GRIGORI (Brothers of Ash and Fire #1) by LAUREN SMITH

Standalone in a paranormal shifter series.

SYNOPSIS

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

“All that matters is that I found you. After nearly two thousand years of being alone, I found you.”

After coming off an intense and angsty read, we were in the mood for a story to lose ourselves in, a chance to suspend reality for a moment in time and Grigori, the first book in the Brothers of Ash and Fire by Lauren Smith, a new to us author, provided exactly that! We were captivated by this book! We love our PNR and easily devoured this read. We’ve read all kinds of PNR books but have to say, a Dragon Shifter is a first for us, and well, after witnessing those spectacular dragons on Game of Thrones, we were pretty excited to see what this was all about!

“Here there be dragons,” he echoed in a husky whisper.”

The series explores the Russian Barinov Brothers; Mikhail, Rurik and Grigori, the last three in a line of centuries old, Barinov dragon shifters. Grigori Barinov is the first brother we meet and his story sets up the series (which we’re dying for more of) perfectly. We were immediately drawn into Grigori and Madelyn’s fierce and fast romance. Yes, things do move very quickly for these two but the author does a splendid job of creating her world and providing reasoning for the intense and rapid feelings experienced between Grigori and Madelyn.  There’s a familiarity between them that is later explored and explained.

‘The little human was bringing out old instincts in him, ones he thought he’d mastered long ago.’

Madelyn Haynes, a professor of medieval mythology, has been reading and researching dragons for years. Her studies take her to Russia on a fact finding mission to uncover the mythology of the dragons that have consumed her thoughts. Convinced they’re real, she uncovers a manuscript detailing the brothers Barinov and soon she meets two of the Barinov brothers first hand, confirming her beliefs.

‘He may have worn an expensive suit and looked like an Armani model, but he acted like an ancient warrior – one who took what he wanted. God help her, she liked it.’

Grigori has gone to great lengths to ensure his family secrets do not become public knowledge so when word hits him that a woman from America is seeking information, he acts quickly to find out more about this nosy American woman and veer her off their trail.  What he didn’t count on was the fact that he may have just found his mate, the woman he has been searching for his whole life. But, Madelyn is human, he’s a dragon shifter – he’s immortal and couldn’t bear the thought of outliving Madelyn. After all, dragons are so connected to their mates, they grieve so deeply and don’t live much past the passing of their one true love, so Grigori must tread carefully.

‘Holding her like this felt right, natural, just like it felt to fly. In that moment he wanted to share himself with her, open his heart to her.

Of course, the heart rules the head in this case with Grigori providing so much of what we love about paranormal escapism. The one true mate, the intense attraction and chemistry, the alpha possessive male, the woman who his heart beats for; and let’s not forget the epic battles, the threats and problems that plague them. It all went into making this a fabulously entertaining read.

“It doesn’t matter what you are. You are mine and I am yours. The fates brought us together for a purpose and I will not forsake you.”

For us, this gave off a Twilight meets Game of Thrones vibe – oh don’t worry, it’s very tame (not murder GOT), but the dragons were very reminiscent of the series and their history the author provided was fascinating! If this first book is anything to go by, we’ve just found ourselves a new PNR series to fawn over and you can bet we’ll diving straight into Mikhail’s books when it releases in January. Oh, won’t his be a tale to tell! There was so much mystery surrounding this man who had lived a lot of his life in exile.  If, like us, you love the mystery, history and romance of these types of stories, you can bet you’re gonna love Grigori!

“What I promise you is a vow of love and loyalty. A vow to never leave you. Mates become one beating heart, one infinite soul.”

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ROUND UP – NEW RELEASE RECOMMENDATIONS/UPCOMING RELEASES & CURRENT SALES


TBB BOOKWORLD ROUND – UP 


Did you miss a New Release? Want to know all about the fabulous heading our way for the rest of October? Looking for an amazing 99c/99p read? We’ve got it all here for you in a quick round

Our Weeks Reading!
Once again this weeks reads have been so varied! From a deeply emotional, angsty rock romance that have forever imprinted itself on our hearts, to an addictive, sexy, dirty alpha anti hero book that left us craving more! And then there’s our current read. A paranormal that’s different to what we’ve read before yet, so familiar in that it’s giving us those old school PNR feels!
Check out our latest faves below!



OUR NEW RELEASE RECOMMENDATIONS


DRIVE by KATE STEWART – 5 Star Recommendation
TBB 2017 TOP READ

‘I used to think I was cursed for having fallen in love with two men. But, in hindsight, I realized what a gift it was. They were my lovers, my teachers, my best friends, and I would love them both until I took my last breath.’


OH THIS BOOK! What a read! We want to grab all our fellow readers and shout ‘read this book’ because Drive became the air we breathed for every second, minute and hour we spent with it.  A standalone epic, passionate and angsty romance with a music theme – that left us with achy exhausted hearts upon finishing, as if we’d run a marathon of emotions. An stunningly written slow burn romance of grand proportions! This is a unique story that will forever leave a footprint on your heart!
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
Check out our review for more details. 

DRIVE is available to purchase below

                    


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RUTHLESS KING (The Mount Trilogy #1) by MEGHAN MARCH

‘Most men won’t look me in the eye, but this woman isn’t afraid to declare all-out war.’

Wow! Wow! Wow! This first book in this dirty, sexy and completely addictive Anti Hero trilogy left us desperately wanting more! We couldn’t get enough of Lachlan Mount and can’t wait to see how this trilogy plays out! Ruthless King was fabulous! Fast paced, entertaining, mysterious and totally addictive! Meghan March sure does write one filthy, sexy…and dare we say…swoony alpha! The push/pull between Lachlan and Keria was addictive, Kindle melting reading! It puts the H in HOT!
Check out our review for more details!


Ruthless King Book #1 now available below

                    

Defiant Queen Book #2 available to pre order for 14th November

          

Sinful Empire Book #3 available to pre order for 19th December

         


WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY READING


GRIGORI – (Brothers of Ash & Fire #1) by Lauren Smith

‘The burden of living for more than a millennia was knowing that a Gilded Age would come and go. Only gemstones remained unchanged. He often wondered if that was why his people hoarded jewels, because they were the only constant force in a world of things that were born and destined to die.’

 

OMG! We are loving this book! This is the first in a trilogy (each book will be about a different Barinov brother) and we must admit…we’ve never read a dragon shifter book before and it’s fabulous! Something different, yet it’s giving us those old school PNR feels! Lots of intrigue, battles and passion! Think Twilight meets the dragons from Game of Thrones….kind of…sort of. Hard to explain except to say….it’s fabulous so far! Review to come.

GRIGORI is now available below

          


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DRIVE by KATE STEWART : 5 STAR REVIEW

Now Live – TBB 5 Star Read!
Standalone emotional and angsty story of self discovery with a music theme. 

SYNOPSIS

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

DRIVE is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘Love doesn’t die, even when you stop feeding it. There is no expiration date on the ache of missing someone you shared your heart, life and body with.’

We didn’t come up for air, not even once, whilst we read Drive, it was absolutely everything we love in a rock star romance. The music element was superb and so passionately written with the chapter songs being spot on for drawing out every heartfelt emotion from us. This book became the air we breathed for every second, minute and hour we spent with it. It left us with achy exhausted hearts upon finishing, as if we’d run a marathon of emotions with hurdles thrown in to test our strength and emotional stamina. An epic slow burn romance of grand proportion which highlighted the inner most rawness found in humanity suffused in music.  It was extraordinary, vividly astounding and so intensely passionate we feel as if our souls have been forever touched by Kate Stewart. There’s no doubt; this is our all-time favourite Kate Stewart book, her heart is unquestionably entwined in the pages; we felt its beat pounding as we read reaching an almighty crescendo.

‘I sometimes wished I had a foggy memory. That I couldn’t remember the details, the dates, the story. It was both my gift and my curse. And music was my navigation. I had followed the music my whole life. My guidance, my protection, my ammunition….music was loyal and stayed with me, my constant, my comfort and at times my enabler.’

Now, we have read copious rock star romances yet can only count on one hand those that stand out for nailing both the musical aspect as well as the romance, which is what we look for in this much loved genre. It’s usually one or the other that supersedes, rarely both. However, Drive managed to excel at both. The music and its poignancy, the struggling artist to stardom, the fragile romance in a fickle world of uncertainty and personal tragedies. It was all there. But not only was this aspect of Drive perfection, so were the all-encompassing characters.

‘I used to think I was cursed for having fallen in love with two men. But, in hindsight, I realized what a gift it was. They were my lovers, my teachers, my best friends, and I would love them both until I took my last breath.’

It is not often you find such depth and character growth in a standalone novel, however this Author had us believing in every single character, their back story, their hope, their dreams and the truth in their hearts. We felt and truly saw the turning of years in their actions, behaviours and emotions. The maturity and sustained love that grew in strength.

‘Heartache has the most annoying sound. It’s an echo. An echo of heartbeats stuck on a loop.’

Drive is a difficult read emotionally yet it’s also full of humour, heat and intense frustration. It’s a love story, a love story that had us agonising because such an all-encompassing love can come more than once but the truest soul mate kind of love is the most wondrous of them all. We fell in love with Stella, we watched her, followed her as she went through the years growing into a beautiful butterfly through soul searching self-discovery. She always had a joie de vivre with a dash of naivety, even under dire circumstances, yet she had an abundance of hope. She knew what she wanted, she knew the greatness in store for the people she loved. She lived life glass half full. Her passion being music, finding new talent and bringing that talent to the people through her writing.

“I never forgot you, Stella. Not you, not us, not any of it.”

Our hearts embraced Stella as we lived her journey alongside her whilst her heart fell in love with two very different but amazing self-sacrificing men in their own right, two men who stole our hearts too. Only one tortured and troubled man stole a piece of her soul as well as her heart, never to give it back. This is where we proclaim Drive to be an epic music love story; because it truly was. One where tears were shed for everyone involved, shivers were felt and hearts were broken and subsequently mended. It was a truly magnificent experience which pulls no punches and we loved every phenomenal moment of it.

‘Because music is the heart’s greatest librarian. A few notes had the ability to transport me back in time, and to the most painful places. Take any song from the Rolodex of your life and you can pin it to a memory. It translates, resonates, and there it will remain.’

We urge you to pick this book up and as you read, listen to the chapter songs. Your emotions will already be heightened from this Authors magnificent words alone –however- with the music they become overwhelmingly alive and take your heart and soul to a whole new unique and incredible place. Mind your hearts because you’re sure to lose them to Stella, Reid and Nate.

‘Look up, Stella.’


***MORE TBB RECOMMENDED READS by KATE***


THE BRAVE LINE – Standalone steamy friends to lovers, second chance romance
Available to purchase: Amazon US   Amazon UK    Our Review

‘I would let love rule in my heart and take a piece of my soul, but I would never let its loss destroy all of me.’


ANYTHING BUT MINOR – Standalone Sports Romance rom-com
Available to purchaseAmazon US   Amazon UK    Our Review

“I’m not sure what you want me to think of you, Rafe.”
“I’m pretty sure I just want you to think of me, Alice.”


THE EXCESS SERIES – An erotic filthy dysfunctional romance
Available to purchaseAmazon US   Amazon UK    Our Review

“Don’t make me this monster, because for her, I will be.”

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RUTHLESS KING (MOUNT TRILOGY #1) by MEGHAN MARCH

A dirty, sexy alpha anti hero trilogy.

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.


Pre Order the Mount Trilogy now!
Ruthless King releasing 17th Oct
Amazon US | Amazon UK
Defiant Queen Releasing 14th Nov – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Sinful Empire Releasing 19th Dec  – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5stars

“I own your orgasms. I decide when you come. Not you. Learn it. Live it. Because you’re going to fucking love it by the time I’m done with you.”

Gulp! Holy hell Lachlan Mount! Talk about suspense, surprise sin and flippin’ hot sex! WOW! Ruthless King needs to come with a warning of a possible spontaneous Kindle combustion when reading! Keira and Mount positively burn up the pages, fighting each other every step of the way with explosive chemistry and a gripping push, pull between the pair! And helloo…helloalpha, possessive, sexy, dirty anti-hero….music to our ears…we knew we had to read this story!  We were so in the mood for a walk on the dirty gritty side and Ruthless King delivered exactly that and more!

Keira Kilgore is drowning in debt, trying to keep her family business, the Seven Sinners Whiskey Distillery afloat. It’s a business that’s been passed from generation to generation and there’s no way she is going to have it fold, not on her watch. However, things have just taken a turn for the worse. Keira recently lost her husband in an accident and as his wrong doings come to light, Keira realises not only was he a cheating bastard, but he had borrowed money against her business, making her financial situation even more dire than she realised. Keira needs help, and it appears in the form of the mysterious, enigmatic Lachlan Mount. The ruthless, unforgiving King of New Orleans. Nothing happens in New Orleans without Mount’s say so. He’s feared, respected and isn’t afraid of anything or anyone and has owned the streets of New Orleans for over twenty year.  He rules New Orleans with a heavy hand and a fuck you attitude and the myth surrounding this man is legendary.

‘Everyone comes into your life for a reason…or that’s what I always thought. I can’t come up with a reason for Mount. I’m sure no one can.’

Lachlan Mount makes Keira an offer she can’t refuse. After all, no one, but no one says no to Mount! He wants her to submit to his desires, he wants complete sexual control over her. Mount knows Keira is a red headed spitfire with a temper and stubbornness that amuses him. He’s bored and Keira could provide a perfect distraction and he won’t accept no for an answer.  Knowing he has her cornered, Keira relents, though she certainly doesn’t make it easy on him. This lady doesn’t bow to no man! Her fighting spirit both tests him and excites him. A lethal combination for a dangerous man!

‘Most men won’t look me in the eye, but this woman isn’t afraid to declare all-out war.’

Now, we love our anti-hero’s – they’re our kryptonite and whilst we found Lachlan Mount to be a possessive, commanding, demanding and a sex on legs alpha male, we didn’t really experience the full anti-hero aspect, the sheer weight of his menacing persona as it were.  Think Christian Grey or Jesse Ward; Mount came across as the bossy  and demanding brooding powerful alpha rather than the dangerous, deadly anti-hero. We were told and it was inferred the depths of Mounts deviousness and callousness, but we didn’t really experience first-hand the depths of his dark and deadly ways. However, this is only the first book in the trilogy so we’re looking forward to this being explored more as the series progresses! And how! Don’t get us wrong…there is a sinister feel to Mount that made us weak at the knees, just not the all-out anti-hero we had expected. Or… perhaps it’s because we fell under his spell? Hmmmmmm….

“You push me to the edge like no woman ever has, and now I’m going to fuck you like I’ve planned from day one. The way you’ve been dying to be fucked…”

This story was fabulous! Fast paced, entertaining, mysterious and totally addictive! Meghan March sure does write one filthy, sexy…and dare we say…swoony alpha! She introduced us to a cast of characters throughout the book whose role in Keira’s story left us guessing and dying to find out more! We are desperate to get our hands on Defiant Queen, because if it’s anything like this book…we know won’t be able to put it down! And don’t get us started on that ending! OMG! We bloody loved this book and can’t wait for more, more, more of everything!


TBB also recommends THE REAL DIRTY DUET

“I’m gonna spoil you, Ripley Fisher. It’s about time someone did, and I’m privileged to have the opportunity.” Boone takes advantage of my momentary speechlessness to wrap a hand around the back of my neck and slide his lips along mine. “Kiss me, sugar. I’ve missed the taste of you.”

The Real Dirty Duet delivered exactly what it promised, and just what we were in the mood for. A steamy, entertaining and effortless story that provided a pleasing balance of heat, emotion, drama, fun and even a little suspense and whodunit to keep us guessing. Not to mention a swoony warm-hearted alpha hero and a sassy yet sweet heroine. What more could we ask for?

THE REAL DIRTY DUET is available to purchase below

                    

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HUUUGE BOOK TO MOVIE NEWS!! SALES, NEW RELEASES, UPCOMING RELEASES & OUR LATEST FAVE READS!


KRISTEN ASHLEY FANS!!!
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HUGE KRISTEN ASHLEY BOOK TO MOVIE NEWS!

If you’ve watched Hollywood Dirt on Passionflix, then you know these movies are going to be amazing!

Passionflix and New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley are thrilled to announce the option of not one, but TWO beloved romance titles! We are over the moon excited to announce THE WILL and THREE WISHES will be coming to Passionflix, a studio and streaming platform dedicated to turning romance novels into movies and series.

Get ready to fall further in love with Josephine and Jake in THE WILL and Nate and Lily in THREE WISHES, coming soon from passionflix.com!

You know you wanna watch…
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THE WILL – A TBB 5 STAR RECOMMENDATION!

‘This isn’t to say I didn’t sometimes long for a gentle touch, a man’s eyes falling on me appreciatively, building a shared history where we might one day simply gaze at each other, understand and smile.’ 

SYNOPSIS

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth

Purchase THE WILL and read before the movie!
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THREE WISHES 

SYNOPSIS
When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.

Even with a genie, Lily’s young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).

He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.

Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.

Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.

Purchase THREE WISHES and read before the movie!
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WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY READING AND LOVING!


RUTHLESS KING by MEGHAN MARCH


WOW! This book should come with a warning that your Kindle is in danger of spontaneously combusting! It’s hot!!! We do love our Anti hero’s and boy oh boy, is Lahlan Mount pushing our buttons!! We’re hooked!


Pre Order Ruthless King releasing 17th Oct – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Defiant Queen Releasing 14th Nov – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Sinful Empire Releasing 19th Dec  – Amazon US | Amazon UK


OUR OCTOBER READS/REVIEWS SO FAR…….


A gritty, crazy dark read; a swoony, funny feelgood read, a romantic suspense and an emotional, wonderful love story. October has been so varied so far….and the month there’s still some fabulous reads to look forward to!

See our Review Sick Fux or purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK
See our Review for Sure Thing or purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK 
See our Review for The Brother or purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK 
See our Review for Battle Scars or purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK


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