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DELIVER by PAM GODWIN

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SYNOPSIS

His name was Joshua Carter. Now it’s whatever she wants it to be.

She is a Deliverer.

She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price.

As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold.

Delivering is all she knows.

The one thing she can’t deliver is a captive from slavery.

Until him.

And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her…from herself.

Romantic Thriller
Stand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.
Content warning: Graphic sex, violence, and psychological abuse. Age 18+ only.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4 Stars

Gitte:  I have to start off with saying how much I bloody love Pam Godwin’s writing style, it comes across effortless and through its beauty it evokes intense emotions and images of the scenes so vividly that it’s as if I’m watching them play out, with my heart in my throat. I loved this unique story of Liv & Josh, I felt as if I’d been through a gruelling experience of abuse, violence and darkness with a heart breaking romance amongst it all. It was absolutely mind blowing at times. However, I would have loved some of the loose ends tied up or at least explained as well as more ‘afters’ which I think the characters and I deserved after such a harrowing journey. But that’s just me. I just needed more from this standalone I guess as I felt the end came across a tad rushed leaving me with more questions than answers.

So Jenny, this was different wasn’t it?! I’m not sure why, but my emotions were all over the place in the beginning of Deliver, more so than usual for this type of story. I wonder whether this is because the victim was a man and the captor was a woman?

“I am deliverer. I deliver the strikes that enforce your obedience…”

A gentle gorgeous giant on a path in life so starkly different to that of his captor. Did you feel the same?

Jenny: Totally agree G. Pam’s writing is truly beautiful to read and the flow of her writing is a dream. I really did enjoy Deliver and I have to say that it played out quite differently to how I expected it would.

This story did feel quite different, unique in some ways,  because of the role reversal to what we generally read in this genre. This story did seem particularly gut wrenching for me because the captive was a beautiful, pure, loyal, wise beyond his years, stoic young man.

“We may not be trapped for the same reason, but we’re looking in the same direction, reaching beyond these walls.”

My heart lurched as Josh’s  innocent life became the stuff of nightmares, and I don’t know if it’s because I have a son, but I found this story, especially the beginning of Josh’s torment particularly harrowing and dreaded what was to become of Josh. My gut twisted and it was with a sense of foreboding that I proceeded with this story as Josh became ensnared in a sex slave trafficking nightmare at hands of some abhorrent and despicable human beings.

Liv and Josh’s story, and it really is both their story to tell, was one of enlightenment and hope borne played out in the most gruesome, sickening and despicable of situations.

“Mistress, I love our smile. If I could free it once a day, it might make the next ten weeks bearable. Would smiling cause conflict in your job?” – Josh

Both characters were pawns in a deadly and cruel game, where money is king and where lives are bought and sold without a second glance or a thought for the devastation left in its wake. Deliver delivered the majority of the time for me and my only gripe as such was the same as you Gitte. I felt the end was rushed and we were left with many questions at the end. I was a bit confused with the way the story ended as like you Gitte, I believed this book to be a standalone and as such, I would have expected a full conclusion.

Gitte:  Josh was an amazing male character and I immediately fell in love with his persona, his immense strength, his protective instinct and of course his naughty side. He’s taken from a life of religion; a football hero, a virgin with a firm set of morals and principles. His innocence is disarming; his lushness addictive. The fact that he’s a virgin is to his detriment as the deliverer; Liv is coming for him. The twists and turns in this story left me gobsmacked and the ‘why Josh?’ became so much more than just that as we learn about Liv.

“What defines us is not how we fall but how we land.”

Josh amazed me throughout this story, he was a strong beautifully written character. To go through what he did and come out on the other side with such a clear head and such amazing strength under duress was really quite something.

‘Hatred, his new friend, swept through his veins, promising delicious acts of retaliation against every foul fibre in that woman’s body.’

My heart beat frantically for him but I was in complete awe of his will power, his ability to see beyond what was in front of him, his compassion, his beauty and his passion. He really is one of my favourite male characters and I applaud Pam Godwin, because not only was Josh gorgeous and strong; he was so unique and had such depth that he dominated and drove this story completely in my opinion. In amongst my issues he is what made this story for me.

‘He represented purity, beauty, family, all of the things that had been taken from her. He was a glimmer of goodness in her dark fucking world, a warm spark she could hold, if only for a fleeting span of time.’

Josh is a saviour in his own right and through his capture by the tragic Liv he shines like a beacon. He ultimately saved the damaged Liv didn’t he Jenny?

“The devil with the voice and heart of an angel.”

Jenny: Josh really was an outstanding character Gitte, and Liv’s motives and cruelty towards him really did have us guessing at the start of the book. I was prepared in the beginning to detest this woman, I expected to despise her for the part she played as deliverer and ‘trainer’ of innocent people in an evil, degrading and sickening sex slave trafficking ring.

“What’s your name.? ”
“L-I-V?” — “L-I-V,” ‘Place it between DE and ERER and there was her job title.’

However, as the story progressed, Liv became so much more. I love it when a book has me questioning my own morality. When I am forced to ask myself  “what would I do in in this person’s shoes?” and Pam Godwin made me do just that. Oh from the comfort of my own lounge room the answer was simple, I couldn’t imagine myself causing such pain and degradation to others. But what if it wasn’t just my own self-preservation that was at stake.What then? Well, then the situation becomes something entirely different.

“Better to be enchained with someone on your side than to be alone with a false sense of freedom.”

Liv’s young life and her innocence were taken from her at a young age and her story was so tragic in its telling. Her life was helpless and hopeless yet this brave young woman, herself a victim, a pawn in a game, was to turn the anger I felt towards her into awe. These two people, both so different, yet both damaged, would find a thread that would pull them together. Together they found a resilience, a strength, a passion and a love that was worth fighting for.

‘He was born with choices and would die by decisions.’

I’ll admit there were a couple of times I questioned  some scenarios and outcomes, and as I said previously, the end did feel somewhat rushed. Overall this story had me gripped in its clutches from start to finish.

“It’s ugly in there, decayed by lies and shame, endlessly bleeding for all the lives I’ve ruined.” – Liv

Pam Godwin managed to crush my heart and break it as Liv’s story unfolded. I was on the edge of my seat with nervous anticipation most of the way through and my heart felt love for two people who, in each other, found a reason to hope and I cheered them both every step of the way. This story became so much more as we delved into the characters of Josh and Liv. Deliver is a thrilling and suspenseful romance and a definite must read!

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FIGHTING DESTINY (The Fae Chronicles #1) by AMELIA HUTCHINS

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SYNOPSIS

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae – beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Kick Arse Stars

Gitte: Oooooh I liked this one, I liked it A LOT, Jenny. I was always a paranormal girl at heart and this one proved just why. The thrilling mystery, the magic, the secrets and intrigue with heroes and heroines with powers that make them that much more kick arse. Fighting Destine was one action packed and hot as hell ride. We’re being spoilt at the moment with fab paranormal aren’t we and this time we have a pick ‘n mix of Vampires, Fae, Witches and the enigmatic HOT sexy Ryder. Yeah, not sure what the hell he is but I fell in complete lust and love nonetheless. This ‘beast’ is arrogant, aggressive, evil and sex incarnate.

‘Ryder was not the kind of man you walked away from. He was the type you crawled away from, trying to remember your own name after he was done with you.’

Oh and he has a host of cool powers and umm tricks up his sleeves and down his jeans…uh oh….. I have to say Jenny, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to love him or not but I know that I do despite not fully knowing his intentions yet.

“I don’t make excuses for what I am, or what I do. I play hard. I love hard, and I fuck even harder, Syn. I am what I am.”

This Dark Fae Prince wants our Syn, the kick arse power house witch with a tragic and horrific past and who’s shrouded in spells and secrets. Whilst Syn is a control freak hell bent on fighting for what she believes in and mourning the people she loved; Ryder has his own agenda. But what is it? GAH… I need to know!!

‘I’ve been watching her for a very long time now, planning….She smells of magic, wild and untameable. Wild magic is dangerous.’

Fighting Destiny wasn’t just a thrilling paranormal ride, it came across quite unique and every single character played a part in this journey. I thought it had great humour too….

“You stole my car.”

“Borrowed it I did, return it I will.”

“Okay Yoda, can I have the woman whose body you stole back?”

….and it had great fight scenes as well as unusual and HOT nookie. There were tender moments too which softened up all the confusion, double crossing and violent killings.

“Love is more than just feeling something Syn, it’s the connection of two souls that intertwine and cannot be without the other. It’s not just saying you love someone, its showing them with every fucking breath you take, every look. It just is, simple as that. That kind of love doesn’t die. It withers the soul without the other to keep it alive.”

I have to say I got whiplash from all the twists and turns in this story but it kept me guessing all the way till the end and beyond, because I’m still not sure on who or what everyone is and who they’re all fighting for and against. I LOVED that and now I’m dying to head straight on into book two.

I loved the few times we go Ryder’s POV whilst being with Syn. It made him that much more powerful to me due to the way he speaks and his veiled intentions makes him sound like a complete ruthless arse…a lush arse though!! Seriously, how addictive was this read Jenny?! And how much do we want to read book #2 now!

Jenny:  Oh my, did I OVE this book G!!  I feel as if I want to lock myself away from everything around me and just devour the rest of this series in one sitting. This certainly did have it all G. We’ve been finding our paranormal feet again after a bit of an absence and I have to agree, we really have been spoilt with our re-emergence into this genre and Fighting Destiny certainly fed our renewed addiction just nicely thank you very much! What a wickedly delicious and entertaining book this was. I have to say, my first foray into the Adult world of Faery was a screaming success thanks to the wonderfully amusing and extremely passionate Syn and Ryder…….Oh dear lord where to even start with Ryder. I think I want a one way ticket to Faery!

“Syn, I’m the kinda dirty that doesn’t wash off……”

What a complete mystery this man is. He’s as alluring as he is intimidating and I think I lost count of the times we both uttered the words “what/who the hell IS HE” to each other throughout this book. I’m none the wiser!

“I want you, and I make no excuses for what I am, Syn.” – Ryder

However, that didn’t stop us falling head over heels in lust and love with him. No sireeee…..Mr Dark Fae Prince Ryder was sex on legs and I loved this arrogant, cock sure arse!

“So, ask me what you want to know.” – Syn
“How many lovers have you taken between your thighs?” – Ryder

A beautiful, powerful, possessive, carnal and highly sexual beast of a man he who is obsessed with control and exudes sex and sensuality from every pore.  And yes G, he certainly had a pack of powerful equipment hiding in those jeans and not all of it was of the Fae variety!  Pass the fan!

‘I was sex starved, and he was sex incarnate.’- Syn

The sexual tension and chemistry between Ryder and Synthia positively sizzled and the banter between the two had me giggling one minute and fearing Syn’s safety the next.

“I’m not sleeping with you. I don’t care if you’re starving and writhing on the fucking floor. I’ll walk over you and out that damn door……” – Syn
“I do not writhe on the floor, ever.” – Ryder

Boy, did Syn push Ryder’s buttons…above and below the navel! This sexy, voluptuous dynamo burst into Ryder’s world and tipped it on its axis. She had him questioning every thought, decision and threw his reasoning out the window, all as she tried to decipher what was going unfolding in her world.  Syn certainly was a bit of a head mess for the control freak Ryder and she was as cocky as her male counterpart and what a passionate, confusing and intoxicating duo they were!

This book kept me engrossed and transfixed. From the hypnotic world of magic created by Amelia Hutchins, to the twists, turns and turmoil which were all brought to life with vivid imagery, intrigue, suspense and real emotion woven into the story line. Not to mention we had a heroine who kicked arse and a cocky hero (can we call him that?)who, on the very occasional times he let his guard down had moments of tenderness and feeling….or did he?

“I will never tear you down, Syn. I will always protect you from anything and everything…..”-Ryder

I loved getting inside Ryder’s head, even if his thought process did have me questioning him further and confused me even more Yet, I eagerly flicked through the pages waiting for him to pop up (no pun intended) because his voice was such a contradiction. Just when I thought I had an “aha” moment, he’d stick in a roadblock and have me second guessing and wondering what was to come next, which only added to my further enjoyment of this book.  Yep, I’d say we were addicted!

G&J:  So, if you want to take a walk on the wild side with some hot as Hades arrogantly beautiful Faery…

‘Someone needed to put a freaking warning label on these guys. May cause hormonal overload.’…Syn

Some tantalising Vamps, some magical witches and some……oh hell, who knows what the rest of them are, but we know we’re dying to find out, then grab this book now. Fighting Destiny had real passion, thrills and some real tear-jerking emotion. It’s basically a kick arse paranormal that consumed us from start to finish. So why not five stars; well the copy we purchased on Amazon had a few punctuation issues as well as misused and missing words that at times had us re-reading a sentence or two, but we have to say this hiccup didn’t spoil what was ultimately a fun, steamy, entertaining,  gripping and addictive read! We’ll catch you later….we’re heading off to purchase Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #2).

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REMEMBER WHEN 3 (Remember Trilogy #3) by T TORREST

REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY by T TORREST

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SYNOPSIS

I’d spent too long in limbo.
It was time to put The California Plan back into effect.”

~Layla Warren

I’ve been in love with Trip Wiley since I was sixteen years old.
Yep. That Trip Wiley.
Academy award-winning actor, known philanthropist, People’s Sexiest Man Alive two years running…
Yeah.
It’s not like I’m some delusional stalker-fan. It just so happens that he was my high school sweetheart back in 1991.
In the years since, he’s simply been The One That Got Away.
We just can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time.
Our timing may have sucked, but the feelings had already been confirmed. Years ago.
At least his were.
He doesn’t know that I had chosen to love him back.
I need to fix that.
And I need to do it now.

Remember When 3 is the third and final book in the Remember Trilogy.
It’s a story about taking chances and following your heart…
and knowing that sometimes, you just have to learn when to let go.

**Intended for ages 18+ due to some questionable language and graphic sex.**

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 3.5 Stars

Jenny:  Well, we’ve put this one off for a while because….well, to be honest, we didn’t want this series to end did we G, and we picked the perfect time to delve back into a series that has been one of our favourites. Yep, the timing was perfect to catch up with Trip and Layla and lose ourselves in their story, to reconnect with the humor, warmth and emotion that is T Torrest’s way, and why I adore this series so much and why it will always have a very special place in my heart.

‘This was my old friend Trip; the boy I had loved and the man who had broken my heart.’ – Layla

Remember When #1 was a book that completely stole my heart and these characters are ones I’ve truly loved along the way. And not just Layla and Trip, but the whole gang from the class of ‘91, each has played a part in the lives of Trip and Layla and G, we’ve loved them all. We’ve laughed and cried with them, we’ve shared their frustration (and we’ve wanted to hit Trip and Layla over the head a time or two) we watched them grow from awkward teens to responsible (well, some of them haha) and I feel as if we’ve closed the pages on a bunch of friends. Such is my love affair with this series.

“My God, every time, it never fails. You happen to me all over again.” – Trip

Whilst I really did enjoy catching up with them again, I have to be honest and say this final instalment was my least favourite of the three, but it did answer a lot of question and we did see Trip and Layla work out a lot of their issues from their pasts. For me, after experiencing so much with them in previous books and after being left with my jaw open and my heart shredded at the end of book two, the fast forward felt rushed, their feelings felt unexplored and I would have loved to have spent more time experiencing the rebuilding of their feelings and relationship as opposed to having them arrive at a point so instantaneously. It had the effect of denying me the emotion I was expecting to feel after book two.

‘You own me. You always have.’ – Trip

Having said that, when they finally did have “the talk” so much of what transpired during that time was brought to light and I have say, Trips revelation of what had transpired for him during their years apart broke my heart and I sobbed.

‘The Talk. But we couldn’t bury our problems forever.’ – Layla

This was our Trip. The light-hearted, gorgeous man with a beautiful heart, who everyone loved, admired and revered. To hear of his struggles was devastating and I despaired and felt even sadder for them over the time they both wasted being apart through lack of, and miscommunication.

There were times I became frustrated with Layla in RW3, when she would be snippy over Trip’s past. We had been through so much with these two that rehashing his past as she did, and being affronted by it felt unnecessary. By this stage of their story, I wanted that all ironed out. I wanted them to move past all that. But, I understood her frustrations she felt as she navigated her way through Trips crazy world.

There were also times when the Trip in RW3 felt quite different to the Trip I fell in love with in previous instalments and it wasn’t just a case of maturity creeping in. His persona seemed to have changed in that he became something he previously wasn’t. As if he suddenly became an alpha male and that isn’t the Trip I lost my heart to. Oh the old Trip would spring up quite regularly throughout RW3 and I would be reminded of why I fell completely head over heels for this passionate, funny and beautiful man, but the ‘other’ Trip seemed out of place.

“Don’t worry, Lay. I’m gonna fuck you just right.” – Trip

Trip and Layla’s love is a one and if you’re lucky to experience it, you grab it with both hands and you never let it go. Whilst it may have taken them a long time to figure each other and themselves out, the love between these two could be felt through the pages and they’ve certainly made me laugh and torn my heart inside out in equal measures throughout this series. There were some real moment of beauty in this RW3 and even though I did have a couple of issues with it, T Torrest certainly regaled me with her story. It was sad saying goodbye to this series……but…is it really goodbye? I’m not so sure. What about you G, did you feel the same about RW3?

Gitte: Well, it was certainly with a worried heart that I picked up the final instalment in this trilogy. Worried for what state I’d find Trip in after how book #2 ended and worried for what would become of Trip & Layla. The tension and emotion being so intense. However, I was excited too as I couldn’t wait for them to find their way and realise that they were just meant to be.

The nostalgia and romance of this series is so heart felt, so real and beautiful, with moments of pure brilliance, humour and it has such a passionate heart. I’ll never forget my Trip from RW1 & 2, he was so unique and such a beautiful and passionate man, so getting a snap shot in RW3 into the missing years was so emotional and moved me to tears. Not only what he went through, but his desperation, his longing and his attempts at reconnecting with Layla.

Now, parts of his development in book #3 confused me as yes he’s older now, but more emphasis was perhaps placed on the alpha male side of him which yes he inhabits, however, Trip is so much more, so much better than just that. He’s amazingly funny, cheeky and sweet. He’s sensitive, caring as well as commanding, passionate and intense. My favourite scene with Trip is one towards the end. Trip shone so bright and I was reminded just why I’ll always love him and why I fell for him to begin with.

The re-connection between Layla and Trip after the drama from RW2 was instantaneous and the working through their relationship came much later. I don’t know Jenny, it felt to me as if it was written somehow in reversal.

‘We weren’t those same stupid kids anymore. We’d gone through a lot to get to this point, and this wasn’t going to just slip away like it had the last time. Or the time before that…’

Yes, Trip and Layla were meant to be, we knew that right from the start of RW1. However, so much time has passed, so much hurt and pain. How do you sweep that aside without working through those years first? In my personal opinion I wanted more, their story is epic – they deserve the world and they need to work through years of wanting, hurting, loving and suffering.

“I never stopped loving you, Lay. You were always with me. Everywhere.”

The emotional aspects weren’t there for me as much as I thought they would be, however when they were they packed a punch reminding me of why RW1 will always be one of my favourite books. And I have to say I wanted the ending to be something more too, be a tangible reflection of the journey we’ve followed, Trip and Layla’s final meant to be.

‘I’ve loved him as both a girl and as a woman. I have both a history and a future with this man. This man I will love forever.’

There are moments in this story where Tina had me in awe at the beauty and romance, the beauty of a character’s thoughts and actions, the beauty of a simple gesture carried out by a love of epic proportions.

“I’m not me without you.”

‘You’re my home, Lay-Lay.’

I can’t reiterate enough how bloody special this series is and I’ve loved being part of Trip & Layla’s journey no matter how frustrated I’ve been at times. Tina Torrest is a fabulous storyteller, her wicked sense of humour is spot on for me, her writing style unique and unrivalled in its ‘tongue in cheek’ style. The era and music/movie references are brilliant and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Trip & Layla. Oh and yeah…ketchup on steak really is a deal breaker……hahaha…..

J&G: So, here we are, we’ve spent some wonderful times, with some truly wonderful characters and we’ve shared their love story, their humour, their heart break, their pain and their everlasting friendships.  They’ve never let us down and they’ve entertained us right through this series.

Whilst this instalment didn’t live up to our expectations, we still enjoyed it nonetheless and Remember When will always remain one of our all-time favourite series. How can it not. We’ve gone through the teenage years with some extraordinarily beautiful characters and we’ve been through their trials and tribulations right beside them, every step of the way and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

“It’s always been you and me, Lay….” – Trip

 With every breath we felt for this Trip and Layla as they steered their way through a new life, as they came to grips with becoming a couple, as Trip fought to accept and enjoy his fame and as they both fought to forget and forgive their pasts. All of this was handled beautifully by an author whose work we will always 1click.

“Because I’m not just some fucking face, okay? I might play the game, but it doesn’t mean I like it.” – Trip

We do have to mention that the epilogue felt a little incomplete. We were hoping for a glimpse into the future of Trip and Layla and the way it was left off leaves us thinking we haven’t heard the last of their story just yet.

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DEATH OF A ROCK STAR (A Boy in the Band Prequel Novella) by N.J. FROST

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SYNOPSIS

This book is intended for a mature audience 18+
It contains strong language, sex and references to drug use.

“Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.”

So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it’s no surprise.
A victim of his addictions – his love of drugs and his love for her.

Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl.
She was my best friend’s girl.
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall.
She’s the last woman on earth I should want,
but the instant I set eyes on her I know.
She will be my downfall too…

Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death, Blake and Sylvie’s worlds are set to collide. Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin?

Find out in this prequel novella to THE BOY IN THE BAND.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G:  5 stars

Jenny:  Wow Gitte! What in introduction to a series!! I know I for one will be impatiently waiting the moment I can sink myself into the first novel, The Boy in the Band when it releases this year and I have this feeling of excitement because I think we’ve found a  series I’m know I’m going to be addicted to.  I bloody loved this book!

‘We all have our addictions and afflictions.’ – Blake

Death of a Rock Star is a gritty and raw novella that certainly packed a punch and allowed us just enough insight into the flawed, damaged and some would say, beyond repair, characters who each have a fascinating story to tell and I know I can’t wait to hear them!

‘I’m furious with a world that destroys the most beautiful of us without even stopping to pause on its axis for a moment.’ – Blake

This rock star book was riveting. The Death of a Rock Star is told through the POV’s of Sylvie and Blake and takes us to the seedier and desperate side fame.  Where the sensitive souls perish in a haze of addictions, pain and torment and where feelings and hurt are doused with drugs, alcohol and sex, where oblivion is a coping mechanism.

Following the sad and untimely death of his good friend Jamie Grimes, a talented musician, through an overdose, Blake Nelson is at a crossroads. He’s 27 and fighting to stay clean from his addiction which, considering all that is going on around him, is a constant struggle you’re willing him to win. The death of Jamie hits him hard as he feels guilt at not being able to save his friend. He feels hatred towards Jamie’s girlfriend Sylvie, who he feels is somewhat responsible for Jamie’s demise, yet in the same breath he is inexplicably drawn to her beauty and something in her calls to him which really messes with his head. There’s no doubt Blake feels a connection to Sylvie, with his head screaming at him to steer clear and his body and soul feeling an irresistible pull towards her.

‘Sylvie Smith – heart breaker, mind fucker, soul destroyer…….’ – Blake

We follow the fallout from Jamie’s tragic death and the effect it has on those left behind. I loved this book and have I said that I NEED MORE!? My heart beats music and it’s as if NJ Frost reached into my soul with her music and vinyl references.  Gitte, I think we’ve found ourselves a new favourite rock star series and new book boyfriend in Blake!

Gitte:  Absolutely Jenny!! I just know this series is going to be a firm rock star favourite. I can tell from how unique and original this novella came across. It was superbly and intelligently written with just the right amount of grit, intrigue and raw emotion. I really found that it ticked all the boxes, it was exciting, passionate, sexy, harrowing and beautiful. I was hooked from the first page and just couldn’t let go until I’d finished. I am dying for the next book and it’s become my most anticipated new release, no question about it.

‘I think Jamie imprinted his insane need for Sylvie Smith on my fucking soul….’ – Blake

The characters had such depth and I loved them all as we get a snapshot of their trials and tribulations in the music business as well as their personal issues. This all through the shared tragic death of a lover and a friend; Jamie Grimes. Jamie who was in love with a girl named Sylvie who inhabited his very being.

“You’re Jamie. Fucking. Grimes – wunderkind of the rock world, for fuck’s sake. She’s just a girl. Don’t let a fucking girl sink you.” – Blake

We get just the right amount of background and introduction into who Blake, Sylvie and Jamie really are but we only scratch the surface, making me desperate to know how this is all going to play out. And let me tell you, I am really excited about this!! Like really excited!!

I fell in love with Blake from the onset; his character had such depth; he was a tortured soul and I was addicted to his voice!

‘I’ve seen first-hand how fame and expectation can fuck with your head. It’s a fucking dead-eyed beast. It annihilates good hearts and good intentions….’ – Blake

Sylvie Smith was a bit of an enigma, I really felt for her as she is clearly suffering and her actions are a consequence of her past. We’re given little nuggets of insight and I can’t wait to find out exactly what her story is.

‘All I care about is chasing that high that blacks out everything in its wake…’ – Sylvie

As for Jamie, his death brings such powerful emotions and romantic nostalgia through music. Despite only meeting him in his death I felt drawn to him and was in awe of how the bond of Sylvie and Blake; two broken souls felt and the strength of the connection through their love of Jamie in spite of their awareness being hampered by circumstance.

‘I’m in the arms of a beautiful dark angel; mirroring everything that I am, understanding every feeling that I’ve ever had, and have forgotten. My salvation. My forgiveness. Now I can rest.’ – Sylvie

J&G:  We do love our rock star reads that’s for sure. We also love our gritty reads as well, where everything doesn’t have to be perfect, where characters are flawed and where following their journey to either redemption and awakening or failure and downfall leaves you riveted and consumed with their stories.  Well, based on this novella, it looks like this series may just deliver on all counts.

‘Jamie was beautiful and brilliant, but he wasn’t safe. Far from it. He led an explosion of an existence. He lit my heart up like a nuclear blast, and he annihilated it with the same force.’ – Sylvie

Jamie’s death is the catalyst for bringing Sylvie and Blake together and their story will continue with, we predict, lots of twists, angst and emotion along the way and we know we’ll be there on release day stopping everything to dig into this one because their story has us intrigued to say the least.

‘What a fucking mug! You can’t keep a girl like her. She’s like stardust, and us guys, we’re the star struck fools that she’s blazing past.’

This novella was brilliantly written, contained interestingly flawed and relatable characters, it gave us a glimpse into the sordid world of addictions, centred on the world of the rock star world with unfolding drama to come. Now THIS is what you call a ROCK STAR book!!

‘But I feel like a husk of a man. Empty. Soulless. Like nothing will ever be enough.’

So don’t hesitate! Add this one to your reading lists! NOW!

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DEATH OF A ROCK STAR by NJ FROST
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THE BOY IN THE BAND (Book One)
releasing 2016

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The Boy in the Band is a New Adult Romance.
This book is intended for a mature audience 18+
It contains strong language, sex and references to drug use.

SYNOPSIS

So let me introduce us…

Sylvie Smith – that’s me. Head A&R girl at Artemis Records, girl about town, with a thing for boys in bands. I have the perfect job – if you like to fuck up-and-coming rock stars, which I do, probably more often than I should. I have a beautiful crazy life. It’s fucked up, but gloriously so. Things are just a little more complicated than usual right now.

Blake Nelson – my current nemesis. Frontman for The Flood, the band I’m in the process of getting signed. The guy I’m obsessively thinking about NOT fucking, pretty much all the time. So why won’t I be fucking him? Well, besides the fact that he’s to die for, he hates me and I hate him right back. Another lifetime ago he promised he’d never touch me. The ghosts of our pasts are such vicious little things. They don’t stop me from wanting him though. Wanting boys like him is in my blood.

Chris Kavanagh – my long term fuck-buddy. Lead singer of Vertigo. Yes Vertigo, the band who just cleaned up at The Brits. Chris Kavanagh who just got voted sixth sexiest man on the planet . Chris Kavanagh, playboy of the rock world, for whom a committed relationship should be the last thing on his mind. Chris Kavanagh who told me that love was for suckers. Well hell, it seems he only went and got suckered himself. By who? I’ll give you one guess.

This is the thing. Love just isn’t for me. I’m fine with my fucking. It serves me well. I’m never going to fall in love. EVER. I’m not going to give this love-triangle shit the time of day. I’m not going to let Chris Kavanagh wear me down, nor give Blake Nelson the satisfaction of seeing that I want him. I’m not going to rake up the past or make any excuses. I don’t have to explain myself, to anyone.

Blake Nelson is just THE BOY IN THE BAND. My day job. I’m not going to let him turn my world upside down with those lethal eyes, the ‘fuck me’ voice or his panty dropping smile.

You know what they say about best laid plans. With that in mind, aren’t you just a little bit intrigued, like me, to see how all this goes down?

 

 

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HER MASTER’S COURTESAN by LILY WHITE

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SYNOPSIS

I am a Master.

You must know this fact to understand my story.

I capture women.

I break them down.

And I rebuild them.

If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.

I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train.

Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control.

I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming.

And I am – in no way – a good man.

I do not want love.
I do not want kindness.

She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted.

She was wrong.

HER MASTERS COURTESAN can be purchased below
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4 Dark and twisted stars

*Caution:  This review contains excessive swearing*

Gitte: Well…huh, what to say Jenny? This was certainly an experience. A dark, violent, ugly and horrifying experience. Granted, it’s not the darkest story I’ve read, but it comes real close, like really really close. I’m actually at a loss on how to review this story. The writing was excellent, though I did have an issue with a term the master used to refer to his slave as it’s generally coined as a term of endearment, which this guy most definitely did not intend for it to be. This Master is ruthless, he’s evil, he’s fucked in the head, this whole story is fucked…I have to wonder where the hell this story came from.

‘She was a tool for my sick fascination – a victim of my sadism and a vessel opening to accept every decadent drop of pain and fear I was willing to grant her.. She would thank me when I finished…’ – Master Aiden

We experience violence through torture, rape, and pure evil in a story that has no real story. Sound confusing? Well, welcome to my thoughts, because they’re extremely confused. One minute I’m feeling sorry for people but by the end I actually didn’t like anyone and thought you guys are all welcome to each other you vile and horrible people. I felt like I’d run a marathon in high spiky heels. I was tired and my whole body hurt. The path this story took suddenly shocked me to the core and trying to rationalise it made me question myself and what I would do under these circumstances.

‘The first thing you need to accept is that you are now owned. For now, I am your Master. I give orders – you follow them. It’s a simple formula that will keep you alive.’ – Master Aiden

So, did I enjoy Her Master’s Courtesan? Well, I thought it was very well written, so well that I could picture everything and no matter how much I wanted to put it down I couldn’t. It freaked me out sure, but I do love my dark reads, I find them intriguing and thought provoking. Did I find the sex hot? No, not at all, and I enjoy my BDSM stories. However, the circumstances wouldn’t allow me in this story. For me there was nothing sexy or erotic about it, rather it was the psychology of this story that interested me and is exactly what kept me reading and for that I suppose I enjoyed it.

‘Fear was such a beautiful scent on the body of a woman – musky and raw – a flavour I would always endeavour to experience.’ – Master Aiden

Master Aiden feels nothing, the man is emotionless except when it comes to his cock, his power trip and his bank balance. He has no heart and needs a trip down the yellow brick road to see the wizard. He trains women into what is effectively a ‘stripped of self-identity’ slave, yeah dude you can dress these poor souls up by calling them courtesans but they are what they are. He was vile! Except when he kisses….figure that one out.

‘The mind is a delicate thing that needs to be handled carefully in order to keep it intact to retrain it.’ – Master Aiden

As for Rebecca, she had me in tears, then she went on a road of self-discovery whilst in captivity and it took her in a direction I was not expecting thus confusing the hell out of how I felt about her and my own thoughts.

‘If I could get him to love me – I stood a chance that he would choose to keep me.’ – Rebecca

Jenny, I don’t know what I felt really…you had the same problem didn’t you?

Jenny:   Gitte, I’m sat here staring at this page trying to put my thoughts down on paper and I’m finding it difficult to get my thought process in gear after finishing Her Master’s Courtesan. This book was possibly THE darkest and most twisted read I’ve sat through. It had me questioning my rationale and wondering where the hell this story was going to go and yes…where the hell did it come from?  I kept eagerly awaiting the reprieve that never came.  I was on the edge of my seat and constantly horrified by the scenes unfolding in front of me and completely emotionally drained by the end.

“You should know that I adore the taste of a woman’s tears. Keep crying, it only pleases me more.” – Aiden

As you said, it was the psychology and the way the author presented this story that had me riveted. I kept needing to walk away and take a moment, but soon found myself heading straight back in for more torture and torment at the hands of some wickedly deviant and awful people.

Told through alternative POV’s from Rebecca and Aiden which definitely added to the intensity of the story.  Through Rebecca we are privy to the fear, humiliation, hurt and pain she experiences at the hands of Aiden, leaving me numb and clutching my heart at her predicament and sharing her shame as her body responds to the demands placed upon her despite her mind feeling the opposite. Then there were times her actions would leave me shocked and feeling revulsion towards her, but then I would ask myself what would I do if I were in her shoes?  It’s an interesting thought and one that really does have you questioning her reasoning and your own in the process.

‘She hated me for what I was making her do and soon, she would hate herself for allowing me to do it.’ – Aiden

Aiden was something else and I don’t mean that in a good way! He’s extremely wealthy, well-educated and by his own admission, good looking and charming, using his face and body as a bait to lure unsuspecting women into his sick and twisted lair. This man was cruel, calculating, heartless and viewed woman as merely sexual objects to be used and abused for monetary and his personal deviant gain. This guy is definitely at the mercy of his cock, power and dollar signs and he makes NO apologies whatsoever. There was nothing redeeming about Aiden at all. I don’t believe he ever felt anything for Rebecca, though I do think he revered her in his own morally corrupt and twisted way.

‘He’d infected every fucking part of me – my heart, my mind, my body and my soul.’ – Rebecca

Like you G, I didn’t find the sex scenes hot and I certainly wasn’t fanning myself over them. It was more as if I read them with a sense of foreboding.  Whilst you sense the absolute arousal and excitement between the characters during those scenes, I felt a form of detachment to them due to the nature in which they were carried out.

The author certainly did a stellar job keeping me turning the pages because there were many times I wanted to put this down and forget about it because I read it with a big knot in my gut and it was one fucked up read.  Am I glad I read it? Hell yes! It tested me and had me feeling a barrage of emotions and I have to say….this definitely not one for the faint hearted.

G&J:  We have to urge readers to proceed with caution if you’re not into dark graphically abusive reads. This is not your typical romance nor is it pretty, rather it humiliates and mentally destroys whilst you literally squirm in your seat reading.

Your body is a tool. It is flesh and bone created for my touch and for the touch of those I allow around you. It is built for my pleasure and designed to give ME what I want despite your opinions on the matter.” – Aiden

We love our dark emotional reads and don’t scare or freak out easily. However, in this case the lack of any emotional aspect resulted in us struggling to understand certain aspects which consequently hindered, for want of a better word, our enjoyment. We leaned on each other for support through this read and think our texts consisted of “this is fucked up” most of the time.  However, this book was gripping, gritty and addictive. We couldn’t put it down.

‘It’s instinct. Women want a strong man……so your bodies are designed to respond to a dominant man. You grow wet when we touch you: the muscles in your pussy clench and roll in anticipation of being filled.’ – Aiden.

We have to say we admire what this author brought to the table because Lily White could have easily given us a book that was predictable and apologetic, but she stayed true to her story and was unrelenting in telling it the way she wanted it told and for that we give her absolute kudos. So, if it’s a dark bit of mind fuckery you’re after…….pick this one up! It will definitely satisfy that dark corner of your soul.  Now we’re off to pick up something light and fluffy!

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