Tuesday, 27 June 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ (ARC) Black by K.L. Grayson

 Black by K.L. Grayson 
TITLE: Black
AUTHOR: K.L. Grayson 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: June 29th, 2017
Everyone has one.
Some are close.
Some are dysfunctional.
Some are simply gone.

Nine-year-old Shae Black entered the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her father, mob boss Luca DiMarco. New name. New identity. And a ready-made family that had no idea who she really was. 

Fourteen years later, a letter from a ghost thrusts Shae back into the life she was forced to leave behind. As secrets unravel, revealing unexpected truths, Shae sees an opportunity to avenge her father’s death by destroying patriarch Sal Ambrosi, the man responsible for her father’s murder. Getting to the heart of the family will be difficult, but nothing and no one is going to stop her—not even the heirs to the Ambrosi family empire. 

She’s prepared for the two brothers, Dante and Rex, to put up a fight, but she isn’t at all prepared for the danger they will bring to her life and her heart. 

One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.

All in the name of family.

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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO.  She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man.  Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer.  She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

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BLACK: : is a standalone ‘ Contemporary Romance’ novel by K.L. Grayson. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Rex and Shae. 

Two brothers Dante and Rex
One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.
All in the name of family. 

Just the above sent tingles down the spine. Two brothers as different as chalk and cheese.

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One night of terror after the murder of their father which Shae witnesses sees Shae and her sister flee their childhood home, trying to reach their uncles place where they know they will be safe and protected, in the blink of an eye life as she knew it was gone, only one makes it to their destination, the other turns up dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. Shae is then placed in the witness protection programme where she’s given a whole new makeover, new name, new identity and a ready made family. If her identity is discovered by the wrong hands it could have dire consequences for her. 

Fourteen years later in the form of a letter from a ghost has her arriving back in the city of Chicago where it all went down where she has to unravel the mysteries of it all to make sense, She's trying to piece places where her father took her into a memory that doesn't remember anything, like a blank slate, only her nightmares where she relives the killing. 

➸ For the last fourteen years, I've wondered if my life was in danger. I've wondered if the other families would come after me. 

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Her first day in her home town she meets a gorgeous man outside of a strip club that she remembered her father taking her to, and subsequently turns him down for a dinner date, thinking nothing of it it’s not until she’s at a club weeks later that she encounters him again one thing leads to another and she agrees to go home with him, no strings attached, one night only. 

It was always only meant to be one night

➸ Dating leads to falling, which leads to love, and in my life, love leads to deep, soul-piercing heartache. 

But how can you walk away from an all consuming attraction that makes you feel more alive than you ever have before? 

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Black was very well written, you can tell this author is a seasoned writer in the way she delivers the story. The plot was intricate, and the pace moved at a steady rate. The only qualms I had about this book with it surrounding the mafia lifestyle I expected more angst, more bloodshed, but I enjoyed the dynamics between the two brothers and the fast burn romance between the heroine and the hero, their chemistry flew off the pages. I’d recommend this to readers wanting a breathtaking romance that would be somewhat called taboo as they come from two separate mafia families, their love oozed off the pages and made for an enjoyable read.

* Teasers used in my review are off the authors Facebook Page *

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Monday, 26 June 2017

⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Falling For Loverboy by Jani Kay

Falling For Loverboy by Jani Kay

TITLE: Falling For Loverboy
AUTHOR: Jani Kay
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: June 26th, 2017

It started with an online dating website. 
Two strangers. 
Different cities. 
No real names. 

The perfect distraction. 

Until Loverboy sends Sunshine a message that he's in her home town and wants to meet her. Just one hour, and they'll go their separate ways, no harm done. 

But Sunshine doesn't expect to be knocked over and lose her memory, with only the stranger to take care of her. 

When past and present collide, she's torn between her heart and her head. Between what's right and what could be so wrong. 
Who is the girl with no name, and what is she hiding? 

3 Meant To Be Stars

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A girl needing a distraction from life posted a profile on a dating site using the user name Sunshine99, it's here she meets Loverboy99.

So it starts out a little vague and OTT. Well we get a good run down on who Loverboy is and what he does but not sunshine, this all makes sense as you get further into the book. The way they saw each other's profiles on the dating website straight away without even looking at others was the OTT part. 

When Loverboy comes to Sydney for his brother's wedding, although she was never going to meet him face to face Sunshine gives in and agrees to meet him. As Loverboy approaches a motorbike hits Sunshine knocking her out while the driver steals her bag and drives off. Sunshine is left with amnesia although she magically remembers who loverboy is.

I trusted him to take care of me.
Trusted him to protect me and keep me safe.
From what exactly I needed sheltering I wasn't sure, but there was a gnawing inside me that I couldn't explain. Something I want to push into the dark corners of my mind and forget. 

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They go back to Loverboy's hotel where can keep an eye on her until she gets her memory back. They spend lot's of time getting to know each other *wink*wink*, going out and exploring Sydney together. I have to add something Bondi Beach is NOT the best beach in Sydney, sorry I just had to say it lol. Anyway all this time Sunshine gets snippets of memories but it's obvious she doesn't want to remember.

"Let's just enjoy our time together. All we ever have is the moment we're in. The past is done and the future has not yet been written." 

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So the big 'mystery' of what Sunshine did not want to remember was pretty obvious but it was still good to read how it all played out. There was lots of little twists to this tale but there was one blindingly obvious and solution, so for me all the whining and crying over the 'problem' was just uncalled for drama.

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I liked this story as the plot was a little different but I have to be honest, I did find myself skimming over the end as I got a little bored. 

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♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ (ARC) ♕ TIED (Devils Wolves #2) by Carian Cole

Tied (Devils Wolves #2) by Carian Cole
SERIES: (Devils Wolves #2) 
AUTHOR: Carian Cole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 26th, 2017
He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. 

Free in Kindle Unlimited 


#1 Torn

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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014, with several more of this series planned throughout 2015 and 2016 and beyond.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.


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'TIED' is the second book in Carian Cole's (Devils Wolves #2) series but can be read as a complete standalone. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ 

Tyler Grace and Holly Daniels meet in the most unconventional way, he’s the ‘Prince’ that came to her rescue. 

The forest is where Tyler Grace can drop all his inhibitions and be at peace within himself, an outcast of the township at the age of sixteen because of his appearance, scars and cuts mar his body and his voice is rough to the ears due to a severed vein in his throat. Due to being pushed into a fire at a beach bonfire at a party he was at and the cuts come from a motorcyle accident where he flew through someone's window whilst high as a kite. 

Walking through the forest one day he’s alerted to a strange noise that sounds like a deer huffing, but what he does find is beyond his wild imagination, following the noise he stumbles upon a young scared, malnourished girl trapped underground clutching a backpack and a small white dog, it was the dogs whining that alerted him to the underground well like shelter. 

After pulling her and her dog out he realises they aren't alone, turning around he sees a man coming at them with an eight inch blade clutched in his hand. Without consciously thinking about it Tyler takes matters into his own hands and strangles the life out of the man. 

➸ The man choking him was an animal with long, messy, blonde hair and wild eyes, his muscular arms and hands covered with brightly coloured tattoos. His voice rough and raw. 

Holly Daniels had her life stolen from her as an eight year old and was held captive for ten years until the prince like one of her mystical characters in her books came to save her. 

➸ Losing myself in the stories until I became a part of them. That's how I found out the prince would come and save me. It was all in the books, clear as day. So I waited as patiently as I could for him to come. 

One would think that her parents would be over the moon to have their daughter back amongst them wasn't the case, how they acted towards Holly broke my heart, instead of taking her home to heal they placed her in a facility that helped victims of similar cases to hers. 

Weeks and months and a year goes by and slowly Holly is healing, she's able to do more for herself, going back to the forest where she was held but this time on a mission to find the forest santa, a magical santa that decorates a pine tree and leaves 6 gifts under the tree once a year. 

The next day she ventures into the forest again and takes a different path that leads her to her Prince again, the one that saved her. The most beautiful prince in the world, just like the ones in her books. 

From this point onwards she goes back to visit him and slowly they heal each other, piece by piece the girl in the hole and the prince finally have their HEA. 

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and I was blown away by how it unexpectedly took me on a path I wasn’t prepared for, the ‘Prologue’ was a setting for a unique thrilling read but it’s not until you hit that first chapter that things took me by surprise, and I was hooked, my heart broke into tiny pieces and instead of the author putting a bandaid on that bitch the further I went into the book my heart got shattered into smithereens, even though Holly was hindered by her experience and she came across a lot younger than I pinpointed her to be you still connect with her character on a more emotional level than you could imagine. This took me on such a unique heartfelt, heart jerker of an unputdownable read.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole

Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen #5) by Tillie Cole
TITLE: Damnable Grace
SERIES: (Hades Hangmen #5)
AUTHOR: Tillie Cole
GENRE: Contemporary/Dark Romance
PUBLICATION: April 18th, 2017


Secrets never stay hidden.

The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.

Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined... with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.

Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the redhead from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.

As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.

Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

5 Devil With Angel Eye's, Stars

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Nothing I will say in this review will make much sense as I am still coming down from the emotional ride this book took me on.

I wanted a dark read and I sure got what I wanted with this one. I think Phebe broke my heart most out of all the leading females in this series. After knowing parts of her story from earlier books I knew it was going to be sad but shit this just tore my heart out. Phebe had every reason to find solace in any substance she could find to rid herself of her horrific memories, how anyone could cope with that is beyond me.

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"Lies are the work of the devil. Lies. All I have ever known were lies."

Poor Phebe has gone from one hell to a much worse one. She is being kept by Meister who is running this weird 'town' that supplies women to his sick group of freaks. I felt Phebe getting stronger but as she came clean from the 'potion' and memories slowly returned there is one thing she can't ignore and must get back at any cost, even if she has to risk her own life for it.

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"Ain't nothing better to me than family, defending our country and fucking riding the open road. It's what I want. For real."

I love AK's story, his connection to his family and his ingrained need to help everyone. Subtle reminders of how things went in previous books lead up to the present where the Hangmen are trying to come up with a plan to rescue Lily's sister, AK has been thinking of red hair and freckles since that fateful night at the commune so will stop at nothing to make her safe. AK is amazing and I fell for him in a big way.

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I loved every messed up part of this book, it hooked me from the first page and I had so much trouble putting it down. Best Hangmen yet in my opinion. This series must be read in order otherwise you'd be totally lost.

"Sunrise........ I'm just embracing our motherfucking sunrise."

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⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ His Lucky Penny (The Penny Books, #1) by L.L. Meyer

His Lucky Penny (The Penny Books, #1) by L.L. Meyer
TITLE: His Lucky Penny
SERIES: (The Penny Books #1)
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: March 29th, 2017

After losing his parents as a teenager, Dane has learned to keep things simple. He’s happy with the life he’s built for himself, a life filled with easy girls, good times with his brother, and a job he loves. There’s nothing missing. 

Until he meets her. 

Lily has learned the hard way that nothing in life is free. And she’s flat-out broke – in every possible way. With her head down, she keeps to the shadows and lets life pass her by. All that matters is putting one more day safely behind her. 

Until he’s lifting her chin. 

Suddenly, nothing is safe or simple, and soon the walls they’ve been hiding behind begin to crumble. But to what end? Dane is definitely no one’s hero, and Lily is surely no one’s prize. Yet somehow they’re exactly what the other needs. 

Just when they think they’ve got it all figured out, Lily’s past comes calling. That one last price life’s been trying to exact from her? It’s about to come due. 

The Penny Books are not standalones. The story continues with each full-length novel: 
His Lucky Penny (The Penny Books, #1) 
Pennies for Wishes (The Penny Books, #2) 
Find a Penny (The Penny Books, #3) 
Pennies from Heaven (The Penny Books, #4) 

4 Asked And Answered Stars

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You know how at the start of most books, say the first 15% it's all learning about the characters and their stories? Like where they live, what they like and don't and just general info chucked into the story line to help the readers feel more connected to the characters and become familiar. Yeah well this whole book felt like that to me. I just seemed to be waiting for something:

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❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ SPOILER AHEAD ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥ ❥

I think the waiting thing was because I got the impression this was a manage. While there was a lot of 'talk' on the subject and the two main male characters have a past of sharing women, it wasn't until the last page yep not shitting you the very last page when the guys asked Lily to be theirs. As you can imagine I was like:

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This is sounding like a really negative review I know but I actually really enjoyed it. Yes I was disappointed with it dragging and the lack of the third 'body' but I kept turning the pages. The characters were really easy to like and it had a good plot with some twists amid the drama. I gotta say though that the sex that was in this book was HOT!!!

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