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Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Corrupt (Devil's Night, #1)Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was in a book funk and couldn’t find that special book that would bring me out! I was recommended to take a chance and read Corrupt. I was so stinking happy that I took that chance to open the book and start reading.

Penelope Douglas is a new to me author and I’m ecstatic to have found her. If possible, Corrupt would receive 6 stars! Before I start reviewing, I will say, Michael Crist is mine!!

Let’s take a little trip to the ultra-exclusive town of Thunder Bay. You’ve heard that with power and money, you can rule the world. This is none truer that in Thunder Bay, where kids can get away with anything, thanks to their parents’ wealth and standing.

Erika Fane is in high school, living life as an adult instead of the high schooler she is. Her father passed away, which not only left a big hole in her life but crippled her mother to long term grieving (pills, alcohol, sleeping, etc.). Erika is taken in by her mother’s best friends’ family (Delia Crist). She is given her own room in their house, eats meals with them, and oh, yeah, she was raised to be the bride of their youngest son, Trevor. The problem with this whole scenario is that no one knows the real Erika. She paints the picture of the perfect daughter, student and individual. She is full of polite smiles, ‘yes, sir’ or ‘yes, please’ and does as she’s told. There was only one person who understood her, but she feared him and was secretly in love with, Trevor’s older brother, Michael.

“For the first time in my entire life, someone told me it was okay to want what I wanted. To get into messes and to dive in head-first. To have a little f@#king fun before I died.”

It all starts out with one Devil’s Night and The Four Horsemen (Michael Crist, Damon Torrance, Kai Mori, Will Grayson III). These four boys were graduates from Thunder Bay Prep and October 30th was Devil’s Night where pranks and hijinks rule the night. Erika has always wondered about Michael and his friends and the kind of stuff they get into on this night. So, she decided to tag along without anyone knowing.

“I wanted to get into a little trouble. I wanted to catch some rain, find something that made my heart pump again, and I wanted to know what it was like to not have anyone to grab onto.”

Penelope Douglas wrote her characters and storyline with such exquisite details that they popped off the paper/screen. I am a lover of a-holes and Michael is the leader of the pack. There are many twists and turns, that you won’t see what’s coming next, along with steaminess galore and Corrupt is full of mystery.

Forever fan of Penelope Douglas! Highly recommend this incredible book!

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Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart–Review

Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.‘ –Michelle Rosenthal

Holy macaroni! I honestly don’t know where to start, so I’m going to start with the authors. Heather and Kate are FLIPPING geniuses! I love a good emotional read, but, honestly, I don’t actively go looking for it. Heartbreak Warfare is one that has ALL the feels and then some. I don’t know what rock (or boulder) I’ve been under where I haven’t heard of this dynamic duo, but I think it’s safe to say, they found themselves another permanent reader!!

Despair, elation, fear, love, hate, anger, sadness, joy and anticipation. Those are a lot of emotions placed between the front and back cover. I laughed, I cried, I was enraged and I was hopeful. Heather and Kate were able to pull out of me all these emotions, but I truly felt like I was with Katy and Briggs as they experienced war and the trauma that follows, both internally, externally and emotionally. I was filleted open, rubbed raw and left to try and stitch myself back together! I cannot emphasize enough not only how amazing Heartbreak Warfare is, but how engaging and sucked in you become. I was taken aback the first time I started crying.

Staff Sergeant Katy Scott is married to a Captain in the US Army with a six-year-old boy. Needless to say, deployments haven’t been easy on this family. Katy works in the clinic on base as a nurse/medic with her best friend, Corporal Mullins. The only thing Sergeant Briggs has known is the military. Katy and Mullins volunteer to go on a humanitarian mission along with Briggs and his buddies. Feeling excitement on getting off base and cooped up all the time, the only thing that made Katy uncomfortable was Briggs. Keep in mind, Katy says she is happily married, but there is something about Briggs, that she can’t ignore and sucks her in. While out on this mission, they are ambushed. What ensues is, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and chaotic. Heather and Kate do a phenomenal job with what follows, not only along the storyline, but at making you feel as though you were one with the book. I’m still in awe.

Heartbreak Warfare was about more than Katy and Briggs, it also included Gavin, Katy’s husband. This guy deserves sainthood. What he went through when Katy came home is, unfortunately, something many families go through. He tried desperately to bring Katy back, but unfortunately, there was only one person that would understand what she’s been through and he’s fighting his own battle. Each character was written so well, that it was hard to have a favorite. You know in some books, you are pulling for one character or another? Well this one, I felt like everybody deserved a win at happiness!

I am in awe of Heather, Kate and their glorious book, Heartbreak Warfare. If you are like me and want angst, but usually avoid super emotional reads, don’t pass this book up. You will not be disappointed. In fact, there are many great wonderful lessons throughout. It gave me a greater appreciation for people in the military, past and present, for our freedom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

5 stars

Five ‘Superhero’ Stars PLUS Five ‘Awe-inspiring’ Stars

Truth by Trilina Pucci–Review

 

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‘Lust: to have an intense desire or need: Crave specifically: to have a sexual urge’

-Merriam-Webster

A simple, straightforward statement of the definition of lust. Easy-peasy, right?   Wrong. Trilina does a wonderful job of intertwining life, lust, love and realism. As a reader, you feel all the emotions that she is provoking along with, shock, hope, laughter and eventually the cherishing of each other between Dom and Drew.

Drew Matthews has been recently promoted to VP of Marketing at her company. Her best friend, Gretchen, works right alongside her. As a way to celebrate, they get all dolled up and decide to hit the town. Drew is a beautiful soul, inside and out, so it’s not a shock that she gets hit on as soon as she is there. None of these men interest her, until one. Despite being a strong individual, she is easily flustered when in the presence of a handsome man.

‘I mean, sorry…I’m a meat eater.’…’What I mean is, I would love the steak, but I’m not sure if I can fit that much meat in me.’

Dominic King is a businessman that is based out of NYC but has many business ventures in Chicago. Dom has a twin, Luca, who lives in Chicago and handles the business when Dom isn’t there. One spectacular business is a club called, Church. Church is a sex club with all the usual happenings but is somewhat elevated to give it a ritzier atmosphere. Through a series of incidences in their early youth, Dom is a little bit more jaded with love, relationships and marriage.

‘I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I definitely believe in lust at first sight. And I fucking want her.’

Drew and Dom are an inevitable just waiting to happen. Dom has a certain inclination to some kink. Unbeknownst to Drew, Dom sees the same need in her, that he feels inside. For some unknown reason, he can’t get Drew out of his head. Dom and Drew go through many ups and downs before you, the reader, reach the end.

Trilina Pucci has created not only an exquisite book, but she has established a firm foothold in the background stories, which set her up nicely, for the next book, Envy. Are you catching a theme here? You guessed it, each book is based off the seven deadly sins and personally, I can’t wait! I, absolutely, loved everything about ‘Truth’ and am excited for more.

‘Baby, we’re just getting started. I’m not your god—I’m your King.’

 

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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