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UNTEACHABLE by LEAH RAEDER

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SYNOPSIS

This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers. 

I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: Such a fantastic surprise when you discover a book that instantly sweeps you up and takes you on an emotional journey which you just can’t let go off. I absolutely loved Unteachable; loved everything about it. The writing was brilliant, it was extremely powerful and poetic. It questioned and challenged in an eerie and gut-wrenching atmosphere. It was lyrical.

“There are moments, when you’re getting to know someone, when you realize something deep and buried in you is deep and buried in them, too. It feels like meeting a stranger you’ve known your whole life.”

We have two messed up characters who can’t stay away from each other, they circle each other marked by their past yet pulled to each other with an intense attraction.

“You can call it love, or you can call it freefall. They’re pretty much the same thing.”

The fact that they shouldn’t be together whether it be their age difference or the fact that their roles make it unethical well, it all adds to the possessive attachment.  I personally have this unexplainable pull towards the forbidden, the challenge of a story line and the unique and this story was just that. You do too right Jenny?!

 “Grow up. This is real. The world is ugly and nasty and fucked up, and so are we.”

Jenny: There really isn’t anything better than going into a book with no expectations and being blown away by what you find. Unteachable most definitely had me running the gauntlet of emotions, hoping against hope that everything would work out and was delivered in such a beautiful, moving, gritty and somewhat melodic way.  I really did enjoy this authors writing style. It never felt stilted or forced and  it wasn’t overdone with unnecessary description, yet I could picture every moment, every scene as if I was right there with Maise and Evan. It all just flowed so beautifully and I loved the movie theme and references.

“Nobody knows how to be grown up. We’re all just pretending for each other. It takes some people their entire lives to figure out what you already know.”

I agree Gitte, There really is something that draws us, like moths to a flame to these type of dysfunctional, taboo relationships. All the drama and heartache involved, It’s like a magnet. Whilst we frown upon it in reality, it provides a deliciously indulgent escape in the fictional world and has us completely consumed in every clandestine moment.

“Mr. Wilke says I’m both cynical and worldly for my age. I choose to take them both as compliments.”

Unteachable was that type of story. It was intense, passionate, at times completely sad and had me alternately clutching my stomach and heart.  In the most part I found this story absolutely gripping!

Gitte: I thought Maise and Evan were extremely well written characters. They had such depth and I immediately loved them. Their story was different, it was full of twists and drama, the intensity and emotion overwhelming at times. Their story truly was beautifully ugly and powerfully raw. The chemistry between these two characters was passionate and the forbidden was almost as desirable as it was destructive. These character just had to look at each other and I felt it; the recognition of a broken soul finding another, the tension and the lustful hunger. That was the strength of the writing and the power of Evan and Maise.

Maise was under no illusion of her issues and the pitfalls. She owned them, yet underestimated herself and her strength, her sweet and clued up disposition swallowed up by the hand she’s been dealt in life. I loved her character, so refreshingly honest and real.

“Thanks, Dad, for leaving a huge void in my life that Freud says has to be filled with dick.”

Sigh…Evan….I fell in love with his character; flaws and all.

“I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one’s letting me in on the secret.”

Unteachable was dark and delicious and kind of naughty. I bloody loved it! I’ve read quite a few student/teacher stories, yet this one was quite unique don’t you agree Jenny?

“…You should love something while you have it, love it fully and without reservation, even if you know you’ll lose it someday. We lose everything. If you’re trying to avoid loss, there’s no point in taking another breath, or letting your heart beat one more time. It all ends.” His fingers curl around mine. “That’s all life is. Breathing in, breathing out. The space between two breaths.”

Jenny: Can you believe this was my first student/teacher book I bloody loved it too Gitte. The depth of these characters was immense. Each so flawed, so broken. Both have baggage weighing them down but yes, they own it, they live it.  Maise in particular was written with both grit and vulnerability.  Maise, a young girl forced to grow up way before her time, yet still being the scared little girl inside, drowning in the hopelessness  of her surroundings, yet never giving up on the possibility that there is something better for her, that there is something worth fighting for and I loved the tenacity of this girl.

“What the hell am I? …Too old to be a real teenager, too young to drink. Old enough to die in a war, fuck grown men, and be completely confused about what I was doing with my life.”

Evan.  Well, like you I loved this man. Flaws, secrets and failings included. These two had the most extreme attraction. Physically, mentally and emotionally drawn to one another.  At times their issues brought them down, at times it lifted them.  Their relationship was a struggle and whilst it may have been morally wrong,  the heart wants what the heart wants and morality has to take a back seat.

“How is it possible he’s scared of losing me? Never in my life had I considered I might be something someone worried about losing.”

Every character was enriching and each added so much to this story don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Yes, I thought all the characters in Maise and Evan’s story played an important part and I loved the dynamics of the relationships. In a story full of emotional drama, broken souls and destructive family ties both Maise and Evan find their redemption and salvation from where they least expect and seek it; all the while fighting the inevitable.

“Who fixes broken people? Is it only other broken people, one’s who’ve already been ruined? And do we need to be fixed?”

So many lies and deceptions; so much hurt and neglect. It takes one strong amazing girl to make a life for herself by following her dreams whilst grasping the fact that love exists, it’s okay to love and be loved in return.

“Things I didn’t expect to do my senior year:

Become a drug dealer.

Become my mother.

Find and lose the love of my life.”

I just had to give this story of love, life and obsession 5 glowing stars Jenny; I absolutely loved it!

“I can’t hold on to you. You’re like that shooting star. Just a trail of fire in my hands.”

This Author’s writing is exceptionally beautiful and descriptive and it’s definitely one to go on that TBR list right?!

Jenny:  For sure! I look forward to more from Leah Raeder. I absolutely loved her prose. The internal workings of Maise’s mind delighted, saddened and moved me. She certainly kept you on your toes.

“There’s something so beautiful waiting for you. Don’t run from it. Run toward it.”

Unteachable gripped me and engaged me from the beginning and had me experiencing anxiousness to the ninth degree.  The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star for me was I felt it became a little lost for a while towards the end, but that was soon remedied by an ending that completely satisfied me.

“You’re right, Evan, I thought.  No one knows us here. I don’t even know myself.”

Well, I know you both now and I adore you. Evan and Maise you moved me.  I was there with you both through every up and every down and you engaged me every step of the way. A gripping, passionate and raw story that I absolutely recommend.

“And the Oscar goes to Evan Wilke, for putting the first fine, hairline crack in the ruby of my heart.”

Gitte: 5 stars
Jenny: 4.5 stars

UNTEACHABLE by LEAH RAEDER
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THE MISTRESS (The Original Sinners #4) by Tiffany Reisz

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 **SPOILER FREE REVIEW**

SYNPOSIS

The final book in The Original Sinners Series – The Red Years.

There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….

 

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Reviewed by Gitte

I have honestly run out of new and original accolades and praise. I have thrown every positive and gushing word there is in the dictionary out there, I think, describing the ‘genius of’ and my powerful love for Tiffany Reisz. Now, don’t worry I’m not admitting to being a stalker here, rather I love and worship her talent from afar 😉 Though in the words of Søren:

“There is nothing I don’t want to know about you.” ~ Søren

I’ve described her amazing stories and characters in English, French and Danish trying to do her and them justice, trying to be as original as the lady herself. That’s right I bloody love her. I love every single word she has written as it finds a home in my heart.  She never fails to impress me, astound me and make me feel. She makes me cry, laugh, clench and bow at her feet all at once. Such is her talent and power over me through her words. There is no doubt that this series has been placed on a pedestal in my heart.  An absolute favourite series that has just about every human emotion you could wish for and then some. Tiffany Reisz is one talented Lady to be able to invoke extreme laughter till your sides hurt, and then in one breath, one word, have your eyes brimming with tears and your heart aching with pain.

So, I would absolutely hate for anyone to have their reading experience ruined by spoilers. It happens I know, but not here. If I had one wish it’s for every reader to go into this series blind and be as wowed as I was by the utter brilliance and the beautiful words. Because this series truly is, just that, beautiful.

“There is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect you, Eleanor. Nothing I wouldn’t do to help you. And nothing I wouldn’t do to save you. Nothing.” ~ Søren

The theme is not easy to read at times, neither are the harrowing and disturbing images that play in your mind as you read. But the beauty with which it is written will sweep you away and you will be living amongst the characters feeling everything. Each and every one of the characters finds a way under your skin and never leave. I will never forget them. Their story from start to finish is a work of pure art which weaves magic; spellbinding.

“….I only ask that you do what I tell you to do from now on.” ~ Søren

“Do what you tell me to do?” ~ Nora

“Yes. I want you to obey me.” ~ Søren

“From now on? Like…how long?” ~ Nora

And he smiled then and she knew she should have been afraid but something in that smile…It was the first time that night she felt safe.

“Forever.” ~ Søren

Never has a series made me as crazy obsessive as this one has. Made me so desperate to shut the world off so I can sit and inhale every word through sheer addiction. The words wrapping themselves around me unable to let me go. Like being caught in a web of pure intensity and emotion. Reading every word afraid to miss anything as every word counts, creating a world that scares the bloody crap out of me but that I wish to be part of just so I can be in the same room as these fucked up beautiful characters. The amazing thing about the writing though, is that this is exactly what happens. I was part of it. Every bloody step of the way and I will never forget this journey.

“Owning Nora sounded as dangerous as owning a nuclear bomb.”

So, what to expect from The Mistress. I’m not regurgitating the storyline. I don’t need to nor do I want to. If you’ve read the previous books you know what to expect and you’ll be reading The Mistress right now not wanting to read my paltry attempt at doing this book justice and if you haven’t read this series yet, well I’ll say it again, what are you waiting for? Go buy it and see for yourselves what this Authors words can do to your mind and body. She provokes, challenges and makes you question as you laugh, ‘ugly cry’ and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up; the goose bumps lining your arms as you clutch that kindle or paperback to your heart.

The Mistress is, as the previous books, amazingly brilliant, gruesome and harrowing. It’s revealing, passionate and so bloody emotional that I cried for hours….seriously I have never cried so much before from written words on a page.

“They kissed like the world was about to end. Perhaps it was. Perhaps they should all find someone to kiss like that if only to remember they were still alive.” – Grace

Nora had me laughing hysterically one minute then violently crying the next, and re-affirmed her as my favourite heroine bar none. I love her for everything she is.

“Say what one would about Nora Sutherlin, but the woman was a survivor, strong and resilient…She’d been born strong and iron had sharpened iron.”

Søren, be still my pounding heart. No man has ever had such an effect on me as his character. Complex with such power, and a strong façade that hides a genuinely kind heart that loves.  Søren is mesmerising and I am in awe of his all-encompassing beauty.

“He’s the most beautiful man on earth, he’s got an inner drive and power that I’m drawn to, he can scare the shit out of someone with a glance, he can put someone on their knees with a word, he can see into your soul if you make a mistake of looking into his eyes. And it is a mistake because you will never want to look away again no matter how bare and naked he lays your most private self.” – Nora

This series is like no other. It’s erotic and uniquely passionate and romantic, thought provoking and so very clever. The sarcasm, the banter, the lust and obsessive love. It bleeds off the pages.

Yes, I sound like a reader possessed and obsessed even, but I honestly am. I own it, and Tiffany Reisz and her characters own a huge part of my heart, my admiration, respect and love. Always.

They have ALL become my family. Nora, Søren, Kingsley, Griffin, Michael, Wesley, Zack, Grace and Laila. Even Gitte (to be immortalised in the arms of Søren. My life is now complete!)

Everything about this book, the whole series, is breath-taking. I have no more words……

 “Love versus love. King, you’re comparing infinities. There is no ‘more.’ That’s not how love works. If it’s love, it’s infinite. You can’t count it.” – Nora

 

5+++++ Genius, Brilliant emotional Stars

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Harlequin and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review

 


**THE ORIGINAL SINNERS SERIES READING ORDER**

THE RED YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and Erotica Writer
TB Series Reviews

Original Sinners

The Siren        : amazon us amazon uk
The Angel       : amazon us | amazon uk
The Prince      : amazon us | amazon uk
The Mistress  : amazon us | amazon uk 

THE WHITE YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, Submissive

White Years

The Saint    : amazon us | amazon uk
The King     : amazon us | amazon uk
The Virgin  : amazon us | amazon uk
*  The Queenamazon us | amazon uk 

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FIXED ON YOU (Fixed #1) by LAURELIN PAIGE

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SYNOPSIS

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny: So Gitte, this book originally caught our eye when we added it to our upcoming release list, and was then put aside as we felt it sounded similar to others we had read. We then received recommendations for it and decided to dig in.  So, was it different?  Did it offer something new? Well, parts were definitely similar…the rich businessman gun shy of commitment making a proposal to a woman who sweeps him off his feet, yep, that’s been covered.  But…..on the other hand it really did feel kind of fresh and new, it definitely held my interest, and for me, one of the big contributors to that was Alayna.

“Damn, Hudson looked just as good from the rear as from the front. If he was going to be in the club a lot I was going to have to start wearing panty liners.”

Oh boy didn’t we love this girl. Her inner monologue was so funny and she sure did give us some good laughs didn’t she Gitte?  Sure, she had issues, but she was clever, sassy and so forthright and I loved the fact she had no filter.  Alayna certainly added much to this very hot, sensual, funny and addictive read.

“Hudson, you’re kind of an asshole.”

It seemed to be just what we needed at the time wasn’t it G?

Gitte: It really was Jenny and despite the similarities with other books in this genre, I agree, it did offer something different. Yes, we had the multi-millionaire controlling alpha male who doesn’t ‘do’ love. But what we did have was a strong, funny, intelligent and pretty messed up heroine.  She was really refreshing and I loved her inner monologue and how she rationalised her actions. Oh and her ‘little problem’ of stalking, well despite the seriousness of it, it was kind of written ‘tongue in cheek’ which I loved.

“Are you also incapable of love?” – Hudson

“No, just the opposite.  I love too much….” – Alayna

She wasn’t naïve nor was she annoying. I thought she was written brilliantly. And yes, her knack for saying exactly what she thought had me laughing.

Jenny: And then there’s our hero Hudson Pierce. I’m not sure what I feel about Hudson. Don’t get me wrong…he’s hot. Smoking hot and he has a very naughty mouth on him at times and I did like him, a LOT, but there was also something that held me back from LOVING him. He sent mixed messages and my feelings were all over the place with him.

“I never pay for sex, Alayna. When I fuck you, it will be for free.” Hudson

He’s rich, handsome, great in bed, demanding and slightly alpha. Hudson is manipulative, a workaholic, a bit stiff (no pun intended) and thinks he’s incapable of love and is the polar opposite of funny, quirky, outgoing Alayna, who herself has a bit of a problem when it comes to falling for men.  It’s not that she’s incapable of love, nope, when this girl falls…she falls hard….like obsessively hard. Though I have to say Gitte, after reading Fixed On You, I’m worried that our “researching” tendencies on the internet is something we should be concerned about ;)….nah…never.

“I didn’t fight it, giving myself over to him in every way he demanded. And with each demand, I lost more of myself to him.”

After mulling it over, I think my slight detachment from Hudson came down to one word.  Now, this is probably going to make me sound crazy and picky, but every time he called Alayna “precious” all I heard in my head was “my precious” (said in Gollum voice) and it took me completely out of the moment. I know, I know…sounds nuts right? But it really did. It was such a small thing, but it was a bit of an issue for me. What about you G?.

Gitte: Hmmm so yes, Hudson, let me firstly say that I got tingles when we met him in the bar. I thought here we go, bring it on.

“It was how he looked at me, in a way that no man had ever looked at me, a hungry possessiveness present in his stare as if he not only had undressed me in his mind, but had claimed me to be sated by no one ever again except him. – Alayna

As the story unfolded he showed a different side and at times I felt conflicted as I thought the idea of his character got confused. And yes, ‘precious’ was used way too often. I’m not sure I liked this endearment very much, but hey that’s a personal thing. That aside though, I loved his vulnerable side as I think he was conditioned to believe something about himself which has pretty much messed this poor bloke up. He is quite a contradiction living up to a label that has been defined by others.  His demanding and controlling ways up against the confused almost ‘little boy lost’.

“I will continue to seduce you. I’m a man who gets what he wants. And I want you.” – Hudson

Oh and Jenny….cough….our umm googling is not stalking. It’s investigative research!! Hahahaha

Jenny: Hudson and Alayna both have their issues and each could be the trigger to compound one another’s problems, so they must tread carefully which is difficult when you can’t think straight when the other is around due to the fact that you are constantly consumed with each other on a physical level.

“I knew – absolutely unequivocally knew – the he desired me as much as I desired him.”

One is incapable of feelings and the other consumed by obsessive feelings. What a pair!

“Do you think your ugly is any different than mine?”

Can two negatives make a positive? Well, I sure was entertained while they endeavoured to work it out. I loved the interaction with Sophia, Hudsons’ mother and Alayna. Wow! She gave as she got and I was high- fiving her during these stoushes. What a cold hearted cow Sophia was!

“I was attracted to him because he’s hot. Though, I stayed with him because he’s fucking awesome in bed.”

I really did enjoy Fixed On You. All characters…love them or hate them, played a part and it was definitely a fun, very steamy and very sexy read and one I would definitely recommend.  Bring on book two, Found In You in October! I need more!

Gitte: Indeed what a pair!! It should in theory never work. But it does. Both are pretty fucked up and one’s issue exacerbates the others. Yet this is where I think that the labels given, precedes the person, so it will work. They recognise it in each other.

“So Hudson Pierce is into nerdy girls.” – Alayna

“I’m into you – when you’re nerdy, when you’re flustered. When you’re whimpering under my tongue.” – Hudson

I think both are alone, they haven’t got the stable love and encouragement of another. So the fact that they both have emotional struggles is part of the attraction.

As for the rest of the cast. Well, I didn’t really like any of them, but then I don’t think you’re supposed to, if you are then ooops. What I did LOVE was the interactions like you did Jenny, especially between Hudson’s Mum and Alayna. There was no cowering or meekness, Alayna showed that bitch what for, despite her insecurities. Well played! I also loved the interactions between Hudson’s Dad and Alayna, they were funny and telling. So thinking about it, I just basically loved Alayna and she made this story for me and I can’t wait for more in the next instalment!

Jenny: 4 stars
Gitte: 4 Stars

 

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MANIC (Rook and Ronin #2) by JA Huss – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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SYNOPSIS

TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.

Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? 😉

Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her good are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!

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 Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: The excitement to be back with Rook and (sigh) Ronin was almost too much wasn’t it Jenny. We loved Tragic and couldn’t wait to hear what was in store for them next. Upon starting ‘Manic’ we find Rook just about to embark on the Sturgis contract. Dragging her feet, regretting her decision to be involved, a decision made out of ‘childish spite.’ She’s been warned yet has no idea what she’s let herself in for and to begin with she’s regretting that all important ‘yes’.  However, as the story moves on she takes charge of herself, her body and her environment whilst making many self-discoveries. It all comes to a head when Rook’s past clashes with her present and we make discoveries that B.L.E.W my mind!

Throughout the journey we go on with Rook in ‘Manic’ it’s quite apparent that she’s changing. She was vulnerable yet self-aware; looking out for herself.

“This girl has been in denial for so long she can barely process the truth.”

Now, she has self-confidence and questions everything around her. This does not mean her vulnerability and appealing sweet nature is forgotten, it comes out in several scenes. Rook forms and enhances a connection with our three main men, ‘the gorgeous three’s’ – Ronin, Spencer and Ford. Each offering her something she needs.

“…Not only am I young….I’m also pretty fucked up in the life department…I was tragic. So tragic they had a campaign with my name on it. So fucking tragic I was living in a homeless shelter when I turned up here.”

‘Manic’ was Rook’s journey and sadly this meant that Ronin didn’t feature as much…and I missed him…a lot! This guy just amazes me, he isn’t afraid of voicing what he wants or how he feels.

“…He likes the lost ones…He likes to swoop in and save them…”

Mind you, a certain Mr. Ford gave Ronin a run for his money for me and I may have fallen in complete lust, oh and the man reads…LUSH! But I digress….You missed Ronin too didn’t you Jenny?

Jenny: We were definitely more than ready to be back with Rook and….yes…(insert major dreamy sigh here!) Ronin. Seriously, that man can do no wrong in my eyes. I am in book boyfriend love with him. Oh yeah…where was I?  Right, so Manic takes us a step further after Tragic when Rook is embarking on the Shrike contract – involving lots of body paint and hardly a stitch of clothing. If Rook thought the Tragic contract was erotic photography…well…this definitely takes things to another level!

Rook is wading her way through the job which also came with an “added” bonus of a reality show she wasn’t aware of, establishing a new relationship and learning who she is in the process.

“I want you to take care of me, Ronin.”

Oh yes please! Manic really was Rook’s journey and yes, you’re spot on G. I really did miss Ronin for a bit of this book. I love his voice, I love the interaction between him Spencer and Ford and most importantly I love the sparks that fly between him and Rook, so yes, I missed that DIVINE man.  Don’t get me wrong, exploring the relationships between Rook, Spencer and Ford was fun but well….Ronin is it for me in case you haven’t guessed!

“Then let me, just let me put it all together for us. I can make you happy.”

Gitte: So whilst Rook is getting on with the Sturgis contract which involves nudity and stunning paintwork, Ronin is called away. This leaves her in the company of the hot Spencer, the gorgeous and cheeky Billy and the enigmatic, highly intense and intriguing Ford. Her feelings are all over the place and at times her thoughts and behaviour regarding Ronin peeved me off a bit. I understand she’s a young girl who’s had a horrific past; however, her thought process and actions were confusing at times.

“It’s work, Rook. Not love.”

As her past catches up with her, she needs her strength and new friendships more than ever. Did you feel the same about Rook as I did Jenny?

Jenny: I really do love Rook. She’s a feisty little thing and she speaks her mind. She’s put up with enough crap in her life and she’s going to do things on her terms. Underneath she’s still that vulnerable young woman and I did have to keep reminding myself she was only 19 because, as you said, her thought processes were so jumbled at times that she did give me whiplash and now and then her reactions and inner thoughts in that regard frustrated me.  Rook is a contradiction, she keeps you on your toes…very much the self assured woman one minute and the questioning young girl the next.

Gitte: So, I really enjoyed how ‘Manic’ began and I loved the last third of the book. The middle fell short for me however and it became a bit of a filler book. I understand that the journey Rook made through the Sturgis contract was important to her, however, there are only so many modelling scenes you need to or can read about before it becomes repetitive. Nothing much happened and I felt it dragged. The last third of ‘Manic’…well what can I say? The revelations were brilliant. The discoveries we made, the dynamics of relationships and secrets revealed. Just FAB! LOVED it! If only they had not been rushed in right at the end and been delved upon deeper. Well, then the middle bit of the book dragging would have been null and void in my opinion.

“Your first impression of Spencer should be dumb…Your first impression of Ford should be well-dressed asshole, but maybe a little on the weak side….Your first impression of me should be honest, trustworthy guy…Your first impressions would be dead-ass wrong in all three cases.” – Ronin

My only concern now is book #3. I have no idea where it’s going as the actual last few pages had me baffled, though at least it didn’t end on a cliff-hanger as such. I just hope we get to not only see more of ‘the gorgous three’ but also learn more about them and their past and yes I am hoping for that elusive HEA for Rook and Ronin.

“I want you to take care of me, Ronin.”

“Then let me, just let me put it all together for us. I can make you happy.”

I love this Authors writing style and her characters are intense with so much depth and appeal. I would definitely recommend adding this series to your tbr and cannot wait for the next instalment! It’s a real passionate, sensual, intriguing, emotional and thrilling ride.

“I’ve never dated a girl like you, Rook. You are everything I want. I love all your parts. I love the wary parts, the defiant parts, the independent parts, and your innocence and vulnerability. I want you next to me and when you’re not there I feel like a part of me is missing. I’m so in love with you, Rook. So fucking in love with you, it scares me.”

What did you think Jenny?

Jenny:  Yes Gitte, when discussing Manic, we both did feel that the middle did fall somewhat flat due to the overuse of the modelling assignment descriptions. They felt a little overkill at times and did give this book a somewhat filler feel through the middle…but wow! were we absolutely knocked off our socks towards the end of this book. I was gobsmacked, knocked sideways because the author managed to take this in a different direction I DID NOT see coming at all and I love nothing more than being surprised!

“Now my fucking girlfriend’s stuck in the middle, she’s got no idea what I used to do, and the whole fucking things is about to blow up in my face.”

The relationships, the intrigue and the plot twist really did keep me on my toes though I did feel, like you, there was one element which felt rather rushed and I would have seen this part of the story that drawn out a little more at the expense of the lengthy modelling scenes in the middle.

Despite this, I have to say I really enjoyed Manic. This author really does write her characters so well and Rook’s relationships with Spencer, Ford and Ronin are all so very different and each is explored so beautifully and yes! I’m dying to see where she takes us with Rook and Ronin and what awaits them down the track.  These two are so passionate, their chemistry consumes you.

“I want you next to me and when you’re not there I feel like a part of me is missing. “

In Manic we are drip fed just enough to keep us guessing, then whack…we’re hit between the eyes with revelations when you least expect it! This is a series I would absolutely recommend picking up.  I can’t wait for book three and we are indeed left asking what on earth is going to happen next, because I have no idea where she is taking us in Panic, but what I do know I’ll be first in line to take a seat on the next ride with Rook & Ronin…oh.. And Ford….I want to know a whole lot more about you buddy! Yummmmm!

Gitte & Jenny : 4 Stars 

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SEIZE ME (Breakneck #1) by CRYSTAL SPEARS

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SYNOPSIS

Winter Belov was the sweet innocent one in her crime family, the dutiful daughter that never disappointed her father. One day, her father does the unspeakable. When he turns his back, Winter flees across the country, taking her life savings with her, determined never to enter that sort of lifestyle again.

No longer innocent, she now lives in Nevada. Lana is her best friend and the only family Winter has. Together, they are two of the best exotic dancers in the county. While working a shift, Pyro, Lana’s long time crush, propositions Winter. He begs her to do a private gig at Breakneck. She accepts, with the condition that Lana dances with her.

When Winter’s eyes lock with Braxxon Breaker’s, the President of Breakneck, she realizes she is no longer free; she has been seized. He is everything she is running from but at the same time, everything she wants. Braxxon will not take no for an answer, and purposely disrupts Winter’s life.

Rivals of Braxxon’s club are vicious and they do something that will have him out for blood. Winter’s and Braxxon’s relationship is anything but a normal one. If they want to be together, crimes must be committed, friendships will be broken and people are going to die.

What happens when all that chaos mixes with Winter’s father locating her? It will be a bloodshed when Winter and Braxxon seek revenge and take no prisoners.

***WARNING***
This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs, abuse and some sexual situations.  For readers 18 & up

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Reviewed by Gitte 

So, you know that feeling when you’re either in a book funk or you have so many books on your ‘to be read’ list that you just don’t know what to pick up? You need something that will just take you on one hell of a mad, over the top, sexy and crazy bad arse ride? Well, I think this one easily fits the bill. It’s not pretty, clean or sugar sweet. It’s gritty, ugly, hard, filthy, passionate and quite horrific at times. But it’s good! Will this book change your life, no. Is it flawless, no! Is it entertaining, absolutely yes!

I enjoyed this one and read it in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. I fell crazily in love with our hero Braxxon AND I met one of the coolest and seriously bad arse heroines in a long time – Winter. If you asked me what it was that I enjoyed so much about Seize Me, I doubt I could tell you specifics….I just did, their story just worked for me despite my eye-rolling and chuckles at times. It’s not an overly long read but it packs so much into its pages that I felt like I’d run a marathon by the time I could take an easy breath. Realistic? Perhaps not but this is fiction. Sometimes we just need a little crazy that’ll make us swoon right?

So, I need to warn you. There are some pretty harrowing scenes in this book featuring rape and violence as well as drug use. This is no level-headed pretty package wrapped in glittery paper with a big pink bow on it. But I loved un-wrapping it all the same. The fact that we got both Winter and Braxxon’s pov’s really played a big part in why this story worked so well. I connected with both characters and sympathised with them despite their flaws. Their hearts were good.

“I know that I’ll never be the same ever again. Braxxon has seized me, and something tells me he isn’t letting me go.”

Seize me is set in the world of the MC and Russian Mafia and when territories get crossed things get UGLY! And when they get ugly they get downright nasty and violent. Winter has escaped her Dad’s clutches after he killed the love of her life in front of her. She runs, wanting nothing to do with that world anymore. Winter chooses to set herself up in anonymity as an exotic dancer where she meets Lana, who becomes her best friend. The girls have a great show and are asked to perform for the President of Breakneck MC by his VP – Pyro. Seeing as Lana ‘wants’ Pyro, Winter reluctantly accepts, and so begins the ‘hell on wheels’ journey of Winter and Braxxon.

Name’s Braxxon baby and I wanna touch an Angel.”

“I haven’t even seen him yet, but I want to spread my legs and beg his tongue to drip nasty words all over my core.”

Winter was a really strong heroine. She’s still grieving and when life blows up in her face again, this girl does not go gently into the night; rather, she pulls a gun on it. I think the reason I enjoyed this story so much is purely down to Winter. She literally kicked arse!

“Winter is the only woman who has ever stolen my breath.”

Now as for the MC Prez, Braxxon, this guy is just lush. He’s got a right dirty mouth on him, his behaviour leaves much to be desired, but, I just couldn’t help but love this guy. He’s a contradiction that you shouldn’t fall for but you do.

“My baby is speechless cause I just want to cuddle.”

There is so much drama packed into such a short amount of time it gave me whiplash and I’d say Seize Me had just about every scenario that would invoke any kind emotion from a reader. There were some great characters in Seize Me and they all played a part. I personally can’t wait for Shadow’s story if he gets one! At times I couldn’t believe what I was reading but at no point did I want to put this story down. I do however wish it had been longer to flesh out the characters more, not been so rushed and generally tidied up on the whole.  But despite this I thoroughly enjoyed Seize Me.

“Let’s agree to just love, spoil and fuck one another equally, yeah?”

“She’ll always be my Angel, no matter what fucking happens…”

So yeah, I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series, which I’m going to hazard a guess at, will be a marmite series. You’ll either love it or not….

 Gitte: 4 Stars

 

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