// Review \\ Deadly Dreams, K.J. Sutton

Deadly Dreams
(Fortuna Sworn #3)
by K.J. Sutton

After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren’t making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from the very page I’d left this the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, if more of the book had been at this level I would never have come close to DNF’ing it. I do need to thank Julie of One Book More blog, as she encouraged me to finish this and was 100% correct about that ending!


This is a long book a fair amount of which could (and maybe should) have been edited out, with no real impact on the story. There was a whole sub-plot involving Gwen and the Wild Hunt that was far too long winded for very little forward movement. Given the amount of words devoted to this, it should have driven the plot forward much more significantly. It does leave me wondering if the series should have been planned for 4 or 5 books rather than 6.


On a positive, we saw Fortuna undergo a great deal of personal growth. There were still some rash decisions, but we saw a lot more forethought, more questioning rather than simply believing, more self-awareness. Despite it being heartbreaking to read, I loved how the author handled the trauma that both Fortuna and Collith had endured. There were some beautiful moments between various characters, some incredibly tender scenes, some moving scenes, some terrifying scenes and some confuzzling ones that will no doubt become clear in future books.


I was awestruck by how a throwaway sentence in book #1, by a nameless character, suddenly held great significance. This is a complex story, one where you start unravelling a thread and suddenly have a whole layer seemingly revealed, only for another thread to add a different spin to the story. Relationships and allegiances, that in hindsight had been obvious, were revealed like a slap to the face. Hints, clues, breadcrumbs and red herrings are scattered throughout and you could drive yourself insane trying to follow and unpick them all.


The book spent far to long drifting in aimless circles with little advancement of the plot. So whilst this was not quite as good as the previous two based on the last third I WILL continue the series. I’m fairly certain, at some point, that we will discover that “Laurie” at the end isn’t Laurie, but rather is his more evil and conniving brother. I could be wrong though.


Sadly this also suffered from that very annoying trope of “let’s avoid that simple conversation that would avoid lots of angst, suffering and misconceptions”. There were too many interrupted conversations that remained unfinished, despite the opportunity to complete them. And despite the information being really important. In addition I felt there was too much needless keeping of secrets, which smacks of lazy/lacklustre writing.


This review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… by Miriam perfectly sums up my exact thoughts and feelings around this book. Perhaps I’d been too eager for this book, had built up such great expectations that I was bound to be somewhat disappointed. However this series here, The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, is an example of where each book has it’s own story arc, but also drives the overarching storyline too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre – Urban Fantasy

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49419243-deadly-dreams

I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again.
Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own.
Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork…

TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD, rape, sex, violence, and gore.

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// REVIEW \\ Beauty and the Alpha by Liliana Carlisle

Beauty and the Alpha
by Liliana Carlisle

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The author cleverly wove the classic fairy tale together with an omegaverse setting and blended the two together really well. I’ve not read the original fairy tale, so I don’t know how dark that one goes, but this is very much on the lighter end of the spectrum, albeit the one that still has plenty of steamy sex included!


It did feel a little light on the omegaverse side of things in terms of instinct, dynamics and hierarchy. Personally I would have liked a little more focus on her nesting, the knotting, how the A/B/O dynamic is viewed within the world, but then it possibly would have lost that wonderful fairy tale feel.


It balances on the edge of novel and novella, in terms of length, which limited how much world building the author could achieve. However she did finely craft two rich and detailed main characters who drew me into the story and made the reading experience very enjoyable. It’s not a book that will drag your emotions through the wringer, but sometimes we want a pleasant read, a warm hug of comfort and joy, and this is just the book for getting that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- PNR/Omegaverse
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MXS8F38/

I sold my soul to the devil.
I traded my life for my father’s freedom.
Now I’m the Alpha’s prisoner, and he only wants one thing from me…
To be his mate.
But there’s more to me than meets the eye—I’ll never be the perfect Omega he expects me to be.
He’ll always be a monster in my eyes.
And if he thinks I can save him…
He couldn’t be more wrong.

Beauty and the Alpha is a non-shifter Omegaverse fairytale. It is a standalone novella with dark themes and a HEA! 

// REVIEW \\ The Game

The Game
(The Game #1-7)
by L.P. Lovell and Stevie J. Cole

I was intrigued by my original review for this book, could only remember very vague parts of the plot, so decided to give it a re-read via Kindle Unlimited. The re-read didn’t quite live up to my expectations, and I found myself downgrading the books rating.


I was disappointed by the number of editing errors in this, given that sufficient time has elapsed, since it was first release, for updates to have been made. Whilst I still enjoyed the story and appreciated how well the authors ratcheted up the tension – you certainly feel on edge frequently through this story – I did find myself rolling my eyes at how far fetched parts of it were. I also found myself skimming parts, particularly the overly long and overly frequent sex scenes. I mean, yes they were hot, but the book would have been half the original length if they were all deleted from the manuscript!


I would kinda maybe recommend it still. Eh, it’s worth a try!


~~~~And if you’re interested here is my original review~~~~


I feel like I could give this both 1 star and 5 stars for a whole variety of reasons, which I will try and explain.


I’ve never read any work by either author and from the little bit of blurb I was expecting a book along the lines of JA Huss’ “Taking Turns”. Oh boy was I wrong. The book is seriously dark, savagely twisted and morally corrupt. So dark it was like coal. At times I felt like you do when you pass a serious car crash… you don’t want to look, you know you shouldn’t look but somehow your eyes are drawn to the carnage. I’ve read other dark books (e.g. Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas and Beast by A. Zavarelli) but this makes those look like a child’s bedtime story. It almost needs to come with a warning – and is not a book for the faint-hearted. Oh and I’m not referring to the sex – some of which is taboo and all of which is steamy. No I’m talking about the mind f***ery that goes with this book.


I both loved and hated this at the same time. Parts of me said ‘as if you’d make that choice’ whilst another part said ‘who knows what you’d do in the same situation as Ella’. A part of me thought ‘as if you’d really be able to set up those games/get away with them’ and that other voice replied ‘who really knows when you have untold wealth and the power that brings’. I frequently questioned why I was reading the book and yet I kept on doing so.


I also felt there were many unanswered questions. Were there only ever the same three men involved? How many other games had been played? Did games overlap or run one straight after the other? And quite frankly how did these men actually keep their business afloat as they seemed to spend more time ‘playing’ than they did working? Had Three purely set up the game just because of Ella? There was an attempt to explain why he had wanted Ella to play the game but I was confused as to what he wanted to shape her into and what he truly wanted/expected to happen. Also if he was so obsessed with her why Day 3’s game?


The only true explanation I could come up with for why they played ‘The Game’ was very unpleasant and made me really dislike those taking part. We’re richer than you (hence more powerful) so we’re superior to you also appeared to be another unpleasant theme.


I didn’t feel any love or romance or ‘normal’ caring in this book at all and the epilogue chilled me even further and almost made my stomach turn. I did feel the love between Ella and Tobias though.


And yet I gave this 4 stars. If I hadn’t had those unanswered questions I would have rated this 5 stars. Why? Because it is an extremely well written book and despite reading this almost as I would watch a horror film (through my fingers and hiding behind a cushion) I wanted to know how the story would end. I wanted to see how The Game would end and whether there would be a HEA. The characters were not necessarily likeable or pleasant but they were believable, intriguing and captivating. The Game is meant to mess with Ella’s mind and the book certainly did the same to mine. Unique plot line isn’t in it, and part of me is almost thankful for that.


I think this is one of those books that I’ll need to read again at least once to fully appreciate the story. It’s a good book, it’s an amazing read, I would recommend it but ONLY if you don’t mind how deep into the murky depths of human depravity this will take you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35607451-the-game

What would you do for one million dollars? Or rather, what wouldn’t you do? Would you play a game?
One contract. Two Guys. Three players. Four Strikes. Five rules. Six zeros. Seven days.
No safe words. No questions. Complete submission. Are you game?

// REVIEW \\ Find Her by Markie Morelli

Finn’s Plan – Book One:
Find Her
by Markie Morelli

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Having read Cheri’s Rules I was intrigued to read Find Her (Finn’s Book #1), which is the first part of a trilogy. I found the story really easy to read and definitely enjoyed it. It’s a fairly low steam, slow burn, though I think that may well change in following books, which I will definitely be reading.


I’m looking forward to seeing how Trish grows as a character. I didn’t feel like I really got to know the “inner” her but am hoping that we will see her develop and find her voice in future books. At first I thought she was a little weak, almost a doormat, but then I realised that actually she was still quite young and was simply overwhelmed by Finn’s personality. Bulldozed might be a more apt description.


Speaking of Finn, he knew very much what he wanted and went all out to attain it. I do have reservations that he is more in love with the idea of his “perfect wife” than he is with Trish herself. There were constant internal thoughts on how he would guide her, mould her, change her until she became his ideal woman. At times it felt as though he was controlling to the point of overbearing. However just as I’d reach that point, he would then do or say something to not only redeem himself but make me swing the other way and cheerlead for him.


Finn did want to ensure any decisions and actions were consensual and he clearly cared very deeply for Trish, so he is a hero I can get behind. Even though he is dearly hoping that Trish will be both his wife and his little girl, he was willing to accept her choice in the matter. Whilst normally I’d have an issue that he hadn’t been honest with Trish about his ultimate desires, he is willing to accept if she says no to certain things, so I’m giving him a pass this time. He does seem to listen to Trish, helping her work through some very conflicted feelings, and I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- Age Play Erotic Romance

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KPRGYC7/

“You can’t buy me, Finn,” she replied. “Money doesn’t mean that much to me. I’ll admit I’m attracted to you, but don’t try to ‘make me’ do anything. I may be small and easy to get along with, but I can be feisty as well. And stubborn,” she added, thoughtfully.
“I’m counting on that,” he answered cryptically.


Billionaire Finley Tremont is a man of action and he has plans, big plans for his new bride, Trisha. He wants more than a traditional marriage, much more. Putting on the brakes will be difficult for him, but that’s exactly what he needs to do. Each step must by measured, designed to make her crave the same things he does. He adores her, aches for her, and now that she’s agreed to become his wife, Finn intends to take Trisha into a world he’s only dreamed about.
As a brilliant CEO, Finn is used to overcoming obstacles to get what he wants, and he wants to be her husband and daddy. Let her be naughty and rebellious if she wants to; he hungers for the challenge and a chance to prove that he is more than master enough. In the end, he’s going to win her undying love.

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// Review \\ Flawed by Leann Ryans

Flawed (Omega Market #2)
by Leann Ryans

Unlike many M/f omegaverse stories, Flawed is very consensual and low on angst. It has an alpha male, Terille, who treats his omega with care and respect. He might be an Alpha, driven by the instincts of the dynamic, but he isn’t ruled by them. He is in control of his actions and I adored him for that. I did like that idea that an Alpha could still have empathy.

He ignored the need that filled him to show her she was his in a physical way, trying to find words that would explain his desire for her instead. Her scars didn’t diminish her in his eyes – he’d already seen the beauty of her in her bravery and tender nature. Marred flesh would never make him give her up.

It took a while for me to see Cassie’s strength. It wasn’t that she felt weak or like a doormat, but more as though she allowed life to wash over her and happen to her rather than living it fully. Though given all she had been through it was perhaps understandable. I did like her as a character, she quickly recognised the good in Terille and worked with him to make the relationship work, rather than pointlessly against him.


It was a touch on the instalove (lust?) side for me, though that can somewhat be explained by the dynamic of an Alpha/omega pairing. The author did convince me of their feelings for one another, though again more so when we had Terrile’s perspective. I very much liked both main characters and found the story easy to read, there was a good balance between plot and steam, with all the sexual elements being totally consensual.


Personally I would have preferred to have gotten to know both main characters BEFORE they met, or to have spent more time seeing them building their life together. Whilst there were several plot points that allowed for conflict or complications, any strife was fairly easily resolved. At times I just wanted something that would give me a little more depth, a little more uncertainty and emotional upheaval. It was a bit of a “disneyfied” version of an omegaverse, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just wasn’t quite as meaty a story as I prefer, but it is an entertaining read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- Omegaverse SFR
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53683788-flawed

Damaged.
Unwanted. Flawed. That’s all Cassie thought she’d ever be.
Dedicated.
Emotionless. Controlled. Terille smothered his feelings a long time ago, but the omega with big brown eyes pulled at something inside him. The others thought he was crazy choosing the one they saw as useless, but he wasn’t going to let her go.

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Review // Fated For Her Wolves

Fated For Her Wolves by Tara West

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Can you jump into book 6 without having read books #1-5? The answer is yes, because that’s exactly what I did. The author provides just enough relevant background detail to allow you to understand the story, without totally spoiling previous books for you.

Would I have enjoyed this more had I read those 5 books? Possibly but it was still a good read, that I’m happy to recommend to anyone who enjoys PNR. I did have a personal dislike of the word “ribbon” being used as a euphemism for the vulva/labia area but as things stand that isn’t a biggie.

The book is written third person from several viewpoints, which is perhaps more typical of the urban fantasy genre, but I liked it and the way it allowed the story to evolve. I really liked Tatiana, even Dimitri won me over in the end. Out of the four brothers I really didn’t feel as though I knew Andrei at all. There seemed to be characteristics/traits that were inherent from the males birth order and their position within the quartet, however not having read the previous books I did struggle a little bit with that aspect.

The story was action packed, full of intrigue, danger and peril. I found myself totally caught up in it, enjoying the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. The ending was a little open, presumably setting up for the next book. My personal preference would be for it to feature this quintet as it’s heroes and heroine, because whilst this book does have a HEA their story didn’t feel quite complete. Even if it doesn’t I will still be continuing with the series and can’t wait for the next book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre – Reverse Harem, PNR

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54640359-fated-for-her-wolves

Is fate’s bond strong enough to save their love?
For five long years, Tatiana Thunderfoot has longed for her fated mates, wishing she could complete the bond but feeling unworthy of their love; her cruel words had unintentionally sent their mother into a hunter’s crosshairs.
Pressured by her family, she agrees to complete the bond with the four Romanian wolf-shifter brothers, but after making them wait so long, she fears that bond may no longer exist, and she’s unsure how to win their love again.
Constantine, Dimitri, Andrei, and Dejan Lupescu have longed for Tatiana to return to them. No matter how many times they assured her their wicked mother’s death wasn’t her fault, she still hesitated. At their wits’ end, they can’t help the resentment that festers like a demon’s burn. When three powerful, angry demons try to take over their Romanian town, they realize they have much bigger problems, especially when the creatures set their sights on Tatiana. They need to save their fated mate before they lose her forever.

Review //\\ Maximum

Maximum (Cultivated #6) by Elin Peer

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Maximum is a story of personal growth, letting go of fear and love. Neither protagonist is perfect, in fact they both of issues that hold them back. However compromise, listening to one another and wanting to be a better person results in a unique and compelling love story. Maximum and Fleur are both likeable, down-to-earth characters – even though both had a far from normal upbringing. I adored not only them but also their story.


This book doesn’t follow the usual cliche of meet, get together, break up and reconcile. Instead we see a couple work through their issues together. Observe how persistence and respect are used to form a connection and watch as they fall in love. Nothing in life is perfect but it is how we deal with those bumps in the road that can make or break a relationship. Fleur and Maximum might not get it right first time, but they do persevere and endeavour to be better.


I loved the epilogue, who knows if it will pave the way for stories in the future. It was also great to “bump into” some very old friends too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Maximum (Cultivated #6) by Elin Peer

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54322138-maximum

What if your soulmate gave up on love before even meeting you?
I’ve lived my life trying to undo the evil my father caused in this world. With every penny I donate, and every orphan I help, I feel lighter, but it never lasts long. Always on the move, I’m restless and feeling more lost than I allow people to see.
That is, until I met Fleur. She is as grounded as Mother Earth and fearless around wild animals, but is she brave enough to take another chance on love? And if so, would she ever fall for someone as flawed and troubled as me?

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Review //\\ The Night and the Land

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The Night and the Land (The Deschembine Trilogy Book 1) by Matt Spencer

The Night and the Land introduces us to an intriguing alternative, or even “Could Be”, Earth. The tale unfolds slowly as we follow Sally Wildfire, Rob Coscan and those who want to use them, on what could almost be considered an Urban Fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Though in this case the protagonists are older and the ending, as yet, is not quite so tragic. However the book contains all the hallmarks of a great dark fantasy, with imperfect characters, epic world building and a riveting plot.


There is no huge information dump, we get a drip feed of small facts, ideas and hints that gradually allowed the bigger picture to emerge. Whilst it did leave the reader a little unanchored at times, that perfectly reflected the situation for Rob and, to some extent, Sally. Having grown up knowing nothing of his true heritage, Rob has always wondered why he didn’t quite fit in amongst the Earth-liners. Meeting Sally triggers a series of events that will change both of their worlds, and may just change the future of our world too.


The help of friends, the pursuit of enemies and the typical interference of politics, by those who never have to deal with dirty realities and resulting aftermaths, set Rob and Sally on paths not of their choosing. After all, most would hold to the belief that a Spirelight and a Crimbone were never meant to meet and fall in love. Rather theirs is to be mortal enemies.


It is by parts a violent and cruel tale, with slivers of hope and joy added in. I found myself developing a soft spot for Shelden, and an instant distrust (dislike?) of Puttergong. The pace was good, and despite almost feeling as though not a huge amount was achieved, the plot was packed with action, intrigue and peril.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark Urban Fantasy
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44014200-the-night-and-the-land

Among the local hippies and squatters of Brattleboro, Vermont, Sally Wildfire is on the run, hiding from her cruel, relentless family. She finds unexpected love with Rob, a bristly young man freshly awoken to alien sensations and ancestral memories of a long-forgotten realm…setting them both on a collision course with a brutal rite of passage, as the Wildfire family leaves a trail of mangled corpses on the road to Brattleboro.

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Review //\\ Renegade by Myra Danvers

Renegade by Myra Danvers

Well excuse me Myra Danvers but who the heck do you think you are leaving me stranded at that point of the story? 😉


Renegade
 is the opening book in what seems to be one heck of a gripping series. Some elements of the story may appear familiar if you’ve read Hunting the Renegade Omega by M.D. Pentacles, as this is not only a reworking of that story but a major re-writing with plot added and nipples removed (it’s gone from 17k to 55k words). It’s in effect a brand new book, and one that I enjoyed.


The world is complex, the building of which is done slowly, so whilst there is no huge info dump there are times when you might be feeling a little “huh?” or “wassat?”. Keep going, keep reading because our little omega Renegade is so worth the time and effort. I loved that devious little minx and her shenanigans. The males we get to know to a slightly lesser degree with Sinadim and Balkazar standing out the most, though Micha and might just be my favourites at the moment.


This is an omegaverse story, with all that world entails. Our renegade omega goes into a natural heat attracting a small group of males, all of whom she mates with. This is a very steamy, and at times dub-con read, with lots of fluids leaking and splashing around, not to mention ruts and knots.


As my first line suggests, this ends on a cliffhanger. Whilst it’s not at a crucial point of the story, I was so invested that my first instinct was to scream in frustration. 

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Title – Renegade
Author – Myra Danvers

Genre – Omegaverse PNR

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54645232-renegade

She is the key to his revenge.
What was once a treasured possession of his father is now the most valuable thing in the ravaged kingdom beyond the wall. A female boasting ancient bloodlines and a body which cries out to be mastered.
A rare prize many would kill to claim.
Defiant to the whims of fate, she dares resist, believing the wilds of the forest could hide and protect her. But nothing will protect her from him.
She will bow at his feet and birth him an army.
From her lips, he tastes vengeance… and soon, the Alpha will rise again to reclaim his throne.
But he is not the only contender…
And the hunt has begun.

Release //\\ Violence by Lily White

Title: Violence

Series: Antihero Inferno #3

Author: Lily White

Release: July 29, 2020

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Design

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster; @lanefotograf 

Model: Lawrence Templar; @Lawrence_Templar

Goodreads:  https://bit.ly/ViolenceTBR

Blurb:

Seventh Circle
Violence
Also Known As Ezra Cross

He’s one of a pair. Identical twin to Damon. And an enforcer for the Inferno if one is ever needed. I knew better than to get involved with him. With his aggression. With the constant fights. With the games the twins were known to play with every woman stupid enough to fall for them. We made a mistake when we met again as adults.

I fell in love.
He fell in love.
His brother fell in love, too.
What used to be a good time is now a tragedy. Our story is messy. It’s cruel. It’s forbidden. Despite all that, Ezra refuses to let go.


*** Each novel in the series depicts a unique romance, but the plots through each book connect in one world. For the best experience, read the series in order.


Nine Dangerous Men. Nine Unrepentant Sinners. Nine Irresistible Manipulators.

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):
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In the Series:
Treachery (Antihero Inferno Book 1)
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Fraud (Antihero Inferno Book #2)
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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2zUwnw1
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2V680D9

Author Bio:
Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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