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ECHO – BLACK LOTUS BOOK TWO by E.k. BLAIR

Echo

 

SYNOPSIS

It’s been said the longest echo ever measured lasted 75 seconds, but I can assure you, this will last much longer. The bang deafened the world around me, muting everything into nullity, allowing the reflection of its destruction to live far beyond its intended life. 

It will follow me forever, destroying me—destroying you.

You want answers? 

So do I.

Echo

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

 ‘I may no longer hear the screaming demons of my past, but they do indeed to continue to scream. It’s a reminder that you’re never truly free.’

Well, well, well E.k. Blair! Behind that happy go lucky giggly face we see on Social Media lurks a very sinister, disturbing and scary alter ego, with a very macabre imagination! Just how your brain works is a bit of a concern because this was one MESSED UP story and Elizabeth is one MESSED UP character!! And we mean that in a very complimentary way!

‘Only ash and embers remain. Echoes and shadows.  Darkness and death.’

First off, due to the nature of how Bang concluded, we are going to be purposely vague in our review of Echo. We do not want to spoil any part this book for readers and for that reason we will not delve into the story nor mention any characters names other than Elizabeth.

How did we feel about Echo? Hmmm we really don’t know to be honest. We couldn’t stop reading it we know that much. We were constantly astonished at the talent of this author, of that there is no doubt!  We were consumed with conspiracy theories all the way through, and consistently guessing how or what was going on, only to have the author throw another curve ball at us. It was akin to reading whilst performing the Boston Two Step. One step forward, two steps back. For every answer there was a question. However the gripping and addictive emotions we felt in Bang didn’t quite surface as significantly in Echo.

Now that isn’t to say Echo was a let-down, because it certainly wasn’t yet neither was it what we would call an ‘enjoyable read.’ In fact, this installment could, at times, be downright disturbing and exhausting.

“Everybody has secrets, everybody lies, and everybody cheats their way through life for self-fulfilment. We wouldn’t do it if we felt sorry; we do it because it’s our human right to seek happiness.”

We talked for hours after we finished Echo and both of us said there were certain scenes we wish we could ‘unread’ as we found them somewhat grotesque and uncomfortable.  There were times we felt sick to our stomachs. Not emotionally sick as we did in Bang, but more uncomfortably sick. As in; certain scenes were just too much.

We’re not squeamish or timid readers by any stretch of the imagination but we found some of the actions of Elizabeth were added more for the sake of a shock factor than emotional depth.  We grasped Elizabeth’s fragility and desperation through her internal dialogue, and felt we didn’t need the physical scenes to enforce that. In fact, those scenes had an opposite effect whereby the sympathy we felt for Elizabeth in Bang, somewhat diminished in Echo. We felt her character too extreme, too forced and the occasional softness which accompanied her in Bang was absent in Echo.

‘Sometimes, for some people, the fairytale only exists in death.’

In Bang,  the horrifying nature of the events and the story left us emotionally wrought, the actions in Echo left us feeling drained, just drained. It was exhausting being inside Elizabeth’s head and we found it hard going at times.  In Bang, the extreme nature of the story and events felt organic and natural in some respect, whereas, in Echo they didn’t on the whole.

‘My body is used up and polluted. It always was and always will be.’

The second part of this story had us riveted and sitting on tenterhooks. It was then we were blown away! As the story progressed and worked towards its crescendo we were left worn out and teetering on a knife edge! All is not as it seems, people are not who they appear to be, lies, treachery, deceit and duplicity abound in this second installment that left our mouths agape and our stomachs in knots! We know one thing for sure…We NEED HUSH and we NEED IT NOW!!! Bloody hell, we felt as if we had run a marathon, only to end up back at the beginning and needing to put ourselves through it all over again in Hush!

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

 

THE BLACK LOTUS SERIES by E.k. BLAIR

Lotus Series (1)

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BANG BOOK ONE : Amazon US Amazon UK
ECHO BOOK TWO : Amazon US : Amazon UK
HUSH BOOK THREE : Amazon US : Amazon UK

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BLACK RAINBOW by J J McAVOY

Black

 

SYNOPSIS

A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy… 

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts. 

With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus. 

But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black. 

But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?

Black Rainbow

 Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

 “You are not a black rainbow. I see every one of your colors.”

Suits meets How to Get Away with Murder!  Yes please! You know that feeling when sometimes you just need a book to entertain you. You need fiction; not real life. You need to be swept up in a story that can be classed as an easy read. We love easy reads; it’s a positive term in our vocabulary. An easy read picks you up and sweeps you away into….fiction.

Black Rainbow was certainly entertaining as it had a little bit of everything. It was sexy, intriguing, thrilling and drama filled at times. We do love the writing style of JJ McAvoy and her heroes are incredibly arrogant, lovable and bloody hot and passionate. Levi…we’d wear him on our legs in a heartbeat…sigh….he stole our hearts as he commanded every scene he was in – the cocky arsehole. As for Thea, well she’s another strong level headed heroine who knows what she wants and seeks to get it no matter the obstacles. She was a lovable heroine, no questionable doubt! Theirs was a match made in the court room and we completely believed in their relationship.

“Good things come too rarely for either of us to question it.”

We’ve definitely noticed a trend in JJ McAvoy’s writing; no matter how arrogant and bad-arse her heroes are they are the ones who show the more vulnerable and loving side. Whereas her heroines are the ones that come across harder and more reluctant to love and show love in return. In some respects it’s almost an emotional role reversal. We’re not quite sure that we love that aspect of her heroines all that much as they come across almost cold and emotionless. Whilst we did end up loving Thea it’s harder to connect to this kind of heroine, in our opinion. On the flip side though, in some respects it’s quite refreshing for the hero to have this endearing vulnerability whilst being such a dominating figure.

‘This could be my first loss, I thought bitterly to myself, as I watched her walk away.’

Black Rainbow was quite a powerful story and we revelled in the court room dramatics and the fierceness of our characters. Even the secondary characters had such presence. Our only few niggles were a couple of inconsistencies and conveniences which was a real shame as this story could have been utterly brilliant. So many twists and turns; heightened emotions and the sensuality and raw emotional aspects of some scenes made this read more and more un-put-down-able as it went on.

As for Levi Black; we LOVE him – LUSH doesn’t even cover it! We felt a certain sense of satisfaction upon reaching the end and would definitely recommend this standalone novel from JJ McAvoy.

‘There are people who are moved by the world, and then there were people who moved the world. Levi Black was the latter of the two.’

*We read an ARC of Black Rainbow curtesy of Netgalley. We have to assume that this is a pre-edited copy as there were a high number of spelling and grammatical errors.*

BLACK RAINBOW by J J McAVOY
Standalone Novel
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Black

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