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DECKER’S WOOD by KIRSTY DALLAS

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SYNOPSIS

Decker Steele had it made…Penthouse apartment, VIP parties, girls on tap. You see, Decker Steele is the Pornography Associations award winning, money making machine. But what does a self-confessed, pussy pounding warrior do when his prized package begins to fail? Freak the ‘F’ out, that’s what!

Andi Jennings is the socially inept, geeky and awkward cousin of Decker’s best friend. Only she’s not so geeky and awkward anymore. Now she’s a smokin’ hot country bumpkin, with a smokey voice made for phone sex, and a pair of hot as hell cowboy boots. Everyone adores her, my porn star buddies, my mom and dad, my ‘equipment’.

So, the prized package isn’t so failing anymore, the catch is, it will only perform for Andi…My friend WITHOUT benefits.

What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?

** Reader Warning** – This novel is NOT a dark romance. There are absolutely no whips or floggers, no matter how much Andi wants to smack Decker over the head at times. There are no BDSM slavery themes, unless you can count that Decker is a slave to Andi’s hot cowboy boots and sexy Texan drawl. Decker’s Wood does however feature glitter rain, manscaping, vajazzle, tequila shots, roof-top dancing and one hell of a dick trick!

For Mature Audiences – sexual situations and language which some readers may find offensive

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 J&G: 5 “we want to klug this book” stars!

Jenny: Kirsty Dallas certainly delivered a sexy, sweet, romantic, steamy and funny story with a refreshingly different and entertaining spin and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! I had such fun reading Decker’s Wood and who would have guessed one of my favourite books of the year would centre on a man’s failure to rise to the occasion? My happy heart told me I had to give this book 5 stars because of the sheer enjoyment I had reading it! This one had it all for me, what about you Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely, I couldn’t put it down and read it with a huge grin on my face. So many laugh out loud lines, banter and scenarios, such brilliant characters, every single one, and so many heartfelt romantic moments. It wasn’t all fun and games though which I loved also the writing was excellent. Oh and let’s not forget the heat!!! I enjoyed every second I spent engrossed in this story. It was just what I needed and the pure fact that a story could make me so happy deserves every single one of the five stars I’ve given it. This story was NOT a ‘mood hoover.’

Jenny: So true G!  The happiness factor we derived from this book certainly warranted our 5 Star rating that’s for sure! Deckers conundrum had me in stitches. Decker’s depressed and his manhood has decided to take a prolonged hiatus much to the horror of our poor Decker. Being a big deal in the porn industry and having your equipment fail is a disaster of massive (no pun intended) proportions!

‘I had literally screwed myself into insanity.’

Deckers proud of his manhood, and it depresses him no end that his pecker, which practically carries its own postcode, won’t stand to attention. Bloody hell this had me giggling Gitte!

Gitte: Seriously…..I had tears from laughing. This dude and his todger issues had me crying!

‘..how does one simply ignore their flaccid member?’

Decker has the most fantastic dry sense of humour and his inner monologue about his lack of ‘hardware’ considering his profession, well it was spot on.

Jenny:  But something stirs when the adorably cute Texan, Andi Jennings re-enters Decker’s life and Decker’s Pecker likes what he sees. In fact, Decker Junior (or should that be Whopper?), finds it hard (pun not intended) to stay under control when the delectable Andi is anywhere in his vicinity and even her love of Country Music can’t deter ‘him’ from popping up on a regular basis. I loved Andi. She was strong, capable and a perfect match for the cocky and completely unabashed Decker.

“Country, a sweet little thing like you couldn’t handle a man like me. I think it’s safe to say that eye fucking is as far as you and I will tangle.”

Gitte: Aaahhh Andi…the little engine that could! Who would have thought that the country girl from Decker’s past would be the one to raise the flag on his pole to full mast?

‘She had the personality of a rock…’

Certainly not Decker that’s for sure, yet she had him bring the meat and two veg to the table every time, ready to devour and be devoured. I would have liked to have sat at the table too, just saying!

‘…It was like being forced into an arranged marriage by my dick.’

I loved the depth to Andi’s character, she was so real and unabashed it was a refreshing move away from the typical heroines about at the moment! I loved her! And you’re right Jenny, our Andi was such an extremely lovable character AND she loves making mixed tapes for that special someone!!!! My kind of girl!! A perfect match for the luscious Decker Steele!!

Jenny: Yep! Andi was lovable that’s for sure! The cluelessness of Decker as a romantic really set this apart.  I can’t tell you how much I loved this guy and Decker’s attempts at romance were hilarious. For him sex is sex and he has no qualms talking about sex and I mean NO qualms. Nothing is out of bounds which meant some hilarious banter ensued. To be honest, I think his lack of romantic prowess only endeared him to me more. Having said that, when our boy Decker woo’s he’s no slouch and he made my romantic heart swell…

‘Shit, I just want to be able to sit by her, hold her, cook her dinner, make her laugh.’

Gitte: This guy’s attempt at romance and comfort giving was priceless. It could have been a disaster and made him come across like a wanker…BUT…it truly didn’t. It made me want to hug him!

…He pulled me into his arms and patted me awkwardly on the shoulder.

“Shhhh, everything will be alright.” – Decker

“Oh good lord, you still suck at this,” I sobbed – Andi

There were times I was shaking my head at him, but with a smile. There were times I sighed out loud at his romantic antics, again with a smile. There were times when I thought; you idiot, but… again I had a huge smile on my face and a severe urge to hug the shit out of him. I don’t know, I just bloody loved this guy.

“What can I say, tea calms me, and I love pussy.”

Oh yeah, he’s also a master award winning eater of……uh huh, our Decker is one passionate bloke!!

Jenny: Haha! Passionate is one word for it! What a fun read this was and our text messages were in overdrive weren’t they?  So many highlights that still have us chuckling. I absolutely loved this book! All characters added so much to the story and the dual pov’s were spot on. Kirsty Dallas really nailed Decker’s POV especially and I would go so far as to say his was one of my favourite male pov’s to date, don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: She absolutely nailed the male POV, Jenny, one of the best I’ve read by a mile! I was picturing him as he spoke and it was a completely male voice in my head. At no stage did I cringe or think it was over the top! And like you said, all the characters had such strong presence, I fell in love with Casey and Lionel too. Oh and even Decker’s parents had me giggling!!

“It’s a normal male response. Pussy gets close, dick gets hard. It’s how we keep you women happy and satisfied.”

I just think this story ticked all the boxes. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will never look at the rotor blades of a helicopter in the same light ever again. I’m laughing all over again…..

J&G: If you’re after a steamy, feel good romance that will sweep you off your feet while wiping tears of laughter from your face then grab this book!

We’ll leave the final words to Decker Steele and will in some way explain how we fell head over heels for this gorgeous, sexy and completely unabashed man! Take it away Decker!

‘I don’t know what love is, but if it’s thinking of her from the moment I was till the moment I sleep, then I do. If it’s reading her text messages over and over like a sappy moron teenager, then I do. If it’s smiling from merely the sound of her voice, hell yeah, I do. I want to sit by her, hold her, dance with her on the fucking rooftop as the sun sets. I want to wake with her in my arms, her scent on my skin. If that’s love, I’m fucking diseased with it.’

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

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DECKER’S WOOD – PORNSTARS OF ROMANCE ONE by KIRSTY DALLAS
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BREEZE OF LIFE by KIRSTY DALLAS

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SYNOPSIS

Recommended for 17 years+. This book contains language which some may find offensive and sexual situations.

Bree ‘Breeze’ Delany never imagined her life could sink so deep. That such intense pain could take up residence in her heart and shred her soul to pieces. And all it had taken was one little word to drag Bree to the depths of this despair, cancer.

It took just one person to pull Bree from the darkness, her best friend Harper Somerville. Determined to show his Breeze the beauty in life no matter how short or long it is, Harper takes Bree on the road trip of a life time.

Screw happily ever afters, perhaps life was meant to be lived with happily ever nows…

Breeze

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

Jenny:  Cancer. It’s never an easy subject to read about. It crushes your heart and leaves you bereft because nearly everyone has witnessed first or second hand the struggles, pain and suffering associated with this insidious disease.  But sometimes reading about it can be a form of therapy and I have to say that’s what Breeze of Life was for me.

“…nobody told me with my body I would also lose my soul.”

I commend the author for her handling of this difficult subject matter.  Kirsty Dallas certainly did bring us a story that was dealt with sensitively, with realness, beauty, love, passion,  and a whole heap of humour added to break through the emotion you experience throughout the story.

“I’m just going to throw my future into the air and live each day as it falls. Some of those days are going to be pretty and I have no doubt that some are going to be ugly, but would you give up all the pretty days because you’re scared of the ugly ones?”

Breeze’s story taught us to live each day and be thankful for every minute we’re alive and to be especially thankful for the people in our lives who touch our heart and bring us happiness. To treasure each moment, to never give up and realise that sometimes what we need is right there in front of our faces.

The story of Harper and Bree really touches your heart doesn’t Gitte? Friends to lovers…sigh….

Gitte: It really did Jenny, cancer is such a hard topic to read about as we have all been affected by it one way or another and it sucks. Big time. However, it’s real, its life, and I think the story of Harper and Bree was an absolute beautiful example of how such an emotional topic can be handled with kid – gloves.

“…You are my heart, therefore, the one thing I am most possessive about.” – Harper

The writing was stunning, the emotions were handled delicately and very true to life. The story felt real and there was a perfectly balanced injection of humour and passion. In my opinion this is definitely one of those stories which should be read for the messages it conveys of love, hope, living life and taking enjoyment out of every day. Follow your dreams and LIVE your life!!

“I know a guy called Harper who makes his best friend feel utterly beautiful when all she feels is ugly.” Bree

Jenny:  Breeze (Bree) is drowning in depression, fear and self-pity, and understandably so, as she has been bravely fighting cancer for nearly a year on her own with only her friend George, a father figure, supporting her through this ugly disease.  and the rigorous chemo treatments has had to endure.  Breeze is at her lowest ebb after the rigorous chemo treatments she has had to endure have taken their toll on her body and her soul.

Her best friend Harper, a surfing pro, reappears in her life after being informed by George of Breeze’s condition in a last ditch effort to bring Breeze some much needed respite.

“I’m not going anywhere, baby girl. We’re in this together from now on.”

Breeze has bravely kept her condition from everyone and instead chose to deal with it in her own way, but the reappearance of Harper makes her realise her error in judgement and she begins to see how much she missed having her best friend in her life. Harper makes her feel whole and witnessing this man slowly but surely chip away at her walls, enter her heart and give her the confidence she needs was just beautiful.

“You are going to live, baby girl, and you are going to live with no regrets.”

Harper decides the best medicine for Breeze is to take her on a road trip down the Coast of Queensland and New South Wales, stopping along the way to connect and enjoy life.  I just have to say Gitte, I want a Harper in my life!! This man was sexy, funny, so giving and he completely stole my heart. Kirsty Dallas sure can write a beautiful hero that’s for sure. He was so patient and never, for one minute, did he allow Breeze to think she was anything other than the most special person, beautiful and sexy person in his world.  He put his heart on the line and laid his feelings bare.

“Baby, I’m not going to lie. If this fucking cancer beats you, I will be crushed. Physically and emotionally beaten, but I promise you, I’ll be beaten but not down. I’ll go on, a big damn piece of me will be missing, you’ll take my heart with you and no other person will ever touch it. I’ll live for you Breeze, Until I see you again.”

All I have to say Gitte is…what a guy! Seriously! I want a Harper in my life. I loved him. What about you?

Gitte: Oh wow did I fall in love with Harper. What an amazing man….what an amazing friend and ultimately, what hopeful and motivating compassion. And you’re right Jenny. This Author has a knack for writing strong male heroes with such depth, empathy and spot on masculinity. I absolutely love this Author’s knack of that perfect balance.

“Well Breeze, I’m adopting a different attitude…..I’m not going to accept that you will die sooner rather than later. I will only accept life.” – Harper

So yeah, poor Harper wasn’t dealing. She was merely existing, keeping her illness a secret to anyone but George, the man she saw as a father.

“Sleep was where I wanted to live right now, so sleep I did.”

I was questioning her behaviour and secrecy as an outsider but I understood it one hundred percent. Truly understood it. However, it always raises the question of: by sparing people the truth are you not inadvertently hurting them by you silence?

I loved her relationship with George and the tenderness with which he cared for Bree was truly heart-warming.

“Have an open heart and open eyes….” – George

When George took matters into his own hands by calling Harper, did he do right? Absolutely. Sometimes what we really need and want can be buried underneath so much pain and suffering we are unable to grasp it ourselves. Harper isn’t dealing, how could she be? She needs help but who would willingly ask for it, do we even realise we need it? Or does the realisation of our impending mortality already propel our subconscious towards it as super-fast speed so that we miss out the in-between? The good bits?!

“I couldn’t help but feel ugly, so I was ugly. My eyes saw what they wanted to. I could cover all the mirrors in the world and wrap my head behind all the fabric I could get my hands on, but if I didn’t feel pretty inside, I would never feel pretty outside.” – Bree

Harper almost took charge of making Bree live life to its full potential the minute he came home to her. But this guy didn’t judge. Sure, he felt let down and angry about being kept in the dark but these two had first and foremost a beautiful friendship that grew into love. Love of the pure unblemished kind that still remained and burned strong.

Bree, despite not wanting Harper to see her suffer and the effects of her illness, is comforted by him being there. However it takes some convincing for her to be taken out of the protective cocoon she has immersed herself in, living in the grip of her illness.

“You think you can waltz in here and make everything okay? You’re going to what, fix me? Make it all go away with your pretty smile and easy going attitude? I have cancer Harper, it is going to kill me.” – Bree

“You didn’t tell me. I thought I was your friend. Hell, I thought I was your best friend.” – Harper

“I can’t do this…..” – Bree

Such and emotional and beautiful journey that is without doubt a must read. I loved every minute I spent with Bree and Harper and could not put this story down. I was living it with them and I felt every word. The few issues I did have did not take anything away from the messages and their importance in this story. They were small niggles really. You felt the same didn’t you Jenny?

Jenny:  I did indeed Gitte. I had to see how these two fared. I HAD to know what life had in store for Harper and Breeze as they faced life, love and tragedy together.  I just couldn’t leave them and the author made me feel as if I was right there with them. Yep, I was in that Jeep, singing at the top of my lungs, sharing their touching and tender moments, crying with them during their sadness and fears and laughing with them during their banter. It truly was a wonderful read. I shed a few tears and my spirits were lifted.

“I lay there for the longest time simply listening to the strong beat of Harper’s heart, like a melody that sang of life and happiness…”

So, why am I not giving this book 5 stars?  Well, there were a couple of things in the story that did irritate me just a little and if it wasn’t for those, Breeze of Life would have surely been a 5 star read for me.  The first being the “inner woman” monologue.  It felt out of place and I sometimes found it a bit distracting.

My second issue related to drama which was introduced towards the end of the book. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to do spoilers. The added drama at this stage of the story felt unnecessary and only served to niggle me. The story held its own, was beautiful and captivating in itself and for me, I just didn’t feel the added drama was required.  But these were minor hiccups in what was a truly captivating and memorable read and I will always remember what it was I loved about this book and how much these characters and their journey touched me.

What really hit home was what I took from this story.  To me it reiterated that age old message that we might not here for a long time, so let’s make sure we make EVERY minute count and never take life for granted. I absolutely recommend picking this one up.  It really is one for the soul.   

 Jenny: 4.5 stars
Gitte: 4.5 stars

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SAVING ELLA (Mercy’s Angels #1) by KIRSTY DALLAS

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SYNOPSIS

Ella

“As a child, I had dreams. Knuckle down get good grades, and eventually get a scholarship to study art. One day my art would grace the walls of my very own gallery. I know, perhaps a wild and fanciful dream but never-the-less it was mine. At just thirteen years of age that dream was destroyed. My dad died and rather than grieve, my mother saw this as an opportunity. A chance to have what my dad could not give her, money and possessions. I wanted to hate her for that. God knows I tried, but I just couldn’t, no matter how much she disappointed me. All my hate was spared for Marcus, my new step-father. They say that eyes are the window to the soul and if that’s true, Marcus’s soul was pure fucking evil. 

I ran, I escaped, I survived.”

Jax

“For the past nine years I served my country in Afghanistan. My hands were washed with blood and death, I had seen enough brutality to last me a life time. But I still couldn’t stay away from my mom’s shelter. Helping the beaten and solemn women who graced Mercy’s doorstep became my new mission. 

The night a tiny, fragile girl with long dark hair and beautiful brown eyes literally slipped across our doorstep, I found myself spellbound and speechless. She looked like an angel stepping from the squalor of an avenging storm. I knew she would be terrified of me; all the women who stepped over the threshold of Mercy’s shelter were scared of men. But my powerful and rugged appearance belied who I really was. I had always felt the need to protect and nurture and I knew with a little laughter, a healthy dose of respect and plenty of understanding I could help this angel. 

All I had to do was keep her safe, cherish her, love her. It all seemed so easy.”

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Gitte: This is the first book we’ve read by this Author isn’t it Jenny and wow, it was truly beautiful but so very heart-breaking and emotional. I loved the writing style, the story and the characters. It started with intensity and intrigue and had a near perfect relationship build up which never felt rushed. I just couldn’t put it down to begin with. I was swept away as Jax and Ella’s story unfolded and we learnt of their pasts. Ella’s just plain broke my heart.

“Somehow my heart already felt the weight of his loss. Without warning the most important thing in my world had been taken from me and I felt horribly alone.”

The one person she loved and who loved her in return is no longer in her life and everything she knows changes when she becomes a victim of cruelty and violence.

“Where Daddy’s eyes had been gentle, full of love and fun, Marcus’ eyes were full of ruthless hate and indifference.”

Jenny:  Yes G, and don’t we just love it when we pick up that random book and we’re so richly rewarded with an engaging and wonderful story with characters that are so relatable.

I really liked this story about healing, finding strength in yourself and not being afraid to lean on someone, to know that there is someone out there who is willing to help, accepting it, knowing that you matter, and in the process opening your heart.  The story flowed well and apart from a small part around the middle of the story where is seemed to drag, I was invested in Jax and Ella’s journey.

Gitte: Ella did everything she could to escape her home life; escape Marcus. She lived a wild and irresponsible life outside her front door as a defence mechanism, a survival tactic throwing defiance back at Marcus. I suppose in response to the horrific control, abuse and terror she suffered at his hand and mind. The feel of the knife, drugs, alcohol and sex numbing the real pain and hurt.

Every time Ella tries to escape and get away from the clutches of Marcus and the ignorance and obliviousness of her Mum, she’s rounded up and found by the various people Marcus has in his pocket. He has connections everywhere and Marcus wants Ella for unfathomable reasons.

When Ella finally manages to escape I think I held my breath until I knew she managed to do it, until I knew she was safe. My heart pounded and I was chanting ‘be safe’ in my head.

Enter Jax….and what an entry, I fell in love with this gentle but fierce giant of a man.

“It’s all in the eyes. No one can hide what lies there, but it takes someone special to be able to see it…”

He happens across Ella near the Women’s refuge where he works and which is run by his Mum. He sees an ‘Angel’ and brings her home. I just knew this was it, didn’t you Jenny, he’d keep her safe; he’d help her heal. But it wasn’t an easy journey for Ella who lives day to day not daring to plan ahead, the only plan being surviving. Nor was it an easy one for Jax really either. It was fraught with drama and violence; fear and issues of trust.

“…from the pits of despair they shall rise stronger.”

There was so much beauty in the midst of the ugly. I had tremendous respect for Ella, she was so strong and independent yet so very broken inside. She had been beaten down; a woman living in a shell trying to survive whilst running from pain and violence. Trying re-build a sense of normality. Just trying to live life; a basic right. Just wanting to feel safe.

“These were mine, I pointed to the light scars that laced my forearms like a horrifying web of pain. They were my lowest point….I pointed to the deep ugly scars on each wrist. This was him. He drugged me, and he cut me. He told me it was to prove that he owned me and controlled me.”

Her story really broke my heart and made me fall in love with her saviour Jax who’s got his own demons!!

Wasn’t Jax an amazing man Jenny?! A heart of pure gold, a patience that knew no end and a protective streak and humanity that was proven time and time again. He was a hero in so many ways wasn’t he?!

“Please let me protect you…”

So yeah, I loved this story, I only had a few issues of the middle dragging and the 4 missing years, but overall I thought this was a beautiful and gut-wrenching story of overcoming a horrific past, healing and giving and accepting love and trust.

“I don’t really know what normal is….”

Jenny:  Jax was certainly amazing Gitte, and like you, I had so much respect for Ella.  This girl was indeed a survivor.  Ella had  suffered and been made to feel insignificant at the hands of a cruel and evil man.  Marcus…grrrr I hated that man with a passion.  But Ella is made of stern stuff and would make the the choice that might eventually save her life when she finally escapes Marcus’s clutches. Jax would enter her life at a time she was at her lowest. He would offer her the salvation she so desperately craved.

“That’ s it angel. You’re safe.”

Hearing both voices via the alternative POV’s really did allow me to connect with both Ella and Jax. Each had such an engaging voice and I found myself looking forward both POV’s equally.

Ella was such a troubled girl, but she showed such strength and courage and this girl would not be  broken. Her past has made her vulnerable and her lack of self esteem is understandable considering what she had experienced but Ella always fought through.

Jax…..Gitte, you know how much I loved this man.  He had forged his own battles, fought them and instead of becoming jaded, he became the saviour of so many and especially Ella who would also have his heart.

“And this.” He pressed his hand over my chest, right over my heart. “this is the most beautiful thing in existence.”

This man brought me to my knees. He was so beautiful inside and out. This mountain of a man with the kind and giving heart completely won me over.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Saving Ella. .  I was completely invested, I loved the main characters and secondary characters and can’t wait to devour more of their stories in the next instalment of the Mercy’s Angels series.  As each book is about different characters, this can be read as a stand alone.

Gitte:  4 Stars
Jenny: 4 Stars


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