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THE FINISH (The Finish #1) by JADE EBY

the finish

SYNOPSIS

I loved him.

I hated him.

He was my everything.

He was my undoing.

Carter had his turn.

Now it’s mine. 

This is my story now.

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The Finish

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

 ‘The thought of leaving him scares me more than staying. I don’t know who I am without him.’

One book that has always stayed with us is Whiskey and a Gun. That book left us gasping and we’ve desperate to hear Tawny’s side of their sad and tragic story since coming to the end of the prequel.

We have to stress that you MUST to read Whiskey and a Gun BEFORE reading The Finish. It’s imperative that you obtain both pov’s to better understand the characters.

‘We’re the same person inside. His anger is mine. His pain is mine. When he pushes, I push back harder.’

We enjoyed much of this story – though not sure if ‘enjoyed’ is the right word to use given the subject matter of The Finish – it was certainly a difficult and compelling read.  This instalment had a completely different ‘feel’ to the prequel which was told in Carters pov.  Carters voice took us to the moment, we were there in the story with him for every heart stopping word as he had us constantly sitting on tenterhooks anticipating his next move.

‘Lying has become my superpower.’

In The Finish Tawny’s voice came across as though we were reading a diary, or a case study and because of this – at times – we felt as though we were reading her story as opposed to living as we did in Carters book. Now that’s not to say Tawny’s voice didn’t have impact because it did, it’s just that sometimes it seemed to lack the emotional pull of the prequel.

What Tawny went through, the abuse she suffered at the hands of ‘love’ was upsetting and very, very tragic and The Finish is a book that makes you stop and think. As we live in our bubbles of bliss, to know this goes on around us is frightening. To think this is someone’s daily life is soul destroying. To think this is someone’s perception of love is gut wrenching and depressing.

‘Carter is not evil. He’s a broken man that needs me. Needs my love. I know that with enough love, I can fix everything inside of him that aches to be mended. ‘

This is not a hearts and flowers story. This relationship is toxic and Tawny’s story is difficult and heart breaking reading at times. We were championing for her the whole way through and even though there were times we wanted to shake her we understood this was her reality, this was her perception, this was her acceptance and that saddened us immensely. Jade Eby really put her heart on the line for this one and we admire her immensely for bringing this to life because it couldn’t have been easy to write.

‘There are days when I look at my body and wonder what I’ve done. What horrible sin I’ve committed to have to pay for Carter’s love with my body. I’ve given him everything. All of me. Heart, body and soul. ‘

At times the latter part of the book did feel a little drawn out, we had no idea what to expect from the ending, but Jade Eby wrapped it up perfectly. The Finish is a difficult, unsettling and ‘real’ story and one we’d definitely recommend picking up for those readers who love being pushed outside their comfort zone just beware of the obvious triggers.

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks*

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THE FINISH SERIES by JADE EBY

Whiskey & The Finish

 WHISKEY AND A GUN – PREQUEL BOOK #0.5
(Our Review)
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 THE FINISH BOOK ONE
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FIGHTER (All I Want Anthology) by TIJAN

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SYNOPSIS

Jax Cutler is one bail jumper Dale doesn’t want to help her family catch, but he soon becomes the one she can’t let go.
Published in the All I Want anthology.

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Fighter

 Jointly reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars 

“Take us to jail Hayley. It’s a good day to wear orange.”

Oooh we really enjoyed this novella! It was fast paced and full of delish kick-arse characters. Tijan is a brilliant writer; in amongst the action there’s laugh out loud humour, drama, passion and romance. Oh and a load of bloody hot, funny and gorgeous characters. Each could have their own story; and we hope they do. Especially Chris, who intrigued us.

So, we have Jax the lush and fit fighter slash bail jumper who’s the target of a family of bounty hunters – a bunch of gorgeous hot brothers and one studious ‘home for the holidays’ sister. Jax doesn’t want to get caught but there’s a good reason for why and Dale isn’t keen on helping her bounty hunting brothers with their target when she realises they’re after her ex-boyfriend, Jax. It’s all a very hilarious ride with a sexual chemistry that had our pulses racing.

‘They were going to arrest me too? They took out a warrant on their little sister?’

Jax and Dale’s story was a snippet of which we are sure is to be a real sexy emotional and funny read. We read it one sitting and could have kept going. It smacked of something new and intriguing and we can’t wait for more….We want and need MORE!

“Losing you was a wake-up call. You ripped my heart out…”

  

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RAZE – A SCARRED SOULS NOVEL BOOK ONE by TILLIE COLE

raze

SYNOPSIS

To take back life, one must first face death…

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals…his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge…bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals…her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York’s Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. 

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancé, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside…then one night changes everything. 

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget…for both their sakes. 

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes. 

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man…this man they call Raze.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, excessive violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

RAZE (3)

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Riveting Stars

“Why do I feel like I’ve known you all my life?”

Tillie Cole can do no wrong in our eyes and RAZE is another testament to her brilliant storytelling, her versatility and her in depth detail and research. Her ability to have us live the story alongside the characters; our emotions and senses fully charged our gasps and tears as real as theirs.

“Open your eyes…” He placed his hand over his heart..”I’ve seen too many bad things with these eyes. This, I will feel in my heart.”

Raze had us so engrossed life came to a standstill. The rawness and sheer pain had us gasping for breath as the story was incredibly fast paced and utterly gripping. We just couldn’t put it down we needed to know what the next page would bring and we have to admit to being scared through parts of this story.  Raze and Kisa has to be one of our favourite book couples – the peace they bring each other and the pure intense love – their journey. Our hearts broke, overflowed and melted at the mercy of the words of Tillie Cole.

A Boy is taken from everything he knows; conditioned by hate, terror, violence and death. He knows nothing except revenge and a name – Alik. He knows how to kill…it’s all he knows and he lives and breathes violence through no choice of his own. After all; we do what we have to in order to survive in the only way we can.

A Girl in invincible shackles; used – abused mourning her freedom and the loss of her heart – the loss of her love. Kisa knows cruelty first hand – Alik.

RAZE felt original; it felt new and unique. The only issue for why this wasn’t a 5 star read is the inconsistencies that were quite profound at times in respect to Raze our hero as the story unfolded. Such a bloody shame as when they occurred they halted our reading and took us out the atmospheric moment. Despite this, it was very clear to us that Tillie Cole wrote this story from her heart, a story she wanted and needed to tell. A story that meant something to her. And wow did we feel it. RAZE was dark it was violent and filled with pain, drama and twists. But it was also intensely passionate, romantic, inspiring and beautiful.

“They were always meant to be together, one boy and one girl, two hearts split in two, sent to far-off lands on their own….”

We defy anyone not to fall in book love and lose their hearts to fighter 818; the wronged and tortured hero. RAZE is not an easy read; it’s gruesome and it hurts so bad at times but the beauty is breath-taking; the words pounding on your heart demanding to be let in.

“Welcome to Hell, Boy.”

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author, with thanks**


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

Raze Book – One

                    

Reap Book – Two

                    

Ravage Book – Three

                    

Riot Book – Four

                   

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CLAIM (Bonds #2) by SIERRA CARTWRIGHT

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SYNOPSIS

Four men. One powerful bond. Rich, powerful, eccentric, Julien Bonds knows what each of his friends needs, and he’s determined to see they get it.

It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her.

Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering.

When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with.

Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again.
It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer.

But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk. 

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Claim

Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

Oh I just fell in love as this series gets better and better. I was really surprised that I loved this second instalment even more than Crave as Kennedy hadn’t made a huge impression on me in book one. But he was absolutely lush and his and Zee’s story was not only sexy and passionate; it was quite humorous too.

“I keep trying to tell you I don’t snuggle.” – Zee

“This is me ignoring you.” – Kennedy

The tone in Claim definitely wasn’t as sombre as Crave rather it was more of a fun sexy read and it was HOT. Whilst I’ve loved both, this one definitely has the edge because of that. Now I’m even more excited for the next one….and Julien!

Kennedy is a playboy according to everyone not in his circle. His family want him married and settled with a posh bird but he hasn’t got any such plans; Kennedy doesn’t do serious or even the so-called posh birds! Then this all changes when Mackenzie turns up in the club one night at a special BDSM party; divorced and looking for one night stands only as a result. All it takes is one scene and both Kennedy and Zee realise they have a connection they can’t deny nor ignore. Try as Zee might she falls not only to her knees but reluctantly her heart falls too. I can’t blame her; Kennedy is pretty much Dom perfection! Oh and he does NOT give up on something or someone he wants. And Kennedy wants Zee. He realises that this is a one of a kind connection. It takes Zee a bit longer though, sadly.

‘Emotionally, she recognized that she should run. Yet she was helpless to do anything other than succumb.’

I thought Mackenzie was a brilliant heroine. She’s a tough, intelligent and sassy woman who’s comfortable with who she is whilst trying to safeguard her heart.  I’ve come to the conclusion that Sierra sure knows how to write the type of heroines I love. There’s no unnecessary dramatics and back and forth. Her heroine was believable and her issues understandable.

‘She wasn’t just addicted to his delicious dominance. She was addicted to him.’

Kennedy is one gorgeous, intelligent, caring and passionate man. He has a serious side sure, but the balance between that and the quirkiness that has him in funky coloured trainers makes him absolutely knickers melting perfect. He has that brilliant dry and sarcastic humour I absolutely love.

“I’d be better if you left me alone.” – Zee

“Would you?” – Kennedy

“You seem unconcerned.” – Zee

“Supremely.” – Kennedy

The way he loves, his perseverance and his attention to detail is just yummy-liscious….and the way he claims. Yeah; I fell in lust, love and onto my knees!

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THE BONDS SERIES by SIERRA CARTWRIGHT

BONDS

 ♥ CRAVE – BOOK ONE
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 CLAIM – BOOK TWO
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  COMMAND – BOOK THREE
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GUNS n BOYS : PARIS – GUNS n BOYS #1.3 by K A MERIKAN

guns n boys paris

SYNOPSIS

This is a short story special accompanying Book 1 of ‘Guns n’ Boys’. It doesn’t pick up after the end of Book 1, but is a story of what happened to Dom and Seth on Christmas Eve in Paris.

— Midnight Mass might have to wait —

All Seth wants is a Christmas Eve to remember, with the man he loves. When Dom invites him to Paris, his dreams are about to come true. But the man waiting in the apartment they are to stay at changes the course of the trip. To Seth’s surprise, religion is a bigger issue for Dom than he’d thought, and it’s on a collision course with Seth’s atheism.

Their first Christmas together might end up memorable for all the wrong reasons.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Religion, blasphemy, complicated relationships, Paris, Christmas

Genre: contemporary gay erotic romance

Length: ~ 12,000 words

Guns N Boys - Paris

Jointly Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
✯✯✯✯  Fiery, Romantic and Christmassy Stars

Who doesn’t swoon at the thought of a cold and snowy Christmas in Paris with the one you love?! The smell and feel of the Parisian Christmas markets. Well, we could definitely smell the mulled wine and feel the romance of Paris at Christmas as KA Merikan once again wowed us with their brilliant atmospheric writing.

We love Seth and Dom, so to spend some time with them no matter how short is always special; they make us swoon, laugh and give us the shivers. Seth our lovable sweetheart whose childlike excitement melted our hearts in this novella. Once more he showing his petulant side borne from jealousy and a religious clash with Dom. And Dom, our arrogant and wicked lovable rogue whose strong beliefs and tactless action caused such friction and despair.

‘Seth never felt this lonely in his life.’

‘How would he live his life after experiencing that soul-ripping storm?’

Christmas is almost ruined as a result of a thoughtless decision, possessiveness and stroppy jealousy. But Christmas has a magical touch and our lads have huge lovable hearts. So Christmas in Paris was passionate, emotional and sexy. What a treat!

“Open your jacket.”

“What for? You wanna carve my heart out? Too late anyway.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the authors, with thanks**

THE GUNS n BOYS SERIES purchase Links

Guns N Boys

  GUNS N BOYS BOOK ONE PART ONE
Our Review
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❈ GUNS N BOYS BOOK ONE PART TWO
Our Review
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 GUNS N BOYS : PARIS – PART #1.3
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