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Enthralled by Giana Darling–Blog Tour and Review

ENTHRALLED (THE ENSLAVED DUET #1) BY GIANA DARLING
Release Date: March 29, 2019

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Blurb:
It was the biggest day of my life.

I know most people say that about something joyous; a graduation, a wedding ceremony, the birth of their

first child. My situation was a little different.

Sure, it was my eighteenth birthday, but it was also the day that I was sold.

Sold to a man with hair like a crown of gold and eyes blacker than the darkest pits of Hell.

He bought me to own me, to control me, and to use me as a means to an end.

I was his tool and his weapon.

And through it all, somehow, I also became his salvation.

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Excerpt:
I was locked in the dark but it was more than an absence of light. It was the blackness of my own solitude, the quantum hole at the center of my soul that was slowly sucking away at everything that made me me.

I tried to write an encyclopedia of Cosima facts to cement my sense of self in the chaos of night that had become my life.

Cosima Ruth Lombardi.

Born August 2nd 1998 in Naploi, Italia to Caprice Maria Lombardi and Seamus Patrick Moore.

My favourite colour was wine red, captured in a glass and held over rich, warm candlelight.

I loved poppies best of all flowers because they reminded me of me in a way that was narcissistic but true. They were bold as blood, stark against the softer colours of the traditional Italian countryside. They demanded notice and received it. But their beauty was short-lived and fragile as the thin silk of their petals. They fell to bits within a week and scattered on the wind.

I felt very much like one of those black centered blooms, falling apart with every breath I took without even one witness to my dematerialization.

He wanted me like this.

Lost like decaying particles in a petri dish.

I didn’t have to hear his British accented voice clipping the words into neat little explanations to understand why.

He wanted me broken.

A beautiful, hollow shell to break open and f*ck into.

About the Author:
Giana Darling is a Top 40 Amazon Best Selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone. She loves to hear from readers so please contact her at gianadarling[at]gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

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Enthralled: (The Enslaved Duet #1) by Giana Darling–Review

Wow, ok…I’m confused here. Let me preface this by saying I LOVE Giana Darling. I have read many of her books and have nothing but positive reviews for her. Enthralled, however, left me a little perplexed.

The blurb was so fascinating and addictive to me, that I had to have this story. When I got it, though, I felt that it was a little chaotic. For me, the beginning, didn’t have any flow. I started reading and was plunked right in the middle of a high-tension situation, leaving me asking why, what’s going on, who and where are they going. It didn’t make sense. It continued to build off this premise for a bit.

‘Well, for Seamus Moore, I could only wish for the best his soul would buy him in this life. A quick death.’

Giana did write a killer book about dark BDSM that it almost felt positively slightly uncomfortable. I tried many times to get inside the head of Cosima as I was having a hard time implanting myself in those situations. I couldn’t. I understood her superficial why, but the psychological part of me was trying to dissect her and couldn’t. Alexander on the other hand, was easy to see why he was the way he was (and I won’t tell you the reason😉). It is pretty much explained to you.

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Here’s the kicker…as much as I was/am confused by this book/situation, I do want to read the second part to see how this all plays out. There is a cliffhanger and it did its job perfectly. It teased me into needing more…now! I guess that’s not going to happen, so I will have to exercise patience here. ⌚⌚⌚ I have been known to overanalyze everything and seeing as I’m in the minority here, you may want to give this book a look even if you start only by sampling it.

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3.5 ‘Topolina’ stars

 

Cabezón (The Mendoza Family, #1) by Rose Croft–Review

Rose Croft is not a new to me author. What is new to me from Rose is Cabezon. It is different from her other two books, Baseball Lover and High School Lover, yet still carries the same quality that we know and love from her as an author.

Ms. Croft has delivered a book that is chock full of emotions, extremely informative to socioeconomic issues in other countries as well as here in the states along with a beautiful storyline that was full of angst. I was hooked, and I wanted more. Cabezon had me crying, shocked, intrigued, sympathetic, it was thought provoking and finally elation! I was riding a positive book high for days! Now don’t get me wrong, there are many deep themes and situations that our characters encounter, such as atonement and adversity, to get that ever elusive happily ever after.

Vince is surrounded by his 2 bothers, sister, Aunt, Uncle & 2 cousins. It is shortly after we meet the family that his Aunt, Uncle and two cousins go to live in the US. Teresa, Vince’s mom, who is extremely pregnant, was reluctant to go as they were entering the states via coyotes. Teresa decided to stay and not risk it.

Vince is a very sweet boy who looks up to his mother and in his eyes, she could do no wrong as she works long hours to take care of her family. Shortly after her sister left, his mom goes into labor and something happens. It is on this day as a six-year-old little boy that Vicenta Gabriel Garcia Mendoza grew up.

Dani Mendenhall is not a weed to be discarded, but a person with an extremely kind and caring heart. Despite what might appear like polar social status, Dani and Vince are a lot alike. All it takes is for one temperamental, petulant and sullen teen/adult to drop all pretenses and not judge a book by its cover to see this. (Easier said than done). Dani is the epitome of hopefulness, forgiveness and continues to show what it takes to make one’s dreams come true, despite bumps in the road.

‘She was gentle, kind and always sympathetic to people’s needs. But underneath it all was a strength and determination that sometimes left me in awe.’

Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read Cabezon. I didn’t expect it to enlighten me to cultural socioeconomic status, both here and abroad; display the fact that family does mean everything, even though there can be fighting or disagreements, in the end that family unit will unite and be stronger together than apart or what stripped down, no pretenses love is like.

‘I now know all of the feelings that you stirred in me—the hate, lust, obsessiveness eventually melded into one thing. Love. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. However, my love for you is true and pure, so don’t ever doubt that.’

I have read all of Ms. Croft’s books, and while I loved her High School Lover and Baseball Lover books (hello, John is my boy), Cabezon is easily my ‘All Time Favorite’ of hers. It is so complex and intriguing, I. WAS. SUCKED. IN!! The depth that Rose achieved while writing this book is amazing and shows how much she has grown and developed her style. It was beautiful to watch!! Take a chance on Cabezon and get to know the Mendoza/Mendenhall families along their journey to forever.

5 ‘Seashell’ Stars

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Envy (The Elite series, book 4) by M.N. Forgy–Review

WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST READ? I, mean, seriously, what da fuq, did I just read?

We ended Wrath, with a mountain of questions and I expected to go into Envy getting some resolution. While some questions were answered, Ms. Forgy opened a can of worms and threw question’s all over the place. The series has been ratcheted up to another level with the release of Envy, and I expect it will end with a blowout bomb.

Sebastian Westbrook is a very complicated and complex character. His mind, thoughts and inner dialogue was always a constant chatter in his life. Due to his upbringing, he developed a fascination with others and slowly that intense curiousity will lead him into all kinds of situations.

“I’d give Michael Myers a run for his money in the stalking territory. Man, I hate that word. It’s just intense curiosity”.

Sebastian Westbrook had every materialistic item he could ever want, but there was one thing he could never attain. Sebastian longed for love, affection and someone to care about. He was insanely jealous of others, specifically if they had a significant other/girlfriend. He couldn’t understand why things like that wouldn’t happen for him. So, he took drastic measures, which included being an Elite, to get what he wanted.

“Something in my chest swells at the thought, and a smile rises to my face. Wouldn’t that be fucking awesome. Sam–my Elite brother and maybe my brother-in-law. We’d double date and have barbeques on the weekend…I swallow down my excitement. It’s too soon to be thinking about all that, but Sabella said she wanted to do this again. She hugged me–that has to mean something.”

With his newfound Elite family, He anticipated things changing for him. He had this new brother ship, with like-minded boys that he could always rely on, yet still didn’t feel he was gelling with. He still had this insatiable need to stalk others and was a pro at manipulation. They way Sabastian’s mind worked is downright scary. I mean, truly, psychological thriller, keep you on the edge of your seat until you jump, popcorn goes flying and you want to watch/read it with all the lights on in the daylight scary. Sebastian had me on edge with the twists, turns and things that he did.

“I don’t know. He’s super sweet, but I get this Ted Bundy feeling around him, you know?”

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I will admit that upon immediately finishing, I didn’t like Sebastian and truthfully didn’t know how I felt about the book. Time travel to 5 days in the future and I am applauding Ms. Forgy. As uncomfortable, bothered and irritated as I was, it reiterates to me how well she did her job as an author. She set up an incredible character profile and setting to be handing a baton to Amo Jones in Greed. With this information, my mind is flying with possibilities as to where the Elites are going to go. I know enough, never to anticipate anything with Amo, however, that ending…that epilogue and ending in Envy had me screaming. I’m glad I only have to wait until 4/8/19 to get the next book!! M.N. Forgy for a new to me author, you now have a dedicated stalker…I mean, follower! Well done!!

4 ‘Stalking’ Stars

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Violent Delights (White Monarch, book 1) by Jessica Hawkins–Review

I am not new to Jessica Hawkins. After all, I barely survived her ‘Something in the Way’ series. (I still get flashbacks). Well, I happily report that her ‘White Monarch’ series will most likely take that place.

Now, if you know Ms. Hawkins, you know she delivers on tension, angst, twists and turns, drama and sexual tension. She delivers all this and more in Violent Delights. She kicks off the beginning of Violent Delights with a bang. A real shocking moment that sucked me in completely.

We have three main characters: Natalia, Cristiano and Diego. One an actual member of the family, and two who are like family. When talking about the Mexican cartel trust means EVERYTHING and something happens within the family that shocks them to the core.

Natalia has been sent to the states to attend college. This year she decided to come home for Easter and to see her dad.  Since she was young, she has been best friends with Diego. They have plans to either get her dads approval for marriage or they will elope. They both have big dreams of running away to the states. Cristiano meanwhile makes a dramatic return. The three of them make an interesting dynamic. I would say this they are embroiled in a dramatic and explosive non-love triangle, which brings a whole unique perspective to this book.

Just a quick thought on the ending. Yes, this is a multi-arc series with Violent Delights being book one. I would say the ending is not so much a cliffhanger, but an inappropriately timed ending in the story. I am anxiously awaiting, ‘Violent Ends’, coming June 2019.

Jessica has this innate ability to write a story that not only has layers upon layers to create such depth, but also throws so many shocking twists and turns that you will never see coming.  She will have you on the edge of your seat, screaming at the pages or just plain breathless. I, highly recommend, this book.

 

5 ‘White Monarch’ Stars

Cristiano

Violent Delights

In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I’d do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy.

A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother’s arms.

“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.

Genre: Contemporary Romance; slow burn, angst, dark, cartel

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Wrath by Claire C. Riley–Review

Samuel Gunner, aka Wrath is our next contestant in The Elite Seven rotation. Unfortunately, Samuel has been born into a very unhealthy and dysfunctional atmosphere. He has a twin sister, Sabella, who he absolutely adores and is his reason for living. Beyond that, he’s a very volatile young man. His mother passed away under very unfortunate circumstances and a father that blames him. Remember actions do speak louder than words people and this is what Samuel has learned.

From an early age, he has started to acquire and churn a never-ending ball of madness, intensity and rage, which only grows the older he gets. To say he has control on this hair trigger that’s attached to this ball, is equivalent to saying The Hulk has the ability, while in Hulk form, to participate in a tea party with the Queen while dancing a waltz.  It doesn’t happen. Everyone knows The Hulk is going to blow, and The Elite are now learning that Samuel has to same problem. Do NOT mess with his sister or anyone else he cares about.
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Patience is unique. She is feisty, not willing to put up with anyone’s crap and determined. She is a wonderful character and I loved her part in their ‘point-counterpoint’ type of relationship. She kept Wrath on his toes for sure.

It was enduring to watch these two tip-toe around each other, yet at the same time, develop their characters and relationship. What I felt was wonderful about this book, is the interaction and weave of the timeline between Wrath with Lust and Pride. With Wrath, there’s a little more story telling and a little less of actual relationship building. As far as storyline goes, thank goodness Envy is up next, because I wanted to scream on the ending!!

Claire Riley wrote a book that was engaging, difficult to write yet made it look easy with a consistent storyline and book pacing. There were a couple scenes that shocked me (Hello, Joey Lawrence moment here. WHOA!) and had me questioning if it was needed. However, I’ve had some time to think about it and realize she is further developing the plot, which I assume, will continue in Envy’s book. I, anxiously, am waiting for the next contestant in The Elite Kings roundup.
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4 ‘Whoa!’ Stars

 

Zealous by Hazel Grace–Review

(Ok, girl, deep breath, you can do this!) FAN-FREAKING-TABULOUS!!! I LOVED Disorderly and was curious as to how Hazel Grace could top it. Well, she not only topped it, she started adding additional layers and then some! I’m have so many emotions and thoughts swirling through this brain of mine, that taming those is like wrangling the wind. If you think Disorderly took you on hair bending wild ride, welcome to page one of Zealous.
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*No spoilers here*, but we start the book with Nova and the little dilemma she is in. It’s a shock, but I knew I was in for something, based on the ending of Disorderly. Upon further reading, you begin to get a good sense of the situation she is in. Welcome world to the birth of Nova 2.0! Just when I think Nova can’t get any better as a heroine, she does! Fortitude, determination, grit and a newfound fighter spirit are some of the new characteristic to Nova.

Wyatt and the boys are back and yes Wyatt is still H-O-T and deeply in love with Nova. He is still an a-hole with caveman tendencies, but hello, that’s why I love him!! It’s hard to expand too much on Wyatt without giving something away, but I will say this, we see a different side of him dispersed throughout. There will be moments of intense love and moments of intense loathing. Hazel Grace has developed these characters incredibly well considering what is going on.
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Which brings me to my next topic. Be forewarned, there may be triggers in this book. This was beautifully handled with a trigger warning in the beginning by the author. I implore you to give it a try, but you have been warned and if you know you may be sensitive to situations, please don’t write a poor review, because of it.

Zealous was the perfect sequel to Disorderly. Hazel Grace is not afraid to go there. She stayed true to her characters while adjusting them to changing situations. Her ability to suck you in and kick you back out on the other side is exquisite. While you (the reader) think, ‘What the heck’, ‘Oh my gosh, no way’ and   probably most important, ‘What have I just been through?’ Wyatt and Nova are one of those couples that you can’t help but root for, despite their ever-evolving individual characters.

I cried, I swore, I yelled, and I sat on pins and needles. I would go through it all over again, to experience this incredibly sublime writing and gripping story.
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5 ‘Jaw Dropping’ Stars