Series: Cartel #2
Author: Lili St. Germain
Released: 14th December, 2015
Genre: Dark Romance
They say love conquers all.
It’s a lie.
Five days a week, I dressed in smart business clothes. I painted my face, and went to work as an accountant. But nothing about my life was normal.
For eight years I had been the property of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club. I laundered their money so well they’d never let me leave. My only glimmer of light was the man I loved. The man who had saved me.
His love had been the only thing that kept the demons at bay. But he’d become so immersed in the cartel’s brutal business that I hardly knew him anymore.
Dornan had been my salvation, but he was also my undoing.
Would he pull me down into the darkness until he destroyed me? Could I save him?
Did I even want to?
‘Mariana,’ he’d whispered. He put his finger underneath my chin again and tilted it up, so I had no choice but to meet his cerulean gaze.
‘What?’ I asked.
‘If you change your mind—if you decide one day you need to leave—you tell me. And I’ll help you, okay?
I’ll make sure they can’t find you. Dornan’s my friend—my best friend.
But he’s also Emilio’s son, and there are things he cannot control.’
I burst into tears, covering my face with my hands. I’d been theirs for two years by then, two years where the only visitor I got was Dornan, and the only person I spoke to every day was myself, in the mirror, talking myself out of doing something crazy like killing myself. And I loved Dornan. But I hated my life.
‘You don’t understand,’ I said finally. ‘He loves me. He saved me.’
John looked at me sadly, the smile fading from his face.
‘You call this saved?’
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5 ★ Review by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
ARC received via Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review with many thanks.
Utterly sold once more! Having followed every heart-rending detail in Cartel which left me dangling on a precipice, not only was I crying out for more, but when given the chance to review the follow-up, I jumped for joy. The author’s style of writing is as always, explicit and crushingly crude, so I never doubted for a minute that I was going to be in for one hell of a ride. Kingpin was for me, the tip of the iceberg, the darkest point I could ever have imagined in book which I had hoped would clarify my many suspicions. The extremely complex love-hate relationship between all the protagonists whom I had learnt to invest in, only seemed to bring out even more conflicting feelings in me if that were ever possible.
Mariana Rodriguez was forced to sell her soul for the wrongdoings of another. Being imprisoned in a Catch 22 situation was not a matter of choice as many lives were in jeopardy. The leader of a cartel in Colombia has her life in his hands and that of her saviour, his son. My heroine is everything I bargained for in this series. Kick-ass, sassy and with more than a touch of dry wit and comebacks faster than lightening for her own good is mouthy by nature. However, she has to constantly bite her tongue for her own safety. Years have gone by and an erroneous decision and circumstances out of her control cause a catalyst of changes for the worst. Her secrets are like a time bomb waiting to go off at any moment and her dilemma as to whether or not wholly trust in one of the members of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club kept me on edge and had me talking to myself. No, I hadn’t lost it! I was simply grasping at straws for her.
I’d had very mixed feeling about Dornan in Cartel and more so in this read. His feelings for Ana were always made clear by him though. She’s knows she’s sleeping with her enemy, but loving him like she does wasn’t enough for me. He doesn’t freaking well deserve her! He keeps her in line in all aspects and I thought she deserved better treatment. I could have gladly leaped into my Kindle and strangled him with my bare hands at times.
Dornan ~ “Why would you be scared of me.”
John Portland troubled me no end. Despite this MC president’s relationship with his father which I disliked immensely, problems with the mother of his beautiful teenage daughter who at this age, needs comprehension and overlooking his drop-dead gorgeous physique, deep down there is a real softy to be discovered. Loved, just loved his intuition and his sensitivity. What I didn’t expect were a series of events which knocked me backwards and turned me inside out.
John ~ “I would never let anything happen to you.”
There are a few points I would like to make clear before summing up this read. Firstly, this is not a standalone. Cartel should be read first and to say there is a cliffy in Kingpin the size of the White Cliffs of Dover would be an understatement. Secondly, reading the Gypsy Brothers series beforehand was a must for me but not a necessity as the author has gone to great lengths to backtrack as much as is needed to understand the context. More importantly, I haven’t let on in this review. Spoiling it for the prospective reader is in my book, a no-no. For this reason, a synopsis is offered.
As in Cartel, there are a few characters which I hated with a passion and my opinion of them didn’t change at all in this book. Meeting up with Emilio and Murphy again put my hackles up on end and made me grit my teeth. The author’s descriptive development of all involved is without a doubt, amazing. Her storyline is solid and going to extremes, feasible. Ooh my, oh my. The bedroom scenes or wherever they happened to occur were so…. scorching. It was a question of what could I use for a fan! Passion abounds in most of them; nevertheless, my hairs stood on end when there is a unwilling connection.
Ana ~ “I can only see one fool now, and he’s right in front of me.”
What I was surprised to read was the structural writing. Ana tells her story in past tense from her point of view, John and Dornan’s stories are told separately in past and in third person. Unusual to say the least but it worked for me. What I would have liked to have seen is more banter in the first chapters. Notwithstanding, and after much reflection on my part, this was probably the best way for the reader to get back into the gist of a story overflowing with twists, turns, and unanswered questions. Please; pretty please, don’t make me wait too long for Empire. Ms. St.Germain, you have outdone yourself. Bravo to you for an unputdownable, page flipping, nail-biting read!
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Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.
She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.
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Title: Winterlust Tales – an Erotic Anthology
Author: Ray Sostre
Editor: Elicia S. Stoll
Cover Design: Tiffany Huegele
Genre: Erotic Anthology, Erotic Romance, M/F, Menage, M/M, F/F,
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Prepare for a cold winter, but because the season has changed it doesn’t mean the sexual fantasies have to. Author Ray Sostre delivers six steamy reads, related to a winter theme. Whether you’re snowed in or vacationing, or celebrating a holiday with your passionate one, this book will guarantee to heat up your winter.
About Ray Sostre:
New York born, East Coast raised, and West Coast bound.
Writing erotica happened by accident in the summer of 2010. That same year, he established a story submission site – AfterDark Online, a place for erotic authors.
He lives in Nevada with his long-time girlfriend, is an avid listener of electronica, and enjoys writing and publishing articles. He jokes: “I’m always looking for writing material.”
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Title: Sweet Soul
Author: Tillie Cole
Series: Sweet Home #4 / Carrillo Boys #3
Release date: 15th December, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult
One shy lost soul.
One silent lonely heart.
One love to save them both.
Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.
Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Everyday is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant struggle and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.
New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.
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I moved to throw the useless wallet away when, just as it tipped upside down, something fell to the ground, obviously from a hidden compartment. Looking down, my eyes focused on what looked like a necklace lying on the wet ground at my side.
Reaching down, I picked up the necklace, noticing an old tarnished cross dangling from old scratched wooden brown beads. It wasn’t a necklace; it was an old set of rosary beads.
I held it up to the light, turning it in my hand. A small smile etched on my lips. Although old, they were beautiful.
Laying the rosary on my lap, I delicately ran my fingertips over each scratched and worn out bead, down to the cross at the bottom. There, in heavy silver, was the image of Jesus dying on the cross. I didn’t know why, but the sight of this obviously well used rosary brought tears to my eyes, and a harsh sting to my heart.
Instinctively, I lifted my hand to the locket hidden well beneath my hoodie and took a deep breath. This, my simple gold locket, was all I had left. The only link I had to her, to my past. It was my most treasured possession. The only possession I had.
The image of the boy in the locker room sprung to mind and my stomach instantly fell. This was his rosary. I’d taken his rosary; something that probably meant a great deal to him.
Leaving the rosary on my lap, I opened the wallet again, and there in clear center pocket was the boy’s face. Pulling the driving license from the wallet, I read his name: Levi Carillo.
KINDLE FRIENDS FOREVER: Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
5 SOULFUL STARS
This read literally left me trembling. It’s vibrates love, it wrenches your heart; it is outstandingly beautiful. Disconnecting from the outside world was easy as this read was so absorbing and so unputdownable from the very first page. And like all the books in the Carillo brothers’ saga which cover sensitive issues, Sweet Soul touches on a subject very close to my heart as an educator. It was clear to see that the author had painstakingly put her soul into writing this story. I could even imagine her tears falling while writing what we’ve all been patiently waiting for. So can this book be read as a standalone? Unfortunately not. You’d be missing out on the whole essence of these brothers’ lives, their highs, their lows, them striving to become better men. Now they’ve found happiness and stability alongside their women. But what Ms Cole has done here is simple to put into words. Never expecting less of her storytelling techniques, she conveyed to the reader the coming together of two emotionally damaged young people and their traumatic experiences.
Levi, the youngest of the brothers, is a brilliant football player, a good student and attracts the attention of the gals where he is studying. His friends try to cajole him into partying. They want him to let his hair down for want of a better phrase. But he can’t, doesn’t want to and gives all sorts of excuses to not socialise. Why? He knows he’s not capable of it. This gentle strapping lad can’t overcome his shyness and has no wish to change either. However, one day his life will change drastically. He’s robbed of the one thing that means more than life. Something he has cherished with all his heart and was the only connection to a person no longer with him. Heartbroken, he can’t find solace. Then the story takes a swing in the direction towards the culprit. His surprise was tenfold, his emotions were put to the test, his generosity and his family’s benevolence was of such that I couldn’t help but sob.
Please Ms Cole. What have you done to me? If all your characters in this series left me spent, Elsie completely floored me. More tears were shed. I despaired. My sympathy was utmost for this absolutely beautiful character with a handicap that would not be the only reason for shaping her character. Her traits were so exquisitely developed and with such a sensitivity that I just came undone. Elsie’s life is a harsh one. Self-confident she has not, but a will to live… I wanted to jump into the book and save her. I knew she had one though.
Bullying is for me, the root of all evils. There are scenes in this read which tore at my heartstrings. When Elsie eventually opened up to Levi and explains what she had had to suffer, it is shocking. However, and this is sad to say, believable.
Elsie’s thoughts. “I had opened the Pandora’s box that held in check my tears and pain.”
This read really should have been called Sweet Souls because that is exactly how I felt about these two wonderful, outstanding young adults. Moments so tender literally took my breath away, left me with a lump in my throat, and I have to confess that while writing this review, my tears flowed freely. It was a matter of dry them ’cause you won’t be able to write on gal!
Elsie ~ “He’s saved me. He’s good for me. We’re good for each other.”
Now then, apart from the behaviour of those who go out of their way to make one suffer so much for their own depravity, there are also three more important factors which have to be mentioned. Firstly, many of us have no idea how people live in a cocoon of silence. Tillie has outdone herself by describing Elsie’s disability. I could literally hear Elsie making an effort to tell Levi what she had been through and how she felt. He fell even more in love with her; I did too.
Levi ~ “I’ll be your voice when you can’t speak.”
Secondly, she was so damn sweet, so wise beyond her years that she was the force behind Levi coming out of his shell. He blossomed into a man in front of my eyes. Taking on his responsibilities, I saw happy future for them although I fear that this will the last book in an unforgettable series. And last but not least; the bedroom scenes. Actually, I don’t think it is necessary to mention them as I want you to enjoy them as much as I did in all their innocence.
The poems are indescribable Tillie. Thank you! Bravo to you lady.
Levi ~ “I love that you love my voice. I love that I never hide who I am, disguise how I sound. Because I’m tired of trying to please others.”
Elsie ~ “You’re my kind of extraordinary. Levi Carrillo, you’re the sweetest of souls.”
SWEET HOME NOVELS
SWEET HOME (A Sweet Home Novel, Book 1) U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS
SWEET ROME (A Sweet Home Novel, Book 1.5) U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS
SWEET FALL (A Sweet Home Novel, Book One, Carillo Brothers #1) U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS
SWEET HOPE (A Sweet Home Novel, Book One, Carillo Brothers #2) U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’ and ‘lush’ years.
One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and “just bloody do it!” For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.
Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing — yep, there’s more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!
After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl… Ye-haw!
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THE SCARRED SOUL SERIES
AMAZON: RAZE BOOK ONE: US | UK | CAN | AUS : KFF’S REVIEW
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THE HADES HANGMEN SERIES
IT AIN’T ME BABE ~ BOOK ONE
AMAZON: U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS ~ Our review
HEART RECAPTURED ~ BOOK TWO
AMAZON: US | U.K | CAN | AUS ~ Our review
SOULS UNFRACTURED ~ BOOK THREE
AMAZON: U.S | U.K | CAN | AUS ~ Our Review
To be released in 2016