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BRAWLER (Detroit After Dark #2) by K S ADKINS

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SYNOPSIS

My name is Macy Kowalski.

I’m a registered nurse, a pharmaceutical scientist, a founding member of the Detroit Police Department’s barely-legal Shadow Squad, and a walking case study in 21st century man problems.

I like things calm and orderly. I have a soft spot for people, so I spend my days developing a formula to help cancer patients escape their suffering. My research has caught the eye of some dangerous members of the self-medicating community, and now I have to make sure my plans aren’t polluted by unsavory people who’d rather destroy me, my friends, and my city.

By night I have a part-time partner and full-time guardian, Detective Jonas Rafe, fellow member of the Shadow Squad. He is as volatile and unpredictable as anything I’ve ever dealt with in a lab. I’m smart enough to protect myself when handling chemicals, but I’m still learning when it comes to him.

He’s sweet when his mouth is closed, but there’s no way to prepare for when it opens. In time, his actions speak louder than his words, and though I vowed to never put my trust in another cop, he makes me want to take chances.
He’s the law, and he wants to protect me. They all do. But I’m neither as fragile nor as pure as he wants me to be. I’m a nerd with a gun fetish. I’m tired of observing, and it’s time for me to be in on the action. When he finds out what I’ve been up to in Detroit after dark, our relationship is tested, loyalties are divided, and lives are put in jeopardy.

When our team is under fire, Jonas will finally see the real me. When he does, will he see what he wants to see, or will he be the one who finally breaks me?

My name is Macy Kowalski. I am a brawler.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny ~ 3.5 Stars

Gitte & Jenny:  We love this Author. K.S Adkins writes from her heart and soul. She writes with an unapologetic honesty and makes no excuses for her stories or her characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves. How refreshing!

‘Sometimes the world is just too overwhelming, too cruel, just too everything.’ – Macy

Picking Brawler up we knew we were going to get another dark and gritty emotional story. A story with unassuming rough and damaged yet kick arse characters who have the mouths of sailors and fishwives. Characters who display intense emotion with cut throat words and swinging fists, yet have hearts of pure gold, loyalty and an honesty unrivaled. And sure enough we got that, yet this time we got brilliant writing too. We can’t say how amazed we are at the perfection of K.S Adkins writing in Brawler, wow what a fantastic improvement on the previous instalment, Brutal, which we loved!

We met Rafe and Macy in Brutal and this was their emotional and heart-breaking story. And what a story it was! Their relationship dominated, which turned out to be our only gripe. Yes, we loved being part of a journey where Macy and Rafe got to know each other and understand just why their relationship was as volatile and complicated as it was.

“Because, Princess, once you walk out that door the only one fucking you is me.” – Jonas

We fell in love with Jonas Rafe, he’s an amazing man, so alpha yet humble and vulnerable too. At times he had us in fits of laughter as well. This man and his lack of filter…hilarious!

“No man needs to see the inner workings of pussy. We just know we like it in there.” – Jonas

We would have loved more of his back-story, especially from his childhood. Yes, it was touched upon in order to explain his issues, however it wasn’t enough for us. We wanted more in order to fully connect emotionally.

‘Twice in one night, I’m running from the only guy I’ve ever truly wanted. A guy who thinks I’m a whore.’ – Macy

As for Macy she’s an amazing character. After all, nerdy chicks rock!

So whilst we really and truly enjoyed Brawler and thought the writing was brilliant, we didn’t love it as much as Brutal. For us the story was lacking somewhat, being overly focused on Macy and Rafe with their back-and-forth with sparse intermittent glimpses of the ongoing fight against the ‘unknown’ enemy. We loved revisiting with Rogan and Venessa; we absolutely love this couple and they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

“I’ve never met anyone who can give you a compliment and an insult in the same sentence.” – Macy

Ummmm have you met us Macy? Hahahahahahaha

Oh and just one more thing from Jonas, because this guy and his lack of filter never failed to entertain us.

We’ll leave the last word to Jonas whose lack of filter kept us constantly amused!

“I was never mad at you, I was mad at me. I owe you an apology and I’d like to deliver it in your privates.” – Jonas

 **ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

Check out and purchase the DETROIT AFTER DARK SERIES HERE

Brutal (Detroit After Dark) (Volume 1)

Brawler (Detroit After Dark)

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ALPHA by JASINDA WILDER

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SYNOPSIS

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom’s hospital bills. My baby brother’s tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just “VRI Inc.,” and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: “You.” Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: “belong.”

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. “To me.”

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom’s hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you’re desperate? You don’t. I didn’t.

And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: “It’s time to pay your debt.”

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn’t come free.

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jasinda

Reviewed by Gitte

Gitte ~ 3.5 Stars

‘…the one thing in life I’d learned was that nothing was ever free.’ – Kyrie

I was desperate to get Alpha into my eager little hands after reading that synopsis. It sounded intriguing and different so I couldn’t wait! Now, did it live up to its enticing synopsis? Yes, without doubt it had me desperate to find out who exactly the man behind the cheques was. Not only his identity, but also his story as the small tidbits which were thrown at us at an exasperating pace gave me some insight into who the mystery Alpha truly was. It was never enough until the very end. I had so many questions and the answers were slow in coming. But I kind of got that, it was a build up to the big reveal at the end which I did not see coming. I had my theories but none were accurate and for that I applaud Jasinda Wilder. Dammit, I do not like being bested at the guessing game!

“This is such a fucked-up situation. You know that right?” – Kyrie

Our secret benefactor was lush; he was enticing, he was smooth, he was incredibly dominant yet super romantic and he was determined, bloody hell was he determined to get what he wanted! I wanted more; was desperate for more of what made this man who he was.

“Hate it all you want. Fight it. Try as you might you can’t help it. I own you….and soon you’ll come to accept this.”

As for our lovely Kyrie, well, she was brave, she had a tremendously feisty attitude yet she was vulnerable and fair too. Their story was hot, romantic, heart-breaking and intense.

“What – what are you going to do to me?” – Kyrie

“Everything.”

I have to say I enjoyed Alpha, I thought it was very well written and I love Jasinda’s style, it just flows. I also connected with the characters and thought the concept of the story was alluring. I would however, have loved to have had less nookie, albeit it hot, and instead had chapters in the benefactors POV. These; in order to fully understand and feel his dilemmas before, during and after, as well as his secret passion for Kyrie. He was such an interesting character and in my honest opinion, to have heard his voice from his past would have added that something extra to make me fully love this story. When we did get to hear his voice I loved it; it made him more real and tangible, yet it just came a little bit too late for me and it wasn’t quite enough in this context.

So, if you enjoy a lot of nookie, an intense and intriguing story line as well as a bit of angst then Alpha’s right up your street. Enjoy ♥

‘The problem was reconciling head, heart and body into one decision that would affect the rest of my life.’

*ARC kindly provided for an honest review*

  Pre Order a copy of ALPHA here – Release Date 29th April

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