HOT-BLOODED by Kendall Grey

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

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This is a mythical read overflowing with undercurrents of tension. Passion lies within Keahilani Alana’s strong family ties and an illegal inheritance which was discovered after Mahina, her mother, died tragically, and has to be safeguarded come what may for the survival of them all. A dominant and outstandingly beautiful woman who will stop at nothing to protect ‘Ohana,’ the family, is not your typical heroine by any means. Her many facets are entwined into Hawaiian culture, and come alive in this story’s intricate plot where twists and turns abound. Thus, it is a book to be savoured and not read quickly.

‘Fire from heaven suited both her personalities well.’

Even though Keahilani mourns her mother, the strong bond she had with her continues to live in her mother’s spirit in the form of a butterfly. When she comes across her mother’s memoirs, every unimaginable secret unfolds causing even more heartbreak and she vows never to do what her mother had done. Don’t expect any lovey dovey romance in this standalone novel because it just doesn’t exist! The sex scenes are impeccably described, extremely hot, and tempestuously conflictive for her since she wants complete and utter control over her feelings regardless. Her need to carry on her mother’s legacy, her responsibility to keep her three brothers safe in a business that is far from legit, is much stronger than any rendezvous. They all love surfing. Not only is it ingrained in their genes, but you’ll also be able to envisage one of the character’s need to find that big wave that surfers dream about.

‘Grinning ear to ear, hands raised in a victory pose, he lived his dream while I prepared to kill my nightmare.’

Their above board surfing business, excuse the pun, offers classes and she reluctantly gives a class to Blake Murphy. He wants lessons; he wants her in the literal sense of the word, too! Little do either of them know that their paths are going to cross later on in the story under circumstances far from pleasant. She likes Blake Murphy; however, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him. Okay, he might be gorgeous, but he’s certainly not trustworthy. He’s a paid assassin for a drug cartel with a job to do. He has to investigate a new drug organisation, report back to the only man he considers a friend; a nasty piece of work might I add, and take matters further when the puzzle comes together. And what a puzzle it is folks!

“I’m gonna f**k you, Kea.” Double entendre if there ever was one.

It is plain to see that the author has really gone to a lot of trouble to write a book with such an outstanding plot. And despite my total ignorance regarding Hawaiian culture, after finishing this read, I did feel a little more knowledgeable. Get ready for crude language, harsh and aggressive scenes that will leave you aghast, and moments of utter despair. Apart from the suspense which is gripping at all times, what impressed me most was how all the author’s character’s traits and physical appearances were described down to the smallest detail. The ending left me pondering for a while! Could there me more from where this came from? There is no doubt whatsoever that a follow-up would be perfectly feasible. Ms. Grey, you are a very skilful storyteller. Bravo!

‘Ohana is everything. It damn sure was. An ‘ohana hadn’t been the same without Mahina.’

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LOVE, ALWAYS by YESSI SMITH

3.5 STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

Despite the fact that this kind of genre isn’t what I normally read, I was pleasantly surprised by the plot. It’s well structured, the storyline is good and the editing is excellent. Not only was I unexpectedly taken aback by the book’s cover; hence, never judge a book by it, but I also thought it was going to be your typical rock n roll romance story. It most certainly is not! This is a story of two young people finding their way. A story of trust, compassion, commitment; of true friendship.

Coming to terms with the loss of someone so very dear to both these inexperienced protagonists has been dealt with the utmost sensitivity by the author. She has explicitly conveyed how Dee copes with depression, how Adam helps and cares for her while she’s ill, and how he in turn, takes on the responsibility of a child which isn’t his.

This gorgeous young man’s patience with Dee seems to have no limits; however, that didn’t stop me having the impression that he was constantly walking on hot coals. Are they capable of overcoming their personal issues in this story full of emotion? I asked myself this selfsame question because Dee’s attitude downright irritated me. Dee’s crazy friend, Hayley, is a breath of fresh air and her quick off the mark banter got more than one laugh out of me. She is a true friend who holds no bars in any situation. I found her personality totally fitting for smoothing over the rough ride the reader is going to have.

I won’t ‘let on’ any more details about all the wonderful characters because I think this book is worthy of reading, and even though I have awarded it three and a half stars, please don’t be put off by this as my rating has to do with the kind of book I normally read.

LOVE’S TAMING by MARYANN JORDAN

3.5 STARS

Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

Annie Donovan is a vet. She runs a small city practice, lives above it in a small apartment with her cats and loves her job. She’s kind-hearted and quiet but her life is boring. Till Stoney…

He turns up one night in need of her help to save his dog Sarge and consequently turns Annie’s world upside down. He’s a sexy, smouldering man, but complicated and a total mystery to Annie; nonetheless, she’s drawn to him. They have a night of red hot sex and Annie is hooked lock, stock and barrel. Stoney knows he should stay away from the shy vet, but he can’t help himself. He has secrets of his own that he can’t tell her which unwittingly bring danger to her doorstep. As their relationship progresses, Annie gets irritated by Stoney’s disappearing acts. Her feeling for him are getting out of control and she knows she’s falling for him deeply. When his secrets are revealed, will she forgive him for deceiving her? Stoney decides the life he has been leading isn’t for him any more, he wants out, he wants to settle down with Annie; maybe even start a family. However, his old way of life isn’t ready to let go just yet which puts Annie in more danger. I really don’t want to say much more as it will spoil the book and give away too much.

This is a new direction for Maryann and totally different from her Fairfield books. While the story was good, I sometimes felt it was a bit on the slow side. I also found Stoney quite irritating to begin with in the way he spoke and if the truth be told, I found some of his speech repetitive. The other thing to touch upon is I worked out the storyline / plot line pretty quickly and easily, which for me took some pleasure out of reading the book. Saying that, the sex scenes were flowing, explicitly described, and fitted in perfectly to the story’s structure.

BAD SON RISING BY JULIE A. RICHMAN

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood for Kindle Friends Forever

I was delighted to have the opportunity to read this story after reading the Searching For Moore series. This story is about Zac Moore who we had a glimpse of in the series as he is the son of Schooner Moore.

The glimpse we got of him was not colourful for this seemingly troubled young man who caused a lot of problems. So going into this, I kind of guessed we were going to learn why he is the way he is, and if he goes on a self-discovery and finally grows up. He has to at some point, doesn’t he? After all he is Schooners son!

Zac uses his good-looks to his advantage. A total man whore; he takes nothing seriously in his college life. His best friend is Liz, and he’s very friendly with his roommate, Brian. Zac gets himself into a whole lot of trouble and subsequently has to stop and take stock of where he is heading in his life. He embarks on a mission to help out in the Congo. He is a student engineer and his father feels that if he takes the next semester off, he will get a lot out of the trip. Not only does he find out Lily Castillo is out there; a family friend who Zac is intrigued by, but he is happy to go, too. Lily and Zac are worlds apart. He is a bad boy and Lily is a serious and focused young lady who has also taken the semester out to intern in the Congo. When the time comes for her to go back home, she’ll be going to med school.

Obstacles are in the way, but it soon materializes that Zac and Lily have a connection. He has settled in well in the Congo and is truly making a difference. The two embark on a relationship of sorts. Seemingly coming together, the path of true love never runs smoothly. Tragedy strikes and sacrifices are made. What does the future hold for Zac and Lily? Is there a future? You feel your heart rip out for the two of them. We see a change in Zac as he comes of age. Love, tragedy and life’s experiences certainly turn this boy into a man. An extremely hot man!

I knew I would really enjoy this story. I would describe it as a coming of age story that is filled with angst, and definitely hot, hot, hot! I loved Julie’s work and just had a feeling I would enjoy this offering. The only little niggle I have is the over usage of first names and surnames. I felt that at the beginning, I learnt who they were and did not need to constantly reminded of their full names. But saying that, it’s a very small niggle because I saw through yet again, a fantastic story. Massive positives in this book make it a highly recommended and worthy read.

Thank you Julie for sharing another fantastic creation.

PLASTIC CONFIDENCE by ALISA MULLEN

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

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This is the story of Jules / Julia Delaney. Her story starts from her childhood where things happen that shape her into the woman that she is today. The murder of a young girl cuts short summer camp, so Jules and her friends return home early. Bored and under house arrest from their parents, the girls play with an Ouija Board which tells them, especially Jules, that she will be haunted all her life.

Now a young woman and lead singer of the hottest rock band, The Sick Ponies, Jules lives her life on the edge countless times after show partying and sex. A toxic relationship with Johnny, a member of the band, all prove to her what the Ouija board told her that night was true. The consequences make her like a plastic shell on the outside, but hiding what she really wants to be underneath.

Then she meets Brennan and her world tilts when she starts feeling more for him than just sex. However, as she falls deeper, Brennan’s secrets change everything again, and we see her revert back to the old Jules. She slips back into a relationship with Johnny but as the years pass, Brennan is never far away from her thoughts. One night after seeing Brennan at one of their gigs and sick of life’s knocks, she makes a huge decision that changes her life yet again. She goes off the grid and makes a new life. And a new Julia emerges. Fast forward a few years and the past comes knocking again, but will Julia finally be able to put her demons behind her and finally, this time, find her one true love?

This was a great read which centered mainly on three characters all intertwined with each other at various parts in the book. Each a strong character in their own right, Brennan is mysterious, sexy, and seems to be the perfect man for Jules in every way. Johnny! This gorgeous sexy band member who breaks her in more ways than one, but can never let go. And Jules… strong, feisty and independent; hardened to life until you start to scratch below the surface. Their story takes you on a journey of emotions, despair and heartache. Love, lies and deceit ….the story of one young woman’s journey to find her true self and her one true love.

At the end we get the first chapter of book two Artificial Love which is focused on Johnny. Should be great reading!!!

THE LOVER’S GAME (No Exceptions #2) by J.C. REED

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

the lover's gameEven though No Exceptions book two is told from Brooke’s POV, Brooke and I are still in the dark as to what Jett’s game is! Gr…the author has indeed got us all worked-up! Why his behaviour towards Brooke is so out of character is another detail that must not be overlooked either. He makes out to be the caring lover, but as yet, he’s still got to prove himself to me. One thing is for sure; we going to have to wait for The Lover’s Promise coming in October to find out if he really is who he claims to be.

If you’re reading this review, it’s because you’ve read The Lover’s Secret and well know Brooke’s made a preconceived decision regardless of her carrying Jett’s child. I personally think her lack of communication with Jett; her inability to tell him her true feeling and her stubbornness, is the crux of the problem in this story. She has no regard as to whether or not he’s behaviour is right or wrong and won’t listen to him, and this irritated me no end. Why he won’t come clean and clear up a few points with her, I found very frustrating, too! In a nutshell, all this guy has managed to do is sow confusion!

A looming future as a single parent with strangling debts and now no stable job doesn’t stop her from leaving him. She’s made a new friend who suggests that she tries out a job which sounds a little ominous, but what choice does she have? Will she even consider it under the circumstances in which she finds herself? Get ready; the author is going to take us on a helter-skelter ride where you’ll definitely be in for a surprise or two. You will be left with gaping mouths when you discover who the drop-dead gorgeous man is in the sleazy club where Brooke’s friend insisted they go to? Furthermore, Brooke becomes persona non compos mentis after someone for reasons unknown to us, does an unscrupulous action in the same place. To say that this well described part of the book didn’t put me on tenterhooks would be an understatement! There is certainly more than meets the eye here and the only way to know who is behind this, is by reading follow-up.

As always, the author’s explicit description of the hot, sexy scene is brilliant. However, I did feel that a little more banter between the two protagonists was necessary. There is no doubt that the plot is solid which in itself, is the recipe for a good story, and the cliffy was exactly what I would expect from her. I am really looking forward to the next instalment. Bravo Ms. Reed!

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OFFSIDE by SHAY SAVAGE

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

SYNOPSIS 

I have to be the best. I am the best. I’m quick. I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m the star keeper of my high school soccer team, and I’ve got major leagues scouting me. As their captain, my teammates will do anything I say – on or off the field. Girls practically beg to be added to my list of conquests. As long as I manage to go pro for the best team in the world, I won’t have to worry about my father’s wrath.

I’m Thomas Malone, and I’ve seen to it that the world revolves around me.

There’s a new girl at school, and it’s just a matter of time before she gives in to my charm. This one’s just a little more stubborn than most – she won’t even tell me her name! She’s smart, too. Maybe too smart. I can’t let her in. I can’t let anybody in. I’m not too worried, but even I have to admit she’s interfering with my focus on the goal.

Dad’s not going to be happy about that.

Did I mention I love Shakespeare? Yeah, I know. I’m a walking contradiction. According to the Bard – “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Somehow, I got all three.

Now how is anyone supposed to live up to that?

KFF’s REVIEW

This book was not for me! I really hope KFF’s reviewer, Claire, who is indispensable to our team, comes back to us as soon as she can. Needless to say; my buddy reader, right arm and the one and only person that gives me the green light to post my reviews, suggested I try this book out. Thank you so much Rachel! What. A. Read! To start off with, I love football. Better known as soccer for you gals in the U.S. This novel literally comes alive on the football ground. The author’s ability to describe Thomas’ team’s matches is uncanny, although I would go so far as saying that I disagreed with her opinion regarding Spain robbing Germany in the World Cup in year 2000. All said and done; I live in this passionate country!

“I shook my head, went into the living room, and played a little FIFA on the Wii. I was Germany and creamed the Spanish team, the way the last World Cup should have been.”

Thomas is a player. His reputation is well-known with the gals where he studies. Love ‘em, leave ‘em attitude and no questions asked because he has no time or inclination to get involved. No-one knows the private hell he is having trouble coping with. This gorgeous lad comes across as a real bully but that’s far from the truth. His father’s personality overwhelms him to such a degree that he can’t say no to him and tries his hardest to calm troubled waters irrelevant of the consequences. Like father, like son? You will only find out by reading this excellent book? He is a good captain, motivates his college team, and this excellent goalie’s reputation has put him in is in the eye of one of the best soccer scouts in Europe. However, the guilt which consumes him has been sown by none other than his father; the person he wants to please more.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” I whispered. “I’m still keeping my promise though. I’ll never forget anything again—I swear it. I haven’t forgotten anything since that day, Mom. Nothing.”

His father is a tyrant. Verbally and physically abusive towards his son, he also uses his influences to blackmail when it suits his whim to get results regardless of anyone’s feeling. This person is a horrendously nasty piece of work and explicitly described by the author. I would have gladly jumped into the book and strangled him with my own hands! I couldn’t get over the way this egocentric man treated his son so abominably. Thomas’ father’s extreme doings revolve around how his son’s success at being the best goalkeeper is. How Thomas thinks isn’t taken into consideration, and that is the crux of this story!

…Shakespeare echoed through my head. “In the course of justice, none of us should see salvation: we do pray mercy.”

Nicole! Oooh, my goodness me! What an outstanding person! If Thomas has baggage, she has more! I literally fell in love with her strong character, her patience, and her stunning beauty. How can one not fall for her? Well, quite simply because not only is she hard to get, but she never conforms to Thomas’ explanations. She wants the truth without any strings attached and her compassion abounds. I really must mention her father, Sheriff Skye, too. If only our daughters had such a marvellous and comprehensive person like him to stand by us through thick and thin!

“Let me ask you something else,” he said as he sat up a little straighter and looked at me dead-on. “Was the last woman you ever cared about your mother?”

Poor Thomas! There was a point in the book that had me flipping the pages really quickly. My heart bled for him so much so that I was sobbing my heart out and had to go back and try to reread without time to wipe my tears away. Furthermore, all electronic devices were disconnected since I wasn’t in the mood for interruptions!

Perhaps Shakespeare would have said I ‘”should suffer salvation, body and soul.” Somehow, I thought Nicole could be my salvation.”

This read is quite simply heart-wrenching! What on earth can I say to the author? Exceptional doesn’t seem to be enough to a story that has a happy ending. Ms. Savage; if I could, I would have given your book more than five stars. I think BRAVO sums up this story perfectly!

KFF’s favourite quote: “Sometimes, I felt like the first part of my life had been play offside—like every move I made was pointless because I could never score from where I had been.”

I would like to thank Rachel for helping me choose the quotes which wasn’t by any means easy!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

shay savageShay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms – especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich – and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psycho
logy, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

 

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