STOLEN GRACE by Arianne Richmonde

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

 

I’m abso-friggin’-lutley gob-smacked! This book was gifted to me by my collaborator on KKF and I can’t thank her enough! This unconventional love story is not only thought-provoking but also so angst-ridden that at times, my nerves were on edge!

Sylvia and Tommy adopt. Their beautiful little girl who was originally from Kashmir, is old and wise beyond her years. I fell in love with her sassy back-chat and observations; her profound trust and capability of reading her parents moods, her linguistic mannerisms. Sylvia and Tommy’s marriage is in a rut! The communication lacking between them made me want to shout out aloud. “Speak to each other for God’s sake!” They don’t, so things go from bad to worse. Their dreams of building a life in rural Wyoming isn’t what they envisaged and they both have trouble adapting from their previous life in New York, where they both meet and had well-paid jobs. Now they can’t make ends meet and to top the lot, Sylvia becomes more and more suspicious of Tommy’s secretive ways. He in turn, can’t fathom out why the love of his life is treating him with the cold shoulder and giving him the silent treatment.

Dreadful circumstances snowball at such a fast pace that it leaves the reader aghast. He takes a supposedly important trip to LA and although Sylvia doesn’t know Ruth personally because they started their relationship on Facebook, she thinks it’s a good idea that she’s coming to stay while he’s away. The minute Ruth walks through their threshold, one gets the feeling she isn’t who she has made herself out to be. I wanted to strangle Sylvia for trusting this devious woman. What happens from here on,  is without a doubt, the crux of the story.

A domino effect leads from one crisis to another causing their very existence to be shredded apart, and the one thing that’s keeping their rocky marriage together has been stolen. Disappeared into thin air!

This unorthodox story brings up delicate issues such as abduction, race and religion, and is treated with the utmost discretion. The author’s protagonists’ merciful love is described splendidly. Their love for their daughter, the fight they put up under unknown conditions to regain what is theirs will take you on an emotionally rocky ride.

What can I say to Ms Richmonde? You have written one hell of a raw page-turner! Your impeccable writing, your characters’ personalities, everything about this book was faultless. Bravo!

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My Soul Keeper by Ker Dukey

THE SOUL KEEPER by Ker Dukey

Five  Stars

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever.

I dove into this book with a certain amount of trepidation purely because paranormal has never called my attention. To say I was intrigued from the first line would be an understatement. It’s nothing like the author’s previous books but the style and incredible imagination she has used in a complex storyline is far from confusing and will not let readers down who like this type of book.

The characters’ personalities are unravelled at a steady pace and we get to know them one by one without becoming unduly overwhelmed. The protagonist, Simone, has been brought up in loving surroundings and is extremely responsible for her years. Even though her mum’s pregnancy worries her no-end, she is excited about having a new sibling in her life. Her best friend, Leah, who I might add, is there for her through thick and thin and just adorable, wants Simone to let her hair down but that unknown something is holding her back. Her stance not only frustrates her part-time boyfriend, Jacob, but is also badly interpreted by Amanda, the school bully! Liam’s over protectiveness of Simone causes certain issues throughout the story which only adds to the intrigue. Even though Simone is about to start a new chapter—college, her world is about to change drastically where her destiny is mapped out by uncontrollable forces. Here enters the love of her life, Shamar.

Shamar is the soul keeper. He’ll pull her very existence apart but as they have such strong feelings for each other and their mutual attraction is undeniable, will they be able to survive so many obstacles paving the way for happiness! Will she be tempted by the unscrupulous Lucas who walks on the dark side of this outstandingly well written love story?

It wouldn’t be fair if I told you more so now I’ll take this opportunity to commend Ms Dukey for having the courage to write her first paranormal novel. It has paid off! Bravo!

The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Five Stars

Please be forewarned, everything is far from black and white in this novel. There is graphic language, violence, murder, physiological and physical abuse. Please read below before purchasing.

Diounna, “Nikki” Her supressed emotional disorder is consuming her very existence. She thinks the escape route she is using to control it is her only option and will ease this internal trauma so deeply buried inside her very being. She had no idea that her sick mother knew just how mentally unbalanced she was and unbeknown to her, her mother makes a pact with a person even more mentally distraught than her only daughter. When she goes home to care for her mother, will she be capable of carrying out her beloved mother’s dying wishes? Who is this man who seems to be in the right place at the right time and so willingly offers to help her through such a stressful period in her life? Is he being completely honest regarding his intentions?

It’s as if her new neighbour, Eric Brenton, goes out of his way to mock her! He is inconsiderate, egocentric, horrendously good-looking, and their mutual attraction palpates from the very start. Eric coldly offers her quid pro quo transaction, or no go! Desperation surmises around an inexplicable story in situations that are quite unfathomable but made totally realistic by outstanding writing on the author’s part.

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This book sucked into what felt like the vortex of a tornado, and I felt I had to share my opinion with you readers who like this of genre with its twist and turns in a plot which is not so much confusing, as disconcerting! Without a doubt—an exceptional read. I loved the interaction between the two main protagonists and the secondary characters are certainly beyond any expectations.

What can I say? Firstly, my absolutely favourite passage has to be this one. “People called her by a much harsher term, a word that began with a ‘c’. I’ve only encountered one person who could use the word and attach a sensual connotation to it.”  Secondly, Ms Lane… it’s unusual for me to read and write a review in twenty-four hours. My only words to you are these…don’t make me wait too long for the sequel! Since I can’t give you more, five well-earned stars are in order for a perfectly written book.

FATE by Nikki Sex

Five stars

FATE by Nikki Sex

Reviewed by Sharon Therese Tomas for Kindle Friends Forever

Even though they have known each other since childhood, this story isn’t about a sweetheart romance. Oh no, far from it! This is a story about a woman whose innuendos were rejected by her brother’s best friend not once, but twice. Emily knows Paul values their friendship. She knows she is his confidant when most needed, and she knows that without taking drastic measures, she will never be able to live a normal life. So what does she do? She fools him! And wait for it… she does it in such an imperfectly perfect way that the outcome is the least one would expect in a perfectly imperfect plot!

The beginning of this stand-alone novel takes us straight to a Mexican resort where we’ll meet up with the two main characters of this extremely titillating love story. It not only has an unusually intriguing scenario which one wouldn’t expect in this type of novel, it also engrosses the reader with all its twist and turns. We will also learn why the highly explicit sex scenes are so unbecoming of Emily Melone, aka Candy’s character and her compunction to overcome her lifelong obsession. This caring young woman who has lived a responsible and quiet life up until now, knows her well mapped out plan to seduce Paul Jarman could be a double-edged sword. The only way to sate her desires for this gorgeous man is by spending a night of lust with him. She spruces herself up to the nines, unscrupulously throws caution to the wind and nervously dives straight into his open arms which really had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Her courage throughout this story of deception is commendable and makes one thinks there is no possible way for a happy ending under such peculiar circumstances. The big question! Can she pull it off? And what will happen when Emily’s true colours are discovered.

Obviously problems occur! She becomes even more infatuated with him and he in turn, doesn’t believe his luck has changed. Paul is convinced his persona as a controlling Dom is enough for him. He doesn’t trust. He doesn’t do relationships. But, yes! This captivatingand horrendously sensual nymph he presumably picked up was perhaps what he needed to change his mind. He wants to see her, she wants to see him too but not on her ground. She well knows that if she does, her secret will be revealed endangering her relationship with her best friend, and she will lose the lover she never had in the first place.

This fast and provocatively sensual plot continues to thicken when Emily decides to delve into the world of BDSM. Her appetite to know more about Paul’s world was wetted in Mexico. She is convinced that regardless of their family issues and the unlikelihood that one day he can forgive her lies and deceit, won’t hamper her curiosity which is getting the better of her by the minute. When she is introduced to the intriguing master of master’s, the beguiling Andrés Chavalier, his guidance, patience and encouragement unravel her dormant passion.

I am absolutely lost for words Ms Nikki Sex. Your characters are adorable, your storyline beyond expectations, your descriptive writing excellent. Your books flows to such a point that it is simply unputdownable. Without a doubt, five stars!

FRAGILE TRUTHS by D H Sidebottom and R M James A SHADOW OF SINS NOVEL

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When an innocent young child inadvertently does something she was warned not to do, the outcome is so horrendous it will change her life forever. In her anguish, she carries the blame on her shoulders and although at the time she had no idea who the culprit of her loss was, Francesca swears undying vengeance.

Shadow and his two boys just happened to be visiting her father when Tate, the oldest of the brothers, sees this inconsolable little girl break down in a setting that couldn’t be more exquisite. She listens to his gentle words, and he names her after a bright star which will cause a lot of contrasting emotions years later in excruciating circumstances. As he becomes completely infatuated with her that night, he’ll try to keep his eye on her from a distance if he can.

Frankie dedicates years working on a case to bring down an infamous and untouchable criminal, Don Knight. Only a handful of people know she has the power to do it. Only she knows the real reason why she has to put this monstrous individual behind bars. Nevertheless, her obsession infuriates her lover and co-worker who also has problems of his own. His selfish attitude will influence her to take measures in their unstable relationship.

By involving the history of two families at loggerheads with each other, makes this bizarre love story orchestrated in an ominous place in London even more interesting for the reader. It is a complex. It is brutal. The dimensions diverse.

THE CHARACTERS

 FRANKIE

The reader has the pleasure of getting to know this heroin from the very first line of the story. Before I start illustrating her personality, it is definitely worth mentioning the portrayal of the co-authors’ vivid physical description which is beyond commendable! When I was reading into the early hours, I could literally see this woman’s long blond hair falling around her face while contemplating me with huge expressive doe blue eyes. One the other hand, after a supposedly casual encounter, she senses what her body was capable of. Her well-hidden dormant sensuality is woken up and provokes a storm of passion and lust difficult to control. Her incredibly strong will to abide by what she’d promised herself years ago, an unbreakably feisty spirit and her honourable candour is invincible under the most tortuous situations!

TATE

Ah Tate! This horrendously gorgeous man is painted as the bad boy in town. And of course, he is! Tall, dark-haired, rippling muscles in all the right places is a persecuted dark soul waiting for that someone to liberate him. He would never admit his weaknesses but as this Alfa male has more than one dilemma, more than one lie to tell, more than one grudge, you’ll have to read the book if you want to find out why he has this stance! A passage that bowled me over was when he called her beautiful and she said he was too. He answered; “Babe, please. I’m fine with hot, gorgeous, stunning, hell even handsome is okay but a man is never beautiful, we’re too rugged for beautiful.” Don’t doubt me when I say that this man is not just beautiful, he’s outstanding and a real softy under his hard exterior!

JUDE

Jude is estranged from his older brother Tate for reasons that will be unfolded in this story. But I will tell you that his part is probably just as important as the two main protagonists simply because he is the one character who tries his best to help them in moments of utter distress. He can’t fathom out why he feels a connection with Frankie or why he’s jealous of Tate’s relationship with her. His knowledge of Tate’s past and secrets untold have a gripping hold over the whole scenario. Actually, I found this hunk of a man totally underestimated but one can’t have everything in one go!

NIKO

The night Niko chats Frankie up in a casino is decisive for the protagonists in this story and this is where we see a change in the story. He’s rubbing shoulders with undesirable company and she feels more than uncomfortable about it. Then we see them together when Frankie and Tate have been taken to an abandoned mental home in London. Well done Ms Sidebottom and Ms James! You really had me fooled there! And since you ladies have not been very forthcoming with Nik’s physical appearance, I’ll have to use my imagination.

THE SHADOW’S VERSUS THE KNIGHT’S

Don Knight is an evil son of a bitch who feeds on others’ sufferance. He is unscrupulous and sadistic. His son Yard, ten times worse but without his father’s know-how. He is dangerous maniac who dishes out torture without a blink of the eye and he made me squirm. We still have time to get to know the more about the Shadow’s in I hope a follow up of this first novel in the Shadow of Sins series.

MY PERSONAL OPINION

What a bumpy ride these two ladies have taken me on. This book is so graphic that there were moments when I felt darn right queasy. In the next breath and in my utter desperation, I had sweaty hands. Then the love scenes in invisible brackets left my tongue hanging out and my heart palpating! Minuscule details haven’t been left out so for the faint-hearted, please heed my warning. The contents of this book are violent, first degree torture is used, disturbingly twisted and horrifying scenes are vividly explained. It is also an exceptionally beautiful love story with a difference. The sex is brilliant, the bad language tolerable, and if you think this book is for you, it’ll still make your hair stand on end!

Now then you lovely ladies—the authors! What can I say? I am lost for words which in my case, is difficult achieve!!! Your partnership has had without a doubt, awesome results. I really can’t find fault in what you have written so I’ll shut up and give your book a well-deserved…

                                        FIVE STARS.

NUMBER THIRTEEN by Bella Jewel

thirteenI don’t usually start writing reviews this way; nonetheless, for you to understand a little about this intriguing plot without letting on too much, obliges me to tell you that this is not a run of the mill love story! It’s harsh, more often than not, violent, and extremely explicit. William is the protagonist whose past was complicated from the start of his young life. He lived with his mother while his twin brother had the opportunity to study in a different place. William wasn’t given that option. His father, who has a personal animosity towards him, was barely at home while he looked after his mentally sick mother.

He was too docile to stand up for himself and far too concerned about what his parents would think of him if he did. He was bullied beyond the point of expiration, and there wasn’t anyone there for him, to guide him, to save him. Something horrendous happened to William on a day which would mark his very existence. No-one could possibly have comprehended or imagined why he was so influenced by the number thirteen until  the reason is slowly disclosed in a story full of angst.

He kidnaps thirteen young women, eradicates their memories and takes them to his mansion where he slowly gives them the opportunity to recuperate their past by making them obey to rules and regulations which are by no means legitimate, in most cases, darn right cruel and exaggeratedly controlling. To free them from their sufferance, he demands subservience and is convinced that his unorthodox methods will be the only answer for them to be able to cope with the possibility of having a normal life. The girls are put into groups depending on the severity of the treatment they had previously experienced before he took them. Number thirteen is put together with number three, seven and twelve.

Number thirteen is different. She’s unruly. She doesn’t know who she is but this doesn’t dampen her strong will or spirit to survive. The constant questions she asks herself only seem to cause her more confusion and even more reason to rebel.  She stands up for his injustices and takes punishments when they’re not even deserved. How long will it take for him to break her? Does he? Will she reject him when she eventually finds out who this man is that hides behind a mask and the plans he has for her?

The most important woman in this unusual love story has a name. Emelyn. Incredibly honest, a natural leader of outstanding beauty and a fighter in a  losing battle, seems to gain this damaged man’s respect and love. Say no more!!! It’s definitely worth reading if you like a read with  a lot of sensuality with a difference!

I think that the reason the author hasn’t been given the credit she deserves from other reviews I’ve read is probably because this story is so bizarre! Although it is shocking, it is without a doubt, original. I couldn’t put it down and finished reading this book twenty-fours. If I haven’t given this Ms Jewel five stars, it was because this innovative plot left me hanging. Her style of writing and her description of her characters is flawless. Ms Jewel. I simply found the ending slightly rushed!

My favourite passage is a confession! “You needed to feel that fear; it was the only way I could get past the walls you had built so high.”

 

DOM WARS ROUND ONE by Lucien Bane

The newspaper advertisement caught Lucien’s eye and the more he read it, the more intrigued he became. A reality show was looking for contestants for the Ultimate Dom with a mouth-watering prize and this man not only needed the money to cover debts he hadn’t incurred but felt morally obliged to pay off, his personal experience and traits fitted the bill perfectly.

The young woman queuing for the audition in front of Lucien was a bag of nerves. She had absolutely no idea what she was letting herself into, and to say that Tara Reese was naïve would be an understatement but maybe, just maybe, this attractive man with all his amicably convincing words, whose offer to help her through something totally alien to her, could give her hope, could help her save someone dear to her heart.

Lucien is without a doubt irreproachable towards Tara. Although she huffs and puffs throughout a unique story of two people that need each other for completely different goals, eventually, Lucien’s expertise and outstanding humour, his complete and utter honestly regarding ways of dominance, makes Tara a more than willing partner in everything he asks her to do in situations that will make your hair curl if it’s not already!

The author of this book will probably strangle me for letting on! I sincerely hope not because there’s so much more to what initially appears to be a run of the mill Dom Sub romance. I felt that it was necessary to tell you a little about two fabulous characters in an incredibly unusual scenario. Mr Bane has a way with words and my only criticism is I wanted to read more!

I couldn’t possibly write my favourite passage as it would be a spoiler and a half! But I can write my favourite sentence. “Let it out love, I’m so sorry. I’m here. I’ll help you.” Only by reading this heart-rending love story with a difference, will you find out what happens!!!

A quick note to the author. Mr Bane, simply bravo!