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                                  COVER REVEAL                                             FILTHY SIN by KINSEY TAYLOR

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Title: Filthy Sin

Author: Kinsey Taylor

PA: Kelly Graham

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SYNOPSIS

 

Create. Control. Sin. Repeat.

When the invisible noose is too tight to bear, Bonnie Schaeffer decides she’s done playing a puppet on a string for her overbearing parents. This aspiring artist needs a new start and new surroundings like she needs her next breath. A spur of the moment trip to Seattle turns into much more than she bargained for.

***Breaking News***
Nineteen-year-old Bonnie Schaeffer, from Spokane, Washington is Missing.

Gambling. Girls. Sex. Repeat.

Questioning the life he was born into, Leo Ashworth is the heir of the powerful casino king. A single night out on the job would change it all. The sight of her carefree spirit sends him into a tailspin leading him to play with fire… until the tables are turned by dear old dad.

Their lives collide only to uncover the truth beneath the gambling empire. The house of depravity leads Bonnie to the Son of the Jackal, straight to the filthy sin that lies within.

Let the games begin.

 

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EXCERPT

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It’s not long before we have drinks lined up in front of us, lights circle reflecting in every direction, casting shades of pinks, blues, and greens. This place is awesome, and even Eric looks to be having a good time and sitting far away from me. Before long I’m people watching taking in the waitresses running to and fro, they are all dolled up in the sexiest barely-there outfits, bikini tops paired with short-shorts or a super mini matched with perfect bend-me-over-and-fuck-me heels.

“Ready girl?”

“Yep.”

I pull Annie along towards the dance floor Sarah and Jessica follow on our heels as we bump and grind weaving our way through the crowd like a conga line. Annie and I waste no time teasing front to back moving our bodies seductively together to the beat of the music smiling as Sarah and Jessica arrive to our left. We all raise our hands in the air when Closer by Nine Inch Nails blasts threw the speakers. Yes! I bend tapping the floor hands tight on my knees I lower my ass to the ground and spread my legs wide snapping them closed with a laugh gliding back up moving my arms slowly up my body like a stripper teasing her audience. I hear the girls whistle and howl.

The light from the swirling strobes circling overhead reflects off the dewy sheen of my skin. I fan the sticky shell lining of my dress cooling away the dampness, while I keep up with the tempo. For the first time in years, I feel young and free as a bird.

Strong hands settle against my waist, gripping my hips tight, I thrust my ass back on impulse rolling against him feeling his semi-erection grow.  Sending an electric surge of energy through me causing my eyes to widen I glance over my shoulder coming eye level with a firm muscular chest covered in a dark blue dress shirt, my eyes travel upwards to an intense pair of blue eyes. His superhuman size towering over my petite five-foot-five-inch height makes me feel miniature.

Getting lost in the moment, his hand slides down along my thigh sneaking under my dress playing with the edge of my panties, and I keep up my assault, pressing against his now fully erect cock. Sweet baby Jesus, he’s definitely packing.

 

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~About the Author and Book Links~

Author Kinsey Taylor lives in the beautiful state of Washington. You’ll find her running after her three crazy minions, two food-loving dogs, and a moody cat who believes he’s the King of their castle. Her inspiration for her books comes from deep in her heart, inspired by her soul mate and husbands adoring support. The everlasting romantic, Kinsey’s writing is sure to give twists, turns, and plenty of drama that will leave you breathless.

 

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                                 COVER REVEAL             ULTERIOR DESIGNS by ELLA DOMINGUEZ

 

 

Title: Ulterior Designs

Series: House of Evans Book One

Author: Ella Dominguez

Release Date: 1st June, 2016

Publisher: Bondage Bunny Publishing

 

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Long Story Short: 

Book one in a new-adult romance duet.

Warning: This book is designed for readers 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

A blueprint for desire.

With a shared passion for breathing life into an unconventional dream home, the attraction between a struggling new grad of interior design and an award-winning architect with eclectic sexual tastes is irresistible. But with a cloud of lies and loss hanging over him, the only arrangement Logan wants is one of indulgence and pleasure. However, fate seems to have another design plan in mind for them—a plan that ultimately leads them down a path of desire and discovery.

When the man obsessed with creating his unusual home sets his sights on the woman who keeps unknowingly navigating her way back to him, lust clouds his judgment and he makes an inappropriate proposition. After nearly blowing his chances with the talented and alluring beauty, he readjusts his plans, because it just so happens that his sexy ulterior motives go hand-in-hand with her expertise in interior design.

Though Chloe may be young and naïve in Logan’s eyes, she sees him for who and what he is: a man with severe commitment issues. But she’s optimistic—maybe too optimistic. And she isn’t easily deterred or scared away either, not even by the unusual nature of his design plans or his eclectic sexual tastes. In fact, she’s intrigued by them. Faced with a man who can give her not only the experience she needs to propel her career, but everything she’s ever fantasized about, she hopes that their physical and intellectual compatibility can prevail over his fears. And more importantly, that they can move forward to become not only design collaborators, but partners on a deeper level.

 

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In addition to being a writer, Ella is a mom, wife, a respiratory therapist, and a lover of ukuleles and unicorns. She was born and raised in a conservative, strict Christian household in the bible belt of the USA. This upbringing contributed to her wicked imagination and writing has been her only outlet for her fantasies. At the mature age of forty, she mustered up enough courage to share her thoughts and put pen to paper. She sincerely hopes to find her niche in writing romance in all forms, be it dark romance, romantic comedy, psychological thrillers or paranormal.

She doesn’t consider herself an author, rather an avid reader above all else, and someone who simply writes the stories that the characters in her head tell her to.

 

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                                  REVIEW ALERT                                   Grace Street (Chapter 8 #1) by Ella Dominguez

 

Title: Grace Street: Chapter 8, #1

Author: Ella Dominguez

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Release date: 9th April, 2014

 

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SYNOPSIS

Revised Edition of Grace Street (Chapter 8 #1)

Obsession, possession, resilience, insanity…

Seeking solitude and reprieve from her past failed relationships, Elsa begins her life anew in Richmond, hoping to find the change that she so desperately needs. Things are looking up for her—a new job, new friends, a fresh start.

But Victor has different plans for her. From the moment he heard Elsa’s voice, she became next on his to-do list—his Chapter 8. A well-known and respected criminal profiler, his mind is as dark as the criminals he hunts down. It takes one to know one, after all. Under the guise of making his subjects stronger, he intends to break Elsa down using everything in his arsenal—including pleasure, pain, humiliation, and things unspeakable.

Lonely, still on the mend from a bad break-up and longing for attention—Elsa consents to an odd proposition. Initially unaware of Victor’s plans, she quickly realizes that the casual encounter she agreed to is, in fact, a cruel psychological game with no ending in sight. She may be one in a long line of test subjects for Victor; however, she can’t be broken so easily. What he puts her through only fuels the fire burning within her—a flame that begins to blaze out of control as she becomes obsessed with everything about Victor and peeling back his cruel layers in search of the real man hiding beneath his heartless facade.

In Victor’s world, there is no such thing as happily ever after, and Chapter 8 proves to be an infuriating challenger when she flips the tables on his selfish and twisted game, a game they both may end up losing their hearts and minds over.

Warning: this is neither a conventional romance nor a traditional love story. There are no hearts and flowers on the pages of this book. The heroine doesn’t always make wise choices and though I’ve tried to make her strong, she’s often times weak in the face of the fierce hero. The hero is not a knight in shining armor. He’s broken and frequently cruel, and what every woman in the real world should avoid. What’s contained within this book is fiction—dark, depraved and decadent make-believe. Contains erotic elements, uncomfortable situations, and descriptions that may trigger past memories of abuse. Intended for readers 18+

 

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Kindle Friends Forever 4.5  review by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

I’m a first-timer regarding the works by this author and my ooh my, where had she been hiding? Why have I not read any of her books is a question I can’t even answer myself but I am so very glad I found her. And then I was christened with this one! Never has a book brought out so many conflicting feeling in me. One minute I wanted to jump into my Kindle and kiss the protagonist to death; death being the ultimate word in this thriller, the next I would have gladly throttled him with my own bare hands. The reader; me, felt like an accomplice in a physiological game which took me on a helter-skelter ride of emotions of his own doings. To say the storyline is refreshingly original and a real eye-opener into one of the most complex personas that I have yet to read would most certainly be an understatement.

“My sanity is already questionable and I fear what might happen if you drive me too close to the edge.”

I did feel the beginning was lacking in banter; nevertheless, my enthusiasm to get to know how Victor Laurenzo, aka Mr Black, ticked literally got the better of me. Then what I wanted the most kicked in with little break. His unusual modus operandi swung between good and evil. Torn between the two, I was smitten with the first. Yes, this read took me on a voyage of indescribable dimensions of confusion only to be made clear to me towards the end. Becoming invested in him and his narrated experiences with his Chapters with a capital C didn’t mean I was used to his usage of this noun. Neither does this word have anything to do with the correct definitions.

“Maybe, just maybe, the next Chapter in his life would finally see him for who he truly was and allow his demons loose on them.”

Discovering his interpretation was a revelation which made my hairs stand on end. Each Chapter’s story is one in itself and astonishing. All of them had rules and regulations and as in syntax clauses, have to be valued. When I related the two together and although in this case; it was far from a laughing matter, I smiled to myself and silently saluted the author. I wasn’t the only one trying to fathom out why seven Chapters. Chapter eight’s project to unravel the truth was exactly on par with mine. Victor is an extremely intelligent man but his savoir-faire never fooled me for a minute. He is above all, a professional in his field; however, his odd relationship with one of the secondary characters didn’t please me.

“You want information? Then I want the notes on that little defiant bitch you mentioned before. The one whose spirit you said you liked.”

Elsa Cassidy. Why he chose her I am still trying to grasp and just have to read the follow up to this nail-biting read to find out the outcome of a love-hate affair if one could even call it that. I couldn’t help but fall head of heels for her. She is not what he needs, but she is everything he yearns for! I wanted her to be the one who showed him how to see the light.

“There is no light in me, Elsa, so don’t.”
“Don’t what?”
“Fall for me..,”

For me, she didn’t seem to fit into his profile. She is tremendously inquisitive, intelligent, sassy and adorable and beyond all, strong. The line she walks on is dangerously fine though and being aware of the game she’s letting herself in for urged me to shout out aloud to her… “Don’t go any further, he will break your perfect heart.” The result is to be revealed but I will tell you this. my heart beat nine to the dozen and I crossed my fingers for her. Will he break his own rules; respect them? And will she be able to convince him that there is light at the end of tunnel? I damn well hope so!

“We all have shadows following behind us, some of us more than others, but to be consumed totally by darkness isn’t a good thing.”

False impressions reign in this read. Lies, deceit and power struggles, the need to rule and control present and accept past events are foremost. If you like complex physiological reads, this one is for you. Ms Dominguez’s way with words is nothing less than outstanding and I’d like to ask her kindly not to make me lose sleep over the next read which I am starting now. Bravo ma’am!

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Excerpt (copyright Ella Dominguez, 2016)

“Once you sign this, there’s no going back,” his gruff voice held a note of challenge as did the wistful expression on his face.

Elsa knew better. The make-shift contract in front of her was neither legal nor binding. Surely a man of Mr. Black’s intelligence knew that. Keeping her thoughts to herself, she nodded and attempted to take the pen from him. As if he had read her thoughts, he held the pen at bay once more.

“If you think you can back out of this agreement at any point, Ms. Cassidy, you couldn’t be more wrong. Though this piece of paper may not be legal in a court of law, I follow my own set of laws and rules, and I will hold you to this agreement regardless.”

She lowered her hand and placed it in her lap. There was a certainty in his voice—a kind of conviction that told her that nothing less than her all would be acceptable to him.

A loud ringing in her ears blocked out all sounds as she sat unmoving and gaping at him.

“For how long?” The words caught in her throat.

His pupils flared infinitesimally and his response came without hesitation. “Until I say otherwise.”

Suddenly Mr. Black’s simple rules didn’t seem so simple.

“Are you going to hurt me?” she finally found the courage to ask when he sat silently unresponsive.

“Everything done within these walls will be done with safety in mind. No irreparable physical damage will be caused.”

Mr. Black definitely had a way with words, but he didn’t answer her question. Not directly anyway, and the secret expression on his face told her he was holding something back. And what about her emotional well-being? Would there be irreparable damage caused to that?

A phrase Elsa had read once in an erotic book popped into her head and she asked, “So what you’re saying is: everything will be safe, sane and consensual?”

Victor clicked the pen several times, one side of his mouth twisting upward as he let out a short, breathy laugh. “Not exactly, but two out of three ain’t bad.”

Her eyes widened at his remark. Based on his previous statements, sane was apparently the one thing off the table.

When he held the pen out to her, it was as if he had wordlessly dared her to take the bait that he had laid out for her.

It was too easy for Elsa to get caught up in the way Mr. Black was looking at her. With her heartbeat throbbing in her ears, she took in the vision of him one last time before she made her final decision and signed her freedom away. His beauty was devastating, his shimmering green eyes devious and alluring, his deep-crimson mouth inviting, and his sweetly intoxicating musk overwhelming. The possibilities of the unknown, the danger-factor, and the intrigue of a captivating stranger were impossible for her to resist.

She lifted her hand and as it moved closer toward the pen, her limbs suddenly became heavy and warm. She pushed forward, impelled involuntarily by her own passion and curiosity. She was doing this.

With pen in hand, the tip touched the paper when a wicked thought crossed her mind. She glanced upward to meet Mr. Black’s gaze, and licked her lips purposefully.

“Are you sure you wouldn’t rather have my signature in blood?”

 

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In addition to being a writer, Ella is a mom, wife, a respiratory therapist, and a lover of ukuleles and unicorns. She was born and raised in a conservative, strict Christian household in the bible belt of the USA. This upbringing contributed to her wicked imagination and writing has been her only outlet for her fantasies. At the mature age of forty, she mustered up enough courage to share her thoughts and put pen to paper. She sincerely hopes to find her niche in writing romance in all forms, be it dark romance, romantic comedy, psychological thrillers or paranormal.

She doesn’t consider herself an author, rather an avid reader above all else, and someone who simply writes the stories that the characters in her head tell her to.

 

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                     OPAQUE MIRRORS by COURTNEY LANE

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Opaque Mirrors

By Courtney Lane

Cover Artist: Courtney Lane

Dark Erotic Thriller

Release Day April 26, 2016

 

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When the line between fiction and reality bleeds, there is no end to the lies or a truth to be found.

It was never supposed to happen. He was supposed to remain a porn star—the source of my fantasies—in my expansive collection of torture porn. But he found me, and he only wants one thing from me. He calls it the ultimate orgasm; death.

He gives me the illusion of choice—my life or his.

I thought my choice would be the end of my troubles, but it followed me to a town known for its close-minded, small population and hypocritical way of thinking.

My madness lurks in the shadows. It watches me and seduces me with pretty smiles and dirty degradation. It assures me that my fantasies aren’t wrong. It tells me that they will star in all of my nightmares…and I want nothing more.

Content contains strong violence, coarse language, graphic sex, scenes of horror, and situations that most readers would find objectionable. Reader discretion is highly advised.

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About Courtney Lane

COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old, she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren’t necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you’d encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren’t easy to fall in love with.

Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by Bioware), or spending time with her family.

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                                    RELEASE BLITZ                                           GLASS by ARIANNE RICHMONDE

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Title: Glass: A Standalone Novel

Author: Arianne Richmonde

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Release Date: 25th April, 2016

 

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A standalone romantic thriller from USA TODAY bestselling author Arianne Richmonde. 

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FIFTY SHADES of GREY meets REBECCA meets COMA. You won’t be able to put this suspenseful romance down.

Everything about Daniel Glass is dangerous.
Controlling.
Uncompromising.
And worst of all . . .
Intensely desirable.
And just when I thought I was over him, he came back into my life.
Pulling my strings like his marionette.
You see, I’m just an actress trying to do my job.
But Daniel, my director, has another agenda.

When Janie Cole lands a coveted role in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, with Daniel Glass as her director, she is determined to keep the man she was obsessed with at bay. A recent widower, nobody can forget his famous and glamorous late wife, the stunning, shining star, Natasha Jurgen.

But when Daniel wins over Janie’s heart and they begin a passionate relationship, his past comes back with a vengeance, and it’s not only Janie who is haunted by the shadows of Daniel’s dead wife.
A dark force is determined to come between them.
A force so powerful
Janie has to fight, not just for love . . .
But for her life.

N.B This is the re-edited, standalone version of the Glass Trilogy books: Shards of Glass, Broken Glass, and Hearts of Glass.

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“Mystery, excitement, and heartache will keep you on the edge of your seat with this turbulent love affair. People will be left with their mouths open, once they are hit with these twists.” – Cover to Cover Book Blog

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EXCERPT

“I don’t fuck around, just so you know.”

“And nor do I, just so you know,” he said in an even voice.

I glared at him. I supposed it was possible that this was all gossip. Yet he was so sexy and handsome, and ridiculously successful, not to mention loaded, and I knew women were throwing themselves at him any chance they got. I eyed him warily.

“Anyway, you’re still in love with your late wife,” I added, like a petulant child asking for someone else’s share of candy.

“What do you mean by that, Janie?”

“I mean what I say, that you’re in love with her.”

“And if that were to be true, why should it affect you?”

“It would make it complicated for the film.”

“Ah, I see. So my being ‘in love’ with my wife would affect your decision about whether to take the role of Sylvie or not?”

His words cut me. The way he laid it out so . . . so . . . blatantly made me look like an ingénue idiot. He had a point. I was a professional actress and I was being absurd. I could feel my lips pouting—I had no answer to his question.

“Are you jealous?” he asked.

My fake laugh would have fooled any audience, and I hoped Daniel too. “How can I possibly be jealous?”

“You’re answering my question with a question.” He lowered his voice and said in a sensual whisper,

“Are you jealous, Janie? Does the idea of my loving someone else torment you?” He brushed my lip with his thumb.

I felt a lump gather in my throat and my eyes flood until they burned. Hot tears slid down my cheek. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. And my heart was like fragile glass.

“I thought so.” He smirked a little. What a bastard! He was getting off on this! Having me so desperately into him while he still held a flame for Natasha freaking Jürgen!

I turned my face away from him so he couldn’t humiliate me any further, but he held me by the jaw and forced me to look at him, unbuckling his seatbelt, getting down on his knees so he was kneeling in front of me. The fact that the plane hadn’t stabilized didn’t deter him.

“Look into my eyes,” he demanded. “Look at me, Janie, and tell me how you really feel.”

I was blubbing now. The pathetic little student in love with her teacher, the lapdog who would follow her master off a cliff. Why can’t I be stronger than that?

“Are you in love with me, Janie?” He unbuckled my seatbelt and, at the same time his hand brushed across my belly, his fingers feeling for my flesh, his touch light. I let him continue, too weak to protest, too stunned by his cruelty at causing me to fall apart.

“Are you in love with me, Janie,” his echo murmured into my mouth—not even saying it as a question, but as a statement—his hand reaching inside my jeans and slipping down under the thin fabric of my panties. I gasped. His tongue found my mouth, prying my lips apart.

“No,” I whimpered into his mouth, “I’m not.”

 

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USA Today bestselling author Arianne Richmonde grew up in both the US and Europe. She is the author of the bestselling books Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl, Shimmers of Pearl, Pearl, and Belle Pearl- all full length novels in The Pearl Series.The first three books in the series are also available in one trilogy bundle/box set as The Pearl Trilogy. She has also written Glass- a provocative short story and the suspense novel, Stolen Grace. She lives with her husband and coterie of animals in France.

 

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          WICKED HEART by LEISA RAYVEN                           Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review

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Title: Wicked Heart

Series: Starcrossed #3

Author: Leisa Rayven

Release Date: 17th May, 2016

Genre: New Adult

Published by St. Martin’s Press

 

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SYNOPSIS

Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

He’s also the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred, and one moment of weakness will lead to a scandal that echoes around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn’t always follow the script.

 

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Five Wickedly Heartfelt Stars 

 

“This is the type of kiss I never knew existed. It’s like falling and flying, all in the same moment.”

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of this series. We reviewed Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet and to say we adored these two books would be nothing less than an understatement. So when we heard that Elissa Holt and Liam Quinn were going to have their own one, it was music to our ears. However, we had a small problem with the rating of Wicked Heart as it warranted many more stars than we could possibly give it. Grabbing our attention from the minute we picked it up to the very last word read, Ms Rayven’s writing inspired our private messages. Not only were they exchanged with gusto and at an incredible pace, but also the mainspring for sharing giggles. More than one agonising moment had us speed reading since one of the characters was to say the least, the reason for triggering our frustration.

“Hurry!”
“You’ve overtaken me. I’ll try and catch you up”
“69%. I’m stopping until I you catch up with me.”
“5% to go and I’m with you. Bloody interruptions and I’ve got things to do but this is just getting the better of me… have to carry on. Something’s going to happen!”
“This isn’t going to be good. Shit has hit the fan at 73%.”
“Ooh no! Now the bloody phone.”
“Tell ‘em to sod off!”

This was what was to be throughout this read. We simply couldn’t help ourselves!

“Liam, I swear on the life of my hamster not to use you as a sexual plaything.”
“Not even if I beg?
“Not even then.”
“If you ever beg to be my sexual plaything, I’ll make it happen in record time. More than once, if necessary.”

Having had a hot intense affair pulled from under her feet, Elissa blames her heart on what she thought was fate. Curvaceous, luscious and so unpretentious, she has no option but to learn to live in the present, get on with life and do what she does well as a stage manager on Broadway. Her attitude wasn’t at all surprising to us, either. It wasn’t as if her heart hadn’t been warned. The ‘one’ got away. No other man would ever be able to live up to her expectations. Her internal struggles made our hearts go out to this gracious young woman whose stubbornness seemed to get the better of her. Disillusioned and wary with men in general doesn’t make it easy for her bestie.

Gorgeously drop-dead handsome and happy go lucky love ‘em and leave ‘em, Joshua Kane is highly protective of her and thinks differently. Laugh out loud; his matchmaking skills weren’t exactly what we had in mind for such a sassy lass. Josh is another story all together and we soon sussed out this guy with a sense of humour second to none.

“You gave him a boner, didn’t you?”
“Good night, Joshua.”
“Okay fine. My ‘told you so’ can wait until morning. Oops. Look at that. Seems it can’t.”

Fate. Whether cannily manipulated or not, discovering how the storyline would develop regarding this cruel blow, kept us on our toes. Literally anything was possible and we found this factor an important one and exhilarating. When Liam walks into the scenario, he has the shock of his life. In the limelight, successful and actually a real softy, he regrets how he’s handled the past that just happens to be staring him in the face. Albeit his indecisiveness driving us up the wall, connecting to this adorably scrumptious actor was a piece of cake. The protagonists’ ginormous communication problems brought out many conflicting feelings to the point that we were ticking the two of them off. But then again, this is the backbone of their story.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you from the moment I saw you.”
“You don’t even know how beautiful you are.”

Now if there’s one outstandingly refreshing character the must be mentioned, it has to be Angel. We never expected her to have such a fabulous personality. She gave us a great balance of wit, empathy and sarcasm which just made us love her more! Without giving away what part she played in this well-developed story, we have to say how refreshing her role was. It would’ve be very easy for Ms Rayven to go down the typical if we dare say, traditional route for Angel. Her performance was above par excellent in Elissa and Liam’s story. All we can say is that it was well played! (Pun not intended). You brought to life this loveable dramatis persona who we should’ve hated but because of your unique creativity, made us connect to her strongly.

“Shoe size?”
“Big.”
“Head?”
“Uh … are you offering, or –“

Wow! If there’s ever a read that hooks you lock, line and sinker, this is it. Both of us agreed that it would make a blockbuster of a film as the plot is well mapped out, so very visual, full of surprises and has a good dose of heartrending scenes. Even though it can easily be read as a standalone, we highly recommend reading Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet as some of the secondary characters’ shenanigans from these two books are highlighted. Ms Rayven, your books are a delight to read! We are both avid readers and your books will always stand out amongst our all-time favourite reads. Hmm… would it be asking too much for a spin off for you know who? We’d love to hear more about them. Last word to sum up has to merely be ‘Bravisimo!’

“As long as I have you, I’ll be the richest man on earth.”

 

The Starcrossed Series Reading Order

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Purchase Links

Bad Romeo: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS

B&N | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound

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Broken Juliet: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS

B&N | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound

KFF’s 5 ★ Review

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Meet the Author

 

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Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, is available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)

Why not say hi to Leisa! She’d love to hear from you.

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