Wednesday, 13 July 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters

TITLE: Pennies
SERIES: (Dollar, #1) 
AUTHOR: Pepper Winters
GENRE: Dark | Romance
CHAPTERS: 33
RELEASE DATE: July 20th 2016
“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfill and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.
He was rich.
Together…they were bankrupt.

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"Pepper Winters" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

MY RATING: 5 STARS

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PENNIES: This is Pimlico's and Elder's story.

Tasmin “At 18 I had pennies but money didn’t make me bold
At 19 I had dollars but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold
At 20 I had hundreds but then I met him and was found.
At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.” 


Elder “At 23 I had dollars but life changed and made me rich
At 25 I had hundreds but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch.
At 27 I had thousands but my reputation didn’t set me free.
At 29 I had millions but I met her and could finally see.”


Buckle your seat belts because this is going to be one turbulent ride!! How brave are you to jump on this ride?? 

This is a DARK ROMANCE and is definitely not one fairy tales are made up of, straight away your caught up in the harrowing dark, gritty story of a trafficked eighteen year old'Tasmin Blythe' knew what freedom was until the day she was abducted from a charity event.

His hands went around my throat and strangled me, he killed me on the balcony of the ballroom only metres away from my mother. He brought me back to life in a world I no longer recognised 

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Held in a cell until she was SOLD to the highest bidder, Alrik Åsbjörn.

Given a new name 'Pimlico', Tasmin died that day, refusing to utter one word from this day forward. 

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I was Pimlico the mute
The voiceless woman in white. 


Two years go by, no one hears her cries, her screams, her tears dripping down her face, her pleas to die. No one rescues her. 

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I'm not
I'm his trophy to be tarnished and dented
and then put back on a mantel to fade from
gold to dirty bronze before being shoved in
a box and forgotten about. 


Spoken in diary format in the words of Tasmin aka Pimlico, a heart breaking account of her time in her brutal captors hands, I shared my life with my imaginary pen friend, I couldn't write most confessions. it is not glossed over, it is raw, it is dark, it is a gut wrenching sob inducing read.

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I've become a master of sleeping while chained
breathing while bound
And living while beaten.
 


Then enters Elder Prest right into the wolves den, a beaten slave and a richly dressed thief, he's there on a business deal, a dark handsome mysterious stranger, is he friend or foe?? 
Will he help her or leave her to rot in the dungeon of hell she's found herself in??
Is she jumping from the fire into the frying pan?? 

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Forget everything you know about this author, she's taken us on the dark side before, but this is a wee bit darker to what you are used to by her. Even a torch won't help you see the light..

You need to go into this with an open mind, expect the unexpected, don't compare it to anything you have ever read previously before by Pepper Winters, think you've walked on the dark side before, think again..This will shake you to your core..

Each book needs to be read in order 
Book 1: Pennies
Book 2: Dollars
Book 3: Hundreds
Book 4: Thousands
Book 5: Millions

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*Teasers used are off the authors FB page*

Monday, 11 July 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Salvatore (Dark Mafia Romance, #1) by Natasha Knight

TITLE: Salvatore 
AUTHOR: Natasha Knight
GENRE: Dark | Mafia Romance 
CHAPTERS: 25 + Epilogues 
RELEASE DATE: July 18th 2016

Lucia

It all started with a contract signed by him, then by me, while our families watched. While my father sat silent, a man defeated, giving his daughter to the Benedetti monsters.

I obeyed. I played my part. I signed my name and gave away my life. I became their living, breathing trophy, a constant symbol of their power over us.

That was five years ago.

Then came the time for him to claim me. For Salvatore Benedetti to own me.

I had vowed vengeance. I had learned hate. And yet, nothing could have prepared me for the man who now ruled my life.

I expected a monster, one I would destroy. But nothing is ever black or white. No one is either good or evil. For all his darkness, I saw his light. For all his evil, I saw his good. As much as he made me hate him, a passion hotter than the fires of hell burned inside me.

I was his, and he was mine.

My very own monster.

Salvatore

I owned the DeMarco Mafia Princess. She belonged to me now. We had won, and they had lost. And what better way to teach a lesson than to take from them that which is most precious? Most beloved?

I was the boy who would be king. Next in line to rule the Benedetti Family. Lucia DeMarco was the spoils of war. Mine to do with as I pleased.

It was my duty to break her. To make her life a living hell. My soul was dark, I was hell bound. And there was no way out, not for either of us. Because the Benedetti family never lost, and in our wake, we left destruction. It’s how it had always been. How I believed it would always be.

Until Lucia.

Author’s Note: Salvatore and Lucia’s story is a steamy standalone romance with a happily-ever-after. No cliffhanger and no cheating. It is intended for mature readers.
 

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"Natasha Knight" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

MY RATING: 5 STARS 

SALVATORE: Salvatore and Lucia’s story is a steamy standalone romance with a happily-ever-after. No cliffhanger and no cheating. It is intended for mature readers. Spoken in 'dual perspectives' 

This kick starts us off in the 'Prologue' where we're first introduced to 'Salvatore' and the signing of the official contract binding sixteen year old 'Lucia Annalisa Demarco' the DeMarco Mafia Princess, making twenty-four year old Salvatore her new owner, she was the prized sacrifice of his families triumph over hers. She was his enemy and spoils of war, putting an end to these two rival families at war with each other. 

She was an innocent, her fate decided when she hadn't been more than a child. 

Straight after signing the contract she was then sent away to an all girls catholic school chosen by Salvatore's father. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic She'd been locked away most of her life
All of her adult life
I was the only man she'd known
a cruel trick of fate. 


Five years go past, now that she's turned twenty-one time is up for Lucia, Salvatore now twenty-nine is ready to lay claim to her and he's not going to hold back. 

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Only her name and face
her signature on a stupid
piece of paper. 


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I was still the enemy's son. I was her keeper, The man who'd signed a contract, claiming ownership of her. 

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I went into this book with slight trepidation I thought by the synopsis I would despise Salvatore but that is far from the truth, I pretty much fell in love with his character at chapter one. He's not the monster he's made out to be, there's a vulnerable, softer side to him, he's a product of his childhood, to lead his families empire, blood on his hands, death at his door but that isn't what truly defines this man. He will fight for what he believes in, honor those he loves, and kill to protect. 

For me this was no means dark as I've probably gone as dark as any reader can go, BUT it still kept me glued to my ipad, it had all the gritty mafia aspects I could ask for, I love how this author time and time again has that knack to draw me in with her words on paper every time I pick up a book of hers..

Now getting to why I loved this book, the feels, they zapped me good, the angst, the connection I had with the two main characters, the interaction between the two, I pretty much read this in one sitting, anything to do with the mafia and I can guarantee I'm there signing up for an arc..

Sunday, 10 July 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Drawn To You by Lily Summers

TITLE: Drawn To You 
AUTHOR: Lily Summers 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance 
CHAPTERS: 31
RELEASE DATE: July 12th 2016

After an earth-shattering tragedy, I left everything behind. School, family, friends -- what does any of it matter now?

No one knows my story. No one knows what happened. I'm barely holding on.

Then Ezra finds me. A tagger with a raw talent, he fills the city with his art, splashing color across Portland's grey skies. A ghostly woman in the depths of the ocean, a boy preyed upon by shadows -- everything he creates touches my soul. Authentic and raw, his work grounds me. Magnetic and brave, he heals me.

Ezra is everything I need; he's everything I don't deserve. 

But Ezra won't let me fade away.

Drawn To You is a heart-wrenching debut about love, art, and a passion that brings color to the darkness. It's about the lengths we go to remember and the love we can never forget.

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"Lily Summers" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

MY RATING: 5 STARS

~ An enjoyable refreshing, unique, slow burn romance, that had me within it's grasp as soon as I started it. ~ 

DRAWN TO YOU: This is this 'Lily Summers' first debut novel.

We're first introduced to twenty one year old art school drop out Mia, a wall flower, a girl who keeps to herself, with a tragic hidden past, working in a book store, her only friend is her flat mate Audrey. 

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Image and video hosting by TinyPicI came to Portland to disappear
to leave attachments and memories behind
Yet here I am, about to forge new ones and
do something that will make me become
visible again.


UNTIL one night after closing the store where she works as a book store clerk she sees a young man cloaked in a hoody tagging on a store front a paining depicting a spell binding ghostly woman in the depths of the ocean, something about the painting draws her in, calls to her.

The next day she serves a young good looking guy, and soon realizes that he is the tagger she saw that night. He fills the city with his art, splashing color across Portland's grey skies.

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whose art brushed your soul. 


He hands her an invite to a party, a warehouse party, in a different location week by week, always underground, never advertised, word of mouth only. 

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A kindred spirit, a man after her own heart, a lover of art and poetry but as broken as she is, can these two mend each other? 

If he were the moon, I'd be the tide, unable to resist his pull. 

Things slowly but beautifully progress between these two, he's the perfect person for her, he sees her, he understands her, she slowly becomes her own person with him by her side. She goes from that shy lonely girl that we're first introduced to in the beginning to an out spoken witty girl that lets people in. 

Sometimes the people you love and trust the most bring you the worst pain. 

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This isn't normally something I would tend to go for, the cover is so eye catching, then I read the synopsis and I was pretty much hooked from there on in. The authors witty writing style was refreshing, kept me focused on finishing this, I enjoyed the well developed characters. One thing that stood out was Mia's straight talking I despise a whiny female heroine so it was enjoyable connecting with her character.

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen #4) by Tillie Cole

TITLE: Deep Redemption 
SERIES: (Hades Hangmen, #4) 
AUTHOR: Tillie Cole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance 
CHAPTERS: 20
RELEASE DATE: July 12th 2016

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.

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

༺**Complimentary Copy**༺ Provided by the author
"Tillie Cole" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

MY RATING: 5 STARS

This book is up there with my most stalked, most anticipated, most fan girled, and most what the fuck am I getting myself into books!! Ekkkk 

This review is going to be as spoiler free as I can do it!! 

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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.


DEEP REDEMPTION: (Hades Hangmen #4) contains religious practices and experiences, it also contains graphic scenes of disturbing and taboo practices, sexual abuse and excessive violence. Woohoooo I am in my own sicko element!!

This kicks us off in the 'Prologue' (Cain 5 years ago) to'Present day' this also has multiple POV'S.

In the Prologue it shows us how he wormed his way into the club, to gain their trust, with the soul purpose of taking them down. 

And then to 'Present Day' this starts off right where the previous book dropped off at so there is no way you have to back peddle at all. Being held in a cell by his twin until he repents all his sins, beaten, given just enough food to survive by. 

"Repent!
Repent and declare your loyalty to your prophet!"
 


Jumping into this being honest I was filled with a lot of trepidation, we all hated what this man stood for, but this books delves further into his past than we were privy to in the previous books and that hate turns into love swiftly. Was he a product of his childhood hmmmm maybe.

Good VS Evil

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic I had been two men in my life
I was beginning to understand neither of them were real.
Rider pretended to be a hangman
But always stood on the outside looking in
Cain pretended he was a prophet
Outwardly faking strength
yet drowning in fear underneath.


One question remains above all else who is the real Rider aka Cain? 

Evil begets evil, Cain
Whatever sin blackens my soul lives in you too.
We are the same
Made the same
Born the same.
 


So many times throughout reading this my heart was racing, my mind was screaming, my fingers were racing to flick those pages on the ipad, my eyes were devouring/savouring every word. The anticipation of what's to come, one word racing through my mind is revenge. 

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


This story was heart-breakingly raw a few times there I shed a tear or two, got me in the feels big time. the man we all hated with a vengeance stole my heart and even at the end of the story it's still barely put back together. 

My heart
My soul
My deepest redemption.
 


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Stoned by Mandi Beck

TITLE: Stoned 
AUTHOR: Mandi Beck
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
CHAPTERS: 42
RELEASE DATE: July 13th 2016


“A rock star with no rhythm is a man with no soul.” – Stone Lockhart 

As the lead singer of one of the hottest bands to hit the rock scene, fucks are free, drugs come easy, and music is life. 
For as long as Stone can remember, Willow has been his music – the notes that weave his soul together. 
His rhythm. 
Until he threw her away. 
All he has left is a handful of pills and a few lines of powder to make him forget her.
And he tries, over and over. 

Clean and ready to make things right, he’s faced with the fact that Willow’s moved on. She’s not the same girl he cast aside. Willow’s a woman sure about her purpose in life. Sure about who she’s meant to love. 
Stone may be lost without his rhythm, but Willow has found so much more.


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MY RATING
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STONED: Starts off with the 'Prologue' with Stone spiraling out of control in a drug induced binge. This is spoken in'Dual Perspectives' (Willow & Stone).
This is very easy to get into, your thrown right into the gritty world of a renowned bad boy rock star, a revolving door of fast woman, to losing the the woman he loves, to the easy flow of drugs. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic We've been together for years
and in one night
I threw it all away 


Needles to say Stone is a drug addict that chases that high from pill popping, to snorting, to chasing it all down with a shot glass of expensive booze.


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Arriving home after an eight month stint touring, Stone's life spirals down a drug induced haze when he finds Willow not at home waiting for him, instead he arrives to an empty shell of a home without her. 

And just like that, my heart stops beating in rhythm. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I'm ready to not feel
I don't want to miss her
I don't want to remember
Just want to be numb.


Due to a near overdose and found unresponsive Stone is handed an intervention 
1: Jail time
OR 
2: Rehab 

Stone chose the lesser of the two evils and that was rehab. 


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I hurt her over and over and over, and she never stopped loving me until I destroyed her. That's the day her heart stopped beating in rhythm...for me. 

After his stint in rehab he chased down Willow and made it his mission to try to win back her heart. But will it be enough? Will she forgive him for all his shortcomings? Can they piece back the broken parts of themselves? 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I was a piece of shit boyfriend
when I was high.
And I did her dirty.
But that's all done and I
have a lot of making up
to do.


I'm the glue that puts all her pieces back together. All those beautiful pieces are mine to fix. 

I loved the realness to this story, the angst, the heartbreak, Stone seeking to redeem himself to his one, his muse, his soul mate Willow. I loved the feels, the simplicity of the story, how it jumped from past to present flawlessly. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMy emotions are a chaotic riot
I love him
I hate him
I want to hold him
I want to hit him
I want so much.
But I don't know what to do with any of it.
 - Willow

My heart doesn't beat in rhythm when you're not around.
You gotta know I need you, to be me."
 



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