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Book Review: ‘Beyond the Horizon’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Beyond the Horizon (The Sons of Templar MC Book 4)

Published: 15th May 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

 

Synopsis:

Life is counted in tiny breaths, ones that measure the length of your existence. Life stole the ability to make those breaths easy when Lily was nine years old. Turned her quiet. Made her curl into herself, and shut out a world that threatened to bury her under its weight.

The end of her world is what brings him back—her biker. His chocolate eyes pierce her soul while his club tempts her with a life that she didn’t know she could ever have. Especially not when she was clutching the tattered remains of her existence, and with a weight bearing down on her which makes her unfit for the role of Old Lady. Asher changes that. He wants to set about repairing it, repairing her and her broken world. The problem is, even his strong shoulders can’t carry the burden of her sorrow.

Asher doesn’t take no for an answer. She may have given him her heart three years ago, but never in her wildest dreams would she imagine she had possessed his for the same amount of time.

Just when it seems like she may be able to ride off into the horizon, the world isn’t quite finished trying to rob her of breath. Of life.

Can be read as a standalone
HEA and no cheating

 

Review:

These badass bikers seem to have the biggest hearts. Some of the things they say will make you swoon while reading and Asher is no exception. The connection was off the charts from the moment he and Lily met but life it seems always gets in the way and letting go of someone to help another seems to be the way to go for Lily.

The story starts at the darkest point for Lily with the funeral of her mother – three years after she had first met Asher. She was her leading light so with her gone she feels like she is floating away with no direction and no feeling. She has her best friend Bex to lean on but it soon comes to light later on that she needs a bit more help than she is letting on too. Seems the only person she really wanted there came even when she thought she’d never see him again – by her choice at the time mind you – Asher. It’s almost like the moment she sees him she can breath again, so you know what went down between them is anything but over.

We have a few back flash moments after they reconnect to show how Asher and Lily first met. Seems to be in the middle of everyone else’s stories so it was fun to see a few other sides to the same event. Namely the party at Gwen and Amy’s where both the women were having a bit of trouble with their respective men. This party was the turning point for Lily feeling more like a woman with the chance of losing the v-card. Seriously sparks flew from the moment Asher saw her, she was always going to be his. With what the flash backs show you can see just how wild and adventurous a first time she got with Asher in charge of her passion. Seems like Lily was holding onto a fantasy though. One to escape the darkness that followed her from the moment her mother told her she had cancer. Asher was the light but one she couldn’t hold onto while her mother was sick. Its like she didn’t think she should have happiness with what her mother was going through.

Back to present day and you can see how hard she is struggling with her mothers’ death. Asher is the only one who can make her feel something again but when he’s not with her she turns into someone she’s not. Drinking and partying the night away with Bex seems to be the coping mechanism she has chosen. She’s playing a role that’s just not her. Seems she’s still good at hiding things from Asher as he has no idea just how bad things are getting. The path she has chosen could soon lead more into danger.

This story has more of a group feel to it as it follows both Lily and Bex. Bex has had a dark past and is still living in some kind of darkness. She might not want to pull Lily down into it but dangers from outside sources change the status quo. She is a fiery character so you can see why Lucky would take a liking to her, ‘dibs’ as far as he’s concerned. Loved that he made a fun appearance throughout. When the four of them come together they create a fun dynamic banter but danger is never far away. This time its not caused by the clubs association but by connections in Bex’s life. Dylan, her on/off again boyfriend, and Carlos her boss for me tie in the biggest dickhead/creep award. From the moment you meet them you are almost screaming at the women to stay as far away as possible, bad vibes galore right from the start. They both really need to get their comeuppance but don’t think that will happen until Lucky and Bex’s story – which luckily is next. It’s going to be a lot darker than the others but hopefully we get to see a lot of light too to help push the darkness away.

Emotional depths of the characters draw you in with this one. It doesn’t shy away from the feelings that come with grief, pain, anxiety and suicide attempts. Lily has had to deal with darkness in her past but it was her mother who always got her through. She became her mothers’ muse, the colour that filled the room. So when she died Lily was left in darkness and it takes a lot from Asher to bring colour back into her life, slowly but surely. He won’t let her push him away again; he’s there to stay. They might get their HEA but that doesn’t mean the story doesn’t get darker. Danger is coming and not just for her. Lets see if the MC family can get everyone out alive.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Punched’ by Jacob Chance

Title: Punched

Published: 13th June 2017

Publisher: Brothers Chance Publishing

Author: Jacob Chance

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Twitter: @JChanceAuthor

 

Synopsis:

Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt – not even her.

This is a second chance MMA romance standalone.

 

Review:

Four years ago Noah, aka No-No, made a mistake with the one that got away, Reagan his ray of sunshine. Now she’s back to run her fathers gym – the one he trains at – he knows he can’t stay away this time and it’s not long before he wants his second chance. He has been training for the chance to be a MMA fighter champion and knows his focus needs to be on the fight coming but with her back you know that focus is soon to slip, something Jimmy – his trainer and Nora’s dad – is not going to be happy about. Jimmy might have been able to manipulate him when he was younger to make a certain decision but those days are over.

They sure know how to go from zero to 100 in the chemistry heat-o-metre. Work out at the gym anyone? Ray gets quite the seeing to by Noah. Can she trust him with her heart again? He broke her once but will he do it again if she lets him get close. She’s not sure if she will survive it a second time. Running her fathers gym she knew Noah would be there but hoped she would have more time to prepare herself for seeing him again. Seems he has only got hotter and there’s only so much a girl can take. Especially when it seems he wants to direct that hotness right at her alone. He’s not really giving her an option as once he really thinks about what he wants his future to be he can only think of her in it. He may want the champion title but he is only just starting to realize that he wants her more. Lets hope she’s ready for what’s to come.

Flashbacks cutting back and forth between were an interesting way to show more of how they got together in the first place, how they split and how memories from both might help them find there way together now.

Chemistry is seen a mile off between these two, even when they don’t talk. She can feel his eyes on her when she walks through the gym. She’s like a presence he can feel and once he sees her it takes great measure to pull his eyes away. Seems the moment they connect again everything else falls into place but is she the one playing a game this time? Her friend drunkenly seems to think so and I did think more could have been done with expanding that part. If not tension with Noah and Reagan then with Reagan and her friend. All in all though another great sport romance read that is sure to get the pulses racing throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Out of the Ashes’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Out of the Ashes (The Sons of Templar MC Book 3)

Published: 1st March 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

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Synopsis:

Living a life in darkness causes the soul to char to ash. Battling demons by turning himself into a monster is the only way he can survive…the only way he can keep a grip on sanity. That grip is precarious at best, every day is a silent battle with demons that threaten to yank him into the truest form of darkness, the abyss he’ll never escape. Then it happens. Light shines through the cracks.

Happiness. Mia Spencer’s life is full of it. She has an amazing new job, friends, family, and the light of her life – her daughter Lexie. Running from the demons of the past, escaping a hell that she vowed Lexie would never know about, she worked through hardship and near poverty to create something she was proud of. Buried deep inside, underneath the swell of love she had for her only daughter, were the fractured pieces of her. Pieces that were smashed and battered when she was young and vulnerable.

Then she meets Bull, who seems to hate her on sight. He screams danger, from his huge physique, to his beautiful ink, to the motorcycle club he belongs to. He is silent, his glares threaten to burn her into flames, yet she finds herself falling for him. Finds this broken man slowly fixing the pieces she thought would stay shattered forever.

 

Review:

Well I knew I was going to love Bull’s story and this didn’t disappoint. Having read Echoes of Silence first I knew the gist of what was going to happen just not all the details. So glad the blanks have been filled in because wow comes to mind more than once. Might have read a couple times now already it was so good.

So we start with Mia and Lexie new in town checking out the area when someone seriously hot scenery graces their presence at the local coffee shop. Love more of the Gilmore Girl vibe back and forth between them – start as you mean to go on. Three sexy bikers walk in but one look is all it takes to zero in on our brooding man. Seems once their eyes are locked neither really wants to pull away. Eyes are the way to the soul and both seemed to have locked on to it. Chance meeting number one is good but two/three are better when they find out Mr. brooding lives across the street from them. Very handy with his hands in a time of need it seems. Meeting number four is where we see a bit more of his resolve crack. Seems he might not want to be around her but that doesn’t mean Lucky is getting a shot. Still think he’s great for a bit of comic banter when needed and can’t wait to get to his book.

Seems fate wants them in each other’s paths though – well fate and Lexie it seems – they’re like magnets with the pull towards each other too strong to deny. No matter how much Bull is trying to hide from it. One spark and they turn into the wildest couple yet – seriously you are like wow, always the quiet ones. Silent and brooding makes for one very hot biker. He’s angry with himself to begin with and doesn’t think he deserves to be happy again with someone who quiets his demons. That’s why he’s so horrible and rude to Mia to begin with. A few times you do want to give him a smack and talking to. She’s chipping at his resolve and its not long before his walls start to crack. All I’ll say is his strong arms do come in handy. He wants to keep them quite, only a night time thing which is fine to begin with until feelings get involved whether you want them to or not. But being with a biker brings its dangers. With this one you see the other side through Bulls POV and know why he – along with his brothers – would be so worried about certain things their women did.

I liked how Mia seemed to click with the other women, great to catch up with them too. Theirs is a close net family that would do whatever it takes to protect what’s theirs. Once you are in you are covered but that doesn’t mean danger isn’t lurking. With this we see what drives Mia’s protective streak and what happened in her past. You knew she would have to be running from something bad but you don’t know what. When you find out you just hope Bull can get there in time. She just has to look forward not back and hope Bull does the same. Though to her and Lexie he will always be Zane. I think he liked that his girls called him that. He just has to keep them protected with what’s coming their way.

Seriously from reading Echoes of Silence I thought Killian was the king of saying things that would make your heart melt but wow just wow Zane knocks it out of the park. He might not say much but when he does it packs a punch. Knew his would be a great story and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Can’t wait for the rest of the series – love it!

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Taming a Maverick’ by C.M. Owens

Title: Taming a Maverick (The Sterling Shore Series Book 11)

Published: 8th May 2017

Author: C.M. Owens

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Twitter: @cmowensauthor

Synopsis:

SALEM

Just some fun. Just one night of reckless, harmless, wild fun.

That’s what I told myself the night I hooked up with quite possibly the sexiest guy I’ve ever known. Only, I didn’t want to KNOW him. Life is a series of temporary situations, or so it’s always been for me. A future revolves around the next move, but I’m still the type to live in the moment on a seldom occasion, consequences be damned.

Unless that moment happens to be unknowingly landing in bed with my brand new stepbrother. The universe is a mean, twisted jerk. And one consequence is that I have to be around him and get to know him. The worst consequence is the fact that Maverick Sterling, the infamous playboy who can’t possibly be tamed, is really hard not to want more of once you’ve had a taste. So long as I’m not stupid enough to fall in love, it shouldn’t be a big deal. Right?

MAVERICK

My life has been blissfully simple for a really long time. I have a routine. I have friends. I have family. Yet everyone seems to have less and less time, since they’re all sort of trying to be adults or what the hell ever. I blame them for the fact the only girl to ever ditch me without a backward glance is suddenly under my skin. I blame my father for the fact she’s a new fixture in my life. Not that I knew that before I got a little overly friendly with my new stepsister. I mean, what are the odds? It shouldn’t have been possible.

But it happened. It figures the one girl I can’t get out of my head is the one girl who doesn’t want to be with me. At least in my head she’s the only girl who doesn’t want to be with me, because I tend to be arrogant like that. The point is, now she’s everywhere I turn, yet she’s marking a line in the sand that she thinks I really won’t cross.

Obviously she doesn’t know me at all.

*Can be read as a stand-alone
*Sexual Content
*Adult Language

 

Review:

Oh my sweet lord Maverick is awesome. I love him so much. Knew his story was going to be good but this knocked it out of the park with what came. Who would have thought that Mav would be the most romantic and easiest to fall for? Things I love about this book #monopoly #bananas #piemoment #warmup

So Salem is in a new town but knows it won’t be permanent due to past experiences with family problems due to her mother’s relationships. For just one night before all the crazy comes in she wants a night of fun and after one look she’s found just the guy for the job. Hunter becomes the prey it seems. Though after one look at her outfit it doesn’t take long for Mav to make his move. Talk about fast work for the pair of them, so its good they seem to know where they both stand. Passion ignites for a fast bit of fun. Though Mav insists it was just a warm up so he’s none too pleased to find his beauty gone before he’s done with her. Shouldn’t worry too much though as fate has worked its magic. After a broken phone call from his father a few days later he goes to check out their beach house – one that just happens to have a hot squatter inside of. One he knows a little too well it seems and after the bombshell that gets dropped, one he maybe shouldn’t have gone near – his new stepsister. What are the odds right? Though we’re so glad it happened because fun antics are on the way for sure.

A sure fire way to make sure they stay platonic now is to become friends as Mav insists he doesn’t hit on friends – yeah well we know that won’t last long for both of them. The thing is the longer they hang around each other the more they both want something more which puts them in a bit of a tricky situation. A deal is struck so one thing is off the table for now but Mav’s counter is brilliant. They suit each other perfectly and when she cracks you are right with her. Mav the hero it seems with stepping up to help Sean when the time comes – a shirtless Mav love it.

Salem and her younger brother Sean are the only ones that followed their mother to a new place due to her new marriage. Its all part of a system that they go along with, wherever Sean goes Salem will follow, she is the only one bringing warmth into his life where their mother only brings coldness. Her other brothers when they show up are great with their cameos but Sean is by far the star. He is like Mav 2.0 and when they spar its like Mav is talking to his younger self. Brilliant banter, could listen to it all day. Note to self though Maverick – do not under any circumstances let people use your phone. Twitter is fun though! Great running theme throughout with the tweet chats. Love his mum and aunt when they start chatting away on it. One sure way to make Mav cringe away and others laugh their heads off. Be wary of lending phones is all I will say.

With the other books in the series a pattern forms where it’s usually the guy that does something stupid to mess things up. Not saying Mav doesn’t do a few things (funny as they are) but I’m glad this one went a different way. That being said my heart broke a bit near the end. Love that this one linked in more of our Triple Dare and Break Even guys and girls. Ruby, Corbin, Brin and Rye are great and the pranks and dares we see are brilliant. You also get more links in with the group as a whole as we are almost at our final stop with the wedding we have been waiting for. Before that though we are going to get a cracker, I can feel it. Can’t wait for Britt’s story. Thinking I will be laughing throughout just from the preview at the end. Teasers are good but it just makes you want the next one that much more. Side note: loving the fact that we are going to be getting a bit of a spin off with Connor. Sports Romances are so in right now.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Sexy Motherpucker’ by Lili Valente

Title: Sexy Motherpucker (Bad Motherpuckers Book 2)

Published: 25th May 2017

Publisher: Self Taught Ninja

Author: Lili Valente

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLiliValente

Twitter: @lili_valente_ro

 

Synopsis:

When the family dog trots in with my diaphragm in its mouth—in front of my date, his parents, and his adorable little girl—you would think I’d hit rock bottom.

WRONG.

Let’s back this up a sec…

Brendan Daniels is the sexiest man alive. The captain of the Badger’s NHL team is also clever, kind, funny, and was my good friend…until we cruised out of the friend zone one weekend with a red-hot fling. Come Monday morning, I wanted to keep riding the Big O train to happy town, but Brendan wanted someone who was “stepmom” material.

A.K.A, not me, apparently.

The problem? I’m crazy in love with him and his daughter. So when he asks me to be his pretend girlfriend for a long weekend with his former in-laws, I say yes. We’re still friends, after all, and friends don’t let friends fake it alone.

***

Laura Collins is the last woman I should be thinking about taking in the back seat of my car, in the woods behind my in-laws’ house, or in a hotel room where we’re sharing one very small, very squeaky bed.

I need a steady, stable influence for my daughter, not a fling with this too wild, too young, too impulsive red head. So what if she’s beautiful and intense and passionate and has the biggest heart I’ve ever known?

I don’t want to fall in love. I really don’t. The whole “pretend girlfriend” thing was supposed to solve my problems, buy me a little more time.

But when it comes to Laura?

Hell, maybe I’m just not cut out for faking it.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that takes place in the winter. Laura and Brendan sure find some fun ways to warm up after having some fun in the snowy landscape.

So after reading Hot as Puck I had a very good idea of who seemed to cause Laura’s heartbreak and it was none other than Brendan. A summer weekend of passion that could have turned into something a hell of a lot more. Love how it starts with Laura burning all her underwear. Goodbye bra you served me well! Seems this would be the moment pain in her PR butt Brendan would appear. He seems to have caught her at a bad time but after hearing some home truths on how she thinks he feels for her. Hate being top of the list as he always finds ways to be as unhelpful as possible with PR stuff. He decides to show a bit of solidarity with burning something of his too. Burning underwear aside they are both on a beach at sunset and he sure knows how to comfort her quickly, giving her plenty of time to back away if she wanted to. Seems they needed a push to get there but once they do its like they just click. It’s been hard for him being a single dad after losing his wife three years before and it turns out that Laura is the first person he’s been with since. Once isn’t quite enough though and soon you can feel it turning into something more the longer they spend together. Which is why it comes as a shock for Laura when – after she puts her heart out there – he knocks her back saying it would be too complicated with him being a single dad, as Chloe needs to come first.

So its back to being friends/work colleagues but you can still see the strain after months apart and now it looks like Brendan is about to test that friendship to the limits. Seems his ex-in-laws think he should have moved on so Chloe would have a female influence, knowing their daughter would have wanted him to be happy and not be alone. With his hectic career they might get the idea to have Chloe stay with them so she is in a more stable environment. (Side note: loved the ex-in-laws, they were a hoot). So his idea is simple, he needs to turn up for Thanksgiving with a girlfriend in toe. He just needs to convince Laura to be that girlfriend. He knows he messed up on something great and for stupid reasons it seems but he is willing to correct it. Laura is wary to help as she’s not sure how much her heart can take but it doesn’t take long before she agrees anyway. Pretending to be the girlfriend of the guy you completely fell for can’t be too hard can it? Well kissing seems to be a way to relax but lines might start to blur between fake and reality. Both might want the reality but they have a few crossed wires to sort out. Good job nosey siblings are always there to help.

That dog sure knows how to create an embarrassing situation for Laura. OMG I was dying when she got on the floor. That’s a sure way to confirm a relationship – you will have to read it to see what I mean. Its not long before the fake reality becomes the real thing and once it does its like they have four months to catch up on. Seriously this guy is packing some heat and stamina. Who could resist? But his head seems to be running away from him and get well ahead of Laura’s. You can totally see why she would react the way she did. Two people so suited for each other but they have to remember there is a third in the mix.

Chloe was a cutie and I loved her text chats with Laura. Loved all the text archive chats really as it gave a different feel to certain parts. Love how the epilogue of this one links up with Libby’s. Those girls are going to have a surprise for each other the next morning. Also nicely linking in Brendan’s feisty sister Diana with the next hockey hunk who will grace our lives. These boys sure know how to heat up the ice. Another great read but I’d expect nothing less.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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