Tuesday, 28 March 2017

⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ Animal by Marni Mann

 Animal by Marni Mann

TITLE: Animal 
AUTHOR: Marni Mann
GENRE: Sick | Contemporary
RELEASE DATE: March 23rd, 2017
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I captured the guilty. 

Locked them inside our prison. 

Tortured their bodies and abused their minds.

I had murdered hundreds. 

Never recognized one.

Until her face.

Until that scream.

I was hired to take her life.

But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.

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This review is going to come across as though I need to be shoved in a straight jacket and sent to Animals prison to be dealt with because my mind literally can not process the shit that I just read!! 

So this was by no means dark for me, gritty yes, but not dark but that's only because I have read some f#cked up, vomit in your mouth dark shit, but the twists and turns were enough to put this as a 5 star read for me and I'm even throwing it onto my favorite reads for this year!! One because it was unique, two I never knew what was coming at me, three because the shit that went down in this book was sick, twisted, run for the hills now kind of read..

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Reading this in the beginning of the book and thinking Animal is one sick motherfucker, he collects the tears and screams of his victims I was like Hell Yes!! And thinking there is no way I am going to connect with this guys character, but wait for it, I actually did!! 

Sorry if this review is all over the place it's just where my head is at the moment after finishing this..I think I might need to guzzle a bottle of wine to make my thoughts maybe make sense..

I'd love to see this authors computer and take a sneak peek at her google searches!! When writing this book some hardcore shit must be on her search engines lol

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Then I hit the ending and I'm silently screaming inside my head please bring us more!! Because she can't just leave it at that surely!! GAH!! 

How am I going to go from this book to a normal book (god that just makes me laugh) a normal book where there is no rat eating flesh, the taker of screams, the torture chambers..Oh my!!

* Teasers used are off the authors facebook page *

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⊱✿⊰ SABRINA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Cole (Bachelors of the Ridge #3) by Karla Sorensen

Cole (Bachelors of the Ridge #3) by Karla Sorensen

TITLE: Cole (Bachelors of the Ridge #3)
AUTHOR: Karla Sorensen
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 22nd 2017
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Cole Mallinson has never been able to move on.

It’s been two thousand, three hundred and sixty-two days since he’s seen his ex-wife, Julia. He’s never stopped loving her, never stopped wishing she’d come back. Everyone thinks he’s lost his mind for never moving on, but they couldn’t understand. It was never a choice.

Seven years ago, Julia Mallinson left Denver, and even though it’s the last place she wants to be, she’s back. The years of infertility that she and Cole endured during their marriage wore her down past the point of breaking. And when she left, she didn’t look back, couldn’t look back, for the sake of her sanity, her heart.

Between an accidental run-in at the grocery store and a meddling pregnant sister, Julia is forced to face the man she walked away from. The man who still, after all these years, has never moved on. Though neither has she.

And in the end, she’s left wondering if the past is ever left in the past.

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5 Amazingly Emotional Stars 

Cole is the 3rd book in this series and can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I've read by this author and I can't wait to read the rest of the series and see what adventure they will take me on.

This is one of my favourite kind of books. This is a second chance story that takes us on the journey of Cole & Julia and their life together.

We are first introduced to a very broken man. He is so intense in his heart break for Julia and the trouble they have been through conceiving that led to their divorce. Your heart can't help but ache for both them.

"But the years of silence had taught me one thing; that even if I never saw her again, not a single glimpse, I'd love Julia with a wasted heart for the rest of my life."

I love how beautiful and emotional this story was. Following Cole and Julia in finding love in each other again, seeing how devoted & faithful they were touched my heart. It was great to see how they worked through their problems in such a mature way. I think this story will relate to a lot of us. Both in a sense of overcoming issues within a marriage and also dealing with infertility.

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"I will never run from you again, Cole. Never. Every single day, I will choose you, choose us, no matter how scary it might be, because I'd rather be side by side with you fighting against those fears than be alone."

We are given duel POV through out the story that helps to gain such an emotional connection to both Cole and Julia. As well as the secondary characters that are fantastic and funny!

If you are in the mood for a heart-felt romance that will keep you hooked this is the one for you.

"You're my soul, Julia. My Wife. You'll never not be a part of me."

Thank you for the opportunity to review this book I can't wait to read more from this author.

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Monday, 27 March 2017

⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ Empathy (Empathy #1) by Ker Dukey

Empathy (Empathy #1) by Ker Dukey 

TITLE: Empathy
SERIES: (Empathy #1)
GENRE: Dark | Romance
AUTHOR: Ker Dukey 
RELEASE DATE: April 27th, 2014
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I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY. 

They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life. 

I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface. 

I was a daughter 
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love? 
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.

Warning: This book will mess with your mind. It is a very dark, sexy, twisted romance novel. 18+ only.

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4.5 Cereus Stars

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They say some people are born with decreased activity in the brain; a cold spot in the front central lobe. Where most people have activity, a hot area giving them feelings, emotions and enabling them to love, there are a rare few who have a cold spot, affecting their ability to feel emotions, empathy.

Blake is positive he is born with a dark space in his brain where his meant to hold his emotions. There is only one person he cares about and that's his younger brother Ryan.

Melody is called home from college for a 'family' meeting only to find everyones worst nightmare.
Venturing further into the house, the blood from my palm trickles, leaking down my fingers leaving a dripping path like the breadcrumbs trail from Hansel and Gretel, only this trial leads further into a nightmare, fitting that it be blood.

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What she doesn't know is who is behind the horrific mess or that she already knows them.

From the start of the book you can tell Ryan is a VERY dark person, granted he has reasons to have issues but it goes far beyond that. So it was interesting that through the book you see Ryan become more depraved and psychotic as the story progresses. The opposite happens with Blake who goes from evil callous killer to someone who actually cares. Melody is slowly breaking through his 'dark' but he has no idea how to cope with all these new feelings.

All the while poor Melody is trying to just live and come to terms with the fact she didn't die and find a way to move forward.

So within this story filled with horrific acts and very morbid thoughts, there is three separate journeys going on which made it so much better. One thing for sure was the heat between Blake and Melody is undeniable and some of their scenes are super hot.

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This is a 'dark' read with both graphic violence and mentally disturbed people, so if you're thinking of reading it don't say I didn't warn you.

What a fantastically twisted ending that kind of slaps you in the face and left me thinking 'wow, didn't see that coming'. It is not a cliffhanger but leaves you intrigued enough to want to read more.
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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey

Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey
TITLE: Breaking Gravity
SERIES: (Fall Back #2) 
AUTHOR: Autumn Grey
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2017
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I've always followed my dreams with ruthless determination.
My life was going well. Success was at my fingertips.
Until it wasn't.
All it took was three seconds to send my world crashing down around me, 
ripping my dreams to shreds.
Then I meet her, with her large hazel eyes that slay me at first glance.
And everything starts to make sense again.
I try to keep my distance.
To remind myself I am her mentor.
That we can't be more, 
but every time I push away, I'm pulled deeper into her.
The line between student and teacher is blurring. 
One kiss. 
One taste. 
They’re all it would take to cross the line.

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The line between student and teacher is blurring.
One kiss..One taste..They’re all it would take to cross that line. 

Will these two succumb to temptation? 

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She wants it...I want it...Two adults...One goal...A goal that could get her expelled and me fired...

BREAKING GRAVITY: In the ’Prologue’ we’re witness to a devastating event which left Nathaniel Rowe traumatised and crippled by guilt that he couldn’t do more. It took less than three seconds in total for his world to come crumbling down around him. A promise he couldn’t keep. 

Now he’s a shell of a man he used to be, unable to play the cello again, months of therapy and in constant pain.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Months and days filled with pain, struggle and eventually acceptance. I’d spent years chasing my dream and finally, when I was living it, one single event destroyed everything, changing the entire course of my life. 

SIX MONTHS LATER: He’s left Chicago and is trying to make a new start in life in Florida teaching at Rushmore School of Music. 

Elon Blake has had a secret crush on Nathaniel Rowe (9 years her senior) for as far back as she can remember, from following his career with the Chicago Symphony up to his retirement three years ago from an injury, has had her striving to be as good as him. Until he just up and vanished off the face of the earth. To finding out he was going to be her Associate Professor teaching music theory at Rushmore school of music in the class she attends has her struggling to keep her feelings under wraps. 

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic The man in front of me looks like an avenging angel, sent to earth to punish sinners. 

Whenever these two are in proximity of each other there is a magnetic pull that claws at their very existence. Both struggle to fight their ever growing attraction. 

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Gods what to say about Nate, his character just oozes sex appeal off the pages, he's a sizzling hot alpha male, if I had a teacher that looked like him, spoke like him, damn the consequences I'd be gunning for his ass!! 

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Thank you for finally giving me epic!! I haven't read epic for months! I was slowly thinking epic didn't exist until you proved me wrong with this book!! Epically unputdownable!! I could sit here ranting and raving how much I loved this book, but the fact that it's sitting on my favourites shelf of 2017 speaks for itself. I highly recommend this series, you won't be disappointed!! 

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It's been some time since I've read a book that took so little effort by the author to captivate me, but Breaking Gravity did just that. This author had me eating out of the palm of her hand, I've only read a few teacher/student novels and this surpassed all my expectations, I lived it, breathed it, inhaled it, loved it. 

If you think you're going to encounter a fan girl in Elon crushing on her all time crush think again, she's sassy, sexy, saucy and has such a wicked sense of humour many a time I was gigging away as though I'd had a breath of laughing gas.
This author fast became one of my all time favorites after I read and fell in love with her characters in 'Fall Back Skyward' all her characters come alive, and each and everyone of them steals a little piece of your heart once you close that last page. 

Even though this is part of a series it can be read as a complete standalone but I highly recommend that you read ‘Fall Back Skyward’ 

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

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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Ghostface Killer by M. Never

Ghostface Killer by M. Never
TITLE: Ghostface Killer
AUTHOR: M. Never
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2017
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Once, I was nothing. 
Hungry, abandoned, wandering, and alone. An adolescent street rat fighting for crumbs. 
Then a chance encounter changed my entire world. 
A man in an expensive suit asked me how much my life was worth. 
I didn't have an answer, because I didn't know. 
He asked if I thought it was worth killing for.
Impulsively, I said yes... 

He found me, then fostered me, and in the interim turned me into a killing machine. A modern day La Femme Nikita. 

Now, I only have one mission. To avenge the death of the man who saved me. 

There's an invisible war on the streets. Us against them. Family against family. Power against power. 

They call me Ghostface Killer because they never see me coming.

I understand the weight of that danger. 
The hazard. 
The jeopardy. 

Because now here I stand, three months pregnant with the barrel of a gun pressed to my head cause I never saw him coming...
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GHOSTFACE KILLER: I blame it all on the cover, one look and I wanted to read this, I didn’t look at the synopsis or who the author was, a request later and I had this in my grabby little hands. This is also a first time read for me by this author, but after finishing this book it definitely won't be my last read by this author. 

They say ignorance is bliss, I was certainly ignorant when I started this, the author didn’t slowly entice me in the dark, no she stood behind me and pushed me into pure darkness. The beginning of this lulled me into a false sense of security, then I could feel the anticipation building until I couldn’t believe what I was reading, no warning whatsoever, no clue as to what was going to come at me full throttle.

In the ’Prologue’ is where it all begins. We’re introduced to a 14 year old Stevie a street urchin who has no qualms pickpocketing to fill her empty stomach. Until she pickpockets from the wrong man and things take a turn for the worst. 

Handed over to a law abiding man she’s thrown into the back of a cop car with the threat of juvie staring her in the face for grand larceny in the third degree. The man in the driver's seat is a devil with a badge and a free pass to terrorise the city. I’m his latest victim. 

Making a deal with the devil would’ve been easier when she agrees to let him have his way with her if he turns a blind eye and releases her, her only ticket to freedom, or so she thought, what happens next was not part of the deal. He raped me all night. In every which way. 

He said he liked to break slutty little bitches like me. And he did just that. He broke me. 

Then her fate is sealed when he takes her back to the precinct and throws her in a cell. To await her fate in the hands of the system.

Then the man that handed her over to the cop came back to her with a proposition, is she jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire? Would she have been better off doing her time at Juvie? 

How much is your life worth? 

To say I was hooked is an utter understatement, I’m a glutton for punishment, it’s not the darkest I’ve read but it offers that surprise factor where you just never know what this author is going to throw at you next. Nothing is glossed over, it’s all right there in front of your face in full detail. Twists and turns keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat, as you fall harder and harder in love with this book.

Slowly once under Benny’s wing where he offers a roof over her head he then trained her to be a ruthless killer, she became his ghost, sent out on jobs to kill, his secret weapon, his killing machine.

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Born into nothing, ignored, neglected, harassed, raped, beaten, and then turned into a killer. 

Her nickname on the streets is Ghostface Killer because they don’t know who she is, who sent her. She has the perfect element of surprise, no one suspects a female. A contract killer. 

Until she meets twenty-eight year old Baz everything is put on the line..This man is the undoing of her. This is where it all starts to unravel. Get ready for one hell of a roller coaster ride!! This author pulls out all the stops!! 

This book put me through all the paces, I felt like an adrenaline junkie reading chapter by chapter just to get my fix, seconds, minutes, hours spent with my nose in this book made the outside world cease to exist. This book just ticked all my boxes, i love books like this, nail biting, swoon worthy, high octane adrenaline, biting edge anticipation.

I highly highly recommend this!! One click come release day, you won't regret it!!

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