The Break-Up Artist is a fun and heart warming second chance rom-com. Katie and Wes were both very likeable, easy to believe in characters, and I loved that Selena was neither entitled or bitchy. The author created a cast of characters that together added depth and colour to the story.
Second-chances are a guilty pleasure of mine, some are better than others. In this one I liked that their original break-up wasn’t cliched. Both played a part in it and though Wes really hadn’t come out of it with any honour he DID acknowledge his mistakes and show contrition. In fact the whole plot line avoided the usual cliches and was very much about BOTH characters growth and learning.
The story is quite slow burn, which worked well with the plot line, but once the chemistry ignited this pair certainly burned hot. I found it easy to believe in their connection and emotions, and really enjoyed reading their story. This isn’t my favourite book by this author but it was still a very pleasant way to spend a few hours.
I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way. My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem. Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig. Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex. Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him. I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit. Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy. Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me. But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?
Very, very, VERY loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, with a good dollop of Romeo and Juliet too.
I enjoyed this, it’s definitely one of the better stories in the series , holding my attention and being easy to read. I liked Ari/Ella and, once we actually got to know him, Domenico proved to also be a great character. This is a contemporary mafia romance, not the grittiest I’ve read but it did hold many aspects of realism. I don’t think I’ve read anything by K.I. Lynn before, I did like the author’s writing voice and found the book entertaining.
Conflict was too easily resolved, and sometimes not fully explained. It was also very insta-love with us being told more than shown their feelings. However the chemistry between Ari and Dom was nicely portrayed and I definitely felt the heat and attraction between them. That said, I’m not convinced that having narrowly missed being horrifically raped you would then immediately have sex with someone else.
So for me this was good but not great, mainly due to my personal preferences rather than any serious failings of plot, pace or characterisation. I would be happy to recommend this to those who love a mafia/captive romance that is on the paler end of the dark spectrum and I would consider reading more work by the author, genre dependent.
Blurb: The mafia never lets you go. I thought I was safe, free, but I never expected to find myself locked in a cage. I’m in his territory. His prison. The beast. A fate worse than death awaits me if I can’t get away, so when the opportunity of salvation presents itself I grab it, even if I’m unsure if I can trust the hand I’m holding. The only way out is through, exposing secrets and spilling blood. Things aren’t how they appear. Nobody is what they seem. Not even me.
The chains chafed my wrists, making me wish I were still in my cage. Though it lacked privacy, the cage at least had a bed, and in there I wasn’t restrained with my arms above my head. But I was in Domenico’s domain. The small bedroom-like area was created from a previous office. There was a lamp and a mattress with a blanket, but those were the only creature comforts. The rest of the room retained both the look and smell of the rest of the decaying structure. With no way to tell time, I wasn’t sure how long I’d been there. All I knew was that I was tired. Being held against my will caused spikes in my adrenaline, and the subsequent crashes left me drained. The small panic attacks had lessened over the past few weeks, but there was an undercurrent of strife, and I feared what would happen if things got out of control. I stared at the bed, wishing I were on it. All that did was cause the memories of him inside me to come slamming down. The absolute owning of my body by him and him alone. The way he made me come undone. Feelings that I shouldn’t have with his touch, but I did. Feelings I drowned in as he consumed me. I am Domenico’s…for now. And that was the thought that always sent questions spiraling out of control and a spike of fear to run through me. I was a caged bird. A pet awaiting a sentence bound to be more grim than any fairy-tale horror.
Author Bio: K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology, Amazon Bestseller Becoming Mrs. Lockwood, and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about. Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.
Ratings 5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again. 4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others. 3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre. 2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters. 1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.
A bit (lot?) of a “me not you” situation because technically there wasn’t anything wrong with the technical writing, plot or pace, but this just didn’t engage me emotionally. It’s quite a short read and felt more Lion King than Sinister Fairy Tale but it’s still a decent read and well worth trying for yourself.
It took too long, in my opinion, for the H and h to meet and I know they are fated mates and I know they had dreamed of one another BUT there was no real attempt to develop any other type of connection between them. It was all just very instant (as in next second instant) and I’m just one of those PITA readers who needs convincing of a bond.
The story was nicely written and easy to follow, the world building was decent, though I didn’t care for the overuse of the F word – it didn’t seem to fit the low technology setting. I expect the word in Mafia, MC and even contemporary romance but it felt jarring here. However it’s a fairly minor thing and I’m sure many of you would disagree on that 😊.
Whilst it isn’t a dark read, it is steaming hot (when Karzan and Janey do eventually meet) and entertaining.
Far, far away, hidden on Insula Sacra—Island of the Accursed— lives a forgotten world of man and beast.
Damned by the Gods, and forced to live in everlasting darkness, they continue to fight a war that has long since been buried in time.
With each rise and fall of the cursed moon, they are reminded of all they’ve lost.
Desperate for freedom, they await the night the one true king will rise to power and free them from the curse.
The King, however, cannot rise without his Queen—both blessed with the mark of the Gods, they must end the war to save them all.
“They abandoned us, cursed us. An endless war, a dying race…the prophecy states that once united, the chosen one, bearing the mark of the gods, will bring forth the one true king.” Balling my hand into a fist, I turn and face the great room. “I will be that King. No matter what it takes, no matter how many people must burn to make it so, we will rise again and this time, not even the Gods will be able to stop us.”
This reverse harem paranormal romance will leave you hot! Flamed by Katie Douglas is OUT NOW!
Flamed is one hugely fun, gentle and steamy read
I very much enjoyed this story of Alora and her hot dragon-shifter men, Brynn, Canavan, Sharpe and Argon. The author managed to convey distinct personalities for the male characters and make them very likeable. Alora was a strange but wonderful mix of politically savvy and yet quite naive and unworldly too. I adored her, she was far too sweet and loving to not like!
This is a very low angst read, perfect for when you want pure entertainment that is easy to read. Problems are resolved fairly easily but, as long as you read this knowing it isn’t a deep or complex book, there is still a lot of enjoyment to be found within it’s pages.
The plot has plenty of twists and turns, and whilst the world building was fairly detailed and had been given plenty of thought, it did lack depth on occasions. Not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the story though. I really liked how Flamed set up the possibility of future books and will definitely be reading those too.
I’m happy to recommend this to fans of Reverse-Harem books and those who love a light, sci-fi romance.
A lost princess. A species on the brink of extinction. A legend that could save them all.
Alora I was having the worst day ever. A terror attack hit the center of my father’s interplanetary empire. In the chaos, I got captured by space pirates. They said they were going to sell me. Alone and scared, I hardly believed it when four huge dragon shifters tore the ship apart and rescued me. But it’s not over.
Brynn, Canavan, Sharpe and Argon are outlaws persecuted on their home world. They’re stacked, tattooed, and they each have a different-colored flame with a unique sensual power. When I do something truly dangerous, Argon doesn’t hesitate to correct my behavior and the others quickly prove they’re more than willing to back him up, while I am left with crimson cheeks — top and bottom.
I need to return to Nidia and do my duty to the galaxy. But the four dragon shifters quickly draw me into games that set my pulse racing. And when a deeper conspiracy is revealed, I’m left questioning not only my priorities, but where my loyalties truly lie.
Set in the same universe as Her Daddy and Her Master, this ‘why choose’ sci-fi romance features all the steamy things you’ve come to expect from Katie Douglas. If you like strength in numbers, a spot of intrigue and unconventional storylines, this book is for you!
About Katie Douglas USA Today and worldwide number 1 bestselling author Katie Douglas is the sort of incorrigible British girl you’d find at St Trinian’s. She recently quit her job as a school librarian in China to write steamy romance full-time, and loves reading and writing books filled with steamy alphas with hearts of gold. She prefers cozy diners to fancy restaurants, coffee or whisky to champagne, and sometimes she adults.
Reckless rule-breaker with a taste for violence. It’s what I’ve been called time and again. Carving my way through the names I’ve been given, I’ll rise through the ranks. Collecting your blood as payment for your debts I’m young, I’m hungry, and I won’t be stopped. I take what I want, when I want. Nothing can hold me back. The cross on my back speaks of a past I know nothing about. The history of my family drenched in mystery.
Leeann Mallory My brother’s string of gambling debts has raged out of control. An insurmountable sum that he’s racked up over time. Out of money and out of luck, he did something unthinkable. Playing with my life in a game of chance, he lost. My brother did nothing to prevent me from being taken. The debt collector came in the night, and he snatched me from my bed. Debts must be cleared, and I’m going to be the one to pay it. The question is will it be in blood? Or will it be with my heart
**This is a standalone novella within the series**
Delinquent is a well written, fast paced and exciting romantic suspense. Both main characters had depth and strong personalities, and the chemistry between them was spectacular. In a very ‘it’s me not you‘ way, I just didn’t quite connect with the book. It might have been my mood, it might have been something else. There is nothing I can point at as a reason why I didn’t really love it, indeed on a ‘tick the box’ level it really should have worked for me. So whilst it didn’t wow me, I know that this will appeal to and be enjoyed by many readers. So for that reason I do still recommend that you try it for yourself.
Ally is an International Bestselling Author who writes in the Dark Romance genre, and also poetry, she is willing to expand into other genres if the inspiration takes her. Ally has been writing since she was a teenager, and studied Professional Writing at college. It has been a long time dream of hers to finally become a published author. She finally achieved this in 2018 with her Bestselling debut book, Flower in the Dark. Ally also co-writes with her close friend Michelle Brown under the pen name Ally Michelle. Ally lives in Kent, in the United Kingdom with her husband and stepson.
Now it’s time to eliminate the man who kept us apart.
The devil himself.
His reign of terror ends here.
On my terms.
Delivered, Book 2 of The Devil’s Duet, is not a standalone. It should be read after reading Depraved. Those who are triggered by dark story lines, please proceed cautiously!
My Review The author can write an entertaining story but for me this was just very much an ‘OK’ read. It wasn’t terribly bad, but nor was it terribly memorable. The writing style is fine and I found both the story and dialogue easy to follow, but it just didn’t capture me.
Delivered is the second book in a duet, with both books needing to be read in order. I was interested enough at the end of Depravedto continue the story. Sadly I have to say that I really, really struggled to connect to, or even like, JD/Julian. Whilst I love a domineering alpha male hero, I can’t stand one that is arrogant and shows the heroine very little respect. For me JD tipped over into this category, with his constant inability to trust Gabrielle or to tell her the truth.
“I’m staying,” she says calmly. “Because we’re partners, or we’re nothing.”
It felt like the latter to me, how many times do I need to hear that he avoids answering your questions? LACK OF RESPECT! However, I’ve read books with similar ‘heroes’ who also annoy the hell out of me, yet most readers swoon over, so don’t rule the book out on that count alone. I have to say that I much preferred Smith and would have picked him over JD any day of the week.
At times I had to push myself to finish this, which is a shame because over all it was a good romantic suspense. It just draaaaaaaged too many times. Honestly I think this could have had chunks cut out and been trimmed down to a longer novel or two novellas. The constant ‘I know he won’t tell me anyway‘ ‘I’m keeping it secret for her own good‘ got old very quickly.
“JD.” He stops in the closet doorway, one hand on the jamb. “Don’t do this. Don’t shut me out.”
The fact that DW, this great evil man who the whole plot rotates around barely makes an appearance was disappointing. It would have been much grittier and edge of seat if we’d actually had more than 2 phone conversations. Yes he’s the President of the USA but he could have at least had henchmen lurking menacingly, lots of implied threats etc. A case of too much tell and not enough show.
I didn’t really feel invested until we were past the 50% mark of this book. Then the last 20-25% felt rushed, with a far too easy resolution, no real explanation of what happened and leaving me feeling as though justice had most definitely NOT been served. It seemed as if it was approaching a word limit/target, so the author just quickly sketched out an ending to fit the space left.
Oh and who killed Georgina and, more importantly, why? That part of the story line disappeared into nothing. I guess it might be continued in future books but then leave it as a mystery rather than a dropped story line. I bought into this a duet, not a duet but with unfinished story line that continues in a third or possibly fourth book. Don’t make it a hot potato and then never mention it again. There was also the whole truth about Deliliah/Mae thing that came out of left field. Did I miss the truth of her employment in book #1, (I don’t think so) or was that a bit of a continuity error?
This review sounds really negative and for me that usually happens when I read a book that has the bones of a good story but that just misses the mark. It wouldn’t have taken many tweaks for me to rave about this book. It had a good plot, well written and consistent characters who inspired emotion (even if it was irritation!), some excellent twists and turns and in the first book, really good pace.
A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.
A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.
Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.
When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.