Before I can command my feet to move toward the shape—the safer of the two evils—I hear another sound in the opposite direction and foolishly turn my head. Something heavy and solid crashes against my skull and I feel myself falling. Darkness descends over me one last time, covering my eyes, clogging my ears and stealing the breath from my lungs. Nothing will ever be the same again. Nothing will ever be good again.
It will all be bad.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec. Check out the page for T.E. Sivec for more information.
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Everyone has secrets. Today, you find out mine.
The night is always darkest before the dawn.
This is where the darkness begins.
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Wow!! This book had been surrounded by so much mystery that I knew very little about it when I started reading it. I didn’t even realize that the synopsis had been updated on Goodreads until after I had finished reading it.
Nocte is the first in The Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole, and I have to say it was a captivating read. This book is one where I can't tell you much about it, because it so hard to do, and not give out spoilers. Also, I won’t tell you much about it because it’s one that you need to experience knowing very little about it.
“Serva me, servabo te. Save me, and I will save you.
The story line was one that kept me guessing its told from Calla and Finn POV. There is romance, secrets, suspense, mystery, and it's a little twisted at times. From the very first page, I was intrigued, and once I started it, I just couldn’t put the book down. Courtney was right. I was so busy trying to figure out the secret that I didn’t see it coming until it literally slapped me in the face. It was a real OMG!! What just happened moment? I had many theories, and the more I read, the more they changed. Whenever I thought I knew what the secret was something would be said, or something would happen and I would change my mind. Now looking back thing now clicking into place. Some of my theories were right, but just not in the right aspect; I just didn’t connect all the dots. So I will say… well play Mrs. Cole!! Well play
“Secrets. Everybody's got 'em."
Calla & Finn Price and Dare DuBray are stunning characters, and as their story unfolds my heart broke for the at times. They all have their struggles, especially Calla. Calla and Finn’s relationship is a deep and beautiful; she has a strong sense that she needs to protect time due to his mental illness.
“She’ll be fine because she’s the sane. But what will happen to me”
When Calla meets Dare she feels instantly drawn to him. They have a connection and their chemistry palpable. Dare such an enigma you see all different sides to him. Hot, cold, kind, loving, unpredictable, and intense.
“He's got a million contradictions in his eyes...aloofness, warmth,
mystery, charm, and something else I can't define”
“When I’m upset, he calms me, when I’m breathless,
he gave me air. When I’m sad, he buoys me.”
Notcte is a beautifully written, cleverly crafted story, and emotional book that had me reaching for the tissues. There were lots of twist and turns that are intricately woven within the story. For me, it wasn’t as dark and twisted as I was expecting. But that didn’t matter as I was swiping the pages, trying to figure it all out, trying to get to the end, and yes trying to breath. My advice now that I have finished Notcte would be not even to try to figure it out. Just enjoy Calla & Finn and Dare journey, as the way Courtney delivers the story makes it feel unique and compelling.
Yes, there is a cliffhanger ending, but all I can say it one that won’t leave you heartbroken, but without doubt leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read Verum due out in February 2015 when Calla story continues.
"You have one question left Calla… Ask it”…..
”So with fear in my heart and Ice in my veins….I do”
I’m such a fan of Courtney Cole, and I loved her beautiful broken series. She didn’t disappoint me with Nocte, which I didn’t know how to pronounce when I first signed up to review it, and I still don’t think I say it right. LOL
I highly recommend that you one click this book today?
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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Release Week Blitz ~ Vanquish by Pam Godwin @Pamgodwinbooks includes Derna &Adriana's Review, Excerpt, Teaser and Giveaway
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Vanquish is the second book in the Deliver series by Pam Godwin and like the first, it's still playing on my mind days later. I have been waiting to read Vanquish, as I so wanted to know more about the man who for the most part whilst reading Deliver I wanted to do more than just punch him for all the things he had done to Liv and others. I really didn’t like him, but I have to say by the end, although he was messed up there was something about him, my anger toward his had decreased, and I wanted to know more about him, and his story.
I must admit I didn’t reread the synopsis when I started this one, as I wanted to go into it blind. I trusted that Pam was going to captivate from the start with Van Quiso’ story and I have to say she really did I just love this one.
"You don't really know someone until you see them in the dark"
Van OMG!! What can I say about him, I was expecting him to be dark, crazy, dangerous, and a cold-hearted fuck, and for the most part he was he definitely has some issues. As his story unfolds and I learnt more about him, his childhood and his past, I did start to feel for him. He is broken and so messed up. At times, he came across heartless and cruel, but then he would surprise me, and do something that showed a gentle, funny and compassionate side. I didn’t want to like him, but I did.
‘He could whip her against a tree, fuck her beneath the moon, tie her down on the porch and mar her flesh with the cuts of his teeth. It didn’t matter, because wherever he took her, no matter how brutal or dark the destination, there would always be warmth. Because he would be with her.’
Amber Rosenfeld is just as broken and messed up as Van, but in a very different way. My heart went out to her as it was difficult and emotional to read at times how agoraphobia and other her issue are controlling her life making her a prisoner in her own home. She really tries hard not to let her circumstances define her, and she is doing everything in her power to adapt to it and survive it. I just loved her.
He was her mirror in a way. They both carried a million cracks beneath the skin. Even under the stark light of the fluorescents, it was hard to see which of them was more broken.”
I am not going to say much more as like me, I think you should go into more or less blind, and experience it for yourself. I will say that when Van meets Amber old habits die-hard, and when Amber meets Van all her boundaries are tested.
“He was a cold-hearted fuck with an appetite for blood, come, and tears. And he had the perfect girl to feed it”
“He was a kidnapper, a rapist, and she ached to be repulsed by him, just to prove she was sane, but she couldn’t. And she wasn't. His scarred beauty radiated seduction and danger, a deadly combination.
Van and Amber are two broken, damaged people, and their relationship is dark, and twisted, and emotional. There was also humor within it, and the sex was seriously hot at times. I loved watching Van and Amber's relationship develop, and I could understand what they were drawn to each other why their need for each other was so intense.
“Love hate are closely related expression of the same intensity both require passion, and neither follows logic”
“He wasn’t alone in these feelings. She needed him as much as he needed her, physically and as much as emotionally”
Overall, I loved Vanquish. The twist and turns had me eager to swipe the pages so that I could see how Van and Amber's story was going to unfold. I loved the epilogue it was a good way to end Van and Amber’s journey. I love Pam writing, she has a way of pulling you into the story. I felt it was well-written especially the parts when Pam is describing Amber fears about going outside I could just feel her pain and her panic.
I know it says it can be read as a standalone, but I really think that if you haven’t read Deliver then you should read it first not only because it's an amazing read, that is slightly darker and twisted, but to get the foundation of Van. If you like dark, gritty, and twisted romance stories, then Vanquish is just what you need. Go one click today. I’m looking for to seeing what Pam has for us next.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to start this review by pointing out that if you plan on reading book one in this series, Deliver, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT read Vanquish or this review first! If you want to read Vanquish first, Deliver will be spoiled for you and it's best if you go in blind! You have been warned...
When I heard that one the least likable characters I have ever encountered was getting his own book you would think my reaction was one big 'hell to the no,' but I was intrigued. One word that came to mind when thinking about Van was crazy. So I kept thinking to myself, how is Pam going to make me fall for him? And believe it or not, I DID!
Van is one of those complex characters that you just love to hate and hate to love. And Van wouldn't be Van without being..well..Van. So when Van is introduced to us, he's doing something that had me just shaking my head. He's not only spying on Liv (Yes, we do cross paths with Liv once again. YAY!), but he's doing something...shall I say..out of the norm? From then on I just knew that Van was as crazy and appalling as seen in Deliver. I was wrong. There is a reason for his madness and when his past is completely revealed, I really felt (and fell!) for him.
Amber is a character like no other. She suffers from anxiety, OCD, agoraphobia, self-esteem issues, anorexia....you name it, she has it. From the very beginning of this book I just wanted to grab her and comfort her. Slowly, the reasons behind all these issues come to light and I just wanted to kick a person or two for her. This book having dual point of views, I got to feel the struggles that Amber faced daily. I loved that she felt so real and relatable. And what I loved the most about her was that as the story progressed, she got stronger and stronger. She fought to break through her anxiety, her agoraphobia, her OCD, etc. Not that these things just went away, of course, because that would just not be realistic at all.
The relationship between Amber and Van started by chance. I won't go into details about that, but know that I wanted to hate Van for his actions at first. But he really grew on me. He helps Amber with her problems, he doesn't go about it very well, but it's the thought that counts right? And at first he wants to use her for his own purpose, but he grows to feel things for her that he had never felt before. I loved seeing him grow and evolve throughout this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Van and Amber are characters like no others and they will definitely stay with me for a very long time.
He stalked toward her, mirroring the tilt of her head, knees and shoulders loose, and his gaze holding her prisoner. A breath away, he paused, soaking in the subtleties of her tipped-up chin, parting lips, and glossy but resolute eyes.
With the next breath, he launched, hands on her jaw, fingers spread around the back of her head.
His elbows dropped, shoulders raised, and he yanked her to him, lifting her on tiptoes, guiding her mouth, taking it. His grip twisted through her hair as he drew in her upper lip and shoved her against the fridge, following her with the weight of his body.
The kiss went fucking wild, their lips mashing in a frantic battle. His tongue plunged her mouth, attacking, thrusting in and out, possessing her movements, owning her. Breath for breath, lick after lick, he ate at her mouth, tasting, devouring.
He dropped his hands to her breasts, squeezing ruthlessly as he rolled his cock against her cunt.
His tongue tingled, his skin burned, and his head swam. God, she was a drug, and he was so fucking high.
She gripped his biceps, bit at his lips, and threw her arms over his shoulders, her fingers scratching the fuck out his back. He shuddered, loving it, but he was in control.
Reaching back, he grabbed her wrists and slammed them above her head. Their bodies ground together, his forearms pressing hers to the fridge, their tongues dancing and clashing. Chest-to-chest, hips fused together, he flexed his ass, dry humping her like a horny teenager.
Jesus, fuck, he didn't care. He wanted her.
He leaned back to study her face and found strong smoldering eyes, sharp breaths, and swollen wet lips. Whatever she saw in his expression made her mouth chase his and her fingers curl around his hands. They kissed endlessly, fueling the fire and pushing his control long past the point of discomfort before pulling back and starting all over again.
When he broke the kiss with a hand on her jaw, they panted as one, mouths open and so close their bottom lips brushed. She peered at him through lowered lashes, and he stared back in awe. What trembled between them wasn't an if? Or even a how hard? Those were foregone. The question they shared was simple.
Book One In The Series....Deliver (Deliver #1)
His name was Joshua Carter. Now it's whatever she wants it to be.
She is a Deliverer.
She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price.
As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold.
Delivering is all she knows.
The one thing she can't deliver is a captive from slavery.
And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her...from herself.
Stand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.
Content warning: Graphic sex, violence, and psychological abuse. Age 18+ only.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.
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Title: Pieces of Autumn
Author: Mara Black
Genre: Dark Romance 18 +
Publish Date: July 31, 2014
Publisher: Indie Published
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
I wish I could tell you that I was stolen.
Kidnapped off the street in some third-world country, sold against my will, while a desperate family back home waited and prayed and talked about me on the news.
I wish I could tell you that, because then you might understand.
What really happened? I walked to my fate with my eyes wide open. But before you say I deserved whatever happened to me, you should know. I was desperate. I was alone. I was afraid for my life. You would have done the same thing.
I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then, I woke up in darkness, unable to move. There was only one thing I was sure of: I wasn’t alone anymore.
And then I heard HIS voice...
I had never heard his voice like that. Not once. My blood chilled in my veins. If I thought I’d ever been afraid of Tate before, it was nothing. Absolutely nothing compared to this.
I’d wanted to unnerve him, but instead, I seemed to have unhinged him. Unleashed something I didn’t understand, and didn’t want to.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered.
“Too late,” he replied, his chest rising and falling rapidly with each breath. His tone was pure venom, pure sin, pure fucking evil. “Too late for apologies.”
In that moment, I had three choices.
I could fight him.
I could run.
Or, I could tie myself to the mast and meet him, measure for measure.
I chose the storm. With the hurricane himself standing there, his pulse pounding so loud I could almost hear it, I chose to stand tall.
What was happening? What was he about to do? I had no way of knowing, no way of guessing what he’d do. How he’d ruin me.
But I knew I could survive.
His hand lashed out and grabbed mine, lifting it to his face. Eyes half-lidded, he brought my fingers to his lips, my thumb pressing past them and up against his teeth. Finding resistance, for a moment, until he parted them and suckled it into the soft, wet heat of his mouth.
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Release Blitz - Torrent (Condemned #1) by Gemma James @CJMicheals80~ Triple Review, Top Ten Facts and Giveaway
Author: Gemma James
Series: Condemned #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: July 22nd 2014
She sent an innocent man to prison. Now, eight years later, he's returning the favor...
I’ve been obsessed with Rafe Mason since I was thirteen. The twisted part of this story is that I still want him, even now.
Now that he's holding me captive on an island.
Rafe has his reasons for doing what he's doing, and if I'm honest, I can't blame him. I’m the girl who sent him to prison for a heinous crime he didn't commit.
But now he's free and the tables have turned...now he's the one driven by obsession.
TORRENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part one of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read.
I am a huge fan of dark romance, so the synopsis for this book was what definitely pulled me in. I thought long and hard about what rating to give this book. For the first time, in probably ever, I finished a book feeling kind of dirty (lol!). When I turned that last page I had no idea what the hell did I just read and was I supposed to have liked it (all in a good way!!). Torrent is definitely twisted and dark, but most of all, completely messed up!
Teen Alex had a secret crush on her step-brother's best friend. Due to some crazy shit that went down, Alex points the finger at Rafe for a heinous crime he didn't commit. Fast forward eight years, Rafe is out for revenge. He has lost a big chunk of his life thanks to the lies Alex told. He wants her to pay and knows just how to do it.
Page after page, I kept telling myself how I shouldn't be liking where the story was heading. It felt wrong and every one of Rafe's actions left me with a bitter taste on my mouth (not literally, of course). This guy does the craziest things to Alex, all in the name of revenge. But in a weirdly, I-should-really-hate-you-but-I-don't kind of way I liked Rafe. I understood that his life was forever altered because of one girl's accusations.
Rafe doesn't know what Alex has been through and her motives for accusing him, so you can tell his hatred for her runs deep. I, of course, felt really bad for Alex because even though she did send him to prison eight years ago, the things she has been though because of someone she should trust are just awful! And on top of that having to deal with Rafe? Crazy! But I was also mad at her throughout the book. She could've put a stop to Rafe's plans of revenge if she would've just opened her mouth and told him why she did what she did.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was twisted, dark, and completely wrong. I applaud the author for invoking so many emotions from me while I read this book. I am definitely looking forward the next book and cannot wait to read it!!!
Well, she was right, it was good!! Really good, and like her I also felt that I shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did, and that due to the nature of the story it was wrong to like it as much as I did. I loved the storyline, it was, dark, twisted edgy, violent and raw, I loved the plot, character development, the hot sexy scenes!! I won’t say anything more about it as I don’t want to give anything away as I feel you really need to read it to understand.
Rafe Mason OMG!!!! What can I say about this sexy man? The more I read, the more I like him, I knew I should because of what he was doing to Alex, he was out for revenge, but I could help it, he has a way of getting under your skin. Oh! And once I discovered his UFC background, I was sold!!
I didn’t know how I felt about Alex. I felt sorry for her at times as one was to suffer like she did, and she has had a shitty life, but at the same time I was also angry at what she had done. However, by the end, I did feel for her. I love the relationship between Rafe and Alex, disturbing as it was, it was also hot sexy and emotional as their feeling for each other ran deep.
I really enjoyed this one; it just goes to show I have a thing for dark, twisted erotic romance. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen. After the cliffhanger ending, I was left with a wow!! And a emotional roller coaster of feelings. I can’t wait for the next one in the series Rampant!! I want that book NOW!!
This was the first book I had read by Gemma Jones, I felt that it was well written, and you feel the emotions, and the struggles of the characters. I will without doubt be reading more of her work, as she definitely knows how to dark romance with disturbing themes, that come with violent and explicit content, and hot sexual scenes. And if like me that is your thing, then I highly recommend that you one- click it today or at the very least add it to your TBR list. It’s a must read.
A question to Gemma… Will Jax be getting a story?? As I feel he seems slightly well more the slightly fucked- up and has one to tell.
I wanted a fight I wanted her fingernail digging into me. I wanted her kicking and screaming and begging for mercy. I wanted her tears and her fucking pain”
“Now I’m black on the inside. I just don’t give a fuck anymore”
“I could deny it all I wanted, but our chemistry didn’t lie. There was something irresistible about her”
“He might have love me if things had turned out differently. If I hadn’t wrecked him”
“Too much of me still hated her…but too much of me still wanted her. How more messes up could I get
“I hated and loved him all at once, and my body was on the same page”
“I’m going to make you beg for it, gonna make you cry until you can’s breath for wanting me”
“What we shared was pure obsession, nothing more and nothing less, and it was sweetest madness in hell"
After reading the synopsis, I had to read this book. The theme of revenge intrigued me and with it being on the shorter side, I had to dive in.
Alex has suffered at the hands of her stepbrother Zach, for most of her life. After being forced to testify against her teenage crush, Rafe, Alex has reason to be fearful of his revenge after he’s released from prison. Rafe is out for blood after losing eight years of his life because of Alex, his plan is to make her pay like he did, but once he has Alex secluded on his island, the lines definitely begin to blur.
Before I go on, I must say Torrent is crazy! My mind tells me that every page is wrong, I shouldn’t be liking these characters and I certainly shouldn’t be accepting the situation, yet I find myself making excuses for Rafe and Alex and of course, I’m always looking for the HEA route. I don’t know who is more messed up, this book or me?!
Rafe’s treatment of Alex is abhorrent, yes he is fueled by revenge, but she didn’t deserve to be degraded the way she was. Mentally, Alex is already screwed up after years under Zach’s control, so Rafe’s treatment seems like a walk in the park in comparison. One minute I would hate Rafe and then the next, I would be feeling sorry for him. This book spun my head and made me question my morals!
For lovers of dark romance, Torrent will be right up your alley, it’s sinfully good. For me, I was looking for a deeper connection to the writing. I felt avenues were explored but then just dropped. A few key points were highlighted and I felt they would have had a greater impact had they been explored fully.
This was a really quick read, it ends with a twist and it does leave me wanting to read the second book. I really have no idea what will happen but of course, I’m rooting for Rafe and Alex even though I know I shouldn’t and I feel dirty for doing so, but that’s what happens in the crazy world of Torrent. Regardless of writing or characters, I’m not going to forget this book in a hurry.
Top Ten Facts about Torrent. . .
2. I really have Skye Warren to thank for how Torrent turned out. Last year around Christmas time, she called for submissions for a short story anthology about criminals. Well, I had an idea…and that idea was too good to confine to a short story. I decided to combine my earlier efforts with the premise of a girl sending a man to prison for a crime he didn't commit, and him coming back for what he felt he deserved.
3. Once I had the island in mind (small, privately own, with a single cabin on it), I turned to Google to find out if I could find any real islands of a similar nature to use as a reference. There just happens to be one about three hours from where I live, situated on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. It even has a cabin on it. I've driven there twice and have seen it from the highway. I call it "my island." The setting in the novel, though based on real places, is purely fictional, with the exception of the Columbia River and Portland, Oregon.
4. I rewrote the beginning about three, maybe four times.
5. Zach and Alex were originally full-blooded siblings. I gave into censoring myself out of fear of being banned from retailers, even though I had no intention at first of writing sexual scenes between the two. Once I changed their relation to step-siblings, the brief taboo scene in the beginning formed, and in my opinion, strengthened the setup of the novel. It also opened wicked avenues for book two. ;-)
6. I didn't immediately know why Alex sent Rafe to prison. She was a stubborn character who kept me in the dark for a while!
7. Torrent is the first book in which I wrote from the hero's POV. It was interesting getting inside Rafe's head.
8. One of the twists about Rafe's past (something he learns after he's out of prison) basically wrote itself into the story part way through. Same with Jax, Rafe's buddy. These characters and subplots just popped in of their own accord!
9. If you're looking for an easy read with hearts, flowers, and mainstream topics—this isn't the book for you. This story will make you squirm, possibly make you sick at times, and push you into the darkest corners of your mind. But I'm a romantic at heart and believe in happy endings. Getting there is hell though.
10. I do not feel guilty about the cliffhanger ending. Have you watched any TV season finales lately? AHHHHHHHH! I understand the frustration, and I'm evil enough to rub my hands together in glee. Don't lynch me. I'm working on the second book. :D
Rampant (Condemned #2)
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Title: Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels Trilogy #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 15, 2014
For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.
When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.
Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.
As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.
Unless she ruins him first.
***WARNING*** This book deals with drug cartels and as such it contains a lot of sex and violence and some violent sex. It can get pretty ugly, pretty dark and pretty crazy. There is drug use, abuse, a bit of torture and dubious consent. The hero is not a hero and the villains...well, they're even worse. If this sort of thing bothers you, PLEASE DO NOT READ IT. This ain't no cupcake farting unicorn kind of book. If you are even a bit squeamish about violence, brutality and rape, this is your warning to stay away from a book that you certainly will not like (and why read books that you know you won't like?)***
***While this is a spin-off of The Artists Trilogy, prior knowledge of the books is not needed. DIRTY ANGELS is the first in a trilogy, however each book can standalone and follows or introduces different characters***
Let me be honest, I hated Javier in The Artist Trilogy. When I found out Karina was writing Javier's story I thought to myself how the hell was I going to read a book about a character that I hated so much. But if you know me, you know I'm a HUGE Karina Halle fan (maybe even a tad obsessed...) so of course I was going to read it anyways because I knew she was going to change my mind about Javier; I may have been a little scared about that. Let me tell you, she absolutely did! I fell fast, deeply, and irrevocably in love with Javier.
The thing is, he's still the Javier that I saw in TAT, ruthless, twisted, mean, sexy, and with a dirty mouth. Oh, his dirty, dirty mouth. As I was reading Dirty Angels, I kept asking myself Cam who? Why hadn't I seen Javier before. The man is almost perfect (in a cartel boss type of way, of coourse)!!! I will stop gushing about how much I loved Javier and how amizingly twisted he is because I could go on and on and ON about how much I loved him, but you have to see for yourselves. If you were like me and hated him in TAT, don't write this book off just yet, READ IT! Trust me, you will fall for him no matter how hard you will try not to.
The female main character of this book was one that I absolutely loved and admired. Luisa's family is very poor. Do the circumstances her family faces, she is forced to keep a job with a boss that she detests. So you can't blame the girl to say yes when the opportunity to marry a drug lord falls into her lap, not like she had a choice anyways. So this beauty queen marries one of the most disgusting characters that I had the pleasure (or is it displeasure?) of reading. The things Luisa faces at the hands of her new husband are repulsive and horrifying. He breaks her, but not completely. She is still strong, feisty, and doesn't back down from anyone (even Javier!). I seriously loved her.
The chemistry between Luisa and Javier is electrifying and a little twisted, but in a beautiful way if that makes any sense. They're perfect for each other. Luisa is the queen a king needs alongside him to rule his drug empire. Their relationship is not perfect and definitely not filled with chocolates and flowers. The circumstances in which they meet are not ideal and you would think Luisa would never fall for the fierce Javier.
I applaud Karina Halle for writing such an interesting, beautiful, and unique story full of hotness, and twists and turns. Not only do I absolutely love her writing, but I loved where she took the story. Javier is who he is, take him or leave him, he's not going to change his ways and I love that. Ok, so maybe he did soften up a little but it was mostly (like 99.9%) towards Luisa.
Thank you Karina for once again writing such an amazing story that will be hard to forget. And like always, I cannot wait to read what's next.....
The last time I read about Javier was in the The Artists Trilogy and I thought I loved him then. I was wrong, SO wrong. I love him more than I thought I would, he fits into this story so remarkably well, and he is everything that his character needs him to be if that makes any sense at all… This is such a sexy, dirty, filthy story filled with intrigue, danger, lust and some really hot dark stuff that normally would make me cringe, but instead I found myself captivated by the odd beauty behind it. I love every part of this book, and could not put it down!
This story grabbed me from the very beginning, Luisa is in a very precarious and dangerous situation and wants more than anything to be able to feel love and have a shot at a normal life and her loyalty to her parents and her desire to take care of them is the most important thing in her life. She is truly an unselfish person and makes her choices based on need rather than want. I was drawn to her character the whole time and truly pulled for her to evolve throughout the story, it was the most tragic and beautiful thing to see unfold throughout the pages and I was addicted.
When Luisa and Javier’s worlds come together it is such an unorthodox relationship and experience. Javier needs certain things from Luisa in order to keep his job and life afloat, and even though Luisa is still living under the scrutiny of her kept life she needs certain things from Javier. These two have some of the most unique and sexy chemistry that I’ve ever read. The way that Javier is so ruthless and evil at times doesn’t take away from the fact that he is hot as hell. His mouth is dirty and filthy and I just loved the way he spoke, not only Luisa but everyone. He held command in his voice and it was so deviously sexy you wouldn’t know rather to run to him or run to the hills.
This story has some crazy twist and turns that I didn’t see coming, and to be honest writing a non-spoiler review is normally easy for me! But not today, there is so much wickedly good stuff that goes on in this book and I’m just dying to vomit my words all over this page, but I won’t. I will say this; Javier did some things both good and bad that just blew my mind! He is hands down one of my favorite book people. So awesome.
Karina’s writing is stellar, and witty and smart and left me glued to each page, and her character development and growth are beyond wonderful. There are some side characters that I love as well. Not because they are some great lovely people, but because I actually found myself changing my mind about them which doesn’t happen very often. In the end this was an AMAZING read that I would recommend to everyone just based on the fact that it was so beautifully different. I know I keep saying how sexy it is, and I hate to repeat myself but HOLY CRAP it’s seriously one of the sexiest books out there, and that’s not just from the sex! Words are sexy, hands are sexy, items are sexy! I’m not sure how one turns violence, crime, guns, drugs, and some despicable characters into a hot sexy, deviant, and romantic thriller all at one time but Karina did it WELL, and by the time I reached the last page, I actually said WOW out loud to myself. I won’t forget this one for a while.
“I was reacting to the fact that I would never win. No matter what I did. I was reacting to the unfairness of it all, of my very existence.”
“Filthy,” he corrected me. He smacked my ass lightly, causing me to jump. “Oh, that’s just fucking beautiful.”
He did it again and again, not enough to hurt but enough to sting. Each time, he licked the place where his handprint would have been. Then, with one hand he gently pried my ass cheeks open. I couldn’t help but cringe.
“You need to relax,” he whispered. “This won’t hurt. And I’m sure you took a bath this morning, didn’t you?” I murmured yes in response. “Then you’re clean and you have nothing to worry about. As for me, I’d take you anyway I can. It’s all exquisite to me.”
He was right. He was filthy.
“Relax, Luisa,” he said again. “Relax.”
And so I tried.
The first contact from his tongue made me shudder. The sensation was so entirely new to me, but what wasn’t at this point. Yet his mouth, lips, tongue, were all warm and wet and gentle and I found my body immediately relaxing into the steady motion. I pushed aside all thoughts about how impure this was. Purity had done nothing for me, anyway. It was better to be dirty. It was better to take what you could. It was better to embrace your lustful, needful, animalistic side because that was the side that lived.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.
Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
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Release Day Blitz: Besotted and Seduce Me (Billionaire Banker Series #3 + #4) by Georgia Le Carre (@GeorgiaLeCarre) ~ Includes Excerpts!
Author: Georgia Le Carre
Series: Billionaire Banker Series #3
Genre: Erotic Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: 14th May 2014
In Forty 2 Days we cheered as we learned of Lana's opportunity for a second chance to put things right with our wounded hero, Blake. We read with joy at the news of baby Sorab's birth, and with tension in our bodies as the spirited Lana fought and finally overcame the might of Blake's powerful family to win the heart of the man she adored.
But Lana still needs answers to many burning questions?
The secrets are many and tangled? Will she get the answers she seeks?
Blake finally lays it on the line to Victoria, and declares his true love for Lana, but will that be the end of the matter?
She is chewing gum, though. I hate that. She must watch too many movies about big-hearted hookers. I put my hand out, palm outstretched. For a moment she looks at me, clueless. I raise my eyebrows and she hurriedly takes the gum out of her mouth and puts it into my hand. Then she raises her own eyebrows and cheekily stretches her hand out.
‘Don’t you want to come in first?’ I ask, amused but not showing it.
‘Of course,’ she says and walks past me. Her accent is odd. She must be making it up as she goes along.
I close the door and watch her walk ahead of me. She has a good walk. I like a woman who can walk with grace. She stops in front of the low table where there is a platter of fresh fruit and a bottle of champagne cooling in an ice bucket, then turns around to face me. For a moment I am distracted by the picture she makes standing in the agreeably English decor of traditional prints and chintzes teamed with bold choices of acid greens and Schiaparelli pinks.
‘I’m sorry, what’s your name?’
I smile. The name suits her. She looks like a rumor. Couldn’t possibly be true.
‘Would you like a glass of champagne?’
She lifts one foot and lets it swing back. It is impossibly erotic. ‘I’d like to be paid first.’
I don’t react to the provocation. ‘The money is by the lamp.’
She glances at the neat pile of money as she works the two buttons on her coat. The coat lands on the sofa behind her. She is wearing a very short white dress. Wordlessly, she turns away from me and bends from the waist, so her ass is pushed out and her skirt rides up to where her smooth thighs indent and I glimpse the other thing I had specified—a freshly waxed pussy. The lips are already swollen and reddened, and as I watch moisture starts to gather.
Immediately I am hard as hell.
Slowly, holding that position, she counts the money. The desire to ram her while she is counting her money is strong, but I resist. She puts the last note on top of the pile she has counted, and turns to face me.
‘Yeah,’ she says slowly, her acquired accent undergoing another change. ‘All there.’
I move towards her and put my hand between her legs. Obligingly, she parts them and my fingers start to play with the soaking flesh.
‘So Rumor, what shall we do with you?’
‘Blake,’ I say persuasively, as I continue to explore the silky, wet folds.
Seduce Me - Book 4 in the Billionaire Banker Series
Title: Seduce Me
Author: Georgia Le Carre
Series: Billionaire Banker Series #4
Genre: Erotic Romance
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: 15th May 2014
Lana has chosen Billie and her friend Julie Sugar to be her bridesmaids and preparations are under way as the big day draws ever closer for the besotted couple. Billie loves Lana and would do anything for her, but Julie's feelings are more concealed as she hides a shocking secret from her friend.
Though Lana believes she has sidestepped Blake's treacherous ex to win her man, storm clouds are never far away where Victoria is concerned.
Will all go smoothly for the lovers on their big day?
Or is there unforeseen drama that may yet still spoil the couple's happily ever after.
Coming Early June!
He looks at me over the rim of his glass. ‘Why? Are you interested in being a submissive?’
‘I don’t know. I could be. What is it?’
‘It’s a game.’
‘I like games. Start me off and I’ll tell you if I like it.’
He stops smiling, his eyes change, darken. Very deliberately he positions his hand right in front of him, tips his glass sideways and allows the liquid in it to pour onto the table. I watch the puddle grow on the table. At some point before the glass is empty he stops pouring. I lift my eyes from the spill and look at him. His eyes are expressionless, watchful. The silence stretches. I break it. ‘Well?’
‘Clean it up,’ he says.
‘I don’t need to repeat myself, do I? It is a punishable offence.’
For a moment I feel confused. Was this the thing that has everybody hot up the collar? Do I want to be his little slave? The answer is obvious and immediate. I don’t. Definitely not. But I’ll let it play a little more and see where this little game goes. I turn towards the paper towels.
‘Not with the paper towel.’ His voice cracks like a whip.
I turn towards him slowly. Our eyes clash, a look of impatience about his. What does he want me to do? Clean the table with my tongue? The thought is unsexy, off putting. ‘With what then?’
He leans back and folds his arms across his chest. ‘With your sex.’
And suddenly I am wet. The idea is shocking but incredibly, unbelievably erotic. I step out of my knickers and walk towards him. I pull myself onto the table and opening my legs slightly so he can see what I am doing slowly drag my sex across the spill. Something flashes in his eyes. When I have dragged myself across the liquid I stop and look to him.
He nods slowly. ‘You, he says, and there is a touch of admiration in his voice, ‘are an excellent pupil. You never do more than what you are instructed to do.’
I say nothing. Just hold myself in that position.
‘Now spread your legs,’ he orders.
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Title: Twist Me
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Erotica
Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.
Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.
My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.
My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.
WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior
The novel that I’ve been reading can no longer hold my interest. I put it down and walk in circles around the room.
I am dressed in the clothes Beth had given me earlier. It’s not what I would’ve chosen to wear, but it’s better than a bathrobe. A sexy pair of white lacy panties and a matching bra for underwear. A pretty blue sundress that buttons in the front. Everything fits me suspiciously well. Has he been stalking me for a while? Learning everything about me, including my clothing size?
The thought makes me sick.
I am trying not to think about what’s to come, but it’s impossible. I don’t know why I’m so sure he’ll come to me tonight. It’s possible he has an entire harem of women stashed away on this island, and he visits each one only once a week, like sultans used to do.
Yet somehow I know he’ll be here soon. Last night had simply whetted his appetite. I know he’s not done with me, not by a long shot.
Finally, the door opens.
He walks in like he owns the place. Which, of course, he does.
I am again struck by his masculine beauty. He could’ve been a model or a movie star, with a face like his. If there was any fairness in the world, he would’ve been short or had some other imperfection to offset that face.
But he doesn’t. His body is tall and muscular, perfectly proportioned. I remember what it feels like to have him inside me, and I feel an unwelcome jolt of arousal.
He’s again wearing jeans and a T-shirt. A grey one this time. He seems to favor simple clothing, and he’s smart to do so. His looks don’t need any enhancement.
He smiles at me. It’s his fallen angel smile—dark and seductive at the same time. “Hello, Nora.”
I don’t know what to say to him, so I blurt out the first thing that pops into my head. “How long are you going to keep me here?”
He cocks his head slightly to the side. “Here in the room? Or on the island?”
“Beth will show you around tomorrow, take you swimming, if you’d like,” he says, approaching me. “You won’t be locked in, unless you do something foolish.”
“Such as?” I ask, my heart pounding in my chest as he stops next to me and lifts his hand to stroke my hair.
“Trying to harm Beth or yourself.” His voice is soft, his gaze hypnotic as he looks down on me. The way he’s touching my hair is oddly relaxing.
I blink, trying to break his spell. “And what about on the island? How long will you keep me here?”
His hand caresses my face now, curves around my cheek. I catch myself leaning into his touch, like a cat getting petted, and I immediately stiffen.
His lips curve into a knowing smile. The bastard knows the effect he has on me. “A long time, I hope,” he says.
For some reason, I’m not surprised. He wouldn’t have bothered bringing me all the way here if he just wanted to fuck me a few times. I’m terrified, but I’m not surprised.
I gather my courage and ask the next logical question. “Why did you kidnap me?”
The smile leaves his face. He doesn’t answer, just looks at me with an inscrutable blue gaze.
I begin to shake. “Are you going to kill me?”
“No, Nora, I won’t kill you.”
His denial reassures me, although he could obviously be lying. “Are you going to sell me?” I can barely get the words out. “Like to be a prostitute or something?”
“No,” he says softly. “Never. You’re mine and mine alone.”
I feel a tiny bit calmer, but there is one more thing I have to know. “Are you going to hurt me?”
For a moment, he doesn’t answer again. Something dark briefly flashes in his eyes. “Probably,” he says quietly.
And then he leans down and kisses me, his warm lips soft and gentle on mine.
For a second, I stand there frozen, unresponsive. I believe him. I know he’s telling the truth when he says he’ll hurt me. There’s something in him that scares me—that has scared me from the very beginning.
He’s nothing like the boys I’ve gone on dates with. He’s capable of anything.
And I’m completely at his mercy.
I think about trying to fight him again. That would be the normal thing to do in my situation. The brave thing to do.
And yet I don’t do it.
I can feel the darkness inside him. There’s something wrong with him. His outer beauty hides something monstrous underneath.
I don’t want to unleash that darkness. I don’t know what will happen if I do.
So I stand still in his embrace and let him kiss me. And when he picks me up again and takes me to bed, I don’t try to resist in any way.
Instead, I close my eyes and give in to the sensations.
After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.
Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.
In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.
She loves hearing from her readers, so please don't hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.
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Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Dark Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: January 3 2013
*Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.*
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.
Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.
Best decision I ever made.
Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.
My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.
But the saying is true.
The world makes way for those who know where they are going.
I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.
But then there’s him.
I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.
He makes me feel.
But it’s real.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.
So am I.
This isn’t a story.
This is my life.
With a blurb like Raw's you know it's going to be one hell of a ride from beginning to end; it did not disappoint. This is going to be a short review because I don't want to spoil any little things so that when you read it, you get the full experience.
Twitch is not your typical main male character. He's not good. At all. He like to be in control at all times and has an addictive personality. Most things you know are bad, to him, are good. He has a crazy temper and is kind of scary, well a lot scary. He's been stalking Lexi for a while. She's the complete opposite of him. She's sweet, caring, and loves helping people. I hated Twitch at times and in others, I kind of understood why he did the things he did. In the beginning of the book, I did not like some of the decisions she made. I found them a little realistic, but this not being your typical "romance" book, I just went with the flow of things. I also really liked that it had the point of view of Twitch and Lexi.
The blurb doesn't give much away, so any turn of events took me by surprise, which I liked. I liked how the author did not hold back when the characters encountered certain situations, but thought that in other she could have taken it a step further. This book evoked a lot of emotions in me as I was reading it. I got frustrated, happy, and most of all angry at sad. When I finished this book very late last night, I was a blubbering mess; a book hasn't left me like that in a LONG time.
Overall, I really liked this book. If you are looking for a book full of puppies and rainbows, this is not for you. You have to read this book with an open mind, don't try to label people or situations in this book, and take it as it comes. If you can read this book while doing all three things, you're really going to enjoy this book. I highly recommend you read it!!
She looks into my eyes and repeats on a whisper, “You’re poison.”
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