Monthly Archives: November 2017

EL SANTO (Saint-Sinner #1) by M ROBINSON

Anti hero, gritty, love story duet

SYNOPSIS

I didn’t know darkness and evil lurked inside me until I had to murder in order to survive. Forced to become my own worst enemy. With so much blood on my hands, I was surprised I could still see my own skin.
I killed.
I tortured.
I loved…
I played God while I was rotting in Hell. Thriving on control and power was the only way I knew how to live. There were no other options.
If you weren’t my friend, you were my foe.
If you weren’t with me, you were against me.
Traitors, as I called them. There were no imaginary lines. I’d crossed them all. No boundaries. No second chances. No redemption.
Not for me.
For them.
For anyone.
Only for her…
She loved me. Always convinced I was a saint, never believing I was just another sinner.
A fucking monster.

Until it was too late.

Except, I didn’t choose this life. It. Chose. Me.

EL SANTO is available to purchase below

             

EL PECADOR – The Sinner Book Two, the conclusion due for release January 2018


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘She needed to leave me because I would’ve never been able to leave her. And that was the reality of our love story.’

We absolutely adore this Author and her anti-hero stories, they are always dark, gritty and compelling. Once again she swept us up into her world with fabulous writing. This time we are under a communist regime in Cuba where we meet Damien who’s been indoctrinated into a world of violence and horror by his father and working as a soldier under the ruthless and vicious leader of the communist party. The character development was brilliant, written with depth and detail resulting in us connecting completely with Damien and Amira.  This is part one of their story which begins under gruesome circumstances, with El Pecador – The Sinner, the concluding story releasing early January 2018.

‘It was only then I truly understood why Damien never asked me about my nightmares…He didn’t have to. He lived them too.’

Damien is such a complex character. On the one hand he’s a violent cold hearted killer yet on the other hand, all he wants is to be loved whilst having an inherent human empathy for the fair and just. He has never known maternal love nor has he received any comfort or compassion from his father. He’s been trained to fight, duck and dive, whilst striking the blow of death. The scene where he meets Amira, nine years his junior, is heart-breaking and psychologically traumatising for both of them for different reasons yet it seals their fate and forges a bond rising out of Damien’s empathy.

‘I may have saved her life. But she kept me alive.’

Amira’s childhood was cut short at the tender age of nine as she had to witness a tragic and brutal event in her family home which no child nor adult should ever have to go through. Coming out of hiding she places herself in a deathly situation where only a reluctant and bloodstained yet helping hand gives her a chance no one would expect nor see coming. She’s given a second chance at life, a life where she falls in love with a ‘monster’.

‘I always thought she was the only light in my life and she was, it was only then I recognised she was also the darkness. Amira held the power of both.’

We follow Damien and Amira over the years and get to fully experience the psychological effects of what happened to both of them on that fateful night and how it’s shaping their lives now. Damien hates his role in life, he hates the monster he sees in himself. He trusts only two people; he has regrets and he does his very best to make up for a past offence where innocents were wronged. He is the epitome of an anti-hero who we shouldn’t love but can’t help but fall in love with.

‘She needed to leave me because I would’ve never been able to leave her. And that was the reality of or love story.’

Amira is a wonderful character; older than her years yet displays such naivety and childlike hero worship of a man she should run from.  However, how do you run from a man who literally saved your life and protects you with fierce passion as you grow up under his protection? The inevitable happens and we are left with an angsty and weeping heart feeling Amira’s desperation. Cruel to be kind, it’s such a wicked concept.


Be sure to also check out the fabulous EL DIABLO (The Devil #1)
A rgritty, raw, suspenseful and powerful anti hero standalone novel.
Amazon USAmazon UKOur 5 Star Review

TBB:: Hands down one of our favourite reads of 2016. No word of a lie, one of our favouriteanti-heroes of all time. Yes, this book just grabbed us and didn’t let go till we’d read the last page. Without question El Diablo is our favourite book to date by M. Robinson. Wow…just wow it had us consumed and we have to applaud M Robinson for staying true to her characters and never sacrificing the story or their natural journey. For never giving anything away. For surprising us.

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NEW CAMELOT TRILOGY by SIERRA SIMONE :: SPOILER FREE SERIES REVIEW

MF,MM,MMF Erotic, emotional trilogy

Be sure to keep an eye on our TBB Facebook page for a fabulous NEW CAMELOT GIVEAWAY!

SYNOPSIS for AMERICAN QUEEN BOOK ONE

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.

AMERICAN QUEEN is available to purchase below

          


SYNOPSIS for AMERICAN PRINCE BOOK TWO

I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.

AMERICAN PRINCE is available to purchase below

          


SYNOPSIS for AMERICAN KING BOOK THREE

They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.

Long live the king.

AMERICAN KING is available to purchase below

             


**SPOILER FREE TRILOGY REVIEW**

‘I’m aroused. I’m angry. I’m curious. I’m betrayed. I don’t ever want this moment to stop.’

We just devoured the entire New Camelot trilogy by Sierra Simone and wow, we came over all unnecessary! We’ve tried to read this Author once before and have to say -since then- her writing has evolved into something quite fabulous. So emotionally evocative with a huge emphasis on research and storytelling. We love when we try an Author again and fall in love with her writing. This trilogy is seriously addictive, highly erotic and quite simply compelling.

“You shouldn’t love me. You shouldn’t. You shouldn’t.”

Everything we love about our erotica reads was pretty much covered…or uncovered as was the case, with the added depth of a great love story and heart breaking emotion. As usual our series review will be spoiler free and because it’s three books each will be rated with a short review as we struggled to rate is as a whole. As far as erotic trilogies goes, this was a winner in our hearts!

‘…he is part God, he is more than just a man, and if he is just a man, then he is the best man ever to have lived.’

American Queen: 4 Stars

We were grabbed from the get go and couldn’t stop turning the pages whilst sticking the fan on high! We knew immediately this was the beginning of one hell of an epic saga that would dominate our life until finished. Without question, Embry and Ash stole our hearts yet we have to reluctantly admit that we never really connected with Greer in this book nor her journey which was a common on and off theme throughout the trilogy. There was no real spark or oomph for us and we would’ve loved to see more assertiveness and sassy spark from her to counteract the other characters and stamp her personality on the story. We wanted to not just like her but love her, yet we never really got there as Ash and Embry were written with such depth and passion outshining her in the process. Women can be strong, fierce and submissive at the same time. One does not negate the other.  However, the overall writing and intrigue kept us going and the intricate relationships, present and past had us devouring book one.

‘I wanted to tell him I’d be his. I’d belong to him. His possession, for as long as he’d have me. Sacrifice. I didn’t tell him any of those things, though. Instead, I told him one word.’ “No.”

 

American Prince: 5 Stars

This was our favourite book in this trilogy and we have to applaud Sierra Simone for daring to venture where she did and nailing the emotional aspect that can be quite rare to find in many mm books. American Prince had us in tears from our hearts breaking one minute then melting with hot flushes the next. Oh wow, Embry- he stole our hearts– fast becoming one of our favourite male characters. His soul was beautiful, his loyalty, sacrifice and love unwavering. His story was one that we felt in every single part of our being. What a wonderful character. There were scenes with him and Ash that literally made us shiver from the pure emotional aspect and others that were on the opposite ends of the scale being just about some of the filthiest we’ve ever read! Oh my…….         The storyline moved along fabulously and kept us riveted; quickly diving into the third and last book.

‘I could never truly be Ash’s and he could never truly be mine. But that night, none of it mattered. What mattered was that he was my king and I was his prince, and I would always, always be by his side.’

American King: 4.5 Stars

First of all we have to say American King had one of the best epilogues! It finished off the saga perfectly and we loved the afterword by Sierra Simone, it made the trilogy so much more poignant and intriguing than we originally thought it to be. In amongst the erotica -of which there was more than we usually enjoy albeit hot as hades– is a beautiful story with real beating hearts. We had a sense Ash’s journey was going to show his vulnerability masked in dominance, and it did. Whilst we had an idea where the Author was going with this story we were still surprised at certain aspects yet we embraced them, because this is fiction. We loved the journey we made with the characters in American King; the revelations and sacrifices making us gasp and tear up. Ash and Embry stole our hearts and for us this will always be their story!

‘When we first met, he thought I was his enemy and I thought he was perfect. Then I fell in love with him, and he’s been breaking my heart ever since.’

Told through past and present the three books move the present story along nicely with important flashbacks to the poignant emotional moments that shapes this very present. We never felt there were any repetitions nor did we feel they were superfluous to the trilogy. Rather, we got to experience instead of being told which we love as readers. This trilogy cannot be read as standalones; it’s an epic erotic yet emotional saga that stands out as one of the better ones we’ve read in this genre and category. Highly recommend!

“I’m sorry for all of it,” I finish. “But I love you, and that will always be the end of our story.”

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DEFIANT QUEEN (Mount Trilogy #2) & SINFUL EMPIRE (Mount Trilogy #3) by MEGHAN MARCH

Sexy sinful possessive alpha anti hero romance trilogy.

DEFIANT QUEEN SYNOPSIS

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans . . .


SINFUL EMPIRE SYNOPSIS

What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.
It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.
I want something more.
She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.
Nothing will keep us apart.
Not her. Not my enemies. No one.
Her debt will only be paid one way—with her heart.

Sinful Empire is the third and final book in the Mount Trilogy.



THE MOUNT TRILOGY is available below
Ruthless King releasing
 Our Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Defiant Queen Releasing 14th Nov – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Sinful Empire Releasing 19th Dec  – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘It’s the Mount effect.’

Spoiler free review for both Defiant Queen (Book #2) and Sinful Empire (Book #3) – for our review of Ruthless King (Book #1) click here.

As soon as we finished Ruthless King, we desperately needed the next book! Stat! We wanted to continue the momentum, so it was with a tremendous amount of excitement we found Defiant Queen and Sinful Empire on our Kindles and, of course, we had to dive straight in! With the first two books ending in such a heart stopping manner….we simply couldn’t resist!

‘Revolution is not without bloodshed, and neither is vengeance.’

The Mount trilogy has been one sexy, badass, twisty read, with a sexy, menacing hero and a sultry, tenacious heroine who was more than a match for the ruthless possessive Lachlan Mount! Whilst Mount may have bargained on taming the Irish hellion into submission, he underestimated the strength, determination and sheer will of Keira Kilgore who met him head on at every turn.

‘When I dragged her into the shadows and darkness, I gave no thought to the consequences of my actions beyond the satisfaction I would gain from her submission.’

The chemistry between Keira and Lachlan is again stratospheric! Oh boy, the intense passion and craving radiated off every page practically gave us heat stroke!

In Defiant Queen and Sinful Empire, more of Mounts past is uncovered, and with this we see more of his vulnerable side. There was one scene in particular that was so beautifully written, we felt the character evolve before our eyes, completely understanding this man and his brutal ways.

‘I don’t see the devil in a suit who has the power to turn my body against me and mess with my head. Instead, I see a man who must have fought overwhelming odds to get to where he is today.’

Whilst Mount retains the essence of who he is; a fierce, protective, ruthless and demanding ruler, we are able to get a glimpse beneath the gritty, unapologetic ruthless king façade to what makes him tick, and what set him on his path.

‘Lachlan Mount isn’t a myth or legend. He’s just a man. A dangerous one, certainly, but still a man.’

We’ve really enjoyed this trilogy! The heat, the characters and clever twists kept us glued to our Kindles. A delicious battle of wills between Keira and Mount, danger and obstacles meeting them at every turn, fabulous writing, all wrapped up in an erotic, playful, emotional and suspenseful read ensured the Mount Trilogy was a right tasty page turner!


TBB also recommends THE REAL DIRTY DUET
A Sexy series with a country music theme.

“I’m gonna spoil you, Ripley Fisher. It’s about time someone did, and I’m privileged to have the opportunity.” Boone takes advantage of my momentary speechlessness to wrap a hand around the back of my neck and slide his lips along mine. “Kiss me, sugar. I’ve missed the taste of you.”

The Real Dirty Duet delivered exactly what it promised, and just what we were in the mood for. A steamy, entertaining and effortless story that provided a pleasing balance of heat, emotion, drama, fun and even a little suspense and whodunit to keep us guessing. Not to mention a swoony warm-hearted alpha hero and a sassy yet sweet heroine. What more could we ask for?

THE REAL DIRTY DUET is available to purchase below

                    

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THE OUTPOST (Jamison Valley #4) by DEVNEY PERRY

Standalone in a series – suspense, drama, sweet small town romance 

 

SYNOPSIS

Trapped in his tiny mountain cabin, she didn’t expect to fall for his big heart.

Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her.

Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.

THE OUTPOST is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘This is my story. As you may have guessed, its heroine is me, and this past fall, I set out to catch a villain.’

We’ve been wanting to check out this before now, but never got the chance…you know how it goes…never enough reading hours in a day. So when the opportunity arose to read The Outpost, the time had come to spend time in Jamison Valley. We were hesitant to pick up a series part way through but were assured this could be a standalone easily followed the story and characters.

We can happily report, our first foray into Devney Perry’s Jamison Valley series was a very enjoyable one! Really, what’s not to love, as the author delivers a swoony big burly mountain man with a heart of gold, a feisty, brave heroine, some warm, friendly small town characters, and some Russian Mafia suspense thrown in for good measure.  The richness of Devney Perry’s writing was the cherry on top of a very enjoyable cake!

‘No man would ever hold me this well. I was made to be wrapped in these arms. A woman could tell a lot by the way a man holds her. She could tell if he had the strength to endure the rougher moments. If he had a mighty yet kind heart. If he could make her feel safe and cherished.
Beau’s embrace said all that and more.’

Sabrina is on the run after getting herself involved with a guy who had Russian Mafia ties; intentionally that is, for the sake of a story she wrote for the Seattle Times to bust open a gun smuggling ring. The subject matter was close to Sabrina’s heart for reasons that are uncovered later in the story, and we completely understood the tenaciousness she possessed to tell her story. The personal cost was enormous with her life put in danger, and hiding out until the ring was caught.

It’s to Jamison Valley, home of her bestie Felicity that Sabrina flees and it’s there she meets the gorgeous, very manly Beau. Wow! What a guy! This bloke had us swooning big time! His protectiveness, selfishness and loyalty to his friends, family and his work was to be commended. Working for the US Forest Service office of Jamison County search and rescue team, Beau carried a mountain of responsibility on his mountainous shoulders, and now, keeping Sabrina safe is added to his list of jobs!

“You’ve got a talent for making me smile, Sabrina.”
“Same to you, Beau.”

Sabrina is true city girl, while Beau is a 4th generation Montanan whose commitment is to his work, family and friends. It’ll never work between them, right? There’s no doubting there is chemistry in abundance between these two, but if they give their bodies, could they do so without giving their hearts, because they both know, a relationship is fruitless. The minute Sabrina gets the okay, she’s out of Jamison quicker than you can blink. Beau wouldn’t survive in the city. But you know what they say…the heart wants what the heart wants, and despite them both knowing any relationship would come with an expiration date, they slowly build feelings that can’t be denied.

‘I didn’t want her for right now. I wanted her for always.’

The Outpost was a sweet and easy way to spend a lazy Saturday and we became swept up in the romance of this story, entertained by heart-warming characters with a good mix of drama. And OMG! That epilogue! Authors should never underestimate the power of a great epilogue and Devney Perry delivered an absolute beauty in The Outpost! She left our melted hearts in a pile of goo!


The Coppersmith Farm HouseAmazon US | Amazon UK
The Clover Chapel – Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Lucky Heart  – Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Outpost – Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Bitterroot Inn – Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

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MICHAEL’S WINGS (The Original Sinners #6.3) by TIFFANY REISZ

5 Stars!
MM, romance, kink – part of series, cannot be read as a standalone.

SYNOPSIS

Griffin has just popped the question—yes, that question—and Michael doesn’t have an answer. He flees town for New Orleans to see his confidante and sometime-Domme, Mistress Nora. Will a weekend of beignets and beatings help him untangle his knotted-up heart?

Thus begins Michael’s Wings, the eponymous novella that kicks off the latest entry in Tiffany Reisz’s LAMBDA Literary Award-winning* Original Sinners series.

This companion collection to fan-favorite The Angel also contains six previously-published stories starring Mistress Nora’s favorite angel and Griffin—his master, his true love, and the sexy-as-hell bane of Michael’s existence.

MICHAEL’S WINGS is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte

“Tell me why you’re afraid of saying yes to something you and I both know you want.”

Michael’s Wings was just wonderful; spending time with Griffin and Michael with a novella that explored what happened after Griffin popped the big question; followed by a series of previously released short stories set at various points throughout the Sinners series. This was just the perfect trip down memory lane with time spent reminiscing and catching up with everyone though the main focus obviously being on Griffin and Michael’s relationship – the good, the bad and the sexy.

“He thinks I’m perfect, and I’m not.”

The Sinners series should be read in order therefore this collection of stories cannot be read as standalone. Rather its feels almost like a gift to those of us who adore Tiffany Reisz, her masterful writing and her unique and highly lovable characters, I miss them tremendously!

Griffin and Michael’s story had me crying, laughing, smiling as well as getting a bit hot under the collar! Shame really that I got hot under my collar and not Søren’s, sigh….our Priest makes appearances as does Nora and Kingsley which just made this even more perfect. From start to finish; Michael’s Wings was trademark Tiffany Reisz and I loved every minute of it.

 ‘A human being was a matrix of wants, needs, and desires and when the pain reached its peak, Michael wanted nothing, he needed nothing, he desired nothing and so he became nothing. It was the purest peace.’

I’ve always had such a soft spot for Michael, having cried many tears for him and I really felt that this novella showcased a young man growing more confident in his skin, assured of his choices and content in the knowledge of Griffin’s love for him. We are shown moments where heart-break, confusion, misunderstanding and uncertainty rears its ugly head as well as moments of pure unadulterated joy and intimate exhilaration.

“Why can’t we cut the cord?”
“Because the cord is made out of the same stuff our hearts are made of.”

The banter, the kink and the emotional elements were spot on; once again showcasing that Tiffany Reisz really is the –mistress- of the written word. I can honestly never have enough of her stories nor enough time spent with these characters. My heart feels incredibly full, yet is big enough for more.

“You on your knees in front of me with that look on your face. That’s my whole damn life.”

 


THE ORIGINAL SINNERS SERIES 
Click on covers for reviews and purchase links

The Red Years Quartet (The adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and erotica writer)

The White Years Quartet (The adventures of Eleanor Schreiber, submissive)


TBB Standalone Recommendations by Tiffany
Click on Covers for our review and purchase links

 

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