COVER REVEAL                                              FROM DUST by FREYA BARKER

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 BOOK: From Dust (A Standalone Novel)
AUTHOR: Freya Barker
GENRE: Dark / Suspense Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 2015
COVER DESIGN: RE&D, Margreet Asselbergs

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SYNOPSIS

Pain punished her.

The bottle numbed her.

Guilt kept her trapped.

In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her.

Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.

His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.

He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.

 

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EXCERPT

“I have more than I’d learned to be satisfied with for a long time. A bed, a shower every day, warm water—it’s more than enough. More than I deserve…” Her last words are so faint, I almost miss them. The meaning behind them seems clear. She feels a great amount of guilt over something. I haven’t missed the occasional flashes of blatant pain I see in her eyes, nor have I missed the wistful glances she sends in the kid’s direction. That coupled with her initial reaction when she met Dex first has me thinking she’s left something very precious behind.
For a moment she seems so forlorn, I react instinctively and pull her up from her seat and into my arms where she stiffens at the contact.
“Hush. It’s just a hug,” I whisper into her hair that barely touches my chin. Damn, she smells good, and with the angles softening on her body, she feels fucking fantastic in my arms. I feel her relax a little and tentatively her arms slip around my waist and her cheek presses against my chest. “When you need to unburden some of what you’ve been carrying around, I’m right here.” Without thinking I press a kiss on her head.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Freya Barker craved reading about ‘real’ people, those who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, hot monkey sex and some thrills and chills in their lives – So she decided to write about them. Always creative, from an early age on she danced and sang, doodled, created, cooked, baked, quilted and crafted. Her latest creative outlets were influenced by an ever-present love for reading. First through blogging, then cover art and design, and finally writing. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she packed her two toddlers, and eight suitcases filled with toys to move to Canada. No stranger to new beginnings, she thrives on them. With the kids grown and out in the world, Freya is at the ‘prime’ of her life. The body might be a bit ramshackle, but the spirit is high and as adventurous as ever. Something you may see reflected here and there in some of her heroines…. none of who will likely be wilting flowers.

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    NEVER LET YOU GO by KATY REGNERY

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Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Katy Regnery

Released: 12th June, 2015

Genre: New Adult

 

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Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people—once profoundly broken—who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.

 

EXCERPT

 

This girl. Everything about this girl made him want, made him long, made him yearn to change his life, start his life, finally live his life after a decade of going through the motions. He wanted to get a better job to take care of her. He wanted to stop fighting because she disapproved of it. He wanted enough money to have every tally mark lasered from his arm. He wanted some sort of guarantee that she’d never, ever leave him again. And he wanted all of it now. Yesterday. Ten years ago, and every day since.

Standing up slowly, he let his body settle into an upright position before taking his time crossing the hall to the bathroom and then heading out into the common room.

She stood at the stove with her back to him, her feet bare, her hair in a ponytail, the mouthwatering smell of fried chicken filling the entire cabin with goodness. Holden leaned against the wall, crossing his arms over his chest, a grin taking over his face as he watched her.

“It’s just the thought of you—the very thought of you, my love,” she sang, using a fork to transfer a golden leg to a paper towel–covered plate.

As she reached forward to turn off the stove, some of the leftover grease in the frying pan spat up at her and burned her wrist.

“Ow!” she yelped. “Damn it!”

With a sudden rush of adrenaline, Holden crossed the kitchen in two strides. He turned on the faucet and grabbed her arm to thrust her wrist under the cold stream. He held it there, wincing at the red blotch developing on her white skin. When he lifted his eyes to hers, she was staring at him with a surprised, curious expression.

“It’s just a little burn.”

He shrugged, still holding her arm, staring down at the burn.

“You were asleep,” she said.

“You were singing.”

“Too loud?”

“No.”

“You remember that song?”

“I remember.”

He slid his palm down her arm to cradle her wrist from below.

“The stove’s still on,” she said.

Without dropping her hand, he took a step closer to her, reached around her waist with his free hand, and flicked the burner off.

“I made fried chicken,” she said softly, her cheeks flushed.

“I can smell it.”

“You like fried chicken. I mean . . . you must have mentioned it to me a hundred times when we were—”

“It’s still my favorite.”

They were both silent for a few seconds, and Holden knew he should drop her hand and step away from her, but he couldn’t. She’d hurt herself doing something kind for him, and it just about shredded his heart.

Just another moment, he told himself. A few more seconds touching her and then I’ll move away.

“Sorry about the singing,” she whispered, unmoving, her breath kissing his throat.

He jerked his neck to face her, his thumb curling into her palm, his eyes searching hers for mercy.

“I loved it,” he murmured.

She stepped forward, closing the distance between them, her lips parting, her breasts grazing his chest through his T-shirt as she stared up at him.

“Holden, I . . .”

Every breath she took seemed to draw him closer to her, as if she was breathing him, not air. He leaned forward, into her, his free hand reaching for hers.

“Griselda . . .”

Her eyes, dark blue and churning, flicked to his lips, lingered there, then slid back up his face and seized his.

His self-control snapped.

After all, he was only human.

REVIEW INFERNO

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

 

The title couldn’t be more perfect for this modern fairy tale. The two protagonists’ journey is a hard one; their journey a sentimental and heartbreakingly beautiful one. The story absorbed us to the point of this book being unputdownable; lose sleep…we did, page-turner? Absolutely! Rachel, a great fan of Katy’s books, suggested that I read the blurb which not only opened up my appetite for something new, but also opened up my curiosity as this would be the first time I had read any of her works. It is said that the author’s inspiration came from the well-known child’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. However, the only semblance in Holden and Griselda’s story are the names, it begins when they are young and one of them is fooled. Not wanting to leave his new and trusted friend alone with a person he doesn’t know from Adam, Holden unwilling agrees to go along with Gris resulting in their abduction. But alas, they had no father to find them. Saying that, hidden in the pages we found much more than we could ever have expected. It overflows with one tragedy after another leaving one’s nerves at breaking point. It is not an easy read. They suffer at the hands of a fanatically religious man whose state of mind is nothing less than twisted. The will to survive spans over a period of three years for one, and many more for the other. How their feelings start to grow from being in foster care will eventually culminate into a relationship that literally took our breath away.

Holden ~ ‘’Even when we were apart, we were still together. Even when you were gone, you still lived inside my heart.’’

Another detail which caught our attention was the structure of writing in linea. We found this technique totally compatible with the author’s characters as it gives you time to get to know their inner thoughts. One might interpret this as exaggerated. It most certainly is not. Harsh events flow from the past to the present and back again in such a way that as the story slowly moves on, you become more and more invested in their story. The one-liners and banter development between Holden and Gris is at all times, fitting with their age. For us, these two are unforgettable.

‘’We’ve always been together.’’

And while we’re talking about writing style, we have to mention how the author has pulled the southern brogue off to a tee. For that matter, describing any accent is not an easy feat but us two English gals had no problem interpreting this kind of speech. Ms Regnery’s telling of such a beautiful and tragic story is done with such style and elegance. The words just seemed to jump out of the page and lodge themselves deep into your heart. I don’t think either one of us were quite prepared for this story in any way and at times, we had to walk away just to grab more tissues. But was it worth the tears? Oh yes, it definitely was because it’s quite simply a story neither one of us will forget !

“I jump, you jump.”

The above quote was by far our favourite in this book and is used so many times because of its significance and so relevant in Holden’s and Gris’s story. It’s such a simple one but meant everything to the characters. It also resonated with us too as we asked each other on many occasions ‘’I jump, you jump’’! At so many points throughout this book each page seem to bring more sadness and tragedy! Just when you think here comes their time for happiness, yet another bump in the road comes. But as they have suffered so much it has made them stronger and more able to cope.

Gris ~ ‘’I won’t break. I want you, Holden. I need you. Take me home.’’

One of our favourite parts throughout this read was Gris reading her fairy tales to Holden when they were held in captivity. It was her way of taking them away to another world from the horror and cruelness they endured at the hand of the ‘Man’. We found the characters in this read fantastic; both so vulnerable, albeit strong. Gris came across far stronger emotionally in the beginning of this story, always willing to take risks to win their freedom which we found quite refreshing. However, later on in the book the tables are turned and you find Holden the braver one of the two. For us, this made the story and cemented the belief that these two young people were meant for each other. Souls mates in the true sense.

‘’Am I whole or am I broken ? ‘’

Quite frankly, we have both been bowled over by this read and as we’ve mentioned, it will not be forgotten for some time! This is a book about trust, bravery, regret and hope which in our opinion, must be experienced. It’s simply MAGICAL! Bravo Ms Regnery for such a fantastic read!

 

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katy nAward-winning and Amazon bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date. Katy’s short story “The Long Way Home” appears in the first Romance Writers of America anthology, Premiere, and she has published two stand-alone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and the Amazon bestseller The Vixen and the Vet, which is book one in Katy’s a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e collection. The Vixen and the Vet was nominated for a RITA® Award in 2015.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

Upcoming (2015) Projects:

The Winslow Brothers (Books #1-4)

Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale

 

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              DELUSIVE by COURTNEY LANE

 

TITLE: Delusive

AUTHOR: Courtney Lane

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2015

 

 

 

 

My name is Hanley Harper—for now—and I’m the anti-heroine of this story.

Revenge is my fuel; it energizes me when I’m running on empty.

 

Elias Cari is a tool for retribution and the beginning of the new start. Unbeknownst to him, there is more to me than I will ever show him. He will know exactly who I am when it’s too late—when I’m done with him.

 

I’m quickly closing in on the the perfect place to avenge the crimes committed against my family. The place where Elias is least likely to expect an enemy to be.

Beneath him.

 

A problem hits me unexpectedly.

Elias has become a welcome addiction, and I’ve become his obsession. He won’t stop exerting control over me until I’ve become his exclusive possession.

 

How can so many things go wrong and feel so right?

 

My plan is damned…or is it?

 

 

Content contains violence, graphic sex, coarse language, and scenes that some readers may find objectionable. Reader discretion is advised.


 

 

 

 

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COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old,  she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.

Although she’s had a few short hiatuses, writing has been her passion for a number of years. Until 2013, she’d always viewed her writing as a personal hobby and a purgative process: She never thought about sharing her very personal works with anyone outside of her friends and family. On October 8, 2013, she took the plunge into self-publishing and began making her works available to the public.  

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an  archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren’t necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you’d encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren’t easy to fall in love with..

Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by Bioware), or spending time with her family.

 

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COVER REVEAL ~ GOLD SHIMMER by P.T. Michelle

 

 

Title: Gold Shimmer

Series: In the Shadows #4

Author: P.T. Michelle

Cover Design: P.T. Michelle

 Release Date: 4th August, 2015

 

 

 

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I never thought that my plan to crash a masked party to exact a bit of revenge would fall apart so easily. It was a foolproof plan. The absolute best scenario. Moon-and-stars-aligned worthy. No one would suspect I was anyone other than the wealthy, self-absorbed girl I pretended to be. The one who would wreak havoc that night.

Then again, I also didn’t plan on running into a wall of sharp wit and steely determination named Calder. The dominant, charismatic Navy SEAL might’ve called me by Celeste’s name, but he refused to let me hide my true self from him. His special brand of honest, seductive charm was impossible to resist. He was confident and demanding…and everything I wanted. But the deeper I fell, the higher the stakes rose while playing a role. So I held onto our intense connection for as long as I could, knowing that he would never know me as Cass.

When an unexpected turn of events gives me a second chance to see Calder again, of course the opportunity come with strings attached. I had no idea how dangerously tangled and deeply knotted those strings would become, but for the one man who give me the courage to live my life for me again, I’d do just about anything.

Even become someone else.

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P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the Contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New
Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of
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The Counting-Downers
Author: A. J. Compton
Release Date: 24th July, 2015
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Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
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The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel 

by A.J. Compton

 

Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…

 

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.

 

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.

 

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

 

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment. 

 

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And suddenly, I realize that all those books and movies had gotten it wrong. When you find your souls reflection in another, you shouldn’t be aware of anything other than their body, yours, and the space between.

 

You shouldn’t be looking for someone whose kiss causes you to escape reality by transporting you to another time and place. Look for the person whose kiss grounds you firmly in the moment, whose arms hold you safely in the now.

 

When your lips lock with your destiny, you should be aware of every prickle on your skin that rises to greet them, every strand of their hair that caresses your fingers, every gasp of air that reaches your ears.

 

Most of us kiss with our eyes closed. But that’s not always a good thing. It depends why they’re shut.

 

If you asked most people to imagine themselves in a situation, the first thing they would do is close their eyes.

 

You should kiss with your eyes closed to heighten your other senses and block out everything but the now, not to escape to somewhere else.

 

Reality should be better than your imagination.

 

Because when it’s right, like this is right, you won’t have to use your imagination at all.

 

 

 

A.J. Compton is a 23 year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full time over-thinker. A big believer in going after your dreams, she decided to practice what she preaches and finally finish one of the many incomplete manuscripts she’s started over the years.



A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of book boyfriends.


Those two facts are not related. Honestly.

 

She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.


She really hates writing about herself in the third person.


 

                    🎸 🎸 WICKED WHITE 🎸 🎸                     🎸 🎸 by MICHELLE A. VALENTINE 🎸 🎸

 

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Title: Wicked White

Series: Wicked White Book One

Author: Michelle A. Valentine

Released: 23th June, 2015

Publisher: Mountlake Romance

Cover design: RBA Designs

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: New Adult

 

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After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

 

KFF EXCERPT

 

“Iris…that was amazing. You’ve got so much talent,” I praise.

Her green eyes light up with excitement like a child’s do on Christmas morning. “You really think so? You’re not just saying that?”

“No. I never bullshit about music. You’ve definitely got the chops for Broadway, it’s just…” I hesitate, not wanting to hurt her feelings, but I know that in order for her to get better, she has to be told what she’s doing wrong.

She lays her hand on my forearm. “Please, tell me. I can take it. Promise.”

I stand beside her, so close that my chest nearly touches her shoulder. I’m itching to touch her, but I won’t do it without permission. “May I touch you?”

She draws in a ragged breath and then nods. “Yes.”

I curl the fingers of my right hand around her right shoulder and pull back a little so that her posture is perpendicular to the floor. At this angle, I can’t help but notice her heaving chest and how her perky tits move in sync with each breath she takes.

I slide my left hand against her toned stomach and my pinkie grazes the warm patch of skin that’s exposed between her T-shirt and the waistband of her jeans.

Our contact is fucking electric, and my own breathing picks up speed as I attempt to fight back the arousal I feel for her boiling beneath my surface.

“Everything about you is magnetic,” I whisper in her ear, and she shivers at the words. “Don’t be afraid to open your eyes and watch your audience enjoy you. Be confident and project. Let go.”

I let go of her shoulder, and move to face her before pressing the repeat button on the machine. As the intro of the song plays, I say, “Do it again, but this time I want you to look at me.”

This time when she opens her mouth to sing, when she begins to tip her head down, I slide my index finger under her chin and angle her head so that she’s forced to peer into my eyes.

Her words are just barely above a whisper, so I slip my hand back on her abdomen and say, “Project–from here. Sing it like you mean it.”

It’s like lightening strikes this beautiful woman in my arms as she sings to me without fear. The words of the song come out effortlessly, and her voice could rival any of the greatest female vocalists of all time.

She’s that damn stunning.

I nod approvingly and smile. “Yes!”

With that little bit of encouragement, she shocks me even more when she pushes herself to hit notes that are above and beyond what she reached the first time.

Only on the last lyric does she close her eyes while she holds the note there until the music stops. She releases a contented sigh as soon as the music ends, and when her beautiful eyes meet mine again, they swirl with emotion.

Completely blown away, I fumble with the words to tell her just how impressed I am. “Iris, that was–”

Without warning, she throws her arms around my neck and crushes her lips against mine. I know kissing her back is wrong, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want her so badly at this point that I can’t stop myself from giving in. I’ve been so good with restraining myself when it comes to Iris, because protecting her from the chaos that I’ll bring her is what’s always been on the forefront of my mind.

Her fingers thrust into my hair, and I reach down and curl my hands around her thighs before hoisting her into the air. Instinctively she wraps her legs around my waist, and I thread one of my hands into her tousled curls while the other is busy cupping that perfect ass of hers.

“I’ve wanted you since you walked into my trailer,” she breathes against my lips.

A thrill shoots through me at her admission of how long she’s wanted me. “You’ve been driving me out of my mind from the moment I first saw you.”

“Then take me.”

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Reviewed by Kindle Friends Forever

Actually, the first thing that we noticed when starting to read this book is it breaks barriers regarding your typical ‘Rock Star’ novel. It’s sensitively written, more realistic, but not what either of us expected. We both liked the way the two protagonists voice their points of view, their insecurities, and their qualms about what could be. However, the plot could have been so much more, and we did feel that the two main characters were lacking in development.

Ace White, the lead singer in Wicked White, voices his frustrations in a band where he is dominated by rules and regulations in a contract he’s not happy with. However, his manager had convinced him to sign it because according to her, it was the road to success! Whether or not he will bend to those rules is exactly what this story is about.

There were moments in this book that we really liked, moments which caused us to skim a few pages. Perhaps what we wanted was a tad more bite to this read. More conflict with his band members would have spiced things up no-end, and even though he did what he did, it wasn’t enough to hold our attention.

Iris’ wish for stardom has to be put on hold when she is forced to leave New York because of a serious family issue. Here she finds herself in a tight spot and serious decisions have to be made. But not all is gloom and doom. Her new neighbour’s opened up her curiosity. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a damn nice dude, too! Eventually secrets are revealed, their stories are told and an amorous relationship blossoms. And get this, misunderstandings abound. We could have strangled him! Our very thoughts were how could someone who has such knowledge of Shakespeare; he constantly quotes his works, be so daft in the affairs of love. When everything goes haywire, the consequences are disastrous.

KFF recommend Wicked White to young adults which is the first book in a series and undoubtedly aimed at this age group. There are some really hot scenes which are described in a very loving way, too. Entwined, there is a moral to this story which we really liked and you’ll only find out what it is when you read the book! But this type of genre which we normally love, just didn’t seem to work for us this time. Nevertheless, it was well written, the editing perfect, and the storyline, romantically candy-coated. We wouldn’t hesitate to read more from this author as we’re absolutely sure that this being the first book that we’ve read by her, doesn’t give us any leeway to judge her works fairly. So for those of you who enjoy a real cool hero and a heroine who gives in a little too quickly for our liking, why not give this book a chance?

 

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Michelle A. Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Rock the Heart. Wicked White is the first novel in her Wicked White romance series. She attended college as a drafting and design major, but her love of people soon persuaded her to join the nursing field. It wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began her love affair with romance novels, and she hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing, she feeds her music addiction, dabbles in party planning, and expresses herself by working with arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, son, and two beloved dogs.

 

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                              GREY by E L JAMES

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Title: Grey

Series: Fifty Shades #4

Author: E L James

Released: 18th June, 2015

Paper back publisher: Vintage Anchor Books 

Digital Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Age: Mature Adult

 

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Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

 

KFF 4.5 REVIEW

 

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

 

I’m sure you’ve all read FSOG, FSD and FSF. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this review, would you? Nevertheless, for those of you that are hemming or hawing about whether or not to one-click, the essence and thoughts of one of the most desired book lovers since Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice or Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, is in present day, Grey. I would never endeavour to compare Christian with these classic characters. Far from it; however, I’m simply stating an actual fact. James’ books took the book world by storm and broke boundaries; book virgins succumbed to her devilish penmanship which left us in awe! Us ladies thanked her for “letting the cat out of the bag” and wondered how on earth we’d managed to get by since the subject seemed to be such a taboo one. Up until, of course, her liberating first publication! By breaking down these boundaries, she’d indirectly done so many of us a huge favour. How many authors have sprung up; henceforth offering us outstanding reads? Becoming successful writers regardless of whether or not their books were or still are being self-published, simply means they have the guts to take the plunge and have enough confidence to do so. And for those few lucky authors that now have a publisher, does actually enter into the equation, because there is a before and after.

How many of you have read the above mentioned books twice, too? And I’m absolutely sure that if you did, it was just before the movie was released. Demand for Christian’s point of view was rife and the author has given us exactly what we’d asked for. So folks, this is my honest and down to earth opinion about Grey. My candid viewpoint regarding the author’s writing, too.

I would be fibbing if I didn’t admit to having doubts about Grey’s stance in the first half of the book. Only my buddy reader’s advice who was one step ahead of me, seemed to slow and calm me down, make me savour this read more. Text messages flew quicker than you can say Bob’s your uncle and I am forever grateful for her patience. I can honestly say that this read is a fan-freakin’-tastic one, and I really did enjoy it more than the first three books. It’s more refined, more polished and the more I advanced, the more I loved it. Mundane chores were literally put on standby. And all these goings on were pm’d to Rachel. Forever unbiased regarding books.

Christian. Humph! He does repeat himself a tad but I really think he’s trying to convince himself that his relationship with Anastasia, for want of a better word, could work. He suffers so damn much that you have to have a heart made of stone for his feelings not to affect you.

Christian: ~ “Oh baby, don’t give up on me. Give it a try.”

In fact, I wasn’t so worried about Ana as she was always given a choice. She wants what he can’t give her, he wants what she can’t give him. And here we have a catch twenty-two situation. What I adored more than anything was the spunky banter between the two of them. At times, the emails fly between them like grease lightening; Ana always revealing her innermost feelings. Since confessing them face to face with Christian could perhaps be the cause for his ire, she’s wisely treads softly by texting him. Softly but with humour and innuendos that left me grinning from ear to ear.

Ana: ~ “I don’t remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible. Perhaps you were taught from a modern translation.”

She is a dilemma. She is like nothing he has ever encountered and his confusion is therefore ten-fold. Although he wants her absolute submission, it takes time for him to admit to himself that just maybe Ana won’t be that woman. You know his wants are to say the least, “particular”. Nevertheless, when the crux of the matter is presented on a silver plate, he oversteps the mark resulting in an omnishambles because deep down, he thought she was his to have.

Christian ~ “Anastasia, you should steer clear of me. I’m not the man for you.”

The author’s descriptive writing is nothing less than awesome. Her characters’ personalities come alive so much more than in her previous books. And to say all their physical appearances are vividly portrayed would be putting it mildly. I didn’t see Jamie or Dakota either. I saw Christian and Anastasia.

Christian: ~ “Do I dare to hope ? Damn it. Yes, I do.”

Two beautiful people trying their hardest to reach each other’s souls; reach a happy medium. Now then, the bedroom scenes! Did I say bedroom? Well, they may not be doing what two lovers do in the most conventional of places but that is neither here nor there as they are hot, hot, scorching hot and I can’t remember getting my knickers in such a twist in FSOG? No…I truly can’t! And below is our reaction after reading the last two lines in Grey.

Sharon texting Rachel: Noooooooooo! No, no, no. Cursing in English, Spanish, French. Shitte! Mierda, Merde. She can’t leave it like this. Okay, my ratings gone up ’cause the ending was so flabbergasting; frustrating! 4.5.

Rachel texting Sharon: Just say it!! FUCK noooooooooooooo, there; that’s how I felt, can’t hold back.

(Smiley winking at me which I could have gladly punched in the face!)

Sharon texting Rachel: Double fuck!

Rachel texting Sharon: She has to write Darker from his POV! Be fab as Leila comes into that one.

Sharon texting Rachel: Thank god for that! Yeah, she’s been very canny with the ending.

The reason I got myself so wound up towards the finale; and I do admit to loving an ending that makes me want to vent my frustrations, was the unexpected cliffy. “Unexpected you say?” “But we all know the story!” I hadn’t, for one minute, done my calculations correctly. Finishing where it did and how it did, knocked me backwards. That last three-quarters of an hour’s read sold me! I liked Grey beyond words Ms. James. So one word from a humble reviewer who was itching to get her thoughts on paper as soon as she’d finished texting her buddy reader… BRAVO!

Fav quote.

Anna: ~ “So you’re not going to punish me?”
Christian: ~ ” No. I’m an in the moment kind of guy.”

 

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KFF ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

I’m a former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London. Since January 2012 my life has taken an extraordinary turn with the runaway success of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. From an early age I had always dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with – and my dreams have come true, thanks to you guys. Now that life seems to have settled down a little, I want to crack on and write my next novel – another adult, provocative romance. I do hope you will enjoy that too.

Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.

 

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