Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Review: I Dare You

I Dare You I Dare You by Shantel Tessier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok what’s going on. Why haven’t my friends told me that I need to read this, that this is a must read.

Austin is gonna be one of my favourite female characters.
She’s on her own. She’s unloved. However she’s strong and brave. Will give just as good as she gets.

Cole oh Cole. What a character. He seriously doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. He takes what he wants and doesn’t care about the repercussions.

When Austin enters Coles life he plays a game with her. He gets more than he bargained for with her.

This is a brilliant read. When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it, wondering about the characters. There was no escaping this story and I didn’t want to escape, I wanted more.
I seriously can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Wrong Way Home - review tour



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Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Blurb

— ONE WRONG TURN. ONE RIGHT MAN. —

Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.

Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.
He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed.

Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.

The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.

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“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”

Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance. 
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

MY REVIEW

This is the first book in the Criminal Delights series. 

Although I’ve heard great things  I’ve not read anything by this duo before. That will certainly have to change as this was a great read. 

When Colin a medical student takes a Wrong Way Home everything changes. 

Taron has lived on his own for years. Living self sufficient he needs no one or nothing.He is used to the silence, the loneliness. When Colin witnesses a crime on his land Taron abducts him and keeps him locked up. 

Keeping Colin captive is not what Taron wants but then he finds out he’s gay. 

I gotta say I loved these two characters. My dark heart loved Taron. He’s a complicated but interesting character. 

This is a super good read. Although not as dark as I thought it would be I really enjoyed it. I’m so gonna read more from this author.

Can’t wait to read more of this series. 


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Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance 
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~ 70,000 words (Standalone)

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance. 

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
This story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters.

 ABOUT THE AUTHORS
K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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The Mister - blog tour



NEW RELEASE

Beautiful and mysterious she possessed little more. . .
Than a dangerous and troublesome past.


THE MISTER, the highly anticipated new love story from #1 New York Times bestseller E L James is available now!



London, 2019.  Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? And can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.




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ABOUT E L JAMES

E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s point of view. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.

E L James has been recognized as one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World” and Publishers Weekly’s "Person of the Year.” Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

She coproduced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.

E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.



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Review: From the Ashes - A Forbidden Series Novella

From the Ashes - A Forbidden Series Novella From the Ashes - A Forbidden Series Novella by Dani René
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read by this author and it's just oh so good. The author has given us a quick read, a novella, to whet our appetite and she sure did that.

This is Skyla and Kaels story. I'm so looking forward to reading more of this series as I really like these two. The chemistry between them is hot.

I'm off now to read Crave :)

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Beauty & The Professor - new release



NEW RELEASE

Once upon a time there was a beautiful college student…
And a beastly professor with scars he can't hide...


Beauty and the Professor, the first in A Modern Fairy Tale duet from NewYork Timesbestselling author Skye Warren, is available now!


Once upon a time there was a beautiful college student…

Erin cleans Mr. Morris’s house twice a week to pay her tuition. The reclusive ex-soldier intimidates her, but she can’t help but feel sympathy for him. Then she walks in on him touching himself, and she has much darker, much more sensual feelings.

And a beastly professor with scars he can’t hide…

Blake Morris knows he’s scarred both inside and out. He’s reclusive and surly. Nowhere near good enough for the smart and beautiful young woman who cleans his house.

He receives an offer to return to his alma mater as an associate professor. This is his chance to reenter the world--and to be worthy of the woman he dreams about. He never expected to see her sitting in his classroom on the first day of the semester.

Author’s Note: This book was previously published as a serial in multiple parts, including Beauty Touched the Beast, Beneath the Beauty, and Broken Beauty. It’s been collected into this volume to make things easier for new readers.

BEAUTY AND THE PROFESSOR is the first book in A Modern Fairy Tale duet.

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Skye Warren is theNew York Timesbestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA TodayHappily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.


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MY REVIEW

This is book one in A Modern Fairy Tale Duet. If your a fan of this author and even if your not a fan you don’t know what your missing as this was so good. 

Erin is a fabulous character. She’s strong and will fight for what she wants. As well as working hard at college she cleans Mr. Morris house twice a week to help with her tuition. 

Blake Morris. Damn he’s hot. Scarred both on the inside and the outside he knows what it’s like to be at rock bottom. Once Erin entered his home and his life he knows he needs to sort himself out, he needs to fight for what he wants. 

Fabulous twist on Beauty and the Beast. I seriously can’t wait to read part two of this duet. 

Monday, 22 April 2019

Review: Beauty and the Professor

Beauty and the Professor Beauty and the Professor by Skye Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book one in A Modern Fairy Tale Duet. If your a fan of this author and even if your not a fan you don’t know what your missing as this was so good.

Erin is a fabulous character. She’s strong and will fight for what she wants. As well as working hard at college she cleans Mr. Morris house twice a week to help with her tuition.

Blake Morris. Damn he’s hot. Scarred both on the inside and the outside he knows what it’s like to be at rock bottom. Once Erin entered his home and his life he knows he needs to sort himself out, he needs to fight for what he wants.

Fabulous twist on Beauty and the Beast. I seriously can’t wait to read part two of this duet.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Unfinished Business - blog tour



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Blurb
The Life Assistance Agency finds itself at a loss after returning from Europe.

Ben is determind to stay away from anything involving Angels, when the phone rings to invite them to write the biography of a self-deluded singer from defunct rave group Elev-8.

At his mansion in Sussex they meet the singer's right-hand man, Billy `blind' Fury, a retired wrestler, and his beautiful secretary Amber. Both of whom have plans for the Life Assistance Agency far beyond writing down half-recalled anecdotes from the early 90s pop charts...

Unfinished Business is the second novel featuring the Life Assistance Agency. When you're in trouble whatever you do, don't give them a call....

EXTRACT

“Who reads the Fortean Times these days?” I asked, once we had sat down in Robin’s office. I remained embarrassed by being trapped in the lift.
“Oh you’d be surprised,” Robin replied and I prepared myself not to be. He had the compactness of a Lego figure. He was short, but present somehow; there was no inch of him wasted. His hair parting was mathematically precise. There was a meanness I’d not assumed in someone keeping an open mind to esoteric matters.   I noticed a copy of Mirror and Lies on his desk. I had written it during clearer times. It was full of bookmarks, reminding me of Mr. Foxe’s copy that had got us mixed up with our previous case in Prague.
“There’s plenty of people with time on their hands,” Robin explained.
“…Who’ll be needing life assistance,” Scott added, instantly broadening our services to include wet-holiday activity suggestions.
“And your advert will complement the interview,” Robin confirmed, shooting the smile of someone who had sold advertising space for more money than it would ever earn the advertiser. I wanted to ask Scott since when we could afford advertising, but his expression suggested I focus on Robin, who had clicked on his dicta-phone and was looking at me expectantly.
“You’re one of the very few,” Robin said.
I knew what he meant, but made some joke about Battle of Britain airmen. Neither of us laughed.
“One of the few who’ve seen an angel,” he clarified.
I nodded. “I’m one of the few that’ve seen something while not under enemy fire, duress or in an imminent car crash.” I regretted this last bit, fearing it might too-perfectly sum up the interview. “There are never atheists in the fox hole.”
“You seem reluctant to name what you saw-” “Wouldn’t you be?”
Robin shrugged and pulled the sort of face always missing from transcripts of interviews. I reluctantly admitted what I might have seen, but played down how terrifying it had been.
“Something you recognised? An angel? Or was it at a funny angle?” He smiled.
“Of course not.” I paused, aware my default cynicism had kicked in. “There’s no such thing. As an angel I mean.”
I recognised the flicker of anger that had driven me to write Mirror and Lies, and the reasons for my disbelief. Cynicism bottlenecked in my throat, I struggled to speak, much less construct coherent arguments.
“So,” Robin encouraged, “a cynic seeing them…”
“Authenticates them?” Scott suggested.
Robin looked at him, to remind him he was not being interviewed. The angel’s gothic majesty flashed through my mind, recalling Rilke’s description that every angel is terrifying. Pain sprung behind my eyes.
“I doubt they need my authentication,” I said. “Probably not,” Robin agreed.
I shook my head. “You’re talking like there’s no doubt they exist.” I ignored the developing throb in my forehead. “There’s plenty of proof that they don’t. Just look around.”
We did, at an office surprisingly empty, bar its walls festooned with double page spreads of UFOs, Victorian mediums and a bloody great angel poster. It was a poor example.
“Just look at their obsession with the Middle East,” I said, rubbing my forehead and aware I was at risk of insulting the Arab world, although it was unlikely to read the Fortean Times. I leaned forward.
“If you had the sort of agency presumably available to angels,” I said, “where would you have appeared to Mohammed, Abraham, or anyone else with five minutes to spare to hallucinate? In the rolling beauty of South Africa, the lush peace of Wiltshire, or the barren desert of the Middle East?”
“Angels have agency?”
“Pardon?” Their agency had not been the thrust of my little speech.
“You said angels have agency?”
“Yes, I mean it seemed to, if I’d seen one. I mean, they appear and wars are caused over who saw them first. I can’t believe they take any public appearance lightly.” I was making them sound like the reclusive Kate Bush.
“So, you admit they exist?”
“If they exist, it’s not in the physical world. It’s in our minds, in belief and religion, in books and moldy tapestries. They belong to the collective consciousness, as an archetype. They’re shadows of our hopes.”
“So, you didn’t see one?”

Review Quotes

'Bloody loved it! Original, very clever, unusual and very funny. A seriously intriguing read!' - James Dreyfuss
'The book is great, every line is punchy as f***.' - Leo Kearse
Author 

Thomas Hocknell was brought up in Kent. He knew the distance to central London from the foot of his childhood bed and moved there the first moment he could 23 years ago. He has been writing music reviews for Record Collector, The Metro, Classic Pop, BBC and Line of Best Fit while also practicing as a mental health social worker. He completed the Faber Academy course and published his debut, The Life Assistance Agency, in late 2016. 

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PUB DATE:  11th April 2019
ISBN: 9781912666256
PRICE: £8.99
EXTENT: 336 Pages
CATEGORY: Contemporary Fiction, historical mystery, paranormal, humour 

Trickster - blog tour



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Sam Michaels - Trickster

About the book

To be ruthless is to be powerful, at least it is on the Battersea streets...

Georgina Garrett was born to be ruthless and she’s about to earn her reputation.

As World War One is announced a baby girl is born. Little do people know that she's going to grow up to rule the streets of Battersea. From a family steeped in poverty the only way to survive is with street smarts.

With a father who steals for a living, a grandmother who’s a woman of the night and a mother long dead, Georgina was never in for an easy life. But after a tragic event left her father shaken he makes a decision that will change the course of all their lives – to raise Georgina as George, ensuring her safety but marking the start of her life of crime…

This is the first book in the thrilling new Georgina Garrett series.

EXTRACT

London, Battersea, 5 August 1914
Sissy Garrett doubled over in agony as another contraction ripped through her skinny body. She grabbed hold of the butler sink for support, panting hard as beads of sweat formed on her pallid skin.
‘Gawd help me,’ she ground out through gritted teeth, and rubbed the under part of her hugely swollen stomach. Her violet eyes were wide with fear and her heart-shaped face was contorted in pain. At twenty-two, this was her first child, and it had been long waited for.
She looked down at the puddle of water that was seeping through the worn floorboards. Her contractions had come on quickly and taken her by surprise. Now, as she stood in the small, shared scullery, her heart hammered in panic. Mr and Mrs Linehan lived upstairs with their toddler, but Sissy knew they were out. Alfred Linehan would be working, running errands on the streets, and his wife, Lillian, had said she was going to stay at her sister’s for a few days.
Sissy was all alone, on the cusp of giving birth, and silently cursed Jack again. Her husband frequently did a disappearing act and came and went as regularly as the tide on the Thames. She’d often tell him he was as much use as a chocolate fireguard, and on several occasions his petty thieving had failed to pay the rent. This would leave her having to hide from the landlord in the cupboard under the stairs. Still, she loved Jack dearly, and prayed he would come home soon.
She slowly walked across the scullery as cockroaches darted for cover. With just one cold tap and a range stove in the room, there wasn’t a table or chair available to steady herself. Discoloured wallpaper hung off the walls and hand-washed, ragged clothes were draped over a makeshift washing line that ran from one side of the room to the other. Black mould covered the back wall, which housed a draughty door leading to the yard and outside privy.
It was squalid, basic and cheap, but Sissy preferred to grin and bear it rather than live with Dulcie, her mother-in-law. The woman lived with Percy, her drunken second husband. He wasn’t Jack’s father but had taught his stepson the art of larceny. They had the rare luxury of a two-bedroom house, but as Percy’s alcoholism had left him incapable of grafting, Sissy always wondered how they managed to pay the rent.
When she’d first married Jack, Dulcie had offered them a home, but Sissy had politely declined. She found Dulcie to be a hard woman and feared her quick temper. No, she could never live under the same roof as her. She thought about her own parents who had been dead for several years. She wished her mum was with her now, to hold her hand and tell her everything would be all right.
Sissy paused in the hallway as another wave of pain gripped her body. ‘Jack bloody Garrett,’ she gasped, steadying herself against the wall, ‘where are you when I need you?’
She took several deep breaths and waited for the contraction to pass, eventually managing to get to their one room which, like the scullery, was almost bare, except for two wooden chairs, a rickety table and a large bed on which she desperately wanted to rest. It crossed her mind to bang on the wall and attract the attention of her neighbour, but Miss Capstone was a godly woman and it was no secret that she despised Jack and his unlawful ways. Though Sissy was afraid, she didn’t want to face another scornful lecture and instead lowered her aching body onto her lumpy mattress.
It was hot. The late morning sun shone brightly through the window, illuminating the dilapidated room. Her nostrils twitched at the musty smell, and she wished she’d opened the window. A cool breeze would be welcome, but Sissy felt too weak and knew she should conserve her energy. She lay back and stared at the flaking paint on the ceiling. She wanted this baby so much, but worried about the sort of life she was bringing it into. Money was sparse, and their home was almost derelict, infested with bugs and vermin. All she could offer the child was her unconditional love.
A lone tear slipped from her eye and trickled down her face to rest in her ebony hair, which was now damp with sweat.
The sound of the front door opening snapped Sissy from her worrying thoughts. She heard her husband’s heavy footsteps and sighed with relief as their door flew open. Jack charged into the room like a strong gale bursting open a barn door.
‘Sis, you ain’t gonna believe this… we’re at war!’
Sissy pushed herself up on her haunches and looked at her husband as he waved a newspaper in front of her face. She couldn’t read, but Jack emphatically pointed at the headline.
‘See, it says here: “War declared on Germany”.’
‘Yeah, well, never mind about that… the baby’s coming.’

About the author

Sam Michaels lives in Spain with her family and plethora of animals. Having been writing for years Tricksteris her debut novel.
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