to take a break after reading those scenes. FUCK!

On a lighter note, I loved that even though Maddy was innocent, sheltered, naive, and in an impossible situation, she still came across as strong. Aaron was a great hero as well. My heart broke for him and his struggle. He tries so hard to protect Maddy from the brutality of The Estate, and when he failed at certain times, it was heart breaking.

In short, although this wasn't quite the amazing 5 star read it was to many of my GR friends, I still enjoyed it thoroughly. With the little peaks the author gave us of Xander, I cannot wait for his book next.

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Review: Running from Forever by Ashley Wilcox

Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox


I'm just not a fairytale ending kind of girl...


Well damn damn damn and double damn. I think books need to come with a warning for people like me. Warning: This book has insta-love. Before I go into more detail, let me preface by saying that my 3 star rating here is not a bad thing. This was neither a hit or a miss for me, it fell into that weird limbo of an "OK" read. I feel like these are the type of reviews that are the hardest for me to write since I didn't feel strongly about a book one way or another, neither loved nor hated it.


What worked for me
The writing. I truly enjoyed the author's "voice" and writing style. This was my first book by Ashley Wilcox, and I will gladly read her future ones.

Merrick Tattooed bartender that happens to be a dirt bike racer? Hell to the yes, sign me up for that. I'm really looking forward to his book.

The twist in the middle of the book
Holy drama batman! I did NOT see that coming.

What didn't work for me

Kayla.
It started off so good. When Kayla admits to a history of being a slut and a party girl, I thought, "FINALLY! A book that doesn't have an almost 30yr old virgin. Thank you Jebus!" But then...she took a turn for the worse. Kayla moves to NY and leaves behind her boyfriend of 3.5 years to pursue a career and in search of something more for her life. She starts a new job...but then turns into a blushing slobbering fool over a man she JUST met in an elevator. All of a sudden, her new-found independence and job come second. And she becomes all about the sexy and mysterious Miles, who she pretty much knows barely anything about.



The insta-love
Let me summarize this.
Day 1: She meets Miles in an elevator. Looks and breathy hello's are exchanged. Lust is in the air...
Day 2: Some more conversation and drinks at a bar. Miles pretty much puts her on the spot in front of her boss to let her know that they're dating. Ummm...
Day 3: A date? I think it was a date?
Day 4: Sexy times ensue after their gala date
Day 5: Love is in the air


The multiple POVs
The book had 3 POVs, Kayla, Merrick, and Miles. Typically, this would really work for me. Unfortunately, in this case, I developed more of a liking for Merrick. For me, this was because we get zero background on Miles until the very end. At least, I think that was why.

Kayla and Miles
I never really felt a connection with them. For me, this was probably the speed at which everything happened. I found the relationship development really lacking. This is the biggest reason I struggle with insta-love in books.
I felt more of a connection between Merrick and Kayla.
This book was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I read it in one sitting. While it was not a 5 star book for me, that's not really a reflection of the writing. It truly had potential. But unfortunately, I always struggle with insta-love and it barely turns out to be a good experience for me. I think many would still enjoy this book, so don't let my personal bias turn you off from reading it.

I am really looking forward to Merrick's book next. The sneak peek we get of his story at the end of this one definitely has be intrigued.

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Review: Tie Me Down by Tracy Wolff

Tie Me Down - Tracy Wolff

3 stars

He was a magician, she decided as she allowed herself to sink into Cole. A sorcerer who could seize control of her body, make it do whatever he wanted.

Well, this book had a lot of sex. No really. It had A LOT of sex. I am not usually one to complain about something like this. I do love me my smutty smut. BUT I need a little plot to go along with it. And in this book, the plot was pretty much lost within the never ending sex. I swear, Cole had an energizer dick. It just kept going, and going, and going.

This had all the makings for a fantastic read, a suspenseful plot, great characters, but unfortunately it just fell flat. If you're looking for a steamy read, look no further. This book was HOT. The sex scenes were incredibly erotic, and VERY frequent. If I was to rate this on the sex alone, hell it would have been 5 stars, easily. But I read so much erotic romance, that I expect a little bit more substance in my books to make them stand out.
Relationship development? Nope! Just sex.

Conversations between the two characters that allow them to learn about one another? Nope! Just sex.

An argument arises between them. Do they communicate to resolve it? Hell no! They have sex!

I like steamy books. Oh who am I kidding? I love them! But I also like to feel a certain level of sexual tension between the characters. A connection that goes beyond just a physical joining. There was none in this book. These two go at it within the first minute of meeting each other. At the 30% mark my interest was pretty much gone.

Then there was Cole's newly acquired Dom penchant. Basically I'm expected to believe that a man in his 30s that has had zero experience with D/s, all of a sudden develops an uncontrollable urge to dominate and control Genevieve because the sex between them is THAT hot.

So he goes to a sex store, picks up supplies, and VOILA, he's an expert in Shibari just a few days later.

What? Did he google it? Watch a youtube tutorial?

Right then. Moving on.

The suspense part of the book could have been good. Unfortunately I figured out who the bad guy was pretty early on. So the ending was a bit anticlimactic for me.

The other part that bothered me?


BIG SPOILER BELOW

There was no resolution to Cole sister's murder. The entire book he is so focused on getting closure and finding out who killed her. Yet at the end, when the serial killer is revealed, he wasn't linked to his sister's murder. Considering the amount of time that is spent saying how her death effected him, and how badly he wants to find the killer...that ending...REALLY?!
I sincerely hope that the author plans to resolve this in a future book, but after some online research, I saw zero mention of this.

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As for my rating?
I'd give 5 stars for the sex, and 2 stars to the actual story. So let's just make that 3 stars for the whole package. This was my first book by Tracy Wolff, and I enjoyed the author's writing style so I plan to try another book by her. This book wasn't bad, it just wasn't a 5 star read for me.

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Review: Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon

Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance) - Jessica Lemmon


4 Pleasant Surprise Stars

This wasn't just lust. There was more. There'd always been more.


Let me start out by saying I am not usually a reader of "sweet" romances. I like my romances with a kick, preferably a dirty one. But every now and then, a girl needs some sweet, and I got the perfect dose of it with this book.

I went into this with zero expectations, having never read a book by Jessica Lemmon before. After finishing, I can definitely say I will not hesitate in picking up any of her future books. I fell in like with this book. No, it wasn't quite 'sing the book's praises from the rooftop' love, but I liked it a whole hell of a lot.

So you read the book blurb, and you might be expecting Aiden to be some type of heart-breaking, womanizing, man-whore, right? No? Odd...I did. Maybe because that seems to be all I read lately. Aiden was NOT that. I LOVED Aiden. He was the perfect combination of sexy as hell, sweet and yet also endearingly vulnerable. My heart broke for everything that he went through. I really loved that the reason he left Sadie a year ago was not your typical commitment phobe issues.

When she'd first met Aiden, hot-handed, dead-sexy-smile, two-hundred-pounds-of-delicious-golden-muscle Aiden, he'd been to hell and back. Now he'd been to hell and back, and returned for one more round trip with frequent flyer miles. And he was still clawing his way out of the depths.


He recognized right away the mistake he made and now that he has another chance, he's determined to show Sadie that she needs to take another chance on him.

He had so many things to say. Like how sorry he was, how he'd do anything to take back the day he'd lost her for good. How he wanted her with an intensity time and space hadn't been able to erase.

Sadie was tough, quirky and sassy. I love heroines like her. When Aiden left her a year ago, he left her with a broken heart. She's determined not to let any other man in again, especially the sex on a stick Aiden. So what happens when Aiden starts chipping away at all her hard built walls?

I loved how Aiden pursued Sadie. He wasn't pushy, domineering, or high handed. He simply wore his heart on his sleeve and made no attempts to hide it from her.

Love wasn't hard for him. Love was simple. Love was yes, followed by a hundred more yeses. What was so damn complicated about that?


But don't get me wrong, while this book was sweet, it still had some steam. And Aiden definitely delivered on that end as well.

This book was just what I needed. It was sweet, with a side of steamy, and a fantastic hero.

We were also introduced to Aiden's brothers, the broody millionaire Landon and the angry, grieving Evan. I hope that we will be getting their stories next, because the set up already has me intrigued.

This book, while part of a series, can be easily read as a standalone.

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Review: Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Convicted  - Aleatha Romig


5 I'm still getting over this book stars

Theirs was a long, complicated story with a monster and a knight. What made their story unique was that these two players were the same person.

March 2010. No, that wasn’t when I was born. It was when I began to live. Most people think I’m crazy— maybe I am. You see I began to live, the day my life was taken away.


This book was...I thought...And maybe...uhhhhh...To sum it up...
FUUUUUUUCK! My brain hurts! I need a mental health vacation. I need unicorns and rainbows. I need a hug. I need a drink. I need my sanity back. Actually, that's probably long gone now.

Having read all 3 books back to back, I can tell you all one thing. If you plan on doing the same, I suggest having reinforcements.


I imagine, that if I had a conversation with Ms. Romig, it might go something like this.

Me:Any words of advice for the readers about to pick this book up?

Aleatha:

Me: Allrighty then...I'll take that as a no then??

So what was going through your head as you were writing convicted?

Aleatha:

And there you have it. But guess what? That's all that you'll be getting from me too. It's impossible to fully review this book without revealing spoilers, so I'm not even going to try.

What I can tell you? This series is unlike anything you will ever read. It's dark, twisted, convoluted, fucked up, and so brilliantly written that even when you're curled up in a dark corner and rocking yourself back and forth, you'll still want to continue reading.

Aleatha doesn't ease you in with Convicted. Fuck no! She throws you right into the deep end of crazy and doesn't let up up until the end. There are so many twists, the book will keep you at the edge of your seat until the last page. It is not every day you can pick up a book and get a hero that by all accounts you're supposed to hate, yet somehow the author makes you fall in love with him. Stockholm? Maybe! This series has taken over my life for a week. I will never be the same after finishing it.

I cannot think of words that will give this book the justice that it deserves. Is it something that I would read again? Not even if you paid me. I think that if I pick this up again, they will be carting me away to the nearest psych ward. Is it a series that I will ever forget? Not in a million years. I hated it. I loved it. I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. I wanted to rage, scream, cry, and beg for mercy. But it never let up.

I had to sleep on it before leaving a rating. After much deliberation, I know one thing: Any book that makes you feel and think as much as this did, deserves nothing less than 5 brilliant stars. Yes, it was one crazy ride. But damn, it's not one I will be forgetting anytime soon.


Me right after I finished
Review to come. Once I get some of my sanity back. Which might take a while. Or never? I don't even know. Who are you? Where am I? Who's that? What was I talking about? Tonyyyyyyyyy

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Review: Truth by Aleatha Romig

Truth - Aleatha Romig


5 Mind Blowing I Will Never Be The Same Again after Reading This Stars



There was no question in his mind— he’d seriously underestimated this woman.
Mr. Anthony Rawlings had a lesson to learn, and this time Claire claimed the role as teacher.



Let me start out by saying that I hated...no that's not right. I despised...no, that's not quite accurate. I LOATHED Tony in Consequences. I kept asking myself how in the fuck people could be team Tony with such a cruel, brutal, and in my eyes irredeemable asshole. (Now I should probably admit that my internal masochist was silently hoping that he would redeem himself. That bitch is eternally optimistic and has a thing for irredeemable assholes. I just didn't think it was possible with Tony.)

So imagine my surprise where halfway through this book I not only began to feel for him, and actually (gasp) like him, but became a full fledged member of team fucking Tony.

This book fucked with my head.

Claire once read that time doesn't pass at normal speeds within a black hole. If one were to travel into a black hole for only moments and return again, centuries would have passed. That explained the sensation she felt, once again peering into his dark gaze.


Tony was a giant magnet. His pull affected everything, from the rotation of the earth, to her mind’s ability to reason.



Oh Claire, I feel for you. I was right there with you.

I'm not even sure how to go about reviewing this book without revealing any spoilers. So I'm not even going to try. I was questioning where Aleatha Romig would take this series. I struggled through some parts of Consequences. It was one tough fucking pill to swallow. This book? I have one thing to say to you, Ms. Romig

I forever worship at the altar of your greatness.

Holy shit. I'm speechless. My mind? Blown! My sanity? Well what little of it was left...gone! I will never be the same. Truth was a crazy thrill ride filled with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. And then when you read the end?


This book will keep you guessing until the end, it will make you question EVERYTHING and you will still not be close to what the truth is. I couldn't put it down. My brain hurt. I was going crazy. I needed a shot or 5 of vodka once I finished. But FUCK! What a ride!

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Review: Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Consequences  - Aleatha Romig


3.5 I'm still questioning my sanity after reading this stars

She made a decision, and that decision would have consequences.



How do I even begin to review this book? What a dark, torturous, crazy, fucked up ride! I'm not sure I'm right in the head after finishing it. I'm not sure I'm right in the head for even starting it? I couldn't put it down. I looked like one of those crazy people that talked to themselves through the whole thing. I must have been yelling and swearing in 5 different languages throughout the entire thing.

I was going to rate it differently, but after sleeping on it, I decided to go with a slightly higher rating. Why? Because I choose to rate this book as a psychological thriller. And as that...it was fucking fantastic! For those that are reading the labels and expecting an erotic romance or even a romance...well you're in for one hell of a surprise...when you don't fucking get it! How this got labeled is an erotic romance is really just beyond me. I will not give you a full review, because there is NO WAY to review this without revealing spoilers. So let me try to sum this up as best as I can without the multitude of book notes and highlights I made. Just straight, fucked up feelings.


TONY

"Good morning, Claire"


AHHH! You sadistic, fucked up, fucking asshole! I hate you! I hate you so much! How the fuck are people Team fucking Tony? HOW?! I'm Team Tony Should Have an Unfortunate Accident. Period. But I digress.

Let me take you on my Consequences experience

20% in


35%


45% in



50-80%-ish


80%


The ending?


Any questions??
Oh you DO have some?



The only reason I took off stars is I had to majorly skim many parts due to extremely lengthy and unnecessary descriptions of clothing brands, trips, things that weren't too pertinent to the story. It just got way too wordy and lengthy and I found my interest waning in those parts.

This book fucked me up! I will never be the same. I may need intense vodka therapy after finishing it. I'm questioning my sanity for reading it. But what a ride! I'm really hoping for some answers in Truth...but somehow I'm doubting I'd get them...or even like the answers I get. Oh well. I'm off to cleanse my brain and read Truth.

And I thank you



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Review: Love and Let Die (Masters and Mercenaries #5) by Lexi Blake

Love and Let Die  - Lexi Blake

4 stars

 

 


He’d been a different man with Charlotte, a softer man, a man who might have had a future.

If there was one thing she’d learned in her lifetime, it was that the world was a game. She would win or she would die.


When I read the first book in the Masters and Mercenaries book, I knew, I just knew that I had to, I needed, I had to have Ian's book.

I'm pretty sure I got to a point where all I had to do was think of Ian's name and my mind was all

So needless to say, my anticipation and my hopes have gotten quite high in 5 books' span. I don't remember the last time I pre-ordered a book and then spent hours staring at my Kindle willing it to come in. Did this book meet my expectations?

Not quite...


IAN

The bigger they are, the bigger they fall. That's kind of the idea I had built up in my mind for Ian. He was always so cynical with love with all his friends. I was waiting for a woman to come in to knock him on his ass. So when 5 years later his dead wife shows up at his office, he gets thrown for a bit of a loop.

Charlie

I absolutely loved Charlie's personality from the last book. She was spunky, tough, and kick-ass. I just knew that she was going to be even better in her own book. She had been through so much in her life and at the hands of her father. And when she was forced to betray Ian five years ago in order to save herself and her sister, she has spent those years apart trying to atone for her actions.

A girl had to have a hobby. Hers just happened to be causing chaos for some of the world’s worst terrorists and criminals. It was fun.


She made plenty of sacrifices, and even stood in front of a bullet for a member of Ian's team in the previous book. All in hopes for earning the right to be back in his life.


When Ian is force to work with Charlotte since she holds the key information he needs in order to finally get to the rogue agent responsible so much of his past turmoil, he finds it hard to fight his attraction to her. Even though he should hate her for what she did to him, he can't help but still feel the pull between them.

He was going to kill her. He was going to wrap his hands around her pretty throat and squeeze. Except the minute he had the vision of killing his back-from-the-dead wife, she was suddenly naked and he wasn’t thinking about throttling her anymore. Maybe he could fuck her to death. That would be a better way to go.




The one thing that I have loved in Lexi Blake's books in the past was the super steamy love scenes. You could just feel the burning passion between the couples when you read it. I couldn't seem to get the same thing here. The sex scenes between Ian and Charlie read almost mechanical to me at times. Like insert slot B into slot A, moan, breath, *insert dirty words here*, rinse and repeat. It took Ian pretty much the entire book to finally open up some. So maybe that was what was missing for me? I'm not even sure. Then again, this also might have been the case of my high expectations just being too high? Who knows. What I do know that is that in all the build up to Ian's book, it didn't quite meet my expectations in that.

I really liked Charlie. The way that she fought for her sister, and then fought her way back to Ian melted my heart. She took on so much abuse, and she took it all from Ian too, in order to make up for her mistakes. She was understanding, and sweet, yet at the same time maintained a lot of her strength.

The other thing that I found lacking was the romance. At times I found that the romance took a backseat to the suspense. Don't get me wrong, the story was action packed and entertaining. I guess I just wanted something...more. I was even able to look past a few details that irked the Russian in me. A few stereo types here and there, and the name Dusan Denisovitch. (Dusan? Not a Russian name. At least none I've ever heard.) But I suppose that's just me being picky.

There is a HEA at the end, but a hell of a cliffhanger introduction into the next book. I was really hoping to get Simon's book next, but looks like we will be getting a different sexy Brit, Damon Knight.

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Review: MacRieve by Kresley Cole

MacRieve - Kresley Cole

5 Hot and Hotter stars 



"You've let me tend tae your fire, and tonight it's searing me clean. I can be what you need."

He was so domineering. And a dirty talker. Apparently, she liked both.


That is totally me right now. Yes, fairy wings and all. Why you ask? Well, because I'm fun and eccentric that way. But mainly, it's because I just read a Kresley Cole book and IT.WAS.AWESOME!

I admit that after reading some mixed reviews on this book, I had put off reading it. I have loved every book i this series, and I was terrified that book 13 might take me off of my IAD buzz.

I should have known better. Kresley definitely did not disappoint! MacRieve turned out being so much better than I even hoped. Now this might have been a case of not having any expectations while going into the book. But whatever the reason may have been, I couldn't put it down until I read the very last page.

The one thing that I have to give praise for, is to this day IAD books continue to focus on only 2 POVs. While there is a whole lot of world building and action that takes place, I never see it take away from the main couple. There are no unnecessary side characters POVs. We get to touch base with many favorite characters, like my personal favorite Nix (and her bat), but the main focus is the couple.

The one thing that I definitely did notice change, is the books are certainly becoming much more sexual. Or at least this one was. Which you will not find this girl complaining about. But then again, I'm a smut connoisseur :)

So finally we get the story of the first half of the Hot and Hotter twins, MacRieve. And let me tell you, it was quite brutal. Poor Will has been through quite a bit in his long life, with the recent addition of his stint in The Order's prison and favorite play thing of a demented scientist.

When he escapes the prison, he's not quite right. And then his life takes a turn when he unexpectedly finds his mate.

Kresley Cole has yet to write a heroine that I haven't loved, and Chloe was no exception. I loved her sass, and the way she stood up to everyone, even MacRieve.

Of course we had to get some angst, when a particular secret comes out and throws their mating for a loop. My sexy MacRieve goes from sweet to complete and utter asshole in no time flat.

Luckily for me, I like that sort of thing. When the hero makes mistakes and treats the heroine like dirt, but then has to grovel to make up for it? Oh yea! I am ALL over that.

He also happened to be a dirty talker. Which if you follow my reviews, you know is an Achilles heel of mine. Plus the steam in this book? Sweet mother! I'd say this is the steamiest book in the series.




I can see why some reviewers found him to be a little excessive in his anger. but considering his past and what he's been through, I understood it, and it didn't bother me much. Considering that he was able to (view spoiler)[suppress his beast on a full moon for her (hide spoiler)], which was huge, he did his best to make up for his mistakes with Chloe.

We also get the set-up for Munro's book, which was a hell of a start. I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens there. But according to Kresley Cole, we will be getting Lanthe and Thronos next. Can't wait to see what that brings. I've been looking forward to their book since Demon From The Dark.

13 books in the series, and still going strong. This has definitely become one of my favorite PNR series, so a huge rec from me.

If you like tortured, dirty talking heroes and sassy, strong-willed heroines with fun side characters and amazing world building, snark, humor, and steam, you must check out this series.

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ARC Review: Bound by Night By Larissa Ione

Bound By Night - Larissa Ione

3.5 stars She was a human among vampires, but she felt far less alone than she had as a human among humans

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I have been a HUGE Larissa Ione fan ever since I read the very first Demonica book, Pleasure Unbound. With her unique and rich world building, amazing characters, and incredibly steamy love scenes, she has quickly become one of my favorite PNR authors.

 

So when I saw that she plans on coming out with a new series, I didn't even think before adding it to my auto-buy list. Now that I've read it, I'm at a little bit of a loss as to how to rate it.

 

For those that have never read a book by Larissa Ione, I would not suggest starting with this one. I feel like her previous books were much stronger than this one, and you might get the wrong impression of this very talented author.

 

Bound by Night offers a very unique and different take on your typical vampire fiction. In this world humans have captured vampires for slaves. The vampires go through "reconditioning" and some even have their fangs removed. The non-captured, rebel vampires live in clans.

 

Nicole Martin's family's company is at the top of this particular hierarchy. Her farther owns the company that sells vampires. Until the day where everything in Nicole's world changes when she is only 8 years old, her family is killed by the very vampires that have served them, and Nicole herself is brutally attacked and barely survives. Now Nicole lives in Paris, and devotes her life for finding a vaccinne against vampirism. She hates vampires with a passion, and her dreams are still haunted by a particular vampire that she has every reason to hate, yet still feels undeniable attraction to. Riker is a member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clad. Despising all humans, Riker is haunted by nightmares of his own past. When a mission to rescue a captured vampire brings him face to face with the woman whose family he holds responsible for taking everything he loved, all he wants in revenge.

 

The book had a bit of a slow start for me. I didn't really connect with it until past the 50% mark. I really liked Nicole's character, and Riker was a tortured soul. It took him quite a bit of time to get over his particular biases, where Nicole realized hers pretty early on. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. Now is it just me or did Myne also remind anyone else of Wrath from the Demonica series? I loved that! I can't wait for his book. I enjoyed the world building and the unique take on vampire lore in this.

 

There is one thing that Ione knows how to do well, and that is giving us rich world building. Although I did not find this to be as strong as her previous books, this was a good start to what I think will be a great series. I'm also very intrigued by the sneak peak we get into Hunter's book. I can already tell I'm going to enjoy his book. The set up sounds interesting, and I already love the heroine. So while I can't say this was my favorite book by her, it was still a good one.

 

P.S The sexy blue eyed hottie in my casting? That's the actual cover model from the book. As you can see, I completely agree with that choice :)

 

ARC courtesy of publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

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The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble  - Kristen Ashley

4 Please stop saying you're sorry before I hit you stars

"You lose anyone, there’s no replacing them. What you need to get is that’s precious. You get to keep that. You don’t want to replace it. That doesn’t mean you can’t find something else just as good."

Welcome to Gnaw Bone, Colorado. I'm not sure why I spent my time searching through pictures to find my perfect Max and Nina, where really, I could have just gone with (Did I just age myself?) I love, and I mean LOVE Kristen Ashley books. I have no idea how I managed to read every book in the Colorado Man series BUT this one. Really. I'm still trying to figure that out. Obviously I've been a bad bad girl, and Max need to punish me...thoroughly... But I digress. After reading a few of KA's recent books, my first thought when I started reading The Gamble? THIS! This is KA at her finest. Damn but I missed her. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed her recent books, but it always felt a little off. So it was so great to get my KA fix with Max and Nina. What did I love the most about The Gamble? Max

 

 

The man was perfect! No seriously friggin perfect! He said things like this

Learned some things in my life, Duchess, one of the most important, you find a good woman, you take care of her." "Please." "This happens between us, Duchess, I’d take care of you." "Don’t." "Die doin’ it," he vowed.

He was growly and possessive and I just wanted to lick him! What? It's this thing I get with growly and possessive heroes. You don't? Huh. But then there was Nina

 

 

Now I know I tend to have a short fuse when it comes to irritating heroines...but FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY she worked my last damn nerve. Here we have a 36 year old woman, a professional lawyer, and most of the time she acts like a teenager. Yes she was sassy when it came to standing up for herself and I liked that. But when it came to Max? GAH! I mean here we have a situation that can easily be resolved by talking it through. Max is willing to talk it out with her. Max even pretty much begs to talk things out with her. Yet every single time instead of talking it out, she just jumps to her own stupid conclusions. The other times she stews on it, gets mad and takes it out on Max, or just runs.

 

Here you have this amazing, sexy, growling man that for some god unknown reason wants your crazy ass. Yet all you do is give him shit, more shit, and then dish up shit some more. I ask you Though to be fair, I would have been fine with all that. If I could give Nina just one handy dandy little thing. Please, for the sake of my sanity, Nina, look up the word "sorry". I'm sure there will be something in there. It felt like most of her vocabularly when it came to Max consisted of: "I'm sorry", "Um", and "Uh". GAH! The story itself was fantastic. I loved the mystery, suspense, and full out drama. All the side characters and their stories were great too. I love how KA can include a few side character plots without it getting muddy or confusing. The who-done-it ending caught me by complete and utter surprise. I did not see it coming at all. Then there was the epilogue. *GUSHING* No one and I mean NO ONE can write an epilogue quite like KA. And this one was no exception. Nina was definitely not a favorite heroine of mine, but luckily the book was still THAT good that I was able to more or less tolerate her. So that is all the heroine bashing you will be getting from me. And I thank you

 

Though now I'm feeling the sudden urge to re-read this entire amazing series. *dreamy sigh*

 

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MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13) - Kresley Cole



Review to come :-)