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Knightmare (City Knight #2) by T A Webb: REVIEW

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SYNOPSIS

What happens when two broken men collide? And one of them disappears? Marcus Prater has already lost one man to senseless violence. He won’t lose another. Calling in all his resources, former blue knights on the Atlanta Police Department, and his own experience as a Vice cop, Marcus desperately searches for the new man in his life, college student and rent boy Ben Danvers. Can love survive in the wake of Marcus’s worst nightmare? Warning. This is the second in a three book series. It is filled with angst, gruff men, and just maybe some hot man-on-man action. Be aware, there IS a third story coming, so don’t piss and moan if there is a cliff hanger in your future. You HAVE been warned..


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Our Review by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte:  So ‘Knightmare’ is the much anticipated book #2 in this series for me, seeing as ‘Working It’ ended on such a horrible cliff-hanger.  It begins right where book #1 ended so we haven’t missed anything.  As this is yet another short read we are very mindful as to not say anything about the story as it would be most unfair to ruin this series for any new readers or those waiting to hit it on their to-be-read pile. I fell in love with the brilliant writing talent of this Author in book #1 so I inhaled every single word and it did not disappoint, well except for being too short.  How this Author manages to pack so much into such a short book is mind boggling.

He draws every emotion from you as you read through the thrilling suspense, the mysterious cloak and dagger but most of all, for me, the revelling in the beauty that is Marcus. Sigh…Marcus, so strong and passionate with an absolutely huge heart that beats out of the pages of this story.  I have to say I completely lost my heart to him in the previous book and this still remains the case.

Now as for Ben, despite me wanting to give him a good talking to for what he *did*, yeah that really peeved me off, I still fear for him, for what broke and scarred him, and I just want them to get their much deserved happy ending…but who knows, because yet again we are left hanging over the edge of a huge cliff and I may have shouted at my kindle…not a-bloody-gain!!!!” I have to say that for readers who enjoy the M/M genre this Author is a must read. His writing is so addictive that you get lost in his story; his words are beautiful and burrow deep into your heart. Then there are the times where they make your pulse race, your heart beat out of your chest from fear, anger and passion. The evidence is right here…now go get lost in his words! Don’t you agree Jenny?

Jenny:  Absolutely GitteI am in love with this authors writing style, it’s hypnotic and he really does have us hanging on his every word, to the degree that we feel and live each and every moment. I felt it deep in Working It and Knightmare certainly didn’t disappoint. That same intensity, the sizzling sexual chemistry, that knot you get in your gut as you read with anxiety and dread and the aching feeling in your heart during the passionate, the tender and sorrowful moments, they were all there.  

I have to agree with you and ask myself, how does this author pack so much into so few pages! It’s testament to the talent of his writing that he can draw us in so quickly and leave us spellbound right up to the end! Gah…the end….another cliffhanger! Is T.A. Webb trying to finish me off? Roll on book #3!

I have to say, the cliffhanger in Working It nearly killed me. I didn’t think I’d last this long waiting for this book and eagerly devoured every single word in Knightmare. Gitte, it is indeed difficult to review Knightmare as you have to be mindful to not spoil anything for readers who may not have discovered this unbelievably addictive series as yet, because you really do need to experience every heart stopping and indeed every heart wrenching moment as it happens.

As you said, this story picks up immediately following the cliffhanger in book one and we’re plunged head first into the anticipation, drama, passion and complete despair as we follow the journey of Marcus and Ben.  There’s isn’t an easy relationship, with obstacles, tragedy, past demons and differences to confront but you hope within your heart that life will hand these two happiness, but every step you take with them leads you through an absolute gauntlet of emotions. 

“The world was quiet and everything was right and peaceful, and his last thought before he allowed sleep to claim him was Mine.  His.”

As I was being swept along by this story, as I was invested in every single moment, and just as I was hanging on for dear life, it all ended too quickly.  I needed more! I wasn’t ready for it to end and I can’t wait to enter the world of Marcus and Ben in Book #3, my heart is already in my mouth anticipating that one!

This was a short read, but make no mistake.  What it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in content.  Once again this author gave me so much and I loved every minute.  And yes readers! As Gitte said….go now….get lost in the characters and the story and immerse yourselves in these intoxicating reads.

 Gitte: 4 stars
Jenny: 4 stars

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Strings (Hard Rock Harlots #1) by Kendall Grey

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 SYNOPSIS:

WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny “heroine” (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.

* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks.

Free-spirited musician Letty Dillinger adheres to a strict, “no strings attached” policy when it comes to men. After a wild night of unabashed sex in a fancy hotel room, she never expects to see the adventurous stud she dubs “Shades” again. When her all-girl rock trio books a tour at the last minute as the opening act for their archenemies, Letty’s shocked to discover she knows the competition’s new lead singer. Intimately. Shades is no longer a one-night stand. Now he’s the guy she has to one-up on stage every night for the sake of her career.

Sharing close quarters on a bus with her sexy nemesis and his bad-boy buddies puts Letty’s Golden Rule to the test. On this tour, guitar strings aren’t the only things being played. And when heartstrings are pulled too hard, they’re bound to snap sooner or later.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: So Jenny, I thought nothing much could make me blush anymore but Strings did just that.  Between laughing till I had tears at the banter and one-liners to blushing from the extremely filthy scenes and vulgarity, this sure made for an addictive and refreshing Rock Star read.

Refreshing, because our heroine had the mouth of a sailor and she was so unlike our usual female leads, she was strong and fierce. She was a fighter and a true Rock Star. Not many of those about.

Nothing could prepare you for this story and I have to say I was gobsmacked as it hits you from the word go when Letty meets Shades and their journey begins.  Our hero and heroine DO NOT go gently into the night…they throw away the rule book on one night stands and if you googled it you’d be nowhere close!

Warning should definitely be given when picking this book up, not only for content, but absolutely also for where you are when you read it and in what kind of company! Don’t you agree Jenny?!

Jenny: Haha! Note to Gitte…beware of reading filth in public!  Well, talk about the old saying “be careful what we wish for”!  After our moan lately about the influx of books containing 20+ virgins, and saying how it would be refreshing to read about a heroine who is  gritty and a little more “experienced” shall we say, we certainly got that wish with Letty in Strings…and then some!!

“If I don’t get laid tonight, my cooter will go nuclear and wipe out a city block” Letty

Letty was something else! She was tenacious, sexy, funny, free spirited and absolutely epitomized the Rock Chick persona! The whole book was a walk on the rock star wild side with lots of hot and heavy sex, lots of humor, filth and lovable characters. Shades and Letty were such a lot of fun and very….HOT and yup, no flies on these two…they get straight in there!

The warning displayed on the synopsis of this book definitely pulled me in. It was hilarious and begged a reader to get in there!  In all honesty, even that warning didn’t prepare me for this.  This was definitely a blush inducing read. TB Warning: Do not leave Kindle unattended whilst reading lol

Gitte: So we have our heroine, Letty who is in a girl band with her mates Kate and Jinx called Cherry Buzz Float. These girls absolutely ROCKED and I LOVED that. I actually thought it was such a thrilling ride to experience a POV from a rocking female lead like Letty!

“My name is Letty Dillinger, and I’m a fucking star.”

The mouth on her though was pure crude filth. Yes it was funny and I was in hysterical laughter through a lot of the story because of her dialogue. However, I do have to admit that it did get a bit much towards the end because for me it did start to detract from an absolutely fabulous storyline.

Cherry Buzz Float are waiting for a breakthrough to get the fame and fortune they so deserve. Their music is honest and real but they need that break. This comes in the form of teaming up with Killer Dixon when their mutual manager Jillian sends them on tour together. The new front man for Killer Dixon is a familiar face, one that will make his way underneath her tough and cool exterior; Shades.

“I don’t know if it’s my heart, my soul, or both, but goddamn it, Shades has unearthed the music that makes me who I am and dragged it to the surface for inspection.” – Letty

So absolutely, Letty rocked but the emphasis on what came out of her mouth became a tad overwhelming. I did love her though because underneath that hard exterior laid a talented sensitive and artistic soul that was scared to love and be discovered for anything other than her music. When she’s on the stage rocking out that is when she’s in her element and she was fantastic.

“Some people find strength in religion. I believe in music, and I defend it with everything I’ve got, even when things don’t go my way.”

Jenny:   This book definitely starts as it means to go on from page one. I found it funny and refreshing to have a character such as Letty.  She was the polar opposite of just about any female character we’ve read lately and I loved that. I loved her. The bad ass exterior and the sensitive girl underneath, she was so likeable, so unique.

“My name is Letty Dillinger, and I was born to rock your face off” – Letty

This girl knew what she wanted and despite all the obstacles in her way, she was ballsy without arrogance, and she went for it. Nothing got in the way of Letty.  She was fun, irreverent and such a refreshing change but……

I have to agree with you and say the shock value of her dialogue did get a bit much.  I loved this storyline, loved the characters and found it so entertaining but at times the dialogue appeared to overtake the story.

It tended to become a little over the top and repetitive and I was beginning stray because of it, but at 80% it did calm down and we were able to move along nicely and really get stuck into what was a really good storyline and allow more of Letty’s emotions and deeper personality seep through, but she never lost who she was and I really liked that.

Gitte: Now Shades, yeah …Letty met her match there. Shades is beyond cool. He is quite naff at times but the cheesy lines coming from him makes him that much more attractive and gorgeously sexy. He has style and class and he is primal in his passion. Big swoon time for me and I was sold the minute he spoke to Letty in the bar when they first met.

I did sometimes wish I could have heard his voice though. I wanted his thoughts on Letty and her foul mouth and what he felt during certain scenes. Shades was intense, funny, hot, passionate, willing to umm try anything once and a Rock Star through and through. LOVED him!

Jenny: Oh god Gitte, talk about swaaaaooon. I LOVED Shades!  From the first minute we met him I knew I was going to love this guy. Oh, and his birthday is the same day as mine! Shades was rock star cool.  Hot, talented, doesn’t give a crap, extremely sexual, willing to try anything (oh dear god…THAT scene!)  – yep, this guy is so cool he can even pull off throwing out those goofy 70’s one liners which completely cracked me up by the way and absolutely endeared him to me even more, yet make no mistake, he was definitely all man!

It was like a force brought Letty and Shades together. What a perfect match they were.  I revelled in the fact there was no crap about these two. What you saw was what you got and together these two ignited the pages! Their banter was hilarious and I do agree with you Gitte in that I too would have liked to have heard Shades voice. There was a lot going on in that guy’s head and I for one would have loved to have known exactly what it was.

I lose track of my body, and my fingers take me where they want to go.
They lead me to Shades. Always back to Shades
.
– Letty

Does anyone cock an eyebrow quite like Shades?…sigh….

Gitte: I have to say Jenny; this book is not going to be for everyone is it? It was quite animalistic, quite crude and vulgar BUT it did have a FAB romantic storyline running through it, it was hilarious and it had the Rock Factor in abundance! Oh and I think I now know every word imaginable for sex and private parts. Seriously, so many great lines but I have no idea how to use them in a sentence in daily life, but I kind of want to!! This story should be read for what it is and in no way taken too seriously and I enjoyed it for just that!

“I’m going to fill up this sweet little box with hot Toddy.”

Oh and I am desperate for Toombs and Jinx’s story! Bring it on because I loved these two characters as well!

Jenny: You’re right there Gitte. This book definitely won’t be for everyone. It’s like The Sinners Series on crack with the lead character morphed into a female body haha.  It did read like a vaginal thesaurus and ummm I’m pretty sure you can’t use most of them in daily life, but knock yourself out and have fun trying……just don’t do it around the kiddlies, there’s a love 😉

This book was a fun, hot and filthy ride. Whilst it could, at times, be a little over the top and once in a while it did get bogged down with shock value dialogue, it was always entertaining, always fun and it most definitely satisfied my rock star fix and gave me a few good laughs along the way.

Yes readers,  Letty and friends pull no punches. If you go into this book with an open mind, a sense of humor and leave your judgement at the door, you’ll have a ball with Strings just as we did.

“Playing in front of crowds energizes me. It’s a shot of adrenaline right in the heart. The moment I mount the stage, I make the venue my bitch. I shove mighty womancock in the place and just fuck the living fuck out of it” – Letty

Oh yes Gitte! Bring on Toombs and Jinx’s story for sure! These two have me so intrigued I don’t know where to start!

“Jinx  – the female version of John Fucking Bonham on crack” – Letty

Yes indeed….bring on Jinx!!!!

Gitte: 4 Stars
Jenny: 4 Stars

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THIS GIRL by COLLEEN HOOVER – REVIEW

THE SLAMMED SERIES by COLLEEN HOOVER

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This Girl

 SYNOPSIS
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.
Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.
In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

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THIS GIRL

Our thoughts by Jenny & Gitte

This is a review with a difference so we hope you’ll bear with us.

We were going to discuss the contents of this book but scrapped that idea because…well, it’s Colleen Hoover so you know it’s well written.  Most of you already know Will and Layken and all the other characters from the Slammed Series (if you don’t then pick this series up now!) so you know you’re going to love them and you know from this authors writing style that this book is going to have heart….and lots of it.

And let’s face it, we know you guys would rather read the book for yourselves than have us tell you about it.

So instead, we’re going to talk about what this book meant to us.

We loved Slammed and Point of Retreat with all our hearts. What we didn’t realise until reading This Girl was how much we genuinely missed all these characters.

Sure, we knew what an impact these characters had had on us and how much they had become a part of our lives but being reunited with them again after a year was like meeting up with old friends and every minute spent in This Girl took us back to that moment when we read Slammed and Point of Retreat.  You know the one? That “moment” we refer to at TB as “Book Love”. That special feeling you get when you’ve just experienced a story so beautiful, characters so enchanting and writing so magical that you feel it deep down in your bones and you know, without a doubt, it’s going to stay with you forever.

There are moments in life you can recall in a heartbeat.  The ones where you’re transported back in time to a moment you want to relive because it left a mark on you. It made you happy and it brought warmth to your soul. It was so special you wanted to tuck it away in your heart and bring it out at a time when you needed to put that smile back on your face.

Well, the Slammed Series was that for us. We can recall every moment, every second of how we felt and the warm feeling those books brought to us when we were reading them. They will stay with us for life, of that we’re sure.

So, knowing we were going back to that was always going to feel special.

But we won’t lie to you.  There was a certain amount of trepidation going into this for us. Was this going to simply be a retelling of Slammed? Was it just Slammed told from Will’s POV? Were we going to get bored and skim? After all, we know the story of Slammed already and we had previously heard Will’s voice in Point of Retreat so we knew what to expect from him.  Yes readers, we were worried.  We wanted to love it, but dreaded the possibility that maybe we wouldn’t.

We’re delighted to say all our fears were allayed about one chapter in.  We were back! That same warm, wonderful feeling was back and we were once again basking in book love glow!

First off, we’re not going to refer to This Girl as  “Slammed from Will’s POV” because for us that is too simple a term for how wonderful and beautiful this book was.  We consider This Girl to be an “extension” of the series. A must have for fans of Slammed and Point of Retreat.  It really does offer THAT much!

Sure, technically it is Slammed told by Will but readers it is so, so much more.  We get new perspectives, new moments, new emotions and completely new scenes both current and past. This story is told in a back and forth composition which is so perfectly executed, so precisely timed that the reader is taken on a journey through Will’s eyes that will leave you spellbound in its beauty and telling. The epilogue is something book lovers dream about and being that we are both readers first and reviewer/bloggers second,  we can tell you that this book completely captivated us and it’s the thing book memories are made of.

So, how much did we love This Girl? Let us tell you this.  Ask us in a year…hell…no! Ask us in five years what we were doing at the time and how we felt whilst reading This Girl and we know, with absolute certainty that we’ll be able to tell you because this book left a mark on us to the point where we will be able to recall every emotion and every minute of how we felt whilst immersed in this story.  Throw listening to I And Love And You by the Avett Brothers into the mix and we’ll be right back to April 2013 in the blink of an eye.

Colleen Hoover has the ability to write about moments and turn them into memories.

So, don’t hesitate. Pick it up. Devour it, and then be sure to share that memory with someone else, because after all, memories are better when shared.

 

5 Absolutely beautiful stars by J&G

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Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

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SYNOPSIS

Sometimes all you need is Patience.

Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn’t quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him.

Zeke isn’t the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren’t so easy to find.

Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: I actually have tears sat here thinking what to write as my emotions are all over the place thinking about this story. It’s one of those that hits you immediately and you gasp out loud, put your kindle down and say out loud “I did NOT just read that sentence” the few little words that immediately release tears and get your hackles up. You know it’s going to be a hard read and you continue, unable to stop because you want reassurance that everything is going to be okay for our main characters Patience and Zeke. There is so much I want to say but I fear I will ruin this story for everyone who should without doubt pick this book up. What do you think Jenny?

Jenny:  I know exactly what you mean Gitte because I am the same.  And yes, I totally agree with you, to give anything away would be a travesty.  A reader has to experience every moment for the first time just as we did. Sitting here, reliving this book and recalling the heartache I felt reading it, once again reduces me to tears.  I just didn’t realise the level to which this story would affect me. I don’t think I was quite prepared for what was to come and I can’t begin to express the nervous, sick feeling I carried in my stomach pretty much the whole way through this book.  I did indeed gasp…out loud, on a number of occasions.  This powerfully poignant, dark romantic story was so detailed in its aching and so touching in its telling of Zeke and Patience, two damaged yet resilient souls who were able to see something so unique, something so special in each other that they didn’t see in themselves, was one I found  compelling and couldn’t put it down until the end.

“She belonged in the light and I was right where I was meant to be – stuck in a dark, dank gymnasium”.Zeke

“I was a broken porcelain doll, cracked beyond repair and tossed in the back of a closet.”  Patience

Gitte: Zeke and Patience are both extremely broken and haunted characters. They have both been severely scarred both on the inside and the outside by the people, who should have loved them the most; who should have protected them. Brought up in complete dysfunctional families where pain is the dish of the day, they are survivors.

Patience despite her appalling “home life” is an extremely beautiful and strong soul. She thinks of everyone else before herself. She haunted me with every word written about her real life behind closed doors and I literally wanted to pick her out of my kindle and put her in my pocket.

Patience trusts Zeke, despite how he acts and his, at times, cruel words. She sees the real Zeke underneath the façade. She trusts him though why, she doesn’t know. People are easy to judge on appearance and adapted behaviour, but this guy despite the tattoos, the rock star persona and everything that comes with that, shows his real sensitive side just as his soul sees and understands hers.

Zeke was such a well written character. He is flawed in some ways, playing the crude arsehole, but mostly he was a hero in my eyes as he was in Patience’s eyes.

“I don’t look at you like you’re nothing. I look at you like you’re everything, because you are, and I fucking hate it.”Zeke

I loved that he was blunt and didn’t mince his words. He was honest to a fault no matter what reaction his words caused. He was cocky yet underneath all the layers of hurt and layers of self-protection which was caused by the hand he was dealt in life lies a beautiful and honest soul surrounding a heart waiting to be pieced back together.

“He was covered in color and art; he was a standing statue for freedom, and I was drawn to his careless stature.”Patience

“Damn, snowflake, if you get any hotter you’ll melt.”Zeke

The journey isn’t smooth for Zeke and Patience by any means or us the readers. They have their own separate emotional baggage which has made them adapt roles in life, unable to trust and unable to believe that they can indeed be loved and love in return.

“What is it about girls and cocky assholes? I’ll never understand it.”Megan (Umm we totally get it right Jenny!?!)

Jenny: Damn straight Megan! And yes, you’re spot on Gitte. These cocky arseholes definitely do attract us, but let’s face it, we were never going to be able to resist Zeke, and not because he was a drop dead gorgeous musician, with a body to match (which did help of course) but because we were able to see the beauty in the soul that lay underneath all the outward bravado from this man who had been given more than his fair share of life’s hard knocks and he broke my heart. This tattooed, honest to a fault, pierced, tough, hard living man saw no future, he felt such hopelessness at the hand he’d been dealt that he played out his life accordingly, silently wishing for the day his band, Blow Hole would be discovered and take him away from the hell that was his life, yet resigned to the fact that this was his life. This was all it would ever be.  He’d built walls that he wouldn’t allow to be penetrated …that was until he met Patience.  In Patience he saw something different. Something pure, something untainted and a beauty he wouldn’t sully with his world.

“Her kisses were tiny miracles” Zeke

“Don’t ever be scared with me. I’d never do anything to hurt you and I’d destroy anyone who tried.”  Zeke

Patience…..Oh Patience. This girl took my heart and shredded it.  My aching for her was felt deep down.  I just wanted to pick her up and take her away from everything. I wanted to make it all okay for her.  Sad, lonely, perfectly imperfect Patience suffering and living her own tragic and sorry existence whilst feeling apathy at a life which has let her down, yet showing a loyalty and selflessness that will tear at your heartstrings.   The opening chapters were extremely hard to read and this strong, determined yet vulnerable and damaged girl had me completely transfixed.  Zeke and Patience….together they make sense. They will captivate you.

Do you like playing that song?” I asked casually as I handed him the guitar
“Not really”
“Then why were you?”
“It reminds me of you”

Gitte: I thought this story was brilliantly written and I inhaled every single word. Patience and Zeke are from complete different walks of life but tragedy and pain does not discriminate for anything or anyone. This beauty of two emotionally broken souls finding each other, unable to resist the pull despite every obstacle; paired with the heart wrenching pain makes for one powerful story that will stay with me for a long while.

“Years of shadows and darkness were erased in that very moment. I held my source of freedom in my arms and I could already feel the heat from her light against my skin.”Zeke

Jenny: I agree Gitte. This story was so beautifully written.  A powerful and engrossing story, it wasn’t always pretty, in fact it was extremely difficult at times. Zeke and Patience, “two broken parts of a whole person” will intoxicate you, they will break you, you will feel their hurt and you will experience their pain, you will rally for them in a way you never thought possible and you will love with them completely.

There’s a place you land, right before you hit rock bottom, a sort of cushion before the blow…..Zeke was that place for me. He was like a rainbow in my black and white movie, a soothing touch against jagged scars.Patience

The moments of beauty and tenderness interspersed throughout a story of such cruelty, emotional turmoil and heartache will remain with you for a long time to come.

Everything bad went away in that moment. She soothed every scar, took away every bad memory. She made me feel betterZeke

Gitte:    4.5 Heart-breaking Beautiful Stars
Jenny:  4.5 Gut wrenching stars

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PLAYING PATIENCE by TABATHA VARGO
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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

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Synopsis:

“I have a proposition for you…”

Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.

Four days.

She could do four days!

But she wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.

One thing is for certain.

One brother is right for her.

One wants a lifetime.

And one is in league with the devil.

She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: I have to say I really enjoyed The Bet. It was a really sweet, funny and light read. One of those that you can read in one sitting with a smile on your face and one that slots perfectly in between darker more emotional reads. There were so many reasons why I loved it. Firstly I am a sucker for friends to lovers’ stories and secondly, it had one of the most wickedly funny Grandma’s in it ever!

Jenny: Absolutely Gitte. This was just the right read at just the right time. It was fun, sexy, sweet and indeed a nice light read that I became completely lost in.  The Grandma was hilarious! She practically stole every scene in the book.  This was a three way friends to lovers triangle with a twist so it was double the fun.

“Nothing makes a guy run faster than knowing he could have it all and lose it all, with one woman”

Gitte:  Kacey has grown up with Jake and Travis and there is so much history between the three of them and neither one can hide from the other, they share a past. Not all so good though. There are a lot of secrets and emotions in the bonds that ties them as well as tragedy.  The humour was excellent; I fell in love with Travis and Kacey who never really grew out of their banter and shenanigans.  

“Oh gosh it’s moving! It’s so gross! Can’t you just like, flex your butt or something?” – Kacey

“Why, yes….Why don’t I just clench my butt muscles in hopes that it will shock the spider enough to crawl back into the hell hole it came out of.” – Travis

Travis was lush. He was a romantic and gave his heart away a long time ago. He made me laugh and he made my heart ache with the unrequited love. Despite being a gorgeous and passionate man, he had this child-like humour which I love and for a man of few words, used to being in the shade of his brother, the words he did say melted my heart!

“Do you really think I’m beautiful?” – Kacey

“No. I think you’re breathtaking….I think you’re life altering….I think you’re uniquely, wonderfully …you.” – Travis

Travis and Kacey are both on a path of self-discovery in this story, but it is a path neither would have taken unless for the meddling hand of the coolest Grandma ever!

“Where have you been all my life?” – Kacey

“Home,” “I’ve been home, waiting for you” – Travis

I have to say that Jake mostly irritated me but at least he knew his short comings and I understood that this guy is completely lost trying to either find himself-which is the hard way or living up to his persona-which is the easy way.

This guy has a lot of pressure passed on to him and he sees no way out except for the short gratuitous thrills landing at his feet everywhere he goes handed to him on a platter.

Grandma absolutely stole every scene she was in and I wanted to pick her out the kindle and become mine.

“Are you sure he’d be okay with this?” – Kacey

“Oh honey, why else would he give me a key?” – Grandma

“He didn’t give you a key. You lifted ten rocks to find the hide-a-key.” – Kacey

“Same thing” – Grandma

Jenny:  I loved the banter and fun between Travis and Kacey.  The fight on the kitchen floor was priceless and really endeared me to these two.  Really? Did these three really grow up and out of their childhood rivalries? No, and that’s what was so much fun.

“I don’t live in the city” He smoldered. Wait, did guys smolder? She looked again. Apparently they did.  Kacey

 Kacey had a lot of past baggage to deal with and coming back to her hometown, albeit under abnormal circumstances was just what she needed.  The old saying about “being right under your nose” was spot on here and Travis was my guy from the get go. This beautiful man who held his feelings in check won me over immediately, and when he did give his heart…well, I was a gonner!

“Don’t do that, don’t look down when I give you compliments” –  Travis

Jake was way too intense and well….he was a bit of a dog to be honest, though he certainly gave me a few giggles.

Kacey was torn between the two and watching her decipher her feelings was told through humor and love and it really was endearing and funny.

Gitte:  So yeah I really enjoyed this story for what it was. It had great characters, fab humour and sweet romance. I would have liked to have more “afters” perhaps in an epilogue also I have to say that the cover does this book a great dis-service. The couple on the cover looks nothing like how the characters are described in the story which is a pet peeve of mine. It takes some of the shine off I have to say. It does however have a great message:

“It’s important to live and not get so hung up on the past. The past is called the past for a reason. If you are constantly looking behind you, your eyes aren’t on the road ahead. You don’t drive a car that way, so why would you live your life that way? – Kacey’s Mum

Jenny: This really was a lovely, light read and whilst I did get frustrated a couple of times with the characters actions, overall I did really enjoy it.  Friends to lovers stories…..is there anything better, and when told in a fun light manner, with a potential love triangle with lovable characters, well..how can you not enjoy it.

 

Gitte: 4 Stars
Jenny: 4 Stars

THE BET by RACHEL VAN DYKEN
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