THE EXCESS SERIES by ANGELICA CHASE

We recently inhaled this series in one go! We couldn’t put it down.
This is a SPOILER FREE REVIEW for the COMPLETE EXCESS SERIES and as such, we’ve decided to only put the Synopsis for the first book, OPULENCE in this post as we don’t want to chance you seeing a spoiler in further synopsis.

   

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SYNOPSIS for OPULENCE

When I was twenty-eight years old, I wrote my own winning lottery ticket. A simple idea thrust me onto the fast track to wealth, and into a world I had only ever dreamt about. I submerged myself in the unfamiliar, a life that seemed all too alluring … until it lost its appeal.

I made my fortune, built my castle, and then exiled myself within its comforts once reality set in.

Far too late, I discovered I was drowning in a sea of hungry sharks. Given the choice to sink or swim, I chose the latter … and it cost me everything.

Devin McIntyre, the most dangerous shark of them all, was the last nail in my naïve coffin. His beautiful smile and amazing cock tainted me in ways I could have never imagined. 

I craved him. I needed him. I loved him.

Miserable with the outcome of my prosperity, I set out to change what disgusted me most—the first decision being to rid myself of Devin. Little did I know that taking that first step would make me a slave to a man far more tempting … or that my addiction to Devin would threaten to ruin it all.

If you are not a fan of cursing, erotic and extremely explicit sex, cheating, immoral behavior, dysfunction or sexual scenarios that may make you feel uncomfortable this is not the series for you. FILTHY EROTIC ROMANCE

   

The Excess Series

Series Rating: 4 Stars

 “Your misery makes you beautiful.”

We were lucky; we read this trilogy in one hit so avoided the waiting after a couple of cliffies. This story does not do what it says on the proverbial tin. It had twist, turns and a few errr wtf moments. It was erotic suspense with various levels of kink. The covers drew us in and the synopsis sounded promising so we jumped straight into the unknown.

‘And I was once again alone. Who exactly was I crying for?’

The writing was addictive and flawless which meant we were hooked from the onset. It had a dark sinister tone with off the charts passion, suspense and deception. The characters were hard to get a grip on but we have a feeling that this was intentional as they mocked us, shocked us and grabbed our attention.

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

Sexy and thrilling the story developed but all along we could hear the Author’s voice in the background whispering for us not to get settled and comfortable. Part reason being the unnecessary Author warning which in some eyes could be viewed as an inadvertent spoiler.

“Some things are to be lived in the moment only, they can’t be captured.”

The Excess series explores the moment your past catches up with your present dressed in many guises. It explores a love that is not tied up into a neat little red heart. Rather it’s overwhelmingly chaotic and dangerous. Ugly and punishing.  Devin, Aiden and Nina’s story is an intricate web of sexual desires and intrigue. This is not fluffy rainbow erotica. This is filthy, dirty lies.

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.” – Andre Malraux

**Reviewed from ARC Copies kindly provided by the author, with our thanks**

THE EXCESS SERIES by ANGELICA CHASE

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OPULENCE BOOK ONE
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REVERENCE BOOK TWO
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HINDRANCE BOOK THREE
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THIS WEEK AT TB “NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES, WHAT WE’VE READ Plus SALES & FREEBIE ROUNDUP!!”

Phew! It’s been a busy, busy week at TB!

We’ve 1Clicked some fabulous NEW RELEASES, FREEBIES and discovered some great Ebook BARGAINS!

We’ve read some amazing books and we even discovered our FAVOURITE READ THIS YEAR!

Here’s a round up for you of:

RECENT NEW RELEASES
UPCOMING RELEASES FOR MAY
BOOKS WE’VE READ AND REVIEWED THIS WEEK
SALES, FREEBIES & BARGAINS!

Happy reading! <3

THIS WEEKS NEW RELEASES:

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UPCOMING MAY RELEASES

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MAY PRE ORDERS IN RELEASE DATE ORDER

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✯✯   More May Releases –  Not Available for Pre Order ✯✯

22nd – Hypnotized by Georgia Le Carre || Goodreads Link
22nd – Gus (Bright Side #2) by Kim Holden || Goodreads Link
29th – Review by K M Gollard || Goodreads Link
25th – A Forever Kind of Love (Book #2) by Ellie Wade
Bradley’s Whistle (Porn Stars of Romance #2) by Kirsty Dallas || Goodreads Link

BOOKS WE’VE READ THIS WEEK

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BENEATH THE STAIN by AMY LANE

Beneath the Stain

SYNOPSIS

Complete novel.

In a town as small as Tyson, CA, everybody knew the four brothers with the four different fathers– and their penchant for making good music when they weren’t getting into trouble. For Mackey Sanders, playing in Outbreak Monkey with his brothers and their friends—especially Grant Adams–made Tyson bearable. But Grant has plans for getting Mackey and the Sanders boys out of Tyson, even if that means staying behind.

Between the heartbreak of leaving Grant and the terrifying, glamorous life of rock stardom, Mackey is adrift and sinking fast. When he’s hit rock bottom, Trav Ford shows up, courtesy of their record company and a producer who wants to see what Mackey can do if he doesn’t flame out first. But cleaning up his act means coming clean about Grant, and that’s not easy to do or say. Mackey might make it with Trav’s help–but Trav’s not sure he’s going to survive falling in love with Mackey.

Mackey James Sanders comes with a whole lot of messy, painful baggage, and law-and-order Trav doesn’t do messy or painful. And just when Trav thinks they may have mastered every demon in Mackey’s past, the biggest, baddest demon of all comes knocking. 

 ★ ★

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 5…there really aren’t enough stars for this book! 

‘Trav thought of the song – his song – and the cry from the invisible boy who slept in forgotten corners and lived to make people love him or hate him or anything so long as they didn’t forget his name.’

BEST READ OF THE YEAR!!  HOW? HOW CAN OUR WORDS DO JUSTICE TO THIS BOOK?  There are stories we read that burrow their way into a little piece of our hearts, the ones we think about every now and again, and then there are stories like Beneath the Stain, a priceless piece of exceptional and heartfelt storytelling that stands out from the very first to the very last page, is detailed with such aching that it has such a staggering emotional effect on you, and you know it will stay with you always and is something you’ll NEVER forget!  This…. THIS book personified everything we love about reading.

“I’m trying to follow all the steps and check all the boxes. But my heart hurts and my skin aches, and God, I just want to be touched…….Can you touch me and then look at me tomorrow, and it will be okay?”

Beneath the Stain didn’t merely take a piece of our hearts, it obliterated them, made them soar and we may never recover, but then again, we don’t want to. We want to saviour and cherish this reading experience forever and we will! There was nothing superfluous about Mackey, Trav, Grant, Kell, Stevie, Blake and Jefferson’s story. Every word…EVERY SINGLE WORD felt like a precious gift to be treasured and guarded with our every fibre of our being.

‘Trav couldn’t explain the surge of protectiveness, of reluctant admiration, that knotted his stomach when he watched Mackey sleep. He was defenceless like this, every bit of sarcasm, sass, and fire shuttered behind closed eyes. Trav had to protect him when he slept – who else would? So far the world had done a stunningly poor job of taking care of Mackey Sanders.’

Amy Lane delivered a story with so much depth, so much emotion, so many layers and she brought it all to life with such incredible striking imagery  that we became a part of her world…. active participants in her story. At no time were we mere spectators. We lived and breathed the triumphs, tragedies, pain and heartbreak with each and every character. We felt their pain so deep in our hearts there were times we sobbed so hard our chests heaved and we couldn’t breathe.

“It’s just that I’ve finally seen you not awful. You’re stunning.”

Yes, this is a love story between Trav and Mackey but it so much more. This is a story of friendships, loyalty, family, love, overcoming prejudice and finding peace within you, and very, very rarely do we get to experience a story that encompasses this dynamic so breathtakingly beautifully and with such real emotion as this one. The dynamics of the relationships singularly were so diverse, yet as a whole so cohesive….so right, so real, so relatable. These guys may have been unconventional but each one had so much heart and was so unique….we loved them all.

‘It was a pure, unfiltered glimpse into Mackey James Sanders heart, and it was battered and bloody and still a little broken. But healing.’

At the centre of it all was the talented, temperamental, sensitive and almost ethereal McKay (Mackey) Sanders and what a fascinatingly flawed and complex character he was. A man plagued by demons, hiding his sexuality and who really just needs to feel loved and be accepted.

“It’s hard loving people that bright, that shiny, that they make everyone else in the world look dim.”

One of the most beautiful characters we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet was Travis (Trav) Ford. This stoic ex-military, man of order and timed precision who is entrusted with the job of looking after this bunch of rag tag rockers, would start out as the manager of Outlaw Monkey, yet soon becomes one of the most important in their lives, not only to Mackey, but to all the boys and his relationships with these boys was awe inspiring and really hits at the heart of the reader.

“You can’t be the whole album, Trav. You just can’t. But you can be the best songs.”

Beneath the Stain is pure emotion. It’s ALL about the story….no page filling nookie in this book. Every word served a purpose, every scene, every detail so vivid and so important, and so meaningful to their journey.

Amy Lane held us captive and transfixed through this entire story. Be it when she was whipping us into frenzy as an active, entranced audience member being beguiled by the extraordinary Mackey and the guys of Outbreak Monkey as they performed on stage. Or tearing out our hearts with some of the most intense, heartbreaking scenes we’ve read, or knotting our stomachs with her little teases of the angst that was to unfold, even giggling over the banter between the family and let’s not forget the times our hearts swelled with the love conveyed so masterfully through the pages.

‘Trav knew the real boy underneath, and he was three times as beautiful as the image.’

We could go on and on about this story and between us we WILL for a long time to come because we want to relive the tender, beautifully touching moments of this book again and again. Beneath the Stain is one of those diamonds you hope and pray you’ll come across as a reader and we’re so extremely grateful we did.

“My Mom told me the trick to staying in love was falling in love every day. Like you do with music. You listen for good music every day.”

Such and inspiring journey and all we can say is READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!

‘They became one, and Mackey could breathe. Trav was a part of him, and Mackey had strength. Trav moved, and Mackey’s body became light and Trav’s body became sound and together they were the thing Mackey worshipped most.
Music.’

BENEATH THE STAIN by AMY LANE
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Beneath the Stain

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SPOTLESS – SPOTLESS BOOK ONE by CAMILLA MONK

Spotless

SYNOPSIS

Island Chaptal—nerdy IT engineer by day, romance novel junkie by night—just walked into her messy New York apartment to find Mr. Right waiting for her. No, wait…Mr. Clean.

A gentleman professional killer with a bad case of OCD and zero tolerance for unsorted laundry, March isn’t there to kill her…yet. He wants the diamond her late mother stole for a sinister criminal organization. Island agrees to help him find it, facing the kind of adversaries who dismember first and ask questions later. Good thing she’s got March to show her the ropes. And the guns. And the knives.

The buttoned-up Island is soon having a blast racing from Paris to Tokyo following the clues in her mother’s will, and for the first time, she’s ready to get close to someone. But falling for a hit man may be the very definition of loving dangerously.…

Spotless marks the beginning of Island and March’s ongoing adventures.

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Spotless

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘Sweet Jesus, it was OCD time.’

This story was not at all what we were expecting but how refreshingly surprising was the fact that we fell in complete book love. Spotless is a brilliantly written story with a difference. It crosses a few genres and brings something completely new to the table. It’s laugh out loud funny, it’s sweet and strangely romantic but in quite a unique way. It’s thrilling and suspenseful whilst fast paced and quirky. There was so much happening; so many details all wrapped up in a strange kidnapping on the hunt for a diamond.

“March…how does it work? Do we trust each other now?”

“I’m afraid so, Island.”

Not everything was as it seemed and when we finished we were left gagging for more. After a few serious reads we needed a laugh and that is exactly what we got here. Don’t be fooled though, this is strangely not a comedy but the banter and internal musings as well as compelling personality quirks made this ‘serious twisted fun’.

We loved both the heroine, Island and our hero, March equally, definitely wanting more – their connection both intriguing and in some respects left us wanting. There’s no nookie time nor is there any level of romance many romance readers are used to but you know what? We LOVED this fact, as the underlying questionable tension was there and all the more powerful as it was under exceptional circumstances. Would we have liked more romance? Sure as we loved these two characters. However, it did not spoil our enjoyment of their story.

‘Never in my life had I wished for a thousand – foot – wide asteroid to change its course to hit someone directly in the face…I was now officially over March.’

A professional killer with OCD – bloody hell we LOVE Mr. March or is it June or December? This guy was addictively hilarious yet incredibly suave and mysterious.

‘March was in love. With Haru’s remote controlled mop.’

We just couldn’t help but fall for him. And HURRAHHHH March has chest hair – we are so tired of Ken Doll chests in our fiction!!

‘I knew it was wrong, but I pictured myself burying my face in his chest to rub my cheeks against that damn hair and inhale his scent, kinda like cocaine addicts do when they’re at the end of the road and they just slam their face into the entire bag.’

As for Island – sweet and geeky, funny and strong. There was definitely more than meets the eye to her character. Their story is quite strange at times, full of criminal dealings and bloodshed.  However, it had a strong human element that kept us reading and left us wanting the next book. There’s definitely a bit of a cliff-hanger wrapped up in a bit of a closed ending so really it’s not one that’ll keep you up at night. Rather, we’re so excited for more and hope we get March and Island back soon!

‘I stared at him, baffled. Who the hell was March? Was he the ruthless professional killer…Or the gentle and slightly lunar guy telling me about his collection of ostrich pictures?’

 **Reviewed from an ARC Copy kindly provided by Montlake via Netgalley, with thanks**

SPOTLESS by CAMILLA MONK
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Spotless

 

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