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RIOT (A Scarred Souls Novel #4) by TILLIE COLE :: REVIEW

Gritty, dark Mafia romance series to be read in order. Final book in series.

SYNOPSIS

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

 ‘The male with the cruel eyes. The infallible killer. The Pit Bull of the Arziani Empire. Master’s living god among men.’

Wow, what a compelling way to finish this fabulously dark and highly emotional series. It’s been quite the horrific but brilliantly written ride, with each book giving us a new tormented hero and heroine all with a harrowing and tragic past and present.  All with the fighting pit at its centre. It’s been a tearful and upsetting journey but a journey that’s been lit up by a beacon of shining bright love.

“Our names are part of our path to freedom.”

In this series finale we hear the voice of 152, the lost sister of Valentin, and 901, the king of the fighting pit. The master’s favourite but for how long? This series has always had a flair for the dramatic and over the top, but it’s worked for us. We’ve been gripped, addicted and invested in every single book and Riot was no different. We loved it.

‘He was the most intimidating male I had ever encountered. And I was trapped in his cell. Completely alone. In the unwelcome company of a killer. And there was absolutely nothing I could do.’

152 – Inessa, the lost one, the beloved sister. She stole our hearts and they bled for her fate. She was a fighter a survivor and her story broke our hearts. She’s the chosen one for Master Arziani, who runs an evil and inhumane empire set to break the human spirit for his own gains and desires. Using her as bait to get final control of 901 who isn’t running the line of commands. This catalyst sparks a series of events that ultimately sets in motion a revolt that could see freedom at the end of a very long imprisonment under an evil reign of punishment.

“You became my heart. He made me want you like I have never wanted anything else. Even my freedom does not compare. If I had to fight every day for the rest of my life here in this pit, I would do it gladly to have you with me.”

901 and 152 are thrown together as part of a concluding plan for Arziani’s final blood lusting glory. However, where the evil intent succeeds the strength of love, protection and human spirit was ultimately underestimated. There’s such a vulnerable almost innocent essence to 901 and 152’s relationship. Considering the gruesome circumstances, this was such a beauty to read because of this. For two people so deeply embedded in the sadistic and brutal side of life there was such a beauty to their characters.

‘901 thought me beautiful. And he told me in Russian. In the language of our hearts. The language of our home.’

What we absolutely loved about Riot was being back with everyone and everything coming full circle, seeing vengeance and redemption. Finding happiness and love. We loved how it played out, how after such a long time being spent in virtual hell with our hero and heroine we saw a culmination of the previous books through Luka, Zaal and Valentin. We loved the final climax and what a fabulous ending to what has been a crazy good suspenseful, dark and passionate series.

‘We had been thrust back into hell. But this time the only way out was to burn it in our wake.’

‘We would maim. We would slaughter. We would kill. Together, we would fucking raze hell.’


THE SCARRED SOULS SERIES

Raze Book – One

                    

Reap Book – Two

                    

Ravage Book – Three

                    

Riot Book – Four

                   

 

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GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars #2) by J.M. DARHOWER :: REVIEW

Conclusion to the Scarlet Scars Duet. Gritty, suspense Mafia anti hero romance.

THE SCARLET SCARS DUET by J.M. DARHOWER

Menace

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.

Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she’s not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious they call Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know—the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.

But fairy tales aren’t real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can’t slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she’s forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But there’s a white knight in combat boots out there that isn’t afraid of monsters.

You see, it’s impossible to be afraid of something you see every day in the mirror.


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Grievous

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 fabulous stars!

‘She wants the fairy tale with the happy ending. All I have are bullet holes in a house with no soul.’

And…..breathe! Well, that was one suspense laden ride! What a thrilling end to a fabulous duet. The Scarlet Scars Duet started with the more mellow Menace and culminated in the heart stopping, gritty edge of your seat conclusion, Grievous.  What a bloody fantastic read this was!

J M Darhower really knows how to thrill and entertain a reader. Whether we’re grinning like fools over the banter between a Stars Wars addicted, puzzle loving, orange obsessed insomniac antihero, and a tenacious, formidable heroine who both completely stole our hearts, or reading with one hand over our eyes as she takes us to the brink of anxiousness and back. This lady sure does know how to tell an addictive and unputdownable story. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; in our eyes, this author is unquestionably up there as the Queen of Mafia Romance.  J.M. Darhower can do no wrong!

“Sometimes you’ve gotta play the part, Scarlet. You know that. When most people think of guys like me, they imagine someone like Michael Corleone, so that’s why they get it. It’s kind of funny, really. They’re more terrified of me in a suit with shiny dress shoes than they are when I’m wearing combat boots and carrying a loaded gun.” (Lorenzo)
“Maybe they’re not more terrified….If they’re trembling, heart racing, sweating, I’m saying there’s a chance they might be turned on.”
(Scarlet)
“Do you piss your pants when you get turned on, too?”
(Lorenzo)
“Depends on how turned on I am.”
(Scarlet)

Grievous picks up from the end of Menace, so if you’ve read that, you know that it set up this book perfectly. And if you haven’t read it, then you absolutely must! Don’t worry, we’re not going to ruin any part of this duet with our review of Grievous because we know you love surprises as much as we do.

What we will say is; strap yourselves in for one suspenseful, gripping, unsettling and gritty read. It isn’t pretty, at times it’s downright chilling, but at its heart is a man dealing with the chaos surrounding him, as well as the alien chaotic feelings in his heart, together with a woman who faces her past and who’ll go to any lengths for those she loves. These two are intense, passionate and captivating in their own unique way.

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddamn toxic every touch is just too much.”

Lorenzo Gambini is one colourful character. An antihero in every sense of the word. Menacing, lovable, intolerant, unapologetic – a formidable yet highly amusing man. Lorenzo was such a richly nuanced character and we couldn’t get enough of him. His interaction and connection with us as readers was so spot on, we found ourselves answering him back when he narrated to us. He really was so believable.

“There’s something about you, Lorenzo…Sometimes I think you might just be human. ”
“You’re making shit weird again, Scarlet.”

J.M. Darhower is a master storyteller. She brought these two damaged souls to life and led us willingly into her world. She transfixed us, she teased us and she even tortured us, but she somehow managed to do this with us grinning from ear to ear with her unique brand of humour, vivid descriptiveness, chilling villains, lovable good guys, and heart in your mouth suspense and a story we never wanted to end.  No wonder she’s an instant 1Click for us. All the time, every time!

Grievous

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menace

SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.

Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.

Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him–a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.


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TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS :: STANDALONE AND SERIES


TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS

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We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for your support, your messages and for sharing the love of books with us. We love discussing books with you guys. And of course, we want to thank the authors who made 2016 such a fabulous reading year!

It’s been quite the year! We read just over 200 books and reviewed 187 plus we discovered 52 new or new to us authors.

We’ve always loved finding new authors to read and this year, 54 of the books we reviewed were 5 Star reads. Of those, 12 were from new to us authors.  Of the 38,  4.5 Star reads we reviewed, 18 were from new to us authors.

So you can see why we love picking up reads from some of our favourite authors as well as finding new authors to love. It’s all about the book. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, all that matters is that we love it, connect with it and feel it!

We don’t have a top numbers list, these are the books we read, loved and want to share with you. We know you’ll find your next fabulous reads here!

Click on the book cover to take you to our review and purchase details.

All lists are in author alphabetical order.
Happy reading and roll on 2017!


5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

Moonshot Alessandra Torre
In the Shadows of Satellites Amanda Dick
She Dims The Stars Amber L Johnson
The Bird & The Sword Amy Harmon
All The Ugly & Wonderful Things Bryn Greenwood
Until We Collide Charlotte Fallowfield
It Ends with Us Colleen Hoover
For all The Evers Debra Anastasia
Author Anonymous EK Blair
Black Swan Affair KL Kreig
Sparrow LJ Shen
Missed Connection Mara White & K Larsen
The Empty Jar M Leighton
El Diablo M Robinson
Hail Mary Nicola Rendell
Collared Nicole Williams
Unseen Messages Pepper Winters
Swear on this Life Renee Carlino
Nina is Not Okay Shappi Khorsandi
Absolution Stevie J Cole & LP Lovell
An Exaltation of Larks Suanne Laqueur
The Bourbon Thief Tiffany Reisz
A Thousand Boy Kisses Tillie Cole

4.5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

One Day Soon A Meredith Walters
Behind Closed Doors BA Paris
This is Love Caroline Nolan
Touch The Sky Christina Lee
Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire Eliza Freed
One Jewel E Ann
A Love Letter to Whiskey Kandi Steiner
Until Now Laura Ward
Poet of the Wrong Generation Lonnie Ostrow
Trailer Trash Marie Sexton
After We Fall Melanie Harlow
Confessed Nicola Rendell
Unbreak My Heart Nicole Jacquelyn
Dark Notes Pam Godwin
Waiting for Wyatt SD Hendrickson
A Love so Tragic Stevie J Cole
Silent Sentry Theresa Rizzo
A Way to Get By T Torrest
The Baller Vi Keeland
Bossman Vi Keeland

5 STAR SERIES 2016

Transfer & Retrieval Aly Martinez Duet Complete
Three E S Carter Complete/Standalone
The Score Elle Kennedy Complete/Standalone
Royally Screwed Emma Chase Ongoing/Standalone
Sidebarred Emma Chase Series Complete
Full Tilt & All In Emma Scott Duet Complete
Dawn of Forever Jewel E Ann Series Complete
Target on our Backs JM Darhower Series Complete
The Beast JR Ward Series Ongoing
Claiming Eden Kele Moon Series Complete
The Enforcer Kele Moon Series Ongoing
Backfire Keri Lake Ongoing/Standalone
Rock Chick Reawakening Kristen Ashley Complete/Standalone
Love in the Light Laura Kaye Duet Complete
Stroked Long Meghan Quinn Ongoing/Standalone
Saving Evangeline Nancee Cain Ongoing/Standalone
Perfect Rage Nashoda Rose Ongoing
Beard Science Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
The Man I Love & Here to Stay Suanne Laqueur Series Complete
Dream a Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Complete/Standalone
The Shadow & The Roman Sylvain Reynard Series Complete
The Confessions Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
The Mistress Files Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
Deep Redemption Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

4.5 STAR SERIES 2016

Dark Mafia Prince & Wicked Mafia Prince Annika Martin Series Complete
Willing Victim & Brutal Game Cara McKenna Duet Complete
Marriage Games CD Reiss Duet Complete
Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton Complete/Standalone
The Lost, Fallen & Found Cole McCade Series Complete
To Hate Adam Connor Ella Maise Series/Standalone
Paper Princess Erin Watt Series Complete
Thursdays Harper Bentley Duet Ongoing
Magnate Joanna Shupe Complete/Standalone
Thief of Hearts L H Cosway Ongoing/Standalone
Spiralling Skywards Lesley Jones Duet Complete
Player & The Pixie LH Cosway & Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
Low Mary Elizabeth Series Complete
Burn Down the Night M O’Keefe Complete/Standalone
US Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Duet Complete
Steadfast & Keepsake Sarina Bowen Complete/Standalone
The Pawn Skye Warren Series Ongoing
Ravage Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

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