OUT OF REACH by Missy Johnson

FIVE WORTHY STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author and I had no idea what to expect. Goodness gracious me! I was literally sucked into a whirlwind of emotions from the first page of the prologue! This beautifully written story is about life, death, undying love, and above all, complete and utter trust between three lifelong friends.

The protagonists’ tightly-knit relationship is put into perspective when we read flashbacks of Em’s memories throughout this incredibly heart-wrenching love story. Although they all have their own stories to tell, the crux of the matter is without a doubt, Andy. His battle against the clock, his wish to please the two people he loves while suffering such a dire illness, his compunction to live life to the best of his possibilities, is described by the author in minuscule detail. A warning here folks! Get your hankies ready because Andy, Em and Seth are going to rock your boat in an ocean of grief, a touch of happiness and yes, humour! Just to give you an idea of how absorbing this story is—mundane things like going to sleep were insignificant!

Since time is Andy’s enemy, he gives them a list of unfulfilled wishes which they’ll do their utmost to accomplish. Get ready for a laugh and a half here because some of the things he asks them to do are hilarious. They’ve stood by him through thick and thin since youngsters and it’s his way of saying how much he appreciates their undeniable love. The last wish was not exactly unexpected, but when it happened, it left me mentally distraught. It also made me reflect upon many who have left someone dear behind. Not only does that person want one to carry on living, but they also want to be remembered for the good times they have had with them. And boy oh boy, when you reach this point in the book, you think you know what’s coming! Far from it! Andy unselfishly has the last word which will bring a smile to your face, make you cry heaps of tears and make you want to read this book again!

Whether or not Em eventually accepts her destiny with open arms remains to be seen, and can Seth keep his promise to his best friend and override the deeply embedded guilt he’s carried on his shoulders since Andy fell ill? These two loveable and caring characters take the back-seat with admirable finesse because all said and done, this is Andy’s story. Perfectly narrated, faultlessly written and simply unputdownable!

Well! What can I say to you Ms Johnson? Your ability to hit home and your sensitivity regarding this horrendous illness is unquestionably commendable. You have managed to take me on a roller-coaster ride of unfathomable heights and I’m still coming down! I could write more about your marvellous characters but it would be totally unfair to the reader. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read such a touching story.

Simply bravisimo!

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FRACTURE (Blood and Roses # 2) by Callie Hart

FIVE SHINING STARS

 

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

I’ve always try my very hardest not to start a review with these three letters that make the word…WOW! This is a first timer for me and I apologise profusely but on reflection, what other word could I have used for a follow up of such perfection? Our appetite was wetted after reading Hart’s debut, Deviant. It was just a matter of time, just a matter of sinking into a story of a plot perfectly construed to make an opinion about Fracture. The author’s development of her characters is beyond any of my expectations! You are literally sucked into a world of deception, incomprehensible passion and above all, her imaginative writing is not only sublimely related to them, but also ridiculously visible.

Sloan is between a hard rock and a place. Notwithstanding, this heroine in surgery scrubs has had a taste of what Zeth’s offered her and even though she doesn’t want to admit it out loud, she likes it. She’s more intelligent and more objective than him. That doesn’t mean that she’ll make mistakes though. Her objective is to protect Lacey come what may because it’s ingrained in her and she must also find the person most dear to her. His objective is to protect both of them regardless of the consequences. This horrendously attractive man who walks on the dark side is an expert in a world of deception, more sly and more of a SOB than she could have ever imagined. His purpose is to fulfil her wishes, and as he well knows how to dangle the carrot in front of her nose, his domineering ways will make her succumb. Her sub consciousness tells her that what she’s doing is wrong, but there’s no going back once this decision has been made. Therefore, a battle of wills is thrown into a plot of utmost intrigue and if I hadn’t thrown my Kindle against the wall at this point, it was purely because I wanted to keep on reading!

As you might have noticed, I haven’t mentioned the hotter than hot scenes! Well, why you may ask? Because I want you lovers of dark, sexy reads to enjoy this explicitly.

The second novel in this series has left me on tenterhooks! Argh! I can’t wait for the outcome of a plot so flawlessly written. For any reader that likes kind of genre, read, read, read! BRAVO Ms. Hart! You have made my day and I am anxiously awaiting the end of this incredibly surreal sequel!

DEVIANT (Blood of Roses #1) by Callie Hart

FIVE STARS Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

The temptingly hot cover caught our attention. But even more so was the blurb! Why it has taken so long for KFF to review this book is honestly because we’ve been waiting for the third book in this trilogy due to be released on the 12th May. This page turner was far from disappointing and if you like erotic reads full of suspense, you won’t regret reading Sloane and Zeth’s incredibly salacious saga!

There couldn’t be two protagonists with more conflicting personalities.

Sloan’s personal and professional life is seemly under control except for one thing. Someone very dear to her has been missing for too long and she’s prepared to pay whatever price to find out about this person’s whereabouts. And believe you me; what a price she has to pay!

Even though this horrendously gorgeous Alfa male is a survivor in a world so diverse from hers, their destinies clash together in an explicitly described rendezvous of such intense that it left my tongue hanging out! Obviously it doesn’t stop here! Supposedly, all is forgotten after a few years, but here enters the one person that I literally fell in love with thanks to the author’s ability to describe every small detail regarding each one of her dissimilar characters. My heart went out to Lacey. Oh, Lacey! Zeth’s protectiveness is commendable and made me connect with him more. Up to this point in the story, Sloane’s concern is profsessional; however, you will only be able to appreciate these two wonderful gals relationship if you carry on reading the follow up, Fracture.

Deviant is faultlessly written. What an abso-frigging-lutely marvellous début. To say that this first part of your saga is brilliant would be an understatement Ms Hart. Simply BRAVO!

FORTITUDE – Heart of Stone Novella by D H Sidebottom

FIVE GOLDEN STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

Ava kicks arse! So when she breaks distressing news to Mason, those last three words in the pen ultimate book of the Heart of Stone series, Ferocity, left me thunderstruck! We have been taken on a turbulent ride throughout this saga filled with passionate love, lust-ridden sex, revengeful acts carried out by the notorious Rebecca who I might add, brought out the worst in me! Vendettas are explicitly described and contrast with lifelong lasting friendships. Friends became enemies and enemies became friends.

Now Ava has to tackle the biggest challenge ever. How she copes with it isn’t exactly what one would expect, but the only way she knows how to do it is by rejecting the love of her life. Although my heart was with Ava  every step of the way, I found her stubbornness and actions so irritatingly frustrating. I can honestly say that if I sobbed for her, I was agonized for Mason! Yeah, my book-lover Vickie Leaf is mine! He always seemed to put his foot in it and make matters worse, but this Alfa man’s wrongdoings are easily forgiven in a heart-rending and outstandingly written story that for me, the word perfection is an understatement.

The author helps us remember anecdotes and scenes in the series by flipping back and forth, and makes the dialogue between the main protagonists come alive. I especially liked Ava’s subtle way of correcting Mason’s adages which made me laugh out loud. We are introduced to a fantastic new character in Fortitude too, so I hope the author won’t write him off!

Ms Sidebottom! My reviews are totally unbiased. They are written to guide the reader and help them chose the genre. But how could I possibly say farewell to the Fox’s without saying a few special words to you. You are AWESOME! Not only is your style of writing captivating, but you have also managed to deal with a subject that affects many in their daily lives with an admirable sensitivity. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

BRAVO!

MONSTER IN HIS EYES by J. M. Darhower

FIVE BRILLIANT STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

This is a thriller, love story with a difference! It’s consuming, unputdownable and it’ll make you lose sleep! What I found so refreshing is the author’s style of writing. It’s jerky in places, many dialogues are short, and it abso-frigging-lutely works to a tee. Descriptive to the point that you can easily relate to the author’s main character, Karissa. However hard she’s had to struggle to scrape by with just enough money to survive uni life, this eighteen year old student thinks that the one particularly difficult subject taught by an austere professor is under control. She’s more than conscious of the fact that without a good grade, the scholarship she relies on will be put in jeopardy. I was concerned about Karissa’s gullibility which was most certainly caused by her mother always being on tenterhooks. But all said and done, at the time it made sense to me since a mother’s concern for her daughter’s welfare is the most natural thing in the world.

There was something about Ignazio Vitale that had me wondering about his intentions from the very start of the story. This man of many facets is just wow, double and triple wow! It didn’t bother me in the slightest that he is quite a bit older than Karissa because it simply felt right! Horrendously sexy, impeccably attired, charming, captivating, secretive and if I’m not careful, I’m going to run out of adjectives to describe this beast of man. Hot, hot, hot! He’s not in the slightest bit forthcoming regarding his profession which adds a hell of a lot of intrigue to a complex plot you wouldn’t expect in a book of this genre. Whether he was in the right place at the right time remains to be seen. Whether she was in the wrong place or not unfolds at a fast, gritty pace which had me spellbound not only because their erotic encounters are on the verge of brutal and extremely explicit, but also because it’s twist and turns entail issues of manipulation, obsessive love and vendetta. Will this monster of a man convert into a hero and save his heroine? Does she want to be saved by someone she is so blindly captivated by, who hides behind a wall of destruction?

This flawlessly written read made me agitated, made me smile, made me want to scream out aloud. The ending left me hungry for more, more, more! Thank you Ms Darhower for sharing your talent. I am so looking forward to the follow up of Monster in his Eyes.

 

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!

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!