RELEASE DAY ~ BOUNTIFUL (True North #4)                                     by Sarina Bowen

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Bountiful by Sarina Bowen is LIVE!

Standalone Series: True North #4

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 19th October, 2019

Published by Rennie Road Books

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Sarina’s books are a sure one-click for me. Just the right amount of angst, solid storylines and always perfectly paced, what I love about this series is the dual narrative, giving the reader the opportunity to connect with her protagonists’ thoughts. Bountiful is in the same highly visual and outstanding setting of Vermont as in previous books, but this time her fruit of choice are pears! Gosh, I had no idea how pears were harvested and makes for interesting trivia. She’s also introduced a sports character which I liked one of a hell of a lot–a hockey player no less! Lol, I had a feeling that Sarina couldn’t resist seeing as she’s co-authored Him and Us on a totally different line with Ellie Kennedy. And more important, you don’t need to read the the True North series in order which to my mind of thinking, is a huge plus.

Bountiful isn’t all about pears! Ooh no, there’s much more to keep the reader stuck to the pages. Zara sold me. Not only was I taken with her frankness, her stance towards the opposite sex I found refreshing. Like any young person, mistakes are made, but she’s the first one to own up to them and isn’t afraid of discussing her past with family members or who would become her bestie and business partner, Audrey. Yep, as per usual, the author’s secondary character development is first-rate. Zara’s tight-knit family are a peculiar bunch. Having protective brothers is great up to a certain point; she knows she has everything to be thankful for but one of them is a tinsy-winsy straight-faced. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like him, he’s just deep–difficult to fathom out. So their concern for her well-being is understandable under the circumstances she’s in, and they’ll bend over backwards to do anything to make her life a tad easier. I didn’t even dislike one of her grumpy and opinionated uncles whose lack of filter made me chuckle until the red and white Vermont cows came home! Her lovely mum isn’t short of a few words either, and this folks isn’t a spoiler, but it did seem to me as if history was repeating itself as far as mother and daughter were concerned. However, after reflecting on Zara’s attitude regarding having a steady relationship saddened me because I thought she deserved the world. Question is, would she find her prince charming; someone special to make her change her mind and take that big step?

In he walks excluding an aura like he owned the phrase, ‘sex on legs’. Then he walks out. Leaving behind him the unimaginable, when Dave does come back, he’s going to have the shock of his life. And this folks, is when the heat of an emotional moment is turned up to a richter magnitude scale. Strappingly gorgeous, copper-haired with fathomless green eyes… notice I’m NOT swooning here, I wasn’t the only one whose knees turned to jelly. Although Dave is a very likable guy, I did have my doubts about how he’d handle his personal and professional issues. Here steps in his younger bubbly sister with sound advice and buckets of enthusiasm. Hmm, whether he listens to her is for you to find out though. I wonder if the author’s going to give me the pleasure of Bess’ own story…nudge, nudge!

There is so much more to this story than meets the eye. All the character’s involvement literally melted my heart, twisted me into pieces, teased my soul. Since I’m not partial to giving anything away, I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for a grey area I came across in the story, I would have given this read five stars at the drop of a hat. I wish I could make myself clearer about what happened. Many of you might not give importance to a detail in a scenario which I thought could have been better executed. I was left hanging, wanting to know more. Who caused such ructions and why all of a sudden it dwindled out, left me with my suspicions or better said, frustration. Saying that, this editing hiccup didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the story. As always, Sarina’s writing is worthy of being savoured… Never convoluted, always hitting home, making the likes of me content to read her damn good stories, I have to say, Bravo!

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Meet Sarina

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com

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            GIVEAWAY & CHAPTER REVEAL                                 SICK FUX by TILLIE COLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.

 

The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.

 

Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.

 

Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.

 

As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.

 

One at a time.

 

Each one more deadly than the last.

 

Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.

 

 

Prologue

The first time I met Heathan James he was picking the wings off a butterfly. When I asked him why, he turned his light gray eyes my way and said, “Because I want to watch it die.”
I watched as his gaze rolled back to the squirming wingless insect in his hand. Watched his lips part as the sad creature withered and died in his palm. A long, soft breath escaped his parted lips, and a victorious smile tugged on his mouth.
I once heard of the theory that the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wings, a tiny perturbation, that merest whisper of movement in the air, could start the process of building something much bigger; a tornado, devastating thousands. A tsunami crushing iron-heavy waves onto sandy shores, obliterating everything in its path.
As I looked back on the moment we met, this introduction to Heathan James, the man who became my entire world, the pulsing marrow in my bones, I wondered if his deadly act of ripping the wings from the bright blue-and-black butterfly started such a perturbation in our lives. Not a tsunami or a tornado caused by a simple flutter, but something much darker and more sinister, caused by stripping a beautiful creature of its ability to fly, to thrive. A path of destruction no one saw coming; the sweetest, most violent deaths carried out with the gentlest of smiles on our faces and the utmost hell in our hearts.
Heathan James was never the light in my life, but instead a heavy eclipse, blotting out the sun and anything bright, bringing with him endless, eternal night and murderous tar-black blood pumping through my veins.
Heathan James was the genesis of my soul’s reawakening . . . a soul not meant for peace, but one handcrafted for death and murder and blood and bones . . .
Soulmates forged in fire, under the watchful gaze of Satan’s mocking eyes.
Heathan.
Ellis.
Just a couple of sick fux . . .

 

 

4 – 4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

Sick Fux is an extremely dark book in terms of subject and content. I would advise you to HEED the graphic warning the author has at the front of the book and decide if it’s for you or not. I’m no stranger to these kinds of stories, it’s often difficult to find a good, meaty read that makes you think twice about what you are reading. All too often an author will say this is ‘dark’ and I end up disappointed because it is in fact a shade of grey and not black, the way I like them. However, Tillie Cole’s Sick Fux sits right on that dark/black line. It’s not a taboo read by any means but the subject matters are difficult to digest at times.

To say this book is clever, is an understatement. The plot is intricate in places, yet simple at other times. Sick Fux is a love story you probably won’t have ever read before. In all its messed up-glory, there are sparks of sunshine and love that give the reader a semblance of hope for both Dolly and Rabbit. Heathen and Ellis were doomed from the start, but from those characters; born were two utterly complicated beings, who are dragged into their own little world. Both are slightly mad, if not ‘off their rockers.’ And that ties in beautifully with the fairy tale of this book. Tillie’s character development was second to none, she captured both Dolly and Rabbit beautifully and conveyed that to the reader so, so well.

The first few chapters of Sick Fux are heartbreaking – in every capacity. I started reading this at 11pm, and it was the worst thing to do. Tillie Cole sucks the reader right down the rabbit hole in those few chapters, creating the catalyst for what’s to come. I felt that up to chapter four was the best of this book, a really strong start that hooks the reader in completely. I’m not saying the book dived from there – it didn’t – but I was hard pushed to find the same emotion from there on until I came to the last few chapters.

I had some technical issues with this book, like some things felt like repetition and such. While Tillie Cole penned some amazing and awe-inspiring sentences, I found some to be just ok. Felt that there were places where it could have been better. At times it read a little lazy and I didn’t understand why when so much of the writing was top class. The intensity of the story dropped a little through the middle for me. I expected to devour this book, struggle to put it down, but that was not the case. As much as the story pulls the reader from beginning to end with its fast pace, I found it all too easy to put it down and pick it back up again. Finally – the emotion. It’s there, but for me it was sparse, beginning and end being the two places I felt something more. With a book like Sick Fux I really would have liked to have felt that emotional connection the length of the book.

Did I enjoy it? Oh yeah, Sick Fux delivered on the promise of a dark read. The author managed no problem, weaving a beautifully clever and intricate piece of work. Her storytelling is quite stunning in this book. Sick Fux should romp up the charts with ease. For me though, it could have been a little ‘more.’ Highly recommended to those that like their reads with a whole lot of blood and gore. But please – heed that warning. This book is not for everyone.

 

 

 

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

 

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