COME BACK (Dirty, Dark and Deadly Book #2) by J.A. HUSS

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SYNOPSIS

Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #2

This is a SERIES. This is BOOK TWO.

“Secrets keep the darkness alive,” Harper tells me. But that’s not how I see it at all. Secrets keep me alive. The truth is overrated. Honesty is never the best policy. And everything you know absolutely can hurt you.

The contracts I fulfill are just agreements. Death is a business deal. Secrets are currency in my world. I pay my debts with them. I feed on them. They ground me in the present and they promise me a future. I’ve lived a life filled with secrets for so long—I forgot what it’s like to… feel.

Until I saw Harper. Until I saw how beautiful she’s become. How perfect, and pure, and innocent of all the ugly that goes on around her. And that dirty promise I refused the night her father turned me into a killer twelve years ago is suddenly on the table again.

Harper can be mine. No—Harper will be mine. All I have to do is complete the mission.

Death is a business deal.

And I just shook his hand.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G:  ✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“Game starts now.”

Gitte: As I was reading Come Back, I kept thinking to myself….What the F is going on? Can anyone spell whiplash? One minute I thought I had it all figured out, only to having no bloody clue the next! Talk about throwing red herrings, teasers and placing a few U-turns in there! JA Huss writes with passion, emotion and can throw a spin on anything! Oh and let’s not forget the extremely hot nookie and filthy talking! Mostly though, she can have me running in circles yet wanting to come back for more (pun totally intended)!!

‘This whole fucking job is a mess. Nothing has gone right.’ – James

I can’t say I fully understand everything that’s going on even after finishing, but I can’t bloody wait for the next instalment to find out just who’s a ‘good’ guy, who’s the ‘true’ baddie and what’s with all the phones and messages!! Several times through reading we’d send each other texts full of ?????? didn’t we, Jenny!

Jenny: Secrets, twists, secrets, twists and more bloody secrets and twists! My head is spinning! What are you doing to us JA Huss?? My brain hurts and you’re not alone Gitte because I’m not sure I completely understand what’s going on either lol  Oh I like your pun! I will definitely be coming back for more too. How could I not? Just what is what and who is who in this steamy, intriguing, suspenseful and thrilling ride!

‘If death is a deal, then love is a promise.’

The nookie….Off. The. Charts! That dirty, dark and dangerous  James Fenici could whisper his filthy sweet nothings to me any day!And yes….there were so many texts going back between us with confused looking pictures attached as we tried to piece together and guess what was going on. There so much I NEED to know! Arggghh

Gitte: I loved the vulnerability, the heartfelt emotion and I felt every agonising word at times. What a beautifully fucked up love story in the making! But could I trust it? I don’t know who or what to trust to be honest, though my heart says YES! It was intense…it was emotionally laden at times and had such passion.

“If I tell you to walk through fire, it’s because I know beyond a doubt that you are fireproof. If I tell you to take a bullet, it’s because I know that you are bulletproof. If I tell you to walk away from me, it’s because you know I will come back for you.” – James

I have to say, right now, I’m rooting for Sasha!  Sure, I love James *filthy hot and scary* Fenici and the vulnerable, yet savvy killer Harper. But Sasha, well, I adored her character. She was so endearing yet also one hell of a scary kid too! What a combo! I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of this kick arse girlie! I really want to find out ‘the what’ and ‘the why’ with her character…I have my suspicions!

“…trust is something you earn. And I’m not sure you’ve earned that kind of trust.” – Harper

We can’t say too much about the story can we Jenny as this is book #2..…hmmm I don’t think I can anyway, everyone was either lying or talking in riddles. I actually haven’t got a clue who I should truly be rooting for, my heart knows though and I do know that I enjoyed being back with James and Harper again and I’m excited for more!

“This feels like hope, baby.” – James

What about you, Jenny, how desperate are we to have it all figured out!?

Jenny:  I  ditto everything you said there and yes! I’m absolutely desperate for the next book Gitte! The anticipation of waiting will be excruciating! I’m dying to see where JA Huss takes the final book! There’s not a lot you can say Gitte without giving anything away and let’s face it…the surprise, shock and gobsmacking elements of this series are the hooks you and keeps you coming back for more so I’m certainly not going to spoil anything for readers here.

“And I knew the very second I saw you. You were my only reason to live.”

I have suspicions too and so many bloody conspiracy theories I could set up my own department. We were spot on about one thing we guessed…..yay for us! We got one right lol.

I have to say I’m rooting for them all. Is that weird? I adore Harper, she’s a wily one that woman! James…well, just what he’s up to is anyone’s guess and Sasha….you’ve gotta feel for that girl. All are such fascinating characters that’s for sure.

“I’m glad you have no idea what really happens in this world, because I’d die a little inside if you knew.”

Gitte, you and I did discuss a scene from their childhood that made us both feel a little uncomfortable with regard to the feelings expressed and age appropriateness which we still can’t completely get our head around. It was a bit of an issue for us, but didn’t hinder our enjoyment of the book.

So, if you love your stories with heat, passion, intrigue, mystery and revel in the excitement of an author who leaves you running  in circles constantly trying to outguess her and her characters, then this series is for you.  Another winner (even if we are still a little confused lol)  from an author who has become an automatic 1click for us!

**Reviewed on ARC copy provided by the author**

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COME – BOOK ONE
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COME BACK – BOOK TWO

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TB JULY (so far) ROUND-UP

We’ve been a bit snowed under lately and haven’t had a chance to do our regular weekly round-up posts….so here’s our 3 week

TOTALLYBOOKED ROUND – UP!

What have we been reading?
We’ve read some amazing books so far in July, so check out what we’ve reviewed so far!

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BREAKING SHAUN (Breaking Free #2) by E M ABEL
(Jenny’s Review for Breaking Shaun here)
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ROOM FOR YOU (The Cranberry Inn #1) by BETH EHEMANN
(Jenny’s review for Room For You Here)
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GRACE FOR DROWNING by MAYA CROSS
(Review by Jenny & Gitte here)
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RED & WOLFE BOOKS 1-3 by ELLA JAMES
(Review by Jenny and Gitte here)
**BOOK ONE – FREE!!!
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**BOOK TWO
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**BOOK THREE 
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WORD PLAY by AMALIE SILVER
(Jenny & Gitte Review here)
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PUDDLE JUMPING by AMBER L JOHNSON
(Jenny & Gitte Review here)
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RUTHLESS PEOPLE (Ruthless People #1) by J J McAVOY
(Jenny & Gitte Review here)
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THE VIXEN AND THE VET by KATY REGNERY
(Jenny & Gitte Review here)
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ROAD OF NO RETURN (Sex and Mayhem #1) by KA MERIKAN

(Jenny & Gitte review here)
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IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU by VICTORIA PAIGE
COME BACK by JA HUSS

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ROAD OF NO RETURN (Sex and Mayhem #1) by K A MERIKAN

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SYNOPSIS

– Don’t talk to strangers. —

Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.

Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

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Gitte: This was our first time spent with the two Authors writing together as K.A Merikan. Also, it was our first M/M biker book. We’ve done sexy biker; fluffy glamourized biker and filthy ‘organised crime’ biker. But I have to say this is the first time we’ve come across ugly gritty biker with a conscience where we’ve actually hated one of the heroes through half the story. It wasn’t pretty nor was it anything like the typical biker books we’ve read. Was this a good thing or not? Well I’d say yes it was in some respects because it felt original and also no in some ways as it took some getting used to.

‘He lived in a culture where tough was the only currency. He didn’t even cry when he was alone. Being able to let it out made him just as relieved as having the amazing hot body on top of him. Made him remember he was still human, not a man whose muscles were made out of violence and bones out of fury.’ – Stitch

I think we hit about 50% before we truly inhaled every word and formed an emotional attachment to Stitch; our fucked up closet gay biker and Zak our sexy up front tattooist. At no stage did I feel like I wanted to stop reading but up until then it just wasn’t wow-ing me at all. Then, all of a sudden, it was as if the Authors hit their stride and the story of Stitch and Zak became very emotional and dramatically thrilling. I actually shed a few tears and my heart pounded in angst and worry. I would have LOVED an epilogue, I have to say. Once I actually got invested it seemed over so quickly and I was left feeling like I wanted more ‘afters’.  Your thoughts pretty much matched mine didn’t they, Jenny?

Jenny:  Absolutely Gitte.  I agree with you wholeheartedly. Well, we didn’t have to think twice when we received a review request for this MM Biker book that’s for sure! While it did take a while to settle into the story, like you I never once considered putting it aside. I had to keep going and I’m glad I did because I did end up enjoying Road of No Return. It was definitely a grittier biker world that we’re used to and at first it was a little off putting but again, I settled into the scene and Stitch and Zak’s story took flight. And what a story it was. Wow! Talk about some things coming out of left field.

As you said, there was a time or two I welled up, times my heart was in my mouth and I believe there was one time I texted you with a WTF?? Didn’t see that coming!  There were definitely an abundance of sex scenes in Stitch and Zak’s story and sometimes this can overwhelm the emotional and the guts of the story but I didn’t feel that was with Road of No Return. I felt the frustration leave Stitch when he could just ‘be’ around Zak and years of hiding who he was and how he felt were dispersed when he felt that passion and closeness to Zak.

“I want to be everything to you.”

An epilogue would have finished their story off perfectly and I’m kind of bummed there wasn’t one.

Gitte: I fell in love with Zak straight away. He was such a gorgeous man. He had a heart of gold, a great attitude and convictions. He was quite comical at times but incredibly sweet, sexy and straight up which came across believable and real.

“If you want us to be good, you can’t spy on me, or trash my stuff.” – Zak

Now, Stitch, well I thought he was a complete arsehole to begin with and I didn’t like him at all. He was rude, crude and abrasive – he was really a caveman in many respects. Then….I fell in love with his character, flaws and all. I started to understand this conflicted biker who just wanted a peaceful life being free to love whom he wanted. This wild aggressive beast of a man had a vulnerability that shone like a beacon when he was completely relaxed with Zak.

“I had a bad night. All I wanted was to come home to you.” – Stitch

In the end Stitch is who broke my heart and made me cry! He really got to us after rubbing us up the wrong way didn’t he, Jenny?!

Jenny:  These guys were like night and day. I thought I was never going to warm to Stitch, Gitte. He definitely started off on my bad side when he’d be quite cruel to Zak. Who knew Stitch would end up being the vulnerable romantic? There were even times he could be very chessy! I wouldn’t have guessed I’d utter those words when I first met him. Gee I felt for him, for the lie of a life he had to lead and my heart raced in fear of his club finding out his secret!

“I was a perfectly miserable closeted guy, and then you just walking in and…and….”

Zak was such a beautiful man and if anyone could look after Stitch and see him through his conflicted emotions it was this guy.  He gave Stitch the confidence to be who he wanted to be.

“You are not disgusting. You are a real man. You are beautiful. Don’t ever forget that.”

G&J: The Hounds of Valhalla are a fucked up and nasty homophobic lot of bikers. There’s nothing nice or redeeming about them. This story depicts the reality of what’s ugly, about having to make sacrifices for who you truly are and what you believe in. It’s a story of survival and following your heart in the face of conflict. It’s beautiful in its ugliness and has a few twists that we did not see coming. Whilst we struggled to begin with, we ended up falling in love with this atypical biker story and a passionate couple who defied what they believed they wanted only to follow their hearts.

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author**

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THE VIXEN AND THE VET by KATY REGNERY

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SYNOPSIS

Burned by an unreliable source, Savannah Carmichael, returns to her hometown of Danvers, Virginia with her once-promising journalism career in ruins. Given the opportunity to get her skin back in the game by writing a patriotic human interest piece, Savannah turns her attention to the town hermit, Asher Lee, a wounded veteran who returned to Danvers eight years ago, and hasn’t been seen since.

After an IED explosion in Afghanistan took Asher’s hand and disfigured half of his face, he’s lived a quiet life on the outskirts of Danvers where the locals respect his privacy…that is, until Savannah Carmichael comes calling in a borrowed sundress and a plate of homemade brownies. When Asher agrees to be interviewed by Savannah, he starts feeling things for the beautiful reporter that he hasn’t felt in years.

Misfits in small-town Danvers, Savannah and Asher create a bond right away, touching each other’s hearts in ways neither thought possible. When a terrible mistake threatens to drive them apart, they’ll have to decide if the love they found in one another’s arms is strong enough to fight for their hard-won happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

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 ’The reward for serving his country was to live out his life in a lonely prison of his own making.’

Jenny:  What a passionate, moving and beautifully sweet romantic Savannah and Asher’s story was  was Gitte. To think we nearly overlooked this one because the title and cover had us assuming it was something entirely different to what eventuated.

‘Because she was his second-chance and his happily ever after when all hope seemed gone.’

The synopsis drew me in, the author captivated me immediately with her beautiful modern take on Beauty and the Beast and the absolute romance and emotion held me in its grip.  I was completely swept away and loved it! I’m so glad we took the plunge, checked out the synopsis and decided to go with The Vixen and The Vet aren’t you Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely, this is what pure beautiful romance is all about and I loved it. The cover and title does NOT do this story justice at all and I hope readers of romance pick it up because the story is so heart-warming, inspirational and swoon worthy! It could have done with an epilogue though!!

“This isn’t the sort of love that ends…it’s forever.”

The story of Savannah and Asher is truly a feel good read and I’m so happy we picked this one up, Jenny. It’s just what I personally needed after a very angsty read!

Jenny:  Asher Lee, is a war veteran living a self-imposed exile for 8 years due to his physical disfigurement and emotional damage following injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Asher’s loneliness and his past stories, both family and of his time in Afghanistan broke my heart.

‘The problem with hope was that you were required to acknowledge the possibility of not getting what you desperately hoped for.’

I felt so much emotion for this man who had suffered and lived with his fair amount of pain.  Asher had given up all hope of ever finding love, let alone happiness and his self-imposed exile from life was tragic. This man was a hero in every sense of the word wasn’t he Gitte?

Gitte: Yes, Asher has to be one of my favourite heroes because he can actually be found in real life but is uncelebrated because of his ‘imperfections’ which sadly most cannot see past.

‘The thing about surviving something truly tragic is that it changes your expectations forever….You expect nothing, and when something wonderful happens, you don’t trust it. You know it can’t possibly last.’

The hero returning from a war zone shunned by the society in which he lives. The visible battle scars viewed in horror, the perceived ugliness dominating rather than society seeing this man’s beauty, bravery and selflessness. Ending up forgotten and ignored. What we cannot see does not exist right?! Wrong! I thought Asher was beauty personified and I fell in love with this man!

Jenny: I loved Savannah. She had her own issues to contend with and was able to see the man beneath the scars and offer her heart to Asher when he so needed love and reassurance. She saw the passion, the heart and the love within the man and it was beautiful.

‘Savannah Carmichael, one of the most beautiful girls he’d ever seen up close, looked at his face. And she smiled.’

Although their love developed quickly, it didn’t feel insta due to the way the author developed the characters and the story, she made me believe it and feel it.  You know, sometimes you just need a story with the right amount of angst, heat and drama that will stir your emotions and this this fit the bill perfectly.  I totally agree with you about the epilogue. An epilogue would have completed their journey for me and  given me closure.

Gitte: Savannah was a very interesting character; she was a tough determined journo but really, underneath that hard business exterior, she was actually very vulnerable and soft.

“I think maybe you stayed alive for me.”

She sees strength and passion first and superficial flaws don’t feature in her assessment of others. I found this to be so inspirational and it made me love her character which stood in good stead for the few times her decisions career wise annoyed me.

You’re absolutely spot on, Jenny. Sometimes we just need that feel good romance which actually bears a semblance to real life where you wish the outcome would be the same as that in fiction. Asher and Savannah’s romance was incredibly powerful and emotional. I felt every bit of their hesitation, happiness, sadness as well as the obstacles.

‘…his life wasn’t living, and she was a person of the world. She lived in the sunshine, not shrouded in shadows.’

 It was beautiful, romantic, sweet and emotional. The life lessons in this story are so important to a society hell bent of flawless beautification to the disturbing point of obsessiveness.

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