Til’ Fear Do Us Part – Michelle Gross

ARC given from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4Stars****

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Melanie is more than just you’re typical teenager – she can see spirits.

Due to an unexplained encounter when she was only 9 years old, Melanie has been able to see spirits. That day she was marked with a cross on her chest, but she has no idea why or how much danger is coming her way due to that mark. Now that it’s her 18th birthday, strange and dangerous things start occurring.

Killian, a mysterious, brooding stranger. More well known as Grim Reaper, is responsible for Melanie’s safety. The more time the two characters spend together during this time, the more they fall for each other.

But the Grim Reaper can’t love, can he? Even if he could, hes sure Melanie only wants Killian and Not Grim.

I loved the relationship that developed between the two characters. The story was easy to read and follow. Its a different genre from the usual book I read most often, but I really did enjoy it.

I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. I need to know what happens after the run in with Fear. Also with Grim and Killian’s bodies forcibly detached from each other?? I NEED to know.

Great read!

Kiss Marry Kill – Sidney Halston

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – given by NetGalley.

4 Stars****

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I really enjoyed this book. The author done a great job of capturing the readers attention straight from the first page and I love when a book manages to capture me that fast.

This book is mainly set in present day, however there are parts of the story that flashbacks to 5 years ago when Jax and Megan first met. I liked these flashbacks, often I feel an author throws in flashback for no reason. However, these were well placed and well time during the book and there wasn’t too many.

Jax and Megan meet by chance one day and agree to spend 4 days together before he joins the army and she joins law school. Flash forward to present day and Megan is a celebrity having become a singer in the band TNT, and she finds herself with a stalker.

Jax catches on the news that Megan’s house was broken in to and rushes to see her. Now an owner of a security firm he dedicates his time to keeping safe as possible. However, they soon realize that the feelings they had for each other all those years ago haven’t gone anywhere.

But with a stalker in the way, will the 2 ever get their happily ever after?

The reason this book doesn’t get 5 stars (although it came close) was I found my attention waning in the middle, there was a long period where not much seems to happen. That aside, this book was really good.

Sidney Halston is new author to me and she didn’t disappoint. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Under Her Skin – Adriana Anders

I was given an copy of this book by Netgalley, for an honest review 

5 Stars*****

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Uma is on the run. She finds herself in a quite little town, a place that offers her something that can hopefully change her life and get rid of the reminders of a terrible, traumatic relationship. Uma wears clothes from neck to feet, not a piece of her skin left exposed because what lies under they clothes is a canvas of hate and vile words which were tattooed and forced upon her during that final night of abuse before she escaped from under the hands of her ex boyfriend.

Uma, desperate to make money responds to an ad in the newspaper advertising a job in the very town that she needs to be in. Although the job is a far cry from the photographer she was supposed to be, the job with the extremely cranky older women is exactly what she needs to stay hidden and get things done. Her plan however, do not include falling in love with the big friendly giant Ivan.

Her new neighbor Ivan keeps cropping up and Uma tries to stay as far away from him as possible. His appearance often gives people the wrong impression, a giant of a man, with scars on his face and a beard that covers half of that face. Ivan has a dark past, however this has shaped him into the wonderful man he now is. Ivan likes to be alone though, so why does he feel so drawn to Uma?

Ivan rescues Uma one night she finds herself locked out of the house, but it isnt the only way he ends up saving Uma.

This story has some extremely touching moments, the sex scenes are incredibly graphic but so breathtakingly beautiful that I honestly cant say I’ve ever read a book quite like some of the scenes that were in this book. At the heart though, this book is a story of how Uma becomes a strong women again, overcoming the heartbreaking life that shes had to endure.

Uma’s plan is to keep running after she gets the tattooes removed, but can Ivan convince her to stay or will the past catch up with Uma and destroy everything shes built for herself.? Can two people, who are broken in different ways, become one and heal each other?

Honestly, read this book. You wont regret it. This book will make you laugh out loud, and it will make you cry.

Ill be keeping an eye out for future work by this author, I loved it!

Fighting Attraction – Sarah Castille

I was lucky enough to recieve an early copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Stars****

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Fighting Attraction is one of those books that once you pick it up, its almost impossible to put down.

Penny is all pearls, kitten heels and floral. Everyone think that she is some perfect little angel that has her life in order however, below all this is a broken soul. Penny believes she worthless, that shes useless. Her whole life people have put her down and made her feel like nothing more than a piece of dirt. After a move to the states, Penny joins a gym where she meets Jack or as he’s better known, “Rampage”.

Rampage; everyone loves him, everyone wants to be his friend, his fans want to have his babies. Hes an all round good guy, but he holds a secret. Twice a week he’s known as “Master Jack”, an extreme Sadist. At the club, he’s known as one of the most ruthless Doms, only taking on the most disciplined submissives. Jack has always been deeply drawn to Penny, however he keeps his distance knowing that he can never be what she needs him to be. He believes that nobody can love a sadist like him and that he will loose his career if his closely guarded secret was to ever get out.

After the legal firm that Penny works for sends her to give legal papers to the clubs owner to say that the landlord wants to break their lease, Penny discovers Jack in all his glory during a scene at the club. Instead of being disgusted like Jack think she will be, Penny finds that she is deeply drawn to the lifestyle, believing that this may be the answer to all her needs rather than providing herself with pain. However, Jack will do anything to keep Penny away from his lifestyle

Can two broken soles find what they are looking for, in places they never expected to find it?

i love this book. It was easy to read, the story was developed well, the characters draw you in capture you’re attention, the plot was delivered well. It was just overall a really good book.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but after this she is definitely in my list of author the look out for

 

Fighter – Carol Lynne

Thanks to NetGalley, I was given a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

5 Stars*****

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First off, I have to say that I adored this book. It’s a book that really pulled on my heartstrings, the story was beautifully written and I must admit that i shed a tear or two along the way.

Lucky at the beginning of this book is 8 years old, his mother is a meth addict and abusive meaning that Lucky must look after himself. Lucky being so hungry is forced to raid dumpsters at night to try and find enough food for him to survive. He comes across The Brick Yard, a gym that trains fighters and at night he would look through the window at the men training and vowed to himself that one day he would become a fighter just like them. At 10 years old Lucky is still out trying to find enough food to feed himself, which is becoming increasingly difficult as the restaurant owners have become aware of him and try to chase him off. As he is staring through the dirty window of the gym one snowy night, Brick, the owner of the gym comes out and asks him if he wants to come in and get warm. Brick offers Lucky a job cleaning and washing the towels for a small wage, which he jumps at the chance to make some money to feed himself.

Dray is young up and coming fighter, he has made his way to the big leagues and is finally making good money from his fights and his sponsors which he extremely happy about after having a bad child hood. Dray was taken in by Brick when he was younger and has trained as a fighter since. However, Dray is betrayed and outed by his long term boyfriend Vince, and quickly his upcoming career is shattered and he chooses to leave Chicago.

Dray follows Lucky’s career closely in the years he is gone, however never returns because he doesn’t want to taint Lucky’s career. Brick becomes ill, meaning that Dray comes back to The Brick Yard and back to Lucky.

Lucky is extremely fragile, still stuck in the past that hes a “bad boy” and deserves to be punished, but with Dray and their newfound romance to help him through can Lucky get out of the past and start seeing a future?

I loved Dray’s character. He was from the outside you’re typical bad boy, covered in tattoos fighter but inside he had a heart of gold. His character was extremely nurturing, fighting for Lucky and bringing the broken man back in to the light again. Lucky’s story was heartbreaking! he’s deeply emotionally scarred from his childhood and he doesn’t understand that Dray or anybody else could truly love him. These characters together are truly something beautiful.

Dray and Lucky stay by Bricks side until the very end, and with his legacy to lead them they create a future which means children like them will always have somewhere to go.

This story overall touched my heart, it made me smile, it made me cry but most of all it gives you hope. That people like Dray, Lucky and Brick really are out there making a difference. This story touches on some really serious issues. It deals with physical, emotional and mental abuse, LGBT issues, death and grieving.

Id recommend everyone give this book a shot, but be warmed. It an emotional roller coaster, but one that is extremely worth the read.

Take Me Back – Rosalind James

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – 5 Stars*****

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I absolutely loved this book! It was the perfect mystery romance book. It kept you guessing right till the end, the connection between the character’s was perfect and realistic, the character development was great. I sometimes feel with mystery romances that you either get too much romance or too much mystery but this book was a brilliant blend of both, meaning both elements were right at the forefront the whole way through.

This book starts out with the murder of Henry Cavanaugh, a horrible, disliked man. But who is the killer? The way that Rosalind James wrote this book is clever. She introduces characters, give their background and history with Henry and what their motive for killing him would be, meaning the suspense right until the end was brilliant.

Jim Lawson, alpha male, gorgeous and the town’s sheriff is one of the sheriff’s on the case, while they investigate they must inform Henry’s only daughter and Jim’s childhood love that her father is dead.

Hallie Cavanaugh is the complete opposite to her father, kind hearted, charitable and overall people pleaser. Hallie comes back to the town of Paradise to hear the reading of her father’s will, but she thought he had disowned her so was not expecting anything. The reading of the will is full of surprises, a surprise brother for Hallie, an unhappy uncle, an angry aunt, and a sudden millionaire teenager. So many emotions, and so many suspects.

In order for Hallie to receive her inheritance she must remain living in her father’s house, and not have a sexual relationship with Jim for those 6 months.

But with threats becoming more and more serious, the relationship between Jim and Hallie blossoms.

This book will grab you from the beginning, it’ll keep you guessing until the end and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The Wingman – Natasha Anders

I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars****

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This is the first time I’ve ever read a novel by this author, and it was the perfect introduction to her writing! I love this book, the whole just lifted my spirits.

Mason meets his brother Spencer at a bar where he’s requested to distract a girl so that Spencer could have time to talk to her sister that he’s always had a thing for. Daisy, the sister that Mason is told to distract is shy, having had her confidence beaten down by other people her whole life. Daisy is known as the “other” sister, always taking a back seat to her sisters Daffodil and Dahlia. Also known as the “pretty” and “cute” sisters.

After Daisy agrees to go to dinner with Mason, not being able to. Believe her luck that he would be interested in her she overhears a conversation between Mason and Spencer and realises that he was only using her.

Refusing to have her heart broken again, she uses the situation to her advantage and convinces Mason to be her date for her sisters wedding so wouldn’t have to deal with her families usual comments towards her.

Mason didn’t feel right about the way people were treating Daisy and decides to help her. Mason falls for her after realising that behind the shy, broken down girl is a feisty women with a massive heart of gold.

Daisy’s lack of relationships, her lack of confidence and General insecurities could mean she fails to recognize what right in front of her.

This book overall was a super read, it was quick paced, well thought out and captured your heart right from the beginning.