Monday, 28 November 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Wordless by Alyne Roberts

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TITLE: Wordless
AUTHOR: Alyne Roberts
CHAPTERS: 36
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 30th, 2016
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Shiloh is a secret. Locked away behind thick walls and armed guards. She is the only weakness of her dangerous and powerful father. She dreamed of the day she can escape and live a normal life. 
Whispered promises lead her to a different dangerous and powerful man. Shiloh believes Pierce can give her freedom, as long as he never learns who she really is. Shiloh trades being one man’s secret to become another man's pawn. 
What will Shiloh sacrifice to be free? Her family? Her voice?
Can she take a life for a chance to live the life she aways longed for?

Inspired by Han Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid (NOT the Disney version), taking place in the modern and human world.

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WORDLESS: This is a stand alone story told through Shiloh and Pierce's alternate POV'S

Being that this book is loosely inspired by Han Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid (NOT the Disney version), taking place in the modern and human world I did start to question my sanity, but when I've not seen or read 'The little Mermaid' (shocking I know) I'm probably having a different reading experience than others. I think this author could write Peter Pan and I'd read it!!

By no means is this story a fairy tale all wrapped up in a big pretty bow so don't be fooled into thinking that, that's what you'll be getting, it's slightly dark, gritty enough to keep you interested, and has hope rushing through your veins craving that it ends in a HEA like all all fairy tales do.

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Once Upon A Time: Shiloh Blackard, and her siblings have been hidden from the public eye for many many years, no one knows that they even exist, confined within the walls of their home invisible to the outside world, by a father who will go to any lengths to protect them. Each daughter is released on their 21st birthday to experience freedom for one night, and one night only. The next morning when they return that freedom is taken off them until they are to be married off one by one to their father's most trusted men on the estate. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Every man has his secrets. Especially the most powerful and dangerous of them. My father is one of them, and I am one of his secrets. 

All Shiloh wants is her freedom, but at what price will that cost her? 

When Shiloh's 21st finally comes around and she's free for the first time ever, she never expected to help a man escape with his life, with the words uttered from his lips that he will give her anything she wants. 

Pierce Gallo, they dub him the Prince of the East Coast, a dangerous, powerful man like her father.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The Gallos and the Blackards do not get along. They are air and water. East and West. Fire and Ice. 

At what price did her one night of freedom cost her? Lured by a handsome powerful stranger to save him from men sent to kill him. 

What's more important her freedom or her silence?

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Like a beautiful butterfly all Shiloh has ever dreamed about is being free.

This book took me by surprise, I wasn't really expecting to like it if I'm being honest, when asked ohhhhh what are you reading and explaining something loosely connected to the little Mermaid even they questioned wtf was I jabbering on about, pretty sure they had the therapy number all written out for me. This just ticked all my boxes of why this author is fast becoming a fan of mine. I didn't even look at the cover, read the synopsis but one look at who the author was and I was signing my ass up for this and I am so glad I took that leap of faith. 

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Heat Wave by Karina Halle

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TITLE: Heat Wave 
AUTHOR: Karina Halle
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 19
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: November 15th, 2016
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They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have.
~~~

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica "Ronnie" Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:
Logan Shephard.
It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.
What does matter is that he’s a grump.
Kind of an asshole, too.
And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.


But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

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HEAT WAVE: This is a complete standalone and is not connected to any previous books. 

PAST | PROLOGUE: Twenty-two year old Veronica Locke aka Ronnie gathered the courage to chat to an older guy later introduced as Logan Shephard who was on the outskirts of a fundraiser she was made to attend which was held by her mother, the deputy mayor of Chicago, after chatting for a while and on the verge of leaving together, she thought she had him in the bag, until she walked in and all focus went off her and was on the newcomer, her sister, as she knew it would be, even though she saw him first.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic “My sister, the girl that could never do wrong, the girl who never made mistakes, the girl I spent my entire life living in the shadow of, trying to become someone half as good as her." 

SEVEN YEARS LATER: Now she's heading on her way to Hawaii on a job prospect as a cook at the Moonwater Inn run by Logan Shephard, she hasn't seen him since they attended a funeral of a loved one. 

We're lulled into the tranquil island life that makes up Hawaii as Ronnie immerses herself into her new job, making new acquaintances but the only downfall is Logan Shephard the hot broody Australian these two are always at loggerheads.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic He's breaking down my barriers and bringing me somewhere completely new. Somewhere that still scares me. Somewhere I need to be. 

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In our flaws, outside and in, we see each other and understand each other. 

This author is unbelievably talented, I feel like I've been catapulted to Hawaii, I'm seeing everything for the first time just like Ronnie as she sets foot on the island, the smell of the ocean, the chickens, the Hawaiian lingo, the surf crashing on the shore, the backdrop of the mountain, it makes me want to jump on a plane and go there.

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This is so uniquely different to any other book this author has previously written, so easy to get into, I can't even honestly compare this to any of the books I've ever read. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic "Have you ever met someone and you knew that, without a doubt, he was supposed to be with you?" 

They say when life closes one door, another one opens.
This door happens to lead to paradise.
And a man I can never, ever have. 


This isn't a second chance romance but it's a second chance to get it right, a second chance to be with the one he should've been with right from the start. These two have a tumultuous relationship at the best of times, and it took them a while to get to where the story was leading us but it was all well worth it in the end, it just took seven years in the making. 

His love is intoxicating, banishing the dark clouds I have threatening my heart. 
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore

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TITLE: Collecting the Pieces
AUTHOR: L.A. Fiore
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 23 | Epilogue
GENRE: COMTEMPORARY ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: November 17th, 2016
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At fifteen I fell in love. His name was Jake Stephens and he took the abandoned, lonely girl I had been and made me whole. His love was a pure and unconditional love that made every day better than the last…a fairy tale of my very own.

But this story isn’t about Jake. It’s about Abel Madden; the man I meet after the fairy tale goes to hell. A cocky, arrogant man who says what he wants, does as he pleases, and makes no excuses for it. He irritates me—downright pisses me off at times—but he also brings me back to life.

My name is Sidney Ellis and this is my story of finding love twice—the first when I needed it most and the second when I never saw it coming.


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COLLECTING THE PIECES: This story is told in 'Dual Perspectives' once you reach chapter 9 it switches over to Abel Madden's Perspective. We're first introduced to 'Sidney Ellis' in the 'Prologue' an infant with no name abandoned on the steps of a hospital, who was known as baby number 3 until a nurse named her Sidney, in the system ever since, until she turned ten years old and was placed within a foster family, more interested in the cheque but a budding friendship ensued between their other ward Conner. 

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PAST 

At fifteen I fell in love. His name was Jake Stephens and he took the abandoned, lonely girl I had been and made me whole. His love was a pure and unconditional love that made every day better than the last…a fairy tale of my very own. 

The girl from the wrong side of the tracks, her first day of Freshman year has caught the eye of Jake, the schools hotshot captain and quarterback of the football team who was also reigned homecoming king. He's got her in his sights and he's not letting go. He pursues her relentlessly, claims her as his, makes her finally feel loved, accepted into a society that had given up on her. 

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Getting lulled into a false sense of security as you're pulled along on this whirlwind of love with these two an unforeseen circumstance sees her very own fairy tale come crashing down around her, surrounding her in darkness. Years go by and she's still shrouded within the darkness not able to move on, still clinging to that first undeniable all consuming love.

NOW 

After her very own fairy tale ends, she packs up with her best friend and moves states starting over in a new town as the newly appointed vet, leaving the past behind her, she's not fully ready to move on but there's something about Abel Madden that intrigues her and gets her blood flowing alive again an arrogant, cocky beautiful bastard. 

KINDRED SPIRITS/OPPOSITES IN EVERY WAY

Image and video hosting by TinyPic "Have you ever been tested for multiple personalities?” 
His expression in response was priceless. 
He thought I was a nut. 
"Multiple personalities?” 
"Yeah, I’ve met Cocky, Flirty and Angry. You have at least three, but I’m guessing there are more in there.” 

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic I feel you. You're inside me, in my blood and bones. Never fucking felt anything like it. I need you, crave you. ~ Abel

WOW Just wow!! No other word describes how much I LOVED this book, unique, heartwarming, the fuzzie feels on a cold winters night, highly recommend this. It's been sometime since I've read a book that took so little effort by the author to captivate me and Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore did just that. I really need to read more by this talented author. 

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Monday, 31 October 2016

⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Dirty (RAW Family, #2) by Belle Aurora

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TITLE: Dirty 
SERIES: (RAW Family, #2) 
AUTHOR: Belle Aurora 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance.
CHAPTERS: 
RELEASE DATE: 31st October, 2016
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My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

He saved me.
I screwed him over.

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

The question was, who would get to me first?
 
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IT'S DIRTY, IT'S RAW, IT'S HIGHLY ADDICTIVE 

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DIRTY: The highly anticipated sequel to Raw it is vital that you read before jumping onto this to understand the full dynamics of the characters. Told in multiple POV'S Twitch, Alejandra, Julius & Ling. You'll all be pleased that Twitch is back with a vengeance and all those feels RAW threw at you all come full circle in this book. 

This is Julius and Alejandra's story. If you can't remember who Julius was, he was Twitches best friend, these two were like brothers, they would always have each others backs, no matter what. 

At the age of eighteen we're introduced to Alejandro, a young privileged girl who knows her place within the family and what sacrifices are required of her, her father has just dropped a bombshell on her that she is to marry Dino, the son of Vito Gambino.. 

The Castillos and the Gambinos will will then be reunited through marriage. Which will ultimately make them a very powerful family, by making Alejandro a mob princess married to a mob prince and heir, who will then become ka king of the domain when his father passes. 

FAST FORWARD SIX YEARS: To the outside world twenty-four year old Alejandro lives the life of a much loved privileged wife to Dino, but behind closed doors tells another story. Brutalized, raped, beaten, victimised, an unbearable life that she must endure.

Reading about what life entailed being married to Dino may be a hard limit for some, it makes for unbearable reading, it's not pretty, it's distressing , dark and disturbing but it just makes the story more believable. 

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic “My marriage consisted of three emotions. Happiness, anger, and sadness. Happiness when we first married, anger when I realized Dino wasn’t the prince I thought he was, and sadness when I finally understood that nobody was coming to save me." 

Until she makes her escape, which places her in one clusterfuck of shit that will end in her being hunted down and brought back to the family to die for her sins, her deceit, the death of an innocent man are all on her hands. 

This is where Julius and Ling come into the story, they are bringing her back. This is where Alejandro strives to prove to Julius that her life is worthy of being saved, but in order to do that puts a hit on his head. 

An undeniable attraction ensues.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic "It's not often I see the man behind the mask. But I know he's there. I feel him lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to come out and play." 

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