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Inked Ever After (Bowen #2.5) by Elle Aycart

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Tattooed bad boy James Bowen is about to marry the love of his life. Everything would be perfect if it wasn’t for the tiny detail that his bride-to-be is freaking out big time. And trying to hide it from him.

Tate Cooper is losing it. She loves James with all her heart and wants to be married to him; it’s the getting married that’s killing her. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother,and totally overwhelmed by the wedding arrangements, she’s in full emotional meltdown. But James deserves a happy bride, not a high-maintenance, sorrow-filled, guilt-stricken one, and, by God, she’s going to give him that, even if she has to paste on a smile and fake it till she makes it.

James doesn’t know whether to be amused or pissed. He understands she’s running scared, but there is no way in hell he’s going to allow this to continue; he’s going to push her to confront her fears until she happily embraces their ever after.


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte  – 4 Stars

Jenny:  This novella needs to come with a warning:  Read whilst sitting in fridge! Ummm….so….gulp…dirty talking James Bowen is back and oh my, hasn’t he ramped up that naughty mouth of his quite the notch since we last spent time with him Gitte? We first met James in Inked Ever After and his dirty talk was pretty hot, then along came Cole Bowen and I thought he was the king of the dirty talkers….but James is baaaaack and wow! I need a minute…..*fans self*

Gitte: James ‘filthy mouth’ Bowen is indeed back and wow…*fanning myself* too…he is so amazingly HOT!! Sure thing Jenny, this novella should definitely come with a warning. Fridge? More like Freezer….

Jenny:  Yep, you’re spot on…freezer it is! This was such a good companion to the Bowen Brothers series and it does compliment the series.  What is there to say about dirty talking (have I mentioned this?) alpha, possessive, hot as hell James Bowen that we haven’t already said before?  Yep, he’s still as alpha and possessive as ever and even more so with his impending marriage to Tate, the love of his life just moments away.

Tate Cooper is deeply in love (and lust) with James, and can’t wait to marry him, but why is she freaking out at the prospect of the big day looming?  Tate has past issues she is still carrying around. Still grieving the loss of her father and brother and feeling completely overwhelmed with everything going on around her.  She is trying to be as happy as she can, hiding her grief, fears and panic attacks from James and he’s giving here space…to a degree.

James, in true James style lets her….well….to put it James’ way “fuck her way out of it” and my, oh my doesn’t he do that well….extremely well it must be said.

He certainly knows how to get her mind off troublesome thoughts, but he knows she’s just masking her issues and at some point they are going to need to confront and sort out the problems plaguing them before the big day.

He needs to think of a way to get Tate to face here fears head on and he decides enough is enough (not sex, ‘cause there would NEVER be enough of that for the insatiable James) and he is going to get his woman to trust him enough to open up and let him help her and to give into him heart and soul.

Gitte: I LOVED catching up with James and Tate in this well written and addictive novella. I pretty much inhaled every word…and not only the filth that came out of James’ mouth hahaha, seriously this guy is LUSH!! No, what I especially loved about this story is to be reminded of how possessive James is, how passionately he loves and how fiercely protective he is of Tate. He would literally do anything for his woman and there is nothing he wouldn’t do to make her feel safe, happy and loved.  He wants his big wedding day, he want to do everything right by Tate.

James knows Tate is weighed down by emotional turmoil. She is indeed hiding something and James goes above and beyond for his woman to get to the bottom of it and make her feel comfortable enough to open up to him. Now, I had a few issues with Tate from More than Meets the Ink and I was worried that this would continue into this one. Well it did for about a few pages in then I understood and she brought tears to my eyes. James is such an amazing man who enables the trust and the faith.

Jenny:  Tate does have to learn to let James in. All the way.  She has given her heart but he wants more and she has to learn to lean on him. Being a born protector he is overwhelmed with the need to protect this woman with every breath he takes. I loved seeing these two come together and become one. How they had to learn together along the way and grow with each other.

As Tate deals with her insecurities and grief, and James finally gets her to open up you know that these two will be okay. Theirs is a love that runs deep. They will prevail. I loved this novella and I loved sharing this time with James and Tate. I can’t wait for more in the Bowen Brothers series.  Yep, love this author’s work!

Gitte: It is not often we get to share a journey with a couple; the ups and downs, only to fall right back in with them and feel that feeling all over again coupled with angst and heightened emotions as to what obstacles may or may not be thrown at them before they reach their happily ever after.

Well, this Author did just that and I have to say, she is without a doubt becoming one of my favourite Authors and I cannot wait for ‘Jack & Elle’s?’ story and of course ‘Max and x’s?’ Bring it on….

Oh and just an FYI….. Elle Aycart….is now a firm favourite!!


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Bowen Brothers

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Companion to More Than Meets the Ink
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Blacque/Bleu (Arcada) by Belinda McBride

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Lukas Blacque is a deeply closeted werewolf, and almost more than anything in life, he desires his neighbor, Oliver Bleu. Oliver is a vampire who is slowly dying from insomnia. More than anything, he needs Lukas Blacque and the rich blood that flows through his veins. 

On the day that Blacque makes an important commitment to his family and pack, he also succumbs to temptation and agrees to a passionate weekend with the alluring vampire. At sunset on Friday, it’s all about urgent lust and the drive to lose his virginity. When the sun rises on Monday, lust has shifted to love and devotion. He’s not sure he can walk away, even for the commitment he’s made. He’s even less sure Bleu will let him go.

In Blacque’s world, vampires and werewolves make uneasy bedfellows, and a gay werewolf is an impossibility. In Bleu’s world, all living creatures are little more than vessels for food and sex. But in the mysterious and magical town of Arcada, the unexpected is always waiting right around the corner. Now Blacque and Bleu just need to survive long enough for Arcada’s magic to work for them. 

Publisher’s Note: Blacque/Bleu is related to Chrysalis and Mad at the Moon, which were published by Changeling Press. This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Bondage, domination, male/male sexual practices, violence.

★ ☆ ★ ☆ ★

Gitte: 4.5 stars

I finished this story a few days ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. It had been a while since I read a paranormal and this is my first m/m paranormal.

Seriously it has everything if you enjoy this genre, we have a hot tattooed pierced wolf (Lukas Blacque) who is fiercely protective, strong yet vulnerable. Then we have the beautiful but arrogant vampire (Oliver Bleu) who is fading fast and loosing strength yet still looks classically handsome.












Blacque lives a bit of a lonely life. He hides his sexuality from the pack and his family as well as from himself to a degree. His mechanic shop is next door to Bleu’s interior restorations shop and unbeknownst to both they are equally in the grips of an attraction to each other. Though neither realise the depth of this desire, rather they explain it to themselves as a need for sustenance and other “nocturnal activities”.


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Their story takes place in the town of Arcada which hides a secret from outsiders as well as its own inhabitants. It harbours all things mystical and magical living alongside humans under accepted rules to maintain peace and understanding.

Blacque is thrown into an uncomfortable situation by his Father, the alpha leader of the pack. He is basically told to reproduce to maintain their blood line which for obvious reasons doesn’t sit well with Blacque due to his sexuality. It is after this meeting he is thrown into the path of Bleu who is both hungry and intensely attracted to Blacque.

This is where their journey begins and it is one hell of a journey.  It has so much emotion and passion, suspense and action…the Author’s brilliant addictive writing combines the best of both genres in my opinion!

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I loved both Blacque and Bleu. If you asked me to choose one I’d say both without hesitation, I mean one’s a wolf and one’s a vampire…how can you choose right? They were both extremely deep characters, both had seen and been through tragedy in their life, both needed what the other could provide. They faced so many obstacles and it all comes to a head where the fierceness of them had the hairs rise on the back of my neck.

I inhaled every word in this story, completely swept along on their emotional journey. It brings mystery of the supernatural kind, suspense and sweet and sexy moments to the reader. LOVED IT!

My only complaint is the abrupt end. Yes everything was tied up, but for all the drama, suffering and uncertainty I just wanted more of the ‘happy together Blacque and Bleu’. I know there is another story in this series sitting on my kindle so I hope they make an appearance in it so I can see how they are doing….fingers crossed!! 


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MMA Romance – Standalone

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A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong—but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents…

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte – 4.5 Stars

Jenny:  We can never get enough of MMA book with a tortured hero can we Gitte? But what I found with this one was that there was a twist with regard to the MC which I found quite different and, as sad as that was, I enjoyed that this delved a little further than being a romance. Remy was at the heart of this story and I found him such troubled and interesting character.

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

Remington Tate. Remy. Riptide.  We know him by many names, but knowing the man. What makes him tick, what drives Remy’s compulsive and at times unpredictable behaviour? Where does his anger, confusion and uncertainty stem from?  Why was he so tortured and could Brooke  be his salvation? Was she going to be the woman who sees so much more than the angry, manic fighter the fans see? That’s what I wanted to unravel and I couldn’t wait to find out.

Remy finds it hard to communicate, finding it hard to express himself and is most definitely a man of few words, and this again was something I really wanted to further explore.

Brooke knocks Remy for a six when he first locks eyes with her and continues to be confused by the intense feelings he has for her.  Unable to precisely communicate his emotions through thought and words, Remy uses music/songs to express his feelings and this was such a poignant and beautiful part of the story and being an absolute music nut, I LOVED it!  The author put a lot of effort into having the right songs for Remy and Brooke, even so far as to obtaining lyrics, and I’m so glad she did because this really did add to the story.  I know there is one song in particular I will listen to from now on and always think of Brooke and Remy.  Somehow the author turned it into “their song” for me and I loved that.

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Gitte: I loved this story Jenny, for so many reasons, not just for the obvious ones like the fact that we have a gorgeous tortured hero in Remy, but the fact that this one absolutely put a different spin to the typical MMA stories out there. Remy is a complete force of nature. He is F.I.E.R.C.E! Like the dangerous quiet before the devastating storm. There is something so utterly raw and intense about Remy that just traps the reader…he exudes this power that is unrivalled. He makes you miss a breath. He is like no other. He left me speechless!

What I loved most about him though is the way he communicates through music. Remy is a man after my own heart. He reduced me to a puddle on the floor by his feet in complete captivation and desire.

His immediate and intense attraction to Brooke, an attraction he is unable to communicate, gave me chills.

You cannot relax into this story completely as the danger is there and you just don’t know which way it’s going to go. Remy was complex and his story broke my heart…made me cry! This Author had me gripped and on the edge of my seat through the whole story, oh and the music…spot on!

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Jenny:  You’re so right Gitte.  In a way, you do read this with some measure of dread in your heart because you feel so much for this tormented man.  Brooke is a tough cookie and tries to deny her feelings for the intensely closed off Remy, who fights as a way of dealing with his aggression.  This man brings out such a need in Brooke she is unsure of how to proceed with Remy but knows she has to proceed with caution.

As her physio it is her job to keep this man in peak condition, to make him ready for every fight on his calender, to take care of him and keep him in peak condition physically and mentally.

Remy relies on Brooke in more ways than one and his feelings are so extreme towards her she must be guard herself against the intense and unpredictable Remy. Remy, what can I say about Remy? Loved him. Remy will melt your heart.  He will break your heart at times and you will want to just grab this big bear of a man and hold him. Hold him until you make everything right for Remy.  His has not been an easy road. Misjudged, used and misunderstood, but with Brooke by his side, can she help him tame his demons and be the Remy he desperately wants to be? I really enjoyed Real, it was a different take on a theme I love, the sexual chemistry was off the charts and I’m glad I got to read Brooke and Remy’s story.  A story with heart about a man who will steal it. The ending completely melted me.

Gitte: Brooke was a great heroine. She too has had emotional trauma in her past and it has shaped her into who she is the day she meets Remy and affects her actions from then on in respect to the intensity of feelings she has for him. Brooke has had to change her life and find her place and now has the added uncertainty of Remy.

Remy has so much turmoil within him yet lacks the words. The reasons for who Remy is, his struggles and his aggression he cannot put into words.  By keeping Brooke at his side he tries to show her, tries to convey who he really is through music, show her another side. Brooke reciprocates and I thought this journey was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking at times despite the ugly and gritty rearing its head throughout. The sexual tension was so intense, built up to the extreme so that you literally can’t take any more.

I loved this story and without a doubt I absolutely fell in total LOVE with Remy. I applaud this new Author for taking a different path in the genre of MMA romance. It worked and she nailed it!

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Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J R Ward

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Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

Reviewed by Gitte:
Blay & Qhuinn’s story: 5+++++ intense and emotional wish there’d been more Stars

Story overall: 4 stars


As a devout BDB fan I have been W.A.I.T.I.N.G in anticipation for this very book. Blay and Qhuinn stole my heart many books ago with the tragedy of two souls meant to be together, unrequited love and confusion over sexuality. And oh wow the pressure from us BDB readers on J.R Ward to get Qhuay’s story spot on; well it must have been immense!

I absolutely inhaled every word in this very long book. I am not going to say too much about their story as with this one, more than any other; no spoilers should be out there to ruin a BDB reader’s anticipation and excitement.

I just want to stress though that this is one series you DO need to read in order and not skip books in as you will be completely lost in the on-going fight and storyline that continues from book to book.

So how did I feel the minute I had read the last word? Emotional – I was crying like a baby. Elated, Satisfied yet also disappointed (which I will get to in a minute).

This series, if you know me, is one of my all-time favourites. It was my first paranormal and it is the series I keep going back to and re-read whenever I can, that is how much I love it. As the majority of BDB readers I have my favourite male – Zsadist so his story is read more often but yes, absolutely, Blay and Qhuinn, this was the one I have been most looking forward to.

As always the writing is beyond excellent, it has The Warden’s FAB sense of humour, the intrigue, the intensity, the sensuality and the passion! This Author is right there at the top for me!

But here is my question…why the change from the first half of the series? Why do we need so many stories within one book thereby neglecting the couple this story is really about? I have noticed that in the last few books everyone becomes pretty much a side character, too many stories crammed into one, the main couple barely in the spotlight. I want back to the good old days, earlier in the series when it was first and foremost about the couple, their journey, their thoughts and struggles. Yes, absolutely we need the fight, we need the action, the journey and to spend time with other characters but seriously not so much that our main couple come across as a novella within another story.  In this one we do not only have Blay & Qhuinn who, let’s be honest, is what we were all waiting so desperately for, but we also have Layla & Xcor, Assail and Trez; we have the story lines of Drug Dealing, The Lessers, The Council and the Band of Bastards. That’s way too much crammed into one book in my honest opinion. I never skim read this one but I can fully understand why readers would. At times I hate to admit it, I felt frustratingly close.

So, this was mostly Qhuinn’s story in my opinion. He had me in tears so many times. A messed up childhood, what with his family treating him as something disgusting they stepped on with their shoe; unloved and abhorred. All because of his one green and one blue eye.

The only constant in his life since the beginning has been Blay. Blay who was and is his one ‘constant’; who gives him strength and the love he so deeply needed and desired….and still does. We know a lot of his story already but learn more, so much more and it broke my heart!

‘Unbidden, his feet took another step forward. “I’m sorry”…All of a sudden he was saying these words over and over again, repeating them with each footfall that brought him closer to Blay. “I’m sorry… I’m sorry…. I’m sorry”….’ – I was SOBBING!

Blay is so tough, compassionate and kind-hearted. He loves, protects and feels with passion and fierceness. He is loyal to a fault and completely self-less.

“Now I know why he’s in love with you” – Layla

Blay develops more in this story too; his alpha maleness reaches a whole new level in my opinion. Oh and how I loved Blay’s Mum:

“You are my heart beating outside of my chest….I want for you what you want for yourself. I love you Blaylock – I love you..”

Blay as we know is always there with open arms when it comes to Qhuinn. No matter how much he tries to step back in order to guard his heart. Yet here when he hears the words:

“Make it stop” from Qhuinn….how can he not? Again, I was SOBBING!

So yes, I loved it, how could I not. When I was knee-deep in Qhuinn and Blay it was beyond perfect, it was what I have been waiting for but at the end of the day I felt slightly cheated and I feel that they were cheated too; they should have been given so much more, they deserved it after all they had been through! Yes they got a killer of an Epilogue, but I hate to say this, I feel as if the series is losing the very essence of what the Black Dagger Brotherhood was all about and this makes me so very sad.

I know the Warden will probably never read this review on our little blog but I just wish and hope that this is not what is to come and that somehow we can go back to basics and they start to shine as they did before, because this is one outstanding series!

Overall, yes we were absolutely given our much needed HEA through unravelling pasts and secrets. We had tears, heartache, truths uncovered and realisations. We had passion and the much anticipated release of that important bonding scent. We got it and I LOVED every minute and every word!



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Sinful (Addicted #2) by Charlotte Featherstone


He must find redemption in the most unlikely bedchamber…

In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.

While these numerous dalliances fulfill Matthew’s every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel – and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more.

Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy – despite Matthew’s growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew’s secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous is could destroy everyone he loves. A sin, he fears, not even the love of a good woman can take away…


Jenny:  4.5 Stars

In Victorian England, vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.

We meet Matthew, the handsome, notorious aristocratic playboy with the closed heart. His past haunts him and for him, sex with a woman is just that. Sex. No emotion, no feeling. Sex fills his physical needs but he is shut off emotionally.

Jane is a lowly nurse. She works as a lady’s companion during the day and a nurse at night. This is where she meets Matthew who has been beaten up. Matthews eyes are bandaged as a result of the attack and he cannot see Jane but is drawn to her through her angelic voice and caring touch. These two have a connection, a bond which transcends sight and Matthew and Jane cannot deny the strong feelings they have for one another. Being with Jane makes Matthew yearn for more.

Jane was such a beautiful and sweet character. She wasn’t your classic stunning beauty, her beauty was on the inside and I loved her from the minute we met her. Matthew needed a strong woman to free him from his past and Jane could be that woman.

Although being a bit of a novice on Historical Romances I have to say I have become a huge fan of this genre, and this book was one I devoured immediately. I was swept away by its beauty, it’s characters, it’s drama and the way in which the author had me experiencing life in this era.

To say this was an emotional read would be an understatement. The character of Matthew with all his flaws and demons had me riveted. The relationship between Matthew and Jane was beautiful, painful, erotic, sensual, heartbreaking and even cruel at times and I breathed every minute of it.

There were times I actually had to put the book down and compose myself such was the profound effect this story was having on me.

There were a few reveals I didn’t see coming and they shocked me. I pretty much worked out Matthews demons early on but this in NO way detracted from my horror when his back story was revealed.
It was moving and I felt every moment.

“I know the man you were,”
“I’ve glimpsed him since. Where is he, Matthew?”
“He’s broken,” he rasped as he ran his lips down her cheek to her jaw. “He’s fucking ruined, Jane, and he’ll destroy you.”

The sex was steamy……the carriage scene **fans self** – well, you definitely felt the chemistry between these two – it leapt off the pages.

This book was such a surprise and turned out quite differently to what I originally expected and it was pure torture at times, but torture in a… “i’ve just read a really great book” kind of way. You know? The sort of book that leaves a mark on your heart.

This book held me from the very first to last page and it never let go.

A truly amazing read that I won’t forget in a hurry. This is a book that will stay with you long after you read “the end”/

NB: I read Sinful without reading Addicted (Book #1) and found I kept pace with the story.


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