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Book Review: ‘Outside the Lines’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Outside the Lines (The Sons of Templar MC Book 2.5)

Published: 12th February 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

 

Synopsis:

My life’s not easy. I’ll tell you that now. It’s not neat. I don’t fit into society the way most people expect me to and I don’t color studiously between the lines, outside the lines is where I reside. The fringes of society is where I found my place, with the Sons of Templar MC. The life they lived gave me everything I wanted, and everything I needed. Most importantly, it gave me something I’d been lacking for over a decade—family. A place to belong.

Club girl—that was my title. There were other words for what I was, but I preferred the less derogatory version. Sure, I’d love to be an Old Lady. It’s the dream. But, as someone who escaped into fantasy worlds when life got too much, I knew the difference between dreams and reality. I had resigned myself to the fact, I’d always belong to the club. It didn’t mean I didn’t crave one man in particular to claim me. To put me on the back of his bike and ride off into the sunset with the man who’d captured my heart the first day I saw him—Hansen. The dream where he’d finally see me and make me his, existed strictly in Macy’s world of wonder. Until now. Until somehow my fantasy world and reality world collided and he looks at me in the way I’d dreamt of for a year.

Fairy tales usually had neat and happy endings once the hero and heroine got together. This wasn’t a fairy tale. Hansen wasn’t your traditional hero and I was the furthest you could get from a heroine. I feared my past might dictate my future. That my world outside the lines would go from messy to complete disaster.

 

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 200 pages. Sometimes it’s more fun to live just outside the lines. Something Macy has grown to do and Hansen is starting to embrace. From club girl to Old Lady, how will our girl Macy handle the change after the breath-taking kiss that started it all?

Macy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but she does bring a smile to those she meets. She found a family in the form of the club and felt like it sort of fitted what she needed. She doesn’t get treated any less by the men – well maybe one of them, Hammer – but seems to think this is the life that she is meant to live. She has a darker past that has put her on the path she finds herself on but she wouldn’t change it, especially as it led to Hansen. Now he might be the only guy from the club that she really wants but he seems to stay away, something she can never be too sure about. He likes to send mixed signals, more so when you see his face almost explode when one of the guys asks her to go some place private. It confuses her to no end, as she can never figure him out. It seems change is on the way though as he is about to make a stand. The morning after having fun with one of the brothers you would think she would be feeling satisfied. Not so much after Hansen startles her in the kitchen early the next morning and kisses the life out of her. Just when she thinks that this could mean something he turns and leaves. If that wasn’t confusing enough for the next week the guys at the club give her a wide berth. Thinking this could be their way of pushing her out she panics and can only think of one thing that links the timing – Hansen and his panty dropping kiss.

Hansen is a hard guy to get a feel of to begin with as he likes to keep his emotions close to his chest. You can see he is struggling with what he feels for Macy but doesn’t think to make a move. Then he has the nerve to be pissed off that his brothers get to have her and not him. It all changes after a kiss, one that he had been holding out on for a year. One taste and he knew that she was for him and that from that moment on no other would have her but him. He just forgets to mention this to her first, and then there is the trouble with the Cali Templars and Amy needing to be rescued. So it kind of puts their bubbling heat of passion on hold for the time being. Once they leave though Macy is the first thing on his mind. Once he realizes that this is the life she is happy with, being part of the Templars, he knows he needs to change her role within them. He can feel the tension rising and knows he needs to stake his claim before he loses out. The moment she gets caught up in a bar fight seems to be the best move to kick start him into action.

A hit to the head and Macy might think she is dreaming when she wakes in Hansen’s arms in his bed, with his naked chest and everything, yum all round. He may be asleep but she can’t miss this chance as she has been pining for him for a year. Asleep he may have been but the moment she moves across him and her lips are close his resolve doesn’t last. One kiss and that’s it, he makes it very clear from that moment on she is his and not just as a club girl but as his Old Lady. Something she has longed for but never thought she would become. She might have wanted it but the getting it is a bit harder. When they are in the bubble of passion at his or hers it’s great but her past keeps coming back to cause her trouble in her mind. The transition is hard but Hansen doesn’t see a problem with it. Her past is the past; he just looks for the future. Shame her past is a darker one that comes back to haunt her. Will her new family be there to help or cast her aside?

Jagger was cool and clearly cared for Macy, he knew that she deserved more than what she thought she was worth. Grim was a hardass but you would expect nothing less from the clubs President. Hammer was a bit of a dick but maybe there’s more to him than meets the eye. Arianne was a laugh and clearly in tune with Macy enough to know what she wants and how to help her through things. It was an interesting novella showing a different side to the biker romance. Nothing ever runs smoothly and there are always going to be troubles along the way with this pairing – or with any of the Templar guys that is as they really do love fiercely when they claim you as their own – but sometimes to go outside the lines is more fun.

5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Haunted: A Romantic Suspense’ by Kiara Delaney

Title: Haunted: A Romantic Suspense

Published: 30th December 2015

Author: Kiara Delaney

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kiara.Delaney.romance

Twitter: @crave_kiara

 

Synopsis:

When Devon Bradford entered Nina Petrov’s life, she was broken and alone. He did everything in his power to tear down her defenses, refusing to let her push him away. In the end, it just wasn’t enough. Nina had backed him into a corner, and he ended up doing the very thing he promised Nina he would never do- leave her, just as all the other men had done to her before. By the time Nina’s secrets had finally come to light, Devon had already vanished- she left him with no other choice. In the end, she was forced to make the decision between letting the memory of him consume her, or vanquishing him from her mind forever.

Devon had abandoned Nina in her darkest hour, in what seemed like a lifetime ago. It had shredded her heart, and left her questioning her sanity. The day he’d left her, she’d buried a part of herself, but the memories of him continued to haunt her, leaving her feeling unsure about everything she thought she once knew.

It has been eighteen months since Devon Bradford disappeared from Nina’s life, but she’s worked hard to dispel the demons that once plagued her. One day at a time, she becomes one step closer to leaving her past behind and moving forward. That is, until one fateful day, Devon is hurled back into Nina’s life, and her reality will be forever changed.

As Nina finds herself chained once more to the ghosts of her past, she realizes Devon holds the key to her future. Can Nina really trust Devon this time, or will he leave her to pick up the shattered pieces of her life once more?

Find out in the shocking conclusion of The Shattered Pieces Series!

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a blue cover. Love the design of it too! Well she’s done it again, makes you think the story is going one way then completely flips it on its head. Queen of WTF moments indeed, even if you think you know something might be coming you will be surprised when it does.

So Devon is back, or is he? Is Nina dreaming or living, you can never be completely sure. Which is great as it helps draw you into the story more and hold you on tender hooks until the end. You should read Ghostwriter first though to give you a little clue into Nina’s state of mind and what she has been through before this point.

So it’s been eighteen months since Nina’s last mental break and she is now in the last stages of her treatment at Hope, Heart and Home Rehabilitation before being released back into the real world. Her doctors – Dr. Simmons and Dr. Andrews – have been relocated so her remaining care will be in hands of someone new. Not good for someone with abandonment issues and more of a shock when she meets her new doctor, one very hot looking Dr. Perkins. The shock comes due to fact he just so happens to look an awful lot like her Devon. But is this Devon from her past, made up in her mind or maybe a bit of both? Either way things are going to get interesting with the lighting bolt spark that hits both of them when they lock eyes for the first time. The fact she runs out of the room as fast as she can does throw a spanner in the works to begin with and confuses him to no end.

Dr. Devon Perkins has been transferred to work at Hope, Heart and Home Rehabilitation and feels like he has been thrown in the deep end a little. After a disaster of a first meeting with his first patient, his next not turning up and then being thrown in to do group at the last minute he doesn’t think the day could get harder. He can’t seem to get his mind off his first patient Nina though and knows he needs to see her again, maybe not just on a medical level. There is something about her that draws him in. Good job then that she happens to be the first person to come into group. Not so good that she soon passes out after facing him again. The need to protect her is strong and he is going to do whatever it takes to help her. Namely by being called back into work after she has a fit and says she will only calm down if he comes. He’s there to protect her from the start but she can’t trust that he always will be. It’s her weakness. Push before they leave so you can say ‘I told you so’ when they finally do after saying they wouldn’t. This does seem to connect them a little but her fits/panic attacks are something she deals with a lot. They may have started a connection but the moment the good doctor tells her his actual name things get a bit tense. She thinks it’s a trick or just cruel that he would say his name is Devon but he really hasn’t read her file that thoroughly so doesn’t know everything. Even when he does though it’s still just the tip of the iceberg with what’s going on inside her head.

Chemistry and passion galore no matter what Devon is in her mind and the pull towards each other is always going to be there no matter where they are. He knows the trouble he could get in with being involved with a patient but he can’t seem to deny her anything. All he wants is trust from her but that might be something she can’t really give. You know their romance is going to have bumps along the way. The fault of these lying in both their hands, not just his as she’d like to believe. Can he get past her barriers to what he wants and needs? She has become his addiction, one he doesn’t want to give up. Let’s see if he can keep her or if she will run.

Loved her friend Terrance, a right laugh who seemed to be someone who really clicked with her, making her laugh just when she needed it. Dr. Malway though was a douche that needed to stay out of their business.

Mental illness is hidden from most so this is a good way to talk about a subject that affects more people than you would think. What’s up and what’s down, well with this book it sure flips things on its head so just hold on for a hot, fun filled, eye opening ride. A dream, in a dream, in a dream. Or is 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: ‘Dauntless’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Dauntless (The Sons of Templar MC Book 5)

Published: 24th October 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

 

Synopsis:

This isn’t a fairy tale. I’ll save you the trouble by telling you that now.

This is the tale of a girl who spent her life bouncing around foster homes, who had her innocence stolen in the darkness before she knew it was something that could be lost. Her demons followed her everywhere, after that night. They chased her to the medical school she dropped out of, to the strip club she sold herself in, and finally caught her in a river of sin where they tried to drown her.

My name is Bex and this is my story.

I’m paddling, barely keeping my head above water. And even though I’m submerged, I’ll never be clean. The layer of dirt that has clung to me since birth is a tattoo I’ll wear for life.
He can’t see it, though.
Even when I’m torn and tattered, and left in pieces, he wades into the filth to try to put those pieces back together.
He doesn’t seem to understand there’s nothing left to repair. To love. Just sullied fragments of a damned soul.
He’s willing to damn himself in order to exact revenge on those who sent me to the pit.
Problem is, my name is at the top of that list, since I not only damned my own soul, but his too.

*Contains dark subject matter and potential triggers
**Can be read as a standalone

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one word title. How far down the rabbit hole do you have to fall before you can’t get back out? Bex is about to test that out and it’s going to be a gut-wrenching thing to go through so hold on for a different kind of fairytale. It might say standalone but to get the feel for all the characters mentioned you should really start from the beginning. Plus it’s a great series so why not.

So with Beyond the Horizon we know what Bex has been through and that she was taken but this time we get to see everything from inside her head. Pain has followed her from a child when her innocence was stolen from her. Through the darker side of life that’s been thrown at her you can see how easily she fell down the path she was on. With the death of Lily’s mum, the only mum she’s every really known too, its like the final trigger. It all starts with a pill, something to numb the pain so she can breathe. When that stopped working she went for something stronger. A slippery slop she starts on, one that takes her further into the darkness. It’s like because she thinks she’s damaged anyway she should just follow on down. Even to the point of only dating men that are bad for her, case in point her ex Dylan, and only work for scum like Carlos. This is why she tries to stay away from Lucky. She sees a happy go lucky guy who doesn’t need to be pulled into her world of darkness but she only sees what he shows the world. Not the real Lucky – Gabriel to exact – that has his own darkness, one that would consume him too if he lets it.

We get a recap from Bex’s POV showing her side and what happens when Lucky takes her away for a couple weeks after Asher and Lily’s wedding. She’s trying to cope with withdrawals on her own (well Lily and Rosie know but she still tries it alone) but the minute Lucky knows he takes her away to his cabin. Space to just be and regroup. Also just happens to be a place where she is kept in close confinements with a sexy brooding alpha male. One who likes to surf so walks around with water dripping off him. Seriously she only has so much strength to hold out. Creating a bubble around them with the time to escape and voice the demons that they both have held from others. The start of something perhaps, and holy hell is it hot, with him giving her what she needs but everything goes to hell when she is taken.

Three weeks in hell for everyone involved but most for Bex. Just clean it didn’t take long for them to drag her back to using. It was the only way she could escape what they were doing to her, to go into a bubble of a drug haze. Now free the need to be clean after everything that happened to her is the only thing she can think of. Clean in terms of drugs and clean in terms of washing. She doesn’t want anyone touching her, as it’s a way to stop remembering what she went through. If someone, anyone, touches her she feels dirty and gets pulled back to the room she wants to forget. She needs to take things slow and its like she can’t believe Lucky would be patient enough to wait until she was ready for more. Wrong, that man would wait till the end of time for his women, something she is starting to figure out. She wants to forget the darkness and Lucky wants revenge. He is itching for blood and him and the Sons won’t stop until they get it. Seems her being taken wasn’t random at all. Links back to old troubles they had to deal with. Lose ends need tidying up and they are all up for doing that. Dylan, Carlos and friends need to watch out as hell’s coming their way and the Son’s will be smiling when it does.

Have loved Rosie throughout the series so far and now her friendship with Bex. She is a bit wild and crazy but in a great way and I can’t wait to check out her story with Luke. Now that’s going to be interesting read and thank god it’s out soon! Gage is another alpha we need to see more of. His connection with Bex shows a bit more about his past but I need more. Who is going to be the one he wants to claim?

Word of warning boys, DO NOT use the word ‘lockdown’ with this woman, especially with what she has been through. Bex sure gives the guys a mouthful and you are just wishing you could see all their faces at once because it is a moment all the women in their lives have been waiting for. Heads up guys these women don’t always need to be saved because they’re pretty amazing at freeing and surviving themselves, so watch out you have been warned.

So with our alpha Lucky it seems calling ‘dibs’ worked. She was always going to be his and no matter the darkness that has held both back they can save each other at the same time of saving themselves. Another great read that takes you on an emotional journey not hiding away from difficult subject matters so why not check it out.

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: ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by Rebecca Norinne

Title: Ashes to Ashes

Published: 13th December 2017

Author: Rebecca Norinne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebeccaNorinne

Twitter: @rebecca_norinne

 

Synopsis:

I had it all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night, a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the country music charts.

But then the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down who I never forgot. The one who played my body like a finely tuned instrument.

Now we’re on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him.

So I let him take control.

I tried telling myself it was only sex, but I’ve done the unthinkable: I’ve fallen in love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his own—ones he never talks about and never will. I know I should walk away before it’s too late.

But I’m an addict, and I need him.

How do you give up the best thing you think you’

 

Review:

Line a liked: ‘Two broken pieces that when pushed together formed a mended whole’

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about music or musicians. Loved every second of it so well worth checking out. Seems when you hit rock bottom you can only look up back towards the light if you really want to make a change. If things try to bring you back down you need to fight for what makes you happy and keeps you alive.

So Rae, a musician sweetheart, hit rock bottom when her ex Ford did a bit of a number on her. Seems his version of their marriage are all that anyone cares about and with a non-disclosure agreement in place she can only keep silent. Seems the things he accused her of doing and being are more to do with him but as no one would believe her she decides to become what they think. A new man in a new city, drinking the night away seems like a plan for a while but there is only so far down a black hole you can go before you need to start back towards the light. Seems one of these nights brought Ash to her bed and it seems he might be the one to start her to rethink the road she is on. Not right away but he is the only one who stays in her memories, always asking ‘what if?’ The road to recovery is a hard one but she is making it through the other side. Seems the demons from her past won’t let them stay there though when death threats start to roll in from her ex’s fans. She’s in need of a bodyguard and when she finds out who that is she’s going to get a bit of a shock.

Ash usually gets the trickier cases with the company but with him being the only person who has any music experience he has been pulled in to look after a singer. His plan is to take her to his place out in the sticks, help her with her album and keep her safe. Just a job like any other, except that changes the moment he walks into the meeting room and sees Ash, a woman he has never been able to get out of his head. He knew back when they met that she was hurting and looking for something and always hated himself for not finding out more. Seems he’s got his wish and she’s the singer he has to help. It’s not going to be just another job with this one as the moment they are in the room together you can feel the sexual tension coming off them. They try to say it won’t be a problem but seriously who are they kidding.

Frustration from both sides anytime they are together before setting off to the safe house. Seems they need to clear the air but that just makes things murky again as its not long before he can’t keep his hands off her – not that she minds. It’s a risky place for Rae to be in though as she doesn’t want to revert back to old ways. Sex and drinking were her coping mechanisms so she knows she needs to be careful but the moment it’s just them in his home things start to change.

The album she is doing is a way to get her side of things out to the public eye. Sing about all the ways her marriage made her feel, how her ex was the one who had the troubles not her – well not at first and not as bad. The thing with begin with Ash again is that she can get a sense that he wants to heal her and in a way he does. Almost like he gets drawn to the broken ones. Something we learn about his hidden past. Its not long before the tension between them gets too much, well truth be told it kind of happens on the way to the safe house as well. Seems she can’t remember much about what their first night was like and is concerned when Ash explains. Seems at the time she wanted him to take control and make her feel something. Ash has no qualms about re-educating her on what he knows she really wants and when he starts down that path she just loses herself into him.

They can’t forget the reason for being hidden away though as danger is only a hairsbreadth away. It’s not just from outside either as they could end up bringing each other down by not being completely open about who they are and what they have done.

Would have loved to find out what Rae’s best friend/PA Charlotte got up to with her own bodyguard Gage, who just so happens to be Ash’s cousin. A few phone conversations between the men showed there was tension but a wanted to see it she could make him crack. My bets on yes from the way they look at each other.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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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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