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SUGAR & GOLD (Dreamcatcher #2) by EMMA SCOTT :: REVIEW


SUGAR & GOLD – 5 STAR READ

Standalone emotional new adult romance with shades of the paranormal 

SYNOPSIS

Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…

At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…

Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.

But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.

SUGAR & GOLD is available to purchase below
(Releasing this Tuesday 13th June)

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“Have you ever kissed a stranger in the rain?”

And this book is why Emma Scott has become one of our favourite Authors because wow….just wow. We’ve loved everything this Author has written, she’s made us cry ugly tears whilst making our hearts soar at the same time. Her writing is astonishing with every word and every sentence adding up into a vivid beautiful passionate masterpiece. Her characters just feel so complete and steal our hearts every single time. Without question, Emma Scott’s stories are quite simply stunning.

‘I held her the way you hold something you know isn’t yours to keep.’

We loved the mystery, the melancholy, the hopeful and the broken which made up for one emotionally addictive read. Two people merely existing rather than living, both with an ultimate goal to escape and to see the vibrant light instead of the weighty dark. Both burdened by heart-breaking memories; craving sunshine and a freedom free of accusations and reproach.

‘I didn’t want to die but this wasn’t living. I wanted an end.’

Emma Scott writes such multifaceted characters that literally come to life breathing passions and love into the pages. The air flowing through the words written as they come to life on every exhale. Quite simply put, we fell in complete love with both Fiona and Nikolai embracing them with our hearts as we followed them on a journey that was shrouded in darkness with bursts of vibrant colour.

“I want to walk in the sunshine with you.”

Fiona is living day to day in hiding with the ultimate hope of escaping to another place where she can just simply be. A harrowing past lurking like a dark shadow waiting to engulf her once more. Cutting a lonely figure until the night bravery embraces her and she meets a mysterious tattooed and pierced stranger. For one night only.  Nikolai is on the search for peace and solitude yet with the intrinsic craving of a soft touch and a healing love that quiets the raging storms of others’ emotions and pasts inflicting a myriad of impressions on him.

‘The inexplicable calm of being in her presence hadn’t been an illusion.’

As we read we went through every single emotion possible whilst gasping, crying, laughing and feeling overwhelmed at the love and passion. Our hearts were involved every step of Fiona and Nikolai’s sometimes harrowing journey and we cannot begin to adequately express how much we loved them and their story. With our hearts we urge you to read this Author and her words.

That’s what he is…Soft and hard, sweet and rough…I’d never kissed a man like this. I knew I never would again.’

–oOo–


MORE TBB RECOMMENDED READS by EMMA


THE FULL TILT – DUET
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THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT – STANDALONE
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THE TUTOR by K LARSEN :: REVIEW

Standalone dark romantic suspense
TBB 5 Star read! 

SYNOPSIS

After a party gone wrong and in desperate need of money for the fall semester of college, twenty-year-old Nora Robertson needs to escape her hometown.

She accepts a summer long live-in tutoring job for a handsome man and his little sister at a secluded home deep in the mountains.

There is no running water.

No electricity.

No internet or cell service.

When her tutoring job ends she’s hit with a brutal turn of events … she’s not permitted to leave. After months in captivity, she makes a harrowing escape with her student that ends in a car accident on a desolate road. When Nora comes to, her student is missing. In a desperate attempt to find the girl, Nora will have to recount her time held captive.

The good and the bad.

Can Nora and the authorities work together to find the man who took her? Will they rescue the girl Nora tried to save?

Author’s Note: This is a dark romantic suspense.
Trigger warning: all of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings

THE TUTOR is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘He stole my magic. He decimated my innocence swiftly and succinctly. And let me tell you something, innocence is like hope – a necessary element for survival. ‘

Wow! What a gripping unputdownable read! We couldn’t move until we finished The Tutor, after becoming instantly seduced by K Larsen’s menacing, taunting and deliciously tempting opening pages. From the sinister feel of the first page, we knew this one was going to be one riveting, thrilling and unsettling read, and one in which we found ourselves easily trusting our hearts and minds to this incredibly talented author. This was our favourite K Larsen read. This story was really something!

“It was all a game. He was the only one who knew who was playing but it was still a game. “

First off, we absolutely urge you to go into this book spoiler free, and our review will be just that. So much of this read could be easily spoilt and it’s truly one where you simply have to trust in the author, because every page ensured our Kindles never left our hands as we constantly tried to second guess how this story would play out.

K Larsen has done a tremendous job of intricately weaving a number of players POV’s into the story as well as a back and forth, past/present composition which she carried out with a seamless flair. We never faltered or got lost along the way as this authors brilliant prose flowed spectacularly.

The story centres on 20 year old bookworm Nora Robertson. Sweet Nora prefers to have her nose in a book rather than out partying every night and whilst book smart, Nora isn’t especially life smart, unlike her best friend Aubry who is the fun to Nora’s seriousness.

“I think my greatest error was believing that if I cast a lovely net, I would only catch lovely things.”

At the insistence of Aubry, Nora attends a party, the fallout of which, would have life changing consequences for Nora resulting in her need to escape and accept a position as a live-in Tutor at a remote cabin in Mount Art working for the ruggedly handsome Holden Douglas, teaching his younger sister. It would turn out to deliver more than she could have ever imagined.

‘I will become his masterpiece, my scars his legacy. He will carve his way through my soul to my heart.’

We learn Nora’s terrifying story as she recounts it to various parties. Nothing is spared as we hear of the pleasure, the pain, the tender, the heartbreak, the brutal, the bravery, the fear…in fact, everything Nora felt, we felt deep within us, as Nora’s memories, conflictions and emotions are constantly laid bare on each page.

‘Fear is a funny thing. It changes the way you think. It alters your being. I’ve learned the heart is a wild beast, that’s why it’s caged inside our ribs… that monsters are real and they look like humans and that love is a fickle beast. All my life, people promised that dreams could come true…but they forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.’

Despite this being a dark romance, we experienced moments of moving tenderness which were intensified among the dark, unnerving moments, eliciting moments of hope and love in places we didn’t think possible, and in turn causing us to question our every increasing conflicted feelings.

“There are chapters in my life I’d rather not read out loud.”
“Tell me every horrible thing you did and let me love you anyway.”

K Larsen masterfully delivered a brilliantly written story that came to life as she captured the nuances of each character, leaving us teetering on a knife-edge with each twisting turn of the page. By allowing us into the mind of each player, K Larsen ensured we witnessed first-hand the judgements and thoughts of each character throughout this complex story that still keeps playing out in our minds long after finishing. 

The Tutor was an absolute 5 star read for sure. You need to bump this book up to the ‘must read’ list, now!

“Your story no longer belongs to you. It’s my story now.”


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THE QUEEN and the CURE (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by AMY HARMON :: REVIEW

5 Magnificent stars!
Fantasy romance series.
This can be read as a standalone but we recommend reading the first book – it’s stunning!

SYNOPSIS

“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.


THE QUEEN and the CURE is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

(Note: Possible spoilers for The Bird and the Sword)

“I have been hated before. But I don’t know if I’ve been loved. I think…once…I must have been, because I know how to love.”

It was a year ago when Amy Harmon first led us into her Fantasy world in The Bird and the Sword in which she enchanted us with the charming magic and beauty of her vivid storytelling. The minute we closed that book we hoped Amy Harmon would write more and she did! Now, a year later, we’ve just finished devouring The Queen and the Cure, and again, we’re left in absolute awe of this lady’s incredible ability to take us into her world and feed our imaginations, sweeping us up in her captivating story, unable to move for a minute and unwilling to leave her world, becoming completely lost in this story; mesmerised until the last page was read.

The Queen and the Cure is breathtaking. This book isn’t a read, it’s an adventure; and it’s one that had our hearts racing, breaking, filling with love and brimming with warmth. There are epic battle scenes, edge of your seat thrills and suspense, unforgettable characters and epic soul deep love and oh the romance….our stars, the romance was beguiling! It’s a story that reminds us that love, hope, faith and selflessness are possibly the greatest gifts of all.

“Some things cannot be healed. They must simply be endured.”

In the land of Tellers, Healers, Changers and Spinners…the gifted, once shunned and feared are beginning to gain acceptance. Though for Sasha, her gift comes at a cost. Sasha was one of the most serene, sweet and beautiful heroines we’ve ever met. Yet, for all her gentleness there is a tenaciousness and bravery to this demure young lady, we found inspiring.

‘She saw him.
He saw her.
And they saw nothing else.’

Kjell of Jeru, oh this man! What a contradiction. A loyal, honourable warrior and a gentle Healer. The unlucky in love Kjell held our hearts in his strong, capable hands. The stoic, brave Captain, oh my Captain…….A natural born protector whose heart has been closed off to love after being deceived in a cruel and hurtful way. This man was the epitome of a hero.

‘He would be a good man. A wise man. A gentleman. For the first time in his life he would be a gentle man.’

Sasha comes into Kjell’s life in a sad and tragic way, with Kjell instantly feeling a natural protectiveness to her together with a connection he tries to avoid. However, Sasha might just be his undoing, possessing the ability to break through his wounded heart.

“I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.”

We won’t give anything away because to do so would be a travesty to the spellbinding story Amy Harmon has created. There are twists we didn’t see coming which left us exclaiming loudly and twisting our world upside down. We were kept on our toes with the excitement, feeling the romance and love within the depths of our hearts experiencing the true passion between Sasha and Kjell – not the Kindle fanning kind, but the sort that overwhelms all senses and feelings.

“I love her more than I’ve ever loved anything – or anyone – before. It was never a choice. “

We loved everything, absolutely everything about this magnificent story. As we closed our Kindles, hearts full, exhausted and breathless from our adventures in these great lands, we bid farewell for now but leave with a longing and a hope in our hearts that Amy Harmon has a little more adventure left in her to once again revisit this series because we would happily jump back in in a heartbeat! Please, Amy, we would love more! On that note, we’ll leave the final words to Tiras…..The Creator have mercy, brother. What a tale……What a tale.”

-Oo0-


Purchase THE BIRD AND THE SWORD SERIES below

THE BIRD and the SWORD Book One (Standalone)

                  

THE QUEEN and the CURE Book Two (Standalone)

          


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Amy Harmon

Running Barefoot – Standalone :amazon usamazon uk
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  Making Faces – Standalone : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Infinity + One – Standalone :our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
The Law of Moses – Standaloneamazon us | amazon uk
 The Song of David : amazon us | amazon uk
This has interconnecting characters  – to avoid spoilers it is recommended reading
The Law of Moses first.

 

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THE GRAVITY OF US (Elements #4) by BRITTAINY C CHERRY :: REVIEW

5 ‘Maktub’ Stars
Standalone in Series. Stunning and emotional story of love.

SYNOPSIS

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.

THE GRAVITY OF US is available below

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

**Spoiler-Free** Review

Love. The emotion that made people both soar and crash. The feeling that lit humans up and burned their hearts. The beginning and ending of every journey.’

Beautiful. Soul searching. Evocative. Heart-breaking. Inspirational. Hopeful. A favourite read of this year, no question. There’s so many honours we can bestow this book and its Author, because The Gravity of Us was one of those books that grabbed our hearts in its fist and held it tight whilst we shed tears fearing our hearts would break yet marvelling at the poetic beauty and grace of its love and dreams.

“Just because you smile and act free doesn’t mean the cage doesn’t exist. It merely means you lowered your standards for how far you’ll allow yourself to fly.”

We fell in love; book love. Brittainy C Cherry’s writing is phenomenal and her words burrow deep. There was one particular chapter when upon finishing it our kindles were put aside and whispers of exclamations were spoken as we were astounded and overwhelmed at its sheer magnificence and exquisiteness.

‘I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to be an odd character, a freak of nature. I wanted to stumble and laugh out loud. I wanted to find her beautiful disaster and mix it with together with my own mess. I wanted the freedom she swam in, and her fearlessness of living in the moment.’

Two opposite hearts. One feels everything, takes great joy in life, yet feels utter sorrow too. The other is conditioned to feel nothing, to push joy and beauty away in order to avoid extreme emotion and disillusionment. Vivid artistry goes up against cold cynicism and sarcastic honesty. Circumstances breaks the cycle and the beat of two beautiful hearts. Light shines on reawakening, acceptance and pulses with life. The opening of a heart is the most beautiful sight to behold when it’s seasoned with laughter and dreams. Shedding the rock solid shell that surrounds it. The light powering on -through the cracks, beating the concrete structure into submission.

‘The woman who felt everything leaned in closer to the man who felt nothing at all.’

We had so many tears, so many tears from the beauty and the humanity. From the despair and hurt. Our hearts galloped in tandem with the words from the slow build to the sudden crescendo. Fear stemming from the turns and twists, willing and yearning for something which seemed just out of reach.

‘She was the one thing off-limits, and the only thing I’d ever craved.’

Compelling writing made us melancholy. Joyous moments made us euphoric.  We were on a journey that pulled absolutely everything out of us and we urge you to take it too. A breathtakingly moving story of immense proportion.

“Air above me, earth below me, fire within me, water surround me…”

 

 


THE ELEMENTS SERIES by BRITTAINY C CHERRY

The Air He Breathes Book One
                

The Fire Between High & Lo Book Two 
         
The Silent Waters Book Three
          
The Gravity Of Us Book Four 
          

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LOVING MR DANIELS by BRITTAINY C CHERRY
Standalone emotional and beautiful student teacher romance.

“You don’t deserve to be someone’s secret, Ashlyn. You deserve to be the chorus to a person’s favourite song. You deserve to be the dedication in their favourite book.”

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SYNOPSIS
To Whom it May Concern,It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.
When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.
When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.
Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.
It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.
It was ours.
And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.
-Ashlyn Jennings

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THE CHOSEN (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R. WARD :: REVIEW

5 Stars!
Paranormal Series : A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood

SYNOPSIS

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

THE CHOSEN is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte

**Spoiler Free Review**

‘He would not sacrifice the Chosen Layla for anyone or anything. Not even to save himself.’

I inhaled the latest instalment from the BDB; every year as soon as the next book is released I go into hiding, that’s what a year of excited anticipation and being scared of spoilers does to a reader like me. I immerse myself completely into the world of the Brotherhood yet again, their continued fighting for peace as well as their ongoing personal lives where new relationships are formed and conflict threatens the old.

‘Sometimes. Though, for destiny to work, it had to make sure you were blind going into things. Otherwise, you would turn your wheel and hit your brakes…and avoid your fate like the plague.’

Once again I laughed, cried and fell in love all over again. I felt extremely frustrated at times, excited and worried. Going through the entire wheel of emotion is a rite of passage through every book devoured in this fantastic paranormal series. All the threads of storylines were once again riveting and ongoing making me desperate once more for the next one. The sarcastic humour and quirky writing at times was once again present making it feel like I was coming home.

‘Love was like life itself, she supposed. No matter how much of it you were blessed with, when the end came, it never felt like enough.’

This story was about Xcor and Layla; yet -as always- the side stories continue and new ones emerge. This one was always going to be a hard read as it was unfathomable as to how Layla would fare. I enjoyed reading their story; it truly was one of beauty and truth. Though I do have to admit that for me there were a  few series contradictions that surprised me in this one, however they took nothing away from my enjoyment and as always there’ll be sense in the madness.

‘Sometimes kindness and love could be just as difficult as violence to witness. Sometimes, when you were on the outside looking in, watching two in-sync people was a scene from a horror film, the kind of thing you wanted to look away from, forget about, banish the memory of – especially when you were about to go to bed for the day and facing hours upon hours of being alone in the dark.’

So many new revelations came to light – one extremely surprising one which I can’t wait to see developed! Whilst I did shake my head at times in pure frustration, I still loved what I read and overall ended up loving yet another two days spent with my favourite vampires and their extended families. I cannot recommend this series highly enough; it never fails to completely overshadow anything else going on in my life during those two days of compulsive reading. The Black Dagger Brotherhood feel like family, friends and they’ve had my heart since I picked up the first book a decade ago. Now I count the days to Assail & Sola’s story; The Thief, which is coming in 2018.

“Wherever I go, you shall ne’er be far from me. Wherever I sleep, you shall be beside me. What I eat, I shall share with you, and when I dream, we shall be together once again. My love, you are not gone from me ever, and I shall not take another. Till the very night I die.”

 

 


 A TBB 5 Star Series
Every book in this series read by Gitte – See Reviews 
THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES by J R WARD

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*DARK LOVER BOOK ONE
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* LOVER ETERNAL – BOOK TWO
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*LOVER AWAKENED – BOOK THREE
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER REVEALED – BOOK FOUR
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER UNBOUND – BOOK FIVE
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER ENSHRINED – BOOK SIX
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER AVENGED – BOOK SEVEN
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER MINE – BOOK EIGHT
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*LOVER UNLEASHED – BOOK NINE
Amazon US || Amazon UK

*LOVER REBORN – BOOK TEN
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*LOVER AT LAST – BOOK ELEVEN
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

 *THE KING – BOOK TWELVE
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*THE SHADOWS – BOOK THIRTEEN
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*THE BEAST – BOOK FOURTEEN
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