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.

 

KFF LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT WE’RE GOING TO DO A GIVEAWAY OF OFFSIDE BY SHAY SAVAGE! 

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SHINING STAR (Beautiful Chaos Trilogy # 3) by Arianne Richmonde

FIVE SHINING STARS

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

SHINING STARnWe were introduced to Jake Wild and Star Davis in Shooting Star. Even though the ending left me flabbergasted; I managed to control my urge to either pm the author and tell her how cruel she was, or do a bit of Kindle bashing! I did neither and patiently waited for Falling Star. The cliffy in this book was even better, and it actually left me praying that Star wouldn’t succumb to Leo’s advances when she was at her weakest. Shining Star is the conclusion to this young, beautiful and gifted starlet’s story who has to overcome more than one personal problem. Both protagonists’ POV is narrated chapter by chapter in a well-thought-out and solid plot with excellent banter. As an animal lover, I especially liked the way the author had integrated some interesting facts about a species in danger and I just loved Jake’s dog, Fierce.

‘”And eat up, Fierce, you’ve got a job to do today.”

Ms. Richmonde knows what she’s talking about! The trilogy revolves around the film industry; how it ticks and how a film comes together regardless of the setbacks. I really don’t want to ‘let on’ but I will tell you that Jake, an English film director who is making “Skye’s The Limit”, life’s going to come to an abrupt standstill when he discovers that his leading actress has disappeared into thin air with his right-hand man and confidant, Leo. Obviously he thinks the worst; however, after discovering who was behind this happening, truths are revealed. You always want what you never had, and now he doesn’t just want Star; no… he needs her. Jake has managed to keep his feelings for her at arm’s length, but is it too late for him to prove he’s capable of changing his ways? And what about Star’s sentiments towards Jake? She needs time to get over the loss of their very dear friend, and her wish to find herself, to get her act together, (no pun intended), don’t include him.

“And yeah, I know I’m still a sex addict, but when there’s only one other person involved?”

In spite of the palpitating attraction and mutual professional respect they have had for to each other throughout this trilogy, these two beautiful protagonists’ chaotic lives cause misunderstandings galore! There is never a dull moment in this story which had me spellbound from the start. I lapped up the author’s knowledge of a subject completely new to me too, and oh my, the sex scenes are incredibly explicit; incredibly hot! So get ready to put the air-conditioning on full-blast.

“…, I’ll take you to the moon and back, and f**k you till you’re seeing the stars.”

Once again, Ms. Richmonde has succeeded in writing a brilliant story which I might add, has a fabulous ending. The storyline, grammar and spelling is faultless which goes to show that a lot of time and effort has been put into it. And of course, this book wouldn’t be the same without the Chevalier family who have played an important part in all Ms. Richmonde’s writings. I’m so glad that they found their ‘media naranja.’ Bravo!

“Me, Star: the dysfunctional Hollywood casualty had found true love. With this equally troubled man. My media naranja.”

SAVING ABEL ( ROCKER SERIES BOOK 1) by GINA WHITNEY

FIVE OUTSTANDINGLY BRIGHT STARS.

Reviewed by Tracey Lou on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

If I were able to, I would have given this book more than five glowing stars. I was 4% in and totally hooked when I was thrown into a scene that got me all flustered and reaching for that glass of wine to cool down. Wow, it was red hot; he was hot, I was hot! The sexual tension between the two characters was just electric!

Gia Mastro is a complex young woman with a secret. Eva! Gia’s mother’s only aim in life is to have a rich husband to keep her in the comfort that she has become accustomed to. Sadly, she also wants this kind of life for her daughter Gia, and has also practically brainwashed her into believing that this is what she wants. Gia has been working for Gunner Esq, in the hope that one day she will catch the eye of his gorgeous rocker son, Abel Gunner.

Abel Gunner. Lead singer with the band Lethal Abel. And oh boy, is he one lethal A-One dominant alpha male rocker. Furthermore, this sex on legs guy has an attitude. He dons a piercing and an interesting tattoo which drive the ladies wild. Abel loves women! And they love him, too! A man who packs a lethal punch everywhere he goes, is a dream come true for many. He knows what he wants, gets what he wants, and he has decided he wants Gia. Nothing and no one is going to get in his way either.

The story between Abel and Gia is not a smooth one. Obviously all her dreams have come true as this was what she has been striving for; to snare Abel Gunner. The two come together under a Dom/Sub contract and that is the start of this scorching hot story. Abel becomes the perfect Dom. He’s loving but very jealous if someone so much as touches or looks at Gia. She loves the attention she receives from Gunner and the sex is…phew, unbelievable! Her feelings towards Gunner begin to change when she falls in love. Her mother is always in the background and frequently called Medusa in the book! Much more fitting because not only is she an evil and jealous woman, but she also threatens to tell Abel everything. Gunner begins to realize that Gia is the woman for him; however, there is someone from his past threatening his happiness. Alas, the stirrings of a jealously bitter woman holds no bounds and the grief she brings is heart-wrenching for both characters.

This is where the story finishes on a cliffhanger. I wasn’t expecting it to come to such an abrupt end, but I felt this was the right path for it to go.
I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this book which was well written, has a great story line, and Abel and Gia just steamed up the pages.
Thank you Ms. Whitney for one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve put my hands on this year. And I must add that I read it twice!

BE MY DECEMBER by RACHEL BROOKES

FOUR STARS

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

“No!” A simple negative statement most of us have no trouble saying is the backbone to this intriguing and angst-ridden love story. The suspense will have you flipping the pages at the speed of light in a book which covers extremely delicate subjects such as abuse, self-esteem, complex trust issues and abduction.

Eden Rivers has difficulty coping with something appalling that happened to her while studying at college. Since then, she is incapable of having a normal relationship with the opposite sex. Four years of continuously struggling to come to terms with it is taking its toll, but by burying her true self helps her to survive. A night out with her best friend, Tori, is just what she needs to calm her nerves. However, she’s caught out! How? You’ll have to read the book to discover why this gifted and unpretentious photographer has built up an impenetrable wall around her very being. Eden relies heavily on her few bosom buddies, trusts them completely, and are the only ones who know about her dreadful experience. Or so she thinks!

Ky Crawford is a young and well-accomplished businessman. He is at the helm of Anderson Publications where his right-hand man, confident and most importantly, his brother, works. Josh not only understands why Ky is a workaholic, but also knows why his brother has unsuccessfully been trying to live with a secret. Even though Ky has no inclination to socialize, Josh talks him into going to a club. His unbelieving eyes fall upon an outstandingly beautiful girl clad in a red jacket; he knows her, she has no inkling who he is. What he couldn’t fathom out is why she is acting the way she is. What will her reaction be when she walks into his office the next day? Why is she there in the first place? There are certainly a lot of untruths to be unravelled in this well-thought-out and original plot. One thing is for sure; the woman he has dreamt about for years is back in his life. The question is, can he keep someone he never had to start with? Can he save her from ominous events on the horizon?

I put two and two together when I was 23% into the book. I had no issue with this though, and carried on reading because I really liked the storyline, the two protagonists and the secondary characters. When I was just over the halfway mark, I started getting a tad frustrated with the repetition of facts which had been mentioned before. However, I enjoyed reading Ky and Eden’s different POV chapter by chapter; Ky is so sensitive and patient towards Eden that at times, I was wiping a tear away, too. I would have gladly fallen at both brothers’ feet in their elegant attire any day! The author has written an extremely descriptive story. The banter is good, her usage of vocabulary, excellent, and the sex scenes are explicitly defined. I am indeed looking forward to reading Josh and Ashlyn’s story coming in 2015. Bravo Ms. Brookes.

My favourite passage: ‘Fear was a devastating thing. It gripped you to the point of being completely incapacitated and swallowed every rational thought that was your given right.’

EMPATHY by KER DUKEY

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood for Kindle Friends Forever

Empathy- the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The title was all I had to go on and I was delighted to be asked to read and review Ker’s new book.

It is clear from the prologue that Blake and his younger brother, Ryan, have had a very unconventional upbringing. Blake is a cop but secretly a contract killer and you soon realise he is a dark soul. One thing is clear; he adores his brother and supports him through college. Ryan is a very close-minded character who does not interact with the other students. There is no eye contact, no interaction, he just exists. Melody is intrigued by him. Sitting next to him and glancing at him, they are thrown together by circumstances when they are paired up for a project and become friends.

Melody goes home to visit at the weekend and a tragedy strikes changing her life forever. However, she literally bumps into Blake and she thinks he is a rude, arrogant ass regardless of her attraction for him. Blake cannot get her out of his mind either, so is his dark side going to come together with her light?

There are some very hot sex scenes and also some very on the edge of your seat scenes. This story has a real twist in it where you think you know where the direction is leading, bam; something happens you never see coming.

This novel is very cleverly written because it makes you think you have all the facts about the characters; nevertheless, while waiting for the secrets to come out, you’ll not only be surprised, but shocked as well. My heart was beating fast and my environment ceased to exist when the whole story was unfolding. Very dark and gripping and sexy of course!

Towards the end, there is a very sweet ahhh scene and you think it is all going well only to be hit by another scene that could be a brilliant set up for more books surrounding the characters. I would love to know more about them, and I’ve got to say that Blake is my new book boyfriend. Dark, brooding and definitely a sexy alpha male. Melody is a great female character. Smart, sexy too, and a breath of fresh air for Blake in spite of the fact that she’s been through a terrible time. As for Ryan, I’m not too sure! He certainly gave me goose bumps and I’m not entirely sure if that is good or bad.

A very worthy five stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wish Ker every great success with it. Highly recommended and I can see myself reading this at a later date for a second time and there is also a great playlist on Spotify that fits the story so well.

WATCHING FIREFLIES by JAYCEE FORD

FIREFLIES

FIVE SPARKLING STARS

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

I had no idea what was in store for me when I started to read this book and was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Even though it took me a while to get into it, I soon realised that the first few chapters had a solid backbone for events which would take place later on. This is a love story underlined and highlighted and I absolutely loved it.

Jordan Hawthorne has just finished her degree in history, and she’s excited! She going to have the job of her dreams, she’s engaged to the man she loves and the future couldn’t look rosier. But something goes dreadfully wrong and her whole world comes crashing down with the bat of an eye. No matter that she’d fled to a little town where she was welcomed with open arms, she still kept receiving bothersome text messages from the last person she wanted to talk to. The only people that know of her whereabouts are her parents and her best friend, Katherine, who I might add, are really lovely folk and will play quite an important part in the story. I really connected well to Jordan, and it was easy to understand why she had so many trust issues. Her reasons for not making any long-term plans, her need to protect herself from a person she thought she knew; fitted into her character perfectly. This person’s true colours are to be disclosed, and it’ll make you want to jump into the book and strangle the despot with your own hands!

‘…How could I have been so oblivious?’

Hers was a case of once bitten, twice shy; however, she wasn’t banking on meeting the most outrageously good-looking and polite cowboy, Thomas McCloud. Sparks fly from the first moment they set eyes on each other, and believe you me, their attraction palpitates! Spellbound by her beauty and her bubbly personality, this cowboy uses his natural chivalry to find out why she’s so dubious about getting involved with him. Mind you, having a reputation as a player doesn’t help either.

“Open your eyes, darlin’.” When I opened them, I gasped.

When Thomas finds out that the person stalking Jordan is her ex, he has an ominous feeling that something’s going to go terribly wrong. He’ll try to protect her from the danger she’s in without upsetting her more than she already is. Will he be able to save her from Ryan Gordon? Who is this man? Had the truth been revealed earlier, would it have made a difference? As this well-thought-out plot reaches an excruciating level, it might not be a bad idea to have a full packet of Kleenex at hand because I can guarantee you’ll lose more than one tear drop.

‘Maybe cowboys didn’t cry, but a man who lost his heart did.’

The sex scenes are explicitly described to perfection! They’re hot, steamy; and put the air-conditioning on folks. I had to! The two protagonists are adorable, and the secondary characters have a story to tell, too. Will we be seeing more of Ellie, Paul, Katherine and Lance Ms. Ford? Not only was I impressed with the banter between all of them, but I also liked the way you have managed to get the authentic southern accent across to the reader. I read your outstanding début novel in one sitting. In a nut shell… bravo!

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.”