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STALKER by CLARISSA WILD

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SYNOPSIS

Clarissa Wild brings you STALKER, a Dark Romance, which is a stand alone without cliffhanger.

F**k me once, I’ll f**k you twice … then I’ll bury you.

No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.

She, the woman who put me in jail.

I swore that I’d come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life. I’m not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It’s in my veins. Just like it’s in my veins to ruin her.

She’s an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn’t true. One way or another, she’ll pay for what she did. I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.

Bad deeds never go unpunished … And I always go out with a bang.

WARNING: This book is a DARK ROMANCE STANDALONE – it has a non-conventional ending. This isn’t rainbow sprinkles & unicorn fluff. It’s a dark, thrilling journey of two people clashing over love, lust, and hatred. Heed the warning. Contains graphic violence, alcohol, drugs & other disturbing content. 

No Cliffhanger. Complete at 94000 words. Stand Alone.

 ☆  ☆ ★

STALKER

 Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯Stars

‘The spotlight is where I come to life; in the darkness is where my secrets lie.’

Well…wow….jumping straight from Killer into Stalker turned out to be one violent, eye-opening and gritty ride. I’m surprised anyone was left standing at the end. Where I felt slightly detached and only in like with the story and characters in Killer it felt like Stalker literally hit me across the head demanding I pay attention whilst Vanessa and Phoenix made me feel slightly sick, disturbed, morose and uncomfortable.

‘There’s nothing redeemable about us. Nothing that makes us good. Nothing that makes us worthy of love. Not me or her.’

I have to admit to having this macabre fascination with everything as I read. You know that feeling where you look around – thank the stars for the anonymity of kindle – as you’re reading thinking bloody hell I hope no one realises and think there’s something wrong with me. Yeah, it’s that kind of book!

‘For his love, I could die. For my love, he would kill.’

What was missing for me in Killer came to light in Stalker and I understood. This story was written with intense emotion and we get the background needed to shed a light on the why’s. The why’s interrupting a continual harrowing and intense circumstance that you want to look away from but can’t. I’m so incredibly wary of spoiling anything so I won’t even go there.

‘That woman…she’s mine for the taking now, and I’m coming for her. The hunt is on.’

‘She consumed me. She ruined my life. And I will destroy her in return.’

You guys all know those books that you shouldn’t enjoy, you’re ashamed to enjoy, and you’re embarrassed of your feelings for the ‘bad’ guy…the ‘bad’ woman. Well, this is one of those stories, if you read this review and think yes, I know what you mean then pick up this story! Now, it can be read as a standalone yet Killer is the prequel. The only thing I can’t decide on is whether I would have preferred to read Stalker before Killer. In some respects I think I would have enjoyed Killer more. But that’s probably just me, an individual preference. Kudos Clarissa Wild; this was one hell of a dark and fucked up ride!

‘…he still wants to kill me. Who wouldn’t, after what I’ve done. He just can’t. Whatever is left of his heart won’t let him.’

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

 ☆  ☆ ★

THE STALKER SERIES by CLARISSA WILD

Stalker series

KILLER – PREQUEL NOVELLA
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STALKER – NOVEL
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KILLER – STALKER #0.5 by CLARISSA WILD

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 SYNOPSIS

This is a prequel to the Dark Romance Standalone STALKER.

Some secrets are meant to stay hidden …

Secrets could kill you. My husband is the prime example.
I’m a trophy wife. Someone’s prized possession, just there to be pretty. My dreams were pushed aside for his. Until one fateful night, one chance encounter, all his dirty secrets were exposed.
And then my supposed husband is killed.
I should be sad, but all I feel is anger. My husband is a lying, cheating bastard. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’m now the prime suspect for his murder.
Only his brother believes I’m innocent, and in his support, I find relief. However, I will find the real killer and bring him to justice … before he tries to end my life too.


WARNING: This book contains strong language, explicit situations, and disturbing content.

 ☆  ☆ ★

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 Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

‘Love is just a word thrown around to make us look good, but underneath the surface, it rots.’

Killer is the prequel to Stalker which I am now desperate to read. I have to admit to having mixed feelings about Killer. I loved the dark intensity and the writing was enticing, however I just couldn’t get a handle on it at times. Saying that though – I couldn’t put it down – it was tauntingly well written and I had to know where this story was going.

‘What can I say? I’m the scum of the earth, the disgusting vile that creeps in the corners to jump you at night…and I don’t for a second regret being like this.’

Killer was definitely compulsive reading where one minute I was loving the intriguing dramatic thrill of it only to suddenly feel confused as if I was missing what this story was trying to be and achieve. You know that feeling when something is so twisted full of double crossing but everything just ends up feeling a bit of a muddled tangle with a sudden information overload?!

As it was novella sized and it went from a past/present development to suddenly hitting you across the head with one teasing revelation after the next I didn’t get that important connection with the characters hence I didn’t feel an emotional investment except for dislike until a huge sudden shock when twists unravelled and the story took hold. I guess in some ways it felt like two different reading experiences tied together by a bloody thread.

‘Death has made his entry. It’s done.’

Saying that though, I enjoyed the mystery, the drama, passion and the fucked up arrogant killer, Phoenix. I couldn’t really get a hold on Vanessa at all but maybe that’s the point and Stalker will have the answers and soft emotion Killer was missing.

This story is definitely not rainbows and unicorns; I am none the wiser but this is why I will be picking up Stalker as soon as I finish writing this review because I have a burning urge to find out what the hell is going on…and so on that note I’m off to find the answers….

‘Tonight’s the perfect night to kill. I can feel it in my veins; that undeniable urge that flows through me on nights like these. Exciting like drugs; the murderous kind.’

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

THE STALKER SERIES by CLARISSA WILD

Stalker series

KILLER – PREQUEL NOVELLA
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STALKER – NOVEL
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THE BOURBON KINGS – THE BOURBON KINGS #1 by J.R. WARD

The Bourbon Kings 28th July

SYNOPSIS

 For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right.

Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive. 

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 Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2  addictive stars!

The Bourbon Kings was reminiscent of a sweeping, indulgent Southern aristocratic soap opera with all the drama, lies, deceit and doublecrossing on hand…and oh the grandeur of it all!

“What exactly do you want from me.”
“Anything you’ll give me.”

This really did have the feel of one of those opulent and addictive melodramatic soap operas we loved from the 80’s so it’s no surprise to hear this has already been optioned for a TV Series. We can just see this playing out on the small screen! Think Dynasty. Think Dallas. Only the Carrington’s & Ewing’s in this case are the Bradford family and oh what a tangled web they have woven for themselves.

Outwardly they seem the epitome of wealth and propriety but open those majestic front doors and what lurks behind is a family in ruins. From their mother who is so dependent on painkillers she never leaves her bed, to a father who seems to have no feelings or scruples at all.

The story mainly focuses on Lane (Tulane) Bradford Baldwine, one of the Bradford clan and Lizzie, the woman who works at their estate and who has captured his heart, though we also hear multiple pov’s throughout form Edward and Gin (Virginia) Lane’s brother and sister; Lizzie, Samuel T (a long-time family friend and the man Gin is in love with) and Sutton (the woman who has stolen Edwards heart) with each change of voice playing out like an episode of a TV show.  There is another brother, Max but we didn’t hear a whole lot of his story so he is definitely a bit of a mystery at this stage!

Wow! The drama, drama, drama! At times we were gasping and clutching our pearls! Everyone has an agenda, everything is fascinatingly effed up and nothing is as it seems. It appears there are some people to whom stooping to levels knows no bounds.

Lane and Edward were interesting characters but it was Edward’s story in particular that brought us to our knees. This man…..the tragic turn of events this man endured broke our hearts.

‘Edward was ruined now, and not just physically.’

The relationship between Lane and Miss Aurora, the housekeeper who loves Lane like a son stole our hearts. Their relationship was so sweet and tender with Miss Aurora giving Lane the love he was so starved of as a child.

“I got God…and I got you. I am rich beyond means.” Miss Aurora

There was a lot going on and much unfolding in this affluent, luxurious society and to be honest we were at times left breathless waiting for the next big reveal.

“You’re the love of my life, whether you’re with me or not.”

We enjoyed The Bourbon Kings immensely and can see ourselves becoming hooked on this series! There were times it did feel a little too dramatic but it did tantalise our gossipy tastebuds. JR Ward uses analogies to perfection to a point where we could see, hear and feel this story played out before our eyes! She brought all the opulence, wealth, secrets and scandal to life in this rich and delicious tale of treachery, love, loss and deceit and we’ll be back to see how it all unfolds when we catch up with the Bradford in the next fabulous installment!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Berkley/NAL, with thanks.**

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THE BOURBON KINGS (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J R WARD
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The Bourbon Kings 28th July

THE ANGELS SHARE (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J R WARD
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HIM – HIM BOOK ONE by SARINA BOWEN & ELLE KENNEDY

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Him

SYNOPSIS

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

We absolutely love Elle Kennedy and are mad ‘hockey book’ fans as well as seasoned MM readers. So this one without doubt piqued an interest in our reading hearts and we jumped into the story as soon as it landed on our kindles. Sarina Bowen is new to us which excited us too. We have to say we were not disappointed and we read this one front to back with mostly smiles on our faces.

“Really, dude? That was like two seconds. You have the stamina of a pre-teen.”

Who doesn’t love friends to lover stories?! Well we certainly do and this was a sweet, romantic and easy read about friends who meet as early teens and strike up a beautiful friendship; only to later find romance.

‘Sometimes it’s better to just let shit lie. The way I see it, one night of drunken stupidity shouldn’t be the defining moment in a six year friendship.’

The path isn’t smooth and we soon find out why. A moment between our boys resulted in years of radio silence and when they meet again; older and ‘wiser’ they rehash what went wrong through being up front and with eyes wide open.

‘I’ve travelled back in time again. He looks the same. And different. He looks both different and the same.’

Jamie and Wes were both gorgeous, funny and lovable characters but for many reasons Jamie had an endearing vulnerability which teamed with a strong sense of conviction made us fall in complete love with him. Jamie’s character went through a lot of self-realisation, soul searching and at no point did this beautiful man let himself or others down. Yes, he had a loving supportive network behind him but his personality, his maturity and the size of his heart is what made him incredibly special for us. Wes was a more cautious, cocky and larger than life character; his heart has always belonged to Jamie but at no point in this story did he do anything but try and put Jamie first in his thoughts, feelings and future. We LOVED that the Authors didn’t add any unnecessary drama or angst. This story is a great example of where less is more and we loved that.

‘I’ll give him every fucking part of myself, serve it to him like a feast at a banquet.’

As far as M/M stories go this one was really sweet with wicked humour but in an odd way it almost read as an M/F. It’s hard to explain really, in some respects it lacked the emotional intensity that we usually find in our M/M reads. We all love a bit of hot nookie and Him certainly had that but what we truly seek out is that heart wrenching and overwhelming emotional connection between our heroes which Him didn’t quite achieve for us. That’s not saying we didn’t love it because we absolutely did. It had us smiling most of the way through especially during the family scenes, the hockey banter and the gorgeous relationship between Wes and Jamie. For us Him epitomised friendship, love, acceptance and self-discovery and we enjoyed every reading minute of it.

“Want you,” I whisper. Lately, those two words define me. “Have me,” he says.

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Omnific Publishing, with thanks**

THE HIM SERIES by SARINA BOWEN and ELLE KENNEDY

HIM US

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US Book Two:: our review |amazon us | amazon uk

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HOCKEY THEMED BOOKS BY SARINA
THE IVY YEARS SERIES – #1-3

The Ivy Years series takes place at an elite fictional college in Harkness, Connecticut.
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The Ivy Yeas Collection

Boxed Series includes:
Book 1: The Year We Fell Down
Book 2: The Year We Hid Away
Novella: Blonde Date
Book 3: The Understatement of the Year

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HOCKEY THEMED BOOKS BY ELLE
THE OFF CAMPUS SERIES

THE DEAL – OFF CAMPUS BOOK ONE
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THE MISTAKE – OFF CAMPUS BOOK TWO
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TRUTH OR BEARD – WINSTON BROTHERS #1 by PENNY REID

Series Description:
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.
Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (120k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.
 

Truth or Beard

SYNOPSIS

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?

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 Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 ✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

“You’re it, Jessica James. And that’s the truth. “

We LOVED Truth or Beard and those Winston Boys!! They most certainly could ‘charm snakes’ and you can bet we’ll be back for each and every one of their stories! We’re eager for more!!

“You take happiness, Duane. You conquer it.” Cletus
“That’s right. Conquer it!
Beau

There is something so special about Penny Reid’s storytelling! Her humour flows, her characters are normal everyday folk, her heroines always give the guys a run for their money and the wit, romance, passion and chemistry of her characters leaves us breathless and grinning like a pair of loons.

Jessica James and Duane Winston had been childhood frenemies. They revelled in teasing, tormenting and playing tricks on one another and therein lay the reason Jessica found herself drawn to Duane’s twin Beau, the friendly, quiet against Duane’s moody and sullen ways. Jessica crushed on Beau big time!

‘If Beau’s eyes were the tranquil summer sky, then Duane’s were a tempest at sea – a stormy aquamarine.’

That is until one day, a case of mistaken identity had her locking lips with Duane ‘be still our beating hearts‘ Winston, going all weak at the knees and engaging in lustful naughty thoughts about the bearded, gorgeous, romantic, dirty talking Duane Winston (I Need You Tonight by INXS is looping in our heads)

Duane, you’re being terribly disrespectful.”
“If you’re willing, I’d like to disrespect you all night long.”

Duane Winston…sigh…Oh…we can just see him in those coveralls pulled down to show off his sculpted torso, covered in grease from head to toe, giving that sexy stare……(and….we’re hearing Sex On Fire right about now)…..oh yeah, where were we?

‘His smiles were reserved, secretive, like he rationed them.’

Duane doesn’t mince his words and makes it known that for him, Jessica is it. There’s a stumbling block though – they each have very different views about their future plans. Jessica has wanderlust in her heart and can’t wait to turn her back on Green Valley and see the world. Duane’s feet and heart are firmly planted in his hometown – he has his brothers, his business and has no plans to leave…but….he wants Jessica…badly. Who will cave? Will either of them cave?

“I look at you and I see my future, and it is something great. But I can’t do anything about the fact that our dreams don’t align.”

Duane Winston…..WOW! What a romantic he was and could this guy woo!!! His wooing MELTED us! He wore his heart on his sleeve and when he uttered those words “I think we’re suited.” to Jessica our hearts damn near jumped out of our chests! He was a gentleman to a fault at times…poor Jess…we shared her frustration! We feared she may combust at one stage! (Queue I Touch Myself by the Divinys)

There were a couple of unresolved questions we would have loved answered but other than that there was everything to love about this book. The relationship between the brothers was a lot of fun, especially the mind-melding between Beau and Duane. How these two could have a full on conversation without uttering a word had us in fits.  Yep, the Winston’s won our hearts! If you’re after a romance that has a bit of intrigue, a fabulous heroine and swoon worthy rugged mountain men then don’t look past this sweet and sexy wonderfully told frenemies to lover’s story. 1Click now!  You’ll be glad you did. Now we NEED MORE OF THOSE FINE WINSTON MEN!

‘The image of her called to me, to the depths of my soul.’

 

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

THE WINSTON BROTHERS SERIES
(all can be read as standalone’s – each book features a different brother)

Winston Brothers (1)

Truth or Beard : Our Reviewamazon usamazon uk
Grin and Beard It :Our Review | amazon us | amazon uk
Beard Science
  our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Beauty and the Mustache – Winston Brothers #0.5 :  amazon us | amazon ukI
In this book you first meet the Winston Brothers and their sister Ashley
This can also be read as a standalone

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