Archive | February 2014

THE BROKEN

River is a beautiful young women who lives with her older brother, Blayton, and a man she loathes with all her being, Danny. Even though she’s been in love with her childhood sweetheart and had envisaged spending the rest of her life with Sammy who lives across the road, Danny has a stronghold over her and her brother’s past when he was in the right place at the right time, deceiving them in such a way that they are both forced to have him in their lives. Regardless of Blayton’s addiction to drugs which help him with a profound depression caused by an abusive father and a mother that takes her life, he still wants to protect his sister above all costs. But by not telling her the truth, this will only make matters worse and escalate throughout the story.

Sammy’s heart is shattered when he founds out that on River’s sixteen birthday, Danny claims her for his own. In his confusion and anger, he leaves their home-town without asking for any explanations. After finishing his studies, he moves back home with his best friend Jasper and finds River having a more than heated argument with an undesirable character who is accompanying a friend of Sammy’s mother, Sandra. A loose woman and heavy drinker who had never cared for the upbringing of Sammy or his younger brother, Jase.

Sammy hasn’t got over River. She loves him more than ever. She’s not prepared to tell him why she’s still with Danny and he in turn, can’t fathom out why she lives with a jealously maniac bad guy. The plot thickens around abuse, violence and murder. Consequences that at all times are being observed by a neighbour, Derek, who in the long run will save the day, or not!

Just when you think that that their lives have found eternal happiness, everything comes crashing down into a horrendously intriguing cliffhanger!

I really don’t won’t to tell you more about this incredible love story because you must read it to judge for yourselves. Without a doubt, the author’s capability to describe details which will take us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, is more than commendable. If you want explicitly hot, hot, hotter than hot sex, impressive grammar and vocabulary, “broken” characters who you’ll never forget, this is definitely for you!

My favourite expression; “Breathe for me Twink.”

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INNER CORE (Stark #2)

Firstly, I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of INNER CORE.

Secondly, I would also like to mention that this book review is totally unbiased.

Towards the end of Layers (Stark 1), Daniel reads an earth-shattering article about his most guarded private life, jumps to conclusions and accuses Haley of revealing details only she have could known. Although she denies being the culprit, he doesn’t want to listen to reason and breaks up with her. Broken hearted, she carries on with her plans to visit her parents and while there, she finds out that her brother is missing in action. When Daniel realizes he has made the biggest mistake of his life, he tries ringing her mobile which to his consternation, is disconnected. As he has a vague idea where she might be, he rings Hayley’s best friend and flat mate, Tasha. She tells him where she is, gives him her parents’ phone number and she also informs him that Hayley’s brother is missing in action in Afghanistan. By using his influences in higher places, he manages to get information about her brother’s platoon and books a flight to…

This is exactly where Inner Core kicks in. Haley can’t believe her eyes when Daniel gets out of the taxi in front of her parents’ house. Emotions run riot…I won’t tell you where, and they promise each other to be more truthful and communicative in the future. Even though you’ve met Hayley’s best friends in Layers, I must mention them again. Natasha, Ian and Haley are without a doubt, such a close-knit and self-made family, it makes one envious. Family underlined and inseparable! Tasha falls for Brad, a very dubious guy who just happens to have been one of Hayley’s ex one night stands! This makes matters more complicated because he was also an associate of Daniel. And Ian! Ian is the life of the party. Extrovert, loving and always ready to give good advice. After a night of debauchery, he is thrown out of his home by his landlady, and between him and Tasha, cajole Hayley into moving in with Daniel, something he’d been asking her to do for ages. Consequently, all Hayley’s insecurities are uncovered. I don’t want to share more of this tremendous love story because it wouldn’t be fair!

Ms. Ehrlich has not only an incredible ability of conveying the smallest detail regarding her characters’ personalities, she has been able to make us visually see their physical appearances too. Most writers in these type of romances, chose the dark haired, blue eyed boys and alpha male. Not her. Daniel is nothing but this. Strong personality, definitely, more down to earth though and with a lot of soft spots in between. I just loved his scar on his lip and the colour of his hair, everything about him. Haley is, what can I say? Outstanding, sexy, and if I was a guy, I’d say gorgeous! Inner Core is an apt title for a book that needs to be read. My personal recommendation to the author is to simply to keep up the good work. Bravo!

Her Master’s Courtesan

Rebecca just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unbeknown to her, she was being observed by Aiden while enjoying a break with friends in the grounds where she studies the history of art. He follows her to an art exhibition, starts up a supposedly innocent conversation while she contemplates an erotic painting and asks her for her opinion. She doesn’t think twice when this attractive and well-dressed man invites her for coffee with the pretence of his ignorance regarding the art world.

Little does she know what Aiden has in store for her when she wakes up bound and chained to a bed in a cold dark room where he, the Master of Masters, is about to rip her life apart not only by torturing her physically, but also by breaking down her mind with a sadistically intricate psychology which makes her question her very existence. Converting her into a submissive slave for a more than dubious club member of a capriciously immoral men’s club which had existed for years should have been plain sailing for a man of such expertise. However; he had never envisaged Rebecca’s willpower to survive the constant mental and physical cruelty he dealt out to her. She was like no other captive he had ever trained and what had started out as a simple task, became a complex battle to dominate her. Constantly forcing her into situations of total degradation doesn’t stop her from fighting or loving him and he in turn, fights his underlying feelings for her in a perversely peculiar manner. Albeit he would never admit to himself that this woman had gained his respect, he suggests to Rebecca that instead of selling her to his highest bidder, a despot allegedly renowned for treating his slaves horrifically, they could fool the buyer by kidnapping her friend Kelsey who had long blond hair like her. She trusts him and willingly helps him do this. But when she accidently has access to her friend’s mobile and finds text messages between her friend and her first lover, she realises that she’s secretly been the laughing stock for many years. Her inquisitiveness to find a video recording of her first sexual encounter mentioned in a distasteful reunion is effective too and feeds her need for vengeance. Aiden only finds out about the video when Rebecca has a nervous attack. Although he gives her the opportunity to retaliate, it all backfires in such an unimaginable way that one is literally aghast by the outcome.

Aiden plays Rebecca like a fiddle. He deceives her, he lies outrageously to her, and he makes her body hum even when he rapes her. Aiden never makes love to Rebecca. Aiden’s sadistic ways will shock and disgust you. He is a masterful sinner you will hate from the first paragraph of the first chapter to the very last. There is absolutely no reason for you to like him. He doesn’t want to be liked. He is unconventional. He is indifferent.

Rebecca is beautiful, strong and unbreakable. She has also been cleverly manipulated to such an extent that even though she tries to give him as much as she gets, it’s hard not to get angry with her when she succumbs to his manipulations. Her total submission will annoy you but since she has no choice in the matter, you will forgive her, even pray for her. When she and Kelsey are trained, their future with devil’s advocate is only a matter of time!

I thought I had read shocking books. I was wrong! This author’s debut in a genre not easily categorised as erotica as there is so much torture in it, is a dark and difficult read. Notwithstanding; there is no argument that Ms White has written a masterpiece which will be talked about for an eternity. Why you may ask? Well, simply because every miniscule detail regarding the few protagonists’ relationship has not been left out. For this reason, not only did I find this novel suffocating and difficult to read, but at times I felt a desperate need to come up for air by taking a breather.

I salute the author for a book extremely well written. However; I would like to point out to future readers that this novel is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Endurance (Heart of Stone)

I would like to point out that this review is totally unbiased.

This novella is hopefully not the last in the epic series; “Heart of Stone.” If you haven’t already read the previous books, it is highly recommended that you do as to avoid any confusion. The first being “Incineration”, the second; “Tolerance”, the third; “Resolution”, and the fourth; “Atonement.” I would also like to mention that by firstly reading “NCS Industries and then the Room 103 series.” will also guide the reader towards a solid conclusion regarding an incredibly disconcerting sequence of events leading up to Ms. Sidebottom’s last book. Truly a lot of reading but without a doubt, well worth the effort!

In the past, a roller-coaster ride of deceit, barbaric violation and broken promises seem to be against Mason and Ava’s relationship but these two beautiful souls are not only bought together because of their strong physical attraction to each other, they are also two of a kind. She helps Mason defeat his addiction to heavy drugs and other obsessions, and he, in turn, makes Ava a stronger person. Undeniable love helps them put behind a traumatic past and they make a new life for themselves and their two children in Portugal where George, Ava’s surrogate father, confident and best friend lives.

Endurance kicks in years later when Mason confesses to Ava that he has denounced their teenage son’s girlfriend’s father, Frank, to the authorities for trafficking young girls into slavery without realising his decision would put Ava’s life in jeopardy. His interference puts even more strain on an already difficult father-son relationship as not only does he blame Mason for his mother’s past suffering, he now finds out that his mother has told his father Etta is carrying his child. Etta’s parents, Frank and Vickie were supposedly good friends of the family, however; Ava had never really trusted Frank because of his criminal background and possible malevolent influence on her husband. From here on in, the plot thickens to such extremes that if I told you more, you wouldn’t bother reading it, so say no more!

The author’s vivid imagination, her way with words and ability to describe her characters’ personalities in this story revolving around an alpha male you’d wish you could meet in person, a heroin who doesn’t give in regardless of the consequences, their children, Katie and George, Vickie, you’ll just hate her! And their dearest friends, Greg, Courtney, Nate and Liv who we’ve met in previous books in this series, is beyond any doubt, outstanding. Be prepared for violent scenes that will have you biting your nails, aggressive language and hotter than hot sex.

I expected nothing less from Ms. Sidebottom. As always, brilliantly written and a well thought out plot. However; it would have been nice to know what happens to their son, George. Is he going to be the new hero in a any future books? Well, we’ll have to wait and see what the author decides to do.

Favourite passage; “You’re you Mason, fuck I have to fight damn Angel’s every morning to keep you mine.”

Consequences

I really don’t know how this mega-story escaped me but I consider this review better late than never! Claire is an out of work meteorologist working in a bar. She’d set her own rules, never date her customers. However, Anthony’s suave talking convinces her to break her them and over a dinner date, he jokingly presents her with a fictitious contract for a job in a weather station on a paper napkin. She innocently plays along and without a blink of an eye, she signs her name. Little did she know that this would be her come down.

Because of past circumstances, Tony has a vengeful task which has to be carried out regardless. Claire, without realising why, is put in the line of fire. He literally kidnaps her and holds her against her will, tortures her physically and psychologically, and tries his hardest to manipulate a person with such an unbreakable character. that eventually makes him respect her!

There relationship is a constant battle of wills and on Claire’s part, much much more give than take. She has to earn little reprieves by good behaviour whether she likes it or not. He tries to annihilate her totally from society and when she has the opportunity to run, much to my disgust, she doesn’t do it properly and the repercussions for her are horrendous. At times, I got really irate with her and I could could have strangled Tony with his controlling and devious ways!

Claire’s sister, Emily and husband, John, an up and coming lawyer, have a relatively small part to play in the first book of three simply because Tony has convinced them that Claire is happy with him. Saying that, the domino effect upsets their lives too.

This book like no other, has caused me no amount of stress. I rarely read into the early hours of the morning but this is a page turner; long, yes it is! Nevertheless, every page must be read to understand this excellent plot. Bravo Ms. Romig.

The Tied Man

In a small Spanish village on the coast of southern Spain lives an extremely strong-minded and witty British artist, Lilith Bresson. She enjoys her life by mixing with the locals and painting. However, an unwelcome visit from her estranged father forces her to take on a portrait commission of Lady Blaine Albermarle to cover her father’s debts. Albermarle Hall is supposedly a luxurious retreat for the privileged where, upon her arrival, discovers that this grandiose mansion situated on an island in the north of England is not only a fortified country hall, but the hostess and proprietor, a despot underlined, will become her worst nightmare.
She is introduced to the most outstandingly beautiful man she has ever set eyes on, Finn Strachan. Lilith has a natural ability to suss out anyone’s personality and soon realises that Finn is not who he makes himself out to be, and Blaine, even less.

Although their attraction for each other is undeniable, a contract Finn had signed when he was on the streets of Dublin tying his body and soul to Blaine, hinders their growing friendship, and obliges Lilith to play along with Blaine’s well-constructed game of deception and destruction. Consequently, their self-preservation is constantly being put to the test.

From the very first page, I was hooked lock, stock and barrel! This book is without a doubt, one of the most disturbing dark romances I have ever read and it was as if it brought out a morbid curiosity I never knew I had. The author has taken such great care with miniscule details that it’s easy to imagine you’re there sharing their sufferance, living through the barbarism they have to endure, and makes you want to scream in utter frustration. Not only is dialogue incredibly realistic, it also helps build up a feasible plot which one hopes doesn’t exist in real life. Will these two beautiful people be maimed for life? Read it if you’re not weak-hearted!

In a nutshell, this page-turner will shock you and you won’t be able to afford the luxury of missing one line!

The Suicide Princess

Stephanie is an attractive young Assistant District Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, who is restless in her job and even more so in her marriage to Jacob, an airline pilot. Although they love each other, she thought the life they had built together could have been a lot better, especially in the bedroom department.

As Karen, her best friend and colleague was too busy to go for lunch with her, Stephanie goes to their local restaurant alone where she is chatted up by Derrick. This suave and charming man bombards her with enticingly seductive propositions via text messages which she plays along with and although she begrudgingly turns him down, images of Derrick’s innuendos are always in the back of her mind, so after a couple of weeks, she decides to fulfil her sexual fantasies and messages him. Little does she know what she is letting herself in for and here begins a thriller of crude language, deception, lots and lots of explicitly well described hotter than hot sex, chaos, blackmail, and murder between brackets, more or less in that order!

To begin with, one thinks that the protagonists are Stephanie and Derrick but their sex-affair for a better word, quickly draws Jacob into the fiasco when he wakes up to the fact that his wife is cheating on him and takes dire measures against his wife. Karen, who not only tries to warn Stephanie for reasons you will only find out while reading this book, also weakly attempts to give her advice. And Stephanie’s boss, Mr Webber; demanding as any boss should be when he has given Stephanie an opportunity of a life time to show her true colours with an up and coming court case, is impatient and uncomprehending of her stance regarding her peculiar behaviour.

Throughout the exceptionally well written build-up Anthony Bryan wove, I really started to feel uncomfortable from the second chapter when Derrick texts Stephanie. “Why, don’t you trust me?” Stephanie answers, “I trust you fine. It’s me I don’t trust.” From there on in, my intuition kicked in and made me shout out aloud, don’t do it, don’t do it! No time to make a cuppa and certainly not a book I could put down because if I did, I obviously had more mundane things to do like going to work! The mere fact that I read this book in one day says a lot. I’ll be keeping my beady eye on you sir.

Favourite quote:
“Don’t walk, Crawl.”