THREE YEARS (Gypsy Brothers #5) by LILI SAINT GERMAIN

FIVE STARS

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

This is the fifth book in the Gypsy Brothers series which must be read in order. A warning; this is a very dark read full of vengeance, deception, abduction, rape, violence, and torture. Yes! Torture underlined and highlighted because even under the conditions Julie is in, Dornan never conforms. He always has the upper-hand, and he always wants more in a contorted storyline which will leave you literally spent! What I liked more than anything about this short read was how the author had slipped in a few snippets to help one reflect on past events and for that, I am truly grateful.

“Funny,” I whisper. “I never gave your sons a choice.”

Julie’s endurance to fight those who abused her when she was younger will have no closure until she has succeeded in wiping out a whole family. She will stop at nothing. But all the extreme lengths she had taken to cover her tracks in the past, aren’t enough. Now she finds herself in dire straits; however, her furious anger will feed her survival instincts. Facing the person who has caused her soul, her very being to be consumed with hatred, will be the ultimate test in a book that has a horrendous scenario. Will she be condemned to hell?

“…, I’ll come down and drag you out of hell myself.”

She’d fooled him. He found out what her game was. Now Dornan wants revenge, too. This man is one very sick SOB! And there is no-one who is going to stop him on his quest to break her. Not only has the head of the family had an important part to play in Julie’s life, but we will also discover secrets which absolutely floored me!

“Have I ever lied to you, baby girl?”

Towards the end of this story, we’re thrown into an extremely realistic shoot-out scene. It wasn’t difficult to imagine bullets flying around one’s head; god-dammit, I had to duck! And just before all this happens, Dornan’s youngest son, Jase, enters into the plot! Well, in most circumstances we would say better late than never; it’s about time lover boy showed up, yeah? Not in this case though. When Julie finds out his true colours; her emotions run wild. She’s ecstatic in one breath, she’s distraught in another. Why? One-click to find out what the love of her life has done to deserve her rebuff, why the title is what it is.

“Tell her, son. Tell her what you did.”

Even though the new character introduced to us isn’t exactly going to save the day, he did give his pound of flesh, so how could I not connect to him? I was glad to see the back of some undesirables who had a huge part to play in the other books, too. The battle of wills between the two main protagonists is well thought out, the storyline’s flow is impeccable. Ms Germain, while reading your exceptional book, I thanked god for best friends. Throughout, you have managed to make my feelings run riot. You are an extremely descriptive writer and it is plain to see that you have taken a lot of trouble not to leave out the smallest detail. Bravo!

“I’m not going anywhere,” he says, “I’m never leaving you again.”

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WORTH FORGIVING (MMA Fighter Series #3) by VI KEELAND

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

The last book in the Fighter Series could easily be read as a standalone. The author has made sure that the reader isn’t in the slightest bit confused when describing her characters in a plot so fast moving that I didn’t put the light out until silly o’ clock! Reading Jax and Lily’s moving love story is without a doubt, unputdownable.

Jackson Knight, Jax, is not only the blue-eyed boy in every sense of the word; but this smart, successful investor is also the perfect gentleman. All said and done, he’s been well-brought-up in a privileged surrounding. Knight is a name that carries weight with the wealthy and influential. Even though they trust him with their money, we’ll have to see whether or not he can trust them back. He has no qualms about fighting for what he wants though. And I do mean fight! When his plans to invest in a business which specializes in his passion, he didn’t bank on having to cross so many peaks and valleys with Lily who inherited half of it from her father. He has just had about as much as he can take with his father’s scandals and what should have been plain sailing complicates by the minute.

The last thing Lily needs in her life is another amorous relationship. She’s still trying to ward off her ex who will not take no for an answer, makes her feel guilty, and virtually makes her life impossible. Caden is a nasty piece of work! The problem is that it’s not so easy for her to steer clear of this jealous and highly aggressive individual. And another problem she has is Jax! She can’t take her eyes of him, she likes his company and it doesn’t take them long to find out that they have a lot of things in common. I just loved the mealtime scenes. It has put a new perspective on the word! He worms his way under her skin with all his innuendos, outstanding banter and who doesn’t lay their eyes on a body like Jax’s is missing out! Oh my God, I’d definitely let him worm his way under by skin!

I wish Lily could have come across as a stronger person, but I think that this is understandable having been sheltered by an overly protective father all of her life. Jax will make mistakes and she will too, but hers had me floored. Why on earth she trusted who she did, well knowing that this person had been causing so much friction, was beyond me! Grrr…I would have gladly strangled her at this point in the story! The plot is extremely feasible, good and solid, and all the characters are well described. There are some brilliant bite your nails scenes, and the author managed to get me all worked up regarding Jake’s insistence on getting vengeance the way he did. Ooooh yeah! What we all like to read in this type of genre is some hot sex. It isn’t hot; it’s sizzling! And what I liked more than anything here was when Jax takes his suit off. This polite and courteous man has a really dirty mouth when undressed and his vocabulary is so vividly described that you’ll need to get your fan out. Bravísimo sums this book up to a tea!

SWEET FALL (Sweet Home Series #3) by TILLIE COLE

 

FIVE STARS (Not allowed to rate it with more!)

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

It’s extremely difficult to put a star rating on a MASTERPIECE! This outstanding read has been a hard lesson for me since I was ignorant to the fact that this illness not only has an immense physical and mental impact on the person that has to fight it, but also how their loved ones manage to cope with it. The author’s sensitivity, her knowledge and ability to describe both protagonists’ feelings will leave you breathless and is nothing less than admirable. Every minuscule detail is relevant in this angst-ridden book and regardless of whether or not you’re sobbing your heart out, it will have bring out the strength in you to carry on reading.

Even though Austin Carillo is from the wrong side of town, he’s responsible and adores ‘sua famiglia’. I just adored the way the author has subtly integrated the Italian language into the story giving all the family members’ backgrounds such authenticity. He hasn’t got time for gals or socializing because he’s too busy trying to hold his family’s fragile infrastructure together, playing football and studying. His mother, Chiara, is terminally ill and needs expensive treatment which has to be paid for. The money that comes into the household is earned dishonestly and going to cause considerable friction between his oldest brother, Axe, and himself. When Austin finds out that his youngest brother, Levi, has been dragged into the Heighters gang, he goes apes**t! Austin is sooo sensitive. This young man’s personal story is heart-rending. He’s far too proud for his own good, and won’t listen to Rome, his best friend who plays quarterback on the same team and consequently, Austin carries all the family obligations on his shoulders. Despite the fact that Axe is convinced his method of overcoming their plight is a pushover and berates his brother for being so righteous, Austin does all in his power to control a situation that is spiralling out of control.

“I’m keeping this famiglia going, not you, superstar.”

Oooh Lexi! If my heart broke in two for Austin, it was literally shattered to smithereens when Lexi’s story unfolds. You will discover why Lexi confesses her true feelings to someone very dear to her heart by the only way she knows how; writing in her diary. And you will comprehend why she has this disorder, why she hides behind outrageously heavy makeup and sloppy clothes all in due course. But there’s an inner voice constantly persecuting her which she has to fight against.

“The temptation of the inner voice… the desperate temptation to go back there, to freely give over the reins.”

Does this beautiful soul have the strength to ward off something so harmful? She cheers for the same team that Austin and Rome play for and she’s good. However, she wants to be better, more beautiful, and show her best friends that she’s a true friend and team member, too. Wait and see if they eventually see through the façade she has so carefully erected around her slight frame; her vulnerable state of mind.

“…standing in the pouring fall rain, I felt a piece of my soul die.”

If there were ever two opposites in life, this is Lexi and Austin! Circumstances draw them together but those very circumstances could pull them apart. They are without a doubt, made for each other. Their connection is more than body and soul, it’s celestial. These two wonderful protagonists who are in desperate need of being saved will become one another’s saviours.

“Breathe deep. Be strong. Be brave.”

I can honestly say that I have never read a story that has emotionally affected to the point that I had to cry help to another blogger. Thank you Jo for your little nudge! Much appreciated. I took a deep breath and carried on to be absolutely overwhelmed and was left with the biggest smile on my face. What a fan-freakin’-tastic read. I am lost for words to describe how well Ms Cole has written this story. The development of all the characters and storyline is beyond perfection. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. Bravo!

VENGEANCE IS MINE by KASEY MILLSTEAD

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Claire Rose on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

They call me the Praying Mantis because after I f**k my target; I KILL THEM! Target – Spades motorcycle gang.

After reading this, I was hooked lock, stock and barrel. I needed to know more and I have to say that I couldn’t put this novel down and read it in one sitting. This novel is a hot short read which keeps you intrigued from the very first page.

The prologue is where we are first introduced to eighteen year old Alecia Reynolds, who is in her first year at college and loving life. Until one day when she gets a phone call asking her to come down to the local police station. While there, she receives news that no teenager ever wants to hear or believe. And what used to be the happy go lucky Alecia, is now a girl who just exists.

One year later, she arrives back home and receives a package showing her what events had taken place before she received the bad news. Shaking with nerves, she then calls a close family friend who agrees to help her find out the truth. She starts to receive more and more packages and messages telling her what she must to do to seek the truth out. Who is sending these packages and messages? But what Alecia wants more than anything is revenge!

Throughout the story, we see Alecia transform into a different person. She gets stronger and won’t stop until she acquires what she wants. A few years later, Ella Moore is born aka Alecia. She has a plan; to become part of the spades motorcycle gang and seek vengeance. Ella Moore enters the spades motorcycle club with her eyes wide open! She will become someone that really isn’t her at all. Holy moly! Taser is one very hot dude. Tattooed, tall and a body that built like a house, he knows who Ella is and knows what she intends to do. But unbeknown to her, there is more to him than she thinks. While he watches her, he tries to stake a claim on her. Can he, or is he part of revenge? One click and read this novel and find out.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the way it has a small twist towards the end, and even though I found a few minor errors, the book wasn’t spoilt. Because a few words and phrases didn’t make sense to me, I give this story four and half stars. I wasn’t disappointed, and I’m sure you won’t be either, so I recommend that you read it.

LITTLE BLACK DRESS by JAKE MALDEN

4.5 STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall for Kindle Friends Forever

A little black dress is believed to be an essential item in one’s wardrobe; however, after reading Carly and Aaron’s story, Mr. Malden has entirely changed the concept of wearing said attire. From now on, I will certainly think about the outcome when wearing mine! Most likely wishful thinking on my part but all said and done, there’s no harm in building castles in the sky, is there?

This a semi-cruel and outstandingly erotic story! We’re thrown straight into a very sexy scene from page one and it not only gets hotter, but it also gets damn right complicated. Who is the culprit for such disruption in what appears to be a lovely sexy love story? Well, to start off with, Carly has temptation in front of her eyes. She really wants to impress her lover but she’s on a tight budget, so what does she do? Well, I’ll leave the answer up to your imagination and only say that her bright idea is going to backfire. And here enters Cruella de Vil into the story? Miranda likes to swing both ways and her idea of making Carly pay is definitively not through the nose! A true expert in getting what she wants; blackmailing her employee without compunction seems to be second to none. In a nutshell; she’s an A. One. Bitch! If her conditions aren’t met, she will take dire steps. Believe you me, this woman means business and the word no doesn’t exist in her vocabulary!

Aaron and Carly are getting their act together. He is literally in awe of his girlfriend and even suggests taking their relationship a step further. Carly can’t believe her luck either. What they never envisaged was the torturous couple of hours in front of them. They are forced to please Miranda’s every sexual whim and this is what this story is about. Deception, intimidation, and mental and physical abuse are the backbone of this naughty, naughty story! Oh my goodness, the sex is so descriptive that it’s on the verge of pornographic! Miranda’s also got a ‘wash your mouth out with soap’ lingo, taking great pleasure in insulting both of them. Despite the fact that I couldn’t comprehend why Carly hadn’t confess her wrongdoings to Aaron beforehand; on reflection, we wouldn’t have had a brilliant story line that moves at the speed of lightening if she had. Mr. Malden, the ending left me aghast! I would have liked to know just that little bit more about how your brilliantly described protagonists get on after such a mind-blowing experience.

Now to sum up this read. Mr. Malden, there is no doubt at all that you dominate the urban dictionary extremely well and you undeniably know how to write a good story. The storyline was original, quite realistic, unputdownable, and most importantly, very enjoyable. Bravo!

TWISTED by CALLIE HART (Blood and Roses #5) by CALLIE HART

FIVE WELL DESERVED STARS

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

Rules are rules! Never sum up a book in the introduction! However, Callie Hart has a way of making you lose sleep. Take heed; before you pick up the 5th book in Blood and Roses series, make sure you know what time it is because you won’t be able to put it down. I’ve taken my time here and finished reading this incredibly fast moving story at half seven in the afternoon the next day. “Why?” you may ask. Simply because every little detail was of extreme importance. To say the story of Zeth and Sloane is good would be an insult. It’s sublime; and not only is the the author going to make me suffer while waiting for the grand finale which I imagine will be brilliant, but she’s also left be dangling; again! It is of utmost importance that you read this series in order and if you haven’t started reading it, don’t hesitate to one-click because you won’t be disappointed.

Zeth and Sloane have come a long way since the beginning of their convoluted relationship. Note: I haven’t said love story yet because we’ve still got to fathom out whether it is love or a horrendous infatuation they have for each other. Will she have the strength to admit to herself her true feelings well knowing the career she has fought so hard for is about to become a shadow of her past? And Zeth. Is he prepared to face up to the true facts? Prepared to give into his inner torments and be completely honest with himself; with her? He has put her in a situation of extreme tension. Danger plays a huge part in this story and she is going to have to have the strength to overcome all the hurdles thrown in her path. Convincing him that she’s by his side through thick and thin won’t be easy.

It’s actually such an action packed story that it’s not the slightest bit difficult to imagine a car chase in a gangster movie. Michael, of course, will do his best to protect his passengers regardless of whether or not one of them has put them all in this tight spot to start off with. Sorry folks, I’m not telling you who but my, oh my, are you going to be mad with the one supposedly trusted friend that Sloane has. The banter between all the characters is so believable that one would ignore everything around them and if Mother Nature calls, bad luck because you’ll be having the sensation of bothersome commercials in between an intriguing series full of suspense. How on earth she has managed to describe every little facet is beyond me! It is clear to see that this author has left blood, sweat and tears behind her protagonists. Lacey; especially Lacey! She will break your heart, she will make you weep, and I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen to this gullible soul.

The baddies turn even worse, too! Despite loving Charlie’s English accent, I would have welcomely strangled the SOB. All the other characters have their part in a solid storyline which shouldn’t be ignored, but as I would like you to read this series of blackmail, intrigue and passionate lust, yeah, lust with a capital L, no more is to be said. A few words to Ms Hart. You have done it again. Bravo!

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FRAGMENT by ELLIE WADE

FIVE STARS (Shining Brightly)

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood for Kindle Friends Forever

First and foremost, I was honoured to be asked to review this book as I had reviewed Ellie’s début and enjoyed the story and the style of writing. Ellie has a way of grabbing your attention in such a way that you cannot put the book down.

Fragment! Where do I start? I was not sure how this story was going to evolve which was kind of exciting; like a surprise! The story starts off with Campbell Stevens and her friend Lexi who go on Spring break together to Mexico. Campbell is hard working and wants to have the best future possible after all her personal life which hasn’t been that great, and she wants to change that. Lexi is a good friend to Campbell but is pretty selfish at times or just doesn’t think.

Something happens to Campbell in Mexico which dramatically changes her life forever. She is totally fragmented. It is at this point my heart breaks for her cue to my first set of tears. Five years later Campbell has moved to Chicago from Jacksonville where she’d lived with her room-mate Claire who is worlds apart from Lexi. Campbell was a bright student and has settled into doing bar work. She keeps herself very guarded and doesn’t do relationships, just meaningless sex. Campbell is not prepared to let anybody into her heart as she has boundaries from all the fragments of her ordeal back in Mexico. The only person she ever trusted with the story of what happened is Claire.

Lexi has no idea what happened. Campbell never told her and when Lexi contacts her to say she is visiting, Campbell is not that ecstatic about it but Claire promises to help get her through it. Campbell is at her favourite coffee shop and when she comes out, she spots the most handsome man and he notices her too.

The handsome man is Deacon Montgomery who happens to be a fire-fighter and introduces us to the next set of characters in the shape of his work, colleagues and friends. Deacon is very much single but loves his job and comes from a loving family. The fire-fighters happen to end up in the bar where Campbell works and he can’t keep her eyes off of her which makes Campbell uncomfortable. Lexi and Claire arrive into the bar and Lexi goes into her normal flirt mode with one of Deacon’s colleagues.

Deacon has a BBQ get together every Sunday with colleagues and family. Lexi is having a fling with Boss and they all get invited to the party. Deacon is desperate to take Campbell out but she won’t give in. That’s where he places a bet with her to play a board game and if he wins, she has to go on a date. Low and behold he wins and she goes on a date with him! Campbell enjoys herself. They embark on a friendship of sorts and he begins to realise that something happened to her. He wants to breakthrough through that. Will he be able to? He is falling for her in a big way and is Campbell falling for him? She’s petrified of her feelings due to her horrific memory of her past.

Things come to a head to the point where Campbell is afraid and tries to push Deacon away and ends up blurting out what happened to her five years ago. Ellie really told a very heart breaking story here. There is a section in the book where I cried solidly for one hour. The way it is written makes you feel all the emotions that they go through. I was really deeply touched but I must admit I asked questions like; “Why didn’t she deal with her ordeal the way it should have been dealt with?” I think what Ellie was trying to convey in this story is when something so bad happens, how do you deal with it? How you overcome it, and how it moulds the rest of your life.

Campbell and Deacon make a wonderful couple and have a lot of hurdles to jump. You’ll have to one-click to see if they get their HEA! Thank you Ellie! I would imagine this was a very tough subject matter to write about and quite emotionally draining. Another fabulous job done. If I could give more than five stars I would.