Elin Peer is the writer of books that explore the human psyche through the medium of romance. Whilst Charlie could be considered a prequel, it is a full length story that stands in its own merits, introducing us to a host of complex and very human characters. Characters we will no doubt fall in love with and who will stay with us for a long time after the book is closed.
The thing I love most about Elin Peer’s work is just how darn unpredictable it is.
I’ve been stuck in the reading doldrums. You wouldn’t suspect from my review list because I have managed to finish a few books over the last two weeks, but you wouldn’t believe just how many books I’ve started and DNF’d. Book after book had left me struggling to connect with the characters or just plain care about what would happen next. Until I picked up Charlie, and in this I found a book that I didn’t want to put down. From the very first chapter I was totally engaged by both Liv and Charlie, desperate to know how their story would unfold.
At one point I was certain I knew what would cause friction between Charlie and Liv, I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Ha! Just how wrong was I, and that is the beauty of this author’s work. The journey she takes you on is never the obvious one, yet it is always absolutely the perfect one and one where I wouldn’t change a thing.
I found myself totally smitten by both main characters, so much so that I cast aside my usual issues with super speedy (though not quite insta) falling-in-love, totally embracing the speed with which this couple formed a connection. It helped that the pair had some prior history but mainly it was the fantastic writing that engaged my emotions along with my mind. There are depths and layers to this story, the unwrapping of which made this a book that will stay with me long after I read the last lines.
“This is the first book in a new series and boy does it start with a bang….”
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“My criteria for a good book is one that makes me laugh and cry. I was giggling by page 9 and hooked by page 27. Crying came later. Will reread again and again until the next one comes out.”
“Charles, the reserved, mysterious, and unattainable guy I had a major crush on in college, got tangled up with the wrong crowd. Being the heir to one of the largest business dynasties in the US made Charles a target for the narcissistic and cunning cult leader O’Brien. Now, I’m flying to Dublin to get him out. “
With degrees in both anthropology and psychology, twenty-seven-year-old Liv is convinced that she can resist being sucked into Conor O’Brien’s cult. But it’s been years since she and Charles last met; will he even remember her and will he trust her?
Charles and Liv are about to learn just how dangerous it is to go up against a possessive psychopath like Conor O’Brien.
Charlie is the first installment in Elin Peer’s contemporary romance series Cultivated, which offers suspense and drama. Like all her books, this one has a fast pace, lots of great dialogue, and it leaves you wanting more.
Drive Me Wild Blurb A bad boy. A good girl. A second chance that could send them both up in flames.
Emily was a cop’s daughter, and I was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. At eighteen, our affair was wild and completely secret. Until she left town for college and a better life, and I hit the road to nowhere. Eight years later, we’re both back in town. My father is in prison; Emily is selflessly helping her sister. We should be farther apart than we’ve ever been. But I’ve never been able to resist temptation, especially when that temptation is Emily. I shouldn’t go near her. But I do. She shouldn’t say yes. But she does. Our chemistry is hotter than ever, but she’s hiding something from me. Just like I’m hiding something from her. It’s hard to tell whose secrets are more dangerous, until it all goes to hell. I can save her – and she can save me. But we’ll have to break the rules. We’re from different worlds. We don’t belong together. But in the end, Emily and I are going to have to get dirty.
A buttoned-up counsellor. A hot ex-con with secrets. One session that changes everything. It was supposed to be simple: Let Jace Riggs walk into my counseling office, tell me how he’s adjusting to post-prison life, and let him walk out again. But the first thing I’ve learned is that nothing is simple with Jace. He’s tall, muscled, bearded and tatted. He’s smarter than anyone else in the room and ten times more guarded. He’s hiding things that would break any other man to pieces. He’s a loner, a bad boy, and an infamous Riggs brother from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s a hundred kinds of wrong for me. And even when I’m not his counsellor anymore, I still want to break down his defenses. Jace has never trusted anyone – until me. He says I’m the only woman he wants close to him. The only woman he’s wanted in his bed – ever. And when he looks at me with that look of white-hot fire, I believe everything he says. My own secrets could get Jace sent back to prison – or get him killed. And he doesn’t care. We had so little time. We might not have until morning. But with the fire ignited between Jace and me, forever wouldn’t be long enough…
The Riggs Brothers Series:
Drive Me Wild (Book 1) Take Me Down (Book 2) Work Me Up (Book 3) Make Me Beg (Book 4)
Julie loves reading and writing hot, sexy romances with awesome alpha heroes. Her favorite things are books, coffee, her perfect cat, and her husband, not necessarily in that order. She’s a writing addict who is always hard at work on her next steamy romance.
If you’ve never saddled up with a few Vanessa Vale cowboys, now is your chance! Welcome to Steele Ranch, where the men are hot, dominant and know what they want.
For Cord Connolly and Riley Jamison, that’s sexy and sinfully sweet Kady Parks.
The Philadelphia schoolteacher discovers she’s the heir—along with half-sisters she didn’t know existed—to the Steele fortune, including a real-life cattle ranch. Instead of spending her summer break at home, she’s in Barlow, Montana. And the West is as wild as she imagined, for two hot cowboys have decided to lay claim, taking her for one wild ride. And Kady? She’s ready to dig in her spurs and hang on tight.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lissy has a secret that destroyed her last relationship. She relaxes by playing with dolls. When her new boyfriend Dan finds out, she is terrified he will leave her. Instead, he embraces her little side and becomes her daddy. He even finds age-playing friends for her to hang out with. Dan takes care of her no matter what trouble she gets herself into, and Lissy knows she has found her soulmate.
Yet, she can’t help noticing she’s the oldest adult little girl at her age-play group. At almost thirty, she’s still irresponsible and impulsive. As Lissy’s birthday approaches, she worries that it’s time to grow up and settle down. Will they eventually have to give up their new lifestyle?
Note: This 40,000-word book contains extensive age-play and spanking. There’s a little non-age-play BDSM. Toys get played with. Bottoms get spanked. Bedtime stories get read. There are bubble baths with duckies. If that floats your toy boat, this is the book for you! All characters 18+.
In addition to being an author, Lee Savino is a mom and a chocoholic. She’s written a bunch of books, all smexy romance. Smexy = smart + sexy.
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.
Elemental Fae Academy: Book Two (Elemental Fae Academy #2) by Lexi C. Foss & J.R. Thorn
Even more hot men!
Book 2 didn’t have quite the same pace and frenetic energy of book 1, though I hasten to add that it is not a criticism but purely an observation. There was less plot movement in terms of the unknown threat to the Fae world, and Claire in particular, the focus instead being on developing the male characters and their connection with our heroine. There was still plenty of action and story to go with this, but I really enjoyed seeing Vox and Sol come into their own, Cyrus learn that he couldn’t have everything his own way and Claire learn to embrace her Fae half.
To my mind the change in direction was incredibly important. So many RH books fail to build distinct male leads and never come close to convincing the reader of anything more than lust driving the protagonists actions. This took the time to deepen our understanding of three more recent additions to Claire’s harem, Cyrus, Vox and Sol. Each man had his own distinct feel, his own connection to Claire, his own issues to overcome. I really appreciated the fact that I could distinguish each of the men, loved that they had their own pet names for Claire and enjoyed seeing Claire come to terms with loving 5 men.
As we moved through the story the pace picked right back up, revealing the answer to some questions whilst adding new puzzles into the mix. Not only am I on tenterhooks for the final book but I’ve got absolutely NO IDEA of where this fantastic and enthralling story will take us next.
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Titus’s mouth captivated me.
So smooth, perfect, and delicious. My tongue craved to meet his, to engage in a sensual dance that would lead to more. But he kept the kiss slow and teasing, his lips tantalizingly tender.
He smiled, the motion knowing. “You said you wanted to wait for Exos to begin our celebrations.”
“I did,” I admitted, my thighs clenching around his.
Climbing onto his lap and straddling his thighs hadn’t been part of the plan, but his smoldering green eyes had become a beacon I couldn’t ignore.
SYNOPSIS Someone wants me dead. Worse yet, my link to Spirit is dying. Why? Because Exos has been taken by a new enemy. Now I have to rely on my other elements to find my missing link before it’s too late. Oh, and I need a guard to protect me while I learn how to defend myself. No big deal. Master the elements, find my lost Spirit, and identify the bad guy. Yeah. Easy. Except Titus is tired of playing by the rules of others. Vox just wants to be friends. Sol is pissing everyone off. And Cyrus, well, he’s a force of nature and very much in charge. I’d better solve this puzzle quickly before my heart starts making choices on my behalf. Because all these fae are beautiful, cunning, and perfect in their own ways. But how can I feel complete without my Spirit? The hunt is on, and whoever is out to hurt me and mine will pay.
Note: This is a medium burn reverse harem paranormal romance, and book two of the Elemental Fae Academy trilogy.
For Melody Williams, her fantasy of a Daddy Dom has always been limited to the books she devours in secret. But when a trip to Black Light brings dominant men out of her imagination and into real life, Melody quickly falls for everything about this exciting new world, including a certain gorgeous lawyer on whom she has a very serious crush.
Kawan Park joined Black Light in the hopes of finding his perfect Little Girl. He never expected to meet her in the courtroom first. But once Melody is no longer off-limits as his client, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his when all bets are off at the club.
Despite their instant connection, meddling friends and the stresses of life will threaten Melody and Kawan’s happily-ever-after. Can the pair negotiate a bond that will work, or will Melody crumble under the stress of her newfound lifestyle and leave her dream Daddy undefended?
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.
She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.
She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.
Serving as dating guru at her local newspaper, Karissa Daly has gone on her fair share of dates. More than she’d like to admit. She’s all but given up on finding love, certain that she’s enough all on her own. But with her mother’s constant guilt trips and her roomate’s penchant for walks on the wild side, Karissa finds herself on a slew of dates that never should have been.During a string of horrible, terrible, stranger-than-fiction dates, Karissa wonders if she’s cursed. If breaking the heart of the one man she truly cared for has set her on a path of never ending heartache. As her dating life unfolds, the cast of characters she meets just keep getting worse, the dates more ridiculous. Through it all, Karissa finds herself wondering if the perfect match exists, or if every single date is just another story in her collection of Dates of Disaster.
About the Author
Ava Lynn Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed. Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show. She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing. When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.Website:www.avawood.netFacebook:www.facebook.com/authorawoodAva’s Asylum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AvaLynnWood/Twitter: @btfl7Instagram: @btfl7Tumblr: @authorawoodBooks+Main: @AvaLynnWood
Whilst you don’t need to have read either of the previous trilogies to follow this story, there is some reference made to the events in those books and characters overlap. However this is the first of a three part story for Dalton and Delle (Delilah) so be aware that it ends on a cliffhanger.
Whilst not as overtly dark as some of the previous books, there was still some aspects of this story that pushed boundaries and blurred lines. Delilah is an incredibly feisty heroine, torn over her actions and the direction in which she is being pushed, resulting in some very contradictory behaviour. Whilst this could have been irritating – a heroine blowing hot, cold and everywhere in between – the author very cleverly placed us inside Delle’s head, we saw through her eyes, experienced her mindset and so ultimately understood her somewhat whiplash attitude.
Dalton walks a somewhat grey path. He follows societal norms more than his brother, consent is important to Dalton and he would never take a woman who was unwilling, but the man is still far from sweet or innocent in any capacity. I loved that he wasn’t the only one with an agenda in this story. There is no way either of these characters could be confused or replaces with any of their counterparts in the previous trilogy’s – not something that can be said of all authors.
This was just as twisty, well written and engaging as I’ve come to expect from Felicity Brandon, it had rounded characters, a well constructed plot but, best of all, it also had it’s own unique feel. The first trilogy took me from hate to love, the second took me from bafflement to understanding this has me enamoured of the hero and intrigued by the heroine – I can’t wait to see where their story goes next.
I’m obsessed with a woman who’s nothing but trouble.
She’s feisty and tempting. And she doesn’t let anything come in the way of her mission. I’ve dealt with my fair share of rule-breakers. So, Delilah isn’t what I need. But I can’t stop dreaming about having her in my arms. She might be hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy me and burn the city to the ground. There’s only one question that remains.
Is she worth the destruction that she’s about to cause?
Author Bio: Felicity Brandon is a top 100 Amazon bestselling author. She loves the darker side of romance, and writes sexy, suspenseful stories, with strong themes of bondage and submission. You’ll find her either at her laptop, at the gym, or rocking out to her favourite music.
Excerpt: “So, you don’t want dessert, sir?” Delilah’s voice had taken on that soft purr again, and his cock stirred reflexively at the tone. Dalton leaned toward her. “Oh, I want dessert,” he assured her in a low tone. “In fact, I predict we’ll both be enjoying a bloody big portion.” Delilah’s eyes widened and she smiled. “Thank God,” she murmured. “I can’t wait.” He grinned, rising from his chair while she grabbed her purse and shrug. Stepping around the table, she moved toward him. “How far is to your place, sir?” Dalton’s arm snaked around her middle, drawing Delilah toward him. “Not far, beautiful. Hold on, I’ll have you there in a few minutes.” She flicked her bob back with a mischievous smile, and he led her wordlessly out of the Italian restaurant and in the direction of the elevators. The place was the usual thrum of activity for this time of the evening, and numerous people acknowledged him as they wandered past the throng. “Hey, Dalton!” He turned at the sound of his name to find Manuel striding toward them. “Hey, man,” Dalton answered, his brow arching at the way his old friend’s gaze so overtly fell over Delilah. “I was going to ask if you were stopping by the club tonight, but…” Manuel paused, smiling at the pouting expression Delilah was offering him. “It looks like you’re already taken.” Dalton laughed. “Manuel, this is my friend, Delilah.” He glanced down at her expectant face, her thoughts confirming how eager she was to know who Manuel was. “And, Delle, this is Manuel.” Manuel thrust out a large palm in her direction. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Delilah.” His gaze rose to Dalton, his brow raising as his thoughts confirmed his curiosity. Who’s the hot little redhead, Dalton? You’ve obviously been playing this card very close to your chest. Dalton bit back on a grin as he guided Delilah in the opposite direction. “Great to see you,” he called back over his shoulder. “Have a good night.” “Yeah, you too,” Manuel replied. You lucky sod. “Friend of yours?” Delilah whispered as they entered the elevator. There was only one other couple at the far end and with a nod, Dalton steered Delilah away from them. “Yes, he is,” Dalton confirmed. He was about to illustrate his point by telling Delilah about Manuel’s position within the organization, but he stopped himself. He may really like the woman, but Dalton had to face facts. She wasn’t telling him the truth, so he needed to be careful with the information he made available. Dalton gazed down at Delilah. She was glancing over her shoulder at the other couple, her attention slowly returning to him. “Are you okay?” “More than,” she answered with a lascivious grin. “This is the part of the night I’ve been looking forward to the most.” Dalton smirked. “I noticed,” he murmured. “You’ve been making those bedroom eyes at me all night.” Delilah nibbled her lower lip, pressing herself up against him. “Guilty, sir,” she said softly. “What’s my punishment?” His eyes widened at her provocative display, and at that moment, the elevator came to a pause, the chiming bell drawing both of their focus temporarily back to the sliding doors. Dalton pulled Delilah against him while the other couple left, his arm reaching to instruct the elevator to the floor they needed. “I’m glad you asked,” he brooded, ensuring he had her full attention as the doors slid closed once more. Slowly, he spun Delilah’s body around, pressing her against the cool mirrored interior. “Based on how much you enjoyed your introduction to BDSM yesterday, I thought we could play another game?” Delilah gulped, her pupils dilating. “Are you trying to frighten me, sir?” Dalton’s cock roused at her question. “No, Delilah.” His tone was low and even. “Would you like me to?”
These books are really unusual for mafia romances but also very intriguing and captivating.
So far I’ve read read Jorge’s book (Twisted, #5) and then this. Whilst the characters, and timeline, overlap slightly I’ve not found it difficult to pick up the story and read it as a stand alone. The stories are cleverly written to avoid (too many) spoilers for other books. It barely took any time to be drawn into Songbird and I soon find myself totally engaged by both the unpredictable plot and the fantastic characters.
Whilst there are some very dark events in the book they never feel too gruesome, with either much of the detail skimmed over or the specifics given in retrospect. This always felt like a mafia story, but one that very much breaks the mould, giving the genre a whole new perspective and feel. And definitely in a good way. It definitely has moments of a ‘British’ feel to it, but not overly so, at least to my mind. Though as a Brit I’m not sure if I’m the best judge of that or not.
I adore how the inner thoughts of the main characters often had an air of narration about them. Not only did it lend a wonderful humour to the story but made both Arturo and Solitaire into very engaging, likeable and warm characters. The plot ducks, dives and weaves it’s way along whilst providing ample opportunity for Arturo and Solitaire to fall for each other, along with plenty of reasons for us, the reader, to fall for them too.
This author just writes in a way that speaks to my heart and soul and I very much recommend this book to all romance readers.
“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts. “I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” She’d heard about our policy protecting bystanders. Of course it doesn’t apply to anyone whose eyewitness testimony can put me in a courtroom. Well, try to put me in a courtroom. In Mexico nobody would dare accuse me, and I’ve enough resources in England to guarantee a police investigation would come to nothing, but it’s not my style to take chances. Solitaire would be going into the ground along with Escamilla. “Mr Vazquez,” Solitaire gave me her best smile. “I don’t expect something for nothing.” She dropped her voice. “You’d like me,” she whispered. “I’ve heard about you. We’re the same.” “Are we?” “Yes, I can make you very happy.” She brushed my hand over her cheek and then kissed my palm. “I’m a very good girl,” she said quietly. “Unless you prefer a naughty one?” She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard.
When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.
Songbird is a complete and self standing novel in the Zeta series. Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and strong language. It is for adults only.