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IF I’D KNOWN (Cursed #1) by REBECCA DONOVAN

SURPRISE RELEASE from REBECCA DONOVAN!!!
Continuing Mature YA Series – angst and emotion

 

SYNOPSIS

“We’re all cursed—every single one of us.”

Lana Peri isn’t afraid of telling anyone exactly what she thinks, even if it gets her into trouble—which it usually does. But the thing is, she can’t lie. Her unfiltered honesty doesn’t exactly make her many friends, although it does get her kicked out of class regularly. Lana knows the truth will eventually be her undoing. If only she’d known it would begin today.

It’s meant to be a night Lana and her best friends will never forget. And it is… for all the wrong reasons. Lana witnesses not just one, but two violent crimes committed by the same person. Except she can’t say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends.

Lana’s silence will implicate her and inadvertently cover for him. But it’s not like she has a choice. He is powerful. Connected. Untouchable. And a friend of Joey Harrison—the guy Lana is uncharacteristically drawn to the moment they meet. Joey’s also the only one who is told the truth.

His lies will ruin her. Her silence will keep them safe. The truth won’t save any of them.

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REVIEW

Complete Spoiler-free Review

‘I wonder if I’m the only one who sees it – the weakness within us. I don’t know if we’re born cursed or if it’s bestowed upon us at some pivotal moment in our lives, but it defines us and ultimately leads to our demise. So we can either accept it or live in denial. Most live in denial, holing out hope for their “Happily ever after.”’

Rebecca Donovan has always had a special place in our reading hearts, her words first stole our breaths over six years ago and she’s never failed to wow us with her stories. They’re always compelling, brilliantly written and have such depth and detail. Along the pages she passes on messages of life and wisdom through her wonderful characters. We’ve been waiting patiently for her next book as we knew we’d be guaranteed that within those pages we’d find her heart and soul intricately woven into her words. We were not wrong. Rebecca Donovan is unique in the way she writes, you’d recognise her words anywhere but you’d only find them in her stories.

‘I’ve come to accept that, regardless of how honest and silent I am, the truth is fated to destroy my life.’

Lana is a very clued up fifteen year old. Hard exterior and a no nonsense attitude that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She is older than her years in so many ways, yet underneath all that lies a dormant vulnerable teenager. Whilst she seldom makes an appearance we saw glimpses of her. Lana is honesty personified; a sweet and caring daughter to her single Mum whose life is changed dramatically when one fateful night puts her in the company of someone whose actions will have dire repercussions. Secrets, lies and omissions will suddenly turn this honest girl’s life upside down…

“If I can tell you one thing…it’s don’t think that anyone’s ever going to give you anything in this life. If you want it, you have to fight for it, even if that means drawing blood.”

We loved If I’d Known so much we wish we had the next book in this series already. It felt like a step back in time to the books we used to read and love. Old school YA angst if you will. What a fabulous start to a series we just know will be everything we love. Dark, hard hitting, cold and sombre with an innocence that’s been provoked by life.

“Lying is the worst kind of betrayal. Don’t ever lie to protect someone from the truth. Untrue words hurt as much as a knife to the heart.”


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OTHER TBB REBECCA DONOVAN RECOMMENDATIONS

Gripping and emotional seriess to be read in order –  Some days Emma Thomas is thrilled to be alive. Some days she struggles for a reason to breathe. Discover
BREATHING SERIES by REBECCA DONOVAN
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Reason to Breath Book ONe : Amazon US | Amazon UK
Barely Breathing Book Two: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Out of Breath Book Three  : Amazon US | Amazon UK


A beautifully moving standalone
WHAT IF by REBECCA DONOVAN

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DARKER (As told by Christian Book #2) by E L JAMES

5 Stars – Erotic emotional series –  Told from Male POV

SYNOPSIS

E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

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REVIEW

“We’ve chased the dawn, Anastasia. Now the dusk.”

Oh be still our hearts; Darker was everything we were hoping and wishing for. There is something about the male POV which truly ensnares our heart and none more so than the voice of Christian Grey. We thought we knew all there was to know about him; his troubled heart and mind, his controlling ways and his boyish vulnerability. The true extent and depths of his mercurial ways though really takes the centre stage in this, our favourite instalment in the original Fifty Shades series.

“Appearances can be deceptive. I’m not fine. I feel like the sun has set and not risen in five days, Ana. I’m in perpetual night here.”

Oh Mr. Grey; you really do doubt that love is all around you. Through snippets from the past we experience the sadness, the sporadic rays of light, the darkness and ultimately the love which surrounds this wonderful and enigmatic man. A man whose life is changing through the insistent love and the strength of a good woman, the wonderful Anastasia Steele.

‘Baby, you read me like one of your books; except I’m not the hero. I’ll never be the hero.’

Oh but you are Mr. Grey, you’re our hero. A hero who protects those he loves with all that he is and all that he has. A hero who shows compassion, humility and patience. A hero who stole our hearts years ago yet once again reaffirmed that special place which still truly belongs to Christian Grey.

‘I can do this. I can live with this. I must. I need to protect her and her vulnerable heart. I take a deep breath. I can do this.’

Oh yes, we know this story and we know it well, through re-reads of our favourite passages. However, there were so many new, romantic and exciting moments as well as heartbreak and desperation experienced through Christian’s eyes, mind and heart. Tears, laughs and romantic sighs……we went through all the emotions once more.

‘My throat constricts as my heart expands. I’m on the edge of something unknown, a plain where the horizon disappears and the territory is new and unexplored. It’s terrifying. It’s confusing. It’s exciting. What are you doing to me, Ana? Where are you leading me?’

Oh my, the heat…the heat combined with the honest and captivating yet conflicted and contradictory feeling of unworthiness, of feeling loved, the fear of loss yet gaining so much more. It all added up to an all-encompassing and more enthralling journey than we could’ve imagined.

‘Be in the moment, Grey. Live this. Feel this. Conquer this. I am at Ana’s mercy. The woman I love.’

Oh, it felt like coming home, an embrace from an old lover, a kiss from the lips of a loved one. The words familiar, yet somehow new. The story that has lived in our hearts has had new life breathed into it and we loved every single moment.

‘This is me, Ana. All of me. And I love you.’


THE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY by E L JAMES

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GREY (As told by Christian Book #1) by E L JAMES

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HEAD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency #2) by NICOLE ARCHER

5 Stars!
Standalone in a series – Rock star theme – funny, sweet, emotional romance

SYNOPSIS

A rock star romance meets Alice in Wonderland.

Effie’s a gifted musician and a hot mess. Elias is the frontman in a popular band and hates fame. They both just want to be normal.
Except there’s nothing normal about the bizarre events that take place when they meet.
And there’s definitely nothing normal about the connection they share that weekend.
But he’s leaving for his European tour.
And she still has to dig herself out of the hole.
If only they could forget that weekend and go on with their lives.
Or…
He could break all the rules, invite her to play on tour with him, and travel across Europe in a Barbie camper/Disco Bus with a bunch of weirdoes.
Normal is boring.
Crazy is better.
Or is it?

Head-Tripped is the second book in the Ad Agency Series and can be read as a standalone, but many characters from the first book (Road-Tripped) appear in this book.

*Erotic content, adult language, and drug use. Not for readers under 18 or people offended by this content.

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REVIEW

”If you love someone, you must love all of them. Even the dark parts – the craters of the moon.”

Well, she went and did it again! Nicole Archer swept us off our feet once more with another 5 star fantastic story and equally fantastic characters. Every…and we mean, every one of them had their own unique quirky personality, and we loved them all!  Honestly, this lady writes the most beautiful characters, Effie and Elias were superb. Relatable, troubled, funny, sweet, sexy, warm…..these two, and their madcap crew completely stole our hearts. We couldn’t get enough of either book!

Elias Lovaro (El Love) is a music god. And dear god, wasn’t this man just the cats whiskers! Talented, introverted, masculine, oozing sex appeal and yet such a sweetheart. He made us swoon! Suffering extreme stage fright, his band, Urban’s, impending European tour weighs heavily on his mind. In the music business, touring is a necessity, a way to ensure Urban remain relevant in a regularly changing business. Elias also battles demons from his past and his story was achingly tragic.

“What’s wrong, mi vida?”
“You make me feel….”
“Feel what?”
“That’s it. You make me feel. I was numb before I met you.”

Elias meets Effie Murphy, the twin sister of Callie Murphy who we were briefly introduced to in Road Tripped. We knew she was an incredibly talented child protégé musician who was also a recovering drug addict. In Head Tripped we delve into the events that drove Effie to nearly kill herself, get herself clean and take control of her life once more and her story is agonisingly heartbreaking.

Effie was robbed of her childhood, denied the chance to be young, enjoy life and have fun. Instead she was forced into gruelling long practice sessions by her overbearing stage mother. Because of this, Effie had such a beautifully innocent wild eyed childlike quality about her that drew us to her. Sweet, vulnerable – beautiful inside and out and fighting her addiction every day, her breezy attitude hid a multitude of pain with her past lurking like a murky shadow all around her.

‘She couldn’t even picture holding hands with someone, let alone falling in love with them. Men didn’t fall in love with damaged goods.”

Now, this all may sound quite heavy, but no, Nicole Archer tells Effie and Elias’s story through wicked humour, heart-warming interactions and a couple so imperfectly perfect fell instantly in love, wearing huge smiles plastered on our faces. Head Tripped delivered it all. Quirky, loveable characters, a rock star theme, heart stealing romance, and again a perfect balance of fun, deep emotion, angst and heat! Nothing was forced or overdone, everything fell so perfectly into place.

“God, you’re beautiful.” “Que linda,” he murmured. “Sos divina.”
“I love it when you talk dirty.”
“I didn’t say anything dirty.” He smirked. “Yet.”

Effie, and Urban take us on a whirlwind concert tour across Europe, where we FEEL every moment through the eyes of two people on a voyage of self-discovery, witnessing them fall apart and fall in love, whilst dealing with the heartbreaking and harrowing baggage that has plagued them.

“When you can’t look on the bright side. I will sit with you in the dark.”

Nicole Archer has stolen our hearts once again with her words, her characters, and her vividly creative and picturesque storytelling. We’ve greedily devoured every word we’ve read over the past couple of days, never wanting Road Tripped or Head Tripped to end. Our book hearts were overflowing with love for these story….and arggghh, the epilogue…again, stunning!  Te amamos F-Bomb and Elvis, te amamos.  Nicole Archer just shot to the top of our TBB fave authors list!


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ROAD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency #1) by NICOLE ARCHER

5 Stars!
Standalone in a series, enemies to lovers, hilarious,emotional, swoony romance

SYNOPSIS

What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them. 

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour. 

Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell. 

Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series. 

*Not for readers under 18. Erotic sex, adult language, and drug use.

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::REVIEW:: 

“So Bluebell what do you think love is?”
“To me, love is a verb. It’s horribly cliché, but actions scream louder than words.”

5 fabulous stars because we loved the sh-poo out of this book! It really was a fabulous read, and one that left us with such a warm and happy feeling in our hearts! We laughed out loud, we smiled throughout and our romantic hearts squealed with glee! Nicole Archer delivered a story full of warmth, emotion, a dash of angst, humour and lots and lots of heart, with enough steamy deliciousness to satisfy those who like heat in their reads. Nothing slowed the flow of the story and the emotion made our hearts ache but was so cleverly cloaked in wonderful sarky humour that ensured we always had a glow in our hearts and an abundance of giggles at the ready. What a terrific introduction to this author!

‘What if I fall? Oh but, darling, what if you fly?’

Road Tripped has to up there as one of the best enemies to lovers romances we’ve read. The humour was so on point. The sarcastic banter between Callie and Walker tickled us no end. Walkers puns had us in fits of laughter, and the journey around the US was visually captivating thanks to the talent of Nicole Archer who painted the perfect picture with her natural flowing storytelling. We felt as though we’d travelled the country in that campervan with Callie and Walker. We took in every sight, sound and smell – music blaring in our heads thanks to the fabulous soundtrack– this was a fictional setting brought to life courtesy of this authors brilliant and fabulously entertaining writing.

‘Her teeth were clenched tight, probably hiding the fangs that had just popped out.’

Twenty eight year old Callie Murphy is at a crossroads. Her life is in tatters. Her fiancée cheated on her, her sister cleaned out her savings. Her lifeline come by way of her friend Skip Shemura who flies her to New York to work in his ad agency. But, the job is sucking the creative life out of Callie.

Walker Rhodes is a talented photographer but at thirty, life is passing him by and his creativity is stilted at the ad agency. Walker rubs Callie up the wrong way. She has pre conceived opinion of who Walker Rhodes is…he’s the office man tart…isn’t he? Or did she judge him unfairly?

Walker Rhodes has a presence – as Callie put it…’Once he stepped inside the room, dumbassapohoria took hold, and every female brain within a six-foot radius shrunk to the size of a Tic-Tac.’ Well…who could blame them because Walker Rhodes made us positively dumassaphoric too! He was utter deliciousness. A masculine Southern gentleman with a dirty mouth whose self-censorship was hilarious. As he would say…. “I keep my dirty words in the sheets, not on the streets.” Electric blue eyes framed by glasses….a powerful, imposing man who wasn’t afraid to share his vulnerable side or scream like a girl when Callie drove The Silver Dildo (the campervan guys) like a demon! Oh boy did we do some serious swooning over his devilishly sweet southern charm.

“Something tells me you’ve got a good reason to feel that way or you wouldn’t be trying to hide it.” He kept quiet for a minute. “Be sad if you need to be sad. There’s nothing wrong with feeling blue. There’s a lot of beauty borne from sorrow – music, art..poetry. “

As Callie and Walker embark on their road trip around the US courtesy of an ad campaign for one of their clients, they strive to discover their lost creativity, drawing inspiration from their surroundings and each other. They deal with their pasts, their present and their future all within the confines of an RV…will they survive without killing each other or will the prospect of leaving their RV bubble fill them with dread? All will be revealed, so go on, 1Click this fabulousness now!

And….just when we thought we couldn’t ask for more, Nicole Archer went and delivered a kick arse, melt our hearts epilogue! Oh sigh…it was perfection. Turn us over, we’re done! Well, we’re not done really, because we’re off to devour more Nicole Archer goodness in Head Tripped! Yoohoo!


‘With them, words were just unnecessary noise.’


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

MF,MM,MMF Erotic, emotional trilogy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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**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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