REVIEW – Epic Fantasy Romance // From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash
(Blood and Ash #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Always late to the party and wearing last year’s fashion, I feel as though I’ve missed the boat on this series. On reflection though, perhaps NOT being drawn into the hype and furore allowed me to enjoy this book in an honest and open minded way, free of unreasonable expectation.


Despite the first half of this being more like a 3.5 star read, because whilst it didn’t drag per se I was just wanting something a little more… exciting to happen, the last 40% was so out of this world brilliant that I’m rounding up my 4.5 rating to a 5. Because I can! And because although I was restless at times, I also appreciated how that time was spent introducing the main protagonists and building a picture of Poppy’s world and life. It’s maybe not the “cleverest” of plots, one not full of complicated and interwoven sub-plots, but the imagery of the prose, the well crafted protagonists and the depth of emotion that is conveyed all added up to make a truly thrilling and captivating opening installment.


Whilst it’s fairly easy to guess Hawke’s secret I’m going to take that as a deliberate move since the author all but has a flashing neon sign pointing the way. As a book friend pointed out only recently, sometimes the obvious plot twist was never really a twist because the author meant for you to guess, and I feel that may well be true for this book. The excitement was in wondering how the revelation would play out, the suspense of not knowing how Poppy would react, the mystery of what consequences follow the truth being revealed. Because the truth is that, like a pebble tossed into a pond, the after effects of the reveal touch all aspects of the story, just as the ripples spread across the surface of the water.


It would be totally remiss of me to complete the review but not mention the chemistry between Hawke and Poppy. Intense doesn’t even begin to describe it. Hot enough to melt diamonds, I felt as though I could reach out and touch the sexual tension it was so potent. Given how the book ended, I’m fairly certain we will see lots of sparks and fireworks between these two. If it wasn’t for the fact that this is part of a buddy read, and I have other commitments, I would be jumping straight into book #2. Irritatingly I have to wait until next month for that one – I’m not sure if my resolve will hold out that long!

And if anyone is interested here were my thoughts at 56%

Almost since we first met him I’ve had my suspicions about Hawke and have just given in to the temptation to check out spoilers and yep he is who I thought.
The only reason I gave into that impulse is that this book is like wading though treacle (something similar to molasses). It’s not that the writing is bad, just that the author seems to believe in the tenet of “why use one word when a dozen will do?”
I will persevere though as an obvious theme from reviews seems to be that the last 30 – 40% actually has more pace and excitement to it. I’m also enjoying this, I just want something, ANYTHING to happen.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Paranormal Vampire Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52831200-from-blood-and-ash

Synopsis
A Maiden…
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

REVIEW – Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction // Erupting Trouble by Grace Hamilton

Erupting Trouble
(EMP Catastrophe Book 1) 
by Grace Hamilton

I was totally wowed by Erupting Trouble and will definitely be reading more work by this author. I flew through the book, barely pausing in my reading of it and completing it within a day. Hooked doesn’t even begin to describe the grip this story had on my.



This was by no means perfect, there were certain elements that felt a little glossed over and some situations felt easily resolved, but I simply didn’t care. The writing and characterisation were excellent, leaving me feeling as though I knew the protagonists. The Riley family were an interesting bunch, and how they chose to overcome the obstacles facing them were both interesting and well executed. The timeline was a little vague as were some specifics, for example what did Kathleen and Allison do at night? Did they pass through other towns whilst heading home?



Was the speed with which social norms crumbled believable? I felt it was, we’ve all seen a crowd suddenly turn violent, it doesn’t take much to push some people over the edge. The moral dilemma’s that were faced were fascinating, who knows what we would do to survive in a world gone wrong.



I will definitely be reading the next book – I can’t wait for it to be released!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dystopian Science Fiction

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57225568-erupting-trouble

Synopsis
A father with a heart problem and a son determined to get him home…

Matthew Riley wants to believe that people will come together in times of great struggle, but as panic and chaos set in after a massive EMP event, he has to face the fact that the only people he can trust are his family. His ailing father, David, an Army vet, has the skills the Riley family needs to survive in the dark new world, but with no medication for his heart condition on hand, keeping him alive may be an impossible task as they journey home from what was supposed to be a simple day trip.

She’ll keep her daughter safe and reunite her family…

Kathleen doesn’t share her husband’s optimistic view of humanity. When the power goes out during a visit to her brother in prison, she and her teenage daughter will need to find their way out and start the long journey back to Galena, IL, in the hope they can reunite with the rest of their family.

They’ll defend their home…

With the rest of the Riley family gone, it’s up to Ruth and her grandson, Patton, to keep their newly renovated hotel safe for the family they know is coming their way. But food is running low and some see an elderly woman and a pre-teen boy as easy pickings.

In a broken civilization the only way to survive is strength in numbers. One family is determined to work together in this new world, but will they be able to defend themselves against desperate survivors?

Acknowledgements –
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REVIEW – Fantasy Romance // Infernal Sin by Ariana Nash

Infernal Sin
(Primal Sin #3)
by Ariana Nash

“See that star there? The brightest one? Brighter than all the rest?”
He saw a whole lot of stars, but there was one to the north that shone steady and true.
“I see it.”
“Seraphim told me if yah fly hard enough an’ high enough, you can reach that twinkly spec.”
Severn was fairly certain that was impossible.
A few miles up and the air became too thin to breathe.
But who was he to argue with Seraphim?
“Yeah?” He side eyed Aerius.
The Rayvern King smirked, and there was a whole lot of feeling in that one smile.
“You got this, Severn, High Lord of Red Manor. No longer lost.”
An unexpected lump of emotion lodged in his throat. He tried to swallow it,
but the damn thing didn’t budge.

Deceit, betrayal, lies, and the pursuit of truth and justice, Infernal Sin by Ariana Nash has it all. It also has some magnificently swoon worthy moments that would melt even the most hardest of hearts, along with passionate scenes so scorching hot I’m surprised my kindle survived the experience.


Severn hands down will always be my favourite character from the series. Who can resist a demon with enough love to bring an angel to his knees? Supremely confident in his demoness (demonity?) but with a vulnerability that made me weak at the knees. I just want to wrap my Severn up in cotton wool and protect him from the big, bad, nasty world. Mikhail I really liked, all that firm angel butt and black feathers to boot, but I would happily get on my knees and worship Severn in any way he saw fit, for the rest of my life.


There was a point, fairly early on, where I thought the two main protagonists would spend a chunk of this book apart. And that was a most unwelcome prospect. Thankfully I was quickly proved wrong and instead got to spend time wallowing in the smexiness that is Mikahil and Severn. Please don’t think that the book just consisted of angel-demon hotness. It’s just a wonderful side dish to a spellbinding, twisty and thoroughly captivating story that had me on the edge of my seat.


Finally I have to mention Solo, who definitely requires his own book of angel delightfulness. It will also give Luxen, and maybe even Samiel, a shot at redemption. Because the only thing better than an MM Angel-Demon fest is an MMM one! I also need to know what happens to One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

LGBTQ Fantasy Romance

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56921315-infernal-sin

Synopsis
An angel and a demon fell in love, and the world went to war…

Branded a traitor by his own kind, Severn knows winning demons back will not be easy, but when High Lord Luxen steals Mikhail from his grasp, he has no choice. He’s going to need all the help he can get to find Mikhail, unseat Luxen as High Lord, and build a force to rival the vicious Guardian Angel Remiel’s. Or every last demon will die when the guardian descends on London.

Weakened by his treatment in Haven, Mikhail finds himself at the mercy of the demon High Lord. A sly, powerful concubi demon, Luxen is able to manipulate the minds and hearts of those around him. Including Mikhail’s. Is Mikhail’s love for Severn strong enough to withstand Luxen’s charm? Or will he break, unleashing an ancient god’s terrible vengeance upon them all?

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REVIEW – Romantic Suspense // Disciplined by Sansa Rayne


Disciplined
(The Masters, #2)
by Sansa Rayne

Whilst I couldn’t quite give this the full 5 stars it was still a really good read and a great second instalment to the trilogy. I wasn’t quite sure where the plot would take us and I have to say that the author managed to surprise me more than once with her twists and turns.


Back in New York, back to her job, but things are most certainly NOT back to normal for Kate. She and Ingram have to tread a very rocky path as it is, and at least one of the Masters seems determined to throw obstacles in their way. Kate starts to question where her loyalties should lie and whether she is trusting foolishly. For me this gave more credibility to the story and was something I very much appreciated.


Ingram’s method of encouraging Kate to submit to the Masters’ instructions were a nice touch, but the execution of that was a little less convincing. It felt more like him indulging his kinks and fetishes rather than strengthening her resolve and ability to “play along”.


Personally it felt as though the first half lacked pace, with too much kink/sex and too little suspense for my tastes. I just needed the a little more forward movement on the plot, though I’m sure plenty of others loved all the steamy sex scenes. During their scene at the club Kate wasn’t given a safeword / gesture, given that she was firmly gagged and with no idea of what would transpire during the scene, I was left feeling a little uncomfortable.


Once that pace picked up I was hooked and really didn’t want to put the book down. In fact I didn’t until I’d completed the book, and I loved every frustrating setback, every shocking twist and even that nasty cliff-hanger ending. Book #3 can’t drop on my kindle soon enough!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Romantic Suspense

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57841058-disciplined


Synopsis
They let me live… but I’ll never be free.
I bought my way out of hell. I paid with my soul. From now on, they control me. Wherever I go, whatever I do, they’ll know. One wrong move and they’ll kill me… or worse.
Ingram swears he’ll free me from the Masters, but he needs time. Until then, I must obey without question. Instinct tells me to resist. I can’t ignore it forever.
Ingram’s love sustains me. His discipline gives me strength. But he needs my help as much as I need his. A specter from his past seeks revenge. Cunning and merciless, Ingram’s enemy has started a war.
And I’m the one caught in the middle.

If you’re a dark romance fan, Disciplined will grip you from start to finish. Grab a copy now and take a ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more!

Acknowledgements
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REVIEW – Gaslamp Fantasy // The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen

The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine
by Galadriel Coffeen

Apparently this is the author’s debut novel and what a great read it is. The story held my attention throughout and I found myself not wanting the story to end. In Beka and Donovan (I have to say I would have loved at least a few chapters from his point of view) we have to finely crafted protagonists who I quickly found myself warming too. It took most of the book for us to witness real character growth, but since this seems to very possibly be the start of a series there needs to be something left in reserve for future books!


The setting has a wonderful Edwardian steampunk-with-magic feel to it and had subtle elements of oppression of both women and minorities, in this case fairies. The author carefully and cleverly included elements that reflected some issues of our modern world, adding depth and texture to the story but without unwelcome political overtones. The plot was very satisfying, the pieces of the mystery fit together well with the unwrapping of the mystery feeling unforced and believable. The author’s world building was also excellent, balancing perfectly the need for providing information without overwhelming, losing pace or becoming repetitive.


I liked that neither Beka, who is the sole narrator of the story, nor Donovan were perfect or too good to be true. Beka is unusual in that she is a trailblazer in terms of female emancipation and whilst she does feel empathy for the much mistreated fairies, she condemns those who feel breaking the law is the only way to fight this oppression. Her empathy only stretches so far!


I am very much looking forward to seeing more of this eminently delightful pair, along with their colleagues, friends and family. I recommend this to all fans of steampunk/gaslight fantasy.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Gaslamp Fantasy Mystery

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56171699-the-case-of-the-dragon-bone-engine

Synopsis
Dynamite couldn’t cause such a big explosion. It must be something worse, Agent Beka Finley is sure of it. As she and her partner investigate the devastating train crash, she’s convinced the train was sabotaged.

But everyone seems bent on persuading her it was an accident.

Just like the crash that killed her father six years ago.

 Determined to protect more lives from the growing unrest between humans and fairies, Beka puts her own life and reputation on the line to find the truth. But that truth might lead to more questions than answers.

Acknowledgements –
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REVIEW – Science Fiction Romance // Hunted by Liliana Carlisle

Hunted
(The Alpha Collectors #1)
Liliana Carlisle

Liliana Carlisle has managed to pack quite a lot into this novella, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The book touches on some pretty dark themes and Calum, the hero, is quite physically rough with Aria when they first meet, immediately upping the ante in this fast-paced and twisty enemies-to-lovers romance. I really enjoyed the author’s prose, the story flowed smoothly and the story very easy to read. In fact I completed it in one sitting and enjoyed every moment of it! Highly recommended if you’re looking for an omegaverse story that finds the middle path between dark and sweet!


Despite being a quicker read there was plenty of conflict between Aria and Calum, plus a good deal of heat. This couple have chemistry in spades and the sex scenes were incredibly steamy and erotic. Whilst most of the book focuses just on the two protagonists, allowing us to really get to know them, the author did add colour to the story by including a few side characters.


Speaking of our main characters, Aria/Rebecca was one tough cookie. Possibly a little naïve at times but entirely understandable given that she is only nineteen. The hero, Calum, displayed some pretty unpleasant behaviour before we really got the chance to know him, so I initially found it a little harder to warm to him. As the story progressed not only did he redeem himself but I could understand why he acted the way he did. He definitely earned himself a place in both my and Aria’s hearts.


Whilst I was left with a few questions about the how their society was structured, there was enough world building for me to work with and, since this is part one of a series, I’m sure we will find out more in future books. As it’s a fairly quick read the story could easily have been overwhelmed by too much exposition on the world, so overall I’m happy with the balance the author went for.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Omegaverse Erotic Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57425886-hunted


Synopsis
He’s coming for me.

All alone, it’s only a matter of time before he finds where I hide.
You can only escape the Collectors for so long.
He’ll want to break me.
Destroy me.
Leave me on my knees, gasping for air.
But there’s a fight in me he won’t expect.
I can only hope he doesn’t drag me into the darkness with him.

Hunted is the first book in The Alpha Collectors, a M/F Omegaverse Romance series. It contains a destructive Alpha, a rebellious Omega, and a guaranteed HEA.

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REVIEW – Regency Historical Romance // The Alpha of Rickett Hall by Merel Pierce

The Alpha of Rickett Hall
Merel Pierce

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I don’t usually read historical romance. I don’t usually read slow-burn romances. I don’t usually love a book with a heroine who is a virgin. However I would read them every single time if they were as captivating and wonderful as The Alpha of Rickett Hall. This was one hundred percent a “can’t put it down” book, it was an “I’m totally and utterly in love with both main characters” book, along with a “why did it have to end?” book.


I am in love with Edmund, I am in love with Juliana, I am in love with everything, every last little thing, about this book. It was simply perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, even if I could. The story caught me hook, line, and sinker and the only bad thing is that it had to end. Oh and the fact that I just can not write a review that does justice to it. There are some books that touch you in a way that most others don’t. They transport you to another world, engage your emotions, speak to your soul and leave a lasting impression on your heart. This was one such book for me and I already want to read it again.


Juliana had a wonderful feistiness about her, but never came across as too bold for the time or too annoying. Edmund was very brooding – *swoon* – but was also dominant, caring and demanding in all the right ways. I loved the exploration of what happens when a perfect alpha specimen is no longer perfect. Of when the quiet and submissive omega is neither of those things, but who is caring and nurturing.


Omegaverse elements are very subtly applied throughout the story, befitting the regencyesque setting. Likewise the slow-burn romance. Lots of sweating, heaving and slick would, quite simply, not have suited this book, it needed that softer, gentler approach. Not once did I feel that the pace was slow. Wonderful characterisation, impressive conveyance of emotion and beautiful writing easily made this an engaging and heart warming story. I hugely recommend this – even if omegaverse isn’t usually your thing – and hope you love it as much as I did.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Historical/ Omegaverse Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56682795-the-alpha-of-rickett-hall


Synopsis
All the money in the world couldn’t replace the leg Edmund Harcourt lost in battle. Abandoned by his fiancée and friends, living soon loses its appeal.


What good is a broken Alpha?


When Edmund’s family learns of a young Omega with healing abilities, they hatch a plot to bring sweet Juliana Mooreland to Edmund’s door in the hopes that instinct will bind the two together.


But such clandestine plots rarely go as planned…

REVIEW – Dystopian Urban Fantasy // Natural Sorcery by Marina Ermakova


Natural Sorcery
(Jordan Sanders #2)
by Marina Ermakova


Having read the first book in the series, Terrestrial Magic, I decided to give the author another try when I saw this on NetGalley.  Terrestrial Magic had left me a little on the fence but Natural Sorcery had me captivated from start to finish. Each book has it’s own complete story and whilst I suspect you could read this stand alone I do think reading the books in order would provide the best reading experience.


Jordan felt a more balanced character in this, still flawed, still disliking social situations, still awkward and uneasy with physical contact. However I just felt as though I got to know her in this book and I found myself warming to her in a way I hadn’t previously. There is a very vague and tiny hint of romance in this, it is a minor part of the plot but I did enjoy how the relationship between Luca and Jordan evolved. In fact we saw a lot more interaction between Jordan and supporting characters, both new and old, which added texture and colour to the story.


The mystery was well written, subtle clues were given along with red herrings and even though I’d guessed somewhat at the culprit I still very much enjoyed the journey we took to resolve the problems faced. There were also plenty of unexpected plot twists and turns, along with several crises for Jordan to combat. Personally I loved her little mental conversations where she imagined what various friends or relatives would advise her to do. Her inner monologues, choices and reactions showed good personal growth and an increased self awareness, all of which made her more believable and likeable.


The prose flowed really well, the author has produced an engaging and exciting story and I look forward to reading the next book when it is released.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Post-Apocolyptic Urban Fantasy
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53180797-natural-sorcery

Synopsis
Rome was supposed to be safe–or at least safer than 90% of the planet. That was before the local legends started using their magic to destroy the food supply.

Considered one of Rome’s experts on legends, mostly because she keeps surviving their assassination attempts, Jordan finds herself racing to find the culprits before they strike again. But legends wield powers that aren’t documented, understood, or predictable. And Jordan isn’t even a soldier. She’s just some scientist unlucky enough to stumble over the local political mess.

The chances of getting murdered by magic beyond her comprehension is disconcertingly high. But if this unknown legend goes unchecked, Rome won’t survive the next few years…and Jordan doesn’t have it in her to walk away from that.

Acknowledgements –
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REVIEW – Enemies-to-Lovers // Reckless by Sansa Rayne


Reckless
(The Masters, #1)
by Sansa Rayne

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Well, Kate was most definitely Reckless, putting herself in an incredibly dangerous situation with Ingram and the Masters. However Sansa Rayne cleverly crafted her character, as well as giving us the necessary insight, so as to make those choices believable. Sometimes I feel as though the kidnapped/captive trope is a little overdone but the author polished this tired idea up, spinning it in an intriguing and enjoyable new direction. Overall I didn’t feel that this was an incredibly dark read, since the sex was purely consensual. However the punishment scenes definitely ventured into dub-con/non-con territory.


I found myself very much liking Kate, despite the fact that she was quite a closed off person, so focused on her work that she had few friends and no time for a relationship. However her strength, determination and moral fortitude had me enamoured with her even quicker than Ingram was. Talking of Ingram, he was everything you would want in an anti-hero. He was as morally corrupt as Kate was honest, he was bad through to the bone and for purely selfish reasons. But he worshipped the ground she walked on and would raze the world to ashes to protect her.


The only negative, which was small, was this is a little bit too insta-love for me. I could have lived without the declaration of feelings in this book, given that it is part of a trilogy. It felt rushed and too soon. Without a shadow of a doubt I totally believed in their attraction for one another and in the emergence of some feelings, but love felt a little bit too much at this point. However the fast paced action, the intrigue, the third pov and the constant reminders (each time one got comfortable) that Kate is very much NOT safe had me not wanting to put this down until I had finished it.


Kudos to the author for having Kate doubt the veracity of her feelings for Ingram, to question the hows and whys of her emotions. I loved that even though she held a powerful attraction for (and to) him, Kate wasn’t prepared to compromise her beliefs and her “self”. I was also pleased that Ingram didn’t have a sudden change of personality either. He is an assassin, he isn’t a good man despite the fact that he is good to Kate. When the story ends he still retains his “bad man” mindset, he isn’t looking for ways for him to “go straight” and disappear with Kate. In fact he still seems to harbour some hopes that she will choose to work alongside him.


So the TL;DR version of this is that I very much enjoyed it, really liked both MC’s, have no idea what will happen next and can’t wait for book #2!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Romantic Suspense
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57498036-reckless


Synopsis
They marked me for death, but he had other plans for me.
I risked everything for the story of my career. I took down a powerful man. Now his connected friends want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Their assassin, Ingram, lured me into a trap. Flew me to their island. Threw me in a cell. Covered up my disappearance.
I’ll never escape on my own.
In constant danger, punished and degraded at every turn, I have one chance to survive. Someone’s trying to kill Ingram. He needs my help to figure out who.
But this is more than a quid pro quo. Submitting to Ingram awakens my darkest desires. His dominance satisfies my unmet cravings.
He swears he’ll protect me, but no one crosses the Masters without paying the price…

REVIEW – Erotic Thriller \ Violent Retaliation by C.P. Mandara \ 5 Stars

Violent Retaliation
(Twisted, Dark and Deadly #3)
by C.P. Mandara

That bastard is more cunning than a really cunning fox
who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning
at the secret headquarters of ‘Ban Fox Hunting Forever’.

Just a bit of housekeeping first. This is the third book in an ongoing series which must be read in order. It also ends on a cliff-hanger. Whilst the series can be read separately, since the author has gradually filled in all the details about his background and his history with James and Lois, reading the Special Agent Novels first will provide a fuller picture of Adie, James and Lois’ life in the preceding few months.


I spent the first chunk of this book wanting to smack Adie over the head with a heavy object and to have carnal knowledge of him, in equal measure. He’s an arrogant, selfish, SOB but he’s also a little boy looking for someone to love him. And silly Adie has decided that he is in love with Lois, his former-best-friend’s wife.

My father is legendary.
So am I,
and she’d know if she’d just let me in her pants.

What Adie is actually suffering from is a kind of reverse Stockholm syndrome. Lois is the first non-related woman who has shown him even a little bit of genuine affection. One who has met his kinks head on and has held her own against him. So of course, with no good examples in his life as guidance, he is convinced she is his one and only soul mate. Silly boy.

That’s the trouble with life, though. It is cruel.
It’s mean and heartless, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out,
it rears up to stab you in the back.

Mel (Ione) is one tough cookie, though by the time Adie’s finished with her she has singed edges and some interesting new body art. And should she get the chance to enact some revenge, that girl is going to seize it with both hands and take her sweet time extracting her pound of flesh. Oh I am looking forward to that possible eventuality.


Whilst Adie and Mel/Ione were playing and having fun, James was having a much worse day, and things weren’t great for Lois either. There is a lot of crazy in the book. It’s like a cross between James Bond and Fifty Shades, with a great dollop of Austin Powers “yeah baby” madness thrown in for the hell of it. At one point I thought the whole book was going to be one scorching hot, erotically charged torture scene, however I was proved wrong when the plot took an abrupt turn, closely followed by lots of fast paced adventure, daredevil motorbike riding, knife throwing and a horny boss. The only downside of reading it was that now I’ve got to wait until the next one releases for another fix of Mel and Adie. Get writing Ms Mandara!

“You’re a f***ing joke, Dumortier.
How is it that you’ve stayed alive this long?”
That is actually a very good question.
“I’ve mostly hidden away in dark, underground caves with really good security.

You should try it sometime.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dark Captive Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57334816-violent-retaliation


Synopsis
Adie
I have James’ sister right where I want her – screaming my name out and begging for mercy. James is going to piss his pants when he sees the video I’m about to send him. He’ll come running so fast his feet won’t touch the ground.
That’s when I’ll get my hands on his wife. She should rightfully be mine and I always take care of what’s mine.
There’s just one problem – she’s fucking pregnant.

James
I’ve got less than two days to live. My wife has been kidnapped by a crazy-ass bitch of an arms dealer who plans to put a bullet in her head, and I need to speak to my ex best-friend in order to rescue her. It’s a fantastic plan. He’s in love with her and intends to make her his.
I am going to kill him – if someone doesn’t kill me first.