Thursday, 15 November 2018

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ANOINTED

by Charity B. 

Publication Date: November 5, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Dark, Romantic Suspense, Standalone



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SYNOPSIS

-Zebadiah- 

The last time her, she was marked with blood. Excommunicated.
Now she’s returned, along with my temptation. 
Our touch is blasphemous. Perverse. 
They say she’s tainted, but they will not speak against me. 
His holy blood is in my veins and my word is truth. I’m the fucking Prophet.


Laurel Ann 

For twelve years, I fought for my soul in this evil world. 
Until my God sent him. My oldest friend. The only boy I ever loved. 
What we’re doing risks everything, yet we can’t stop. When I sin with him, it’s the purest I’ve ever felt. 
I lived half my life with the Philistines and I know what they call us. 
Cult. Freaks. Fanatics. 
But they’re wrong,. We aren’t any of those things. 
For we are the Anointed.


Trigger Warning: This is a full length, standalone novel, containing disturbing scenes and sensitive subject matter that may be triggering to some readers.



MY REVIEW - 4 Stars

Anointed is the first work I've read by Charity B, and is a dark romance set in a religious cult. It does contain triggers, abuse and violence so if any of these might be an issue then you need to proceed with caution.


What lover of dark reads could resist that blurb? It totally drew me in with it's promise of darkness, secrecy and cults. However it is quite misleading as the blurb really only deals with the last half of the book. The first third is actually their time as young teens in the 'Anointed Land', followed by snapshots of the years between Laurel Ann being excommunicated and her return to the compound. It didn't lesson my enjoyment of the book as this part was nicely dark too. 

Laurel Ann is 13 when we first meet her, whilst Zebadiah, the Prophet's eldest son, is 15. They have strong feelings for each other and both pray to their god Zaaron that he will allow them to be bound together. However girls are considered ready for 'marriage' as soon as they get 'the blood of innocence', but Zebadiah won't be eligible until he is 18, and even that is considered young. Zaaron doesn't listen to their prayers, and Zeb's father chooses to bind Laur to the worst person possible. 

This part of the story really drew me in, I really felt the love between Laur and Zeb. I also believed in them and felt a good connection to them. This didn't last when we moved into the present day/future. Generally, I still believed in and cared for Laurel Ann as a character, but Zeb felt flat at times. In the last few chapters this connection came back and once again I was rooting for Laur and Zeb to find their HEA. 

There are dark scenes through out the story, some involving main characters and some involving side ones. Whilst the scenes were grim, scary and usually involved pain for someone, they sometimes felt more tell than show. There are quite a few scenes of both physical and sexual abuse. Whilst these are 'physically' described well, I personally feel more impact and darkness when they are conveyed more through emotions. I still enjoyed them though.

I borrowed the following quote by Wendy Douglas from a review of another book - it perfectly sums up why this book didn't achieve 4.5 - 5 stars for me.

"some of the action ... was told in passive voice without involving the reader to become part of the story. I wanted to see, hear, feel and experience the things" 

That aside this is still a really well written story with an evil riddled, twisty plot but also with love and hope at it's core. Overall the pace was good, though it did slow and drag on a couple of brief occasions, but not enough to push me into skimming parts. That might have been because I always want to know how the book ends though!

This is most certainly an 18+ read due to it's sexual content, violence, abuse and language. The consensual sex scenes are actually quite tasteful and not unnecessarily long. I do recommend this book to those that love dark romance, I did enjoy it and I will certainly read more work by the author.


MUSIC PLAYLIST

MiracleThe Score Way Down We GoKaleo Glitter & GoldBarns Courtney Blackbird SongLee DeWyze HeavenTroye Sivan feat. Betty Who BartholomewThe Silent Comedy LovelyBillie Eilish Blood//WaterGrandson HellfireBarns Courtney Lead Me HomeJamie N. Commons I Walk the LineHalsey Hurt Johnny Cash DemonsImagine Dragons Losing My ReligionR.E.M. HumanRag ‘n’ Bone Man Broken Bones Kaleo BelieveMumford & Sons Burn FastBryce Fox


ABOUT CHARITY B.



Charity B. lives in Wichita Kansas with her husband and ornery little boy. The Sweet Treats Trilogy was her debut series and she is constantly preparing for her next release. She has always loved to read and write, but began her love affair with dark romance when she read C.J. Robert's The Dark Duet. She has a passion for the disturbing and sexy and wants nothing more than to give her readers the ultimate book hangover. In her spare time when she's not chasing her son, she enjoys reading, the occasional TV show binge, and is deeply inspired by music.


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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

RELEASE BLITZ ***** BEFORE GIRL by Kate Canterbary


She's the girl next door.
He's the guy who's loved her from afar.
They're in for an unexpected tumble into love.


Title: Before Girl
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: November 13, 2018


She'll juggle your balls.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She's a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She's known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.

But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.

He'll fix your broken heart.
This ex-Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he's adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he's exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.

Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.

But Stella isn't convinced she's anyone's forever.

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.



Monday, 12 November 2018

BOOK REVIEW ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Taking His Mate by Delta James


Taking His Mate: An Alpha Shifter Romance (Wayward Mates Book 4)

by Delta James

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"An enjoyable and well written story"

4.5 stars




One of the things that I really like about this series is how each book is truly unique. In too many series' all that really changes are the characters names, not the plot. Delta James retains a consistency in her backstory and in the characteristics of her alphas, whilst giving us a new story and a different feel every time.


I loved that this had much more of the underlying story arch. We find out a LOT of what has been happening in Europe, and why the Bae Dogial pack were first attacked. We got to see a lot more of previous characters in this book, as well as meeting some important new ones too. Yet none of this was to the detriment of the romance between Madeline and Griffen, I still felt their passion and love.


The prologue of the book was amazing and very different but also very familiar. It both added something special to the book and expanded on the idea of fated mates. I found both the main characters to be very likeable and Madeline was very easy to connect to. Taking his mate is an action packed, engaging, steamy and very well written story. It can be read as a stand alone, though personally I think the whole series is well worth reading.


It does have spanking and dominant/submissive themes, it is packed with Alpha males who are TOTALLY in charge. There women are strong willed, but if they defy and upset their partners, they will find they feel their lovers hand or belt. If those type of scenes would upset you then perhaps this isn't for you. If you love your men to love their women hard but with the understanding that their word is law, then fire up your kindle and get reading!





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Synopsis

She is his to protect, whether she likes it or not.

Years ago, Madeline Stone was attacked by a rogue band of wolves. Now they are hunting her again, but to get to her, they'll have to go through Griffen Owen. The ex-Special Forces operative is the rightful alpha of his pack, and the moment he sets eyes on Madeline he knows the beautiful, feisty human is his mate. But to keep her safe, he will need to teach her to obey.

Doing as she is told doesn't come easily to Madeline, and it isn't long before she finds herself naked, helpless, and tearfully promising to be good as her bare bottom is soundly spanked. Her mate's mastery of her body is put on full display as Madeline is brought to a quivering, shameful climax while still over his knee, and soon she is begging to be taken hard and thoroughly.

Madeline's need for Griffen only grows stronger as she is marked and claimed, and his savage lovemaking leaves her in no doubt that she belongs to him. But with war brewing between the packs, can Griffen protect his mate from both their enemies and her own headstrong defiance?

Publisher's Note: Taking His Mate is a stand-alone novel which is the fourth entry in the Wayward Mates series. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book. Also note that Taking His Mate shares its setting with Adaline Raine's previously published books Marked by the Alpha and Rules of the Pack, and it was written only after receiving Adaline's permission and support.





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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Taking-His-Mate-Shifter-Romance-ebook/dp/B07K4BW1TH/


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Ratings

5 stars - This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars - I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars - This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars - Whilst the book was readable I either didn't enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star - This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

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FALLING HOME

by Ana Simons

A second chance, friends to lovers contemporary romance.


"When I hold her tight, it feels like falling home. To the place where you belong, where your memories lie, and your heart is. "

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My Review - 4.5 stars

"An unusual and very compelling tale of second chances."

Falling Home is a wonderfully written contemporary romance, that takes you on an emotional and heart warming journey. One where Brian and Olivia need to let go of the past in order to allow love into their forever. It's set in England and, apart from a couple of misplaced words, was very realistically done. 


<i>(Diapers should have been nappies, 3rd Grade is Year 3 but that's not bad given the books length AND there were so many more correctly used words and phrases.)</i>


Not only is Ana Simons a new to me author, but I read this without even looking at the blurb, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. What I found was a story of an undeniable love, a tale of not giving up hope, an account of learning to trust that when you fall, the other person will be there to catch you. This was very much a book that brings something new to the table and one that was refreshingly different, but good different.



One of the things that marks this out was that it is written entirely from the hero's POV. I've only read a couple of other contemporary romances that have used this process and one of my dislikes was how arrogant and 'cardboard' the male MC felt. That was very much NOT my experience in Falling Home. Brian felt so very human in his normally and confusion. There was no arrogance, only a genuinely nice man who was willing to fight for his love.


Olivia was more difficult to get a feel for, though overall I really liked her. I have to say that at one point I *almost* wondered why Brian bothered with her. Olivia almost seemed determined to continually sabotage and run away from him. However this needs to be balance with her just having left a toxic relationship. I do think I'd have felt even more sympathy for her if I'd heard her 'voice', but then I also loved the flow we got from just experiencing Brian's.


There are a handful of steamy scenes, though neither too graphic nor crude. Unless you strenuously object to any love scenes in a book then there really isn't anything in this to offend, other than the odd minor swear word. I'd happily recommend it to those that enjoy a captivating and well written contemporary romance. It is a story that draws you in and holds you, that combines simplicity and complexity so that you simply don't want to put the book down. Brian and Livia's story really is quite wonderful and special.



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Synopsis



Brian had everything. A successful career, a loving family, and a beautiful fiancΓ©e. The perfect life. That is, until he learned of the ultimate betrayal by a man he considered a second father, a man to whom he owed much of his professional success.


Still reeling from a broken engagement and disillusioned with relationships, crossing paths with Olivia Burke stirs up memories he had long ago put away. As questions about his personal quest for justice overwhelm him, so do thoughts of Olivia - the girl who once was his kindred spirit, his entire world. 



Their unexpected re-encounter triggers old feelings and sends his life into a tailspin. Facing his own vulnerabilities is only the beginning. The uphill battle to regain her trust, when she's suffered her own share of heartbreak, is the challenge that follows.



But it's been ten years. Will they get one last chance to make things right? Or will Brian learn that sometimes justice comes at too high a price?







AMAZON - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW1TFFM

*2nd edition. First published as Free Falling. This edition contains editorial revisions.*



WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:



"Full of heartache, angst and emotion. Few spots through the story I was laughing out loud, others I was fighting tears. Basically you get all the feels. Beautiful story, fantastic characters, and phenomenal writing."



"I absolutely loved it. The twists and turns, myriad of emotions, phenomenal character development--real-life situations. It was hard to put it down."



"Not your average romance story. It goes beyond the boundaries of the genre, exploring and offering a true insight into the complexities of human relationships."



"Brian and Olivia are crazy....and crazy in love! Told from Brian's point of view, which I loved, you see this couple fight, fall and figure out they are meant to be."



"This story is extremely well written and the characters are so realistic that you can see your life or someone you know in each and every page."







EDITORIAL REVIEWS:



"Funny, romantic, sexy, infuriating, wonderful." Dandelions Inspired Book Blog



"A storyline that intrigued me, touched my heart and irritated the hell out of me, made me laugh out loudand cheer for the lead couple to make it!" Cajun Spice Book Blog



​"Engaging and authentic. Ana Simons keeps both her readers and her characters on edge as to what will happen next." Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite



"Ana's ability to convey strong emotions and vivid imagery through her writing is absolutely captivating. This book is filled to the brim with humor and heart. A winning combination." Ysa Arcangel, author of the Moments to Remember series



"A very emotional, compelling, and strikingly visual novel." May Freighter, author of Russian Roulette



"What I love about the novel is not only the fresh POV (...) but the unexpected emotional ups and downs experienced by the reader." Kate Smith, author of the Hamilton Series


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Ratings

5 stars - This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars - I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars - This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars - Whilst the book was readable I either didn't enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star - This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

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Twisted Sacrament

Authors:  Zoe Blake, Alta Hensley, Addison Cain, Jennifer Bene, Celia Aaron, SJ Cole, Ashleigh Giannoccaro

Genre: Multi Dark

Release Date: November 2, 2018










MY REVIEW

She Came Before God by Addison Cain

I'll be honest, I struggled with how to rate this book. I started it late last night and was so drawn into the story that I read it all, morning alarms be damned. It totally held my attention through out and is really dark, really depraved and also really well written. It had non-con, which is always a given by this author, and which, despite having no eroticism and being stomach turning at points, was fine by me.

However I this particular story just wasn't for me, though I can't specifically say why. The heroine had been brainwashed into obedience and subservience, so this left her very naive and almost weak.
(Admittedly she demonstrated some strength during her 'confessions'.) But it left me feeling zero hope for this character, particularly when combined with that ending. An ending that suggested an ongoing cycle. Which seemed odd because surely she had the power to break the cycle, since her mother had willingly and happily pushed her to be chosen?

Anyway, despite not being for me, I can admire the story telling itself. In fact I'm almost tempted to consider rating this as 5 stars. Having literally slept on this (ie I read it last night), I'm actually feeling more positive about it and may well give this a re-read. I've obviously found my limit but I do still encourage you to read this if you enjoy walking on the very, very, very dark side.

*******

Baptised in Eden by Jennifer Bene

Whoa, this is a creepy and desolate read, and yet there is a little part of me who wonders if the character we meet at the end doesn't offer a little bit of 'salvation'. Not that salvation is to be found in the religious confines of Eden.

This story held me bound, unable to look away from its horror and its violence. I read through half closed eyes, as though I could block out the evil emanating from the words before me. I'm surprised I remember Danielle's name, since she is so very much a 'thing', a toy to be taken to the very edges of hell and then brought back from the sanctuary of death to suffer it all again. And again, and then over again.

This is a magnificent story, I loved it. Even better is that it won't be the last taste of Eden that we get. Yum, yum, I can't wait for more. Oh Danielle, bound in a world where the only hope is the hope of death.....




Dark. Depraved. Sacrilegious. Each shocking story from these bestselling, dark authors will deform a holy sacrament into a sensually wicked taboo. There is no sanctuary, no light - only darkness - a deep, clawing horror. The blood of the innocent will be shed in a twisted perversion of all you hold dear. You will search in vain for a happy ending. This is your only warning.













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Dark. Depraved. Sacrilegious.

Each shocking story from these bestselling, dark authors will deform a holy sacrament into a sensually wicked taboo.

There is no sanctuary, no light - only darkness - a deep, clawing horror.
The blood of the innocent will be shed in a twisted perversion of all you hold dear.

You will search in vain for a happy ending. 
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Revealing Him: A DILF Mania Collaboration

by Jennifer Domenico





My Review - 4 stars


"A scorching hot May to September MM romance"


I've read several books by this author, one of the things I love is how different each book is. I've been growing bored with some of my 'go to' authors as there books seem to be the same old, same old. That can't be said of this author, who has really thrown out an incredible curve ball with this story.

Revealing Him is a fairly quick read, though not so short I'd call it a novella. It's written to the same high standard I know to expect from the author and with a tangible passion between the characters. It's an insta-love tale, which isn't personally my 'thing' but this was the only part of the story that I didn't love.

Dom is in his 40's, widowed with a grown up son. He has a secret, a secret only one other person ever knew. He's only attracted to men. The much younger Seb is also in the closet, scared to admit his sexuality to his family. They pair hook up through a dating app and soon realise that they perfect for each other. The only problem is that Dom doesn't ever want to come out to the world and Seb is looking for a long term love.

The book really focuses on the couple, with very few scenes involving anyone else. You really get to know Dom and Seb and to believe in their connection. Despite things moving quickly between them, it still felt very natural and organic in its development. Sebastian is an intriguing mix of sensitive but also very focused, confident and hard working. Dom was, well, very dom-ly, in fact this pair had a super sexy Daddy kink going on.

There are some fairly serious issues addressed in the story, it doesn't go into great depth but since this is a romance it fitted my preferences anyway. Both Dom and Seb had hang-ups and issues, and not just with 'coming out'. It was good how they shared and discussed these with each other, the book did have angst but none of it was as a result of silly behaviour or a lack of communication.

If you're looking for an engaging, intense read, enjoy M/M, don't mind some mild kink and love well written stories then look no further. It does contain bad language, some very erotic scenes and a large age gap, so don't read this if that would be an issue. Otherwise this is definitely a book to add to your TBR list.


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Synopsis

"I freakin’ loved it! Devoured every word! Perfection." ~ Monica, Goodreads Reviewer



Detach. Withdraw. Conceal.



I'm intimately familiar with these words since locking my true desires away so many years ago. My friends will tell you I'm a widower, a successful entrepreneur, more than a little stubborn, but mostly, a devoted father. One label they would never assign to me is the one I keep hidden.



My son was my priority, but now that he's an adult, it's my time. Only I'm not looking for anything more than some casual fun. No strings attached. No secrets shared. No closets opened. My heart, like my truth, will stay safely locked away.



Until Sebastian came along. He’s my complete opposite, yet the connection is undeniable. Because of him, I'm embracing a life I never knew I needed. We still have so much to overcome, including the biggest challenge of all- revealing to my son that not only am I gay, but that he and Sebastian are the same age.



**This is a standalone MM novella intended for mature readers.**


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Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Revealing-Him-DILF-Mania-Collaboration-ebook/dp/B07JKC1DZ8


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Ratings

5 stars - This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars - I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars - This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars - Whilst the book was readable I either didn't enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star - This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.