Thursday, 27 March 2014

New Release: Twisted by Emma Chase


Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself—and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisin fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone...

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.


She stomps forward.  Billy moves behind my chair, using me like a human shield.“Or better yet - would anyone like to explain why my best friend took off from New York like a bat out of hell, leaving behind a shit storm that makes Katrina look like an April fucking shower - and I have no idea why?!”She takes another step forward and drops her bags to the floor.  Then she snaps her head to the right - in the direction of the perky blond teenager standing next to the lockers.That’s Kimberly. She’s a waitress here. Works after school. She’s seems nice.  And at the moment - terrified.“Hey Gidget,  how about you make yourself useful and get me a diet coke? Don’t scrimp on the ice.”  Kimberly flees the room.  Lucky girl.  Delores points at me and yells, like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “Well?! You can’t keep me out of the loop, Kate.  I am the loop!”

Sunday, 23 March 2014

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.

Until him.

And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her...from herself.

Romantic Thriller
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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My friend, J as a guest reviewer: (may contain slight spoilers)
DeliverDeliver by Pam Godwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5--Too Unrealistic--Stars!!

My biggest problem I think with this book was that it just wasn't believable...too much didn't add up.  

I didn't buy the connection between Josh and Liv.  I really struggled with Josh's character.  How he could go from a twenty-something virgin football star studying to be a minister

"Fulfilling their promise.  They'd made a deal with God.  If He gave them a child, they vowed to raise their miracle to be a servant of His church in Baptist ministry."
to willing taking a strap-on up the ass and wanting to be beat for pleasure.  

I will say, the writing was good...and the story was engaging and suspenseful.  I was never bored.  But I did roll my eyes at quite a few things throughout the book.

It's hard to say much without giving anything away....but Josh is Liv's latest "victim".  He is slave number eight that she is to kidnap and train for the latest buyer.  

"He represented purity, beauty, family, all of the things that had been taken from her.  He was a glimmer of goodness in her dark fucking world, a warm spark she could hold, if only for a fleeting span of time."

I thought the development of their "relationship" happened really quickly.  They went from Mistress and boy to Liv and Josh almost overnight...and all because Josh wouldn't kiss Van??  Because he was stubborn, disobedient and untrainable?

Van and Liv are a team of sorts.  Van's character was

They had a weird relationship to say the least.  Several things about Van didn't add up for me....the end especially.  

You didn't not just do that Liv....and then (view spoiler)

There were aspects I liked about this one, and aspects I didn't.  I think if you're a fan of captor type love stories you'll like this one.  You'll root for Josh and Liv to have a HEA despite everything else.

"You said you freed me, but freedom isn't defined by chains or walls.  You, alive, with me.  That's my freedom."

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My Review
Deliver (Deliver, #1)Deliver by Pam Godwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars

Liv captures people, trains them and delivers them to their master. This time her target is Joshua. It was a nice change that the guy is the one captured for once. There was a few dark parts in the story that I liked.

However, I found the story drag a little at the beginning. The couple moved from captor&captive to "I'm yours" pretty quickly and I failed to find a connection. I ended this book feeling not entirely satisfied and a few things didnt make sense to me. Ive also noticed theres a book 2 based on one of the characters and I am interested to find out what exactly happened to that character as the story didn't feel complete.

I would give this a go if you like your dark sexy standalone romance.

ARC provided by the Author

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Friday, 14 March 2014

AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

Lincoln is at a point in his life where he doesnt like his job, he's single and he is living with his mom. Work requires him to nose through people's email and by doing so he gets to know Beth.

Lincoln was a cute mommy's boy. I felt his past relationship status was a bit unbelievable considering how he was described but oh wells its fiction!!! As much as I enjoyed the email exchanges I did feel it drag on slightly and I would have loved moreee at the end.

I loved how I felt my heart squeeze at the end, it was like watching a rom-com. This had a slower pace than my usual books but the dialogues and emails were entertaining. I would recommend if you want cute sweet no angst no drama office romance.

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Twisted (Tangled, #2)Twisted by Emma Chase
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars

The continuation for Kate and Drew's story but told in Kate's POV. Book 1 was special but this sequel was missing alot of things:
-I missed being inside Drew's head
-I missed the sexy time
-I missed the lol moments

Some things got me really mad:
-I didnt like the direction of the book
-I didn't like how Drew handled things
-I didnt like Kates POV I found her trying too hard to sound like Drew

Was there anything I liked for it to have earned 3 stars?
yes... I love love loveee the epilogue!!!

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Toxic (Ruin, #2)Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

Something happened to Gabe 4 years ago that changed the way he is. Holding back his secrets, will he finally open up to Saylor? I was a bit confused to begin with but when everything started clicking in place I liked it and I was bracing myself for the inevitable.

Gabe was without a doubt top douchebag of the year... loved him!!! But I felt like romance wise Gabe and Saylor felt more like soulmate type friends than lovers and I personally was missing some "heart fluttering I wont forget this couple" romance.

If you liked Ruin and want a douchey hero, music mixed in, emotional type book, then this book is a perfect choice.

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Shattered Glass (Shattered Glass, #1)Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars

Austin is a FBI agent with a lovely fiancé. Things go downhill when he cant get the male prostitute, Peter, out of both his head and the case he is working on.

I am soo glad I chose this book as my first MM. It was quite light on the steam, the storyline was engaging and the dry sense of humour through Austin's POV gave me a permanent grin.

This was the perfect pop ur MM cherry book. Maybe it was just me but I wouldnt have mind if the steam level got turned up a little but nonetheless a great book. Love Austin and Peter x

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Cup of SugarCup of Sugar by Karla Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 (ish) stars

Conn and Nia are neighbours. Having had a bad relationship in the past, Nia only has one rule; dont date neighbours.

I enjoyed most of this book. Conn was pretty much perfect; sweet, patient, charming. Yes, I was swooning over him. I liked their interactions together.

But... I had one problem. Nia. She started off the blushing heroine, didnt mind her at first. Then she continues to follow her silly rule and jumping to conclusions which in turn ruined the second half of the book.

Overall I would recommend this book if you are looking for quick fun and cute, the only let down was the heroine.

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Turn to Me (Kathleen Turner, #2)Turn to Me by Tiffany Snow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

Blane's current case is in the public eye. With dead bodies piling up and witnesses missing, both Blane and Kathleen have become easy targets. The only way to keep her safe is to enlist help from Kade.

This book had my heart in a spin. I want Kathleen to end up with both guys but ultimately I think Blane has her heart. The things that Blane has done for her has my heart melting. And poor Kade for what he has been through.

The storyline was gripping and I was never bored of all the action and fast pace of the story. Kathleen bugged me a little with never staying in one place and the thing with Ryan. Other than that, this was a great sequel.

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DeliverDeliver by Pam Godwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars

Liv captures people, trains them and delivers them to their master. This time her target is Joshua. It was a nice change that the guy is the one captured for once. There was a few dark parts in the story that I liked.

However, I found the story drag a little at the beginning. The couple moved from captor&captive to "I'm yours" pretty quickly and I failed to find a connection. I ended this book feeling not entirely satisfied and a few things didnt make sense to me.

I would give this a go if you like your dark sexy standalone romance.

ARC provided by the Author

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Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4ish stars

Im afraid there wasnt much storyline to this book. Chloe works for Bennett, the beautiful bastard. Yup, thats about it.

I really liked this couple and their hate relationship they had going on. However, their sexual encounters were one after another and I would have liked more interaction minus the sex or at least some restraint.

There was plenty of sex and 2 main characters that I adore. In my opinion wasnt amazing but a good smutty read x

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You Don't Have to Say You Love MeYou Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

Neve is trying out a temporary "pancake" relationship with Max in preparation for her true love she been crushing on to come back overseas.

Although there was a few 5 star moments, there was a few times I felt the story drag. I liked Neve, she felt realistic and I understand everyone has their own insecrities about their bodies. But with Neve I felt she was continually bringing herself down for being overweight and it did start to bug me.

Overall I love this couple and the moments they shared, I love Max, it was based in London(wootwoot!!!). There was hearts, flowers and butterflies feelings, Neve just brought the book down a little bit for me.

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Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

What started as a normal family car drive leaves Mia without her parents and in critical condition. Does she stay or does she go?

Book 1 was pretty depressing. I didnt feel like there was much scenes with Adam and Mia but Adam broke my heart at the end and I just had to move onto the next book.

Book 2 was a bit more upbeat. I love both Mia and Adam. The pace was a bit slow which I actually didnt mind. It missed out the 5 star rating because the ending felt a bit abrupt. I guess Im just greedy for more.

Overall I felt a good connection with both main characters and it was a lovely heartfelt story. I would happily recommend to those who want a depressing book. This quote goes straight to me heart every time I read it:

I'll let you go. If you stay

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More Than WordsMore Than Words by Karla Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars

Calli is terrified of going out in the dark since an attack 2 years ago. Travis is tired of the party scene. The two cross paths at a game of online scrabble.

I loved both main characters. I felt perhaps they got together a bit too easily but Im not complaining as there were some pretty steamy parts.

I dont know why this book hasnt got more ratings, the writing was easy to get into, it was short and steamy with great banter, lustworthy musician and likeable heroine. What more can a girl ask for?!

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Title: Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels #1)

Author: Karina Halle

Release Date: Spring / Summer 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. This ain't no cupcake farting unicorn kind of book***



There was a strange moment of silence and I concentrated hard, trying to hear more than the obvious. They were all waiting. Waiting for the order. Waiting for the man in charge to speak. He did. It came from the left of me. His voice was cool, calm and collected. I didn’t have to see to know who had taken me. The man I’d heard so much about. The man I’d been taught to fear. “Gentleman,” he said and I could almost feel his infamous eyes on my body, “remove the bag.” There was a rustle and my face was immediately met with cool air that seized my lungs and bright lights that blinded me. I scrunched up my face, afraid to look, to see. Now it was all so real and I wanted to stay in the dark. “Who did this?” Suddenly cool hands were at my swollen cheek and I flinched. “Who did this?” my captor repeated, an edge to his level voice, his cigar-laced breath on my face. “Sorry,” Franco mumbled. “It was the only way to quiet her.” A heavy pause filled the room like deadweight. Finally the fingers came away from my skin and my body relaxed momentarily. I felt the man stand in front of me, bending over so he was in my face, the spicy scent of tea and tobacco emanating off of him. “Look at me Luisa Reyes.” Chavez, I thought to myself, I will always be Luisa Chavez. “Darling, aren’t you curious to where you are?” “My name is Luisa Chavez,” I said. I opened my eyes to see golden ones staring right back at me. It was like looking at an eagle. “And I know where I am. I know who you are. You are Javier Bernal.” He raised his brow in amusement and nodded. I’d seen his picture before, on the news. There was only one and that was his mugshot but even in that photo, his eyes made an impression on you. They saw right into your depths and made you question yourself. He was one of the men whom Salvador feared, even though Salvador had more power. He was the one I had been told to watch out for, the supposed reason why I’d always been locked in the compound or escorted by the local police to go shopping. And yet here I was, tied to a chair in a cold, leaking basement with nothing in it except five cartel members, a video camera and a knife that lay on top of a stool in front of me. All of that for nothing. I could escape Salvador but I could never escape the cartels. I had asked for this fate. “You know why you’re here,” Javier said with deliberation, straightening up in his sharp black suit. He walked over to the stool, swiping up the knife, and glancing at me over his shoulder. “Don’t you?” I could only breathe. I wanted to look at the others, at Este, at Franco, at the two other mystery men, but I was frozen in his gaze like a cow in headlights. “What is the knife for?” I asked, my throat painfully dry. “You’ll find out after,” he said. “It is for your husband. For your Salvador.” He stepped to the side and waved his arm at the camera. “And this is also for him.” He eyed someone over my shoulder and gave a sharp nod. I heard a rip from behind and a piece of duct tape was placed over my mouth. I squirmed helplessly and the lights in the basement dimmed. The men stepped to the side while Javier went behind the video camera. A white light came off the front of it and bathed me in an eerie glow. Javier cleared his throat, his face covered in shadow and said loudly, projecting to the camera, “This is Luiza Reyes, former beauty queen of the Baja State and property of Salvador Reyes. Salvador, we have your wife and we have a long list of demands, demands which I know you can meet. I expect full cooperation in this matter, or she dies in the next seven days. If she’s lucky. I’ll give you some time to think about what you’re willing to give up for her. Then we’ll be contacting you. Good bye.” The light on the camera switched off but the rest of the room remained dim. “I hope your husband checks his emails often. It would be a shame to have to put this on YouTube.” There was a smirk on his face at that as he slowly walked toward me, the knife glinting in his hand. His eyes burned through the shadows, then grew somber. He held up the knife. “I think it’s only going to hurt the first time.” My eyes focused on the silver of the blade but the terror inside me grew too strong and my urge to breathe through the duct tape became too difficult. My lungs seized in panic, pulsing dots appeared in my vision. I felt a hand on my collarbone, gripping the edge of my blouse and then everything went black.  

About the Author 


With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible. 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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