ravage tillie cole

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Zoya Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Zoya lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Zoya that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Zoya risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Zoya is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Tillie Cole has become a master at toeing that fine line between darkness, and acceptable savage. A woman who thought she lost everything, and a man who believed there was no hope.

When Zaal takes Zoya he has no idea what he’s in for. All his life he’s been thought that Georgians are the enemy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get his answers. Though he did not count on Zoya actually making him feel, emotions he has long-buried. Feelings he’s unfamiliar with, and she draws them out.

Zaal will never be a gentle soul, too much has happened for that. Tragedy clouds Zoya’s past, and while she’s been alive all these years, she has never lived. Now forced together with this brute, she will have to steel herself against the physical pain he will throw upon her. Though in time she can see behind the drugged up eyes of Zaal, see the torture and pain that he hides.

In this extreme situation, these two broken souls slowly grow together. Cut off from the outside world they explore this connection. I do have to say that at times it felt a bit Stockholm Syndrome to me, though in the end I still feel very content over their happiness.

By now I do feel a bit of a repeat in these stories, as in a lot of the same elements come back again, and again. Still I very much enjoyed reading Zaal and Zoya’s story, I was completely caught up in it, and had trouble putting it down.

3.5 stars

Scarred Souls – Reading order and purchase links

raze  Reap Scarred Souls #2 by Tillie Cole  ravage tillie cole

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is coming! Being released on August 15th, this amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series!

 

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Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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~Noc~

“So she’s your type,” Cora said, taking him back into their conversation, “But you’re not gonna go there.”

Noc shook his head. “She’s from here, I’m from home. I’m going home. But it isn’t even about that, babe. Tor got you back. Frey got Finnie back. Won’t go on because you were there, you know. Franka didn’t get her man back.”

“Don’t say that in front of Apollo,” She whispered. “Maddie suggested that and it pisses him off. He thinks she’s incapable of any emotion, much less love.”

“You four couples aren’t the only ones who’ve known love, Cora,” he returned. “Not bein’ a dick, but that’s the way it is. And she’s stone cold on the outside, babe, but inside the woman is in some serious pain. She’s capable of emotion, just like you and me, and I know that because I saw it.”

What he didn’t share was that Franka Drakkar might be capable of more of it, with the pain he saw in her eyes, the guilt that seemed to visibly weigh on her at what she’d done.

She just, for some reason, wouldn’t allow herself to let it show, even maybe fully feel it.

That reason was a mystery and Noc was a cop. Cops were big on mysteries. Solving them, to be precise.

Fuck.

Another reason he had to steer clear of Franka Drakkar.

Cora nodded. “I think your perception of her is right, at least the way she is with you, for whatever reason she gave you that particular Franka. What concerns me, honey, is that it seems to mean so much to you.”

That was what concerned him too.

“Woman’s in pain, she gave me that, she gave me time,” he tried to explain it. “Tomorrow, she’ll be gone and eventually she’ll be just another memory of this place. But you spend hours with a woman drinking whiskey and watching her face light up, the pain she’s trying to hide clearing clean away because she’s never seen a phone before. We’ll just say that’ll be a memory I won’t forget.”

“I’ll bet,” Cora replied, the concern shifting out of her expression, understanding replacing it.

Noc grabbed his knife and started cutting into the tender, moist, perfectly-cooked steak on his plate.

Cora changed the subject.

“I can’t wait to show you my world, Noc. It’s gonna be awesome. You’re gonna love it.”

He looked to her, meat in his mouth and chewing and smiling he said, “Can’t wait either, babe.”

Her face lit up too.

And seeing it, Noc knew that’d be another memory he wouldn’t forget that he’d take home from this crazy world.

There it was.

They were having dinner and Franka wasn’t invited.

Tomorrow morning, she’d be leaving.

So she was a memory of this world.

A mysterious one.

A sad one.

But just a memory.

And Noc had to live with that.

What he wouldn’t admit was that he didn’t like it.

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wildest dreams kristen ashley  golden dynasty kristen ashley

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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Colleen Hoover, you are a heartbreaker. I’m fully convinced you enjoy bathing in the tears of your readers.

I don’t know how you do it, but time and time again you write the most consuming stories. Stories about people, and life, all the good, and all the bad.

It Ends With Us might start off as an almost sweet love story, though it doesn’t take too long to see the ugly side of that love.

Falling in love is easy, breaking the cycle isn’t. As they said in the book “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” But when that someone is the person you love, things are a lot more complicated.

What happens in Lily’s story breaks my heart. Though I love that Colleen Hoover wrote it, that it’s told. In the author’s note she explains how personal this book is, and I applaud here for daring to share this one with us.

There is always one moment in her stories that I just can’t hold back the tears. In It Ends With Us it’s sad to see how love isn’t always enough, how easy it is to use love as an anchor, though in the end the tough decision needs to be made. To be clear, the story does have a happy ending, just maybe not the one you were expecting.

5 stars

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hard count

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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Apparently I have about five books marked as to-read by Ginger Scott, so it was high time I actually read one of those. The Hard Count was an amazing introduction for me to her writing and storytelling, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

Where to even begin with this one though. There are just so many layers to these characters, and the story. Too many to count up, but to make clear, it’s not just about sports. While it certainly has a bit of that Friday Night Lights feeling to it, the surrounding social themes make it far more interesting, and mostly the feelings Ginger Scott is able to evoke is marvellous.

I would not even consider this a classic love story. Yes, there might be something between Nico and Reagan, though once again, what is going on is so much bigger than them. A boy genius, on and off the field, from the wrong side of the track, is the only hope the school’s football team has. In a school where football is everything, many don’t want him there, but they need him. The pressure is on, and Nico gladly accepts it. He wants to be there, he wants to prove himself, and he wants to prevail.

Reagan looks in from the outside. Hidden behind her camera she sees it all. The people vying for her father’s job, how a family has to endure that pressure to succeed, how people will hurt them when they fail, and mostly she sees Nico. He is her answer, and while getting to know him better, she realises there is always more than meets the eye.

The Hard Count was an amazing story about family, love, hope, friendship, heart, football, and being the exception. Showing us the heart of the sport, the dedication of the people, the love and the hate that the game brings, and how you should never give up. I loved every second of The Hard Count, and highly recommend it!

4 stars

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until harry

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

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Until Harry is probably L.A. Casey’s best work to date. I feel this is definitely her most mature work, and proof that she truly is a talented writer. Completely different from her Slater Brother series, and simply better than Frozen, Until Harry hits you right in the heart. All the feels that this story brings with it, I loved it.

I admit I didn’t read the synopsis before buying, and reading Until Harry. Just that cover alone made me one click. Still I was warned that it was a rather emotional story, though not quite prepared in what way.

Lane, an unhappy girl, who thought she ran away from the pain by moving to New York. Though being away from the people she loves turns out not to be the best solution. Now she’s back, her uncle died, and she has to face all the people she left behind, including Kale.

I loved how the story switched from present to past, that we got to see all that happened between Lane, and Kale. They pretty much know each other from birth, and while to us it’s clear these two belong together, their stories runs quite differently.

There was one part near the end that really hit close to home, and if I wasn’t reading in public tears would have shed. While the setup of the story is quite sad, you never give up hope, and it really is a tale of second chances for family, friends, and love.

4.5 stars

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The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

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I definitely need to read more books by Rachel Van Dyken. Once again she has blown me away with her writing. I love her combination of sexy, humor and swoon moments. Plus Lex’ point of view in The Matchmaker’s Replacement was just plain awesome.

A MENSA playboy genius who considers himself to be the villain, certainly when it comes to Gabi. The girl he wants above all others, though he would never admit to that. Their constant bickering, and fighting is only tolerated because you can feel the sexual tension underneath. Which, let me tell you, is so hot.

Gabi might, once upon a time, had a crush on Lex, but admitting it now would only break her heart even more. It’s easier to hate on Lex, than let him see how much he gets to her. Now that they are working together though it only becomes more difficult to hide their chemistry.

An obvious case of ‘I hate to love you‘ between these two. Though actions speak louder than words, and while they love to throw around the insults, they will still always be there for each other. Their new working relationship makes them only grow closer.

I loved every second of their story. These two are so entertaining, and adorable trying to play off their attraction. Their interactions was so much fun, and I enjoyed how their relationship gradually grew from friendship to lovers. I once again want to point out that the humor was on point, and the characters are dipped in awesome sauce. Yeah, read it now!

4 stars

Wingmen Inc. – Reading order and purchase links

matchmaker's playbook  The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

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Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.

Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.

Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.

I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe

Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.

Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.

Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.

She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.

The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.

It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.

Her eyes burned.

Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.

She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

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REVIEW

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It almost seemed like Abe married Sarah on a whim. It all happened so fast, but Sarah knew she was in love with this guy. Unfortunately no matter how much she gave, and tried, it wasn’t enough. Sarah completely lost herself in trying to make her marriage to Abe work. Abe on the other hand was completely lost to the anger inside him, and the addiction to forget.

Though now he gets a second chance. Clean, and sober Abe fully realises what he lost when he pushed Sarah away. While he was probably the worst husband, he did love her, and he still does. He wants his second chance, and I love how he went for it. Trying to redeem himself, and showing Sarah that.

Sarah has changed a lot since her marriage to Abe. After the divorce she went on a little road of self discovery, and realised she can be awesome all by herself. I loved how strong she had become, though it was clear that she still had a soft spot for Abe. She never stopped caring about him, and when he starts wooing her, it becomes difficult to say no.

Rock Wedding was a gorgeous second chance love story, showing us that divorce sometimes doesn’t have to mean the end. Abe and Sarah’s road to happiness is a rocky one, though they both put in the effort, and seeing their journey back towards each other is filled with swooning moments.

3.5 stars

Rock Kiss – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

  

Rock AddictionMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock CourtshipAmazon US – Amazon UK

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Rock HardMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock Redemption: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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stealing home

Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn’t easy. As the San Diego Shock’s newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players’ advances. Given she’s already the subject of a handful of rumors about how “lucky” she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can’t so much as flutter an eyelash a player’s way if she wants to be taken seriously.

But number eleven is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie’s way. Far more. Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn’t let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs.

He’s a player, and in Allie’s experience, they’re all the same. She won’t risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number eleven the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true.

And maybe he is.

Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer’s stature and decide who she’ll put her faith in—The man she’s falling for? Or the rumors?

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I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book before I started reading. Nicole Williams has become on of those names where I automatically one click. I haven’t come across one of her books that have disappointed me.

Though Stealing Home does feel a bit more light-hearted compared to her other latest novels. Nothing wrong with that, as I love sports romances, and if one of my favourite authors writes a book like that, I have to read it.

And Nicole Williams sure delivers, a sweet, sexy, romantic story between a ball player and an athletic trainer. So we have a little bit of forbidden love in there as well, ’cause Allie doesn’t want to team to find out, thinking she would sleep her way to the top. It’s not easy being a woman in a men’s world.

Luke took me quite by surprise as well. He lives for the game, baseball is everything to him, though there is more than meet the eye. He’s actually quite a dork, and super sweet, with a dirty mouth in the bed room.

There are some obstacles, otherwise things would be too easy. Though overall I truly enjoyed reading Stealing Home. In my check list for sports romances this one hits all the check boxes.

4 stars

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remi's choice

Sinfully sexy Travis De Luca came into Remi’s life when she
was young, inexperienced, and easily dazzled. With his
scandalous words and wickedly sexy grins, he possessed a
power no one should have over another. He was a foul
mouthed, trouble-making thug to everyone else, but she’d
witnessed the vulnerable side he hid so well. After one earth-
shattering experience and his declaration of love, her body
and soul were hooked.

When Travis is sent away without warning, Kristiano De Luca
—his equally sexy cousin—comes into Remi’s life as a friend
when she needs one most. After years with no word and waiting for Travis to come back, she loses hope, and the friendship she’s built with Kris grows into something beautiful that fills the void Travis left behind.

But a surprise return from Travis and one passionate night
with him throw all their lives into chaos, and nothing will
ever be the same again.

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Holy smokes! From the get go this is hot, and forbidden. Remi’s Choice is definitely a story that will push at your boundaries.

Remi and Travis are meant for each other. Him a young dirty and sweet talker who will put your panties in a twist. Remi a young more innocent girl, but who knows what she wants. In a short time things get really hot and heavy between these two. Until troublemaker Travis is send away.

Remi stays behind, heartbroken and lost. Though then Kris comes around, Travis’ equally hot cousin, and while she never set out to replace Travis, Kris is persistent. This is only the start of all the drama and sexy times!

Two guys fighting for one girl, though she never plays with their emotions. It’s Remi trying to move on from lost love, but then what happens when that guy comes back into your life. Big decisions, big drama, I love it!

3 stars

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Amanda Wylde is an award winning hybrid author of dozens of titles, writing under a pen name to publish stories that give her the freedom to write simply for the love of writing. Stand back and enjoy an author who’s possibly already one of your auto buys, push boundaries and step out of her comfort zone with stories she thought might not otherwise see the light of day.

Now for the big reveal!!! Amanda Wylde is the pen name for Elizabeth Reyes 😀 

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deep redemption

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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While Mae, Lilah, and Maddie’s stories were heartbreaking, Cain’s will devastate you in its own way. What might have gotten lost over the past books is that Cain grew up in the same religion as the girls. Though he grew up on the other side, kept pure, kept separate, the only person he could rely on for the longest time was his twin Judah.

Until all that went to hell. Betrayed by the person closest to him, dead in the eyes of the Hangmen, Cain is once again alone. From the moment he learned the truth about the commune, he defied it, judged their practices, and even tried to fight against it. Though in that time he has made many mistakes, which most people would feel are unforgivable.

Now even his own people will try to break Cain, but you can not break a man that’s already lost. The only hope he has now is the prisoner in the cell next to him. She might even be his only way to redemption.

This woman is quite a surprise, as in I did not see her coming at all. Though in a way she’s definitely perfect for Cain. With her on the line, Cain will need to find a way to stop his brother forever. Judah is completely loco, lost in his delirium, endangering everyone in the commune. The way things develop will break your heart.

I felt for Cain, a man who lost his way, his family, his friends. A man who is completely alone in the world. Though it took me a while to get there. He was a walking contradiction in the previous books. I wanted to believe he was a good man, but some of his actions or non-actions had me doubted. Though Tillie Cole gave me a new perspective on him, that slowly made me understand why he deserves redemption.

There are a lot of big revelations in Deep Redemption, and I love that we get to know all these people so much better. Though I can guess the characters would wish it would all end. While the Hades Hangmen are one percenters they do crave some peace and quiet after a while, though we’re not quite there yet!

4 stars

Hades Hangmen – Reading order and purchase links

It Ain't Me Babe  heart recaptured

It Ain’t Me, BabeMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Heart RecapturedAmazon US – Amazon UK

souls unfractured  deep redemption

Souls Unfractured: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Deep Redemption: Amazon USAmazon UK

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steadfast

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Steadfast was even better than Bittersweet, and if this series keeps improving with each book, let’s just say that October is too far away.

I have to admit that second chance romances are probably one of my favourite, include some major personal growth, a strong, sweet heroine, and a bit of mystery, and I’m sold.

I already loved Jude in Bittersweet, but now knowing his struggles, his thoughts, I like him even more. A young man who has come to terms with the mistakes he’s made in the past. Jude knows he’ll have to fight this addiction every day, but he won’t give up fighting. Though there is still that uncertainty, that feeling of being tainted that keeps him from getting close to people.

This definitely includes Sophie, the one good thing he had in his life. While Jude feels he no longer deserves her, Sophie thinks otherwise. Even after all these years the feelings between these two are maybe even stronger than ever. Though Sophie will have to fight for her love, not just with Jude, but with her family and the rest of the town.

When Sophie goes investigating, and discovers the truth about the accident that turned all of their lives upside down, that’s when things get really interesting.

Sarina Bowen has a way of writing stories and characters that feel real, imperfect, though non the less swoon-worthy. The flow of her tales will make you wish they were longer. You will not be able to put Steadfast down until you’ve flipped the last page. Jude and Sophie’s story is one partially of heartbreak, but mostly of how we should never give up hope, and keep fighting for the people we love.

4.5 stars

TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

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BittersweetAmazon US – Amazon UK

SteadfastAmazon USAmazon UK

Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)

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Introducing Toni Aleo‘s highly anticipated debut Paranormal Romance novel, PIECES. This radiant, powerful + magical love story takes you into a new world where anything is possible; where an underground society in NYC will make you question everything you thought you ever knew.

Dare to venture into… THE WORKS.

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In New York City, an underground society of supernatural beings exists, hidden among everyday humans. They don’t know of our activities or any of our secrets.

The districts of the Works are made up of vampires, wolves, shifters, witches, and I’m in the fifth and arguably most important district, the Patchwork. My father is the leader of our group, and he oversees all of the other factions. 

As his only daughter, that makes me the princess of it all. Cool, right? Actually…no. 
Sure, I live in a mansion and money isn’t an object, but that doesn’t matter because I can’t leave. I have a guard who follows me around 24/7. My father and three older brothers treat me like I’m a fragile piece of glass, never allowed to take an independent step or make any decisions on my own. 
It’s beyond frustrating—especially since my father essentially runs my life. 
He says what I do, when I do it, how I do it, and all that jazz. He tests his formulas and new techniques on me. I’m a walking science experiment. 
I hate it. 
I hate my life here. 

But then he comes along: Killian. 
He’s just some vampire…or so I thought. 

But you’ll have to read my story to find out what I mean. To know my secrets. 
Until then, though, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebekah von Stein. 
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. 

Welcome to the Works.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I heard Toni Aleo was going to write a paranormal romance, I was so excited! And God did I want to be able to give this book 5 stars, unfortunately I can’t, and I do feel bad about it. I really wanted to love it, though in the end I have to be honest.

I liked the world created in this book. The whole descendants of Frankenstein is definitely refreshing to me. Though I would love to have seen some more technical aspects of how this all works. What the formula for immortal live just is, and how exactly that whole cutting up bodies and putting them back together works.

As for the story, and characters, there was a lot of potential. My favourite moments were the interactions between Rebekah and her brothers. There is a very clear bond between them, even though most of the time they don’t agree.

Everyone is always all about protecting Rebekah, keeping her out of the loop, and definitely her father still treats her like a child. Now when you treat someone like a kid, it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy they will act immature. Her temper tantrums got tiresome after a while, I loved the parts more where she actually took action to make some changes in her life instead of just complaining about it.

The romance part also felt a bit lacking for me. The infatuation with Killian very much feels like a crush, though when we found out the truth about him I understood that better. Still I would have loved to see more of that connection between these two. But Pieces is only the beginning, there will hopefully in the future be much more of that.

All in all Pieces wasn’t a bad beginning, I’m just stuck with the feeling that it could have been more. A little less inner drama, and a bit more action. That’s what I look for in a paranormal romance. This story is different from all her other stories, and I applaud Toni Aleo for taking that chance. I’m going withhold judgement until I’ve read the second book. To be clear my standards for paranormal romance are pretty high.

3 stars

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bittersweet

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy…that’s hot! Two things you’ll want after finishing Bittersweet: some apple cider, and try outdoor shower sex.

Once again Sarina Bowen knocks it out of the park. With her unique blend of hot scenes, wicked humour, and intriguing characters, she draws you into her new True North series.

Farming has never looked sexier, and making slaughtering and cutting up a pig sound romantic, requires some (maybe slightly disturbed) skills.

Griff, our farmer, is nearly crumbling under responsibilities, the man doesn’t have time for the ladies. But when his college crush and hookup comes rolling in, a man makes time.

Audrey, college dropout, and overall screwup, except in the kitchen, never expected to Griff again. She’s here to do a job, but being distracted by said extremely sexy farmer doesn’t seem so bad.

You’ll easily fall for grumpy Griff, and bubbly Audrey. These two are a great match. I also loved all the secondary characters. Griff’s family is awesome.

There’s a little preview of the Steadfast at the end, and I’m already counting down the days ’till its release.

A new series by Sarina Bowen you’ll love from the first scene, and leave you with a big grin at the end.

4 stars

TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

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Bittersweet: Amazon USAmazon UK

SteadfastiBooks pre-order (July 16th)

Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)

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priceless

Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.

I just knew—deep in my marrow—that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.

People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.

Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity.
Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?

–Brandt Gamble

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I was so happy when I realised Brandt and Sarah were getting their own story. We watched them grow up in the background of the other stories, and I always loved the connection they shared.

Priceless starts off with some flashbacks of how they became friends, and how that relationship grew. There were two major revelations that took me quite by surprise, shocked even. Certainly Brandt’s took a while for me to process.

But on to happier times. Sarah wants to experience everything like a normal college student. Go on a date, kiss a guy, have sex etc., but she feels limited by her CP. When people look at her, they only see her chair, not the girl in it.

Everyone, or rather every guy, but Brandt. Best friends since they were thirteen, and pretty much in love with Sarah since fifteen. Though he would never tell. Sarah is too precious to him. He can’t risk hurting her, he needs her in his life.

So when she asks him to help her loose her virginity, everything goes haywire.

I truly loved that connection between Brandt and Sarah. I could totally understand why Brandt was so protective of it. Sarah is amazing. She’s not one to let her CP determine her life. It’s not because she can’t walk, she doesn’t want or need the same things as everyone else. No one understands her better than Brandt, and these two will make you swoon. It’s anything but an easy road, though the way these two come together is simply wonderful.

4 stars

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*All books can be read as a standalone, though it has interconnecting characters*

price of a kiss  to professor with love  be my hero  with every breath

Price Of A KissAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

To Professor, With LoveAmazon US – Amazon UK

Be My HeroMy review –  Amazon US – Amazon UK

With Every HeartbeatMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

  A perfect ten  worth it  girl's got secrets  priceless

A Perfect TenMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Worth ItMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

The Girl’s Got Secrets: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Priceless: Amazon USAmazon UK

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showmance

Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.

As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.

Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?

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The books I like the best are for me always the hardest to review. It’s often much easier to say what I don’t like about a book, then to be able to say all the things I did like. ‘Cause great books always leave me a bit speechless. With these stories that I love I just want to go “Here, read it. You’ll love it.”

That’s pretty much how I feel about Showmance. Honestly I put off reading the story for a while, ’cause I wanted to be able to give it my full attention. L.H. Cosway has a way of writing stories, and characters that always take me by surprise, which I love. She is able to create a feeling of magic in an otherwise normal world.

Rose and Damon, the dancer and the actor, the extrovert and the introvert, two opposite poles with an undeniable attraction. A story with a steady flow, a whole lot of drama (it’s theatre after all), a deep connection, and a satisfying feeling. After finishing there were two things I wanted to do: watch Moulin Rouge, and reread all of L.H. Cosway’s other books.

4 stars

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 From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today. 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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Avett

I blew out a breath and felt that bottom I had careened onto reach up to embrace me even tighter. “It is what it is. I’ve let both my folks down a lot over the last few years but getting caught up with a guy that would rob the bar, a guy who could threaten my dad’s people.” I shook my head. “I deserve to rot.”

I was being overly dramatic but that’s how I felt. I deserved to sit in jail and so much worse than that. Self-pity was good company down here at rock bottom and I wasn’t ready to let go of the warmth it provided just yet.

He gave me a look I couldn’t read and headed for the door. “I’ll call your parents for you and see if we can have something in place before tomorrow. Working on your case will be a lot easier for both of us if you aren’t incarcerated. Remember, you need to listen to me, Ms. Walker. That’s the first rule in all of this.”

Panic hit me like a truck. What if he called my dad and my dad told him he’d had enough of his problematic daughter and her endless nonsense? What if he couldn’t love me anymore? Jail I could survive; losing my father for good, well, it would be the end of me.

Without thinking I jumped to my feet, which had the chains on both my hands and my legs rattling loudly, and two uniformed officers hurried into the room. I was about to make maybe the worst decision to date but I couldn’t stop the words from sliding off my tongue.

“Don’t call my dad!” Recklessness, thy name was Avett Walker.

The attorney turned around and looked at me like I had grown a second head. He didn’t say anything as the officers moved to either side of me and told me to calm down.

“You can’t call my dad.” The words sounded as panicked and as desperate as I felt on the inside.

His broad shoulders lifted and fell in a shrug like he really couldn’t give a shit that he was about to ruin my life…which was saying a hell of a lot considering where I was.

“I have to.” He sounded bored and impatient with my outburst.

I narrowed my eyes at him, and that vortex of awful, which I always seemed to be smack dab in the center of, started to spin faster and faster around me.

“Then you’re fired.” I saw the cops exchange a look and my rushed words had the blond man turning fully back around to look at me. “I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.”

Finally, there was something other than indifference in his gaze. There was surprise, maybe a hint of admiration colliding with a huge splash of humor in the pale depths.

“Sorry, Ms. Walker, but you didn’t hire me, so that means you don’t get to fire me.” That grin of his, which should be registered as a deadly weapon, flashed across his face again as he watched me, and then he was gone.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Jay Crownover really has a knack for taking the most unlikely characters, and making you fall in love with them. We have slick, powerhouse lawyer Quaid, and misguided, life wrecker Avett. Two people who at first glance couldn’t be more opposite, though you know there is always more than meets the eye.

Avett is in the habit of making bad choices, though I have to admit she takes full responsibility for the consequences of her actions. It’s just a downwards spiral she can’t seem to get out off. Being arrested, and possible going to jail, might be the wake up call she needs. Though the temptation that is Quaid Jackson is hard to resist, and can probably be the worst mistake Avett makes.

Normally Quaid likes to keep a good distance between him and his clients. But little miss bubble gum pink hair wasn’t what he was expecting. Drawn to her in a way Quaid can’t seem to justify, he knows that getting close to her might not end well. Though he’s never been one to deny himself of things he want, quite the contrary.

As time passes by these two grow closer together, we get to know their deep, dark secrets and find out they are a lot alike. Quaid and Avett balance each other out. He loves her jump first attitude, and she likes the steadiness he brings to her life. Enter some major drama coming from the left, a little bit of danger, and their story takes you on an unexpected ride, which I loved every second of.

4 stars

SAINTS OF DENVER – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

Leveled (Saints of Denver #0.5) by Jay Crownover  Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Built (Saints of Denver #1) by Jay Crownover  charged_jay_crownover

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