Friday, 30 June 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ DARKNESS MATTERS ♕ by Jay McLean

DARKNESS MATTERS ♕ by Jay McLean
TITLE: Darkness Matters
AUTHOR: Jay McLean
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: June 28th, 2017

It’s the same old story, really. 
Good versus evil. 
Heroes versus villains. 
Light versus dark. 
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse. 
A shut-in. 
An introvert.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.
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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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DARKNESS MATTERS is a new standalone novel by Jay Mclean. In this we meet Noah & Andromeda’s story and is spoken in triple perspectives. 

Andromeda (Galaxy) also known as Messier 31
Andromeda (Mythology) also known as The Woman Changed.


Andie had her whole life mapped out, where she wanted to go, what she wanted to be, until a gorgeous older boy moved in next door to her Grandparents house and she got so wrapped up in the lies and deception he wrapped her in, in an instant her life came tumbling down around her in a abrupt moment of stunning clarity. 

➼ “I’m a girl with an infinite amount of regrets. A girl who used to believe in chance and in fate but doesn’t anymore. I'm a girl who sees the world in black and white and different shades of grays, but never in colour.” 

Noah blames himself for one night that he'd wished with all his heart he'd answered his phone, one night that threw him into a cloak of darkness with his best friend Bradley always by his side he struggles to find some normalcy in the destruction left behind from that one fateful night that changed his life forever. 

➼ “I wasn't afraid of the dark. I was afraid of what happened when the light switched on.”

Noah has just moved into an apartment just off campus, adjoining his apartment is Miles a porn star who is barely at home and the other tenants are twin sisters Andromeda aka Andie and Milky. 

Noah knows what everyone thinks of him, he’s seen as a recluse, a shut-in, an introvert but what they don’t know is that Noah may be drop dead gorgeous but he’s also very shy, it takes him a lot to strike up a conversation, Andie seems to be the only one that sees beyond his walls, he's never tongue tied or shy around her, around her he becomes himself. 


Twenty-one year old Andromeda has just recently moved in with her twin sister Milky and presently stocks shelves at the local supermarket as found by the programme she attends whilst doing accountancy night classes. 

I was super excited to one click this book Jay McLean is one of those authors that know exactly how to zap you with the feels and she did exactly that with this book, reading Noah's story had me spiralling down an emotional rollercoaster and I will admit I even shed a tear or two. 

❀ MY THOUGHTS: ❀ 
This is going to be one jumbled up mess, so I've just finished this, a crazy ride of epic confusion, like an unfinished puzzle piece where pieces are missing from the finished product. No where did this mention that it was BOOK#1 within a series, because it does feel like another book needs to come after this to tie up all those loose ends, or even an epilogue would've worked. So like many other readers before me, I'm also left in limbo hoping that there is another to come after this. This kind of left me deflated because of the unknown. 



Thursday, 29 June 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ AMNESIA ♕ (Amnesia #1) by Cambria Hebert

AMNESIA (Amnesia #1) by Cambria Hebert 
TITLE: AMNESIA
SERIES: (Amnesia #1)
AUTHOR: Cambria Hebert 
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: June 10th, 2017
I washed ashore in a little lake town. 
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him. 
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge. 
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave. 
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.
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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. 

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God I don't know what to make of this one, do I give it 5 stars or 4 stars, I finished it so I must've liked it right? BUT just like the heroine so many unanswered questions, and I too feel like I have Amnesia, this book is shrouded in so much mystery, who is she? We still don't know..Fuck it 5 stars it is, only because I really really need the next book!! Sucky Sucky authors who make us wait!! GAH!!

‘AMNESIA:’ is the first book in Cambria Hebert’s (Amnesia #1) series, and was my first time read by this author. 

During one of Edwards nightly walks along the shoreline of Lake Lochlain he stumbles across a woman floating in the shallow waters drifting ashore. Upon reaching her he gives her CPR due to her shallow breaths. Looking at the woman closely you get the feeling that he knows her.

A nameless woman wakes up in the hospital, no recollection of her past, her name, nothing, no identification, a blank slate, all she knows is what the Doctors have told her.

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She was brought in by a local resident nearly three months ago and is suffering various cuts and bruises to her body some due to her ordeal but others leave a question mark. 

➽ You have some scarring on your body. On your back and legs, some on your chest. The kind of scars that are consistent with regular abuse. You were also malnourished and dehydrated.

It seems like she is suffering from fugue amnesia where a patient’s memory may come back piece by piece or all at once. 

After the night in question Edward has visited the hospital every single night. Something keeps drawing him to her, is she his lost childhood friend? Is she Sadie? One minute he thinks yes it is her, the next minute he's positive it's not. A race to uncover her memories. 

Mystery cloaks the island set off shore, the old widow who lives there in a little old shack, no one is ever invited over there and she only comes to shore for supplies once every blue moon to stock up. 

MY THOUGHTS: 
This kept me on my toes throughout like Amnesia trying to put her memory back together, flash back by flash back we’re still trying to figure out who she really is. 
Is she Sadie the young girl that went missing all those years ago, or is she someone else? You go into this book with curiosity you come out of it with many unanswered questions. 
Such a tangled web of the unknown, needing, wanting, seeking answers that will hopefully be uncovered in the next book in the series. 
So it kind of ends on a cliffhanger, with her identity still cloaked in mystery the only ones who know who she really is are not speaking. What horrors occurred on the island?

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ (ARC) ♕ DIRTY, A Damaged Romance Duet #1 by Michelle Horst

DIRTY, A Damaged Romance Duet #1 by Michelle Horst
TITLE: DIRTY
SERIES: A Damaged Romance Duet #1
AUTHOR: Michelle Horst
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: June 28th, 2017

Degraded. Ravaged. Dirty 

I fuck. It’s all I’m good for.
People pay thousands just to have a taste of me.
I have to obey for the sake of my brother. As long as I’m the perfect slave, David remains safe.

A life of depravity and cruelty is all I’ve ever known … until her. 

I might be damaged, but I’m not destroyed. I crave revenge for what was done to me. I have a need to kill, to feel their lifeless blood dripping from my fingers. 

But I also crave her. She makes me feel. She makes me want. I just have to make her see me. The man. The fighter. 

Freedom. No one is ever truly free. She doesn’t want to enslave me, but damn, I’ll willingly be a slave to her heart. 

When my past threatens to take her from me, revenge and wrath burn hot through me. 

She’s not just worth living for. She’s worth killing for. 

** A Stand Alone Romance. Not recommended if you don't enjoy dark romance with sensitive scenes. +18 Only ** 

AUTHORS NOTE: 
Saved By Her has been unpublished, rewritten with additional scenes, rebranded and re-edited - Republished as Dirty.
Michelle Horst is a Bestselling Romance Author who likes her books hot, dirty, and with a touch of darkness. She loves an alpha hero who is not scared to fight for his woman. Want to be up to date with what’s happening in Michelle’s world? 
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‘DIRTY:’ is the first book in Michelle Horst’s (Damaged Romance) series and is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ This is Jack and Rivers story.

In the ‘Prologue’ we’re introduced to an eight year old Jack, nearing death his mother makes him promise to look after David his brother before she’s thrown into the flames of death that he bears witness to. 

➼ My eyes burn from the fire
My hand burns from the fire
My heart burns because I know that I won’t see Momma’s smile again. 


This day onwards his life will never be the same again, thrown into slavery by his father.

Twenty-Seven Years Old: If Jack cooperates he's allowed a wee bit more freedom than the other slaves which allows him to enjoy the gardens and the greenhouse where his green thumbs and passion can seek the solitary he craves surrounded by nature. But his constant thought is his brother David and the promise he made to his mother. 

Beaten. Raped. Degraded 

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One woman’s mission on a righteous path to correct the sins of her father a man who kept slaves and sold River’s mother when she was aged thirteen. When River's father was alive she was surrounded by slaves being raped, beaten and killed, a life very much lived similar to the slaves she saves. When her father passed she sold up everything of value and created a safe haven for saved slaves called 'The Sanctuary' it's up to the slaves weither they stay there or find their own way in life but many stay. 

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On one of these missions her and her business partner come across Sophia and Jack. She spends millions setting them free and buying their freedom. The day arrives to seal the deal of taking Sophia and Jack home to 'The Sanctuary' both are beaten and bloody, barely alive, both in and out of consciousness. 

Both slowly heal but it's Jack that River finds the hardest getting through to, his nightmares, his demeanor, his lack of showing compassion to other saved slaves.

Slowly River breaks down all his walls and something beautiful unfolds. Both maybe broken but together they are whole. 

➼ The second we came together, our pasts vanished and there was only us. 

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♛ MY THOUGHTS: ♛ 
This isn’t about puppy dogs and unicorns farting glitter over the world, this book isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s raw, it’s gritty, it’s disturbingly good. This author goes that extra mile when it comes to giving us a unique, dark, gritty believable read. She knows how far to push her readers and pulls back when it's needed so it's not too dark or too gritty just the right amount of all the goodness to keep us eating out of the palm of her hand.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ (ARC) ♕ Black by K.L. Grayson

 Black by K.L. Grayson 
TITLE: Black
AUTHOR: K.L. Grayson 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: June 29th, 2017
Family.
Everyone has one.
Some are close.
Some are dysfunctional.
Some are simply gone.

Nine-year-old Shae Black entered the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her father, mob boss Luca DiMarco. New name. New identity. And a ready-made family that had no idea who she really was. 

Fourteen years later, a letter from a ghost thrusts Shae back into the life she was forced to leave behind. As secrets unravel, revealing unexpected truths, Shae sees an opportunity to avenge her father’s death by destroying patriarch Sal Ambrosi, the man responsible for her father’s murder. Getting to the heart of the family will be difficult, but nothing and no one is going to stop her—not even the heirs to the Ambrosi family empire. 

She’s prepared for the two brothers, Dante and Rex, to put up a fight, but she isn’t at all prepared for the danger they will bring to her life and her heart. 

One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.

All in the name of family.

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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO.  She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man.  Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer.  She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.
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BLACK: : is a standalone ‘ Contemporary Romance’ novel by K.L. Grayson. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Rex and Shae. 

Two brothers Dante and Rex
One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.
All in the name of family. 


Just the above sent tingles down the spine. Two brothers as different as chalk and cheese.

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One night of terror after the murder of their father which Shae witnesses sees Shae and her sister flee their childhood home, trying to reach their uncles place where they know they will be safe and protected, in the blink of an eye life as she knew it was gone, only one makes it to their destination, the other turns up dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. Shae is then placed in the witness protection programme where she’s given a whole new makeover, new name, new identity and a ready made family. If her identity is discovered by the wrong hands it could have dire consequences for her. 

Fourteen years later in the form of a letter from a ghost has her arriving back in the city of Chicago where it all went down where she has to unravel the mysteries of it all to make sense, She's trying to piece places where her father took her into a memory that doesn't remember anything, like a blank slate, only her nightmares where she relives the killing. 

➸ For the last fourteen years, I've wondered if my life was in danger. I've wondered if the other families would come after me. 

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Her first day in her home town she meets a gorgeous man outside of a strip club that she remembered her father taking her to, and subsequently turns him down for a dinner date, thinking nothing of it it’s not until she’s at a club weeks later that she encounters him again one thing leads to another and she agrees to go home with him, no strings attached, one night only. 

It was always only meant to be one night

➸ Dating leads to falling, which leads to love, and in my life, love leads to deep, soul-piercing heartache. 

But how can you walk away from an all consuming attraction that makes you feel more alive than you ever have before? 

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♛ MY THOUGHTS: ♛ 
Black was very well written, you can tell this author is a seasoned writer in the way she delivers the story. The plot was intricate, and the pace moved at a steady rate. The only qualms I had about this book with it surrounding the mafia lifestyle I expected more angst, more bloodshed, but I enjoyed the dynamics between the two brothers and the fast burn romance between the heroine and the hero, their chemistry flew off the pages. I’d recommend this to readers wanting a breathtaking romance that would be somewhat called taboo as they come from two separate mafia families, their love oozed off the pages and made for an enjoyable read.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ (ARC) ♕ TIED (Devils Wolves #2) by Carian Cole

Tied (Devils Wolves #2) by Carian Cole
TITLE: Tied
SERIES: (Devils Wolves #2) 
AUTHOR: Carian Cole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 26th, 2017
He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.
Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. 
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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014, with several more of this series planned throughout 2015 and 2016 and beyond.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.
 


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'TIED' is the second book in Carian Cole's (Devils Wolves #2) series but can be read as a complete standalone. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ 

Tyler Grace and Holly Daniels meet in the most unconventional way, he’s the ‘Prince’ that came to her rescue. 

The forest is where Tyler Grace can drop all his inhibitions and be at peace within himself, an outcast of the township at the age of sixteen because of his appearance, scars and cuts mar his body and his voice is rough to the ears due to a severed vein in his throat. Due to being pushed into a fire at a beach bonfire at a party he was at and the cuts come from a motorcyle accident where he flew through someone's window whilst high as a kite. 

Walking through the forest one day he’s alerted to a strange noise that sounds like a deer huffing, but what he does find is beyond his wild imagination, following the noise he stumbles upon a young scared, malnourished girl trapped underground clutching a backpack and a small white dog, it was the dogs whining that alerted him to the underground well like shelter. 

After pulling her and her dog out he realises they aren't alone, turning around he sees a man coming at them with an eight inch blade clutched in his hand. Without consciously thinking about it Tyler takes matters into his own hands and strangles the life out of the man. 

➸ The man choking him was an animal with long, messy, blonde hair and wild eyes, his muscular arms and hands covered with brightly coloured tattoos. His voice rough and raw. 

Holly Daniels had her life stolen from her as an eight year old and was held captive for ten years until the prince like one of her mystical characters in her books came to save her. 

➸ Losing myself in the stories until I became a part of them. That's how I found out the prince would come and save me. It was all in the books, clear as day. So I waited as patiently as I could for him to come. 

One would think that her parents would be over the moon to have their daughter back amongst them wasn't the case, how they acted towards Holly broke my heart, instead of taking her home to heal they placed her in a facility that helped victims of similar cases to hers. 

Weeks and months and a year goes by and slowly Holly is healing, she's able to do more for herself, going back to the forest where she was held but this time on a mission to find the forest santa, a magical santa that decorates a pine tree and leaves 6 gifts under the tree once a year. 

The next day she ventures into the forest again and takes a different path that leads her to her Prince again, the one that saved her. The most beautiful prince in the world, just like the ones in her books. 

From this point onwards she goes back to visit him and slowly they heal each other, piece by piece the girl in the hole and the prince finally have their HEA. 

♛ MY THOUGHTS: ♛ 
This is the second book I’ve read by this author, and I was blown away by how it unexpectedly took me on a path I wasn’t prepared for, the ‘Prologue’ was a setting for a unique thrilling read but it’s not until you hit that first chapter that things took me by surprise, and I was hooked, my heart broke into tiny pieces and instead of the author putting a bandaid on that bitch the further I went into the book my heart got shattered into smithereens, even though Holly was hindered by her experience and she came across a lot younger than I pinpointed her to be you still connect with her character on a more emotional level than you could imagine. This took me on such a unique heartfelt, heart jerker of an unputdownable read.

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