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Book Review: ‘Minding Amy’ by Saskia Walker

Title: Mindy Amy

Published: 10th May 2011

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

Amy Norton is on a mission to prove herself as an Investigative Journalist, but her over-protective father hires a bodyguard to accompany her during her investigative work, and she’s furious. Things only get worse when she realizes the bodyguard is the guy she mistakenly approached on a blind date the night before. She was all over the man and embarrassed herself, big time. The last thing she wants is to have him obstructing her investigation, gorgeous though he is.Undercover Investigator, Sebastian Armitage, is amused and fascinated by the situation and sets out to charm the pants off the hot-headed Ms Norton. She is one sexy lady, and he wants her. Before long they embark on a red-hot affair, but how is Sebastian going to point out that she’s going about investigative work the wrong way, while keeping her sweet?

 

Review:

Seems Amy is the master at finding herself in funny and embarrassing situations. The first one being after she agrees to go on a blind date with a contact of hers, Roger. Seems fate had other plans and most definitely wanted her to be put into the path of Sebastian instead. Not that he minded one bit.

It all starts with Amy wanting to do an investigation piece – a way to prove herself as a real journalist – on a missing Ghost Hunter show presenter. Gossip puts possible occult reasons at play but Amy wants to find the truth for a scoop of her own. Working at her fathers company has its drawbacks as she feels she has to work twice as hard to be seen as competent. She doesn’t want any favoritism, just wants to prove herself a good journalist. Hopefully this big break will give her that, well if she cracks it that is. Seems her father has a few stipulations for her though. The first one being whom she has to answer to she can deal with but the second one not so much. Seems he thinks she needs a minder/bodyguard on this case. She doesn’t want a minder or to be slowed down because of one but reluctantly agrees figuring it can’ be too bad. Well that’s what she was thinking until he walked through the door and she realized she’d meet him the night before in a bit of an embarrassing way. Seems she was getting flirty with a contact of hers over the phone and when he asked to meet her for some no-strings fun she (along with her boss giving big thumbs up) agrees to go along for her first blind date. I think you can imagine what might happen next. Starts with a comical fall into a lap, goes straight into the whole banter as if she’s known him a while and finishes off by saying she can’t wait for some no strings fun. When realizes she’s with the wrong guy though, mainly because she spots the correct one further down the bar, she just makes a run for it. New shoes got her into trouble and she’s hoping they won’t stop her escape. Seems Sebastian isn’t so keen to let her disappear without a trace though and goes up to the guy in question to subtly ask about whom he’s waiting for. Gets a pleasant surprise the next day when he finds out she’s the daughter of the guy who hired his firm for a bodyguard duty. Not something he usually does anymore as he tends to stick to the investigation side of his firm but fate again seems to have put them in each other’s paths so he’s not going to knock it.

Embarrassment aside its soon a fun road trip ahead with possible ghostly tales along the way. Seems Amy is a bit of a scaredy-cat and drama queen rolled into one. When she feels betrayed she just goes full speed ahead into attack mode but soon starts to realize that’s not the best way to act. The mystery of Quentin takes more of a back seat throughout as the story revolves more on the connection slowly building between Amy and Sebastian and the situations they find themselves in. The sexual tension is seen a mile off and its not long before the no strings deal is back on the table. Fan me down how hot were they together! More of a steamy romance read than mystery solving. Even though that’s still in play its really just a means to an end to get the pair of them somewhere alone together. Comical and spicy read throughout so all good fun though. One thing you learn straight off is that she doesn’t like being lied to or feeling like she’s been played. Something Sebastian should really take note of since he hides the fact he’s not really just a bodyguard. Can their ‘no strings fun’ turn into something more? Only time will tell but its looking good for now.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Release Blitz and Book Review: ‘Delude’ by Jacob Chance

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DELUDE

By Jacob Chance

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Synopsis:

 

She wasn’t part of my original plan for revenge, but one glance at her and I was entranced. I followed her for weeks, observing her habits. I’ve been in her apartment numerous times, learning anything and everything I can about her. She’s become an obsession and I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.

It’s only a matter of time before I have her where I want her…

on her knees and at my mercy.

Soon, there will be no secrets between us.

 

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Review

Well this starts out as a misguided plan of revenge for pain and anger that Zack just couldn’t deal with. It’s revenge he seeks against Kyle for taking away his chance to deal with his father. His parents were in an abusive relationship that soon spilled over to him at a young age. He had a lot of twisted anger built up inside, anger that needed to find a different release before it took him down too far to come back. His need for revenge stops the moment he sees Lana though. One look and he was a goner. She soon becomes a new type of obsession. One he longs to keep for years to come. Soon they will no longer have any secrets but for now the only way to get close to her is to use a few small ones. He can tell she’s been hurt, broken even, but he wants to put her back together again. She in turn is making him into a better man. The one he was meant to be, but the longer he holds off from telling her everything the harder the fall will be when everything comes crushing down.

Lana had been through a lot with her past boyfriend. He was her first everything so will always hold a part of her. You are just trying to figure out what happen to make them break up. You might have lots of theories but the answer is much sadder. With being a bit of a computer geek she progressed in school and college quickly. It means that she’s not so great in social environments due to experiencing them at such a young age. College at 15 isn’t really good for meeting people. She comes across as still a bit insecure with how she reacts when Zack gives her a compliment. Its like she can’t see herself like he can but he’s more than willing to keep repeating himself when it comes to her. Funny how she longs for a dominating man to protect her at the beginning when looking at her bosses relationships with how they act. Little did she know at the time that she did have her alpha male, he was just in the background waiting for his moment to come and claim her. He may be a little bit of a stalker but he doesn’t want to hurt her. Only get closer because he sees her as his. From the moment they kiss it pretty much seals the deal for both of them. They are linked from then on, going down a road unsure of how it will end. You are just keeping your fingers crossed it won’t end.

Hot spicy chemistry between them that grows slowly. Zack knows he needs to take his time so he won’t scare her off but some things are just far too tempting. All I’ll say is ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?’ Lets see if it can be brought home because when he starts to show his kinkier side that’s when the fun really starts. Oh my! Lets just say when he gets her on a swing he makes it very clear whom she (specifically what body part) belongs to. Hold onto your hats because its about to get kinky in the best way.

They are perfect for each other as they are bringing out the best in each other and mending what’s been broken. How far will they get in their relationship though before the bubble bursts? Everything he’s ever done led him to her so he wouldn’t change it. You know he needs forgiveness for his sins and I have to say he does get it with what he does at the end. Keeps you hooked right from the start with how it will all play out. Great read and style of writing from start to finish.

5 out of 5 stars

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

 

 

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Who is she? My eyes narrow as I take in the red haired nymph on the dance floor. Studying her movements, I notice she’s graceful and fluid, yet sexy at the same time. Watching her hips sensually sway to the slower tempo and grind to the thumping bass has my teeth clenching and my heart pounding wildly in my chest. I fight an instinctive urge to rush over, take her in my arms and never let her go.

What the hell is wrong with me? I’ve never had this reaction to a woman before. Usually they’re just a means to get off – a nameless, faceless hole to fuck. I use them hard and fast, bringing them extreme pleasure and pain because one isn’t as good without the other.

I’m tempted to slide behind her and let my hands roam over the gentle curves of her hips then slip around her waist to pull her flush against the front of me. There’d be no mistaking the effect her body has on me. She’d wiggle her ass against my cock, teasing me, then flick her eyes over her shoulder with a small playful smile on her shiny red lips. My fingers would slide down the soft material of her dress to skim along the bottom edge, trailing over her silky thighs. She’d tremble from my touch, proof she wants me too.

Merely thinking about it has me fighting the overwhelming urge to carry her off and have my wicked way with her. I want to see her cuffed to my bed, whimpering and begging for my tongue or hard cock.

She returns to the table in the back corner of Quake, a popular club in Boston, with her friends. Her cheeks are flushed pink from dancing and her hair falls around her shoulders in a sexy disarray of waves.

My eyes scan the faces of the people she’s with. I know the names and have background information on them all. I’m well acquainted with some, more than others. I grimace as my hand rubs over my stomach. It was only weeks ago that I had a knife buried to the hilt in my gut and I was at death’s doorstep. Seeing the person responsible causes anger to burn through my veins.

Taking a deep breath I flick my gaze back to the living red haired angel. Immediately, I feel a sense of calm wash over me. She’s the only new face amongst them and now that I’ve seen her – no other matters. I have to find out who she is. I need to learn all I can about her.

Her eyes scan the room as if she can sense the heat of my stare. I smirk knowing she feels it too. This pulsing attraction between us is powerful and it needs to be explored. It will be explored. When I set my mind to something, nothing stands in my way.

Her hands smooth down the material on the back of her dress before she sits. She awkwardly tugs down the bottom to provide as much modesty as possible, but the short length leaves a good portion of her long sleek legs exposed. I can tell she’s uncomfortable and I smile at her modesty. There’s a sense of innocence about her I find extremely attractive.

Round after round of drinks are ordered by her friends as I stand here, studying her every move, slowly sipping a beer. Watching her tongue make a slow trek around the rim of her margarita glass, licking up all traces of salt has me mesmerized.

She throws her head back laughing and her long red hair tumbles past her shoulders.

What would her hair feel like trailing over my bare chest if she bent down to kiss me while riding my cock?

I need to know who this precious angel is. Seeing her tonight isn’t a coincidence. Fate placed her in my path for a reason.

Standing to the side of the bar, my shoulder braced against a white stucco pillar, my casual body language conceals the hurricane of emotions she’s stirring up in me. She’s an unexpected twist in my well thought out plan. I can’t wait to get to know her.

Let the games begin…

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Book Review: ‘Cascade’ by Peter Harper

Title: Cascade

Published: 28th November 2016

Author: Peter Harper

 

Synopsis:

On hearing the news her adopted father has suffered a second heart attack, Shani Balcescu dashes from St Aquinas College in Oxford to be at his bedside in Prague. Her father asks her forgiveness, but Shani takes his words to be little more than the ramblings of a dying man. Until the following day, when she discovers the name Tuma Dangbo, a former Séroulése president gunned down in a devastating coup in the West African state thirty-six years ago. French journalist, Nicolas Dubois, helps Shani make sense of her ancestry, before introducing her to the leader of the rebels at a safe house in London. Just as Shani starts to trust and have feelings for the journalist, he sends her a bizarre text and breaks contact. Nicolas’s disappearance threatens to derail her already fragile state of mind, and with an attempted coup in Séroulé virtually underway, ‘friend or foe’ takes on a new meaning for Shani as she questions whether she is being manipulated by the rebels, and that the present despotic regime is about to be replaced by another, only with much greater and far-reaching repercussions. 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by a male author. Action, suspense and political drama all rolled into one well written riveting read.Séroulé, West Africa is where we start our journey to the past to help figure out the present and the family Shani never knew she belonged to. It seems that thirty-six years ago a military/political coup occurred to get rid of Tuma Dangbo, the President of Séroulé, and his family. Against all odds his youngest daughter Zinsa managed to evade capture and escape. Something that Kuetey, the man who orchestrated the coup so he could take over as the new President, can’t seem to let go.

This is where we come to present day to Shani Balcescu. She has just started a fellowship at St Thomas Aquinas and even though is scared knows she needs to move on to grow. She has suffered from insecurities and anxiety for a while now and after her current break up ended badly, when you find out you may want to punch him, is starting to panic a bit by being alone in a new place. After only being there for a day or so though she gets a call that changes everything. Her adopted father/grandfather Andrei has suffered from another heart attack and she is needed at his side back in Prague ASAP. Dusasna, a close family friend, keeps saying that he was asking for forgiveness from her and mentioning the name Zinsa. This means nothing to Shani and even after she gets there he keeps mentioning it. Something about a small girl and the name Zinsa. She doesn’t know at the time what it means or why he would be asking for forgiveness. It’s not until later while taking a look at his safe after a vivid dream that things start to come to the surface. It brings more questions than answers though about who her family really was, how she’s related to Zinsa and what happened to her to loose her foot. What she finds first leads her to Romania and then Paris. A reporter in Paris, Nicolas Dubois, has some information for her she might find useful. She found an article written by him about her grandfather dismissing the corruption claims. He has insight on what happened with the coup and how Zinsa got away. He also knows of a freedom fighter movement where plans are in place for another coup to get rid of Kuetey and his evil corruption. Khamadi Soglo is the man in charge and Nicolas knows how much he would want Shani to be apart of their movement. Cloak and dagger meetings are one thing but they tend to lead to danger the more you get involved.

President Kuetey is very much a twisted man with far to much power. You are longing for his downfall and just trying to figure out how and when it might happen. He’s obsessed with the blood of Tuma still being out there so as long as he’s around Shani will always be in danger. Well her and anyone she is close to, Nicolas soon gets put in the thick of it. From the moment Shani started on this mission to figure out the past, it’s the same past that’s been on its way to get her. Its lucky when Osakwe comes along in a time of need, he certainly appears good at getting you out of tricky situations – though Shani has her moments too. The wheels are turning and there’s no turning back.

Gripping story that will have you second-guessing yourself about what people’s real motives are. Secrets throughout to keep the reader hooked trying to figure them out. Shani and Nicolas have chemistry and intrigue right from the start and are clearly like-minded people to blend together so quickly. Hold on to your hats people this is going to be a wild ride exploring the greed of powerful men.

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: ‘The Flame and The Arrow’ by Emigh Cannaday

Title: The Flame and The Arrow (The Annika Brisby Series Book 1)

Published: 11th November 2010

Publisher: Silver Poplar Press

Author: Emigh Cannaday

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Twitter: @EmighCannaday

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Synopsis:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a fae – filled realm of fairies, shapeshifter druids, psychic vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling with a telepathic elf for a lover quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

You’ll enjoy this edgy & dark blend of New Adult Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance if you’re a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward and Lynsay Sands.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book over 400 pages. Well this fantasy story has a bit of everything in it all rolled up in to a complex but interesting story. You have elves, fairies, vampires, druids, a unicorn and so much more all hidden through portals to another world. A world Annika is about to get a crash course in.

Oh my there are so many characters in this that at times it’s hard to keep up and remember who is who and how they are connected to each other. The key players help create such a dynamic group though that you just go with the flow. I did feel that the first part, even though good, did drag a little and then the battle at the end went all too fast. I guess it just helped build the tension with what was going to happen alongside the ever-present tension between Annika and Talvi – one very hot elf. A match made in heaven or hell, you can never be too sure with how they act around each other throughout. A prophecy seems to be the key to everything though and not just with them. One he has had time – 300 years to be exact – to think over and finally accept, Annika on the other hand not so much. There are quite a few sub stories running alongside this as well with Talvi’s sister Yuri and her love interest Konstantin, who happens to be a vampire. Also I can never really get a feel for Talvi’s older brother Finn. He’s meant to be such a gentlemen but for how long I wonder.

Annika is going through a bit of a disaster in the love life department. She had a guy, he even proposed, but she never really felt that she was meant to be with him. On some level I think she knew she was meant to be somewhere else with someone else. So when her Uncle Vince says she should come and stay with him while she thinks things through she jumps at the idea. Little did she know then that it would be the start of a whirlwind adventure that would take her to another dimension, Eritahti to be exact. While checking out the village near by a group of people catch her eye. Mainly from how they act but also how they are dressed, almost hippy forest like. I say she’s looking at the group as a whole but really it’s the guy that draws her in. So much that she follows them into a bookstore. Its here that things start to get a little strange with the girls as they all but pounce on her, start calling her Magda and keep trying to get her to lift her top up to look for a birthmark. Flustered she runs away but not before the guy chases her down to say he will find her again. Chemistry is seen right from the start with Annika and Talvi, no matter how much they both try and fight it. He caught her attention enough for her to follow him. Their first meeting you are asking yourself whether it was by chance or fate? It’s later when she’s trying to find herself and explore that she lands herself in trouble. Lost in the woods with a hurt ankle she spots the strange girl from the day before and all but begs for her help. The girl tells her she shouldn’t follow – as she may not get back – but Annika’s in so much pain I don’t think it really registers. When she goes through a waterfall and into a portal however she may want to change her mind, but by then it’s too late.

So now she’s stuck with Sariel, Runa and Hilda who happen to be wood nymphs. Something she’s not quite sure she believes could be real and it gets stranger when they keep telling her she must be related to them due to her birthmark. Seems this is the start of a crazy adventure, one at times she wishes she could escape. Thrown into a strange world with stranger creatures and no way home. The journey will have danger but also some fun along the way. Well if she gives in to Talvi’s suggestion that is. He is drawn to her but keeps holding back and returning to his wondering ways with how he acts around other women. You may want to slap him at times. Annika can never really get a feel on what he really thinks of her. The first time they kiss they both see visions of a future, not that he tells her his straightaway. Perhaps if he had then they wouldn’t have caused each other pain later on. Fate put her on this path and she must keep moving forward not back. Only then will she find her way home. Though she may start to question where home really is as its clear she is part of both worlds and they clearly want her in both.

The fae saying Talvi tells Annika about their love, even if she doesn’t fully understand it at the time, is really sweet. Talks of bumble bees crossing a meadow to get to each other’s flowers. I love that he references it at the end; it did make me laugh, and that it’s inscribed on something important. Their story it seems has only just begun.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Volume Four’ by Eme Strife

Title: Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Volume Four

Published: 21st December 2014

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

Synopsis:

Two very different people.
One scandalous proposition.
Endless possibilities…

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My eyes burn.

Really badly.

They’ve been burning since yesterday morning, ever since my eyes landed on what was inside that damn folder. And they continued to burn through today’s morning practice and all my classes.

And they’re still burning now, probably even more than they were before as I stomp through the main hallway of the surgical center.

“Excuse me, Miss, you can’t go through there,” I hear a female voice call after me, but I don’t stop.

“Miss, office hours are over. You cannot go in there!” she repeats.

Her words still don’t stop me. I can’t stop. Not when I’m cranky and pissed off and the very cause of my crankiness and anger is right here in this building. I hear her shuffle behind me, presumably to chase after me. But I still keep going.

I didn’t sleep last night. I couldn’t. At all. Not even for a little bit. And now my feet won’t stop moving. My fingers won’t stop twitching. And my fucking eyes won’t stop burning behind my glasses.

I ride up the elevator and bend into a familiar corridor, practically stomping the entire way there, and I push the door open without a second thought. My eyes immediately land on my target.

Dexter fucking Frost.

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This is the fourth book in this series.

Rated 18+
This series contains mature and adult content (nudity, graphic sex, and strong language). Because of its explicit nature, it is intended for mature audiences only. Reader discretion is advised.

Review:

Well we left off with Ramona in Doctor Frost’s arms after she stumbles into him. It’s at this point she pretty much has an out of body experience as she has no idea how to react with the situation she’s suddenly found herself in. He is clearly there as a guest and with one look at her outfit he knows exactly why she’s there. And putting it mildly, he’s not happy about it. I’m getting a bit of a jealously vibe coming off him from then on when other males are around or it may be a bit of a alpha male pissing contest as to who can claim her. With Doctor Frost definitely wanting to be that male. She likes his hand on her at one point and then wants it gone the next. The mix of emotions running through her mind is high enough without his condescending attitude that comes her way. He goes right for the kill with saying people wouldn’t want to find out about why she’s there. Its funny how he first says that her brother Danny wouldn’t like it. Its like he’s under the impression that they are close and he gets a bit confused when she pretty much laughs this off, definitely a story there. Well that’s before he mentions her grandmother. Its here we see her anger full force – hello slap! Hope it hurt his face as much as her hand. Doesn’t stop him from pursuing her and wanting to be her ticket home though. One she is favour of to escape the likes of creepy Mitch, but when Mindy shows up she’s not sure what to do. From the look on Mindy’s face only one option is correct. Seems her and Dex go way back, something that annoys Ramona and then she’s annoyed that she’s annoyed because she shouldn’t be thinking about him that way anyway. Like I said, very mixed emotions whenever she is within a few feet of this man.

Well I was right with my theory about how she would be hired to work with Rainbow escort agency. Now the ball has most definitely started rolling. Much more interaction between both Ramona and Doctor Frost this time around which was great. His condition for keeping quiet about why she was at that party is the start of where the fun is going to begin. Can’t wait to see when she will crack. He temps her like no other and the more dominating he acts around her the more she just wants to jump him. Well submit and have him take her anyway he wants her. Which if he’s hoping is going to be very soon. Oh the chemistry is there and I loved that we finally got to see more of a back and forth relationship starting with them. He can get on her nerves very quickly and she’s not afraid to tell him where he can stick his words. Well the afraid/turned on feeling does come rushing back but not until Monday rolls around when she storms into see him. Sexual tension rising to boiling point the longer they talk/argue. I so wanted him to back her up against the wall to kiss her – she would not have complained. Though I’m pretty sure he wants her to come to him. All about her submitting to what is going to happen. Well from book one we know where they are headed and now we are one step closer to seeing how it all unfolds. So lets get ready to see the delectable sexy doctor in action with the woman he’s clearly wanted from the moment he met her. Looking for a new secret sub perhaps? Lets see if she fits into the roll for him. Let the countdown begin.

4 out of 5 stars

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