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

BDB

*DARK LOVER BOOK ONE
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

* LOVER ETERNAL – BOOK TWO
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*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
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

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

 *THE KING – BOOK TWELVE
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*THE SHADOWS – BOOK THIRTEEN
Amazon US || Amazon UK 

*THE BEAST – BOOK FOURTEEN
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TBB WEEKLY ROUND UP & BOOKWORLD NEWS

You asked and we’re delivering! Our Bookworld news is back!
We haven’t done this for a while but your feedback says you’ve missed it, so here it is. All the usual weekly round up features are here and much, much more! 

Grab a coffee or a wine, depending on your timezone, settle back and enjoy!


BOOKWORLD NEWS

Tara Sivec revealed the cover for her Upcoming contemporary romance, The Story Of Us, which releases on 11th June and sounds fabulous! ‘How much can a man take before he breaks?’ Click here to check out the cover. You can Pre Order at amazon us ¦ amazon uk

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy released the synopsis for Stay, the next book in the WAGs series! You can find out the details here. We can’t wait for this one after falling in love with Good Boy (Book #1). Each book is a saucy, emotional and funny standalone. You can Pre Order Stay amazon us | amazon uk release date 20th June.   ‘This beautiful man wants me so badly he’s trembling. How did I get so lucky?’

Karina Halle shared her gorgeous new cover for her upcoming release, Before I Ever Met You, which is a contemporary office romance and it sounds fab! Check out the cover reveal here.  Release date is 25th April, pre order details to come.

Alessandra Torre told us about her upcoming release, Trophy Wife, which happens on 15th April and shared the sexy cover with us too which you can check out here.  Alessandra says: This is a filthy sexy erotic romance – There is voyeurism sex, a love triangle, a dominating hero, secrets and unexpected plot twists. I love this book, and am so excited to see it properly evolve in this expanded edition. 

Skye Warren made us all squeal with excitement with the cover reveal and news about The King , the spin off book in the fabulous EndGame Series! Check out the fabulous cover here. This is a spin off about Damon Scott, releasing 27th June and available to pre order amazon us | amazon uk.  If you haven’t checked out this gritty Mafia romance series, the first book in the Endgame Series is currently free here.

Tillie Cole has something up her sleeve! There’s a surprise coming to us regarding the Hades Hangmen series, after the release of the much anticipated Damnible Grace! Yikes, how will we ever cope waiting? If you haven’t read this amazing series, there’s still time to catch up before the next series release, plus book one is currently only 99c/99p! Check out series details and links etc here.

Breaking TV to Movie News!
Emma Chase has just announced that Royally Screwed, one of our favourite reads last year has been optioned for a movie!!! Omg, this news is amazing and if that wasn’t enough to get us excited, the price has dropped to only 99c!! Grab this TBB 5 star read now! amazon usamazon uk , or you can read our 5 Star review here.


BOOKS TO TV/MOVIES NEWS

Everyone has been gripped by Confess fever this week after the TV Series based on the book by the amazing Colleen Hoover went to air. We’re planning on bingeing on it this weekend and can’t wait! Check out more details here. Plus you can purchase the TV Series Tie in book at amazon us | amazon us 


13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher premiered on Netflix and we all binged on that, didn’t we? It’s a great adaptation from the book so so if you’ve been thinking about diving in, we suggest giving it a go. Find out more here. You’ll need wine and tissues though as it’s emotional and thought provoking. If you haven’t read the book, we absolutely recommend checking it out at amazon us | amazon uk.


Filming has started on Hollywood Dirt based on the fabulous book by Alessandra Torre, and we couldn’t be more excited it’s going to be a full-length movie due for release in September 2017! If you haven’t read this wonderful book, you really need to dig in! One our of TBB Top reads. Hollywood Dirty can be purchase at amazon us | amazon uk and you can check out our 5 Star review here.  You’ll fall in love with Cole, Summer and cocky!


The season finale for Big Little Lies the amazing series based on the book by Liane Moriarty left us gasping! This has been another fabulous TV adaptation with some big name stars! Alexander Skarsgard….you are not a nice man in this, but you’re still very sexy! If you want to check out the book, you can purchase at amazon us | amazon uk.


WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY READING

EASY MAGIC by KRISTEN PROBY
We’re loving this one! It’s a Standalone in Series 
Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?

SYNOPSIS
Family. Responsibility. Stability.
As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn’t have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.
If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau’s loft wasn’t so damn tempting.
Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she’s been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client’s home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she’s simply odd, and that’s okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are.
When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn’t need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she’ll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete’s sake and probably wouldn’t know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she’s smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn’t happen every day.
Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?

EASY MAGIC is available to purchase below

          


WHAT WE’VE READ THIS WEEK


THE CHOSEN by JR WARD
Gitte’s 5 Star Review to come
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

          


DIRTY GAMES by BARBARA ELSBORG
Standalone dark and emotional MM romance

‘How was it possible to hate and love someone at the same time?’

SYNOPSIS
The last thing Linton needs when he arrives home after three months in the States, is to find his beautiful flat is a squat, complete with his younger brother Dirk, who’s lying in Linton’s bed with a couple who’ve paid him for sex. Dirk isn’t even supposed to have a key. But after Linton throws Dirk out, life slams in hard and if his brother is to have any hope of a future, Linton has to play dirty. Or at least pretend to. What he hasn’t factored in is having to play the game to the bitter end.
Film star Thorne Morrisey has everything. Good looks, charm, seductive magnetism and a voice that could charm a snake from its basket. He can also be a real shit and yet people still love him – though he’d rather not have the love of his suicidal ex, dumped by Thorne in a very public and humiliating way. His ex’s wealthy brother has his own reasons for wanting revenge on Thorne, and his weapon of choice is Linton.
Linton and Thorne are on a collision course and in for the game of their lives. But who is playing whom?
This book has dark themes and violence.

DIRTY GAMES is available to purchase below

                    


THE MARRIAGE PACT by K LARSEN & MARA WHITE
Standalone second chance emotional and heart wrenching love story

‘He would always reach out to her. She held that exalted place in his heart as the first person to whom you would tell both the good and bad. And for all he knew, maybe she always would. Maybe they were meant to be best friends, nothing less, nothing more.’

SYNOPSIS
Ryan Walters and Jackie Bowen became instantaneous friends during their wild and free years of college. He, the rugged, yet all American football player from a stable family fell hard for Jackie, the exuberant, spontaneous girl from a broken home who lived and loved life to the fullest. Too young to commit and wary of damaging the unique bond they shared, the friends to lovers make a pact promising to find one another again at the age of thirty and marry—if not already committed.
Years apart, after much growth and change, the two best friends seek one another out. In college, neither Jackie or Ryan could possibly know that every relationship to come would fall short of the one they’d shared together all those years ago.
When the two meet again, love and chemistry soar beyond their wildest dreams and they agree to make good on their promise. But a second chance at love can be fickle and fleeting.
The Marriage Pact is a story about letting go and loving with your whole heart no matter the circumstance—or how much it hurts.

THE MARRIAGE PACT is available to purchase below

                    



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DIRTY GAMES by BARBARA ELSBORG :: REVIEW

Standalone dark MM romance

SYNOPSIS

The last thing Linton needs when he arrives home after three months in the States, is to find his beautiful flat is a squat, complete with his younger brother Dirk, who’s lying in Linton’s bed with a couple who’ve paid him for sex. Dirk isn’t even supposed to have a key. But after Linton throws Dirk out, life slams in hard and if his brother is to have any hope of a future, Linton has to play dirty. Or at least pretend to. What he hasn’t factored in is having to play the game to the bitter end.

Film star Thorne Morrisey has everything. Good looks, charm, seductive magnetism and a voice that could charm a snake from its basket. He can also be a real shit and yet people still love him – though he’d rather not have the love of his suicidal ex, dumped by Thorne in a very public and humiliating way. His ex’s wealthy brother has his own reasons for wanting revenge on Thorne, and his weapon of choice is Linton.

Linton and Thorne are on a collision course and in for the game of their lives. But who is playing whom?

This book has dark themes and violence.

DIRTY GAMES is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars

‘How was it possible to hate and love someone at the same time?’

We’ve been huge admirers of Barbara Elsborg’s work for some time. Whether it’s MM, MF, Contemporary romance or paranormal, we’ve been impressed and loved everything we’ve read and wish more readers looking for a ‘new to them’ author would experience this talented lady’s work!

With Dirty Games, we found ourselves completely captivated by this emotional, angsty and passionate story of love, revenge and manipulation. Though, at the core of Thorne and Linton’s s story is one of love, loyalty, healing, forgiveness and acceptance.

‘He wasn’t going to break Thorne’s heart, but he worried that in the process, he might break his own.’

Linton Williams is an up and coming architect who returns to England after a three month working stint in New York to find his life turned upside down. Linton’s brother Dirk is a drug addict, unemployed and has moved himself into Linton’s flat without permission during his absence. Trouble follows the damaged Dirk and soon Linton sees himself an unwitting victim in Dirks seedy world. Being forced to make a deal he’s dead set against in order to save Dirk and get him the help he so desperately requires. There is nothing Linton wouldn’t do for Dirk. He’s always protected and cared for Dirk, leaving him feeling incapable of love, this aspect of Dirty Games broke our hearts!

“All my life I’ve tried to let pain flow over me without letting it touch me. A bit like standing at the back of a waterfall and watching the torrent fall in front of me but I only get a bit wet, not drenched.“

Thirty year old Thorne Morrisey is seductive, charming and ridiculously good looking actor with his star on the rise. Whilst his career might be on the up, his personal life is anything but. Thorne has been unlucky in love, has made some poor choices and trusted the wrong people. The consequences of which have made it difficult for Thorne to open up and trust completely. Thorne would rather strike out and hurt someone before being deeply hurt himself. A coping mechanism that’s been forced upon him from his past issues.

‘He dragged his teeth over his bottom lip as he smiled, and with that one simple gesture, broke into Thorne’s damaged heart.’

It is through six degrees of separation and fate that Linton and Thorne’s paths cross, with players in the story being interconnected in more ways than one. Thorne and Linton strike up a friendship which becomes more. Both Thorne and Linton are devoted to, protective of, and fiercely loyal to their brothers, River (Thorne’s autistic brother) and Dirk (Linton’s troubled drug addict brother) a quality each respects in the other.

Thorne is drawn to Linton in ways he hasn’t felt before and Linton’s connection, patience and understanding of River has Thorne wanting to pursue something on a deeper level with Linton which is a big step for the cagey Thorne who believes everyone has a motive and Linton is harbouring a secret which could tear their relationship apart.

“I don’t want to have to choose between loneliness and a broken heart.”

We were completely immersed in Dirty Games, as the emotion of Thorne and Linton were stripped raw. The sex, though sensual and steamy, never overshadowed the emotion, instead enhancing the feelings, connection and passion between Thorne and Linton. Barbara’s wit is always spot on. We adore her droll, sarcastic humour which always endears her characters to us even further. The sarky humour ensured the story, whilst dramatic, never became melodramatic. We loved it!


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THE MARRIAGE PACT by K. LARSEN & MARA WHITE :: REVIEW

Complete Standalone in The Viral Series following Missed Connection, based on a heartbreaking viral Reddit posts.

SYNOPSIS

Ryan Walters and Jackie Bowen became instantaneous friends during their wild and free years of college. He, the rugged, yet all American football player from a stable family fell hard for Jackie, the exuberant, spontaneous girl from a broken home who lived and loved life to the fullest. Too young to commit and wary of damaging the unique bond they shared, the friends to lovers make a pact promising to find one another again at the age of thirty and marry—if not already committed.

Years apart, after much growth and change, the two best friends seek one another out. In college, neither Jackie or Ryan could possibly know that every relationship to come would fall short of the one they’d shared together all those years ago.

When the two meet again, love and chemistry soar beyond their wildest dreams and they agree to make good on their promise. But a second chance at love can be fickle and fleeting.

The Marriage Pact is a story about letting go and loving with your whole heart no matter the circumstance—or how much it hurts.

THE MARRIAGE PACT is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4 ‘sobbing’ Stars – Spoiler-Free Review

‘He wanted to unzip her wounded heart, trace the open and vulnerable line with his tongue.’

We absolutely love the writing duo of K Larsen and Mara White; they’re pretty fabulous. Their writing is flawless, seamless and one completely complements the other. This story was superbly written, it was evocative with moments of stunning beauty. We could not put this story down and read with trepidation and worry, out of fear for where these two Authors were taking us.

“Since the day you joined the world, you marched to the beat of your own drum.”

This was a story of soul mates, the cruelty as well as the joys of life and the inspiration one person can be to another. This is a romance unlike others or the typical. Rather, this is a journey of life, Ryan Walters’ life –to be specific- with enough drama and obstacles to leave you exhausted as you turn the last page. We say Ryan’s story, as for us, this was his story. One that left us emotionally wrung out by the end.

‘Ryan suddenly had the sinking feeling that Jackie was even more unattainable than he had originally imagined her to be. Like a masterpiece in a museum, look but don’t touch. Admire it, love it. It can even be your favorite, but it will never belong to you.’

Like we said, The Marriage Pact was all about Ryan for us. He was one of those amazing and wonderful heroes you meet that is so all encompassing you literally become addicted, unable to look away. He had the biggest heart; he loved with an honest and unyielding ferocity that is unrivalled. His personality was so big it overshadowed those around him. His voice was magnificent and powerful to the point that we felt like we were made to care to such a degree that we felt utterly protective of him, wanting him to have the life he so deserved with the people who could measure up and be deserving of his light and his compassionate humanity. Because of this we resented how his life stood still as a result of the control wielded by another. His happiness dependant on the actions of the woman who held his heart in her cold detached hands. One knock after another creating a domino effect ultimately impacting Ryan and the possibility of love with his soulmate. Because of this we read with a melancholy in our hearts and a sad frustration ever present.

‘Jackie was vulnerable, she was sweet and sensitive. But she was hell-bent on not showing it and Ryan had learned to – no he’d been trained to accept whatever little he could get.’

The Marriage Pact is a recounting, a memoir if you will, of a young man who gave his heart to his best friend, Jackie. This girl remained a bit of an enigma to us throughout the years we spent with them together as well as apart. Despite getting her POV we felt that those chapters served more as an almost informative segment placed in a very personal story told by a young man. Whilst her story broke our hearts, we felt like we were looking in, rather than feeling as if we were there.

‘He would always reach out to her. She held that exalted place in his heart as the first person to whom you would tell both the good and bad. And for all he knew, maybe she always would. Maybe they were meant to be best friends, nothing less, nothing more.’

The dramatic effects tended to overshadow that romantic connection of friends to lovers; who were ‘meant to be’ in the forever kind of way. Almost as if romance took a back seat as we were told of a story that in many respects broke our hearts to the point of emotional exhaustion. Those moments of romance we felt and got to experience, well…. that vulnerable romance was a beauty to behold.

‘The years of letters felt romantic, even if they never saw each other again. Maybe it was the old fashioned quality or the waiting game between sending and receiving that made it feel more special.’

You can’t force tears out of a reader, the connection and emotional bond has to be there in order to feel the force of those powerful moments. We got all the emotion from Ryan and his family, his chapters were laden with his inner turmoil and his passionate feelings and beliefs. In some respect they were the profound and had the depth that inspired that important connection for us as opposed to those of Jackie, in our opinion.  However, we never once doubted the strength and power of Ryan’s love for Jackie, hence why we wanted to climb inside our kindle and bear hug this wonderful man. The Authors made us care so much, we perhaps cared too much, an admirable feat.

‘What an extraordinary effort it was to come into this world and leaving it seemed unfairly easy. Life was tenuous, mortality scary. Death was so cruel and yet life was stronger, he’d just witnessed it in all of its raw and almighty glory.’

 

 


Check out TBB 5 Star Recommendation – Standalone
MISSED CONNECTION : The ultimate emotional second chance love story
“You are everything I’d always dreamed you’d be and so much more.”

Missed Connection 5th Jan

SYNOPSIS

Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

A chance encounter, a missed connection.

Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.

Love may be infinite but time is not, Missed Connection is a novel about making the very best you can with what little you’ve got.

MISSED CONNECTION is available to purchase below

                   

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RIPPLE EFFECT (A DARK HITMAN EROTIC ROMANCE) by KERI LAKE :: REVIEW

4 Part Dark Erotic suspense hitman series

SYNOPSIS
Ripley

They call me RIP.
I’m a killer. A murderer. A psychopath.
In the eyes of the righteous, I’m a monster, born of sin and depravity.
I want to protect her, but I’m not a good man.
I want to love her, but I no longer feel.
She gets under my skin, though, and has awakened something inside of me.
Something I’d kill for.
I’m not her savior—not even close. In fact, I’m worse than the hell she’s already suffered.
I’m her vengeance. Tit for tat, as they say.
And if she’s not careful, I’ll be her ruin.

Dylan

For months, I’ve watched him.
I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years.
I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare.
Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect.
And sometimes the choice on offer isn’t a choice at all.
It’s the result of something already in motion, and we’re merely left to survive the ripple effect.

*This is an erotic suspense/erotic romance not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and sex.

Purchase the RIPPLE EFFECT SERIES here (Only 99c/99p each!)

Ripple Effect Book One

          

Ripple Effect Book Two

          

Ripple Effect Book Three

           

Ripple Effect Book Four

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 gripping stars

 ‘For those of us in the flock, survival comes down to how well we manipulate, because a predator’s eyes are naturally drawn to the most innocent.’

We pretty much knew that by picking this four book serial up we’d be in for a violent twisted story that would have us gripped as we turned the pages. After all this is Keri Lake we’re talking about and once again, we were not disappointed! It was compelling, it was intense and it was utterly f**ked up. Just how we like it when we’re in the mood for something dark and gritty. We were hooked! Brilliantly written dark erotic suspense.

‘I’m ravenous and impatient. He makes me this way. He’s become my drug. The rush that excites me, and the high that keeps me addicted.’ ‘I want to absorb some of his pain, some of his punishment that surrounds him, and make it my own.’

We have to admit that we question if we would’ve enjoyed it as much as we did if it wasn’t for the fact that we read the four instalments in one sitting. The momentum would’ve been hampered, as would the uneasiness and utter intrigue we felt, if we’d had to wait. It became a race against time as we just had to know what was going to happen and how two completely messed up characters could find something akin to ‘normalcy’ in the shape of love and trust. So, we definitely recommend reading all four in one hit in order to truly feel the power behind the words; feel the impact of their crucial weight as ripples become a raging current.

‘She’s one of those rare finds that you stumble upon, covered in dirt and grime that, when you scrub away the tarnish, is actually a stunning piece of art.’

Dylan is a conundrum- her past and present all tied up haphazardly with a vicious blood-dripping bow. We get harrowing glimpses, ugly and extremely painful snippets from her past – there is no safety nor security in her life. Whilst there’s no question that she has her wits about her and a sharp intelligence with a penchant for striking back, she also has a caring and vulnerable side which she only reveals in part. This girl is overwhelmingly scarred and her consequent behaviour questionable at times. What she needs is someone who can match her in every way.

‘I’m a vengeance dealer. A mercenary. I feign loyalty to exact revenge.’ ‘There was a time I’d search for something about the bastards that would justify the kills. Something that would eliminate the guilt. Years later, I find myself searching for some reason not to kill. A glimmer of humanity inside of me. There’s nothing.’

Ripley is the ultimate anti-hero; a brutal killer with an urge for over the top violence.  He’s as dark as they come, conditioned to and for evil.  He’s enigmatic and a frightening force. With his own tragic and horrific past he’s a loner and reluctant to form any associations. Vulnerable? Blink and you’ll miss it … but is there a chance Dylan could expose it?

‘I hate that he has this power over me, but that’s the nature of Ripley and me. We’re fucked up- two wrongs that somehow make a right.’

Whilst being a thrilling and intricate storyline despite the excessively dark, raw and violent theme, there’s a thread of humanity pulsating through the pages which two desperate characters are clawing their way through life to grip in order to survive their respective darkness. Sometimes love comes in different guises and your saviour is who you’d least expect. When life is the actual nightmare what do you do? What can you do?

‘My little Bandit. My goddamn ruin.’


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