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Malum part 2 by Amo Jones–Review

Seriously, a part of me wants to just say to you all, ‘Just read the book. Don’t hesitate, don’t think twice, just one-click this baby and read.’ However, that really isn’t a review now is it?

I am wrecked, flabbergasted, suspicious of everything and everyone. Dare I say happy? I’m afraid if I do, Ms. Jones is going to throw another one of her epic monkey wrenches in everything and take that away. I’ll admit I said this before about a couple of books, but Malum part 2, truly did destroy me and rip me apart. I’m still unsure how I’m being put back together, but my love for Tillie and Nate is strong. 

Tillie is the epitome of savage. She is hardcore, smart, will defend herself and others, if needed. In a sense, she is like Robin Hood. He gave money to the poor, while Tillie defends those that are frailer and weaker than her. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone. However, there is one person that can slip past her defenses no matter how many times she puts a wall up. Nate.

Nate has left me speechless. He had just evolved tremendously from part 1 to now. Malum part 1 felt like boys playing King of the Hill on the schoolyard. Malum part 2 brings on a whole new ballgame for The Kings. It’s no more King of the Hill their playing, now it’s King of the World and watch out world, because these boys mean and do what they say. Their lives are one big chess match and you don’t want to cross Tillie and her Kings. They have matured, evolved in their roles within the group and quite frankly are bad@ss. Nate was larger than life. He appeared to fill in every space wherever he was. He is domineering, scary, hot and plain excelled in his role with the Kings. Tillie and Nate are two puzzle pieces trying to find their match. The downside to finding your match with these two is that they are explosive together and if you don’t watch out, you will get burned. 

Amo Jones has seriously done it again. She held back no punches, displayed the chemistry that just blew up the page, took you on a ride full of up’s, down’s, twist’s and turns. As jarring and addicting as it was, one of my favorite things was when Tillie and the Kings just sat back, relaxed, bantered and had a few laughs. They emanated the whole feeling of family, despite not necessarily being blood related. 

Amo you continually mesmerize me with your talented writing. I know when I read an Amo Jones’ book, I will have had everything drawn out of me and be left breathless. In Malum 1, I was full of ‘no way’ and ‘oh my gosh where is this going’? In Malum 2, all questions from part I were answered, and you have left me spent and emotional.

Congratulations on a well-done book and I can’t wait for what’s next!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wickedly and delicious Royal stars.

Trouble at Brayshow High by Meagan Brandy–Review

 

“Raven Carver, she does whatever the hell she wants, makes shitty judgment calls in a snap that you never see coming, and hopes it’ll all work out in the end, fuck the consequences. I can’t fucking stand it.”

Trouble at Brayshaw High, picks up where we left of in BOBH and, no, I will not tell you where it picks up or give you any spoilers. When BOBH ended, I had a lump in my throat and was sitting on pins and needles as to where this could go. I was never so excited than when I opened my library and 🎵AHHH🎵 Trouble had finally arrived. Now, here, I sit about five days later STILL trying to process everything I have read. If you read my emoticon review, it still all applies. I feel like I’ve gone on a roller coaster that is inverted, with eight consecutive loops, occasionally will go backwards all while swinging from side to side. Meagan Brandy, what have you done to me??

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I fell hard for the leads in Boys at Brayshaw High. I truly didn’t think I could love Trouble more, but I do. Gosh, Maddock, Captain and Royce are more realistic with a bigger than life presence. I fell HARD for Maddock. He just appeared to be bigger, badder and with `a more encompassing persona/presence. Oh, man, I love that guy. I was happy to see that Captain and Royce had also come out of their shell more and displayed a bigger part of their personalities. Captain is the guy you just want to cuddle with or get a big bear hug from. Royce is that sentimental guy with a jokester attitude.

“Go on, play your games, baby. I’ve got more moves than you can handle.”

Ms. Raven Carver. Round of applause for showing who has the bigger balls in the Brayshaw world. She is a force to be reckon with. She has fought her scrappy way to get respect and devotion from those around her. Raven has learned early on that she needs to be resourceful, independent and cunning to get by in this game called life. What was beautiful to see was how Raven matured between the two books. Ok, I will admit, she still does Raven-like things, but she is somewhat more cautious with it. The character development of the foursome was spot-on and enjoyable to watch.

“Together, three strong, we head inside for our fourth man.”

Madman and Raven are being their usual selves, continuing to butt heads yet fight for their relationship. They are learning to trust each other and rely on each other. Maddock and Raven’s relationship is a joy to watch. They are completely each other’s matching puzzle piece.
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Re-iterating from BOBH is that Meagan Brandy is a flipping genius. There are good storytellers and then there are out of this world storytellers. Any idea which category Meagan falls into? Her storytelling capabilities pull you in and make you feel like you are a part of the story and these characters are more than characters, they are your friends. Now, how many of you are willing to go back to high school? I sure am, if it includes being in this little posse!! Whether you follow the ‘5 essential elements of a story’ or ‘The 7 key elements of a narrative’, Meagan Brandy has it all!! So, again, here I sit on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting book three!!

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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.

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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

 

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

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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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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

Pretty Young Things by Ace Gray–Review

Pretty Young Things by Ace Gray is a monster. Ace is a new to me author and I’m so incredibly happy that I got to start my ‘Ace’ experience with this one. There are only a few that I know that could tackle seven different points of view over the span of 20 years. That’s right, 7 POV’s in 20 years. It was exquisitely written that I didn’t realize I was in a time warp while doing spin the bottle to determine the next character. Incredibly flawless.

I had to do a quick high school English refresh when I heard that this was based on The Count of Monte Cristo. For a quick recap of TCoMC, some of the major themes are: revenge, jealousy, manipulation, desire, greed and betrayal. PYT had all these themes in spades. Whether you were the betrayers or the betrayed, everyone is affected by the seven POV’s.

To simplify, I’m going to go through some of the major players. There were four teenage boys who were battling their own demons and for some reason or another felt isolated in this world. This foursome soon became a brotherhood, through the blood pact. They were ‘blood brothers. Now and forever’ and vowed to always have each other’s back. There’s Dante, Diego, Danger and Rousse. Each boy unique in personality and characteristics, but a love of surfing bringing them together. Soon they are adult age and Rousse had the ability to buy the house that they always congregated at. This brotherhood soon became roommates.

Next player is Mercy. She is a twenty-year-old who is incredibly unlucky. She lives in a trailer with a drunk daddy who likes to get a little grabby and a mother that ran away when she was young. There is something that happens in her life changing her unluckiness and allows her to meet Dante. Soon she is living with him and neither have been happier. Life is going right for these perfect partners and Dante had a job promotion. Nothing was ever going to change in this young couples’ life, because now everything seemed to fall into place so easily since they were together. As far as the other POV’s, I’m going to leave that a secret.

All is not what it seems in their young lives. There is a strain in this brotherhood that is starting, because of jealousy, greed and lust. Without knowing it, manipulation and betrayal are at play and if ‘The Brotherhood isn’t careful, vengeance will soon have your name on it.’

Pretty Young Things was nothing like I expected, but everything I wanted and more. Excuse me, Ace Gray, you have gained a lifelong fan. 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Normally, I have ‘issues’ with time jump stories (especially flashbacks). However, I was so engrossed with every single detail and every single character, that it didn’t bother me. Yes, the book may sound overwhelming, but you get so drawn into their world, as if you were another character, that the next thing you know is that you’re at the end going ‘what did I just read’. For this sentiment alone, I give 5 ‘Have Mercy’ stars. Take a chance on Pretty Young Things and you won’t be disappointed.

‘Promise me forever, Dante Rogue.’

‘On every constellation in the sky.’