ONLY PRETEND by NORA FLITE

onlypretend1FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

The author kindly gave me the ARC for an honest review. She warned me to have an open mind. I did! This is probably one of the most erotic dark reads which didn’t shock me that much. This unusual story is absorbing from the first page and not easy to put down. I liked the fact that it’s a standalone immensely and it’s the kind of book I would take to the beach with me. It’s not too long or too short and even though it’s categorized as such, the sex scenes aren’t overwhelmingly suffocating like in many in dark reads.

I connected to Celeste straight away. Her boyfriend’s stance makes her realise that there’s much more to life than what she’s been used to. Because of circumstances, she makes a brave decision which is quite out of character. For someone so young and inexperienced, I thought her plan was a great one. Of course, things don’t work out as they should and here we have a plot that will have you biting your finger nails!

Leonide’s business is far from legit. When Celeste has a chance meeting with him in a hotel in Las Vegas, she thought her luck had changed. However, this seemly suave and debonair man has dastardly intentions for this attractive young woman. Not only would she ever be able to envisage the outcome of their rendezvous, but it would also change her very existence. Celeste doesn’t want to go back to being who she was before and even though he demands subservience, her strong character blossoms when she puts up a feisty fight throughout the story. The question is; will he concede and give her the choice she so desperately lusts after? The banter between the two protagonists is excellent, the very hot steamy moments are explicitly described and never let me down!

What amazed me about this book was the author’s capability of enthralling me with just two main characters. The secondary character does have an important part but he is mentioned more by name than in person.

Please excuse me but the one small thing that always niggles me are the Americanisms used in this type of book. Obviously this is a very personal opinion coming from a Brit but apart from that, this book is excellent. The grammar and spelling faultless, the plot original and I won’t be forgetting Leonide since he has become my new book boyfriend!  Bravo Ms. Flite!

 

 

BANG by E. K. Blair

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I was thirty percent into this book when it dawned on me where the author wanted to take the reader! Should I have realised before? I don’t know! But one thing I do know is her main protagonist is a conniving and devious woman who you’re going to love to hate! These two strong sentiments rub shoulders as you delve further into a suspense-cum-love story with no limitations in one of the most unusual plots I’ve read this year. In fact, I’m still not sure if I can categorize this book! Erotica is certainly isn’t. Romance doesn’t exist, horror abounds and love, well—if you call a twisted relationship between two people that have always been there for each other, I suppose it is!

To understand how Nina aka Elizabeth’s mind works and her obsession for vengeance are the dramatic flashbacks. Forcefully estranged from her loving father, she is placed into a foster home where she’ll be physiologically and physically abused. The one thing that didn’t convince me was the zilch concern the child protective services had regarding her and Pike’s welfare. Here is where the author should have stated the reasons for such an abominable posture. The author’s crude description of the barbarities this minor had to endure by her foster parents enraged me to the point of tears. Throughout her young years, Nina’s ability to survive under such subhuman conditions are influenced by Pike who I might add, not only tries to ease her torment in ways that will horrify you, but doesn’t escape from their foster father’s degradation either. If he becomes the bad boy with a capital B in this story, Nina turns into a bitch in bold letters!

Without victims, no plot! An adorable husband who worships the ground Nina walks on is oblivious to her deceptive plan. A hotel owner sucked into a web of lies so intricately woven, is fooled to perfection! I loved both of them to bits in different ways and made me want to scream and shout aloud in frustration. Wait until the ending. Oh. My. God! To say I was utterly flabbergasted, would be an understatement. What a cliff-hanger and a half!

The author’s ability to scandalize, sadden and make your emotions run riot in one breath left me emotionally spent. She’ll take you on roller-coaster ride that never has a moment of relief. Unputdownable, dreadfully harsh and impeccably written. Regardless of my small discrepancy, I award five stars to Bang by Ms. Blair! BRAVO!

IT AIN’T ME, BABE by Tillie Cole

FIVE STARS (Deserves many more!)

Reviewed by Sharon Thèrése Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

A sub-amazingly-lime read! One thing is knowing what you’re talking about. Another thing is being able to put one’s knowledge into words in a novel that not only flows to perfection, but also leaves you spell-bound and aghast in the same breath. What an eye-opener! I had a vague idea that a small number of religious sects are positively dangerous, but had absolutely no idea what these fanatics in the name of God are capable of.

This is without a doubt, one of the most difficult reviews I have written without letting on, so bear with me folks! I’ll try my hardest not to spoil it for you! Salome and her sisters were born in The Order. Their lives are unsustainable and inhuman! Mae, aka Salome’s story made me realise that whether or not members are born into certain Orders is inconsequential to the higher hierarchy’s doctrines. One obeys regardless! Keeping their members in ignorance is fundamental because according to them, the outside world is full of sinful temptations! The girls’ biggest sin is their beauty. They are victims of torture, rape and degradation which is explicitly described and made me feel more than uncomfortable.

Styx is the boss! Too young to be the “prez” of a bikers charter, too horrendously strong and tattooed with rippling muscles in all the right places gals! But this guy has a problem…or two! When he was on the verge of puberty, he stumbled upon a beautiful young girl. While trying to communicate with her, somehow his speech disorder is alleviated and she becomes his lifelong obsession. She’ll never forget the boy that tried to help her either. Now, the big question is…what will happen in the future? Is the traitor amidst this love story with a difference going to be the save the day?

The author’s secondary characters are marvellous! I could have strangled Rider with my own bear hands! I just loved Beauty who will give Mae worldly-wise advice and help her through thick and thin. Apart from the storyline which is fast-moving and absorbing, what really swayed me was how the author has managed to express her male characters’ speech perceptions. Mae’s language is beyond fitting under the circumstances, too! Quite brilliant, so realistic, and this book is extremely unputdownable! If you like twist and turns that abound in an aggressively complex read, this is for you! One thing that I’d like to mention before giving this author my ovation, are the sex scenes. Although they are one way or another relevant and well narrated, the importance of this surreal story are two people from totally different backgrounds

To the author; Ms. Cole! I am abso-friggin-lutley lost for words! BRAVO!

PS. Do listen to playlist on http://www.tilliecole.com

THE RESISTANCE by S. L. Scott

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

As it’s not possible to rate three and a half stars on Goodreads and Amazon, I have awarded Johnny Outlaw; real name, Jack Dalton and Holliday Hughes’ hot steamy love story four stars.

Jack Dalton and Holliday’s story starts off a little slow. It picks up when they cross paths in a hotel in Las Vegas where Holli is reluctantly taking part in a business conference. Her love life is in the doldrums and he’s a frigging flirt with a skirt. However, as soon as they set eyes on each other, magnetism palpitates and innuendos flow. Could either of them envisage the outcome of their scorching night together? Well, you will see what happens when you read their story with all its ups and downs, but lacking in twists and turns for my liking.

This book isn’t erotica. It’s sexy and believe me when I say that they’re at it in nearly every paragraph! If the storyline had had more backbone, something more to grab at, it would have been absolutely brilliant! I couldn’t possibly fault the banter between this horrendously sexy rock star and this up and coming independent woman. There is no doubt that you’ll laugh out aloud? One would expect their lifestyles and personalities to clash but the author has made these two diverse characters work to a tee. I loved Tracy too! Hollie’s best friend and secretary plays an important part and Danny! Ooohh Dani! Why Hollie’s hunk of a neighbour was left on the sidelines is a real shame!

I assumed that this novel was about the title. “The Resistance.” I got the impression that the author had tried to involve the rock band in this light-hearted read, but somehow it just didn’t seem to work for me. The impeccable grammar cannot be disputed and I am really looking forward to reading more from Ms Scott who has undisputed talent.

OUT OF REACH by Missy Johnson

FIVE WORTHY STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author and I had no idea what to expect. Goodness gracious me! I was literally sucked into a whirlwind of emotions from the first page of the prologue! This beautifully written story is about life, death, undying love, and above all, complete and utter trust between three lifelong friends.

The protagonists’ tightly-knit relationship is put into perspective when we read flashbacks of Em’s memories throughout this incredibly heart-wrenching love story. Although they all have their own stories to tell, the crux of the matter is without a doubt, Andy. His battle against the clock, his wish to please the two people he loves while suffering such a dire illness, his compunction to live life to the best of his possibilities, is described by the author in minuscule detail. A warning here folks! Get your hankies ready because Andy, Em and Seth are going to rock your boat in an ocean of grief, a touch of happiness and yes, humour! Just to give you an idea of how absorbing this story is—mundane things like going to sleep were insignificant!

Since time is Andy’s enemy, he gives them a list of unfulfilled wishes which they’ll do their utmost to accomplish. Get ready for a laugh and a half here because some of the things he asks them to do are hilarious. They’ve stood by him through thick and thin since youngsters and it’s his way of saying how much he appreciates their undeniable love. The last wish was not exactly unexpected, but when it happened, it left me mentally distraught. It also made me reflect upon many who have left someone dear behind. Not only does that person want one to carry on living, but they also want to be remembered for the good times they have had with them. And boy oh boy, when you reach this point in the book, you think you know what’s coming! Far from it! Andy unselfishly has the last word which will bring a smile to your face, make you cry heaps of tears and make you want to read this book again!

Whether or not Em eventually accepts her destiny with open arms remains to be seen, and can Seth keep his promise to his best friend and override the deeply embedded guilt he’s carried on his shoulders since Andy fell ill? These two loveable and caring characters take the back-seat with admirable finesse because all said and done, this is Andy’s story. Perfectly narrated, faultlessly written and simply unputdownable!

Well! What can I say to you Ms Johnson? Your ability to hit home and your sensitivity regarding this horrendous illness is unquestionably commendable. You have managed to take me on a roller-coaster ride of unfathomable heights and I’m still coming down! I could write more about your marvellous characters but it would be totally unfair to the reader. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read such a touching story.

Simply bravisimo!

FRACTURE (Blood and Roses # 2) by Callie Hart

FIVE SHINING STARS

 

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I’ve always try my very hardest not to start a review with these three letters that make the word…WOW! This is a first timer for me and I apologise profusely but on reflection, what other word could I have used for a follow up of such perfection? Our appetite was wetted after reading Hart’s debut, Deviant. It was just a matter of time, just a matter of sinking into a story of a plot perfectly construed to make an opinion about Fracture. The author’s development of her characters is beyond any of my expectations! You are literally sucked into a world of deception, incomprehensible passion and above all, her imaginative writing is not only sublimely related to them, but also ridiculously visible.

Sloan is between a hard rock and a place. Notwithstanding, this heroine in surgery scrubs has had a taste of what Zeth’s offered her and even though she doesn’t want to admit it out loud, she likes it. She’s more intelligent and more objective than him. That doesn’t mean that she’ll make mistakes though. Her objective is to protect Lacey come what may because it’s ingrained in her and she must also find the person most dear to her. His objective is to protect both of them regardless of the consequences. This horrendously attractive man who walks on the dark side is an expert in a world of deception, more sly and more of a SOB than she could have ever imagined. His purpose is to fulfil her wishes, and as he well knows how to dangle the carrot in front of her nose, his domineering ways will make her succumb. Her sub consciousness tells her that what she’s doing is wrong, but there’s no going back once this decision has been made. Therefore, a battle of wills is thrown into a plot of utmost intrigue and if I hadn’t thrown my Kindle against the wall at this point, it was purely because I wanted to keep on reading!

As you might have noticed, I haven’t mentioned the hotter than hot scenes! Well, why you may ask? Because I want you lovers of dark, sexy reads to enjoy this explicitly.

The second novel in this series has left me on tenterhooks! Argh! I can’t wait for the outcome of a plot so flawlessly written. For any reader that likes kind of genre, read, read, read! BRAVO Ms. Hart! You have made my day and I am anxiously awaiting the end of this incredibly surreal sequel!

DEVIANT (Blood of Roses #1) by Callie Hart

FIVE STARS Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

The temptingly hot cover caught our attention. But even more so was the blurb! Why it has taken so long for KFF to review this book is honestly because we’ve been waiting for the third book in this trilogy due to be released on the 12th May. This page turner was far from disappointing and if you like erotic reads full of suspense, you won’t regret reading Sloane and Zeth’s incredibly salacious saga!

There couldn’t be two protagonists with more conflicting personalities.

Sloan’s personal and professional life is seemly under control except for one thing. Someone very dear to her has been missing for too long and she’s prepared to pay whatever price to find out about this person’s whereabouts. And believe you me; what a price she has to pay!

Even though this horrendously gorgeous Alfa male is a survivor in a world so diverse from hers, their destinies clash together in an explicitly described rendezvous of such intense that it left my tongue hanging out! Obviously it doesn’t stop here! Supposedly, all is forgotten after a few years, but here enters the one person that I literally fell in love with thanks to the author’s ability to describe every small detail regarding each one of her dissimilar characters. My heart went out to Lacey. Oh, Lacey! Zeth’s protectiveness is commendable and made me connect with him more. Up to this point in the story, Sloane’s concern is profsessional; however, you will only be able to appreciate these two wonderful gals relationship if you carry on reading the follow up, Fracture.

Deviant is faultlessly written. What an abso-frigging-lutely marvellous début. To say that this first part of your saga is brilliant would be an understatement Ms Hart. Simply BRAVO!