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Crux Untamed (Hades Hangman #6) by Tillie Cole–Review

Crux Untamed was one of my most anticipated reads! I knew when I read the blurb that I just had to read it. I was curious from the beginning of the dynamic duo of Cowboy and Hush. Cowboy’s outgoing personality and Hush’s calm and quiet demeanor pulled at me making me wonder what was going on underneath. As soon as I heard that Sia was Ky’s sister, I knew I had to have more.

This book…(smh)…man, this book was everything. It destroyed me in the best way possible. It was dark, gritty, uncomfortable, emotional (totally cried here), passionate and the underlying storyline was magnificent.

“Kärleken ser inte färger. Bara rena hjärter.” 

(“Love doesn’t see colors. Just pure hearts.”)

Our three leads are Sia (Elysia), Cowboy and Hush and I LOVED them. They stole my heart and had no concerns with giving it back. Prior to reading, Cowboy and Hush had me intrigued equally. While reading though, Hush, massacred my existence and slowly became my #1 go to guy of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I have other favorites, but Hush will always have an extra piece of my heart.

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Tillie Cole mentioned that Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz and Amber Heard were her inspiration for the characters. She did a pretty spot on job with description and transferring that into reader visualization.

“Three sets of blue eyes, all different. All who have walked different paths…All who have seen the full spectrum of life-the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Sia is the sister to Ky, VP Hades Hangman. When she was seventeen years old, she got into some trouble and drew the attention of Juan Garcia (Mexican cartel). Ky and Styx (Pres of Hades Hangmen) had to go in and kidnap her back. Since this time, she has been hidden on a farm where she happily works with horses, as her own form of equine therapy. Unfortunately, she is indirectly found by Garcia.

“You’re mine, rosa negra. And I’m never letting you go.”

The underlying story and bond between Cowboy and Hush is beautiful, shocking and outright emotional. These twenty-six-year-old Cajun twosomes hale from an incredibly small town in Louisiana. Through much bad blood and incredibly hard to imagine horrific circumstances, they meet and have created a bond so strong, that nothing will destroy it!

Despite the seriousness and emotionally heaviness of this book, Viking and Ky brought forth some much needed instances of laughter. Despite being distraught and tormented, Ky mentioned something that just had me laughing with tears.

“It’s the thought of those fuckers double-teaming you that makes me see red…You’re my baby fucking sister. Now you’re in bed with not one but two brothers, who quite honestly could be fucking each other too. All I see in my head whenever you three are mentioned is a conga line of pussy, cocks and assholes. It’s fucking with my head!”

Truthfully, in all out honesty, Crux Untamed, is one heck of a book. You have Sia, Cowboy and Hush each with their own individual issues/storylines, but then you bring together three different people and meld those storylines into an incredibly heart-wrenching, yet tragically beautiful story, you simply end up with perfection. Everyone has their own very specific role within this threesome, it was exquisite to read. Sia is a broken woman, Hush is a damaged and lonely man, while Cowboy is the free-spirited glue that holds them all together. It was striking to read of them evolving and changing and finding peace within themselves and their souls. A truly impactful story with much greater depth than two men and a woman in a relationship.

“I couldn’t have been prouder to wear the Hangmen patch. Because they were my family…After fighting my demons for so long, I let myself accept the truth. I belonged.”

Bravo to Tillie Cole for another well done Hades Hangman!!

Live Free. Ride Free. Die Free!”

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Enterrador by Ambere Sabo–Review

Entebook1023[18283]This was such a unique book.  I find it’s uncommon to read about the anti-hero and get their background story.  I loved this perspective, knowing the end before reading about the past. It allowed us to see how the ‘Enterrador’ persona was born, because there was a man, Adan, before there was an Enterrador.

The Silent Sons series, is listed as standalone novels. However, Enterrador has been brought up in the earlier books. This book gives a nice, concise explanation of who Adan/Enterrador is, where he came from and a small glimpse into where he is going. Who truly is/was the man behind the monster.

My head is so confused though. It’s telling me, ‘he’s the villain and shouldn’t be liked’, however, my heart is a bitch and has a different mind of its own. She’s telling me, ‘how can you really hate him after reading what he’s been through’. The thing is, I don’t know if I can ‘hate’ him after this. I felt so many emotions for him, that I fear when it comes to the next Silent Sons book (book 3, Lilly, Gunner and Enterrador), I may actually like him. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still rooting for Lilly and Gunner, but it will be interesting to read book 3 with this newfound (semi) appreciation for the villain.

As usual with Ambere Sabo’s books, this was well written with wonderfully in-depth and complex characters. The story of Adan and Alex was so full of emotions and ups and downs. Happiness, sorrow, pain, love, absolute joy, along with a multitude of bad decisions and darkness all encompass this Silent Sons novella.

Ambere’s books continue to get better and I can’t wait for more!!

 

The Devil’s Match by Amo Jones–Review

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My first foray into the world of Amo Jones was with, The Silver Swan. I was instantly addicted to her writing style and ability to suck you into her written fantasy world. Since then, I have also read Razing Grace part 1 and 2 and absolutely loved it. Fast forward too, The Devil’s Match. Amo Jones did not disappoint.

Blurb:

The Devil’s Match picks up where Razing Grace, part 2 ended. Ella is in the process of packing up to head off to college at NYU. She is the sister, aka “The Princess of Darkness” 😈, to Raze/000/The Executioner, Miles (not by blood, but by choice) and Beast, the International president of The Devil’s Own MC. In the meantime, Frost has gone Nomad while still being a part of The Devil’s Own. There are reasons as to why Frost is going Nomad and may be gone up to six months.

“One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi….”

Review:

Let me start by saying this book was just freaking phenomenal. I am utterly amazed at the dark and twisty mind of Ms. Jones and the ability she has to fully engulf oneself in her dream world. She never disappoints. With every book of hers that I have read, she just leaves me shredded to point where I am still thinking about it days after. There are so many twists and turns, highs and lows and flat out, no they didn’t!! Every word said about this book, could be a potential spoiler, so with that said, let’s keep this short and spoiler free. 😉

Frost is a pleasantly delightful psychopath🤨. He is so deranged, yet so smooth and sweet talking it made him an intriguing character to read. I loved him, yet hated him for some things he did. I loved his crazy a@@ and his overly aggressive roughness. Totally hated him sometimes for the way he treated Ella, but in reading its part of his ‘growing’ process. In the end, I LOVED Frost, because of the ending with Ella.

Ella was a surprising character. At the end of Razing Grace part 2, she is perceived as this soft, delicate little flower not to be disturbed or messed with. Well, hello, Ella in The Devil’s Match. Initial emotion while reading about her was shock and then a ‘hell, yeah’! I loved reading about this side of Ella. I always felt that something was off with her and there was more to it, than having three overprotective brothers trying to save her from the darkness and evil of this world.

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When talking about Frost and Ella as a couple, they were far from perfect, yet as with any couple it is a process. They are a match made in psychotic heaven!! 💑

Gah, there is so much that I want to say, but I WILL NOT spoil it for anybody. There were so many good times, bad times, shocking times and even some, ‘Hell yes, you go girl’ times, that made The Devil’s Match a knockout hit. Now, I will warn you, this will not be for everybody and that’s ok. It’s dark, erotic, a complete and total mind f@ck, yet so dang good. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea and you don’t enjoy, just know this is as a heads up for the faint of heart. However, if you’re feeling like stepping out of your comfort zone box, pick up an Amo Jones book.  Her writing is completely above and beyond!! 5 fist pumping ‘hell yeah’ stars!!! I am so excited to read about Miles, Blake and Willow next. Can’t wait!!

“That kind of love, the kind you both have, doesn’t die. It doesn’t even fade. It remains and intensifies, but never dies.”

5 stars

 

Crowned By Hate by Amo Jones–Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so I don’t know where to start right now. I just finished reading this about 30 minutes ago and I’m shook. I literally don’t know how I feel, because I have SO MANY thoughts and feelings whirring around in my head, I don’t know where to start.

I’m in agony, confused and in SO MUCH DANG SHOCK! I’m peeved that it ended where it did, because I so need book 2 to figure out…WTH just happened? Who did what? Where did this epic shock and awe ending come from? What’s real? What isn’t? How could they? When did this take place? Where can it possibly go from here? I’m just questioning everything right now.

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Now I should admit, when I first started, I thought, ‘Wow, this is a little bit tame for Amo? Why does it feel like it’s moving a little fast?’ Well, girls (& guys) let me tell you. Once you get to the ending it all makes sense in a crazy non-sensical way. The ending is just FLIPPING phenomenal! It has thrown me onto a total mindf*ck. I, seriously, am questioning everything I just read and feel the need to re-read CBH just to see if I can get something out of it that I might have missed.

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Bryant and Isa were a joy to read, despite their mutual hate for each other. Bryant is an alpha male of epic proportions. He’s twenty-seven years old and truly feels like his sh*t don’t stink. He’s domineering, a flat-out a**hole and yet he’s a family man in his own grumpy way. Isa is the rebellious child of the POTUS. She’s twenty, loudly voices her opinion, doesn’t take crap from anyone and is a Sex addict. Yet, when these two get together it’s the biggest power struggle ever. This, of course, makes for some incredibly hot, sexy and steamy scenes.

One thing I have learned after reading CBH, is that don’t go in with any preconceived notions. If you do, you will only end up hurt, lost, confused, wrecked and destroyed. I read the blurb and I thought I had a semi-storyline in place. WRONG ANSWER! Amo is the ‘queen’ of unpredictability and mind f*ckery so be prepared for one heck of a good book!

The only thing that was missing, is the link for book 2, because this girls gotta find out what’s going to happen next in that beautifully twisted mind of Amo’s. In all seriousness, read this book as soon as you can. However, make sure you have a bottle of wine, some beer or even hard liquor, cuz girl you’re going to need it!

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Awesome book with a different type of Hero! Villain by Jackie Wang

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Villain is dark, salacious and emotionally gut-wrenching. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a ‘romance’ but more like a relationship through a dark journey. Simply put, it was AWESOME!

Ryder was a character that you just had to ‘feel’ for. He wasn’t the typical Alpha hero that was rocking that swagger and machismo. He was a hurt and damaged boy who turned into a man looking for revenge. Through the course of this story he learned a lot about himself, the world and others he interacted with.

“This woman was fucking gorgeous, a ten out of ten; perfect proportions. C-cup tits, legs that went on forever.”

Cally was not your stereotypical heroine. She may have been blonde, was a princess in her daddy’s eye and was accustomed to the finer things in life, but she could definitely take care of herself. She was refined.

“He was also at least ten years older than me, and looked like a younger version of Johnny Depp. Depp from Donnie Brasco. Roguish. Magnetic. Hot. Rugged bad boy types turned me on.”

Ryder is a thirty-eight-year-old man who was physically and mentally abused years earlier by his own father. At the age of seventeen, an incident happened at his house that his father had punished him and banished him from his home with nothing but the clothes on his back and whatever he could pack into a backpack. His father was a prominent senator and Ryder felt that he had no choice, but to follow his commands.

A few years later, he met a man who would give him a job opportunity.  Unfortunately, for Ryder this was not the promise of a better future that he thought.  His life was irrevocably changed from then on.

Upon meeting Cally, he fell for her but didn’t expect to have her want to do anything with him.

“You make me wish I was a different man, Cally. Someone with integrity. With a good family background and nice upbringing. I wish I was the type of man you could brag about to your friends and family. The type of man who could take care of you, provide for you. And give you everything you’ve ever wanted.”

Jackie Wang painted a wonderful story, complete with emotions, descriptions of characters so vivid you can picture them along with a possible happy ending? You need to read Villain to find out the true twisty-turviness of Ryder and Cally’s relationship.

5 stars