Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review: Blood N Roses Series by Callie Hart



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Series: Blood N Roses Series 1-5
Rating: 5 Stars





Official Blurb:

Sloane 

How many times can a person fall down and still get back up? How many times can things go wrong before you just give up? 

I’ve lost everything. My home, my job, my purpose in life—everything has been turned upside down. But while life hasn’t exactly turned out the way I would have liked it to, I wouldn’t change a thing. If things were different, I wouldn’t have Lacey. I wouldn’t have Michael. 

But most importantly, I wouldn’t have him. 

I’ve realized what I feel. He knew it before I did. Only one question remains: 

Is he capable of feeling the same way? 

Zeth 

Secrets are a prison, and I have been behind bars for years. Sloane Romera has been turning keys in all of my locks, throwing light on corners of my mind that I thought would forever be shrouded in darkness. Or at least I had hoped would be. 

I have done so many wrongs in this life, and yet this woman has forgiven me. She’s done something I never thought possible—she has learned to understand me, and she hasn’t run. She’s amazed me. She’s saved me. She’s fallen in love with me. 

If it’s within my power, I’m about to do the same for her.

She wants me to be her hero, 
But I'm not a good man.

I am her damnation.


Sloane is the JCPenney catalog cover model for being a good girl. She’s a preachers daughter who won’t give up on finding her sister that disappeared without a trace. She will ditch her good girl ways to find any slither of information about her sister’s disappearance. The lengths she’s willing to go for that information is a bit stomach knotting at times. It’s just one night living in hell, right? She doesn’t realize that one fateful night will forever leave her changed in more ways than one.

Zeth is what I can only call as an anti-hero. He isn’t superman at all. He’s a criminal, murderer, and right hand of a sick and twisted crime boss. He likes to be in control of all things and even more so in his women and work life. This man sweats a dangerous essence.  His role in finding Sloane’s sister will never been a simplistic as it seems. His help in finding her sister will come with a major price and the question remains whether or not it’s a price that Sloane is willingly to continue to pay when it comes to this dark and evil man.

From the very first chapter of Deviant, I knew this was going to be one of the book series that I wouldn’t be able to put down at all. I WAS RIGHT! I ended up staying up until 5am reading Books 2-5 just so I could go to sleep knowing the outcomes of each book. This book would fall into the category of a fucking messed up story wrapped in love and mystery. It’s gritty yet so damn erotic that you might just find yourself waking up your husband to tame the sexual frustrations you might be feeling with this series. I will openly admit that this series shocked me at times with not only the twists and turns, but the things that Sloane openly agrees to try when it comes with Zeth. Those shocking moments are balanced though with Zeth’s underlying care for Sloane as it slowly comes to the surface as the series continues. His caring nature as well as the mystery surrounding her missing sister continues to unravel as the series continues. As a reader, I will say that this is another one of the dark and twisted as hell series that may not be for everyone. All I can say is that if this review leaves you wondering if you can handle the things that occur in this book that maybe you should move onto something a little less dark.







Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Silence by A.M. Hudson





Publication Date: 1/30/2015
Series: Dark Secrets #6
Rating: 5 Stars




Official Blurb:

They fought this hard for love. Now, they must fight for their child.

The final book in the epic vampire series Dark Secrets.


Finishing Silence was in a way bittersweet for me. This series came recommended by a newly found book blogger friend. I crashed so hard into Ara and David’s world that even as I started down the dark and twisted road of their entwining lives I never knew that a single book or in this case a series would shape the way I think about story telling. Silence as the part 2 conclusion of th series really came at a strange time in life as I battled personal demons. Picking up Silence, honestly, gave me hope because of the situations these characters faced and their determination to fight the darkness ahead of them and that’s something I need to thank A.M. Hudson for because I don’t know how much she knows her words through Ara’s hope has helped me cope with my personal struggles in life.

I honestly don’t think I can write one of my typical long winded reviews for Silence because in keeping with its namesake, it left me in Silence. They are so many conflicts going into this epic conclusion that Ara must face that I can’t spoil the literary experience of long time fans if I were to highlight those here. I can simply say that Silence lives up to the dramatic building that you are left with Echoes. While most of the questions you have going into the final book are answered, there are some surprising twists and turns that leave the series a little open ended in my opinion that could possible bring about a spin off series later. As I conclude my review, I will end with this thought. Silence has everything you could ever hope for in a novel with its tests of loyalty, trust, family, and most of all love. Love comes in many forms and throughout your life you are tested in those areas. Ara and those characters that fill her world aren’t immune to these tests of fate, but all that matters is who is left when the dust settles and the final toll of battle has been rung. Thank you A.M. Hudson for what may be the best literary experience of my life.


*I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Release Day Blitz: An Enrapturing Attraction by A.J. Walters

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Book Title: An Enrapturing Attraction(Book 3 in the Attraction Series)
Author: A J Walters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: 30th January 2015

Synopsis:

A hot and suspenseful story of a bad boy who is wanting to make good with a chance meeting between him and one strong, independent woman.

Christian Wilson reformed bad boy is released early from the Boston correctional facility, due to flaws in the original court case. Re-entering the big, wide world is not only a shock to the system, but he also realises he isn’t the man he was. Tough decisions need to be made and temptations to revert back to how he was need to be resisted. It’s not only he who is thinking this, so when his step-father Edward Sanders intervenes, Christian’s life is turned upside down. Being the ‘Black Sheep’ of the Sanders dynasty he has to prove to them and himself, he’s a changed man. Coming second best to his step-brother Marc Sanders, Professor of Medicine, gives him enough determination to want to succeed.

Having moved to the US from the UK, Hannah Marshall has shown and proven what a strong, independent woman she is and she’s not had to rely on any man. However, family comes first and therefore Hannah takes the big decision to return home to Cambridge in England. Accepting a new job in The Met Police and leaving close friends behind, she begins what is a new life not without it’s ups, downs and surprises!

With Christian and Hannah not everything is as black and white as they seem, but when the two meet sparks fly!

Will secrets and lies come between them? Will the temptations in life become too strong? What the future holds for these two passionate and strong willed people, nobody knows.

From Amazon Number One Best Seller A J Walters, let An Enrapturing Attraction take you on an emotion filled journey of scintillating passion and mystery. A contemporary romance not without it’s laughs!

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Excerpt:

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Raking my fingers through my close-cut brown hair, a melting pot of feelings starts to find its way to the top. Despite having gone through a pre-release programme, I don't think anything can prepare you to take control of your life again. Suddenly being thrown out into the big bad world, with the roar of busy traffic ringing in my ears, the change in sights, smells and surroundings has become too much for me to take in. Where were the familiar sounds of inmates yelling abuse at one another, and the guards shouting at them to pipe down?

Me? I kept to myself, under the radar, not wanting any trouble. That didn’t mean to say I’d take any shit. I guess that attitude was passed on by my father, Edward Sanders, Attorney General for the state of Massachusetts. I’d heard he was recently re-elected, apparently very successful in the American political system. But to me, he was and still is a force to be reckoned with.

I suppose I should be grateful for having him for a father. Despite the shit hitting the fan when I was arrested, and everything that followed, he stuck around. I well and truly rubbed his face in it, yet he persevered, fought tooth and nail to keep what happened from being exposed to the entire country. Hell, for that matter, the whole world! I'm not crazy, I realise most of it was to cover his own ass; he had too much to lose if the truth came out.


I’ve loved this series all throughout each book, but it wasn’t until Enraptured Attraction that I truly fell for the leading male. Christian is one of the oh so bad boys that I seem to be attracted to more often than not in my literary relationships. His bad to the bone hardcore life has been all he has known for years, and upon his release from prison, he realizes just exactly what kind of man he has changed into being. He wants happiness, he wants success, and most of all he wants someone to love.

Hannah is one those woman that you can look to as a role model. She’s a fiercely independent woman who doesn’t need anyone including a man to tell her how to live her life or rely on. Yet, behind that fiercely independent fa├žade lies a woman who is deeply connected to her family. She’s willingly to leave everything behind to be with her family, but what she doesn’t know is what fate is about to start dangling in front of her in the form of a bad bad bad boy.

This book is a sensual emotional rollercoaster ride of a coming together story. Christian and Hannah star cross lovers from the opposite sides of the track is a refreshing romantic tale of epic proportions. Love comes in unexpected packages sometimes with some serious dark and twisted pasts that you have to struggle against to finally find happiness in the future. Walters has done a marvelous job of showcases that if you want that kind of love bad enough, you’ll be willing to work through each other’s pasts in order to find future happiness. 

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Purchase Links:

An Enrapturing Attraction (Book 3)

Amazon UK / Amazon US / Lulu

 

Other books in the Attraction series:

 
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An Acute Attraction (Book 1)

Synopsis:

Meet... ...Working single mother Isabel Chambers. She's not a size 12 or as you've probably guessed, a virgin either. ...Marc Sanders an attractive, successful Harvard Professor of Medicine visiting Cambridge. He has a secret past that has been well hidden until now. An Acute Attraction is a heart warming, exciting and compelling story of love and romance, full of seductive, sensual and tantalising emotions and images, sexual exploration and passion. Isabel Chambers is an ordinary, working, single mother of two, who needs some "me" time, so, kids sorted, she books herself into a hotel for a week of rest and relaxation. Marc Sanders is an American professor at Harvard University and is in England to present research results to Cambridge University. Two people, out for adventure and excitement, meet and begin a journey of fun, thrills, lust and desire. But, is Marc all he seems to be? What is he hiding?
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A Constant Attraction (Book 2)

Synopsis:

Funny, thrilling, romantic and spellbinding. This sequel to An Acute Attraction, will have you hooked!

When the voluptuous and curvaceous, Isabel Chambers decided to take a child-free week away to Cambridge; never in a million years did she think she would meet the 'God of a man', Marc Chambers, Professor of Medicine.

Having been convinced by her best friend, Jackie Dowling to go for it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened...or was it?

Isabel and Marc have dark pasts, for which both are wanting to overcome. However, the jealous and conniving Dr Emelie Acerbi has different ideas and is determined to spoil what connection, relationship and possible future the two have together.

Can Marc and Isabel continue to share the passion and thrills they have for one another? Or will the demons from their pasts and present get the better of them?

Let A Constant Attraction take you on an emotional journey of compassion, anger, laughter, lust and love...
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A J Walters is a contemporary romance author and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women's Fiction. Having interests in history, romance and elements of erotica, she has brought all of these together in her debut publications; The Attraction Series.

Wanting to break the trend of size 12 virgins in books, A J Walters has introduced a new real woman in Isabel Chambers. She’s a size 18-20, working single mother who now feels is it her time to start living her life again. At the ripe young age of 39 (at time of writing 1st book), A J Walters also wanted to show that you can experience everything that a twenty-something would.

“I saw that a 39 year old isn’t quite at retirement age for fun, sex and finding love again. There are so many women out there that can be represented in books as well as the slim, innocent and beautiful types. Don’t get me wrong I love reading books with them in, but there is so many of them around now I felt is was time for something different. I’d like to think I brought my sense of humour across in it as well. I am ditsy, I suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, but I can also be serious and sentimental. From the feedback I’ve had, apparently it makes for a great writing voice.”

A J Walters has since gone on to publish 2 books in The Attraction Series; An Acute Attraction and A Constant Attraction. The 3rd book of the series, An Enrapturing Attraction is expected to be published in January 2015.

As well as writing this series of books, she has also written a short story for a summer anthology and is now an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women's Fiction for her publication of Lust, Love, Dreams and Heartache: A book of romantic and erotic poetry.

You can purchase An Acute Attraction from Amazon Worldwide, WHSmith, Lulu.com or other online book outlets around the World.. It is available in all formats.

Lust, Love, Dreams and Heartache is available on kindle from Amazon.

Connect with A J Walters:

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Blog Tour: Cartel by Lili St. Germain



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Are you ready for Mariana’s story in this heart-wrenching NEW series!?
RELEASE DATE:  January 27th
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Excerpt #1
‘This isn’t a fairytale,’ Dornan said wryly, as he watched her bring the soup-soaked bread to her mouth.
She paused with the bread in her hand, looking around the room in mock surprise. ‘You mean, we’re not Beauty and the fucking Beast?’
He laughed.
‘Well, you’re certainly beautiful,’ he said.
‘And you’re definitely a beast,’ she countered, pushing her empty bowl away and resting back on the bed.
‘But there’s no happy ever after for you,’ Dornan added, his eyes trailing over the chains to reach the cuffs that were now permanent bracelets on her wrists.
‘No,’ she said evenly, matching his intense gaze. ‘Not for any of us. Not in this world.’


Excerpt #2
‘You do this a lot?’ I asked abruptly.
He took a step closer. I took a step back. It was timed so well, it was almost as if we were dancing some sort of macabre waltz.
He laughed when we moved in unison.
‘Depends,’ he replied, ‘on what this is.’
‘Pick up pretty girls for your daddy?’ I shot back.
Something passed over his face for a moment and settled in his eyes. Something hard. And then, I blinked, and it was gone again.
‘Sure,’ he said, and his voice had changed somehow. Become more reserved, more guarded. Damn. The only person who’d shown me the tiniest bit of normality, and I had just alienated him. As usual, I was running off at the mouth before I thought about what I was actually saying.
‘None as pretty as you, though,’ he added.
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His eyes lit up at that as his gaze travelled across my chest and wandered down to the most private of places. I was clothed and covered in the right places, but in front of him, I felt completely naked. The feeling was unnerving and delicious all at once, which only confused me further.
So he’s sexy as hell. It doesn’t matter. He’s the enemy.
‘It doesn’t matter anyway,’ I added hastily. ‘I’ve got a nasty case of the clap. Better not rape me or your pico might fall off.’ I thrust my chin out as I used the Spanish term for ‘small dick’, smirking at the Gypsy Brother as his warm hands continued to roam every bit of bare flesh on my arms.
Dornan laughed at my admission, a throaty noise full of gravel and insolence that made me increasingly unsteady on my feet.
‘I’m not going to rape you,’ he replied, amusement dancing in his dark eyes. ‘And you don’t have the clap. So don’t use that one on me.’


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Girls who were traded in this world never lasted long before it destroyed them, and the Gypsy Brothers had the blackest touch of all.
She blinked her huge eyes, and tears fell from them, running down her cheeks and hitting his hand. He lifted his hand off her lips and brushed more tears from her cheeks with his fingers.
Dornan wanted to tell her she shouldn’t cry. That crying implied weakness. But, as the saltwater leaving her body burned on his hand, he said nothing. Because the minute he left the room, he was going to press his tongue to every one of her tears that had fallen onto his skin and taste how sweet they were himself.
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Book Summary
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How much is a life worth?


Mariana Rodriguez is the eldest daughter of a Colombian drug lord. Growing up in Villanueva, Colombia, she has never wanted for anything. Private schools, a lavish lifestyle, and the safety of the Cartel that her father works for.
At nineteen, she's got her entire life mapped out, and what a good life it's going to be: graduate from college, move to America, and finally be free from the stifling grip of the Cartel.


Only, her father messes up. A shipment of cocaine - a very large, very valuable shipment - is seized by the authorities whilst under his care and he becomes liable for the debt. Half a million dollars worth of cocaine.
Half a million dollars he does not have.


But he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father's sins, to ensure her family survives.


But falling in love with the man who owned her wasn't part of the plan ...


Read Chapter One HERE
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AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
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About the Author:
Lili Saint Germain
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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.


She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.



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