REVIEW //\\ Stealing Cinderella

Title: Stealing Cinderella

Collection: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection

Author: A. Zavarelli

Release: April 2, 2020

Genre: Dark Fairytale Retellings

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46260492

Cover Design: Dee Garcia







I’d started to have my doubts about this series, but Stealing Cinderella has certainly turned the tides favourably.


The book has a nice swirl of darkness to it, and is certainly fits the billing of ‘Sinister’ perfectly. Ella and Thor’s story is set in modern times, which made a few elements at the beginning seem a little far fetched, and I did find myself having to let several things ‘go’ at the beginning, hence the loss of half a star. However I can appreciate that not only were they necessary for the story, they strongly echoed the fairy tale on which this book is based. Though this prince is very more devillish than he is charming.


Stealing Cinderella has an excellent plot, well thought through, nicely paced and with some unexpected twists along the way. There are possible triggers in the book, more alluded to than truly experienced, though there is one brief flashback scene that occurs. Ella and Thor have both experienced abuse and neglect, though it has shaped them into very different characters.


Ella is very much the sweet natured, caring and loving Cinderella of the fairytale. Thor, however, has a much darker, bleaker nature and is very much an antihero – to the point that it took me quite a while to warm to him. However as we, and Ella, get to know the true man, as his secrets and hurts are gradually revealed and as he warms towards her, so I found myself warming towards him.


Whilst the Sinister Fairy Tales series has been very hit and miss for me, and mainly miss if I’m being brutally honest, this book has made the whole experience worthwhile.  Ashleigh Zavarelli took the brief and very much stuck to it, producing a story that closely paralleled the original on which it is based. At the same time she modernised the tale, threw in a good dose of all things dark, add a generous helping of steam to create a really great story.


This is one Sinister Fairy Tale I am more than happy to recommend.






Every royal has their dirty little secret. His was… me. 

It should have been simple. 

Go to the ball, meet the prince, and secure his patronage for my favorite charity. 

But beneath the mask, the brooding beast of a man was not at all who I expected. 

He was dark and intense and eerily quiet. 

When I left, I could still feel the ghost of his touch branded into my skin. 

He haunted my dreams, but I never expected to see him again. 

Then he came for me. 

And he took me. 

And I learned that his darkness was a void I never could have conceived. 

He’s the crown prince of Norway. 


And, now, I’m his captive.  



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A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance.
When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research.
She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies. 



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BLOG TOUR // The Vanity of Roses



The Vanity of Roses
by Lily White



Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 25, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50731598-the-vanity-of-roses







The Vanity of Roses is a fast-paced, twisty and totally captivating read.


With a Lily White book I know I’m always guaranteed a great read, yet no two books ever seem to be the same. The Vanity of Roses is a dark tinged romantic suspense, packed full of intrigue, secrets and lies. Manipulation is rife and this enemies-to-lovers romance kept me on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down.


Whilst Lisbeth should have been a dislikable character, she wasn’t, so her childhood behaviour was a little puzzling. Of course as the many complex layers of this story were slowly revealed, we began to get a better picture of just what had happened in the past and why. Callan was much easier to like, though there were times when his treatment of Lisbeth made him seem quite cruel. Though again there were reasons.


It’s a dual pov book, clearly labelled so you know who’s “voice” you are hearing and is written first person. This enabled me to really connect with and understand both main characters. There is a lot of foreshadowing and I did guess one twist in advance, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment in any way. I loved how you weren’t sure who to trust and who was telling what lies, you really need your wits about you when reading this one! The suspense, at times, was nerve shredding.


The writing is so eloquent and poetic, creating striking visuals and eliciting a myriad of emotions. Lily White doesn’t just write a story, she constructs a living, breathing creation that absorbs your soul and challenges all your perceptions. There were secondary and even tertiary characters who had more depth and personality than some authors imbue in their main characters. Along with a complex plot, this ensures a rich tapestry of a story.


Whilst I enjoyed every single word I did feel that, at times, as though the pace slowed a little. Every scene was well written, but just a couple of times I felt as though they were not adding anything more to the story.


I massively enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.




Blurb: 

Callan Rose.

That hadn’t always been his name.

When we were children, he was nothing more than a servant boy in my family.

He was an amusement to me. 

A nobody. 

A weak soul who refused to fight back.

It was so easy to take advantage. 

But then my father died, and I was stolen. The family moved on without me. Until I was penniless with no place to go.

I returned to the Rose Estate not knowing Callan was the head of it.

He’d honed his body and temper in the underground fighting ring. The scars only made him more beautiful. 

Now I’m trapped by a seductively dark man who has nothing but vengeance running through his veins.

I’d always wanted him to fight back, but you know what they say:

Be careful what you wish for.






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Praise:

It has my 3 D’s….. DARK, DIRTY & DELICIOUS!!!

~ Tricia, Goodreads Reviewer


Wow! Talk about gut wrenching! This book tore through me in every way possible!

~ Carvanz, Goodreads Reviewer


Totally consuming! I got lost in Callan and Lisbeths twisted love story. Callan is the ultimate bully worth fighting (or submitting) for.

~Keri Loves Books


The Vanity of Roses does not disappoint. It is everything I needed. It’s dark and violent, sexy and suspenseful.

~ S.M., Wicked Reads





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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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REVIEW //\\ The Compound



I’ve been both beta and arc reading, but none of those are quite ready to be reviewed as yet, so I’ve looked back to find a book to feature today. It didn’t take long to discover this little gem and am surprised I haven’t shared it before now!

The Compound
(Compound #1)
by Claire Thompson











Whilst this was missing somewhat in the romance department, it is still a great read and one I would recommend to those who enjoy a good BDSM story. I loved following Alexis’ journey into true submission where the emotions, the desires, the need to submit were all wonderfully portrayed. This book is worth reading just for experiencing Alexis’ experience!


Alexis has so much more grit and determination than me, 😜😊😊! I would have said “blow it” on so many occasions where she found an inner strength and determination to endure. I found Master John to be more of a sadist then I was comfortable with, but then Alexis was more of a masochist too! So despite my initial reservations they seemed to be ideally suited in a ‘training’ aspect. Whilst there are plenty of BDSM ‘scenes’, Alexis is at The Compound for just that, training, and unlike a lot of kink books this didn’t automatically mean the trainer had sex with the trainee. So there were some scorching hot scenes, but without penetration. In fact there is very little actual sex in the whole book.


I occasionally got a ‘one true way’ vibe, mainly in what makes someone a ‘proper’ submissive. I really don’t believe it was the author’s intent to do that, nor did I feel she was sending a message or expressing fixed opinions. I think it was just a consequence of the restrictions involved in writing a story, it’s a piece of entertainment and the beginning needs to connect to the middle with needs to flow through to the end. There isn’t always the possibility of including ‘everything’ to make it totally realistic – plus that would make it boring!


There were two things I needed, in order for the book to have gained that extra star. The first was more conversations between Alexis and either the other submissives or Master John on the more mental aspects of submission. Several times Alexis was expected to be able to do or achieve something with no explanation or support from Master John. If she could do it on her own she wouldn’t have been at The Compound in the first place! The other was that whilst there is a love interest in this book, there was a lack of significant relationship building. It was all far to insta-love for me. Throw me a bone in the form of a few ‘real’ conversations, a genuine way to form a connection because all I saw was lust and one scene. It wasn’t enough.


We did get enough from the Hero’s viewpoint for me to believe in his attraction to Alexis AND for me to get a feel for him as a person. The author did a great job of allowing us to know and understand him in a fairly limited number of viewings. Great writing in that aspect alone.


Now before you forget I DO recommend reading this and I will definitely be continuing the series!









Prepare to submit, body and soul, to the total immersion BDSM training experience that is The Compound.


Craving the truly definitive submissive experience she has yearned for all her adult life, Alexis Stewart marshals her courage to commit to a month of training at The Compound. There she is placed in the hands of Master John, a stern Dominant with the reputation as an uncompromising taskmaster. Despite rigorous 24/7 sexual submission, erotic torture, endurance training and punishment, Alexis smashes again and again against self-imposed walls of resistance that keep her from attaining her goal.


Master Paul Evans is well aware of The Compound rule never to get involved with the trainees, and that’s never been a problem—until now. From the moment he sees the lovely Alexis, he feels the powerful allure of her sensual beauty and submissive spirit. Will he risk everything to steal her heart? This smoldering mix of dark, edgy BDSM and hidden desires threatens to combust into a firestorm of forbidden passion, lust, and ultimately, love.









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Review //\\ Breaking the Chains

Breaking the Chain
(Stronghold Doms, #4)
by Golden Angel












The Stronghold Doms is a wonderful series about a group of friends who all attend (or end up attending) a BDSM club. In Breaking the Chain we get to know the story of Leigh, best friend to the heroine of Book 1, and Jared, an original member of the group. This pair connect through their mutual unhappy love lives. Jared having been in a fairly toxic relationship whilst Leigh’s ex had an early mid-life crisis. Having invested years of their lives in relationships that have recently failed, both are understandably cautious about jumping into a new one with both feet.


I found both main characters to be very believable, their reactions, their fears, their responses and decisions all felt very natural and realistic. It was very easy to buy into their growing connection and scorching hot chemistry. There is no unnecessary angst or drama in the story in terms of the main characters and their relationship. There’s plenty of upset caused by Marissa, a total drama queen who only wants what she can no longer have. However Jared and Leigh don’t let this impact on their relationship and I liked that the author demonstrated how a mature couple navigate the turbulence that life often throws into our pathways.


I maybe felt the pace was a little slow at times, though none of the story felt like idle filler used to add pages rather than content. Overall the writing is very strong, Golden Angel portrays very realistic kink relationships, even if the fact that they are all great friends, all into BDSM and have a club on their doorstep is a little stretch on reality. Leigh and Jarad’s was almost more of a DD relationship than a truly kinky one, the play never extending much past spankings and making it ideal if you are new or less enthused by the genre but want to sample this author’s work.


One of the real great strengths of the Stronghold Doms series is just how stand alone each story is. Sometimes there is a slight overlap in the timeline of books, and if you start with the latest there will definitely be a few minor spoilers for earlier books. This is a great series of reads that I am more than happy to recommend.











Come and meet the Stronghold Doms…

Jared and Leigh both know what it’s like to be trapped in a seven year relationship where they give more than they get, the question is whether or not they can move on from them.

Two steps forward, one step back. That’s how Jared’s life feels when it comes to his ex Marissa. Every time he thinks he’s escaped the vortex of her emotional demands, she ends up sucking him right back in; but for the first time, he thinks he might have the strength to pull free entirely. At least he hopes so. Right now it just seems like he’s hurting everyone around him and he doesn’t know how to make it right.

Leigh Douglas spent seven years with the man she thought she would one day marry, but she’s now realized that she needs him to fight just as hard for her as she always fought for him. Since he won’t, she’s working on getting over him and finding someone who won’t take her for granted. On the other side of the equation, she’s definitely falling for Jared, but he’s still entangled with his ex. No one can understand the hooks that Marissa has in him like Leigh can, but that doesn’t mean that she’s willing to take the back-seat again in another relationship.

As Jared tries to side-step his ex and Leigh takes her first steps into the domination and submission-filled world of the Stronghold club, their friends hold a collective breath as everyone wonders whose heart will be broken in the end.

This is a full-length character driven BDSM romance with hot scenes and a HEA. It can be read on its own, although is more fulfilling when read as part of the Stronghold series. Breaking the Chain is approximately 93k words long.









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REVIEW//\\ The Vanity of Roses





The Vanity of Roses
by Lily White



Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 25, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50731598-the-vanity-of-roses






He wasn’t just beautiful in the traditional sense, he was exquisite. As if a sculptor had spent months chiseling marble to create the perfect masculine form, but then a painter came in to sweep deep shadows across him.



The Vanity of Roses is a fast-paced, twisty and totally captivating read.



With a Lily White book I know I’m always guaranteed a great read, yet no two books ever seem to be the same. The Vanity of Roses is a dark tinged romantic suspense, packed full of intrigue, secrets and lies. Manipulation is rife and this enemies-to-lovers romance kept me on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down.


Whilst Lisbeth should have been a dislikable character, she wasn’t, so her childhood behaviour was a little puzzling. Of course as the many complex layers of this story were slowly revealed, we began to get a better picture of just what had happened in the past and why. Callan was much easier to like, though there were times when his treatment of Lisbeth made him seem quite cruel. Though again there were reasons.



“What have I done to deserve that?”
Hating the genuine fear I could hear in my voice, I refused to move away from him as his dangerous energy consumed the space around us.

Lisbeth, The Vanity of Roses



It’s a dual pov book, clearly labelled so you know who’s “voice” you are hearing and is written first person. This enabled me to really connect with and understand both main characters. There is a lot of foreshadowing and I did guess one twist in advance, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. I loved how you weren’t sure who to trust and who was telling what lies, you really need your wits about you when reading this one! The suspense, at times, was nerve shredding.



My nerves were live wires, the frayed ends dancing and arcing on the ground, a constant snap of electric fear bolting through me the farther into the desert we drove.



The writing is so eloquent and poetic, creating striking visuals and eliciting a myriad of emotions. Lily White doesn’t just write a story, she constructs a living, breathing creation that absorbs your soul and challenges all your perceptions. There were secondary and even tertiary characters who had more depth and personality than some authors imbue in their main characters. Along with a complex plot, this ensures a rich tapestry of a story.


Whilst I enjoyed every single word I did feel that, at times, as though the pace slowed a little. Every scene was well written, but just a couple of times I felt as though they were not adding anything more to the story.


Overall, I massively enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.










Blurb: 

Callan Rose.
That hadn’t always been his name.
He was an amusement to me. 
A nobody. 
A weak soul who refused to fight back.
It was so easy to take advantage. 
But then my father died, and I was stolen. The family moved on without me. Until I was penniless with no place to go.
I returned to the Rose Estate not knowing Callan was the head of it.
He’d honed his body and temper in the underground fighting ring. The scars only made him more beautiful. 
Now I’m trapped by a seductively dark man who has nothing but vengeance running through his veins.
I’d always wanted him to fight back, but you know what they say:

Be careful what you wish for.









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Excerpt:

“Me,” she laughed, “jealous of you?”

Her gaze dragged down me with disgust I hadn’t seen since we were kids. “You don’t have to worry about that, Callan, you don’t have a single thing that I want. You’re nothing more than a pathetic excuse for a man, a Rose in name and nothing-“

I was across the room and on her before she could finish the thought, a surprised shriek muffled behind the hand I clapped over her mouth while my boots ground the broken glass into the floor. 

Lifting her with just my palm against her chin, I grinned when her bare feet kicked, her heels thudding against the wall.

Mouth to her ear, my words came out on a dark hiss. 

“Keep talking, brat. I haven’t seen you like this since we were kids. What were you going to say to me? That I’m worthless? That you’re somehow better than me?”

The scruff of my jaw scratched her skin, my free hand sliding up the inside of her thigh.

“Please say those things,” I crooned, my voice so deep I knew it vibrated against her bones. “I’ve always wanted to take this pretty little body while you’re abusing me with your words.”

Releasing her chin, I caught her and spun her toward the wall, my body trapping hers, my hand flipping her skirt above her waist.

My mouth was to her ear again, my heart thumping in time with the angry beat of her breath. 

“And what’s messed up is you like this. I should have done it a long time ago.”





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.

REVIEW //\\ Noir Reformatory




Noir Reformatory
by
Lexi C Foss and JR Thorn












I’m a little torn on my rating for this book, it had great writing and good world building, scorching hot sex scenes and three engaging characters but I just felt that, at times, the plot was a little lacking. There was too long spent wash, rinse repeating the same stuff, and whilst I enjoyed what I read, I also felt like I wasn’t always really getting anywhere either. Where as this would normally drop my rating to 3 stars, this book is just far too good for that, so I am rounding what would otherwise be a 3.5 stars up to 4.


It would have made sense if this time had been used to develop the males into two very distinct characters but, to be honest, at the end their personalities still felt far too similar. One of the heroes even spends a couple of weeks being tortured, none of which we got to witness. We didn’t have one scene from his time at this mad woman’s hands, not one moment of seeing him survive by thinking of his friends, dreaming of Raven, or just being damned determined not to let the bad guys win.


At times it felt as though this was erotica, with the focus more on sex than story. There are many authors that I would expect and accept that from, I guess I’m just used to something a little more complex, more sophisticated and just all around “more” from one of these authors. It’s still a really good read, a fun and interesting story that held my attention easily from start to finish.


Even though this is a stand alone novel that will have follow up stories featuring other protagonists, I didn’t quite feel as though Raven’s story was wrapped up. I still have questions, some which could be answered via other characters, but some of which I really need to have answered FOR and BY Raven and her guys. That said I do still recommend this to paranormal romance readers, especially if you love a lot of MMF action.














Happy Birthday, Raven. Welcome to Noir Reformatory.

Not what every girl wants to hear on her 18th birthday, but I accepted my fate long ago. Once my wings turned black, I knew I’d be stuck behind bars.

A Noir Angel for life.
That’s fine.
I’ll own this prison just like I did back home.
Even if it’s ruled by two hot kings.

This reformatory isn’t all-girls; it’s co-ed. Which means I’m outnumbered ten-to-one by brutes with more brawn than brain. Not a problem. I thrive on aggression and this place is riddled with it. A nightmare wrapped up in an ebony cloak.

Well, bring it on, boys.
Just try and claim me.

Note: This MMF romance novel is part of the Paranormal Prison collection and the start of a brand new “Why Choose” series by USA Today Bestselling Authors Lexi C. Foss & J.R. Thorn. 














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Review //\ The Devil’s Fool







As a child, teen and young adult I read voraciously, with Science Fiction and Fantasy eventually topping the list as my favourite genres. 3 children in fewer years combined with a lack of available funds meant that reading for pleasure became a very occasional treat. As with many things, NOT doing something became the habit, and for a long time I was doing well if I read more than 5 books a year – and most of those were holiday reads.


Then for Christmas 2015 I got a Kindle, and haven’t looked back since. It rarely leaves my side. It’s my new best friend, my comfort blanket, my support in tough times. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating their but my family do believe I am addicted to it! Now there is a point to this ramble, that being that one of the first authors I discovered with my brand new, shiny, and much loved Kindle was a book by Rachel McClellan called The Devil’s Fool. I enjoyed it so much I quickly bought and read the remaining books in the series.


Well Rachel McClellan now writes her urban fantasy/ paranormal stories under the pen name Raven Steele, under which she has recently re-written and re-released The Devil’s Fool. I had the great pleasure of reading this story and loved how she cleverly linked it to her Rouen Chronicles series.










A great start to this tale of the paranormal, politics and power



I very much enjoyed The Devil’s Fool , in which we see Eve led on a path to her (almost) destruction before finding redemption in unexpected places. Do be warned, there are times when the heroine, Eve, is quite an unpleasant character, behaving in a reprehensible and selfish manner. However the story was gripping and, despite some very stupid choices , overall found myself really liking Eve. I think it helped knowing that she was going to repent some of her decisions and find the light that she was always searching for.


This is very much a journey of getting to know Eve, along with watching her chose her future. The story ends at a natural break point rather than cliff-hanger, though there are still a fair number of lose ends that need to be tied up and mysteries that will hopefully be solved. I will definitely be reading the remaining books and can’t wait to see more of the mysterious Lucien.


The book contains hints of romance and a few mildly steamy moments, but this are no graphic scenes, so this is suitable for older teens and adults. The writing is absorbing, the characters engaging and the plot captivating. A great read for those who like a good urban fantasy read.




















“I was afraid of the dark until I became it.” 

As the daughter of a magical family, power bled through my veins.
The desire to control.
Manipulate.

It lived in my blood, handed down from generations of witches.
They expected me to be the same.
Subtly rule over humans, bending their will to ours.

But I wanted to be free of my family’s dark world.
Their crimes and murders.
I wanted to be more.
Be different.

Boaz, a powerful vampire, saved me from my parent’s suffocating grip.
He promised me the world.
Seductive.
Bewitching.

I craved him.
His power.
His strength.

But the devil’s in the details.

And even he was once an angel. 



In this full-length, paranormal romance series, Steele introduces readers to a dark and sexy world full of vampires, and witches. If you like Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice, you will LOVE this series! Scroll up and grab this paranormal romance TODAY!  

This novel was previously published under Rachel McClellan but has since been updated with LOTS of new content and includes some of the beloved characters from the Rouen Chronicles.

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This is the beginning of a four book series! Start it now!

The Devil’s Fool
The Devil’s Angel
The Devil’s Soldier
The Devil

“Thought-provoking, dark, and remarkably suspenseful.”

USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton ★★★★★

“This is one of those rare books that captures me from the very first moment. The first scene was all it took, and I was in love. The story has some unique turns that ultimately set this story up as an epic paranormal romance.”

Book Enthusiast, Amazon top 100 reviewer ★★★★★

“It is a must-read book! You won’t be disappointed!”

Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★










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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.

Review //\\ Treachery



TREACHERY PREQUEL by Lily White









I really, REALLY enjoyed this prequel, this taster of what is to come from Tanner, Luca and the rest of the Inferno boys.


This started life feeling like *sigh* one of those over-done, over-the-top, so-over-them, bully romances. And a NA one to boot. I almost put this down in annoyance and frustration but then…. well we get into Tanner’s head. Now I’m not saying he was some sweet, kind, warm and generous guy, because he isn’t. Tanner is an ass. A top-of-the-range, grade-A, stab-him-in-the-eye alpha-hole of the first order. Every single time I started having kind thoughts towards him (or at least less dark thoughts) he did or said or thought something that made me immediately need to throat punch him. Repeatedly. But I did kind of get him. Yep he’s a selfish, self-serving, greedy, avaricious piece of &%$* but he does have reasons, almost.


Luca isn’t a walk over, so I’m pleased that she had backbone. She IS a little to easily led my her vajayjay at times, but she does mainly stick to her guns and plans. Though the plan to get wasted seemed a touch STUPID!!!! However the folly of youth and all that jazz.


So in summary this book was so good that I read it in one sitting (or laying since it was the wee hours of the morning when I finished it) Also – WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK OUT because I if it isn’t soon I’m gonna be going loopy whilst I wait because I need to know “what’s occurin'” as Nessa would say.











PREQUEL NOVELLA TO TREACHERY

Ninth Circle.
Treachery.
Also known as Tanner Caine.


He is a temptation with cold, dark eyes.
A man with a seductive smirk and a body built for pure sin.
The linchpin of a group of wealthy bad boys known as the Inferno.


A dark presence that repels as much as he attracts, Tanner is the poisoned apple I want to bite even when I know it will destroy me.


Our story started in college, but I ran from him so far I believed I was safe.
I should have known he’d find me eventually.
I should have known that nobody escapes.


He has me in his sights again with an offer I can’t pass up.
I know better than to make a deal with the Devil.
Not unless I’m willing to pay his sensual price…


(Treachery Prequel comes before Treachery of the Antihero Inferno Series and occurs during the college years.)


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 Standalone novels. Nine dangerous men. Nine unrepentant sinners you’ll hate to love.














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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.

REVIEW //\\ True Nature



TRUE NATURE (True #1)
by Willow Madison














Now I know how my friends felt after reading this. I’m not quite sure just what I want/need to say.


So I’ve seen rave reviews and scathing reviews, for this book, and I can see how both have merit, because this deals with a D/s relationship that verges on the abusive. The deciding factor for me was that Lucy chose Max, even knowing what might be instore for her (more on this later). There are a lot of things about Max to dislike, but none of that is due to bad writing or bad characterisation. In fact I’m pretty certain this is a deliberate move by the author and it certainly had me questioning both his morals AND my morals at times. You don’t have to like Max to enjoy this story, in fact I’m firmly in camp “toss his ass to the kerb” at the moment. I’m looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds and experiencing the journey it takes me on.


I liked Lucy, she was sometimes confused by her reactions, and struggled with her unexpected responses to Max. To quote her directly 




“My brain said to run, my body said to stay, my heart… my heart was afraid to decide.” 


There were times she felt a little weak BUT that’s from my perspective of knowing I could never be that submissive in a relationship. It was what Lucy craved, so if it was OK for her, who am I to judge? Between SSC, RACK and mind-your-own-goddamn-business, no one decides on someone else’s relationship.


Max knew exactly what type of relationship he wanted, it verged on a Master/slave one. He pretty much wanted to dictate Lucy’s entire life, at times it felt almost to the point of what she thought. And however much my modern, liberated woman brain screams against that, if it is what works for the couple involved it is no-one else’s business. We did get an insight into why he feels the way he does, and whilst it doesn’t excuse some of his behaviour, it does explain it and allow us to understand his motivations.


What did cause problems for me is that in that particular dynamic the welfare of the sub/slave should be paramount to the Dom/Master. Her needs should be met and her safety, both physical and mental, taken care of. Max was sometimes a thoughtless, selfish, ignorant ass and I severely wanted to kick his behind on more than one occasion.  If he wants total control of her he has a responsibility for her welfare, ones that he frequently seems to shirk. For example, despite knowing how overwhelmed Lucy is at meeting his parents for the first time, despite knowing she needs his support, he sends her to help in the kitchen and later on orders her around like his skivvie, despite her not having agreed to a “dynamic” style of relationship at that point. He also ignores her distress “I stand up and Lucy gives me a pleading look.” and her pain “I can’t… I’m too sore.” (for more sex). He is either totally responsible for Lucy or he isn’t, but it shouldn’t only be when it suits him.


I also struggled with how he revelled in her fear. She should fear a punishment but not because of the pain it causes but because of the disturbance to their dynamic. And should Max really enjoy her fear in those situations? Hmmmm……..


So getting back to the “might” from earlier. I did feel that at the end this did stray into the area of dubious consent, when Max punished Lucy before he had discussed consequences of her actions – particularly when she hadn’t been punished for it previously.  However when given the choice she DID decide to stay. Whether she is staying in a consensual relationship or an abusive one remains to be seen in the next book. Which I bought and read the moment I’d finished this one.











DARK ROMANCE
A warning comes with this book. It’s not a typical hearts and flowers romance. There are thorns and it’s not for the faint-of-heart.

LOVE OR LEAVE
Max, true to his nature, takes control right from the start. Lucy has no choice but to give in. As she fights to understand her willingness to give him everything, he pushes her for more.

STAY OR GO
Theirs is a journey with many a twist and turn, but isn’t love always? It’s the slow build that happens when sweet and shy meets determined and dominant.

In the end, the choice is clear. Stay or go. Love or leave. Be what is needed or turn away from True Nature.

This is the start of something darker. True Nature is the first book in a series that includes two alternative endings. See for yourself why fans are saying this makes all the other dark romances look like greyed out shades of fairytales.

NOTE: All the books in this series are available for purchase/download now, so you won’t be left wanting or waiting. This series involves a combination of Domestic Discipline, D/s, and Sm
Now Available in Paperback too!


Excerpts:
Max is a gentleman. A very old fashioned guy. He explained to me. That previous girlfriends had claimed he was chauvinistic, misogynistic, a bully, possessive, antiquated, abusive. He used those words.

And he said he didn’t care if that’s how today’s world would view him. He only cared about being true to himself…and about how I viewed him.

Therein lies the problem…how do I view him? How do I reconcile the loving, gentle man who takes such attentive care of me, to the one who makes me wet ordering me around, to the one who scares me with how much he demands?! I don’t know what to think!

…..

I lift Lucy’s chin to my face. She slowly raises her eyes. The most beautiful light blue, the lids a little red from crying. “Let me see you.”

She blinks the last of her tears away as I turn her face to the right. “You’ll have a mark.” She tries to jerk her head away, but I hold her in place. Only her eyes dart to me, the fear back in an instant. “You can look in a minute.” I let go of her face, putting my hand back around her waist. She’s still shaking a little. She sniffs and starts to lower her face again.

“You have one more thing to do before you can wipe your face and nose.” Her head jerks back up. I love how responsive she is…how open she is. Her eyes tell me so much…fear, hope, and that beautiful look of shame again. “You have to say you’re sorry for misbehaving.” 








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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.

Review //\\ Where The Stars Fall




WHERE THE STARS FALL by Ana Simons

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover design by Perrin Brunson, The Author Buddy



I miss you. More than any words could say.
More than I thought I would, ever again.



Where the Stars Fall is a wonderfully written contemporary romance, that takes you on an emotional and heart warming journey. One where Brian and Olivia need to let go of the past in order to allow love into their forever. It’s set in England so be prepared for the alternative word use because the author cracked the dialogue and British ‘accent’/feel perfectly.


This is an updated and improved version of the story found in Falling Home and is a story of an undeniable love. A tale of not giving up hope. An account of learning to trust that when you fall, the other person will be there to catch you. This was very much a book that brings something new to the table and one that was refreshingly different, but good different.


The main thing that marks this out is that it is written entirely from the hero’s POV. I’ve only read a couple of other contemporary romances that have used this process and one of my dislikes was how arrogant and ‘cardboard’ the male MC felt. That was so very much NOT my experience with this story. Brian felt so very human in his thoughts, feelings, actions and confusion. There was no arrogance, only a genuinely nice man who was willing to fight for his forever.


Olivia was more difficult to get a feel for, though clever writing allowed me to usually understand her actions and reactions. I have to say that at one point I *almost* wondered why Brian bothered with her. Olivia almost seemed determined to continually sabotage their relationship and run away from him. However this needs to be balance with her just having left a very toxic relationship, and ultimately I did like her. I do think I’d have felt even more sympathy for her if I’d heard her ‘voice’, but then I equally loved the flow we got from just experiencing Brian’s.


I adored the scenes between Brian and Josh (thankfully my kids never seemed to ask such awkward questions), he is one amazing little boy. Then there were the conversations between Brian and his dad – some of those were really tear-jerking! The scene with Emma and the “knockagoggles” made me laugh out loud and the passion between Olivia and Brian was palpable. This is a book that will make you feel so many different emotions.



“Let’s just cut the crap, everyone lies. Every day. Thing is, sometimes we lie, not because we’re bad people, but because we’re trying to prevent a bigger problem, just that. It’s always a tough call, but the intention is what really counts.”


There are a handful of steamy scenes, though neither too graphic nor crude. Unless you strenuously object to any love scenes in a book then there really isn’t anything in this to offend, other than the odd minor swear word. I’d happily recommend it to those that enjoy a captivating and well written contemporary romance. It is a story that draws you in and holds you, that combines simplicity and complexity so that you simply don’t want to put the book down.


Brian and Livia’s story really is quite wonderful and special.



“Nana told me that when people die, they become stars and watch us from above. We have to find where he is. I need to tell him I can ride my bike on my own already.”
“Let’s do that.”
“What if he already turned into a shooting star? I always wondered where they fall.”
“Into our hearts. That’s where the stars fall, Josh. And then they rest in there forever.”







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A full-length, standalone contemporary romance, Where the Stars Fall is a story of love lost and found, with lots of heart, angst, and emotion. 

All proceeds of this book will be donated to charity as part of an initiative that aims at supporting organisations whose mission is to brighten up the lives of seriously ill children.

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Betrayal always comes from the ones you least expect…

When the man he’d always considered his second father betrays him, Brian Anderson’s controlled world spins out of control. Left without closure, a year has passed and he’s more determined than ever to make the man pay for hurting the ones he loves most, his family.

Immersed in his search for justice, falling in love was the last thing on his mind. Until fate steps in and a chance encounter changes everything.

Seeing Olivia again, so unexpectedly, at his best friend’s wedding stirs up memories he had long ago put away. She’d been his first love, his kindred spirit… and the woman who left him without saying so much as goodbye.

Which doesn’t make him want her less. He knows it, the moment she locks her deep green eyes on his.

Even knowing it might be too late to repair what’s been once broken, Brian refuses to lose her again and sets out to find a way back to her heart.

But it’s been more than ten years since their story was left unfinished. Will they get one last chance to make things right? Or will Brian learn that sometimes justice comes at too high a price?


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MEET THE AUTHOR: 


Ana is an author of contemporary fiction and romance. Her novels are sweet and sexy, heartfelt and emotional. Drawing inspiration from life, she enjoys writing honest stories about the complexities of modern relationships and family dynamics – which means sometimes you may find yourself relating to the many struggles some of us face in our everyday lives, at other times, cracking a good laugh. Or swooning over one of the heroes.


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