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THE LAST GOOD KNIGHT SERIAL NOVELLA SERIES by TIFFANY REISZ

The Last Good Knight

Complete Novella Series reviewed by Gitte

Gitte: 5 *I love Nora* Stars

I have an irrefutable love for Tiffany Reisz, it’s bound and locked in my heart and never wavers though it grows for every book she releases into my eagerly awaiting hands. Honestly, there’s no question that she is one of my all-time favourite Authors and the second I start reading a new book it feels like coming home or visiting with loved ones albeit kinky ones.

“You’re like a queen. You’re strong and fearless. Men serve you. They want to serve you. Hell, they should serve you. You don’t answer to anybody. You don’t apologize to anyone…”

I am in complete love with every single character Tiffany Reisz pens, a love that started years ago yet grows stronger as each has become a life-time friend to me. Yes, a few inspire a love-hate relationship, but ultimately every single one has a place in my heart and feel part of my reading life. I can never have or experience enough, of and with everyone, no matter how long or short a time we spend together.

“No man in his right mind would spurn your love and loyalty.”

Tiffany Reisz writes with intelligence, boundless knowledge and incredible humour and passion. It’s always flawless and quite simply perfection. Dipping in and out of Nora’s life in and around the Original Sinners series is quite simply one of the most satisfying things there is for a reader who has an unwavering love for a mistress who’s brave but vulnerable, feisty yet fair, passionate and sarcastically witty. Also, any time the magnificently commanding Søren enters a scene I read with a pounding heart and categorically melt into a submissive puddle on the floor. Søren; du er stjernerne i min Himmel!!!

“We hurt each other….It’s what we do. Hurt me. Trust that I can take it as well as I give it.”

This series plays out three years prior to The Siren, so please, if you haven’t yet read The Original Sinners series go pick it up, read it and be awed by the beauty of Tiffany Reisz. You truly won’t regret it! If you have indeed had the extreme pleasure of the Sinners you will relish this series! I HIGHLY recommend readers to read Tiffany Reisz’ books in the order she intended and I promise you will fall in love and experience a myriad of intense emotions with added passion and laughter.

So, The Last Good Knight comes in five serials which I devoured one after the other unable to put them down. We begin with Nora meeting Lance at the 8th Circle on her thirtieth birthday. A session interrupted spurs a journey that sees danger, heartbreak and profound loss. This visit with Nora was really quite emotional and I cried on and off, especially when we hit the crescendo of this trip down memory lane.  So many elements of this series are not only poignant but quite thought provoking and incites so many emotions amongst the kink and funny laugh out loud banter and one-liners. There was no surprise to me that I fell in love with Lance, yet another brilliantly written character and I’m with Nora on this one….She truly showed her glorious and wonderful heart! I loved every single moment of this journey back to when, before it was……

“Sometimes we win the game… Sometimes we lose.”

*ARC kindly provided by Netgalley for an honest review*

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AN ORIGINAL SINNERS NOVELLA TOLD IN FIVE PARTS

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SCARS AND STRIPES (BOOK #1)
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AMAZON AU / AMAZON CA
SYNOPSIS
It’s lust at first sight when Mistress Nora encounters a sexy newcomer to The 8th Circle. She’s happy for the distraction, since she left her lover, Søren, but her session with Lance is cut short when her boss, Kingsley Edge, reveals they’re all in danger….

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SORE SPOTS (BOOK #2)
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AMAZON AU / AMAZON CA
SYNOPSIS
With a potential stalker on the loose, Kingsley hires Lance as Nora’s bodyguard, but stipulates no sex while he’s on duty. Frustrated by the ex-SEAL’s noble chivalry, Nora is driven to seek release with the one man she’s trying to forget….

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THE GAMES DESTINY PLAYS (BOOK #3)
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AMAZON AU / AMAZON CA
SYNOPSIS
Shocked to see Nora’s bruises, Lance is furious that she put herself in danger and demands to know where she got them. As Nora confesses her true nature, she’s equally shocked to learn that Lance has some secrets of his own, drawing them together despite Kingsley’s orders….

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FIT TO BE TIED (BOOK #4)
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AMAZON AU / AMAZON CA
SYNOPSIS
With her feelings for Lance warring with her recent encounter with Søren, Nora returns to Lance’s bed and finds herself toying with the idea of…toying with him on a permanent basis. But after she gets a glimpse into his personal angst, Nora realizes she has the power to rescue this white knight….

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THE LAST GOOD KNIGHT (BOOK #5)
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AMAZON AU / AMAZON CA
SYNOPSIS
Now that the perpetrator has been apprehended, Nora sadly acknowledges she doesn’t need a bodyguard anymore. She adores Lance and wants to keep him but is faced with a dilemma—if she uses her connections to help Lance, she’ll have to give him up forever…

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EDGE (Fire on Ice #3) by BRENDA ROTHERT

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SYNOPSIS
One bad hit has left the career of young NHL Center Luke Hudson in question. When he arrives for rehab with a minor league team, his injury has robbed him of the edge that made him great.

Team trainer Adella Price’s job is to help Luke get back in peak condition. But their one on one sessions shake her resolve to remain unattached. Dell is hands-off to all hockey players, even one as charming and successful as Luke.

As Luke starts to get ahold of his game again, he loses his grip on his heart. Helping Luke get his edge back brings to light what Dell is missing from her life. But those who want them apart are relentless, and with their careers on the line, Luke and Dell must decide if their love is worth risking it all.

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Edge

Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny: 4  Stars

I love this series. What’s not to love? Fierce, gorgeous, Hockey heartthrobs, fun camaraderie and banter between the players, mix it up with a good dose of heat, heart, great characters and heart-warming, swoony romance…..and …like I said, what’s not to love?

It would take a very special woman indeed to pin down playboy Luke Hudson, and when Luke sent down to a Minor League team to train and recuperate from a knee injury sustained during a game, little did he know he would gain so much more than just a chance to get back in shape and re-join his team in the major leagues, he may even lose his heart in the process.

“But love is more than a word. It’s the action we take every day. Just like I’ll be faithful to you. I have to stand up for you. I won’t be able to sleep if I don’t. – Luke

Team Trainer Adella Price may just be that woman, but Dell has put her life on hold for the last 5 years to singlehandedly raise up her gorgeous son Kyler, with the help of her sassy and good friend Sadie that is, and any man wanting to steal Dell’s heart would have to steal Kyler’s as well. I loved Dell. She was such a beautiful, warm character and it’s easy to see why Luke was smitten with her.

“Help me…I’ve never done this.”
“You’re doing amazing.”

I  enjoyed watching Luke and Dell’s relationship develop at a steady pace and despite the intense passion and chemistry between them, it never felt rushed. These two sizzled and who knew Luke was such a dirty talker….pass the fan!

Edge certainly had the heat factor, swoon factor and romance going on, but it is the warmth and development of the relationships as a whole that keeps me coming back to this series. Watching these tough as nails Hockey players break down their defences wins me over every time and  interactions between Kyler and Luke completely melted my heart.

Catching up with Ryke and Kate was like checking in on old friends and once again, the banter between Ryke and Luke was priceless. No way was Ryke going to miss an opportunity to give Luke a ribbing over his feelings.

“I’ve never, ever seen you like this over a woman. I thought you were gonna call her poopsie or some shit and rub noses with her.” – Ryke

Whilst Bound and Captive remain my favourite of the series so far, Edge didn’t disappoint.  Brenda Rothert once again served us up a Hockey themed story with plenty of passion and a good helping of swoon. Just what is it about these Hockey players? Hmm silly question!

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

*****

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BOUND – BOOK ONE
(Our Review)
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CAPTIVE – BOOK TWO
(Our Review)
A companion to Book One
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EDGE – BOOK THREE
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
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DRIVE – BOOK FOUR
(Our Review)
Can be read as standalone
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RELEASE – BOOK FIVE
Can be read as standalone
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WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME by DANIELLE TAYLOR

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SYNOPSIS

Two strangers. Two stories. One ending.

Tasked with carrying out her grandfather’s final wishes, Amelia Quinlivan flies across the Atlantic and sets off driving around the coast of Ireland, spreading his ashes. Once finished, she plans on staying at her inherited cottage in Malin Head, and she plans on staying for a while.

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Daniel Byrne might not know where he’s going, but he knows where he’s been; and that isn’t a place he wants to return to. When the feisty lass catches him by surprise, every instinct tells him to run from her and save them both the trouble he will undoubtedly cause.

But love doesn’t always follow the rules, and when it’s worth fighting for, will Daniel let his pride get in the way of forever?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte: 4.5 Beautiful Stars

Gitte: I’ve got to say I really enjoyed this story; it was an epic journey considering Daniel’s past and with the focus on just two people in such a ‘close space’, well, it was pure brilliance in its simplicity. Because of this singular focus the writing was laid bare and had to be flawless. It was and it showed class and evoked incredible feelings in me. Every step felt real and I love Danielle Taylor’s writing.

“My heart hurts…Please don’t break my heart.”

The journey we take with Amelia and Daniel was intensely emotional, passionate and so very tragic. It beautiful and unique. For me, this was a journey of two lost souls, complete strangers, which find and inspire what they each need and desire. It’s a true case of finding love under the most surprising circumstance, listening to your instinct and seeing beyond a façade. Finding vindication and justice.

I loved Amelia, what a refreshing heroine she was. Intelligent, brave and honourable; she took a chance, she showed compassion and was quite inspirational as a human being. As for Daniel, he was an amazing man. Wronged in the most tragic of ways, having had fifteen years of his life stolen. His past and family lost to him in a brutal manner. The injustice in this story was profound and broke my heart. I fell in love with this extraordinary man.

‘All he’d ever wanted was a place where the streets have no name. To call the shots in his own life. To make decisions like he had all the time in the world to make them.’

Danielle Taylor wrote such an emotional story, but it had real heat and passion too. Daniel and Amelia’s connection was believable, I felt their friendship, their attraction, the protectiveness each felt for the other.

Where the Streets Have No Name was exceedingly beautiful in its simplicity and had none of that unnecessary angst or plethora of drama and miscommunications I so often find in books these days. I didn’t want to put it down as I hoped Daniel would somehow get the justice he so deserved. His story made us cry didn’t it, Jenny?!

Jenny:  Gitte, who knew taking a random book read pick from our Kindles would have us uncovering a real gem and a truly memorable read.  I adored this book from start to finish. It wasn’t overly angsty, was beautifully told and was exactly what I needed at the time.

‘Beautiful’ is the word that springs to mind when I think about this book. Be it the beauty in the setting, the beauty of the characters right through to the exquisite beauty and emotion of Danielle Taylor’s storytelling.  And yes G, there were certainly some tears shed along with a lot of clutching of the heart

‘…….but he’d take a lifetime of kisses over just the memory of a kiss.’

Amelia was such a unique, honest, sincere and sharp character, full of compassion who never once stood in judgement of Daniel, preferring instead to trust the man presented in front of her.

Daniel. So broken, so lost so in need of someone to believe in him. This man bore scars and a guilt that were not his to bear. Ostracised and suffering tragedy that was not his to bear, this man owned my heart.

“You make me feel like I’m important…….like I matter.”

Danielle Taylor certainly brought us a thought provoking story about a chance meeting between two people unsure of themselves, each other and the direction of their lives. She showed us that by taking a chance on someone, to believe in that person is the greatest gift we can give. Just beautiful.

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DIRTY SERIES by CHERYL MCINTYRE

SERIES REVIEW – NO SPOILERS

How far would you go for vengeance?
Heart racing, unputdownable series!

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GETTING DIRTY BOOK ONE
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dirty one

SYNOPSIS
Three. This is my number. It’s the exact sum of reasons I continue to go on.
One: To strengthen my body. Make it strong. Make it a machine. Make it so that what happened before can never, ever, happen again.
Two: To help others find their own strength so that what happened to me, what happened to my Olivia, doesn’t happen to them.
And three: My favorite—to find the bastards that took my life away and make them pay for what they did.
This is what my life is now. A dead man, inside a scarred body, living only for revenge.
*This is part one in a five part novella serial.
**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+.

 *****

PLAYING DIRTY BOOK TWO
AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

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SYNOPSIS
My need for power came to me by accident. 
The need was real. It was overwhelming. It was consuming me. 
So we played a dangerous game of trial and error. What I could handle and what I couldn’t. It became apparent fairly quickly that I couldn’t handle much. But I liked this game because I controlled it.
Link and Rocky’s story continues in this second installment of the Dirty series.
**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+

 *****

TALKING DIRTY BOOK THREE
AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

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SYNOPSIS
I had no idea when I met Linken Elliot that he would be capable of doing this to me.
I was perfectly unhappy, living my miserable existence before he came along. I was fine humping strange men’s faces in dirty bar bathrooms. I was comfortable living like a hermit and drinking myself into oblivion.
I. Was. Fine.
Now I want things. I want him.
Link and Rocky’s story continues in part three of five in the Dirty novella series.
**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+.

 *****

FIGHTING DIRTY BOOK FOUR
AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

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SYNOPSIS
I wake up to a warm body draped along my side. I smile as the foreign feeling of happiness radiates in my chest.
Everything comes rushing back as Rocky’s scent fills my senses.
Not Olivia’s.
My happiness bursts like a broken dam. Not because Olivia isn’t here. But because as I realized it was Rocky’s body against me, I still felt satisfied. Because I didn’t feel the misery of Livie’s loss.
Because all I can feel now is shame. My first instinct wasn’t to miss Liv. It was to enjoy Rocky.
Link and Rocky’s story continues in this fourth installment of the Dirty novella series.
**Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18

 

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STAYING DIRTY BOOK FIVE
AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

dirty five

SYNOPSIS
Link and Rocky’s story concludes in this fifth and final installment of the Dirty series.
*Due to sexual situations and violence, this series is recommended for 18+.

*****

Dirty Series Collage

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

4.5 Star Series overall rating

“Time….I just need time.”

Well, what can we say other than bloody hell, we weren’t mentally prepared for this series! Picking up book one we didn’t leave our reading chair till we’d flown through every instalment available, it was impossible, it was unavoidable.

‘I should feel justified. Instead I feel vacant.’

The Dirty series was harrowing, it was heart-breaking and it was incredibly intense and addictive. Fortunately we only had to wait one day for the fifth and final book and we devoured it the second we saw it was live.

‘This agony is consuming me. I’ve lost everything. I have nothing. Nothing to live for. Nothing to fight for.’

We can’t and won’t say anything that may spoil this story, it would be an injustice to the Author, YOU the reader as well as to the characters Link and Rocky. Both characters clawed their way into our hearts with their dramatic and vengeful story. We left them with a heavy breath, an exhausted emotional mind and a bleeding heart. But truly we aren’t ready to leave them, not really. Not at all, such is the impression they left on our souls.

Do you believe in an eye for an eye? Do you believe in karma? Do you believe in vengeance spurred on by love? Do you believe in love as a saviour?

‘She’s always here…’

The Dirty series will have you questioning everyone and everything. It will shock you, make you weep uncontrollably, make you crave justice and vindication. It will make you fall in love with love as a saviour. It will make you fall in love with a broken yet inspirational man named Link and a damaged yet incredibly strong girl named Rocky.

This series is a MUST read. Cheryl McIntyre manages to convey every emotion possible, write characters with such depth and connection as well as give the reader an intensely powerful story. This, in short is a hard hitting powerful serial that would rival any full sized novel or series! It was bloody brilliant and we are in awe! This Author nailed it!

‘Maybe it’s just him. His strength. His pain. His passion. His ferocity. His protectiveness.’

Since reading we have read that a final novella/epilogue is in the works which is the only thing we thought was missing for us to feel fully satisfied. We just wanted that final important step to ease and mend our bleeding hearts and to feel ready to leave Link and Rocky.

“Scars like that are universal. We earn them differently, we wear them differently, but we all carry them the same.”

 

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THE BASTARD (The Baddest Boys In History #1) by INEZ KELLEY

SERIES OVERVIEW

In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It needs a sinner.

The baddest boys in history are back… Corrupt. Wicked. Nefarious. Contemptible. They’re all those things and more until give a choice: Fight for humanity —sin with sin, evil with evil, bad with bad— and escape eternal damnation or burn forever.

They agreed to risk their souls. No one told them they would lose their hearts.

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SYNOPSIS

THE BASTARD: Vike died in blood, in battle, in betrayal. His ruthlessness was second only to his brutality. Now one woman makes his blood sing and he’ll stop at nothing to save her. He only has to face half of Hell to do it.

THE BEAUTY: Lacy is unknowingly descended from an ancient Holy line. Someone is slowly destroying her life and wants her dead. A fierce Viking comes to her rescue, and in his arms, she finds more than safety.

THE BAD NEWS: If Vike can’t protect Lacy, he’ll have to kill her. And for a bastard, what’s one woman worth when the entire world is in jeopardy?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4.5 Stars

‘Lacy called him her hero. He wished it was true.’

Jenny:  Wow! Gitte, we certainly got our money’s worth in this 500+ page riveting story where we got to meet some of the most alpha, biggest and somewhat misunderstood bad arses of history in the form of the Foresaken didn’t we? I loved the perspective the author delivered on history and mythology, where good vs evil and where humans are merely collateral damage.  The third person narrative allowed us so much insight into the characters and story, and the talent of Inez Kelley’s writing ensured it never felt bogged down. I was addicted and I loved it!!!

“History is but a flawed record and humankind an unreliable narrator.”

Lacy our heroine is taken in by the Foresaken (giving nothing away here) for her own protection where she takes on a role natural to her in the form of nurturing and caring for them and Erik in particular.  Lacy was such a giving, loving, loyal, strong and beautiful character and I adored her.

“When a person has someone to fight for, they fight harder. Love isn’t a handicap, it’s fuel.”

Erik was a kick arse alpha protector of humanity and a fierce protector of Lacy.  He’s a strong, dependable and brutal warrior, devoid of love who revels in the tender touch shown towards him by Lacy and whose soul screamed out for the warmth, passion and sweetness he derived from her. I bloody loved this man; in fact, I fell in love with all the Foresaken and can’t wait for all their stories

“She makes me feel like…like I’m better than I really am.”

There was so much happening in The Bastard that I was afraid to draw a breath. I was completely immersed in every exhilarating minute in this world Inez Kelley so vividly brought to life. This author delivered a refreshingly different and addictive first instalment that will ensure I will be veraciously delving into every book in this series.  You felt the same didn’t you Gitte?

Gitte:  Absolutely, I loved everything about this book and know without a doubt I’ll be devouring every single instalment in this series. I’m a paranormal girl at heart, I don’t get to wear my paranormal cape as often as I’d like, so when I do I revel in it and hope it’s a bloody good one. I was not disappointed with The Bastard. It had real heart, battle and intensity. Inez Kelley wrote a blinder here and its size is of epic proportions. What an introduction to a new series!

“How do you know what to believe?”

“You listen to your heart, Lacy.”

There was a lot of information to take in so I read at snail’s pace making sure I understood and could place everyone involved in history. At times I had to re-read a few bits just to make sure I didn’t miss out on anything important but wow, Inez Kelley really has a brilliant concept here and the intricacies of history is detailed and so bloody well executed. Right down to the Viking, Erik drinking Grøn Tuborg, which as a Dane myself is my fave beer! It’s all about the details right?!

“I’m not a good guy. I’m not a hero.” … “You are to me.”

I loved every single character in this first instalment; they all intrigued and fascinated me; their stories and their banter had me hook line and sinker. The passion and action was spot on and it really was a hot and thrilling ride!

“Love is the deadliest weapon out there.”

Erik and Lacy, what can I say, I fell in love with both characters. They each had such depth, their emotions tangible and strengths incredible on their own merit. They perfectly complimented each other and their story was incredibly addictive. What a great start to a new series making this paranormal girl very excited! Bring it on!!!

J&G:  We love getting back into our PNR groove this year and The Bastard was a fantastic and gripping PNR story which was refreshing, sexy, thrilling and funny. There were many surprises and revelations along the way and the banter between the Foresaken was so entertaining – it had us giggling many a times.  There is so much we want to know, so many questions left unanswered and we’ll be 1clicking the next book as soon as it’s out! Rex’s story promises to be amazing!  A definite recommend for fans looking for their next paranormal fix!

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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