BITTER RIVAL by J. Sterling is LIVE!

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James Russo is enemy #1.

Hating him is in my blood.

Today we are delighted to be sharing New York Times bestselling author J. Sterling’s all-new forbidden romance, BITTER RIVAL

 

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Our families have been at war for generations; a bitter rivalry with no end in sight. All I’ve ever wanted to do was make wine, but one night with James will cost me everything.

I shouldn’t be attracted to him… but I am.

I definitely shouldn’t want to sleep with him… but I do.

Is following my heart worth the risk of losing my vineyard and my legacy?

Because in my family, there could be no greater betrayal than sleeping with the enemy.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

I’m so glad I’ve popped my J. Sterling cherry! And to top the lot, the topic she’d chosen was really easy to relate to as I do appreciate a good glass or three of vino! I live in wine country and have visited many bodegas, so her descriptive narrative not only helped me connect to her protagonists, but also gave me the feeling of being in their backyard…oops, vineyard.

This low-on-angst-light-hearted love story is addictive reading and before I even knew it, I’d finished the book. The story behind a family feud really intrigued me, but it’s wearing one member’s patience thin in particular. So, why has it been going on for such a long time you may ask. And for different reasons, why is it affecting the younger generation of viticulturists to the point that they can’t be seen together? Firstly, as it’s not made clear what happened until nearly the ending, my imagination ran away with me and what I thought was the cause for such animosity was way off the mark. Secondly, James and Julia’s fathers’ refusal to speak about it doesn’t help matters and a no fraternizing with the neighbours rule aggravates the whole situation even more.

Enemies, James and Julia definitely are, but hate is a word too strong to describe their self-same feelings. Problem is you’ve got to be able to see which way the wind blows in more ways than one before you can get your bearings, and that’s exactly what was done. Well, there’s no denying the attraction was there, but past events in their childhood made one of them apprehensive.

James is a lovely guy with a great sense of humour. Hard-working and like Julia, dedicated to the family business, a selfless act on his part makes her realise she could have been fighting a losing battle. A real tease, he also takes great pleasure in rubbing her up the wrong way. She always seemed to me to be on the defensive which only adds fuel to the fire.

More detail about how their wines reached perfection would have been nice but all in all, it’s a well-written story with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Steaminess abounds ladies, so get your fans ready, too! Want an easy-to-read standalone with great character development, then Bitter Rival is for you. Bravo Sterling!

About J. Sterling

My goal is to write books that you can get lost in and stories that will leave you with a smile and a full heart. If you can forget about the real world while you’re reading and fall in love with my characters, then I’ve done my job. A lot of what I write has real-life aspects in it, but that’s what makes the stories so relatable- the fact that they could happen to anyone… and have!

I live in California with my son, Blake. If you can’t find me sitting behind a computer screen, then there’s a good chance I’m sitting in the bleachers of a baseball stadium watching him play. I love traveling to new places, meeting my readers and spending time with the love of my life, my very own second chance romance, who inspires me daily.

I know you have a million books to choose from and I am humbled, grateful and thankful each time you choose to read one of mine, or tell someone else to read them. Thank you.

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DELIVERED by Eva Charles is LIVE!


Today we are thrilled to be sharing Eva Charles’ second book in
The Devil’s Duet, DELIVERED

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Delivered, Book 2 of The Devil’s Duet, is not a stand-alone. It should be read after reading Depraved.

Gabrielle Duval belongs to me.
I’ve made sure of that.

Now it’s time to eliminate the man who kept us apart.
My father.
The devil himself.

His reign of terror ends here.
On my terms.

Those who are triggered by dark storylines, please proceed cautiously!

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Just when you think the first book in this duet was tumultuous, along comes the second and blows Depraved out of the water. Delivered has a trigger warning for a reason. This author does not beat around the bush when it comes to hard topics. Pain and misery seep from the pages as if the very fibre of the book is bleeding with the characters.

We start back where Depraved finished and the stakes cannot be any higher for JD and Gabrielle. Destruction and loss are not just physical, they are physiological.
I cannot remember the last time I became so invested in characters at such an early stage of the book.

“It was all this. You trying to repair my soul.” 

The way this author spun the tale, I found my own morality was called into question. Topics that I wouldn’t consider before were up for grabs because of something I read and how it affected the protagonists and me. For long moments, I questioned the devil’s work. One character was so purely evil I’m sure he bled black, not red. It was this particular person who had me wondering if murder was an option and could you escape prosecution from it. I know I wouldn’t look good in an orange jumpsuit, that’s for sure.

Gabrielle discovers so many revelations. Some so hard to bear they nearly knocked the breath out of me! Through it all, she has JD by her side. Even when she’s in so much pain, she can’t bear to have any human kindness. JD never backs off he’s beyond persistent and I love that about him.

‘Oh, JD. You are so complicated, and yet so predictable. Your concern for me, your love, often emerges in twisted misshapen forms, shrouded by darkness, but it is always light at the centre. It’s what has always drawn me to you. Like a moth to a flame.’ 

I have one more point to make. Smith. That man is a danger to any human with ovaries, and it looks like he’s getting a book real soon. Eeek!

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About Eva

A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.

A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.

Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.

When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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ADVICE FROM A JILTED BRIDE by Piper Rayne is LIVE!

Today we are so excited to be sharing Piper Rayne’s all-new contemporary romance,
ADVICE FROM A JILTED BRIDE

 

What’s a girl to do after being ditched at the altar by text message? That’s right. Text. Message.

How does she pick up the pieces and move on? I’m no Dear Abby but here’s a little free advice…

Advice #1 – First, purge your apartment of all things him—by tossing his belongings off the balcony.

Advice #2 – Do not, I repeat do not, throw anything out into the hallway because you’ll injure your hot new neighbor.

Advice #3 – When said neighbor brings over Chinese Food do not let him stay and keep you company. It’s awkward when you realize he’s your boss.

Advice #4 – Accept his offer to help you with your side business but think twice before using a date to his sister’s wedding as collateral.

Advice #5 – Investigate who your mystery neighbor really is. Don’t trust his word even if he’s the world’s best kisser.

If you listen to nothing else, pay attention to that last one. It’s the most important and will save you a lot of heartache.

Xo,

LOVESICK IN LAKE STARLIGHT

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First impressions count, right? Poor Wyatt never stood a chance. Words do hurt more than stones, just ask Wyatt’s head. Last we saw Brooklyn Bailey, she was being left at the altar by her dirtbag fiancé. Douchey move for anyone to make but he did it in such a fashion that even I wanted to smack him. Lord help him if the Bailey brothers ever got hands on him, the authorities would never find the body!

From neighbours to lovers; a trope that I have struggled with for the longest time, this author knocked it out of the park and gave me one heck of an experience. Rayne is typically known for comedy and heat. This release does not disappoint in either of these two.

Tension and passion weave through the pages winding together Wyatt and Brooklyn, neither wanting to get into something serious. Frustration was a trusted companion through some of this one. Will they? Won’t they? Arrggh! Throw in meddling relatives and a father with a stick so firmly planted up high, you’ll catch my drift. Why oh why must people do what they do for other people and never themselves!

‘He doesn’t make it hard to enjoy the way he worships my body. His kisses are little morsels of admiration for my naked self. His groans are a self-confidence boost that assures me I’m what he wants.’ 

The Bailey clan have my heart, such a down to earth rabble family. I love them all. They all have such varying different characteristics and issues. Some authors fail at character building, these two do not.

‘“I’d love it if some chick came to tell me something while I was in the shower and she just pushed past the curtain and my back was turned as her hands slid around me and her wet body pressed to mine as her hands continued until they—OUCH!”
“Children,” Grandma says, looking around. “Not to mention, you can’t talk like in front of me, it’s disrespectful.”’
 

And who can forget the ending to this little gem? Those poor twins, I cannot wait for the next installment of The Buzzwheel.

 

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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PROTECTING THE HEIRESS by Nana Malone is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing the first contemporary romance novel in Nana Malone’s The Heiress Duet, PROTECTING THE HEIRESS

 

All I ever wanted was family. But one mistake cost me everything I’ve ever worked for.

To get it all back, I’ll have to return home and protect the most stubborn woman on the face of the planet. To do that effectively, I’ll need to go undercover as…a Manny.

I didn’t mean to fall for her or the kid. I really should have known better. When you get this close, it’s easy to get burned.

But I’ll do anything to protect them, even if it costs me everything…again.

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Welcome back to Winston Isles, one and all. An island like no other that I know. Full of intrigue, mystery and conspiracies around every corner.

When last we saw Ariel, her life was going off script in a way she had never imagined.
New goals and new purposes were needed and her friends/family knew how to aid her. Off she went to rebuild her path. Meeting new people recommended for special reasons.
One of these people was Jax Reynolds who had once been on the same path as Ariel. Only he reversed course for very different reasons. A man of honour and respect, Jax is the kind of person anybody would want at their back.

Ariel has held a secret for so long I had given up hope of ever finding out what it was.
This secret; however, is not secret come the end of this book. Her cards are out and on full display. I am left pondering if Ariel will ever get her own book? I sure hope so.

If you haven’t read Teasing the Princess, what’s wrong with you? If you did, you would know how Ariel got to where she is. With a new business to run and clients banging down the door, help is a little short to find. Jax comes on board and is thrust into the role of Bodyguard/Manny. Why the role of both? Read the book and find out!

The client is a headstrong woman by the name of Neela. Her life was pretty uneventful before her longtime best friend dropped a bombshell basket in her lap, a basket that even a stalk would have trouble with. Neela tiptoes through her new pathway trying to adjust to all the changes, never expecting that her life would end up in danger.

Due to the way these characters inherently are, the build-up between them takes longer than most by this author. The end is in sight when they finally do the deed.

‘His lips were shocking soft. I don’t know what I had expected. Maybe that he’d be brutal, harsh. He was big, and he looked like he knew his way around a kiss. Like he knew his way around sex. He practically oozed it.’ 

Can they overcome the turbulence that is their newfound discoveries? Will Neela ever be safe? What did Willa hide and why leave it all to Neela?

I adore this author’s ability to stick to a method when it comes to creating a new book and characters. She never fails to draw in the readers and make it oh so worth the turmoil and pain.

 

#2 Tempting the Heiress – Release Date: April 9, 2019

One error in judgment. That is all it took.

They say don’t mix business with pleasure, but I fell in love with the client and now I’ve lost her.

But I would do it all over again if it meant keeping her safe.

Now I’ll have to fight like hell to earn her trust again. If I don’t, it could cost both of us everything.

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Meet Nana

USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me: nana@nanamaloneromance.com

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REVIEW BLAST ~ BOMBSHELL by Jane Harvey-Berrick


Today we are thrilled to be sharing our reviews of bestselling author Jane Harvey-Berrick’s all-new powerful military romance stand-alone,
BOMBSHELL


Sergeant James Spears isn’t heartbroken because he doesn’t have one. His heart was ripped from his body when the love of his life was killed in an IED attack in Syria.

Ironic, since James is an elite soldier whose specialty is neutralizing bombs.

Explosive…
Ordnance…
Disposal…

Other bomb disposal officers say EOD stands for ‘Every One’s Divorced’, but to James, all he can hear is ‘Every One’s Dead’.

When he meets the flighty, shallow socialite, Lady Arabella Forsythe, he detests her on sight. She’s everything he despises, and the complete opposite of the woman who stole his heart and buried it with her.

Arabella is sleepwalking through her life. Nothing holds her interest for long, not bingeing on champagne and cocaine, sleeping with princes and peers of the realm, not even her own family who are desperate to rehabilitate her.

When two lost souls meet in the grim underbelly of a world that most people avoid, they recognize each other’s shattered reflections. And maybe hatred is the other side of love.

Codename: Sleeping Beauty

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Although Bombshell is the second installment in the EOD series, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Harvey-Berrick’s pulled out all the stops and by her bringing out the big guns; excuse the pun, at no point in this explosive story is confusion apparent. Yes, she’s rounded up protagonist’s tale very well indeed and before I go any further, I have to mention the impact this book had on me. The vividly portrayed narrative is incredibly lifelike, making me feel as if I was alongside James in every nerve-wracking scenario. Also, the author’s knack of evoking the reader’s emotions with her masterful prose draws you in to such an extent that putting the book down was for me, a feat in itself. Yeap, it’s not one of those reads you shouldn’t start at daft o’clock!

James is a shadow of his former self, his deep sense of loss is so tangible that my heart bled for him. He’d always put his life on the line and so to speak, lived in the eye of the hurricane as an EOD technician under the harshest of conditions. But the life he knew and the future he yearned for were whisked away because of uncontrollable circumstances in such an unfair way that I was left distraught. And although I didn’t like how the military treated him, it was correct. Stepping in to help, James’ trustworthy friend insists that getting back into the field saving lives just might be his salvation. James’ unwavering loyalty towards Clayton seals the deal regardless of his doubts.

Before, when the war was a reality, it wasn’t only James’ destiny which became a target. Figuratively speaking, the bullet ricocheted at its lethal whim, giving the feeling of utmost desperation, failure…even death. Never did I disagree with his heartfelt issues. Too easy to imagine how much he’d suffered, one more of my main concerns was how he’d be able to cope with more pressure. Hadn’t this guy had enough? Apparently not because the welfare of his mostly female team was a constant worry. Trying to put right the wrongdoings of others regardless of all the hurdles, James’ selfless job is to prevent injuries. Yet I still felt like I was walking on tenterhooks since a new day meant a new challenge in hazardous terrain…nothing’s ever straightforward.

I was a tad impatient to see how the gal who had everything but nothing would stomach the bitter surroundings she was thrown into against her will. At the beginning of the story, my opinion of Arabella wasn’t that high. She came across to me as an attention seeker with a rebellious streak and a live and let live attitude. One of her many outrageous actions caught her between a rock and a hard place, the punishment dished out leaving no room for negotiation. A lesson had to be learnt…hmm, but would the development of events be beneficial? Interesting. I honestly thought she’d be in for the worst awakening of her life, especially seeing as she’d been handed everything on a silver platter. Did I underestimate her? Well, yes! She literally caught me off-guard and everyone who worked with her, too. Not Clay though. This guy saw the best in her a mile off.

Would Arabella at the very least, be able to make friends with James? It wasn’t difficult for me to see how she felt about this guy who guarded his feeling, whose nonchalance towards her, hurt. The attraction which does go further wasn’t all fireworks and butterflies, either. If you’re prone to getting teary-eyed like me, you’ll need to have a tissue or three handy as there are a couple of really touching scenes in this slow-burn romance.

But what I found captivating was the author’s descriptive account of what goes on behind bomb-damaged zones and how a nonprofit organisation dealt with issues such as technical manpower, coordination and equipment. It is a real eye-opener, bringing home to the reader just how the lack of intervention from the right places is. Her knowledge is shared with the readers in clear lingo and I have to add that her storytelling from a dual perspective is true to her spoken word as she’s only used Americanisms when necessary. I loved the banter between James and Clay. And the attention given to her characters not only drove the story forward at a very agreeable pace, but also transported me to a world which hopefully one day will be safer. Bravo, Harvey-Berrick!

 

Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF

At last, we can now find out what happened to James after the tragic ending in book one, Tick Tock. The first book made me so sad and my heart broke for James. If you haven’t read Tick Tock, I strongly recommend that you read it first.

Eighteen months after that tragic event in book one, we find James still grieving for his loss. His career and the love of his life are gone and he is still plagued with nightmares and drowning himself on alcohol. Thankfully his friend Clay got something up his sleeve that might just break James’ downward spiral. Will James finally get to live his life again and find happiness?

What I love about this author is that she packs her story with so much information and technical details on whatever the subject is, I end up feeling like I took a short course on EOD lessons 101 and I love it! In this case, the HALO Trust and its mission is the main subject alongside James’ story. The introduction of Arabella as James’ new love interest is the complete opposite of Amira from the previous book and she is a welcome and refreshing change. To be honest I felt that Amira loved her “mission” more than she loved James one of the reasons why I wasn’t keen on her. Although Arabella started out as a fluffy, privileged socialite she later on develops a backbone and changed her life for the better. She is a good influence on James and although theirs is a slow burn romance I felt it sets the perfect pace.

The author whilst giving us James and Bel’s story also as an added bonus educates us on the after-effects of war, the victims and the ugly government politics. James and Arabella’s story not only entertains but also educates and is uplifting. I almost cried when he finally broke down and shed tears, I felt his pain through the pages of the book. That’s how powerful the words of this author are, so well written and never disappoints. I am so glad that we finally get the closure to James’ story and we also get to see the other characters, Clay and Zara. This book is really the bomb (no pun intended)! I highly recommend it.

 

Meet JANE

Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beach-side walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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HISSY FIT by Lani Lynn Vale is LIVE EARLY!

Today we are delighted to be sharing Lani Lynn Vale’s all-new romantic comedy, HISSY FIT

He is the one that never looks her way.

He is handsome and strong.

He is rough around the edges and mean.

He is everything she’s ever wanted.

He doesn’t even know she exists.

Her life is a joke.

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She doesn’t step on cracks in the sidewalk.

She laughs at inappropriate times.

She talks when she shouldn’t.

She is clumsy and trips on air.

She is finally on his radar.

God help her now.

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Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF

This is my first book by this author and I decided to jump in blind. I did not read the blurb because I wanted to be surprised and I definitely was.

Ezra is the local high school football and baseball coach, the town’s most eligible bachelor, he is quite the catch. He might be cocky but he has a heart of gold. His rapport with his pupils is top notch and he treats them equally. The day he knocked Raleigh off her feet and made her nose bleed will definitely change his life.

Raleigh is one of the new teachers in her local high school. She is a walking disaster, the queen of klutz and a frequent visitor in the ER. To say that she is clumsy is an understatement. She has had a long-standing crush on Ezra since they went to the same school but he never even knew she existed. She always felt invisible blending in the shadows but when she fell over and got a black eye and a nose bleed, she finally got Ezra’s attention.

Told in dual points of view, this contemporary romance is set in a small town where everybody knows everyone’s business. Raleigh’s mishaps and accidents were so legendary that I sometimes felt it was a borderline slapstick comedy. But the tender moments and steamy escapades between Ezra and Raleigh are swoon-worthy and although this romantic tale is meant to be light-hearted, there are some serious issues that were actually tackled in this book.

I am glad that Raleigh was able to connect and help out a bullied student. The way that Raleigh and Ezra addressed the bullying is inspiring and quite apt with what is happening in our schools today. The secondary characters especially Moira, Ezra’s little niece provided the comic relief; her innocent quips were hilarious it gave me some laugh-out-loud moments. Ezra and Raleigh’s romance does not only entertain, but is also inspiring and heart-warming. I am glad I got to read this book, Lani Lynn Vale is my new favourite and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.


 

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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Malum: Part One (The Elite King’s Club book 4) by Amo Jone is LIVE!

Malum: Part One (The Elite King’s Club book 4), an all new dark romance by Amo Jones is NOW LIVE!

 

“Love is savage, love is blind, love is something they may not find…”
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in a battered trailer, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
One day, she fell down The Elite Kings’ rabbit hole. Sucked into a dark vortex of lies, hate, and deceit, and spat out by money, glitz, and power.
There were things this little girl didn’t know, things she was about to find out and secrets that have been kept from her. Those secrets were guarded by the boys that were about to smash her world open and tear it all apart…
He may be a Malum, but she is a Stuprum, born into this world but neglected by the choice of her mother. Her eyes may not glisten with stars, but they roar with fire, and when she finally reaches her peak, it’s that same fire that will burn.
Them.
All.
Down.
My name is Tillie Stuprum, and my story is not like the rest.
Everything she thought she knew is a fabricated version of the truth. I’m Nate Riverside-Malum, the one your girl whispers about to her friends and whose initials are scratched down your back. Her story is not like the rest of them, because her story is dead.

 

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

This author is known for dark, realistic, hard to bare books. This installment of the Elite Kings was a total game changer, for both the author and the series.

Madison and Bishop are still embroiled in a love affair full of love and hate, but that’s not who this one is about. Oh no! Tallie and Nate get their chance to live in hell. If you’ve read the previous books you’ll know where they found themselves in Tacet a Mortuis

‘I lick my lips and smirk. “Tille is the opposite of Madison when it comes to fear. Madison cowers, gets scared and does a bunch of dumb **** that would have gotten any other girl murdered on the spot.”
Brantley turns his attention to me. “And what does Tillie do?”
 

We all witnessed how broken they are before. But for Nate, that broken far surpasses everybody else….well, other than Tillie but considering her parentage that goes without saying.

‘Pain exists everywhere though. It always has. At six years old, I knew that my life would be filled with nothing but pain.’ 

Love and hate intersect and combine like conjoined twins. Where one begins and the other ends, nobody can tell. Chess pieces litter the battleground like fallen soldiers. Who really is the master puppeteer is one of the so many questions thrown at you.

This book starts with a trigger warning. As the author states herself, her name is usually a trigger warning in and of itself. However, the depth of the depravity knows no limits. Triggers don’t often get to me. But this one? This one actually had been putting the book down and walking away to breathe. I just couldn’t put myself through it anymore, I cried so hard. I had to feel normal for a few minutes. I still finished reading, how could I not? These people have become something for me that I could be fooled into believing it was all real. The entire scene was hard-hitting and emotional.

‘I think to myself about the irony of that line. For I too, know of a place similar to Oz…’ 

You wouldn’t be remiss in forgetting the ages of these characters. Most of them aren’t old enough to “legally” drink. They exist in a world filled with monsters and evil. I truly believe because of all this explains why they live their lives on the more hardcore side. They live hard and fight harder for what they believe in.

‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon, I was raised by blood sodden knives, and girls like me, we learn to use them as weapons. Love shouldn’t be offered up as a gift to just anybody. It should be preserved and used as a weapon to protect our heart.’ 

Tillie and Nate are so very much made for one other. But just how much can these two go through and put each other through before they lose the battle and just surrender to it all? Their relationship is raw and without limits. They bounce off so hard and fast they spin away and out of control, only they always come crashing back together. Both of them know what buttons to press and they are often corrosive and highly flammable. How could I as a reader loathe Nate so much for his actions and yet still care about his welfare? Messed up book, messed up reader. Clearly!

This isn’t a book about flowers and hearts. This book has a trigger warning for a very good reason. These characters indulge in many different vices, nothing is polished or glossed over. They are as human as humans can be. They hurt, they maim, they can and do commit murder. I will continue to root for them all because of what they mean to me.

Thank you, Ms. Jones, for once again messing with my head. It’s always a wild ride.
 

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Amo Jones is a small country girl totally winging this author thing (she’s probably doing it all wrong). She likes cake, loves wine, and her religion is magic. She’s a profound work-a-holic, but when she’s not writing, you can find her chilling with her kids & partner at the nearest beach, with a cocktail in her hand.

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