WEEKLY ROUND UP POST!

WHAT A WEEK (and a bit) IT’S BEEN!!!
We’ve READ some amazing books, added some more books to our NEW RELEASES, UPCOMING RELEASES and SALES PAGE and caught up on some fabulous NEWS in Bookworld.
Check it all out below!

Weekly Roundup

CHECK OUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING IN FEB


ONE DAY SOON by A MEREDITH WALTERS
Standalone second chance thought provoking, second chance love story. 
This book tore our hearts to pieces. We cried tears of joy and sorrow.  A gripping, sad and very poignant story of struggle of survival and love.
Review to come

‘Lies. So many of them. They became our truth. They would become our end.’

one day soon 18th Feb

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ADORE – SPIRAL OF BLISS #4 by NINA LANE
Series to be read in order – evocative, passionate story of love, marriage and making choices
Liv and Dean’s journey continues. We adored a lot about this installment but some also didn’t quite work for us.
Review to come.

“I love you,” he whispers, “you’re so goddamned beautiful you break my heart in two. I will climb mountains and oceans to get to you. You fill every fucking part of me, my blood, my heart, my would. I will slay monster for you until the end of time. “

Adore

 

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UNDENIABLY YOU by JEWEL E ANN
Standalone. Second chance romance.
This book was so witty, sweet and we have two words…Lautner Sullivan…swooon! The epilogue in this book stole our hearts!
Review to come

‘The strongest arms I have ever known embrace me – all of me. He speaks to me with touch and holds me in the space between words. If this isn’t love, then it doesn’t exist.’

Undeniably

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Undeniably You is currently only 99c/99p!!
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BETWEEN SHADOWS by CHANEL CLEETON
Standalone in a series - Suspense romance
We loved the beginning of this book but felt the ending fell a bit flat. An enjoyable read but it didn’t wow us.
Review to come.

‘My success depends on my ability to blend into the shadows. I am the best. I am a ghost. ‘

Between Shadows 19th Jan

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 Between Shadows
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DID YOU MISS OUR 2015 FAVES LISTS?

If you’re looking for a FABULOUS READ, be sure to check out our 2015 Series, Standalone and MM reads.
There’s something for every read here!

 

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What’s been happening in Bookworld lately?

 

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Jo Jo Moyes : :  The Trailer for the screen adaptation of the emotion charged Me Before You was released to the joy of fans! Wow! This movie is going to have us crying like babies . If you would like to read the book before the movie comes out, you can grab a copy US & AU here and UK here.

Tillie Cole ::  posted a teaser for a book we are dying for! A Thousand Boy Kisses will release on 15th march and we’re told this one is a real tearjerker!

CD Reiss:  We posted the Cover Reveal for the upcoming CD Reiss book,  Hard Ball, a Kinky standalone which releases 29th March and sounds fabulous! You can pre order for the US & AUS here and UK here.

L.P. Lovell :: Another Cover Reveal was for High by L.P. Lovell. This book sounds so gritty and fabulous and is due to release 7th March. Also available for pre order; US & AUS and UK 

Kristen Ashley :: We shared the Cover Reveal for Bounty by Kristen Ashley.  This is the 7th book in the Colorado Mountain Series and we’re dying for this one!. Releasing 18th April, you can pre Order Bounty : US & AUS here and UK here

J J McAvoy :: Another book we’re eagerly anticipating is That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J. J. McAvoy! The Cover, Synopsis and pre order were revealed and you can pre order now for April 21 release. Pre Order US & AU here and UK here.

LH Cosway ::  shared her latest Cover Reveal with us for Showmance and OMG! We are dying for this book! You have to check it out!

L.P. Lovell and Stevie J Cole::  shared the re-reveal of their New Cover for Absolution. It seems the original cover wasn’t agreeable with some readers. This dark and gritty book was a 5 Star read for us and if you haven’t read this one and you love your ‘romances’ completely effed up…we recommend grabbing this one! You can purchase US & AUS here and UK here. Or check out our 5 star review.

Stevie J Cole :: shared her cover for A Love So Tragic which was gorgeous! This is a very different book for Stevie. It’s emotional and she tells us we’ll be sobbing! Can’t wait. This book will release on 15th Feb and is available to pre order US & AUS here and UK here.

Colleen Hoover :: Typed “the end” to It Ends With us and said “Hardest book I’ve ever had to write. This book didn’t print with ink. It required blood.”  Oooh bring it on! You can pre order It Ends With us US & AUS here and UK here.

Harper Sloan ::  had us in tears last weekend with her call to post ‘raw’ pics of ourselves to show that the ‘imperfections’ that bother us all so deeply are not seen by others. Never have we seen such a beautiful day of posts as we did when we got to share so much with these ladies who were absolutely stunning inside and out. Thank you Harper for encouraging this and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could make that a regular post? We all need a little encouragement now and again.

There are a few fabulous books on PRE ORDER for ONLY 99c/99p at the moment from some wonderful authors that are worth checking out:

OUT OF FOCUS by L.b. SIMMONS  :: amazon us | amazon uk
LIQUID ASH by E.M. ABEL ::  amazon us | amazon uk 
INK & LIES  by S.L. JENNINGS :: amazon us | amazon uk

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Did you see our January Review Round Up post??

Check out our post for all you need to know about the books we read and loved in January!

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FEBRUARY UPCOMING RELEASES 

Not Available for Pre Order

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ABSOLUTION by L.P. LOVELL & STEVIE J COLE :: REVIEWED by THE MALEBOX

 Standalone read.
Very dark, violent and gritty  ‘romance’ not for the fainthearted

He’s baaaaaack  
The Malebox, our male reviewer is back with his own unique brand of reviewing and we have to say, this review had us in fits of giggles!
We were crying with laughter. Oh how we’ve missed you MB!
Welcome back!

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SYNOPSIS

Evie

All sins are equal in the eyes of God, but I’m not God. One sinner made me his sin, and I can’t let men like him live. I want to kill them. Every. Last. One.
Ezra James is no different. I was going to kill him, but then I found myself obsessed and possessed in the most reverent of ways. I became his sinner, and he became my sin, but the wages of sin is death, so I must kill him.

Ezra

The son of a whore, raised by criminals, molded to fit into a world without morals. I’ve never given a shit about anything until the night I watched a man drop dead at the feet of my little killer. She called to my depravity, and everything in me demanded that I take her, possess her, own her. Some monsters hide behind the faces of angels.

Damned. Broken. Irredeemable.

Through blood, absolution shall be found. 

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Reviewed by The Malebox

‘There are no rules, no safe words. I do not want her willing submission. I want to drag it from her, screaming and crying. I want ultimate power over her, and while she’s here in this room with me, I want to own her, body and soul.’

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. The book world just hasn’t been the same without me, I know. After such a long break I needed a wow book to get me back into it.

I’ve done rock stars and groupies, broken men and women who love each other, then they don’t and then they kiss and make up at the end…it’s all become a bit a tiresome. I want more than girl meets boy, they have a few misunderstandings because he can’t tell her how he feels because his mother never loved him and daddy wasn’t there. I have enough problems of my own without hearing about other people’s.  I’m broken too but I sort my shit out. Then Totallybooked hit me with Absolution.

As always, I knew nothing about it and only hoped for something a bit different, and thankfully I got it and more. It’s the story of Ezra and Evie and the violent and seedy world they live in. It’s a Tarantino movie waiting to happen readers. It’s a mix between True Romance, Basic Instinct with a hint of Reservoir Dogs. Remember the Michael Madsen ear scene….clowns to the left of me – jokers to the right….well let’s just say body parts get chopped up. It’s Fifty Shades on crack with an eight ball injected straight into your brain whilst having electric shock therapy.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ll keep it simple. Evie is “little killer” who’s on a one woman vendetta to rid the world of dirty men who’ve wronged and abused her in the past. She has specific dislike of men who force themselves upon her and other women which is quite understandable.

However, rather than report them to the local authorities and take them through the criminal justice system, she likes to kill them and watch them die instead. It isn’t all bad though, she’s having sex with them at the time, so I can think of far worse ways to go. Take my fears for instance, collapsing and shitting my pants whilst out food shopping….’clean up on aisle 6!’ Or surviving a plane crash, only to be attacked by sharks, but somehow surviving with only an arm and a leg so I can’t swim for shore…but I digress…

Back to Absolution…..Imagine a serial killer with a conscience if you will. Ezra is a pimp and gangster who likes to “break” and “own” women through his own special brand of coercion. He’s quite unpleasant and takes a shine to our little Evie who’s a religious girl as well and likes to be atoned for her dirty little sins. Does atoned mean fucked and whipped? But you know what they say about those catholic girls!!!

However, there’s method in her madness when she befriends Ezra and the plot really does thicken. It’s filled with murder, mayhem and sex. To say that both Evie and Ezra are somewhat obsessive is putting it mildly. I love an edgy woman as much as the next guy, but I don’t want to wake up chained to a bed with my own cock stuffed in my mouth.  Sure I like a bit of rough play, but when it comes to my testicles they’re fine just where they are. There’s a fine line and Evie certainly likes to cross is. I won’t spoil any more of the storyline so you’ll just have to read it.

It’s a dark read which I enjoyed, but I must warn you that it isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s quite graphic in parts and the sex scenes between our two characters won’t be for everyone. Luckily I’m not everyone and found it fascinating. There’s one standout scene with Evie and a redhead which was just brilliant.  It was sexy, evil and funny all wrapped together with a fucked up cherry on top.

I do have a few questions though. Firstly I’m a man of the world…but I have never come across a woman (I have but not in the context that I mean here) who punishes a man for looking at another woman by giving him a blowjob. If this actually happens, I am owed 15 just for my journey home from work today. Furthermore, she goes on to pride herself at being the best at it….and this is his punishment!!!!!Is this true? Have I been missing out here? I have bought gifts, flowers, dinners and not even a nibble. When I look at another woman, there’s more chance of giving myself a blowjob than receiving one from the woman I’m with. I always thought it was a bit of chore for you ladies, but clearly I’ve been going wrong all these years and it’s seen as a competition and matter of pride for you.  From now on, when the opportunity arises, I’ll be saying ” you wouldn’t believe how shit the last blowjob I got was, and by the way, did you see the hot girl with the big tits behind the bar earlier, I’d love to rail that, anyway carry on sweetheart.” I think we should all rally together Totallybooked to get this type of healthy competition into the Olympic Games and hand out some fucking medals just to raise the stakes a bit. I’d give that one a 6.5 as the hand to mouth technique was all wrong and I felt tooth…… Come back in four years after some practice….next, oh good the Brazilian synchronised swimming team…

Secondly, why didn’t Dave the dog have a back story? I wanted to know more about him and understand just what made him tick. Was he raised by his lone wolf father who abandoned him when he was young leaving him to fend for himself on the streets? Only to later finding out that his mother was actually a Persian cat who was addicted to cat nip and used to ply her trade in the alleyway behind the fish market just to feel loved? Did this result in Dave being sexually confused, hiding his dirty sexual attraction to felines and his lifelong dislike of squirrels and bath time, and never really understanding why?  I understand that he wasn’t a main character but give me something. Regardless of his absence of a backstory, he could of at least hooked up with a slutty little poodle or something whilst Ezra was busy punishing Evie!

I must admit that I really did like Evie, even though she is as nutty as squirrel shit. What concerned me slightly was that the more I read her story, I found myself agreeing with her warped view of society and was willing her on in her quest. She was my Frodo…only her quest was to stick a poker up someone’s ring as opposed to finding one. My inner monologue was saying “stab him in the neck Evie, make him pay, do it again, cut his balls off and feed them to Dave.” What does that say about me? Either I’m about to go Michael Douglas on the world or it was exceptionally good writing.

Ezra I found more difficult to like because of the way he punished Evie. How strange is that? The serial killer I can accept, but a man who hits a woman because she wants him to, I take issue with. Maybe it is me that has problems?

Absolution really is my favourite read to date. It had everything I like in a book, a hot woman, a dog, sex and violence, gangsters and most importantly of all….a great story. I wanted to know how it would turn out from the very start and read it in 3 days which is a record for The Malebox.

I am off now for some self-flagellation for having some very dirty thoughts about Evie. Until next time…

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ABSOLUTION by L.P. LOVELL & STEVIE J COLE
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OUR REVIEWS for JANUARY 2016

WHAT A WAY TO START A NEW YEAR!

It was a month for catching up with some old favourites, meeting some new and lovable characters, saying goodbye to one of our favourite ever series and falling in love with some swoony hero’s.
We’ve laughed, cried, our hearts have melted and, at times, broken, but oh we had a reading month that kicked arse!
We’re sure you’ll find something to tempt your reading taste buds here! 

OUR JANUARY REVIEWS!

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THE SCORE – OFF CAMPUS BOOK #3 by ELLE KENNEDY
Standalone in a series
Hockey themed romance. Funny, sexy and emotional.
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The Score

“The life of Dean sure has a lot of rules.”

“Without those rules, there is no life of Dean.”

The Score for us felt like a breath of fresh air insofar as; sure we’ve read similar stories before but it felt so different and we just didn’t want it to end. Elle Kennedy is a fabulous writer who had us grumbling whenever we had to put our kindles down for real life’s interruptions. And kudos for knocking this incessant need on the head for Authors to slut-shame in their books! Lady, we applaud you for making it okay to enjoy a bit of slap and tickle as and when we want to and whoever the fuck with!

See our full review here

THE OFF CAMPUS SERIES by ELLE KENNEDY

click 1The Deal   : our review amazon  us | amazon uk
The Mistake   : our review | amazon us  | amazon uk
The Score :: our reviewamazon us | amazon uk

 

THE SHADOW – FLORENTINE BOOK #2 by SYLVAIN REYNARD
Trilogy to be read in order
Paranormal romance/suspense 
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The Shadow

“I’d forgotten.”

“You’d forgotten what?”

“What it’s like to be loved.”

Well, what can I say that I haven’t said before? Honestly. Hands down my favourite book in this series which once more truly showcased the brilliance of Sylvain Reynard’s writing. This Author has always had a moving and striking way with words and once more I was amazed at the perfection and beauty. It’s not just words; it’s poetry – it’s listening to a song whilst the heart beats in tandem to the tune – furiously thumping its way into a rising crescendo.

See our full review here 

THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

click 1The Prince Novella #0.5  ::  amazon us | amazon uk our review
The Raven Book One :: amazon us | amazon uk our review
The Shadow Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk

 

CLAIMING EDEN – EDEN BOOK #3 by KELE MOON
Series
Please Note: These books are numbered differently in order of how they were released, however, the story chronologically occurs by as set out below
Erotic, highly emotional, darkly sexual love story. A darker side of BDSM.
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Claiming Eden (1)

“I want him to be proud of me.”

“Your father is not a role model. He’s an abuser who beat a little boy so hard for so long he grew up thinking the only way to be loved is to have the shit kicked out of him.”

The Eden series is hard to read but it’s fundamentally emotionally driven meaning aspects of the story become secondary to the mental and emotional torment of love and the self.

We read this series years ago yet still remember it with aching hearts and tears in our eyes. So, to say we were apprehensive yet eager to start reading Claiming Eden is an understatement. Paul, Danny and Eve have owned our hearts ever since we met them; their story so heart breaking, passionate and unusually romantic. Their journey is not easy rather it is fraught with pain and searing love. So many tears!

 See our full review here

THE EDEN SERIES by KELE MOON
(Series to be read in this order)

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Finding Eden 
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Claiming Eden amazon us amazon uk
Beyond Eden  : amazon us | amazon uk

 

DAWN OF FOREVER – JACK & JILL BOOK #3 by JEWEL E ANN
One of our fave 5 Star series – to be read in order
Romantic suspense..with a little bit of everything!
Dawn of Forever 
Pre Order – Releasing 18th Feb :: 
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Dawn of Forever

“I want you to let go. I want you to free fall into my arms and know I’ve got you. I’ll always have you.”

“Don’t ever ask me not to love you.”

“Because I need to love you.” Drawing in a ragged breath, he shrugged. “It’s all I know,” he whispered.

Without question Dawn of Forever completes one of the most exciting, romantic, thrilling, passionate and darkly humorous series we’ve ever read. To say it’s one of our all-time favourite series is an understatement. Bravo Jewel E Ann we take our hats off to you and stand applauding on the finish line. Because wow. We have to admit we always worry about trilogies – keeping that momentum going and tying up those pesky loose ends. Well, we needn’t have worried here because we got all the answers and more whilst being taken on one hell of a rollercoaster ride that began where we least expected it to. It was magnificent and awe inspiring.

See our full review here

THE JACK & JILL SERIES by JEWEL E ANN

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Middle of Knight :: amazon us | amazon uk
Dawn of Forever Pre Order now! Releasing 18th Feb :: amazon us | amazon uk

 

THREE – LOVE BY NUMBERS #3 by E.S. CARTER
Standalone in a series
Forbidden love, second chance love.
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Three

‘This kiss was hello. It was I’ve missed you, I’ve craved you, I’ve never forgotten you. It was love.’

Oh this book! Our hearts! This book was a romance lovers wish come true and Liam may just be one of the most compassionate, caring and extraordinarily real male characters we’ve readWhat a journey and what a stunningly told story of love, selflessness and sacrifice but most of all soul deep, intense love and boy oh boy didn’t we feel the very essence of that love seep through every page of this book! The writing was breathtaking. The way this author plays with metaphors and analogies is exquisite, her detailing so rich, the characters so warm, friendly and real that it felt as though we shared this journey with Liam and Cari, not merely as readers but as participants. E S Carter sure did tell one heartfelt and moving story of love in its purest form, even if it did begin in a somewhat forbidden way.

See our full review here

 THE LOVE BY NUMBERS SERIES by E.S. CARTER

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Ninteen :: amazon us | amazon uk
Twenty One :: amazon us | amazon uk
Three :: amazon us | amazon uk

 

MISSED CONNECTION – MARA WHITE & K LARSEN
Standalone
Emotional second chance love story
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Missed Connection

 “Where have you been my whole life?”

“Right here, waiting for you to turn up again.”

You know one of those stories that grips you from page one and never lets’ go until you’ve turned the last page? Well Missed Connection is that kind of story. It was everything and more – it was absolutely flawless – it was perfection. It had everything that gets our book hearts completely invested – falling in love whilst devouring every single beautiful word and sentence written by K. Larsen and Mara White.

See our full review here

MISSED CONNECTION by MARA WHITE & K LARSEN

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LOVE IN THE LIGHT – HEARTS IN DARKNESS #2 by LAURA KAYE
Series
Emotional story of healing and love
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Hearts in Darkness

‘The darkness combined with the intensity of their connection made her feel like nothing else existed in the world. She’d never experienced this kind of passion before – at least not from a kiss alone.’

Two strangers – a brief glimpse before they’re plunged into darkness. A man with demons after a tragic childhood, a woman with a huge heart who loves with everything she has. It was intense, it was all encompassing. It was where two souls found each other knowing they were home. Two opposites in almost every way yet they fit perfectly!

See our full review here

THE HEARTS IN DARKNESS SERIES by LAURA KAYE

click 1Hearts In Darkness   : amazon us | amazon uk
Love In the Light   : : amazon us | amazon uk

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ABSOLUTION by L.P. LOVELL & STEVIE J COLE
Standalone
Dark and gritty story – a ‘romance’ not for the fainthearted
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Absolution (1)

‘There are no rules, no safe words. I do not want her willing submission. I want to drag it from her, screaming and crying. I want ultimate power over her, and while she’s here in this room with me, I want to own her, body and soul.’

Holy shit what the hell did we just read? Well, before we try to answer that question we really have to applaud these authors for an incredibly addictive and well written story. The writing was fabulous and flawless which made for a craze arsed ride that had us feeling depraved and mortified at our enjoyment – but then again we do kind of love reading past our comfort zones.

See our full review here

ABSOLUTION by LP LOVELL & STEVIE J COLE

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WAITING FOR WYATT : A RED DIRT NOVEL by SD HENDRICKSON
Standalone
Contemporary romance – new adult romance…meet some beautiful dogs too…
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Waiting For Wyatt

“You seem so alone. Do you have anyone, Wyatt? Anyone who knows if you even come home at night.”

Dog lovers and romantics….this book was written for you! We’re telling you….Wyatt and those four legged little pookies will STEAL YOUR HEART as they did ours! SD Hendrickson gave these mistreated and unwanted dogs a voice and through Wyatt and Emma we were able to give them a big hug and lots of love. Waiting for Wyatt was a moving and heartfelt story we both adored and we know you will too.

See our full review here

WAITING FOR WYATT by SD HENDRICKSON

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LOW by MARY ELIZABETH
Standalone
Gripping romantic suspense
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Low

‘I live for the way she lightly bites my tongue when we kiss, and wish I were a better man every time she whispers, “I love you” against my lips.’

What a ride!! We spent most of this book in a state of nervous anticipation with our eyes covered, breaths held and tightly gripping our Kindles as Poesy and Low, two people who loved with honesty, passion and reckless abandon went from one calamitous dangerous situation to the next.

Mary Elizabeth certainly made us feel this story as we experienced the despair, the desperation and the hopelessness of Low and Poesy’s situation first hand. Her beautifully descriptive prose made it so we were able to smell the pungent stench in the air, see the degradation of their surroundings, and feel the thump of their heartbeats as we became willing, or unwilling participants in their crime spree with our hearts in our mouths, our minds in a whir and sitting in awe over the impeccable, unique and incredibly poetic beauty of this authors storytelling.

See our full review here

LOW by MARY ELIZABETH

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THE BALLER – A DOWN AND DIRTY FOOTBALL NOVEL by VI KEELAND
Standalone
Sports themed romance. Funny, sexy and emotional
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The Baller

 “Brody?”
“Hmmmm?”
“You’re spooning me? Brody Easton spoons?”
“Only you, baby. But don’t be surprised if you get woken up by  my fork later.”

Oh gosh! You know when you start a book and it’s exactly what you need at that time? Well, The Baller was that book for us and there were so many reasons we loved The Baller. For starters there was the sports romance them. When it’s done well, it’s one of our favourite romances and with The Baller, Vi Keeland hit it right between the posts! Then there was Brody Easton….sigh….hold that thought for minute….Brody Easton! Wow! This charming, sexy, cocky, confident, dirty talking quarterback with that hint of vulnerability and alpha possessiveness we adore had us falling over ourselves and falling in love! We also had a plucky, sweet heroine in Delilah Maddox and a host of supporting characters who either provided us with loads of laughs and a lot of emotion. What wasn’t to love about Baller?

See our full review here

THE BALLER by VI KEELAND

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APPEALED – THE LEGAL BRIEFS BOOK #3 by EMMA CHASE
Can be read as a standalone.
A sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

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Appealed

“What’d you do to your eyes?”
“They’re called contact lenses.”
“Well, take them out. I don’t like them. Your real eyes are incredible.”
“What’d you do to your face?”
“I grew a beard.”
“Well ungrow it. It looks like a vagina from a 1970’s porn film.”

Emma Chase does it again! This lady really is the undisputed queen of the male pov. Her words are full of humour, passion, heat, heart-warming stories and engaging characters, her male observations have us cringing and giggling in equal measures and in Appealed, she finishes off a series that has become one of our favourites. We’ve loved every book and we’ve been dying for Brent’s story since following him through the series and being the last of the blokes to find love, with his background and that silver spoon, we knew he would supply us with many laugh out loud moments and again we weren’t disappointed.

See our full review here

THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES by EMMA CHASE

click 1Overruled Book-  amazon us :: amazon uk :: our review
Sustained Book  -   amazon us :: amazon uk :: our review
Appealed Book  - amazon us :: amazon uk

 

PROGRESS – BOOK ONE by AMALIE SILVER
Series
Highly emotional, gripping love story
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‘I’d borrowed his courage and his confidence until I could build up enough inside me to go it alone. Everyone used a crutch when they needed one; mine was just more unconventional than the norm.’

Progress was beautifully and very well written highlighting the power of words and actions in regard to making another person feel inconsequential and worthless. What gives anyone the right to leave such an impression in someone else’s life through shaming them into despair and hiding? Progress was ugly, real and heart-breaking yet in some ways hopeful too. It felt very original and we have to applaud Amalie Silver for writing outside what can sometimes seem as cookie cutter fiction.

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PROGRESS  by AMALIE SILVER
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SEBRING – UNFINISHED HERO BOOK 5 by KRISTEN ASHLEY
Final book in a continuing story and characters in Series.
Anti hero romance
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Sebring

 ‘I knew it was pure insanity, pure torment to do. I believed. For one magnificent second, connect to Nick Sebring, I believed. Believed in a better world. I believed I could feel complete. I believed I could have someone by my side. I believed I could feel safe. I believed I could be happy. I believed I could be loved.’

When we first met Nick Sebring in Knight, he was a particularly nasty bastard who pulled all sorts of stunts that didn’t make him very love-able. He really didn’t have a lot of redeeming qualities but oh boy did we have a thing for Nick Sebring! He intrigued us and we always knew he’d have a story to tell so yeah we have been gagging for his book for years.

Sebring brings the series to its conclusion with a story of double dealing, treachery and violence. It’s a story of love overtaking the heart and of healing and finding yourself when surrounded by hatred and cruelty.

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THE UNFINISHED HERO SERIES by KRISTEN ASHLEY
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Creed   : amazon us :: amazon uk
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Deacon   : amazon us :: amazon uk
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LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU – HUB CITY BOOK #1 by MERCY BROWN
Standalone in a series.
Friends to lovers rock star theme
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Loud is How I Love You

‘I know how he feels inside of me the way I know the songs I write. My body remembers, and now it feels like it remembers him, too. Already.’

Emmy and Travis’s story had the makings of a fabulous rock star romance, but sadly it sort of missed its mark with us and we’ll explain why. First off, what we did love was being present for the technical side of the music industry and the banter within the band. It’s always great to see a side of the industry we wouldn’t normally get to experience, to see the before of these struggling and very talented bands who hope for their big break and in that regards, Mercy Brown brought this to life though at times it could feel a little mechanical rather than entertaining.

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LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU by MERCY BROWN
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BREAKAWAY – A SCORING CHANCES NOVEL BOOK #1 by AVON GALE
Standalone in a series of different characters
MM Hockey themed Romance
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Breakaway

“If I made you love hockey again, then that’s good, and we’re even. ‘Cause you taught me how to fight. For myself.”

We fell in love with the synopsis and the cover of Breakaway and couldn’t wait to go on a journey with Lane & Jared as well as a new Author for us. For a hockey book we have to say that this one delivered more than we expected. For hockey fans this is a story that involves the sport more than any other hockey book we’ve read. It was brilliant and flawless if that is the reason you pick it up as we truly felt like we were there in the stands watching the thrill of a hockey game. The banter and rivalry – fights and passion was clear throughout the story.

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BREAKAWAY by AVON GALE
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BREAKAWAY – A SCORING CHANCES NOVEL BOOK #1 by AVON GALE

Standalone in a series of different characters
MM Hockey themed Romance
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SYNOPSIS

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

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Breakaway

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯Stars

“You can’t make yourself feel something you don’t.”

We fell in love with the synopsis and the cover of Breakaway and couldn’t wait to go on a journey with Lane & Jared as well as a new Author for us. For a hockey book we have to say that this one delivered more than we expected. For hockey fans this is a story that involves the sport more than any other hockey book we’ve read. It was brilliant and flawless if that is the reason you pick it up as we truly felt like we were there in the stands watching the thrill of a hockey game. The banter and rivalry – fights and passion was clear throughout the story.

For us, whilst we loved that we got more hockey than what we’re used to we did feel it was too much detail and became more prominent than the attention to a developing romance and developing characters. We appreciate the research and the cliff notes but for us it overshadowed everything to the point where the story began to drag hence we lost our connection with it as readers. The characters saved this in some respects but it was touch and go a few times. It was as if the romance became an insta love – a given – sacrificed by copious hockey details and scenarios.

‘He hadn’t always been the villain. A long time ago, he’d been the hero.’

We absolutely loved Jared – there wasn’t anything about him not to love. A seasoned hockey player at thirty one years old he’s been there – done that and falls hook line and sinker for the twenty year old rival team player; Lane.

“Stop talking. Seriously. Because if you don’t, we’re never going to get to the part you just said. Because for some reason, I find these things you say in bed hot, even if they’re really weird.”

Lane was an acquired taste – one we quite frankly enjoyed more than not. He made us laugh and cringe in equal measure. A rising hockey star who struggles with verbal diarrhoea and social inadequacy and odd behaviour. At times brought on by nervousness and self-protection but on the whole a bog standard personality trait. He’s like marmite – you’ll either love him or hate him. We loved him despite annoying us at times to the point of frustration. The friendship between him and Zoe was lovely and she somehow brought out the best in Lane.

“I bet I’ll be better at it than I am at talking.”

The relationship between Lane and Jared was very fast moving – perhaps a bit too much so with not much development and togetherness which we believe was sacrificed for the actual hockey abundance. We would’ve loved this story if more emphasis had been placed on them learning about each other so we felt their connection rather than all the hockey speak. If we’d had more of their background sooner – learning of their childhoods and struggles of which we did get some snippets at the end but then it was almost too late.

“If I made you love hockey again, then that’s good, and we’re even. ‘Cause you taught me how to fight. For myself.”

So, yes we overall we enjoyed Breakaway to a point and we fell in love with the characters. The banter and shenanigans with friends and the emotional moments with family all made for a lovely and funny read. The equilibrium between that and the hockey scene just wasn’t there and it had quite an impact on our enjoyment.

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BREAKAWAY by AVON GALE
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THE SHADOW by SYLVAIN REYNARD :: EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT, INTERVIEW, REVIEW & FABULOUS SIGNED GIVEAWAY!!!!

A paranormal suspense romance Trilogy.
The Shadow is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

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♦ The Prince Novella #0.5  ::  amazon us | amazon uk our review
♦ The Raven Book One :: amazon us | amazon uk our review
The Shadow Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk

 

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SYNOPSIS


Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart… 

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy. 

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

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The Shadow

Reviewed by Gitte

5 Stars

 “Here is a feast for my senses as well as my heart.”

Well, what can I say that I haven’t said before? Honestly. Hands down my favourite book in this series which once more truly showcased the brilliance of Sylvain Reynard’s writing. This Author has always had a moving and striking way with words and once more I was amazed at the perfection and beauty. It’s not just words; it’s poetry – it’s listening to a song whilst the heart beats in tandem to the tune – furiously thumping its way into a rising crescendo.

“I’d forgotten.”

“You’d forgotten what?”

“What it’s like to be loved.”

The Shadow had everything any reader of romance and paranormal seek to find in a story. It had excellent pace with moments of sheer passion, intrigue, mystery, action and utterly stunning romance.

‘A bird in a cage is never as beautiful as a bird that is free.’

Reading this in one sitting I didn’t come up for air as I followed the continuing journey of the beautiful sweet soul; Raven and the distinguished passionate and somewhat arrogant Prince of Florence; William.

“You’re mine now. No one touches you. No one hurts you. And everyone who has will pay.”

The Shadow will captivate every sense of your being with vivid imagery, an enthralling story and characters who steal your heart. Of harrowing pasts and memories – loyalties, treason and war. This sensual, mesmerising, thrilling and refined series reminds me of why I fell in love with the paranormal romance genre many years ago. It felt like coming home.

“You’re a dream. A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

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THE FLORENTINE SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

The Prince Novella #0.5  ::  amazon us | amazon uk | our review
The Raven Book One :: amazon us | amazon uk | our review
The Shadow Book Two :: amazon us | amazon uk
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

The Shadow Excerpt

On Sunday evening, after spending the day together, William and Raven stood outside his villa next to his prized Triumph motorcycle.

“I can’t.” Raven backed away. “The last time I rode with you, I was sick.”

His eyes locked on hers. “This will be different. I swear.”

“You like to drive fast.”

“Yes.”

“But I have trouble holding on. Sometimes it’s painful for my injured leg. I may have to ask you to stop so I can stretch.”

“Then we’ll stop.” He moved closer and caressed her face with the back of his fingers. “I won’t let harm come to you. I swear by the relic.”

Heat flared in Raven’s middle at the sound of his words. “You must respect the relic very much. It’s the only thing you swear by.”

He nodded, his gray eyes dark and very intense. “We don’t have time for the story tonight. I need to be sure you’re deposited in your bed early enough to rest before work tomorrow.”

“I’d rather listen to your story.”

He brushed a kiss across her lips. “Another time.”

She pressed her cheek to his chest and listened to the strange sound of his heart. “The restoration project is almost finished. I’ll be on vacation until the beginning of September. We could go somewhere.”

“I would like that.” He nestled his fingers in her hair. “I would like to take you to York, where I was born.”

He wound a lock of her hair around his finger, his gaze fixing on the black strand. “And I would like to take you with me tonight.”

Raven looked at the motorcycle, her grip on him tightening. He watched her, a shadow of hope crossing his handsome face.

She could not disappoint him. “Lead on, old one.”

He smiled widely and led her to his machine.

William appeared to have chosen the darkest, most winding road that led from the city. Fortunately for Raven, his Triumph roadster had twin headlights that cut through the night.

She held him tightly, sitting as far forward as possible, her front pressed to his back, her arms clasped around his waist. The position was uncomfortable for her leg, but she ignored the discomfort, focusing on the feeling of being so close to the person she loved.

He wore sunglasses, but no helmet, much to her consternation. He liked to feel the wind in his hair, he’d said, and was indifferent to the risk of an accident.

“I won’t let harm come to you,” he’d promised, insisting she wear a helmet. He’d procured a black leather jacket to protect her from the wind and took great pleasure in placing it on her.

Raven clutched him more closely, shifting forward on the passenger seat at the back, her face turned to the side as the large, powerful motorcycle wound around the curves at high speed.

“Are you all right?” He lifted his voice above the roar of the machine.

“It’s a little fast.” Her reply was muffled by the helmet.

She lied. It was far too fast and the strain of having to hold him so tightly aggravated her injuries, but she knew how much William enjoyed speed. She could feel his joy, his wild abandon, as he revved the engine in the straightaways and effortlessly guided the bike around the curves. Excitement thrummed through his body, his muscles taut with control.

Her thighs tightened on the outside of his as they went around a corner, her arms cutting into the unyielding steel of his abdominals. William decelerated and she heard him chuckle, the sound of his amusement disappearing on the wind.

He was happy. He was free. And because he loved her, he wouldn’t dare approach the speed he preferred.

“It’s a lovely night.” He gestured to the inky sky that peeked through the canopy of trees above them.

She hugged him in response. Her injured leg began to throb, so with regret she squeezed his right side, the signal that she needed a rest.

William slowed immediately, pulling off to the side of the road near a private drive. He removed his sunglasses, climbed off the bike, and helped her with her helmet, placing it on top of the seat before offering his hand.

When her stiff leg wouldn’t cooperate, he lifted her into his arms. In the dim starlight, she could still see the joy on his face.

His eyebrows drew together under her perusal. “What?”

“Seeing you happy makes me happy.”

Without warning, he pressed their mouths together. When they came apart, he whispered in her ear. “I’d forgotten.”

“You’d forgotten what?” Her questing fingers sifted through the hair at the back of his head.

“What it’s like to be loved.”

 

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60 SECONDS WITH  SYLVAIN

TB: Hello and happy Sunday, Sylvain – we are beyond the moon that you agreed to pop over for a little chat. It’s truly an honour as we are huge fans of your writing.

SR: Hello Gitte and Jenny. Thank you for the kind invitation to join you and your readers. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

 

TB: So tell us, when did you begin writing your first book?

SR: I began writing at an early age. I can’t remember when exactly, but I believe I was using crayons.

TB: We’d love to see those!

 

TB:  How did your love of Italy and her culture begin?

SR: I read Dante many years ago and his love for Beatrice always fascinated me. I’m also interested in Italian history. Much of my affection for Italy centers on the beautiful city of Florence and her citizens – past and present.

TB: We adore Italy, especially Tuscany – the beauty and of course the wine!

 

TB: What are the top three things you are yet to do in life which are on your bucket list?

SR: I’m an amateur rock climber and would like to climb a mountain.  I’ve always wanted to visit Antarctica.  I’d also like to study Arabic.

 

TB: Is there a book which you can re-read again and again?

SR: I’ve read JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” many times. I always enjoy the books and I always find something new.

 

TB: Have you got any hidden talents or a party trick up your sleeve?

SR: I’m a very bad ventriloquist.

TB: Can we be the judge of that? This is a talent we’d love to see and happy to be a part of – you can put your hands on our bums anytime!

 

TB: Do you have any writing quirks – writing habits?

SR: I can’t write until I’ve had coffee – sometimes more than one cup. And I must have almost complete silence when I write otherwise I can’t hear the dialogue.

TB: We’re more of a 10 cups of coffee before we can function kind of girls!

 

TB: What is your favourite/least favourite food?

SR: I like lasagna. I despise liver; it’s offal.

TB: Right Lasagne it is –  be at ours 8pm sharp ;)

 

TB: Are you a music fan? Do you have specific music whilst writing or silence?

SR: I’m a music fan. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Gregory Alan Isakov and Matthew Perryman Jones. But I can’t listen to music while writing because it interferes with my ability to judge how the sentences sound.

 

TB: Do you have a celebrity crush?

SR: I wouldn’t call it a crush per se but I’m a big Star Wars fan.

TB: Hmmm…..

 

TB: Which is your favourite season and why?

SR: I like Autumn because it isn’t too hot or too cold and it brings with it the opportunity to build fires indoors.

TB: Ours is spring but we’re loving the sound of an indoor fire….candlelight….soft music…..

 

TB: Chocolate or Vanilla?

SR: It depends if we’re talking about ice cream or sex …

TB: Oh Sylvain….ice cream….always ice cream ;)

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THE GABRIEL’S INFERNO SERIES by SYLVAIN REYNARD

Gabriel's Inferno

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About the Author

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I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.

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