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NINETEEN and TWENTY ONE by E.S. CARTER (Two Book Review)

 Spoiler free dual book review. Both books are to be read in order.

‘Eternal love; a love that can make someone immortal, for as long as you their heart in yours.’

Available to purchase below.

Nineteen Book One : amazon us  &  amazon uk
Twenty One Book Two amazon us   amazon uk 

Nineteen

SYNOPSIS

 Your life can change in the blink of an eye.
How you adapt to these changes is what defines you.

Jake Fox is an aspiring actor who has found little success.
He is also a typical, cliche, bad boy, who ‘loves them and leaves them’ without love ever coming into the equation.

Emma Campbell is finding her way in life, struggling with memories from her past, an apathetic mother and the choices ahead of her. Can she keep focused on the light when life keeps surrounding her in darkness?

Polar opposites, will love be the thread that binds them or will circumstances beyond their control, tear them apart?


TwentyOne2

SYNOPSIS

 Fate kept placing Emma Campbell and Jake Fox in each others paths.
Fate also kept putting overwhelming obstacles in their way.
What fate didn’t realise is that Jake and Emma share a connection that is stronger than circumstance.
An intense bond that threatens everything they thought they knew about themselves, one that is only made stronger by a perfect day.

A perfect day where they both surrendered to the force of their feelings for one another.
A perfect day that ended in darkness and tragedy.

Jake is missing.
Emma is lost.
Lost in grief; lost in hopelessness.

Will fate finally grant them a chance to be together or will it tear them apart?


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19 and 21

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“…you have it all wrong. You overwhelm him because he feels things for you that he has never felt before. It’s scaring the shit out of him.”

We were first introduced to E.S. Carter’s Fox-William clan in Three, Liam’s story, and it was here we relished the camaraderie and the deep family bond between the five Fox-William brothers and their parents, not to mention the heartfelt romance between these men and the women who consume their hearts, leaving us with a big desire to know more!

“I bloody knew it. My little brother, the man whore, has finally found someone he has feelings for, well fuck me.”

We had read Three as a ‘standalone’ and whilst we enjoyed every moment of Liam’s story, we did feel as though we were ‘missing’ out on something. There were characters and storylines in Three that were interconnected from Nineteen and Twenty One, particularly the close friendship between Emma (Jules) and Liam and Emma and Jakes romantic relationship which was explored in Nineteen and Twenty One.

Knowing that H’s (a close friend of the Fox-William brothers) was due for release this month, we decided we wouldn’t proceed any further with the story until we had a chance to catch up and explore Jake and Emma’s story and we’re so glad we did.  In a strange way, to have already experienced the point at which Emma and Jake were at in Three, the man Jake had become helped us relate more to his character in the preceding books and we didn’t feel as though the story had been spoiled in any way as there was so much we didn’t know going into these books that wasn’t touched on in Three.

“I fucking know that Nate, but she keeps running and every time she does, she takes a piece of me with her, it hurts Nate…It fucking hurts.”

Jake is a very different man to the one we me in Three. He’s a tart and makes no apologies. He has an insatiable sexual appetite and has no qualm in fulfilling his needs with whatever pretty thing takes his fancy. Now, we know there are readers who don’t like the thought of their hero getting all hot and bothered with anyone other than the heroine but we appreciated the way E.S. Carter had us experiencing Jake’s roving ways first hand because it made the moment he realised his feelings for Emma, and the confliction he was feeling, all the more believable when it did eventuate.

‘I only play with women like me, women who know all I’m offering is a few hours to escape into a haze of sex and lust, nothing more.
The Emma’s of this world are not made for a man like me.’

Jake and Emma couldn’t have been more different. Jake the conceited cock who found it very hard to express his emotions and Emma the sweet girl who wore her heart on her sleeve and was riddled with self-doubt were right for each other in so many ways. On the surface, they shouldn’t have been attracted to each other, but there were certainly not only sparks, but something between them that went soul deep.

‘Love is one soul, living in two bodies, beating in two hearts, making them whole.’

For Emma and Jake the timing couldn’t have been worse. Jakes TV career was starting to take off, his star was on the rise and his bad boy persona was perfect fodder for the paparazzi. Emma was coasting along, looking for a change in her life and life was about to change in the blink of an eye for her in the most heartbreaking of ways.

‘How can you follow your heart if it’s even more confused than your head?

Emma and Jake had to part ways, one needing to reaffirm and restart their life and one coming to terms with feelings that couldn’t be explained, however fate has other ideas!

We did have a bit of an issue with Nineteen and Twenty One which was the retelling of the story in alternative points of view. Reading the same story by Emma and Jake did become  a little tiresome and had the effect of slowing the story down at times, however on the upside there were times hearing the scene in a different voice added to the moment and expanded on what had occurred, though we feel a sporadic alternative POV would have been something we would have enjoyed more.

The essence of the Love by Numbers series is friendship, family and love and on that account E.S. Carter has delivered a rich and beautiful series. We thoroughly enjoyed Jake and Emma’s story and whilst it didn’t allow us the level of emotional impact nor the focus on family we loved so much in Three, Jake and Emma’s story still managed to pull at our heartstrings and allowed us that perfect romantic escape we cherish, making this a series we’d recommend in a heartbeat!

 


THE LOVE BY NUMBERS SERIES by E.S. CARTER

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Available to purchase below
Nineteen Book One – our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Twenty One Book Two our review |  amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Three Book Three – our review  | amazon us |   amazon uk 
Thirteen Book Four –  our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk
One Book Five – our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Eight Book Six our review |  amazon us | amazon uk

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THE BEAST – BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD #14 by J R WARD

Paranormal series to be read in order

“How is it possible…that you always make me feel so beautiful?”

THE BEAST is available to purchase below
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the beast 5th Apr

SYNOPSIS

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it]” (USA Today).

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from..


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The Beast

Reviewed by Gitte

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is still my favourite paranormal series after all these years. Whilst I haven’t loved every book in the same way, I’ve loved being part of this journey from the start. Being back with Rhage and Mary was fabulous and I didn’t think I could fall any more in love with this couple, but I did. The Beast was actually a really emotional read that had my heart melting into a puddle one minute, excited from the action the next, laughing out loud, only to suddenly burst into tears.

‘The trouble was, he realized with dread, when your heart finally stopped beating in your chest, everything that you wished you’d said but hadn’t, all the missing pieces of yourself that you had yet to give, all the failures you had stuffed under the rug in the guise of life being so very busy…that stopped, too. The mid-stride step, never to be completed, was the worst regret anyone could have.’

This is JR Ward, she never fails to write one bloody fantastic story and The Beast reminded me once again why I fell in love with The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I actually thought this was such a beautiful story at the heart of the ongoing fight the brothers have on their hands. It had such rawness, insecurity and vulnerability and if you know Rhage and Mary….well….you know that means one passionate and emotional ride.

“How is it possible…that you always make me feel so beautiful?”

He kissed her once, and then again. “I’m just reflecting back what I see and know to be true.”

It’s been years since I read Lover Eternal which was Rhage and Mary’s book, and the second in the series, catching up with them it all came back to me and my heart was reminded once more why I love them so. Whilst Zsadist has always been my most favourite Brother, I have to say, that after The Beast, Rhage seriously comes in close second. What him and Mary go through in this book was completely not what I expected and I loved every minute of it. The feeling I had upon finishing was like coming home. Home to perfection and what makes the BDB so bloody special! Oh and hot!

‘She was the watch on his wrist, the roast beef when he was starving, and the pitcher of lemonade when he was thirsty. She was his chapel and his choir, the mountain range to his wanderlust, the library to his curiosity, and every sunrise or sunset that ever was or would be…She was all the power in the universe coalesced into a living, breathing thing, the miracle that he had been granted in spite of the fact that he had long been undeserving of anything but his curse.’

I have to mention that as always we get POV’s from others in the continuing fight against The Lessening Society. We meet some new characters as well as the continuing Xcor and Assail storylines. Oh and Lassiter….MY HEART….that Angel always has me in stitches and I love him! He really needs his own book after all this time!

“Lassiter’s a fallen angel who we’ve somehow gotten stuck with. He’s like gum on the bottom of your shoe. ‘Cept he doesn’t smell like strawberries, he hogs the TV remote, and on a regular basis, you think to yourself, is that really the best the Creator could do with an immortal? The guy has the worst taste in television…”

I’ve had this reluctant love for Assail since I met him so can’t wait for his book but Xcor and Layla’s next which is exciting too.  If you haven’t picked up The Beast yet, do it! As a crazy arsed BDB fan this instalment was pure heaven. I laughed, cried, my heart melted as did my knickers…bloody brilliant Warden, once again!

5✯


THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES by J R WARD

BDB

*DARK LOVER BOOK ONE
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* LOVER ETERNAL – BOOK TWO
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*LOVER AWAKENED – BOOK THREE
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*LOVER REVEALED – BOOK FOUR
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*LOVER UNBOUND – BOOK FIVE
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*LOVER ENSHRINED – BOOK SIX
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*LOVER AVENGED – BOOK SEVEN
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*LOVER MINE – BOOK EIGHT
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*LOVER UNLEASHED – BOOK NINE
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*LOVER REBORN – BOOK TEN
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*LOVER AT LAST – BOOK ELEVEN
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 *THE KING – BOOK TWELVE
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*THE SHADOWS – BOOK THIRTEEN
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*THE BEAST – BOOK FOURTEEN
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BEAUTIFUL BOY by LEDDY HARPER

Standalone romance of love and redemption

You destroyed me.”
“You saved me.”

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beautiful boy 28th April

SYNOPSIS

One introverted girl.
One extroverted guy.
One assignment.
One afternoon.
Then everything changed…

“You destroyed me.”

Novah wanted nothing more than to walk away, never see him again. She was determined to pick up the pieces of her tarnished reputation and move on. Her torture became her muse, earning her well-deserved notoriety for capturing beauty with her lens. She had come full circle. She had it all…until he returned.

Nolan found himself surrounded by the grim facets of life, no longer the prominent boy from an affluent family who’d caught Novah’s eye. The years had been unkind and left him in the dark, painful trenches of life. He needed her help.

Fifteen years can equate to a lifetime of change, neither one the same person they once were. Despite the humiliation, the latent wounds, the missing years…they’re destined to heal one another in unexpected ways.

“You saved me.” 


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Beautiful Boy

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

 “Fifteen years ago, you showed me something beautiful, but it became ruined, tainted, turning our moment into a nightmare- for us both. We were too young to defend ourselves, which left our fate in the hands of others.”

We love Leddy Harper; her writing is beautiful and her characters demand such attention. Beautiful boy is the epitome of a second chance at love. The premise that when you give your heart to another, you truly give it circumstances and life be damned. We had a brief snapshot of a soul destroying moment in the past which heavily played into the present for Nolan and Novah. Whilst we would’ve loved more from their teens, been allowed to live it with them and what transpired we did thoroughly feel its impact now that they’re in their thirties.

‘I’d found myself clinging to the emptiness, scared of what I’d be without it. Because in my mind, letting it go didn’t mean it’d be replaced with the opposite. No. It’d be replaced with absolutely nothing. And if I had nothing…I’d have even less to live for that I do now. And that’s what scared me.’

We did find that the story was a tad on the slow side. We completely understood the poignancy and beautiful human element of this story. Of healing and redemption. However the focus was lost along the way until towards the end where it picked up and re-stole our complete and undivided attention. Yes, healing is a long drawn out process and knocking down barriers to find your true self takes blood, sweat and tears.

‘I want to hit play. I want to live.’

In order to fully love another and live unburdened you need to heal, love and fight for yourself. Beautiful Boy showed us just that with stunning writing and a hero and heroine who grabbed our hearts and never let go from start to finish. It is clear to see where Leddy Harper got inspiration from and this story truly is that. Inspiring.

‘Because with her, I felt no pain. Because with her, I wasn’t in the dark. Because with her, I wasn’t…me. Because with her…I was somebody.’

 3.5 ✯

 

Another TB Recommended Read by Leddy 
Standalone – emotional, moving and unforgettable story. 

“You were my reason to breathe. And then you left me and took my oxygen with you.”

MY BIGGEST MISTAKE by LEDDY HARPER

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my biggest mistake

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DARE ME by REBECCA SHEA

Standalone romances. 

 “Stay with me. I dare you.”

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dare me 28th MarSYNOPSIS

Five coworkers.
Four drinks.
Three glances.
Two fleeting smiles.
One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.


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DARE ME

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

 “Stay with me. I dare you.”

It all started with an innocent dare, or did it? The story of Saige Phillips and Holt Hamilton is a relatively low angst, romantic and sexy read that has some very emotional and harrowing moments. Whilst we didn’t feel this story brought anything new to the table insofar as it’s a popular theme, we did thoroughly enjoy it and were swept away in this well written story.

‘Sometimes in loving us, people hurt us, but it doesn’t mean they don’t love us. It’s rarely intentional but hurts like hell nonetheless.’

Our heroine, Saige has experienced extreme traumatic tragedy in her life which ultimately changed her path and broke her heart. No one should see what Saige saw at aged thirteen; no one should have to go through what she did. It was so incredibly sad and our hearts broke for her. One moment changed everything and had dire consequences on a family going through hard times.

‘She’s afraid to love. She’s afraid to get hurt.’

Fast forward ten years and this girl now has a successful and promising career ahead of her in Chicago, her hometown, working for a successful aviation company which is spearheaded by the enigmatic Holt Hamilton a.k.a one hell of a sexy mysterious alpha millionaire. Whilst Saige still struggles with her memories, she has a fabulous support network of friends to keep her up during the days. It’s at night her past rears its ugly head.

“To have no one know who you are. No one to see your scars or your flaws or your worries.”

“Is that what you want, Saige? Someone to hide all of who you really are from?”

“I don’t know.”

Holt Hamilton, be still our hearts, is the complete swoon-worthy package. He’s tall dark and handsome with the perfect balance of wickedness and a sweet and endearing vulnerability. One minute he shows his sexy commanding side whilst the next we see a soft almost lost boy side to him. Holt has secrets and personal reasons for his actions, however all is not smooth in the pursuit of love and understanding. To forgive and forget are two very difficult asks.

“You’re like this anomaly. You’re serious yet totally fun. You’re handsome yet boyishly cute. You’re controlling yet sweet.”

Because we got dual POV’s we understood what could have easily come across as a case of insta love stemming from a dare, but in this case it all came from a very special place. A big heart wanting to change the paths of others. Dare Me made for a fabulous Sunday afternoon read with a great balance of humour, emotion, passion and of course the gorgeous and intense Mr. Hamilton.

‘I want her to need me as much as I need her. I need her to want me as much as I want her. I want her to love me as much as I love her.’

3.5 #hotforholt stars

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THAT THING BETWEEN ELI & GWEN by J.J. McAVOY

Standalone – Adult frienemies to lovers romance

THAT  THING BETWEEN ELI & GWEN by J. J. McAVOY

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that thing between

SYNOPSIS

**A multicultural new adult romance from bestselling author, J.J. McAvoy**

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is. 

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first… 

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…


That Thing Between Eli & Gwen (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“The one thing I love about us, Guinevere, is that we talk, we laugh, we tease each other, we laugh more, and we drink. Before being my girlfriend, you were my friend; I love that.”

There’s always an excitement that ensues when a JJ McAvoy book release is imminent. We never know what she’ll bring us next, stories are entertaining to say the least and this book was no exception. This author always delivers and will always be an automatic 1Click for us.

In That Thing Between Eli and Gwen, JJ McAvoy brings a frenemies to lovers theme and it’s a theme we adore. For the most part this was a drama free (we’ll get to that later), low on angst story that was full of dry wit, sarky fun banter, romance, swoon and heat. A sexy, gruff and pragmatic Doctor, and a quirky, sweet, almost ethereal heroine who share a common bond yet don’t get along with the ribbing and insults coming thick and fast, and let’s not forget the enticing sexual tension that simmers between them.

“One moment you were that other woman who got hurt too, and then you were Guinevere. Funny, weird, talented, beautiful Guinevere, and I’m thinking about how you smell like rain, and whether you’ve eaten. I don’t know how it happened, all I know is that I’m thinking about you, and not just like a friend. “

Eli Davenport and Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe are brought together after sharing a humiliating and very hurtful experience when Eli’s fiancée dumps him at the altar, running off with Gwen’s fiancée right before their eyes, hence leaving them both heartbroken

Despite the annoyance they feel towards each other, there’s no denying that after being somewhat forced together, there is an understanding of the hurt and embarrassment they suffered. Not only that but Gwen seems to bring out the softer side in the grouchy Eli and he, in return, brings out a slightly wild streak in the sweet Gwen, as though they were missing a part of themselves they found in each other.

“In your books, how would the hero and the heroine work this out?”
She giggled….”The heroine would have gotten on the plane and we’d have to wait for book two to see them struggle to fix everything later.”

Gwen challenged the handsome, sexy, regimented and pragmatic Doctor, she confounded and excited him. Eli drew out the kinky side of the almost childlike Gwen, and through it all the witty insulting banter never let up and they could certainly steam up the pages!

“What do women see in you? You’re such an ass.”
“Handsome and successful, what more do they need to see”

The dynamic between Eli and Gwen was spot on. There was no drawn out miscommunication, no prolonged back and forth with their relationship from enemies, to friends, to lovers moving at a believable and steady pace bringing with it lots of fun, emotion and swoony romance right along with it.

“We aren’t a movie, or one of your romantic book couples. We’re real people who have to deal with real shit day in and day out. “

We loved everything about this book for 90% of the time, however there was 10% that felt like added unnecessary drama. We were enjoying the easy flow of the story and inwardly groaned when a plot twist arrived so late in the game. It felt out of place and really, the story didn’t need it as it was more than holding its own and felt the story could have still played out the way the author had intended had it not been included. The character of Eli also seemed to undergo a bit of a personality change about this time that felt out of character to the Eli we had known throughout the book.

Life isn’t always a straightforward, there are curves and bends and tough choices to make which Eli and Gwen had to adapt to, and while we may not have particularly liked how a very small part of the story transpired, there’s no doubt Dr Asshole and The Con Artist melted our hearts, gave us a laugh and a story that put a smile on our faces…oh and that epilogue kicked arse!!! Loved this one!

“You almost called me Gwen.”
“You are my Guinevere; Gwen is for everyone else.”

4 Stars

OTHER BOOKS WE’VE LOVED AND RECOMMEND by J.J. McAVOY

SUGAR BABY BEAUTIFUL by J J McAVOY
Standalone Novel – Our Review

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sugar baby beautiful

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BLACK RAINBOW by J J McAVOY
Standalone Novel : Our Review

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Black

THE RUTHLESS PEOPLE SERIES READING ORDER

Ruthless People

 

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Ruthless People Book One :  Amazon us | Amazon uk | Our review
 The Untouchables Book Two : Amazon us || Amazon uk || Our review
American Savages Book Three : Amazon us || Amazon uk || Our review
A Bloody Kingdom Book Four : Amazon us || Amazon uk

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