TAMED by EMMA CHASE

TAMED by EMMA CHASE

FIVE UNTAMED STARS!

TAMED

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Even though Tamed is the third book in Tangled series, there is absolutely no reason why it couldn’t be considered as a standalone. The author has taken a lot of trouble to help the reader pick up the thread of events which is a feat in itself. I, for one, wasn’t the slightest bit confused as this is well-explained from the first chapter onwards. I was also delighted by her style of writing— incredibly refreshing and it will without a doubt, have you laughing out loud! It certainly did me.

It didn’t take me long to realise that it was going to be a hard job to review without letting on either, so I’ve decided to skim the storyline which is fast moving in this unputdownable book, and concentrated more on how this romantic love story-cum comedy with a difference was written and told in first person from Matthew’s POV.

Matthew Fisher and his buddies, Drew and Alexandra Evans, and Steven Reinhart are lifelong friends. Their lives are entwined in such a way that everything they do directly or indirectly, has a repercussion of sorts on the others. Theirs is a relationship for better or worse regardless, and totally endearing for the reader. When Matthew, this abso-frinkin’-lutely gorgeous player is introduced to Dolores (Dee Warren) by Kate Brooks, his colleague in the family business and in a relationship with whom you may ask? Sorry! Not going to spill the beans; hotter than hot sparks fly between two protagonists that appear to be on the same planet! Are they? Well, all the right signals and innuendos are there for these two independent professionals but Dee has trust issues with a capital T. So the big question is; will they do their damnedest to make it work because their friends don’t seem to think so. Not only is the banter hilariously absorbing, but true colours will be shown, soft sides will be revealed, comprehension will be put to the test, and as always in this series, protectiveness will reign.

Apart from Matthew being the Alpha male you’d wish to bump into in the middle of a dark night, and how on earth the author has been able to describe to perfection the way both Drew and Matthew think, react and sum up the female peculiarities from their point of view is beyond sublime! It doesn’t offend simply because a few truths aren’t too far away from home. In this story, there isn’t just one man that will enthral you, oh no, there’s two or maybe even three! The author has put herself in the shoes of her male characters so naturally that it’s uncanny! The sex scenes are vividly described and made me wish—oh, definitely wish…

I must confess that I had a few personal issues with the star rating of this extremely well-written book? Why? Well, it certainly wasn’t because of the faultless grammar, exceptional vocabulary or the marvellous dialogue. It was simply because I couldn’t fathom out some of the American personalities and quotes she’d mentioned and had to Google them! Please excuse this English lass’s ignorance! But after reflecting on this, I realised that English authors and even reviewers when comparing, do exactly the same thing. I’m absolutely sure that our lingo, sayings and personalities also confuse the American reader.

I just loved this book and I am so looking forward to reading the fourth book in this series which is due to be published in October. Bravo Ms Chase. You certainly made me laugh, cry and swear out loud in one session!!!

This ARC was gifted to KFF via Net GALLEY for an honest review.

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THE DECIMATION OF MAE by D H Sidebottom

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***** NEW RELEASE ALERT AND THREE DAYS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED *****

FIVE STARS  (I’d give it more if possible!)

Reviewed by Traci Hyland for Kindle Friends Forever

I am going to start by saying that I am not a fan of dark reads. I don’t read them, and if something is said to be dark and I’ve read it, chances are it still had a happy ending as I’m a HEA girl so for me it’s not dark. However, D H Sidebottom is one of my all-time favourite authors and I read anything she writes. (Even if she wrote the directions to how to cook turtle soup, I’d read it.) So there was no way I was going to walk away from this and honestly, I was scared … Reading this subject matter scared the crap out of me because it’s so NOT what I read… That being said, I put on my big girl panties and went for it, and I’m so glad I did. This is absolutely in my top three best books I’ve ever read.

This book has not only ripped me apart, but my heart is also beating on the living room floor somewhere. I’ll see if I can find it later! You get a type of violence that I find difficult to read about, but you also get a love that you didn’t expect. I screamed, I cried, I threw my kindle… My heart raced, my tears flowed. Anyone who knows me and my style of reviewing/reading knows I usually hate the female lead. They almost always suck but that doesn’t mean I hate the books, it just means I always lean toward the male character in almost every book. This was not the case here. Mae is strong, intelligent, beautiful inside and out, and oh so very broken. You can’t not love her and cry with her, as well as for her. She doesn’t need your sympathy, she needs your understanding and empathy whether she realizes it or not. She needs to be loved.

Mae’s had a difficult life of loss, but one she’s accepted and simply lived until she meets Daniel whom she considers the Devil. Mae is kidnapped and thrown into a dark world of slave training. She doesn’t know her ultimate destiny is to be a slave. She thinks she has been kidnapped for the sole benefit of Daniel, the devil. Mae is determined to never stop fighting or willingly submit. The events that ensue are nothing like I have ever read before. Mae is now merchandise, a slave, property, a whore, and now… stock.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that some of the twist and turns had me on the edge of my seat, and some, shocked the living hell out of me. Nothing was as I expected or anticipated it to be. When I was introduced to Daniel, I loved him, and then I hated him so so much and then… it all turns for me and I love him again! I never expected the ending and was shocked to hell. Nevertheless, I have to say it was an amazing ending which came full circle for these two and for me. I adored Daniel all the more in the epilogue. I don’t know how to express how much this book blew me away, how something I never expected to like, marked me and gave me the biggest book hangover. I am having trouble focusing on other books because it keeps popping up in my head. I felt Mae’s pain, and not just her physical pain, but emotional as well. And heaven knows she carried a lot on her plate, including things she didn’t even know she was carrying.

This book is beautifully written and the grammar and spelling are perfect.
I would recommend this book 100 times over. This book has changed my mind when it comes to dark reads. This author has given me so much in the book world, my fantasy world if you will, and hands down, I’d rather read her books 100 times over than ever turn on my television.

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THE DECIMATION OF MAE

 

THE DECIMATION OF MAE by D H Sidebottom.

This brilliantly written novel is for those of you who like dark reads and to be published on 18th July


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THE DECIMATION OF MAE by D. H SIDEBOTTOM

NEW RELEASE DATE! The Decimation of Mae by D H Sidebottom

 

We reviewed it but we didn’t like it. We loved it!!! We can’t wait to congratulate the author for her latest release! Can you? Click on the photo for the Goodreads link and add this book to your Want to Read List! Please read the warning on this link before one-clicking on Amazon.

 

THE ALPHABET GAME: Part Four – S to X, Y, Z. by ANDIE M. LONG

FIVE DAZZLING STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever.tagcov4

The last chapter in book 3 had me sitting on the edge of the chair. Not only were Stella and Gabe left aghast when they discovered just how far Arnie, Gabe’s villainous father, was prepared to carry out what he had been warning them all along, but I was also left itching to find out how they were going to get out of what appeared to be an impossible situation.

Book 4 is without a doubt, a masterpiece! In the other books, the author had really concentrated on the some scorching sex scenes. Gabe was teaching Stella the ropes of the Alphabet Game he’d ingeniously invented and she was more than game to learn. Albeit the other novellas in this series were undoubtedly well-written, full of humour and have a solid plot, number four is little jewel and a splendid finale to their story.

The continuation of the plot thickens at a heart-palpitating rate and I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. Without letting on, I will say that Stella’s step-father isn’t the man I thought he was at all, and if he’d done things in the past, there was a very good reason why. The author describes all her characters’ personalities to perfection and Gabe’s father will have you hating him even more than you did in the other books. This obsessive man is so vengeful, it’s sickening! I liked Ronnie, Stella’s best friend from the beginning of this story and now I love her to bits. There’s a scene in Stella’s flat that had me in fits of laughter! I could never imagine my best friend saying, “This establishment sucks big, hairy balls.” But since they’re as thick as thieves, all Ronnie’s ribbing is taken in good faith. Even though witty cracks abound, a spanner is thrown into the works with serious issues like blackmail, abuse and murder. Which I might add, have been intricately woven into the plot. Stella and Gabe have a huge misunderstanding too and boy oh boy, does she make him pay for it! I felt quite sorry for the poor man. However, when he comes to terms with the news Stella wanted to tell him her way and without any interference from an undesirable, he’s over the moon. Yes, Gabe! He’s considerate, gorgeous and adores Stella. Mind you, the feeling is mutual and it’s easy to connect with them.

These two absolutely lovely protagonists have less sex, aw! No worries though. Their explicitly described bedroom antics is a plus which will make you sooo appreciative! It certainly did me. I’m absolutely sure the author didn’t want to distract the reader from the real nitty-gritty storyline and there wasn’t a moment when I thought anything was lacking. And of course we mustn’t forget the banter between them. In a nutshell, brilliant. I could carry on writing about the coffee shop where they meet up, their surrounding and trips back and forth between London and New York but I’m not going to. I’d really like you to read this series because it’s extremely entertaining.

A few words to Ms. Long. Thank you for writing such a fabulous ending. It was beyond my expectations. Bravo!

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SHOOTING STAR A New Adult Contemporary Romance (Beautiful Chaos Book 1) by ARIANNE RICHMONDE

SHOOTING STAR PICFIVE SHOOTING STARS!

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

This is a first for me! I have never, ever wanted to shout out loud to the author in the first paragraph of any review I have done, but this book is… OMG, how could you leave me hanging on the precipice like this is downright cruel!!! Even though KKF was kindly offered the ARC for an honest review, we’d be quite prepared to buy hundreds of copies and do a raffle, a giveaway, whatever needs to be done to spread the word! I turned the last page only to be find To Be Continued… #2, Falling Star (hopefully, the end of July)! Oh dear Lord, those three ellipses nearly made me throw my kindle out the window, but I didn’t because this little eBook and I have a very intimate relationship! What the heck; with her frickin’ teases, a totally original storyline and the characters she has described so well has left me with a harsh case of book hangover. Her knowledge of the movie world, addictive issues and psychology is without a doubt, a merit in itself. The author’s ability to be such a versatile writer is uncanny, too.

The two main characters in this series have hang-ups with a capital H! Jake, aka Jason Wild, is a young up and coming arrogant English film director who one assumes has had it easy, but has he? You will see! Apart from him being sex on legs with a tattoo and muscles in all the right places, what I liked most about him was his English lingo. A man totally in control of his life will be put to the test when Star Davis rushes into his life against all his wishes. This manipulating teenage American super star, very full of herself, horrendously beautiful and used to having her own way regardless, is going to make him question his own rules, his own weaknesses, and his own morals. The attraction between them palpitates from the very beginning of the story and reaches a crescendo towards the last paragraph. Re: my frustration folks!

What I enjoyed most about this novella was how the author has told their POV in first person by using each chapter to their advantage. Every little detail is relevant. It might be a little book you can read in a few hours, but it will leave you with your mouth wide open!!!

A word to Ms Richmond. Obviously I can’t sum up this story since there’s much more to come! You naughty lady, you! I love your protagonists, the secondary characters are brilliant and I how you were able to carry off Leo’s speech defect for want of a better word, was simply perfect. I really hope we’re going to see more of this gorgeous man with his wonderful sense of humour in the follow up of this incredibly written story which is faultless to a tee. My only complaint I have made clear while writing this review is that it’s far too short for my liking but I’m absolutely sure that the wait will be worth it! Bravo!!

To quote my favourite passage; “That having Star in my house was like having the Devil as your best mate, when you were training to take your vows as a priest?”

 

 

THE ALPHABET GAME by ANDIE. M. LONG

THE ALPHABET GAME COVER AND TEASERS:  PART FOUR – S to X, Y, Z to be released 11th Julytagcov4

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