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DARK MAFIA PRINCE (A Dangerous Royals Romance #1) by ANNIKA MARTIN


4.5 STAR REVIEW:: DARK MAFIA PRINCE by ANNIKA MARTIN

Each book covers a different character – ongoing storyline
: gritty, raw Mafia romance

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dark mafia princeSYNOPSIS
Aleksio
Don’t look at me like that. So trusting.
Like you think I’m not a monster.
Like I won’t wrap your hair in my fist and bend you to my will.
Like I won’t sacrifice you, piece by piece, to save my brother.
I’m the most dangerous enemy you’ll ever have because every time you look at me, you see somebody good. That friend who died.
And when you look at me like that, I die again.
Mira
I spent years making myself invisible.
A good girl, apart from the noise.
Then you came back, beautiful and deadly in your Armani suit.
Don’t look at me like you still know me, you say.
But I remember your smile and those sunny days.
Before they lowered your small casket into the ground.
Before they told us the prince was dead. 

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Dark Mafia Prince (1)

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘When you’re a killer, ugly and bloody and beaten to shit, you don’t hate the stars for shining. You’re glad there’s something good out there.’

We absolutely love our Mafia stories and having read Annika Martin before we had a feeling this was going to be a fabulous read. And it really was. The Dark Mafia Prince had suspense, thrills and dark passion. It was incredibly addictive and beneath the violence, vengeance and darkness hides soft hearts and lost love of friends and brothers.

“I’m the most dangerous enemy you’ll ever have because every time you look at me, you see somebody who’s not there anymore. Because every time you look at me, you fool yourself about what I really am.”

There were so many secrets which surrounded an old tale – a premonition if you will – that one day the three brothers will reunite and take back what’s rightfully theirs. These three brothers were separated by a violent tragedy and sent away resulting in absolutely horrific childhoods.

‘The sleeping king, he always called me. You will gather your brothers and take back your kingdom.’

This is the basis for the intense and fast paced story of Aleksio. We follow two brothers -Aleksio and Viktor- on their quest to find their long lost baby brother –Kiro- not knowing if he’s alive or dead. It all begins with getting the necessary leverage to extract valuable information of his whereabouts. This leverage is Mafia Princess, Mira. But Mira is not just a bargaining tool. She’s Aleksio’s past, present and possible future.

“I always watched you. Always saw you. You were always mine.”

So many secrets, a premonition by an old crone, revenge and old friendships and the power of family. Two broken characters, tragic discoveries and dark violent consequences beyond control. Passion, lust and love. Enemies, friendship and loyalty. It’s all there to discover in The Dark Mafia Prince a vengeful journey where not all is what it seems.

“I would tear apart the world looking for you.”

Annika Martin is a brilliant writer and we were completely consumed by this story wanting more, more and more. We were gutted when it ended, but as they say where one finishes another begins and we’re so excited for the next instalment in this series, which will be Viktor’s story.

‘Apart they are weak, together they are strong. They will take everything.’

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THE DANGEROUS ROYALS

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FULL TILT (Full Tilt #1) by EMMA SCOTT


5 STAR REVIEW : FULL TILT by EMMA SCOTT


First book in duet – both books now available.
tory ofA story of loving with your whole heart, and inspirational s friendship and hope. Emotional and beautiful
(No cliffhanger)

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…” 


full tilt 28th JuneSYNOPSIS

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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Full Tilt

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a mess.”

“You’re no more a mess than anyone else,” he said in a low voice.

Oh wow- this book was everything, absolutely everything. We loved every single minute reading Jonah and Kacey’s story and Emma Scott grabbed our heart and soul with her words. It was perfection- such beauty and heartbreak. Such tender and sweet moments. This is the kind of intense romance we know we’ll never forget, it hit us right into the depths of our hearts.

‘Little moments, day by day. This is what I have to give.’

The impact of what we read, the message of life and what it is to truly live and what is ultimately important. Well it’s all there. Love, inspiration, friendship and hope. Sorrow, grief and tragedy. All part and parcel of life. All written flawlessly with such realistic passion. Emma Scott gave us her all. A love of a lifetime.

‘I’d learned by now that everything Kacey felt was revealed in her large, luminous eyes. She cared about everything, passionately. She goes all the way up to eleven.’

Everything felt so incredibly real and the beauty of the characters had us riveted. We first meet rock chick musician, Kacey who’s a singer songwriter and a member of a band just about to hit it big. Her life’s not been easy and she’s lived a cold and affection-less childhood. This girl is starved of caring human contact and craves someone – anything – real in her life. Her life is empty of what she truly needs yet filled with everything set to destroy her. Until Jonah. The man with a plan. Jonah was everything- oh how we fell in love with this boy. A loving brother, a gifted artist and a friend. Jonah is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside, caring for everyone around him and offering help and support to Kacey – a stranger in need –  when he picks her up on one of the nights working as a limo driver. Jonah was as quick witted as Kacey making their banter a much needed and humorous reprieve. When you feel trapped, lost or scared and someone holds out their hand and says I’ve got you, come with me. When you feel their warmth, their support and their love – you grab that hand and hold on tight.

“We may not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry. Okay?”

Kacey and Jonah – night and day. In theory it shouldn’t work but oh wow be still our hearts because it completely worked. These two brought the best out of each other and gave to each other what was ultimately needed- all the while two halves became a whole. Two souls entwined. Like glass, fragile and breakable by life’s obstacles yet strong and hardened by actual life itself.

‘No more living life halfway. We had to go full tilt, just like the card players did. I would hit instead of stay. Always.’

As we read we marvelled at Emma Scott’s ability to write a story where we truly felt every important moment, where we followed the characters at a steady yet intense pace. Where no character was compromised nor made a victim to the storyline development. It quite simply worked beautifully, expressively and passionately.

“I’m scared that I’m so busy being scared that I’ll never be anything at all.”

Whilst this is part one of a duet there’s no cliff-hanger and Full Tilt can be read as a standalone. We do not want to spoil this poignant read so all we’ll say is READ this book, you will not regret it.

“Don’t let me vanish, Theo. Please. Help me…”

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FULL TILT the conclusion now available

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I am a universe
I have more love to give
Fold my hand? Not me
I’m all-in…

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THE FULL TILT DUET

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POESY : A LOW NOVELLA by MARY ELIZABETH



POESY by MARY ELIZABETH is LIVE – OUR REVIEW

Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

We fell in love with them in the romantic suspense, Low and now we get to hear Poesy’s story in this new novella!

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SYNOPSIS

Living on the right side of the tracks can be cruel. 

Poesy Ashby lives a dysfunctional life to prove it. Determined not to turn out like her parents, she’s gives up seeking their approval and focuses on breaking free. But abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood. 

Before Poesy Ashby becomes a renegade on the run, she’s a girl from the suburbs who finds acceptance for the first time in the most unexpected place: between rose petals and thorns. 

Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

“I don’t live like you do, Poesy.”
“Tell me how it feels.”
“To struggle? To not know where your next meal will come from or if you’ll be able to pay the rent? You don’t want to know how that feels.”
“No, tell me how it feels to live with people who love you.”

Sometimes you just need a little bit more. A little more background on the characters…well, just a little more. After falling in love with Poesy and Lowen in Low, we felt we just needed a little more introduction and build up to the intense love they shared and that’s exactly what Mary Elizabeth has given us in Poesy.

‘He’s my favorite thing. The most precious one. The only person who’s ever loved me unconditionally and totally.’

Low was a heart pounding, emotional and thrilling modern day Bonnie and Clyde romance that had us gripped in its every exhilarating moment and the only issue we had was that we would have loved the relationship between Poesy and Lowen to have been explored a little further prior to the commencement of the crux of the story.

‘It’s him and me. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and the girl from the right side. Villain and hero. Worthless and worthy.’

With Poesy we got what we wished for. Poesy begins from the first time Low and Poesy met, so we get to connect with them from the very beginning and it was a welcome insight into this period of their lives.

Starved of affection, in Low, Poesy found the love and protection she was always denied by her emotionally stinted parents. In their eyes, Poesy was an inconvenience to be ignored as much as possible. What she had in material wealth, she lacked severely in physical and emotional wealth, Low provided that for Poesy.

‘He’s hard where I am soft. He’s big where I am small. He’s calm where I am crazy.’

For those who loved this couple in Low, we recommend grabbing this book. For those who haven’t read Low, we must warn that the epilogue contains a HUGE spoiler for Low and it therefore our recommendation that if you are new to these books that you read Poesy, skip over the epilogue and head straight into Low – then come back to read the epilogue from Poesy’s pov.

 

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LOW by MARY ELIZABETHOur review

‘I live for the way she lightly bites my tongue when we kiss, and wish I were a better man every time she whispers, “I love you” against my lips.’

lowSYNOPSIS

It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.

Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.

Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.

Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys.

But can they get away with their crimes? 


 

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THE BOURBON THIEF by TIFFANY REISZ


5+ STAR REVIEW :: THE BOURBON THIEF by TIFFANY REISZ

Standalone – a sweeping and addictive story of betrayal, revenge and greed

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the bourbon thiefSYNOPSIS

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris. 

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.


The Bourbon Thief

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘Perfection was for heaven, and when you tried to bring perfection to earth, you paid a heavy price. A perfect face withered with age. A perfect love died from neglect. Bourbon was a perfect spirit, which was why the angels took so much of it while it aged.’

What a story! What a deliciously intoxicating, riveting, breathtaking and intriguing story of revenge, greed, betrayal, lies, lust and secrets. A sweeping saga that felt so decadent, so enthralling we couldn’t pause for a minute, hanging on Paris’s every word right along with Cooper McQueen engulfed in this tale of opulence and tradition right until the very end.

Not once did we feel as though we were spectators in this story. We were there….perched forward, waiting for more, urging Paris on, desperately wanting to hear her recount the story relating to a bottle of Bourbon that held more history, pain and heartache than one small bottle should.

‘Daddy liked to say the Devil owed him a debt and Momma was how Satan paid him back.’

Tiffany Reisz is an awe inspiring author of that there is no doubt. Her exceptionally vivid prose and her impeccable use of metaphors ensured we felt every emotion, lived every painful moment as this story unfolded. Her words as smooth as the expensive bourbon of which she writes flowed effortlessly over the page.  She is the Monet of the written word; so evocative, realistic, picturesque and beautiful was her prose. Not a supplementary word was written in this magnificent story.

“I didn’t know who I was before you. I don’t know who I would be after. But while I was with you, I knew myself.”

It all starts with a meeting between the mysterious Paris and Bourbon Baron Cooper McQueen which sees a moment of passion ensue at Coopers sweeping mansion. It soon takes on something much more when Paris is caught stealing a rare bottle of Red Thread Bourbon from Coopers private collection worth over a million dollars. But why did she steal it? That’s the million dollar question!

“Are you scared?”
“Scared? Scared of you?”
“Of what I’m telling you? Are you scared of this story?”

Instead of turning her over to the police, Paris tells Cooper why she stole the Bourbon, the history of the bourbon and the Maddox Family saga behind the Red Thread distillery, a history spanning 150 years and WHAT A STORY IT IS! So many twists, turns, lies and deceit lined the halls of Arden house, the family home of the Maddox’s, with moments that left us completely open mouthed with shock. Oh yeah, there were some things we did not see coming!

“We tell ourselves lies to survive when we know the truth will kill us.”
“It didn’t kill you.”
“Not yet.”

Paris begins to tell the love story between the 16 year old Tamara Maddox and 28 year old stable hand, Levi Shelby who is of mixed race and who Tamara is very smitten with. What unfolds is a heartbreaking, pulsating and gripping tale with every emotion being elicited from us.

‘The one-drop rule had never made any sense to him. If one drop of black blood made you black, why didn’t one drop of white blood make you white? And hadn’t anyone noticed yet that everybody’s blood was red?’

We lived and breathed this story and we’re loathed to divulge any more than we have already done because you need to learn the secrets as they unfold in order to experience every revelation as it comes to light, to do otherwise would be a travesty to this authors words.

“Fate is just another name for a train that cannot stop until it reaches its final destination.”

We could feel the golden bourbon slipping down our throats, smell its sweetness, feel the tangible humidity in the air, and breathe in the atmospheric beauty Tiffany Reisz created, becoming swept up in an exquisite family legend that left us mesmerized and riveted to the spot. An absolute hands down 5 star indulgent and captivating read!

 “A family with bourbon in its blood and blood on its hands.”

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TB Also recommends by this author:

**THE ORIGINAL SINNERS SERIES READING ORDER**

THE RED YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and Erotica Writer
TB Series Reviews

Original Sinners

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The Angel       : amazon us | amazon uk
The Prince      : amazon us | amazon uk
The Mistress  : amazon us | amazon uk 

THE WHITE YEARS QUARTET READING ORDER
The Adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, Submissive

White Years

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The King     : amazon us | amazon uk
The Virgin  : amazon us | amazon uk
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GOING DOWN by KATHERINE STEVENS


REVIEW :: GOING DOWN by KATHERINE STEVENS

Standalone Romantic Comedy

“Perhaps there aren’t any hard and fast rules in life. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t get you ahead.”

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Going downSYNOPSIS

The plan for Cici Carrington was to steadily climb UP the corporate ladder, and hopefully do so without her skirt tucked into the back of her underpants. Unfortunately, there was no contingency plan for the aftermath of spending a night trapped in an elevator with a suit-wearing Elevator Sex God named Cole Danvers. A one…or two-time dalliance wouldn’t normally throw off the course of someone’s life…unless you find out you have to work together the next day.

To further complicate matters, Cici’s best friend is also her Human Resources Director. She has to hide her secret from every person she knows. Her only confidant is her one-eyed cat, and his loyalty is tenuous at best. Toss in an accidental mugging, a bungled disguise, secret meetings, and unintentional arson, and Cici’s beautiful, careful plan has fallen by the wayside.

Perhaps there aren’t any hard and fast rules in life. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t get you ahead.

And perhaps sometimes you can get off between floors… 


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Going Down

 “Life is complicated. If you can find someone who wants to walk with you through all of this mess, then that’s the most uncomplicated thing there is. All the rest of it is just noise.”

You know when a book answers how you’re feeling by taking you where you desperately need to go? Well Going Down did just that. It picked us up and took us up, up and away. We needed to laugh, swoon, laugh and yeah laugh. This book delivered a story that was light, low on angst, high on humour and so easy to read we glided through it.

‘I could listen to him read an airplane vomit bag and be riveted. There was something about the way his mouth moved and the tenor of his voice. It was almost pornographic how his lips caressed words. I wanted him to keep talking forever.’

Cici is one of the funniest, laid back heroines we’ve come across and we loved her from the get go and whilst we’re not big fans of cats, Leroy is the best we’ve met.  Their relationship is matched by Cici and her best mate Maggie, an ode to all that’s funny, a comedy sketch in motion, a comedic duo we rarely see but love top meet. You’ll read it and want to be Maggie’s friend because this girl is a complete riot. You just couldn’t anticipate what was going to be said or transpire next, it was hysterical.

“Good morning. How was your weekend?”

“I spent it with my irrational best friend who was looking for her soul mate at a truck stop. It went as expected.”

Cici meets a sexy stranger in confined circumstances when their lift breaks down. Stuck in there for hours on end they use the time to the best of their advantage and whilst Steven Tyler serenaded us in our heads this elevator didn’t go down but many other sexy things certainly did. A connection was made and it’s not until the next day the complications of that said connection gets laid…..out too….A funny, disastrous and eventful journey begins which really had us giggling and swooning. It was smooth and sticky, hot and hairy….chewie and wonder…full!

‘Then he said the words you never ever want to hear when a man has his face in your pink panther.’

“What’s that smell?”

4 Stars

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