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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: ‘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: ‘Strays’ by Emma Kendrick

Title: Strays (Red Kings MC Book 1)

Published: 4th May 2016

Author: Emma Kendrick

Twitter: @theemmakendrick

 

Synopsis:

Best friends Jackie and Tyler set out on an adventure to find somewhere to call home, hoping to escape the violent city life and settle down in a quiet place where they can make something of themselves. What they find instead is the notorious Red Kings Motorcycle Club, outlaw bikers that rule the city’s criminal underground.

Only able to avoid them for so long, the unsuspecting pair get thrown into turf wars and drug trafficking before they can even figure out what’s happened. And as Tyler is dragged deeper into the club’s illegal activity, Jackie remains stuck in limbo as she tries to resist the pull of one Dean Rockwell, the MC’s most dangerous member.

Torn between the tight-knit family of bikers and the safety of a normal life, can Jackie navigate the treacherous new waters without losing herself and her best friend? Or will a series of unfortunate events lead her down a path that she can’t come back from?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a car chase in it. Slow build action packed start to a series that has plenty to expand with.

Jackie and her best friend Tyler have been friends for years but act more like siblings. Wherever he goes she will surely follow. They seem happy enough in Macon but lack of other friends and a good job are taking their toll on Tyler. This all changes after a loud conversation between them is overheard by the local MCs. Seems Tyler has some skills they could use and as he already has the bike its not long before he finds what he’s been looking for. He might be happy with the change that’s coming but Jackie is taking it a bit harder. Her first introduction to the MCs, specifically Dean, wasn’t the best. Fear is forefront on her mind and it seems he has no intention of changing how she sees him. He’s the member others fear, the one that gets things done without much of a conscious. Doing whatever it takes to protect the club and its family, even if that means to kill.

Jackie only saw him threaten someone but never knew exactly what he did for the club. On some level turning a blind eye while trying to become something close to friends. They start to get closer after he sees her drawings and asks her to do something for his bike, its personal and he’s the only one she does it for. She seems to have caught his eye but it’s not till hard liquor is involved that things spark to life. Jackie needs a distraction while Tyler is off on his first run and with Dean being the only one there you know how it will go. There has been chemistry bubbling below the surface for a while and now it’s coming to the surface for a one-time thing. Seems once isn’t enough and before long they can’t get enough of each other. But with getting closer the clubs President starts to worry Dean will lose focus on what he does for them. Can’t very well have his killer going soft so you know something will come along to shift the dynamics of everyone. Twist comes along with the shift and soon its Jackie keeping secrets from those around her. Won’t be long before everything comes out but with Dean showing his true colours you’re not sure how things will turn out. Secrets will cause problems but its dangers from others that put people – especially Jackie – in harms way. Can these bikers keep those they care for safe or will they cause more problems?

Found the scene with Dean on the phone to his mum while doing something with Murphy amusing. Nice calm conversation while they are digging a hole. Can you guess what might go in there? A lot of characters were introduced within this one, from those in Macon and then another charter in Lakeside. Paving the way for the rest of the series but with names flying around you may get lost. A few key ones that stood out for me were Nash, TJ, Murphy, Jagger and Bianca the Queen of Lakesides MC President who takes no shit from anyone.

Comical at times, danger at others, an interesting friendship with Jackie and Tyler and then the hot and heavy then cold chemistry thing that’s going on with Jackie and Dean. Seriously at times he can be a dick so lets hope he can counter it with being something more for Jackie.  Series has lots of potential for where it could go next, whether to focus on the MCs of Macon or Lakeside. Either way will be a fun ride with these badass bikers.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Once Upon a Tablecloth’ by Leslie Hachtel

Title: Once Upon a Tablecloth

Published: 15th January 2017

Author: Leslie Hachtel

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lesliehachtelwriter

Twitter: @LeslieHachtel

 

Synopsis:

Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn’t count on falling in love. Or that someone wants to kill her. And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love?

 

Review:

Lily’s restaurant Daisy’s is failing and she needs help before it goes under. If the dismal excuse for edible food and failing sales weren’t bad enough the dead guy on the doorstep would be sure to put people off. Step in Nick the knight to save the day. Well he may not be a knight at the start with his tactics (hello 51% share!) but he does get there in the end. She inherited the restaurant after her brother Dennis and father died in a car accident. It was meant to be an accident but murder it seems was the real cause. Seems someone is out to get Lily’s family and Daisy’s is a target too. Through it all you have a great close nit family atmosphere with her staff and friends at the restaurant. Her best friend Cece was a great sounding board for Lily and clearly knows what’s best. Right from the start you can see there is great chemistry between Lily and Nick, even if at the start she doesn’t want to like him. It might be the start of something great but they need to watch their backs as danger is just around the corner.

Nick seems to think at the start that if he just has a taste of Lily it will get her out of his system. With everything that happened in his childhood he shut down emotionally. It means he doesn’t really know how to handle them now they have come alive after meeting her. Its like she is bringing him back to life just like he is helping bring Daisy’s back to life. With his emotions coming back he realizes that he doesn’t really like being rejected. When it’s by Lily he can’t help himself from coming back for more to get her to see him in a different light. She makes him see a future when he thought he had none to share. She wants something stable not a one, or two, nightstand. I think when she shows him what he can’t have it just makes him realize how much he wants it. Love is definitely on the cards, or should that be the menu, but with danger and sabotage at every turn will they get a HEA or will it all go up in flames.

With Nick not having a good life growing up and only getting a break into the food business because of Rex he feels like he owes him. Seems the prodigy has overcome the master and he’s not happy about it. Never liked Rex or his vial spoiled brat of a daughter Pamela. Right from the start something was off about them. They are clearly people who are used to getting their own way and not ones to be rejected. I’d say a bit delusional as well in regards to Pamela. A monster of her father’s creation, one he makes no apology for.

First book I’ve read by this author and I would definitely check out others. Good story telling with the romance and intrigue with trying to connect all the dots. This old boyfriend of Pamela’s keeps getting mentioned and it’s clear it’s the key to everything. When it falls into place you are like ‘oh god yeah, now I see it’. A recommended read that has it all – mystery, suspense and a good romantic romance vibe throughout.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Penny Sansevieri Marketing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Firestorm’ by Anne Malcom

Published: 19th October 2015
Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

Synopsis:

Amy Abrams doesn’t do love. Nor does she do emotional attachments; unless you count the connection she has with designer handbags. She grew up in an Upper East Side penthouse, which had about as much affection within its tastefully decorated walls as Castle Dracula. Her family is the precise reason why she points her red-soled heels firmly in the opposite direction of that dreaded four-letter word.

Then it happens. Love. It comes right out of the blue and knocks her off her six-inch heels. She learns that love comes with pesky side effects such as heartbreak, which seriously messes with the complexion. Amy promises herself that she’ll never open herself to that horrible feeling again. She doesn’t count on an infuriating, albeit drool-worthy biker to roar into her life and ruin the plans she had of locking up her heart. She keeps her distance, wary of the sinfully sexy biker whose tattoos should read Warning – dangerous alpha male, will screw up your life.

Amy may be an Upper East Side princess but she wasn’t looking for Prince Charming. She wouldn’t mind the name of his hair stylist, though. Brock certainly isn’t a knight in shining armor, but he consumes her, body and soul. Drama pulls them apart; danger will bring them back together. When Amy is threatened Brock is there ready to save her life. Her heart is another story.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with weather in the title. Had to double-check it but there is a weather system called a firestorm. Name is quite apt with the intensity of emotions, chemistry and passion that explode whenever Amy and Brock are within a few feet of each other.

So we start with Amy drowning her sorrows in Mexico because she just can’t deal with pretending anymore. Alone with her thoughts she goes back to how she first met Ian and how everything started. She could be seen as hitting bottom with not being able to handle everything around her. Guilt and heartbreak running through her mind with who she had chosen. That changes shortly after when she abruptly gets kidnapped. Seems being kidnapped is not going to change how she acts for anyone. She just says whatever she is thinking and doesn’t quite let herself really see the danger she is in. Even after being presented to the man in charge Clark Devon and having to deal with the psycho that is Rafe. How he made the whole kidnapping seem like an unfortunate event in regards to a business deal is beyond me. She doesn’t think she will have anyone to come and save her, not a certain someone from Amber who she fears now hates her, so she will have to save herself. Really girl you thought your man wasn’t coming to get you the moment he knew you were taken. Do you know nothing about these bikers? While in her gilded cage even with trying to think of an escape she has time to think and it gives us a glimpse back at how everything started with not only Ian before she moved to Amber but also how intense everything was with Brock. With Ian it was like closure, a goodbye so she could be with the man she was always meant to be with. It does overlap some of what happened in Making the Cut but in a good way as it was like filling in the blanks.

When you get to the flash backs and then present day firestorm is right when Amy and Brock get together. Its like they ignite each other and just burn. Fight like cat and dog but boy do they know how to make up. She knows what buttons to push with him and he takes none of her shit. He doesn’t treat her like she’s perfect up on a pedestal. Its raw and real and once he decides enough is enough with her pushing him away he goes all in with getting her to be his and only his with nothing (no ghosts) hanging over them. He saw straight through all her bullshit to what she was really afraid of. Keep breaking those walls down Brock you’ve almost got to her core where you’ll find it’s always been you from the moment you met. She was his firestorm and one look made her his forever. Just took her a little longer to accept it was real. He was just as much hers from that first meeting.

Love Amy’s Uncle Garrett and that he was the one that stepped up to get the help she needed from her Amber family. Her parents are just cold fish that need to stay out of her life for good. Love that her friend Ry gets a cameo again if just from a phone call. He seriously doesn’t like all the danger his girls have been in since moving. Well at least she called him the second time. Seems Gwen and Amy can start a kidnapping awareness group with both being members of that club a couple times over. Here’s hoping they won’t have to deal with it again. But even if they, or any other of the clubs women, do get kidnapped they know their men will be there to save the day and eliminate the threat from happening again.

All our favourite brooding bikers are back. Lucky is still Lucky, great to break any and all tension. Bull is slowly starting to show a few emotions, getting there but not quite healed yet (can’t wait for his book!). Cade and Gwen are as hot and heavy and loved up as ever. He may be a doting husband and father but put a member of his family in danger and you get a scary motherfucker on your tail.

5 out of 5 stars

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

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