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EL SANTO (Saint-Sinner #1) by M ROBINSON

Anti hero, gritty, love story duet

SYNOPSIS

I didn’t know darkness and evil lurked inside me until I had to murder in order to survive. Forced to become my own worst enemy. With so much blood on my hands, I was surprised I could still see my own skin.
I killed.
I tortured.
I loved…
I played God while I was rotting in Hell. Thriving on control and power was the only way I knew how to live. There were no other options.
If you weren’t my friend, you were my foe.
If you weren’t with me, you were against me.
Traitors, as I called them. There were no imaginary lines. I’d crossed them all. No boundaries. No second chances. No redemption.
Not for me.
For them.
For anyone.
Only for her…
She loved me. Always convinced I was a saint, never believing I was just another sinner.
A fucking monster.

Until it was too late.

Except, I didn’t choose this life. It. Chose. Me.

EL SANTO is available to purchase below

             

EL PECADOR – The Sinner Book Two, the conclusion due for release January 2018


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘She needed to leave me because I would’ve never been able to leave her. And that was the reality of our love story.’

We absolutely adore this Author and her anti-hero stories, they are always dark, gritty and compelling. Once again she swept us up into her world with fabulous writing. This time we are under a communist regime in Cuba where we meet Damien who’s been indoctrinated into a world of violence and horror by his father and working as a soldier under the ruthless and vicious leader of the communist party. The character development was brilliant, written with depth and detail resulting in us connecting completely with Damien and Amira.  This is part one of their story which begins under gruesome circumstances, with El Pecador – The Sinner, the concluding story releasing early January 2018.

‘It was only then I truly understood why Damien never asked me about my nightmares…He didn’t have to. He lived them too.’

Damien is such a complex character. On the one hand he’s a violent cold hearted killer yet on the other hand, all he wants is to be loved whilst having an inherent human empathy for the fair and just. He has never known maternal love nor has he received any comfort or compassion from his father. He’s been trained to fight, duck and dive, whilst striking the blow of death. The scene where he meets Amira, nine years his junior, is heart-breaking and psychologically traumatising for both of them for different reasons yet it seals their fate and forges a bond rising out of Damien’s empathy.

‘I may have saved her life. But she kept me alive.’

Amira’s childhood was cut short at the tender age of nine as she had to witness a tragic and brutal event in her family home which no child nor adult should ever have to go through. Coming out of hiding she places herself in a deathly situation where only a reluctant and bloodstained yet helping hand gives her a chance no one would expect nor see coming. She’s given a second chance at life, a life where she falls in love with a ‘monster’.

‘I always thought she was the only light in my life and she was, it was only then I recognised she was also the darkness. Amira held the power of both.’

We follow Damien and Amira over the years and get to fully experience the psychological effects of what happened to both of them on that fateful night and how it’s shaping their lives now. Damien hates his role in life, he hates the monster he sees in himself. He trusts only two people; he has regrets and he does his very best to make up for a past offence where innocents were wronged. He is the epitome of an anti-hero who we shouldn’t love but can’t help but fall in love with.

‘She needed to leave me because I would’ve never been able to leave her. And that was the reality of or love story.’

Amira is a wonderful character; older than her years yet displays such naivety and childlike hero worship of a man she should run from.  However, how do you run from a man who literally saved your life and protects you with fierce passion as you grow up under his protection? The inevitable happens and we are left with an angsty and weeping heart feeling Amira’s desperation. Cruel to be kind, it’s such a wicked concept.


Be sure to also check out the fabulous EL DIABLO (The Devil #1)
A rgritty, raw, suspenseful and powerful anti hero standalone novel.
Amazon USAmazon UKOur 5 Star Review

TBB:: Hands down one of our favourite reads of 2016. No word of a lie, one of our favouriteanti-heroes of all time. Yes, this book just grabbed us and didn’t let go till we’d read the last page. Without question El Diablo is our favourite book to date by M. Robinson. Wow…just wow it had us consumed and we have to applaud M Robinson for staying true to her characters and never sacrificing the story or their natural journey. For never giving anything away. For surprising us.

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DANGEROUS HEARTS & DESTINED HEARTS (A Stolen Melody Duet) by K K ALLEN :: REVIEW

RockStar Romance Duet – Angst and Drama

A STOLEN MELODY DUET


DANGEROUS HEARTS BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

His heart beats for the music. She’s his favorite song.

Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she’s prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact.

Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him. Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away. Too bad she’s hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild.

She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants …

Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the fierce attraction they feel toward one another–a dangerous combination.

DANGEROUS HEARTS is available to purchase below

          


DESTINED HEARTS BOOK TWO

SYNOPSIS

He stole her lyrics, and then he stole her heart.

Lyric Cassidy is off the tour, lost as to what her next career move will be, and certain that she’ll never love again after Wolf. All because of a social media scandal that left her with no choice but to pack up and face the consequences. When she learns that the fate of her career is in her hands, she has a difficult decision to make. Step back on the tour bus with Wolf and deal with the mess she left behind, or end her contract early and lose her job at Perform Live?

Wolf’s shattered heart finds no resolve in giving Lyric a chance to come back on tour. He can never be with her again. Not after she walked away. Conflicted with wants and needs, he struggles to remember who Wolf was before Lyric. That’s what he needs to become again. Maybe then his heart will be safe. Or maybe there’s no hope for the damaged.

But with stolen dreams, betrayals, and terrifying threats—no one’s heart is safe. Not even the ones that may be destined to be together. 

DESTINED HEARTS is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

“You’re the only one I see. When I’m singing to a sea of faces, yours is the one I look for.”

Well, the Stolen Melody Duet was one entertaining, angsty, drama filled read, that’s for sure. If you’re in the mood for one of those Kindle throwing reads where you find yourself shouting at the characters to….communicate, then this sexy, swoony, dramatic and emotional romance is for you!

‘Music has always been my purpose, but Lyric waltzed in and gave substance to it all.’

If there’s one thing we loved about K K Allen’s Up in the Treehouse, it was the relationship build, the intense feeling of love, which was also apparent in the Stolen Melody Duet. Whilst the relationship between Lyric and Wolf was anything but a slow build, we no less believed the magnitude of the attraction and chemistry between these two passionate characters.

“You don’t see it, do you? What you do with words?”

In this rock star romance, K K Allen certainly brought the fabulous -behind the scenes music feel- we crave in these stories, putting us right in the moment with the band; with Lyric and Wolf as they navigated their way through the turbulence and obstacles of life on the road as a rock star.  The force and sensation, the excitement as the band took to the stage made us feel as though we were there.

Both Lyric and Wolf are products of the music industry, destined to be part of the scene thanks to their parents. Lyrics father is a well-respected rocker, her mother….well, she’s another story, and Wolf’s father was also part of the scene, so it was in the stars these two would follow that same path. Lyric behind the scenes, and Wolf Chapman, as the driving force and front man of Wolf, the band.

Both Lyric and Wolf carry self regrets from their pasts, harbouring a lot of pain which is reflected in how each live their lives, finding it hard to trust and let down those walls. Opening up doesn’t come easy for these two, especially so Lyric, who really has been bitten by disloyalty from loved ones.

‘It’s funny how fighting for someone you love gives you more strength than fighting for yourself.’

We have to admit there were times Lyric drove us to distraction. Poor Wolf didn’t know if he was coming or going. Lyric was hiding secrets from her past, Wolf was left in the dark as to what they were, yet was expected to understand Lyric’s hesitancy, a hard ask when he has no idea what her secrets entailed. We kept thinking….just tell him…communicate.

‘Here words are her weapons, and I’ve lost count of how many times she’s stabbed me. All I know is that it fucking hurts.’

We loved the relationship build, the music feel, the secondary characters were all fabulous as were the developing relationships of the Wolf band members, the comradery of the band and the banter between them. The romance was swoony and it was certainly hot, though at times we felt the sex overshadowed the emotional relationship between Lyric and Wolf, but then again, the physical release became a much needed escape and connection for them both.

“I want this,” he says each word in between each thrust. “I want us.”

This was one roller-coaster we didn’t want to get off! We probably would have preferred a little less dramatics, but overall the sexy, swoony and emotional elements we enjoyed far outweighed the odd annoyances.  Fans of angsty rock star romances, who want to feel as though they’re part of the story, and who love having their stomachs (and hearts) tied up in knots; you’ll revel in this duet!

‘He steals my breath, my heart, and my soul, all in one telling kiss.’


We also recommend UP IN THE TREEHOUSE
An emotional Standalone childhood friends to lovers story

SYNOPSIS
I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it’s too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

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THE DARKEST SUNRISE DUET by ALY MARTINEZ :: REVIEW

A poignant an emotional Duet.

The Darkest Sunrise Duet is available to purchase on Kindle below
The Darkest Sunrise – Book One

          

The Brightest Sunset – Book Two Releasing 27th July

          


THE DARKEST SUNRISE

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET 

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me. 
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!” 
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.” 
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
**Spoiler free review**

 

“You smile for people because it makes them comfortable, but it makes you feel like a fraud. You go through the motions of living but only so people will stop asking if you’re doing okay. You laugh to remind yourself that you can still physically make the sound, even though you’re so fucking numb you don’t feel it. And you keep to yourself not because you like to be alone, but rather because you’re the only person who truly understands.”

Bring on the water works- this duet hits you right in that emotional core and pulls at your heart strings. Incredibly passionate, thrilling and heart breaking, we felt utterly morose as we read, sighing deep breaths of relief when the mood was somewhat lightened through injected humour making us laugh out loud. The romance element had that old school swoony feel and the heat was scorching. Aly Martinez wrote every scene with depth and intensity, demanding us to feel every moment.

‘Hope had become my greatest enemy. Hope that I could change. Hope that I could move on. Hope that other people like me existed. Hope that, even if it was only for a few hours, I wouldn’t have to be alone anymore. No questions. No judgement. No faking it.

Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit.’

Charlotte was a complicated heroine when we first met her. Our hearts were blown into smithereens when we learnt of what this –very lost- woman was going through after one moment of altruistic action sparked a tragedy that is every Mother’s nightmare. The thought of it had us sobbing uncontrollably. Whilst becoming an incredibly talented and sought after pulmonologist she’s still not living, merely existing. Fate throws a life changing meeting at her, causing complete upheaval and forcing Charlotte to question everything that has come before, now and what will come after. Our hearts bled as we inhaled every moment trying to savour but unable to stop reading as we experienced the darkness and felt the turmoil and gravity of grief.

“I can’t decide if we’re too real or not real enough…”

When we met Porter we immediately knew this man was something very special and he proved that every step of the way, on every page, and firmly cemented himself in our hearts. His story touched us deeply and as we went through the moments that shaped the man we completely lost it and had to put our kindles away to dry our crying eyes. At every twist and turn this man had our support and understanding and whilst there was an incredible vulnerability there was also a quiet strength alongside a huge beating heart. His sense of humour and quick wit is what brought the darkness into the light for us. The sparring between Charlotte and him was spot on and the connection palpable.

‘He kissed me. Apologetic and reassuring. Deep and meaningful. Heartbreaking even as it eased me. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Porter kissed me with hope.’

At the heart of this story beyond the drama and heart wrenching emotion is the strong sense of family and the love of parents and children. The fierce loyalty and protection ingrained in thoughts, feelings and behaviour. We felt quite worn out from crying and laughing by the time we reached the end of this duet, but the journey was worth it. We fell in book love!

‘It felt like a nightmare in the middle of the sweetest dream.’


TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS – THE RETRIEVAL DUET by ALY MARTINEZ
One story. Two couples. Romantic Suspense Duet

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“You look at me like I’m the only woman you’ve ever seen. And hold me like you never want to let go. You laugh with me. And challenge me to be a better person, but at the same time, you remind me that there is nothing wrong with the person I already am.” 

13th

RETRIEVAL – RETRIEVAL DUET BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

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27th

TRANSFER – RETRIEVAL DUET BOOK TWO 

SYNOPSIS

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

Purchase Transfer – the conclusion now!
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THE PLAYER DUET by K BROMBERG :: DUAL REVIEW

Baseball has never been sexier – sports romance duet


THE PLAYER BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?


THE CATCH – BOOK TWO

SYNOPSIS

After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.


Purchase THE PLAYER DUET below

The Player Book One

          

The Catch Book Two

         


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I’ve played on grass my whole life, Scout. There’s no need for me to see what’s out there when it’s green beneath my feet.”

It’s been a while since we read a K Bromberg book so we dived into this duet with much excitement. For us, it was like a trip down memory lane and we immediately remembered why we love this Author’s writing, it was fabulous; easy, sexy and addictive reading. And the hero…oh wow….the hero stole our hearts. For us, The Player was a good read and served in setting up The Catch, which was without question our favourite of the two. Book one was the starter and book two the main course and dessert, if you will, – it felt more meaty….pun intended. But not only that, The Catch was all about the intricacies of the storyline, which we loved.

‘I surrender. Heart. Body. Mind. Fear.’

It’s not easy trying to live up to a baseball legend, especially not if it’s your Dad, whose expectations add even more pressure. This is the first -but not only- issue troubling Easton Wylder, who truly is a legendary baseball player all on his own merit. He’s a home grown star, and is loved by the fans. Sadly a dirty play by an opposing team player means it all comes crashing down and Easton’s journey takes a complete turn off the path he was happily and successfully on. It’s not all bad though as it brings him Scout Dalton.

“I’ve never met anyone like you, Scout. You challenge me. You make me laugh. You encourage me. But more than anything you get me. My need for this game that I love as much as I hate.”

Scout is also under a lot of pressure from her infamous father, Doc Dalton, but for different reasons. As the new physical therapist for the Austin Aces, her first patient is the sexy and cocky Easton and their first meeting does not go well. Scout’s confidence and life of baseball means she can give as good as she gets though. The attraction between them in undeniable and the intensity of their connection believable as the story progresses.

‘…the look in his eyes tells me he understands. It tells me he’s coming home to me. It tells me he knows I love him for him. It tells me he loves me too.’

Easton and Scout had so many obstacles thrown their way and whilst there was drama and angst it never felt unbelievable nor did it feel added for effect. Rather, this story was about two characters coming to terms with and overcoming what life throws at you, finding love, dealing with strained family relationships as well as growing as a person under strenuous circumstances.

“Clear mind. Full heart, Scouty-girl. Never forget that. Never.”

This duet was romantic, sexy and had that fabulous sports element which we love, the balance was spot on. Easton stole our hearts and Scout was a brilliant heroine. We definitely recommend this swoony and addictive duet! Oh and sigh…….the epilogue!!!!!!

“I plan on coming home to you. Did you hear that? I plan on coming home.”

The Player 4 stars
The Catch 4.5 stars


Be sure to check out our TBB Recommend Read 
THE DRIVEN TRILOGY by K BROMBERG
Soon to be a 3 part movie!
An unforgettable series about lust, love, redemption, and healing…
Our Series Reviews
K Bromberg

Driven Book One : Amazon us | Amazon uk
Fueled Book Two  : Amazon us | Amazon uk
 Crashed Book Three : Amazon us | Amazon uk
 Raced Novella Book Four : Amazon us | Amazon uk

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FOUND UNDERNEATH (Finding Me #2) by K L KREIG :: REVIEW & EXCERPT

Erotic, steamy and suspenseful duet

SYNOPSIS

It began as a ruse.

Take a girlfriend. Divert the press from the fucked up mess that’s my family until my father is re-elected. Stage a public breakup. Move on.

Only that brilliant plan went straight south the moment I set eyes on Willow Blackwell.

I found her.

My center. My future. A soulmate with the will of a mule and the mouth of a harpy.

I now want things I never wanted before. Permanent kinds of things.

Only Fate—and her ex—have other plans for us.

In some sort of cosmic impossibility, our lives unknowingly intersected years before when tragedy befell both our families. Once the devastating truth is finally revealed, the future I’d found in her will come crashing down around us and for the first time in my life I’m completely helpless.

I may very well lose the only woman I’ve ever loved to a past neither of us saw coming.

*warning: 18+ only. Contains foul language, explicit sex and a hot alpha (or two, or three). NOTE: This is NOT a standalone. It’s the conclusion to LOST IN BETWEEN, which MUST be read first.

The FINDING ME DUET is available to purchase below

LOST IN BETWEEN BOOK ONE :: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Our Review                          
FOUND UNDERNEATH BOOK TWO  :: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Our Review


LOST IN BETWEEN – FINDING ME BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

We all have one.

A price.

That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.

Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.

What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.

What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.

I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.

*If dirty-talking, dominant alphas are not your thing, move along. Mature, 18+ only. Book 1 in a 2-part duet.


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“…bad memories take up too much space and you need that space for good memories.”

We were so excited to be back with Willow and Shaw, wanting to find out how their love affair would end up after a fake and quite rocky beginning. Two very strong characters, each with several skeletons in their closets and individual crosses to bear. Nothing is always as it seems and sometimes what will be, will simply just be, no matter how much you don’t want it to or can’t picture it. What you may assume may be so far from the reality, and what tests your very being may bring upon a reaction you least expect. From others as well as yourself.

“I love you, but I’m not sure that’s enough.”

It did take us a while to get back into the swing of things with these characters; we felt it moved quite slow and felt quite repetitive nookie wise. However, that’s not saying we didn’t enjoy this book, as we sure did. We loved Willow and our hearts still broke for her, yet we celebrated her feistiness, her strength and her compassion. We understood her reluctance to open up and her actions of self-preservation. When such personal tragedy and an almost forced loneliness is your day to day, how does one live with that or even come to terms with life without bearing the scars and having it affect relationships with others?

‘He fits me. He sees me. He makes my blood boil, my heart sing, and my soul crave something I haven’t in a long, long time, if ever.’

Shaw is a formidable man with an enigmatic presence. He knows who he is and what he wants and whilst life can be mapped out with joys and needs met, it’s the unexpected that throws everything off the rails and into the back seat. Yet Shaw is still there for anyone who needs him. His fake relationship is anything but, as he knows that Willow is the one he wants, despite the secrets tainting this pure almost aggressive love affair.

‘I want her body. Her soul. Her divinity. Her love and devotion. I want to dominate her mind, rule her soul, eat her cries every morning for breakfast.’

There is no doubt that we felt the tangible need and attraction Willow and Shaw had for one another. Their passion and desperation was vividly written with beauty, heat and humour. By the end there was no question and the secrets threatening their love were believably met with maturity and empathy.

‘For those few stolen moments, I let him in all the way. I let him see that I don’t want anything between us but real and reckless, no matter if it hurts one, or both of us, in the end. That it’s too late and I’m already madly in love with him.’

We have a love/hate relationship with this new popular wave of duets. We love them as they’ve taken away the dreaded ‘middle book filler syndrome’ from trilogies but also because more time is given to fleshing out characters. Where we may falter is when a certain time has passed we need to reconnect with characters or we feel lost for a certain percentage of the book. Sadly this happened for us here. Having read the initial short story and book one in in quick succession and absolutely loving it, we felt the wait and the slow repetitiveness disconnected us somewhat and the story moved off in a bit of a different destination. This is an honest and personal opinion and most likely won’t affect any other readers, saying this- we have enjoyed this series for sure.

‘The truth is we control very little in this life. And accepting that, finding peace within after we’ve mourned and closed ourselves off for a while so we can heal is the only control we do have.’


EXCERPT FROM ROUND UNDERNEATH


“Are we expecting someone else?” I ask my father, nodding to the empty spot as the doorbell rings.

“We are,” he responds, not making a move to answer it. Two seconds later I know why.

“Apologies for being late, Adelle.” The recognizable male voice drives nails into my skull and fire ants through my veins.

What the ever-loving fuck is he doing here? And he simply walked into my father’s house as if he owns the place? My blood is boiling fast and hot.

I look over to my mother to see that slimy motherfucker, Reid Mergen, kiss her cheek before shaking Evan’s hand as if they’re old high school buddies or something.

“How are you doing, little man?” Mergen says with unnerving familiarity as he playfully ruffles Eli’s hair on his way by. Apparently he’s spending more time with my family than I realized. While that wouldn’t bother me under any other circumstances, because it’s him, because he’s threatening everything I love in this room, it enrages me to the point I think I’m going to blow.

“What’s he doing here?” Willow whispers at the same time Mergen greases me with a smug grin.

“I have no fucking idea,” I grit. But I’m not saying it to her. I’m addressing my father. “Why is he here? This is a family dinner.”

“We’re sewn at the hip these days. Hell, I’m practically blood,” fuckface interjects, rubbing the dig in with his searing gaze.

Every muscle in my body readies to bloody his face. “I wasn’t talking to you, asshole.”

“Shaw Andrew,” my mother scolds, doing that clacking thing she does with her tongue when one of us disappoints her.

Well, fuck that. If she thinks I’m going to sit by and cower while this poseur tries to undermine my family, mother or not, she has another thing coming.

My fingers coil into my palms, my dull nails piercing fiercely into the skin. I ignore everyone else, biting out, “Leave, before I throw you out.”

Willow lays a palm gently on my forearm, trying to calm me. I let out a smug grin of my own when Mergen’s eyes drop to it and flare.

“Shaw.” This time my father chimes in. “I invited him.”

My father nods to Mergen, whose eyes now dart between Willow and me, and while I can’t see the look on Willow’s face, whatever it is must be enough to give that bastard pause. He has the chair pulled halfway out, a slight hint of indecision now sitting on his previously haughty features.

“Sit,” my father commands. He does but won’t meet my hateful gaze. “As for you,” he addresses me. Dresses me down, is more like it. “Reid is a guest in my house, at my table, and while I have some idea what’s going on between you two”—his attention slides to Willow, then back to me—“you will act civil to my guest while you’re in my home.”

I don’t respond, not verbally anyway. A diatribe sits round and heavy on the end of my tongue, clawing to get out. I fear if I open my mouth, though, I may do irreparable damage with my parents and no matter how many insults I want to hurl, that fucker right across from me is not worth it.

Willow surprises the hell out of me by caressing her lips against my cheek before whispering, “I can do this if you can.”

Running on some primal instinct I have no control over, I grip the back of her neck and hold her still while I kiss her breathless right at the dining room table with everyone watching.

When I lean back, Willow blinks a few times. Her eyes are dreamy. Her face is flushed the delicious hue of longing. I thought maybe she’d be pissed, but when one corner of her mouth tips up, mine does the same.

“Well, this should be entertaining,” Annabelle spouts, clueless that the man within a finger’s length is the man who could very well be this family’s demise. Her demise.

“Can we say grace now or is there more boundary marking yet to do?” my father asks, to which nearly everyone snickers. Except for Mergen, that is. His eyes flame with the same firestorms of hate I imagine fill mine when I think of him with Willow.

There’s a part of me that knows I should feel bad for him, but if it’s there, I can’t find it. I don’t know what happened between him and Willow, and I’m not sure I want to know. All that matters is she’s mine now.

“Oh, there’s more marking to do.” I slide my hand high around Willow’s upper thigh and squeeze, all the while never taking my eyes from my new enemy. “But that will be done in private.”

“Oh my goodness,” my mother gasps.

“Jesus Christ.” My father’s head drops forward as he shakes it.

“Mommy, Gwandpapa said a naughty wood,” Eli chirps.

“Oh, this is getting good,” Annabelle chimes in, a broad grin splitting her face.

Mergen and I lock wills. You want to challenge me, campaign boy? Fucking bring it. I eat weaklings like you for breakfast.


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THE BLACK SWAN AFFAIR

SYNOPSIS

I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.

The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
Killian Shepard.
Shep.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back.
He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy fucking family.

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