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STAND (Bleeding Stars #6) by A.L. JACKSON

Standalone in Series – Emotional Rock star romance

SYNOPSIS

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘Agony cut through me. A dull, bitter blade. The desperation to save someone who didn’t want to be saved.’

The beauty of AL Jackson’s words shone through this highly emotional and passionate romance which had our hearts breaking and our eyes welling up throughout. The writing was flawless and we felt every single word. Stand is the last book in the Bleeding Stars series and can be read as a standalone. This is a series that has stolen our book reading hearts.

‘Every inch of the man was a sublime contradiction. His entire demeanour serenity and war. Peace and strife. As if the man bore the scars of a thousand battles and still managed to look past the brutality of the world.’

This is Zee’s – the drummer boy of Sunder- story and wow has this man had a tragic past, a past he’s still living with heavy guilt, responsibility and paying an unrealistic debt to his brother. His heart is huge and pure despite having suffered tremendously. AL Jackson sure put us through it with his story, she made our hearts break into pieces. We fell in utter love with Zee and he held our hearts from page one till the last. A quiet stillness of a man with a storm brewing inside. A gentle giant living the consequences of his past. Living someone else’s life out of responsibility giving up on all personal dreams and hope.

‘An angel. The brightest light in the midst of my darkness. Starshine…I couldn’t get lost in this girl. But there was a part of me that wanted to do it anyway. Give up and give in.’

Sometimes we meet our soul mate when we least expect it. Alexis is a beautiful young woman who fights to live and grabs life by the hands. She’s suffering under the life of her twin sister’s demise into a life of violence, despair and harrowing distress. Finding herself in a dire situation which could have disturbing consequences, she’s saved by Zee who happens upon her and an immediate bond is formed. What comes from this fateful night is a road fraught with personal battles and open wounds. It’s captivatingly sad yet hopeful too insofar that love is persevering if you place your trust and faith in it.

“Do you feel it, Alexis? It’s about tapping into the emotion. The pain. The joy. The love. The lust.”

We fell in love with this story, not wanting it to end yet desperately wanting love and forgiveness to win out. Having read the last two books in this series we are needing to read the rest as Sunder is a group of lads who stole our hearts and we’re now desperate to hear everyone’s stories.

“Living is a choice. We decide how we wake up each morning and face the day. Either we’re led by hope or ruled by fear. And I won’t let circumstances define me. Maybe I’m a fool, because I will stand or I will fall, but I will never, ever allow fear to clip my wings.”


THE BLEEDING STARS SERIES by A.L. JACKSON
(Please note: Books #4-6 (Wait, Stay, & Stand) are Bleeding Stars stand-alone novels.)

A STONE IN THE SEA – BOOK ONE – FREE

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DROWNING TO BREATHE – BOOK TWO

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WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES – BOOK THREE

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WAIT – BOOK FOUR (Standalone)

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CHILDREN OF VICE (Children Of Vice #1) by J J McAVOY


REVIEW :: CHILDREN OF VICE by J J McAVOY 
Gritty, raw Mafia romance spin off from Ruthless People Series

First in the series spin off from the Ruthless People series. You do not have to read Ruthless People series beforehand but we LOVE this series and recommend it!
Now it’s time to revel in the reign of the Callahan children…

SYNOPSIS

I, Ethan Antonio Giovanni Callahan, first son of the former head of the Irish mob, Liam Alec Callahan, and former head of the Italian mafia, ex-governor, Melody Nicci Giovanni Callahan, solemnly swear to ruthlessly protect our family name, business and way of life, no matter the cost to me or anyone else. I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.

I will live for my family.
I will kill for my family.
I will marry for my family.

I, Ivy O’Davoren, the only daughter of Shay O’Davoren, solemnly swear to ruthlessly and mercilessly exact revenge on the Callahans and all those who betrayed my father and family.

I will live for revenge.
I will kill for revenge.
I will marry for revenge.

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**Spoiler Free Review by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 stars

‘The Belladonna and the Mani di forbice.’
‘The beautiful poison and the duel blades.’

We’ve read every single JJ McAvoy book, and bar one, we’ve loved and fallen in love with every single one. Her stories are compelling and an indulgence we love to partake in. This is a spin-off of the Ruthless People series featuring the children of Liam and Melody Callahan. Whilst this series can be read on it’s own, we highly recommend reading the Ruthless People Series, as not only is it one of our all-time favourite mafia/mobster series, you’ll also get much more out of this series.

‘To repent they must be sorry. To be sorry they must feel pain. So let there be pain.’

Without question, this Author excels at writing intensely intriguing and downright exciting mobster stories. She’s one of our all-time favourites. The Children of Vice series features the stories of adult siblings- Ethan, Donatella and Wyatt Callahan.

‘Fury. Wrath. Rage. Death. Ethan, at this very moment, was all of those things, personified in silence.’

This first book is Ethan Callahan’s story- the oldest brother. Now, if you’ve read Ruthless People you know what kind of childhood this boy had and as the head of the family you know the shoes he has to fill. If not, the Author does a good job of catching the reader up. If you know us, you know we absolutely love our anti-heroes and they don’t come much more anti than this man. He is a power of reckoning, meticulous in his revenge and powerful in his planning. Nothing fazes him. You could say he is as cold as ice with no second thought to when and how as long as it plays out in favour and as he planned it, using other lives as collateral or weapons with an almost domino effect. He is incredible- he is cold in his ruthlessness. The pressure and weight on his shoulders is immense and he knows no other way nor a different life.

‘Ivy O’Davoren was mine, and now the whole world would know.’

Who in their possible right mind could be with a man like Ethan or possibly live up to the role as wife of the ultimate mastermind, the puppet master: Mani di forbice? Well, we couldn’t imagine, yet there she was; Ivy O’Davoren – the belladonna. This woman is fierce, wronged, cold and accepting of the fates. Their story was on the edge of your seat reading. Every so often our jaws dropped as the plot unfolded. Surprising twists and secrets revealed. Over the top? Absolutely! However, there is no question that sometimes over the top works as it satisfies a craving that needs to be filled.

“…the world isn’t black or white. Sometimes you need to do bad to do good and worse to do even better. The Callahan’s made themselves the worst. The money, the fame, the power was built on blood and bones. Why? Because no one else could do it.”

We couldn’t put this book down for love nor money, it was truly compelling and gripping. JJ McAvoy has such a talent for balancing darkness with humour -in the sense that- something horrific could’ve just happened yet the sarcastic wit and almost dark comedic timing immediately veils the sombre somewhat melancholy mood. Sibling relationships are hard at the best of time, however, if you’re siblings at the top of a mobster dynasty; the spotlight and responsibilities heightens and results in dire consequence. And so the series continues in the next book which is Donatella’s story and wow…..we are dying to find out what happens next!

“That is the tragedy of women born with the ambitions of men.”

So why not a 5 star? Well, Children of Vice would have been a 5 star for us if not for the editing issues as well as some timeline issues that distracted us from the story at times. We have mentioned the editing issue before which seem to have continually plagued this Author since book one. We do hope she finds a good one that can sort this continuing problem out for her because her brilliant stories deserve no less.

“They said the Callahan’s are greedy and selfish, power hungry thugs who don’t care about their own people anymore.”
“They’re right.”


THE RUTHLESS PEOPLE SERIES READING ORDER

Ruthless People

The Ruthless People Series is available to purchase below

Ruthless People Book One (Currently Free) :  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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THE REAL DIRTY DUET by MEGHAN MARCH :: DUAL SPOILER FREE REVIEW

A sexy country music themed romantic duet.

SYNOPSIS – REAL DIRTY BOOK ONE

I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.
Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.
The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.
The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.
I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.
Now the only place I want to put her is under me.
I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.

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SYNOPSIS – REAL SEXY – BOOK TWO

Country music star Boone Thrasher has never walked away from a fight, and he’s willing to put everything on the line to win the woman he can’t live without in the conclusion to the Real Dirty Duet by USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

In Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen.
I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me.
I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it.
Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we’ll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.
Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too.

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**Spoiler Free Review** by Jenny & Gitte

Book One : 4 Stars /Book Two : 4.5 Stars

“Girls like me don’t get happily-ever-afters.” “I’m just gonna have to prove you wrong then.”

We’ve been itching to read something from Meghan March for a while now, so when asked if we wanted to read her latest Duet, we checked out the synopsis, loved the sound of it, and of course we jumped at the chance.

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?

“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.”

After reading this Duet, we’re happy to declare ourselves Meghan March fans, wanting to devour more of her books especially after getting a little tease of the characters from those previous stories. Colour us intrigued about one character in particular…he sounds like a right bad arse hottie!

Now, back to the main characters. Let’s start with thirty two year old, Boone Thrasher, the sexy straight-shooting, dirty talking bad boy country crooner who could melt panties with a smirk and a glance! Oh swoony Booney! What a man! If you love your hero’s all hot alpha with a bit of softness, then Boone is it! On the one hand, a right Southern gentleman and Mama’s boy raised in a loving family, with a soft heart, and on the other side a sexy commanding man with a dirty mouth and an even dirtier tongue! And boy does he know how to use it! Whether it was being as sweet as sugar or tantalising teasing and durrrty, Superstar was deeeeeliciously and didn’t disappoint! A sinfully sexy talented man in more ways than one!

“I don’t want you on your knees. I want that pussy on my face.”

Twenty nine year old, Ripley Fisher was a fabulously strong heroine who wasn’t afraid to dish out as good as she got from Boone. She could go toe to toe with him and not back down from a fight which was just as well, because in the beginning Boone was a bit of a cock, tripping over his words and getting Ripley’s back up…..but this sassy sexy lady was only too happy to put ol’ Boone in his place

“You’re in my life, Ripley. It doesn’t’ matter how it happened, but it happened.”

We loved this Duet! Really, what’s not to love? It was fabulous in every way; from the characters, to the story, to the writing. We were invested in Boone and Ripley’s story from start to finish. We loved the family dynamics on both sides (though Ripley sure did get the short end of the stick with her horrid bunch), found the story flowed effortlessly, the Nashville setting drew us in, the banter was spot on and giggle worthy, the sex was off the charts hot and the writing was fabulous in every way!

“You don’t need me, Ripley. I now that for a fact. So I’m gonna make you want me instead.”

The first book built the story beautifully, the second book brought a few surprises making us glad we got to read this duet in one go as we feel the flow wouldn’t have worked so well if we’d had to wait between books, so we definitely recommend reading them both together. Boone, Ripley and the gang provided hours of fun and sexy entertainment as we lost ourselves in their story! And yay, we’ve found ourselves another author to fall in love with! Meghan March has won us over! 

“Jesus, you’re built like a beast.”
“No more than you’re built like a bombshell.”

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CONCOURSE (The Five Boroughs Book #5) by SANTINO HASSELL :: EXCERPT & REVIEW


EXCERPT and REVIEW – CONCOURSE by SANTINO HASSELL


Santino Hasell is an Author we’ve been desperate to read for a while now after hearing some amazing feedback about his storytelling.
Well, we finally took the plunge this weekend and wow! Everything…and we mean….everything we’ve heard about this author’s work is the truth!
We hung off every word, wanting to stop time, go back and devour every book he’s written.

If you haven’t read any of Santino’s work or you’re thinking about picking up Concourse…do it..do it now! 


Concourse is a standalone in the Five Boroughs Series.
About The Five Boroughs series
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New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections are made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.


Standalone in Series : MM Romance

 

SYNOPSIS

Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.

Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.

When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars

“I don’t care what happens tomorrow if you give me this one moment.”

It’s been said a good story doesn’t give up all its secrets at once, instead teasingly guiding us through intense feelings, a gamut of emotions, wickedly leaving our hearts in tatters or shouting triumphantly at the turn of a page. If that’s the case, then Santino Hassell told not just a good story, but an unforgettable story. Concourse felt honest and real and was told in a raw and captivating way.

No matter how battered and bruised I get, I’ll keep fighting for you.”

Santino Hassell is an author we’ve been desperate to read for a long time, and now, we want to kick ourselves because experiencing Concourse, hanging on every word from this gifted and talented wordsmith has us desiring to pause life and devour every one of his books.

This stunningly beautiful and raw romance between could easily be described as a friends to lovers’ story but that would be oversimplifying the enormity of the impact Ashton and Valdrin had on us and the emotions their relationship elicited from us.

I could never stop thinking about Ashton, and I would never stop missing the quiet moments when it was just us and he was a devastatingly beautiful force of nature that had calmed just for me.’

Ashton Townsend, A-Town as he’s known to the millions of Instagram followers he titillates and enthrals every day with his wild partying, carefree updates – is, in public, the gregarious, outgoing, rich kid party boy who couldn’t be further from the real Ashton, the Ashton, Valdrin Leka knows as the sensitive beautiful man whose only want is to be loved and who Val feels a need to protect.

At first glance Ashton appeared to be exhausting and high maintenance. A spoiled rich kid continually leaning on Valdrin when his partying ways became too much or he needed rescuing. However, dig deeper beneath the Instagram persona, the manufactured lifestyle and we find a lost boy with a quirky wit, and he was a man who broke our hearts. The unfolding of Ashton’s story hit us hard.

I’d watched his heart break right in front of me before he’d stitched it together with the same thread he’d used to create his Instagram mask.’

Valdrin Leka is the hard ruggedness to Ashton’s androgynous softness. A boxer who holds resentment towards the Townsend family. Val’s mother was Nanny to the three Townsend boys whose demand on her time, came at a cost to Val and his sister Hana. Following his mother’s death, Val holds onto the bitterness and blame towards the Townsends, with the exception of Ashton, who has been his friend since childhood. Val too had a story to tell, and his words held our hearts in his very capable hands.

‘There were so many reasons Ashton was the person who took up the most space in my heart…’

We know from the outset there are secrets and feelings in Ashton and Valdren’s past, and we know Ashton has held feelings for Val since he was ten, never imagining the gruff, working class boxer felt the same. As the story unfolds and secrets and feelings come to light, we witness the complexity that is the friendship between these two lost souls.  It was beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful and hopeful.

“Never Change.”
“I won’t.”
“I like it when you’re my Ashton and not the other guy.”
“I know.”

Santino Hassell expertly and mesmerizingly captured the intensity of emotions between these two men, painting the grittiness of Val’s surroundings to perfection, taking us into the chaos and scrutiny of Ashton’s public life and wilfully capturing the soulfulness and longing of this beautiful man and the pain and loneliness of Val. The passion was all consuming with nothing in Santino Hassell’s portrayal feeling contrite. An absolute winner from an author who will -from now on- be an automatic 1Click for us both.

“I think I’m in love with you. And I don’t know what to do.”
“I don’t know what to do either. No one has loved me before.”


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from CONCOURSE


There were so many reasons Ashton was the person who took up the most space in my heart, and none of them had to do with the fact that he was good in bed. And that line of thought was exactly why, or part of the reason why, I’d tried for so long to discourage his flirtation. And the attraction between us.

Even as teens, I could still remember those times when he’d coax me into “practicing,” and I’d pretended to be reluctant and annoyed, even grossed out, while digging my fingers into the couch or the bed to keep them from sliding up his face and into his hair. I hadn’t wanted him to know he wound me up, or that I fantasized about him. That I’d been so infatuated with him.

“I want to go home,” he said.

“Why?”

Ashton shrugged. “I don’t want to hear any lectures on my bad life choices. I’m tired, and you’re confusing me, and I just don’t . . . need anything else to make me feel bad about myself. I already feel like an ass for going back on my own promise to myself and going to meet Brett at the bar.”

I sat up straight. “Did he do anything or say anything to you?”

“Not anything surprising,” he said bitterly. “But the gossip columns will have a field day tomorrow.”

Between Brett pinning Ashton against a wall, and me swooping in like some poorly dressed white knight, there would likely be a circus of theories about what had gone down.

“I won’t lecture you about the TTC thing right now,” I said after a moment of watching his tense face. “I swear I wasn’t thinking about that.”

“Then what were you thinking about?”

“About us as kids. The way I’d pretended to not like kissing you even though I’d loved it.”

Ashton laughed softly. “‘Loved it’ is probably hyperbole.”

“No, it’s not. Even after we’d stopped, as we got older, I’d think about it.”

“Well, that’s a shame.” His eyes rose to fix on mine, confident and almost challenging in their directness. “I’m a lot more skilled now than I was back then.”

My breath caught. “I bet.” I swallowed hard. “I used to wonder about it.”

“You didn’t have to wonder. You could have just kissed me.” The challenge in those light eyes grew. “You could do it now.”

It was a bad idea, just like admitting all of this to him had been a bad idea. I should have known he wouldn’t leave it alone once I put it all out in the open. I should have known I’d have absolutely zero self-control if he was aware enough of my desire to act on it. Because that was Ashton—the person who went for what he wanted and spoke bluntly to make sure his desires weren’t misunderstood. And right now, he wanted me.

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THE FIVE BOROUGHS SERIES by SANTINO HASSELL

Sutphin Boulevard – Standalone – Book One

                    

Sunset Park – Standalone  – Book Two

                    

First and First – Standalone  – Book Three

                   

Interborough (Sequel to Sunset Park)- Book Four

          

Concourse – Standalone – Book Five

          


About the Author

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Connect with Santino
Web | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


COMING 15th AUGUST! – ILLEGAL CONTACT
The first of a new series called The Barons by Santino Hassel

SYNOPSIS

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. 

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

ILLEGAL CONTACT (The Barons Book One) is available to pre order below

          


 

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MISTER ROMANCE (Masters of Love #1) by LEISA RAYVEN :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series – swoony, sweet rom-com

SYNOPSIS

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

 “Sex is for the body. Romance is for the soul.”

Oh swoon….seriously you could have wiped us off of the floor with a spoon. Our hopeless romantic hearts danced with sheer joy and swoony romance. Sometimes we come across a book that reminds us of why we love romance so much and this would be it. In many respects, the synopsis doesn’t do this story justice as what we took away from it was ultimately romantic beauty with an emphasis on love. This is without question our favourite Leisa Rayven book we’ve read.

“Deep is how I want you. Deep is where you live. Wrap me in your legs now. Drown me in your kiss. Keep me safe inside you. Let me see your soul. I’m half a monster without you. When I’m deep you make me whole.”

Max Riley is now firmly on our list of all-time favourite male characters. He literally is Mr Romance – pun intended- and be still our hearts as we take a moment to gaze into the beyond and revel in this feeling of complete romantic devastation. What a man. For us he provided the intrigue, the reason for why this story soared in our hearts, the driving force of this love story. He was quite simply lush, divine and addictive. How he came to be, his past, his current situation and his reasoning’s for who he is. It all just made for compulsive addictive reading. Standing ovation Leisa Rayven, you nailed a good old fashioned hero who lived by the beat of his all-encompassing heart. Dedicating a life to making women feel worthy of romance and important in life. This man sure had it all figured out. Well, until Eden throws a spanner in the works.

“You’re so starved of romance in your life, you’re like an emotional skeleton. I intend to put some meat back on your bones. Make you believe in something other than a bleak apocalypse.”

Eden Tate is a bit of a cynic and doesn’t really believe in romance or soul mates. She’s sarky and determined to succeed in her journalism career. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly yet loves her sister and Nan with all her heart. She’s got such a vulnerable side which she unwittingly shields with a tough girl façade. Whilst happy, she has real strength of character. Eden’s quite aware that her struggle to get to where she wants is in the hands of her boss and the next big storyline. Feeling frustrated with when and what she’s at the end of her tether.  That is until a mystery lands in her lap via her gorgeous sister Ash, the intrigue of the elusive Mister Romance. Eden is tenacious and doesn’t take no for an answer, she will uncover the story of how a man is wooing women who are forking over thousands to be romanced by him. She will nail this story to send her career into the right direction, and we were there on the side-lines willing her on.

“What are you thinking about?”

“Oh, you know. The Cult of Love.”

“Cult?”

“Yeah. People who are in it won’t shut up about how wonderful and fulfilling it is, but after a while they realize it’s all borderline-crazy, and forever-happiness is a giant con. Getting through life is hard enough without the burden of carrying someone else with you.”

Oh how we loved this book, it truly stole our hearts and felt different and exciting. It’s so much more that your typical escort romance. Whilst there were a few cheesy moments towards the end –for want of a better word- the heart of the story was beautiful and the idea that romance can turn around even the hardest cynic was so well written. This is a story we won’t stop thinking about for a while, that’s for sure. We loved it and know you will too!

‘He once told me that you could live and die within the lifetime of a good kiss, and that’s what this feels like.’

 

 


ALSO check out the STARCROSSED SERIES by LISA


wicked heart 3rd May

WICKET HEART – Standalone/Series
Friends to Lovers

“I have the strongest feeling that having part of you is going to be better than having all of anybody else.”

SYNOPSIS

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

THE STARCROSSED SERIES by LEISA RAYVEN

starcrossed

Bad Romeo Book One :: our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
Broken Juliet Book Two ::  amazon us | amazon uk
Wicked Heart Book Three ::  amazon us | amazon uk


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