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THE MUSE by L M HALLORAN :: REVIEW

Standalone Professor/Student romance

SYNOPSIS

What happens when the future brings the past?

Iris Eliot has survived a lot in her twenty-seven years. Despite the emotional and physical scars she carries, she refuses to be labelled a victim. Now in her final year of graduate school, her dream is within reach. She’s ready to put the past behind her and embrace whatever the future brings.

Until the future brings him.

Professor James Beckett, internationally bestselling author and award-winning poet, is the new head of the Creative Writing Department at her university. Brilliantly talented and obnoxiously sexy, he’s more dangerous than Iris knows.

When Beckett sets his sights on Iris, it’s not just her heart on the line, or her academic and professional careers. Surrendering to the way he makes her feel will rewrite her past.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 fabulous stars!

“This feeling, right here and now, has brought gods from their heavenly thrones, started and ended wars, and shifted the borders of nations. Nothing in my life has prepared me for how you make me feel, Iris.”

We sampled her writing in the rockstar romance, Breaking Giants, and now, with The Muse, LM Halloran has cemented herself as a TBB 1Click author. We were completely sold on her talent, the story and her characters in this standalone student/teacher forbidden romance that eclipsed anything we had anticipated, taking us in directions we didn’t expect and forever keeping us on our toes, finding ourselves totally enraptured by James and Iris’s complicated and emotional love story.

“Do you want me or not?” he takes a step toward me, fingers sliding under my jaw to lift to my face. “More than anything in memory, yes.”

We’ll admit that, initially James and Iris’s fascination and desire for one another moved at breakneck speed, which gave us pause for thought, however, what developed was anything but an insta love story. What began as a sizzling sexual chemistry, soon receded and was replaced by an attraction that went beyond the physical. This was a meeting of intellect, mutual respect, emotional intensity and understanding, oh and yes, desire!  But as James and Iris begin to explore their feelings, we learn more about the fate and destiny of these two characters with explosive consequences. This is a love story that spans time, growth, healing and self-discovery and it was intense.

“You were born with eyes that hold worlds. Lifetimes of love and loss and pain. I’m only sorry I added to your pain. I truly never mean to hurt you.”

They say timing is everything and that couldn’t be more true for James (Beck) and Iris. Hired as a TA for the brilliant, handsome, cantankerous 33 year old British Professor James S Beckett, the newly appointed Director of Creative Writing, Iris would meet a man who is a contradiction to say the least. An academic, a NYT BS fiction author with a brilliant mind, he could render us breathless with his exquisite eloquence one minute, whilst sending us into giggles over his snarky dry, caustic mirth, then have us fanning ourselves when he unleashed his very sexy dirty talk! Oh James could be a right cock at times, but bloody hell did we love him! We loved every complicated thing about him!

“…There’s a chance your talents are being wasted on crime fiction.”
He hums in humor, hands skating under my shirt to find skin. Then he says, “The only erotica I’ll write will be for you. Tomes and tomes of it, my little muse.”

Twenty seven year old Iris Eliot didn’t stand a chance against his charms….albeit it, she had to dig deep to find them beneath the Beck’s obnoxious exterior! But this resilient young lady, has a sad and painful past, consisting of a loss that haunts her and a guilt she carries from the repercussions. However, as the full impact of Iris’s past is explored throughout the story, she broke our hearts.

“Iris,” he whispers. “So aptly named. Complex and radiant, deceptively delicate.”

As the story progresses, we open up to Iris’s past and we learn why Beckett became so enamoured with the 27 year old Iris, and why his attraction was so ‘sudden‘ – and it was tormenting,  heartbreaking and beautiful, and so cleverly devised and written by LM Halloran. What a way to throw a spanner in the works, LM! There’s a burning lust between the two that crackles yet this never once overruled the development of their relationship or the emotional impact of the story as LM Halloran delivered an intense, sexy, painful, thought provoking, stunningly written story of a love that refused to yield, a story that captivated us from start to finish from an author who has amazed us and seized our hearts once again.


We also recommend, BREAKING GIANTS
The Standalone Rock Star Romance by L M HALLORAN

SYNOPSIS

A rockstar romance unlike any you’ve read before…

When I meet Julian Ashburn, the reclusive frontman of indie-rock legends Breaking Giants, I do what any sane woman would do. Embarrass myself, then insult him. Because you only live once, right?

Besides, keeping my distance from the enigmatic, songwriting genius is an act of self-preservation. Julian is dangerous—a pool of kerosine to my pyromaniac. I have a weakness for broken men.

But sometimes the stories we tell and the songs we sing—about family, love, and ourselves—have to be rewritten in order for us to grow. Call it Fate, or stars aligning, or cosmic accident, but I’m about to find out that of the two of us, Julian isn’t the broken one.

The greatest love songs break your heart.

If you’re lucky, they heal it, too.

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THE UNREQUITED by SAFFRON A KENT :: REVIEW

Standalone student/teacher forbidden love story

SYNOPSIS
Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling. 

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating. 18+ Only.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

‘I know he’s married. I know he’s an asshole, rude and mean and some kind of genius poet – but maybe that’s the appeal. I don’t want him to love me back. ‘

What a deliciously f***ed up, deeply emotional and utterly addictive read this was! The Unrequited was that unputdownable train wreck type of love story we devour. We couldn’t look away from for a minute,  at times holding our breath through this rapid and thoroughly absorbing and compulsive story.

‘No matter how much you convince yourself otherwise, reciprocation is important. It’s what keeps the love going. Without it, love just dies out, and then it’s up to you. Do you bury it, or do you carry the dead body for a while. I want to see reciprocation. What does requited love look like? I want to see it.’

Now, there are forbidden love stories and then there are forbidden love stories. You know what we mean? Some make the claim but don’t deliver on the tense, gut churning emotions we love to experience in this theme. In this case, The Unrequited certainly lived up to its claim. Our hearts were in our mouths as Thomas and Layla took risk after risk in their need for one another. Their story was nerve wracking, exhilarating, emotional, tender, volatile and gripping! We read the entire book with baited breath wondering if their elicit desire was going to be uncovered and if/how it could ever prosper.

‘Thomas Abrams is magic. He’s a wordsmith, a baby whisperer, a blue eyed asshole, but most of all, he’s like me…..brokenhearted.’

To label this as simply forbidden or a cheating book wouldn’t do justice to the layered and complicated characters and story created by Saffron A Kent. On the surface this is a coupling that felt somewhat toxic. Two emotionally exhausted characters trying to ease their pain and evolve through lustful, dirty, forbidden sex. And boy the sex was hot, erotic and intense and plentiful, but the story was more than that.  More than appeared on the surface. The characters more complex than first thought and our hearts ached for them.

“…I’m selfish, Layla. I’ll ruin you, set you on fire, and won’t even look back. I’ll take and take until you’re empty and hollow.”

Layla was a character whose actions and internal monologue came across at times a little disturbing. With Layla we found we were always waiting for that other shoe to drop and could never truly settle into getting to bond with her, to feel comfortable around her chaotic and impulsive behaviour, yet her air of vulnerability did draw us to her.

Thomas’ actions gave us whiplash as he danced between kindness and cruelty, and just at the time we questioned if we could relate to the man and his coldness, the author gave us his POV providing a whole new perspective and layer to him and his story, changing our thinking about this man completely. Thomas, was a man with a wounded heart – responsible for such beautiful, painful and heartbreaking poetry, and yet could sprout such panty melting dirty talk….wow! What a contradiction.

“You’re…the poem I can never write. Yeah, you’re the piece of poetry I can never hope to finish, no matter how hard I try.”

Saffron A Kent delivered an emotionally charged story about two messed up lonely, vulnerable people. Sure, they weren’t the easiest characters to love at times, but they certainly made for interesting reading! Each a casualty of unrequited love who share an inherent need to be loved in return, and in doing so find  some sort of solace in the physical form with one another.  An exquisitely written erotic, thought provoking, moving and exciting story, delivered with potent storytelling and multifaceted characters showing us love in all its ugly, painful, sad and yet somewhat beautiful form.

‘My heart has many faces. Restless heart. Desperate heart. Selfish heart. Lonely heart.’

Saffron A Kent showed them all! Be prepared to be engrossed by this one!


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THREE – LOVE by NUMBERS BOOK THREE by E.S. CARTER

Can be read as a Standalone but we recommend reading in order.
Forbidden love, second chance love.

‘We are all lost…until someone finds us..’

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SYNOPSIS

I am a son.
I am a brother.
I am an artist.
I am a student.
I am her student.

She was my first.
First infatuation, first ‘real’ kiss, first love, first…..
heartbreak.

I gave her everything, including my body and would have given her more.
I gave her ‘I love you’ ….she told me her heart was filled by another, there was no room left for me.

We could never be.
What we did was wrong.
It didn’t feel wrong to me.

The deepest hurt is a love that you cannot have. It will last the longest, cut the deepest and feel the strongest. 
It is an imperfect love; a disfigured circle that never ends. 
You cannot control it; it’s as simple as blinking and just like blinking the more you try to stop it, the more the pain consumes you.

This is book 3 in ‘The Love by Numbers’ series. 
Although it contains characters from the previous books, it can be read as a standalone.

Three

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ ‘superb’ stars!

‘Sometimes love can be explained as a kind of madness, other times a gift, there are even times when love can feel like a duty but this love, this love was life.’

Why have we never read anything by this author before? That was our first thought when we started reading Three, which is the third book in a series but can be read as a standalone, which we did. And whilst we followed the story completely, it left us desperate to read the first two books which we will be doing soon as we desperately want to garner more background on Liam, his brothers, friends and family, because bloody hell did we love them all! We’re greedy and need more of this author’s exquisite words!!!

Oh this book! Our hearts! This book was a romance lovers wish come true and Liam may just be one of the most compassionate, caring and extraordinarily real male characters we’ve read. What a journey and what a stunningly told story of love, selflessness and sacrifice but most of all soul deep, intense love and boy oh boy didn’t we feel the very essence of that love seep through every page of this book! The writing was breathtaking. The way this author plays with metaphors and analogies is exquisite, her detailing so rich, the characters so warm, friendly and real that it felt as though we shared this journey with Liam and Cari, not merely as readers but as participants. E S Carter sure did tell one heartfelt and moving story of love in its purest form, even if it did begin in a somewhat forbidden way.

‘This kiss was hello. It was I’ve missed you, I’ve craved you, I’ve never forgotten you. It was love.’

Three is the story of the love shared between the then, art student Liam Fox-Wiliams and Cari Pritchard, his teacher which began when Liam was 18 and was cut short when Cari pushed Liam out of her life, leaving Liam pained and unwilling to give his heart again. For Liam, one woman had and would always have his heart and  years later he bumps into her and in the process old wounds reopen.

“Sometimes you have to distance yourself from someone who’s hurt you or you will never fully heal. Some people come into our lives and stay for a lifetime, others might only share a small chapter; only you know when it’s time to forgive them and keep them in the past or allow them into your future.”

Cari has always been Liam’s missing piece, his soulmate and seeing her again reinforces this and for Cari the feelings are mutual. But why did she push Liam out of her life, making him believe there was no future for them, leaving him crushed and confused?

‘The trouble is when I gave myself to her, I gave my entire being.
My heart, my soul, my blood, my bones.
It wasn’t enough. I wasn’t enough.

Well, we’re not going to tell you because that is the whole crux of the story and what unfolds is what makes this story so exquisitely beautiful and moving. Cari certainly had her reasons; they were valid and selfless and this young lady had certainly sacrificed a lot in losing Liam.

‘I am lonely. So lonely it feels like I’m drowning some days; drowning and yet I am surrounded by others who can breathe easily.’

We adored both Liam and Cari as well as their story. The interactions between Liam and his brothers and also Liam and his parents were witty and breathtakingly heartfelt. This family is truly special and his Mother’s love and pride for her son made our hearts swell.

“A mother loves her children unconditionally and without boundaries. She knows when they are hurt, she knows when they are happy and she knows when they are sad. She knows this without any words being spoken.”

We have to say we are dying for Isaac’s book! What a colourful character and beautiful soul he was. We think his story will be something else and we’ll pause life to read that one!

“Everyone deserves to be accepted Li-Li. Both for their strengths and their weaknesses; for who they are and who they want to be, but first you have to accept yourself. Don’t look for someone to complete you, look for someone who accepts you completely.” Isaac

See what we mean? If you love romance, if you love love – if you’re looking for a moving story told with sensitivity, beauty and love. If you want a book that will completely steal your heart……then we can’t say enough to go and grab this book! You won’t forget these guys in a hurry…we know we won’t!

 ♥ 


THE LOVE BY NUMBERS SERIES by E.S. CARTER

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Nineteen Book One – our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Twenty One Book Two our review |  amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Three Book Three – our review  | amazon us |   amazon uk 
Thirteen Book Four –  our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk
One Book Five – our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Eight Book Six our review |  amazon us | amazon uk

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UNTEACHABLE by LEAH RAEDER

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SYNOPSIS

This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers. 

I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

Unteach

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: Such a fantastic surprise when you discover a book that instantly sweeps you up and takes you on an emotional journey which you just can’t let go off. I absolutely loved Unteachable; loved everything about it. The writing was brilliant, it was extremely powerful and poetic. It questioned and challenged in an eerie and gut-wrenching atmosphere. It was lyrical.

“There are moments, when you’re getting to know someone, when you realize something deep and buried in you is deep and buried in them, too. It feels like meeting a stranger you’ve known your whole life.”

We have two messed up characters who can’t stay away from each other, they circle each other marked by their past yet pulled to each other with an intense attraction.

“You can call it love, or you can call it freefall. They’re pretty much the same thing.”

The fact that they shouldn’t be together whether it be their age difference or the fact that their roles make it unethical well, it all adds to the possessive attachment.  I personally have this unexplainable pull towards the forbidden, the challenge of a story line and the unique and this story was just that. You do too right Jenny?!

 “Grow up. This is real. The world is ugly and nasty and fucked up, and so are we.”

Jenny: There really isn’t anything better than going into a book with no expectations and being blown away by what you find. Unteachable most definitely had me running the gauntlet of emotions, hoping against hope that everything would work out and was delivered in such a beautiful, moving, gritty and somewhat melodic way.  I really did enjoy this authors writing style. It never felt stilted or forced and  it wasn’t overdone with unnecessary description, yet I could picture every moment, every scene as if I was right there with Maise and Evan. It all just flowed so beautifully and I loved the movie theme and references.

“Nobody knows how to be grown up. We’re all just pretending for each other. It takes some people their entire lives to figure out what you already know.”

I agree Gitte, There really is something that draws us, like moths to a flame to these type of dysfunctional, taboo relationships. All the drama and heartache involved, It’s like a magnet. Whilst we frown upon it in reality, it provides a deliciously indulgent escape in the fictional world and has us completely consumed in every clandestine moment.

“Mr. Wilke says I’m both cynical and worldly for my age. I choose to take them both as compliments.”

Unteachable was that type of story. It was intense, passionate, at times completely sad and had me alternately clutching my stomach and heart.  In the most part I found this story absolutely gripping!

Gitte: I thought Maise and Evan were extremely well written characters. They had such depth and I immediately loved them. Their story was different, it was full of twists and drama, the intensity and emotion overwhelming at times. Their story truly was beautifully ugly and powerfully raw. The chemistry between these two characters was passionate and the forbidden was almost as desirable as it was destructive. These character just had to look at each other and I felt it; the recognition of a broken soul finding another, the tension and the lustful hunger. That was the strength of the writing and the power of Evan and Maise.

Maise was under no illusion of her issues and the pitfalls. She owned them, yet underestimated herself and her strength, her sweet and clued up disposition swallowed up by the hand she’s been dealt in life. I loved her character, so refreshingly honest and real.

“Thanks, Dad, for leaving a huge void in my life that Freud says has to be filled with dick.”

Sigh…Evan….I fell in love with his character; flaws and all.

“I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one’s letting me in on the secret.”

Unteachable was dark and delicious and kind of naughty. I bloody loved it! I’ve read quite a few student/teacher stories, yet this one was quite unique don’t you agree Jenny?

“…You should love something while you have it, love it fully and without reservation, even if you know you’ll lose it someday. We lose everything. If you’re trying to avoid loss, there’s no point in taking another breath, or letting your heart beat one more time. It all ends.” His fingers curl around mine. “That’s all life is. Breathing in, breathing out. The space between two breaths.”

Jenny: Can you believe this was my first student/teacher book I bloody loved it too Gitte. The depth of these characters was immense. Each so flawed, so broken. Both have baggage weighing them down but yes, they own it, they live it.  Maise in particular was written with both grit and vulnerability.  Maise, a young girl forced to grow up way before her time, yet still being the scared little girl inside, drowning in the hopelessness  of her surroundings, yet never giving up on the possibility that there is something better for her, that there is something worth fighting for and I loved the tenacity of this girl.

“What the hell am I? …Too old to be a real teenager, too young to drink. Old enough to die in a war, fuck grown men, and be completely confused about what I was doing with my life.”

Evan.  Well, like you I loved this man. Flaws, secrets and failings included. These two had the most extreme attraction. Physically, mentally and emotionally drawn to one another.  At times their issues brought them down, at times it lifted them.  Their relationship was a struggle and whilst it may have been morally wrong,  the heart wants what the heart wants and morality has to take a back seat.

“How is it possible he’s scared of losing me? Never in my life had I considered I might be something someone worried about losing.”

Every character was enriching and each added so much to this story don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Yes, I thought all the characters in Maise and Evan’s story played an important part and I loved the dynamics of the relationships. In a story full of emotional drama, broken souls and destructive family ties both Maise and Evan find their redemption and salvation from where they least expect and seek it; all the while fighting the inevitable.

“Who fixes broken people? Is it only other broken people, one’s who’ve already been ruined? And do we need to be fixed?”

So many lies and deceptions; so much hurt and neglect. It takes one strong amazing girl to make a life for herself by following her dreams whilst grasping the fact that love exists, it’s okay to love and be loved in return.

“Things I didn’t expect to do my senior year:

Become a drug dealer.

Become my mother.

Find and lose the love of my life.”

I just had to give this story of love, life and obsession 5 glowing stars Jenny; I absolutely loved it!

“I can’t hold on to you. You’re like that shooting star. Just a trail of fire in my hands.”

This Author’s writing is exceptionally beautiful and descriptive and it’s definitely one to go on that TBR list right?!

Jenny:  For sure! I look forward to more from Leah Raeder. I absolutely loved her prose. The internal workings of Maise’s mind delighted, saddened and moved me. She certainly kept you on your toes.

“There’s something so beautiful waiting for you. Don’t run from it. Run toward it.”

Unteachable gripped me and engaged me from the beginning and had me experiencing anxiousness to the ninth degree.  The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star for me was I felt it became a little lost for a while towards the end, but that was soon remedied by an ending that completely satisfied me.

“You’re right, Evan, I thought.  No one knows us here. I don’t even know myself.”

Well, I know you both now and I adore you. Evan and Maise you moved me.  I was there with you both through every up and every down and you engaged me every step of the way. A gripping, passionate and raw story that I absolutely recommend.

“And the Oscar goes to Evan Wilke, for putting the first fine, hairline crack in the ruby of my heart.”

 

UNTEACHABLE by LEAH RAEDER
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