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

Title: Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Volume Five

Published: 31st March 2015

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

 

Synopsis:

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

***

I breathe out deeply, shuddering on exhale.

I can’t believe I’m about to do this…

My hand visibly trembles as I try to grip the stupid felt pen, shaking as I bring its pointed tip to the immaculate paper to sign on the line.

From the corner of my eye, I catch Dr. Frost staring at me, his own eyes intent and unwavering, and he’s eerily silent. I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s thinking. I probably don’t even want to know.

I really just need to get this over with before I panic and change my mind again.

I hold my breath as my eyes flutter closed. I feel my hand move on its own accord, gripping the pen tightly.

All it takes is two seconds.

And then it’s done.

I reluctantly open my eyes again and look down at my signature; a mesh of cursive letters sitting on the long dotted line – physical proof that I, Ramona Georgette Gallo, have agreed to the unthinkable.

The deal is sealed.

And there’s no backing out.

 

Review:

What a way to end a book? Four was good but this one, well, sexual tension galore when you get Ramona and Dex in a room together. Anybody have a match to spark this fire because surely its time it burned?

Start as you mean to go on Dr Frost with your idea of business. His condition on keeping quiet about what she was up to at that party becoming quite clear. My theory that he could be looking for a new sub gets stronger with each book and now this contract deal where she would be his for a determined amount of time for a large sum of money is on the table things are about to get interesting. Ramona may have told him no but the countdown has only just begun. 30 days to decide if she is going to sign and be his. Her reaction to him is so strong whenever he is near that its clear she wants him already. In a way you have a feeling she already is, she just needs to say yes. She may want him but the fact that he is married plays a big part in her holding back, well that and selling herself that is. Though the more she goes over the contract and reads what he would want to do to her the more she gets turned on. To the point where she feels she wants to submit to him the more dominating he acts. He wants her and it seems willing to do whatever it takes to get her. Seeing her at the party and finding that she wanted to work for Rainbow escorts is just a means to an end with getting her and giving her what she desperately needs in the process, and not just money.

Not as much interaction between them with this one as it’s more to do with the countdown she faces and her inner monologues. (Really wish we could get into Dex’s head too, now that would be interesting.) The debts of her grandmother and her medical bills are only getting higher but when her grandmother gets ill things are starting to sway more to yes than no. Though is the need for money just an excuse to say yes? She also seems to be getting attention elsewhere from the school hottie Jamie and Trixie’s brother Drake. She can’t seem to figure out if they are playing a game or bet of some kind as can’t see why they would be interested. Or more to the point from the moment she met Dr Frost she no longer ‘sees’ other guys.

With how book one started you know the answer to whether she signs on the dotted line or not but its the getting there that’s fun. Hold on to your hats because I think we are soon about to see Dr Frost’s true dominating side in the bedroom. Well fingers crossed anyway because I’m not sure how much longer I can wait. Mr. dark, domineering, mysterious, sexy man that he is needs to come out and play. She’s about to submit to your will so lets see where you take it from here.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Mine, Forever and Always’ by Tammy L. Bailey

Title: Mine, Forever and Always

Published: 15th March 2017

Author: Tammy L. Bailey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tammylbaileyauthor

Twitter: @tammylbailey

 

Synopsis:

Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, LILY SCOTT married her best friend’s brother, HENRY DALTON.

It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?

 

Review:

A sweet short romantic historical read with great back and forth verbal sparing between Lily and Henry. Loved it right from the start with them and Henry’s sister Jane. Jane is a bit of a master at games it seems, especially when true love is on the cards. Hadley Manor is where we start with a week of fun and mischief when this group gets together. Mr. Waverley was an interesting character and just as good at games it seems as Jane. Now that would be an interesting match.

Everything starts with a letter. Lily writes the letter in question on Jane’s behalf as she feels she would be able to express her love much better than her. Jane wants a letter written that she can later sign to secretly give to Mr. Waverley to let him know her true feelings but the best laid plans don’t go to plan. Jane told her to write from the heart and that she did. She writes of the love she has for the one who holds her heart – her husband of sorts – thinking it would help her heal from how he left. It did nothing of the sort when the man in question is so near and treating her so unkindly, like he doesn’t even remember her at all. More so after she bumps into him dropping the secret letter at his feet. One she very much wants to get back from him by any means necessary before he reads it. By a stolen kiss perhaps?

Henry knew that coming to a party of his sisters would turn into something else as she always has a reason for everything. As a way to stay away from her games he brought Miss Appleton, his latest conquest of sorts, as a distraction. But is she there so someone stays away from him or to help him stay away from someone else in particular. Someone he fears he can never have. The latter I think but it doesn’t really work out that way, as it seems he can’t seem to make himself stay away from Lily. More so when he sees the lengths she will go to get the retrieve the letter that fell at his feet. One he has memorized every word of and on some level wishing it was about him. His mission from then on is to figure out who Lily might have written the letter to but come on man look a little closer to home. You may have saved yourself some time but its fun to see how they play off each other. She might seem shy at first of his dismissive nature but her frustrations soon come to the surface, his also it seems.

Chemistry is bubbling below the surface and you know the higher the tension builds the bigger the passion will become. He needs to get over his mistrust of women and thinking he knows all their games or he will lose the only one who will truly love him forever and always. First book read by Tammy L. Bailey and I would highly recommend it and want to check out any others.

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: ‘Single Chicas’ by Sandra C. Lopez

Title: Single Chicas

Published: 14th August 2016

Author: Sandra C. Lopez

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-Lopez

 

Synopsis:

Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you’re looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you’re better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

 

Review:

Funny, witty collection of short reads with a romance and single ladies ‘be proud’ vibe running throughout. Read in one sitting but would be good for the lunchtime read. A well rounded read that manages to hold your attention and make you laugh throughout.

MY BROTHER’S FUNERAL

When your brother is making a massive mistake in your eyes but you are powerless to stop it happening. This girl can’t let go of always looking out for him but at some point she’s going to have to let him go out into the world on his own or she might lose him for good.

HE LOVES ME (AND?)

Having a boyfriend who calls you to say he misses you hours after you left to go home from spending a week at his would grate on anyone’s nerves. You can see why this girl would be getting testy. It’s all in the title really. Why are you with him? Well he loves me. And?

THE LESBIAN THEORY

When you have a guy that just won’t get the message that you are not interested you may need to pull out some new tricks to get away. Seems this latest one back fires with a whole other set of problems.

NIGHT CALLER

Someone calling in the middle of night saying ‘love me’ is not a great way to meet someone. Especially when you don’t know them. First starts like a little bit of a stalker but get him to talk and things might change.

SINGLE CHICAS

Three girls heading up a website where people send in their problems for a bit of advise. Love the email chats and responses, funny and helpful vibe with these. Sometimes you just need to find out why something happened to be able to move on from it.

MY BIG FAT FAKE MARRIAGE

The pressure on some people to get married by their family can be great but none more so than here. One little white lie to get them off her back soon turns into an avalanche of problems rolling down the hill. Seems like another one might be needed to stop it.

ALWAYS A PRICE

Nothing is ever really free in life. Something our girl finds out the hard way when trying to get her flat tire fixed.

THE MARRIAGE ASSISTANT

Being stuck in the middle of a married couple whose family works together wouldn’t be somewhere I’d like to be. Especially when the dirty laundry starts to get aired.

OLD MAID

Everyone needs a little bit of company every now and then. When you feel alone after losing those you care for it might just take a little while to warm up to someone new. Cards anyone? Seems a game may be a way to break the ice and get some advice from someone older and wiser.

THE BALL DROP

Getting smacked on the head while out taking photos is not a good thing. But coming round feeling like you have stepped into twilight zone is worse. Waking up to find someone calling you honey and insisting they’re your boyfriend when you have no recollection of them would be enough to put anyone into a spin. The bump may have made her forget but perhaps it was meant to be to finally see what, or rather who, was in front of her all along. Doesn’t hurt that he’s sweet, caring and a bit of a looker.

VIRGIN MARY

With her head in a book instead of the clouds she was dubbed by her cousins the Virgin Mary with them thinking that she didn’t know anything about having fun. But it seems that the life she has had has more to it than meets the eye and might soon get others to question what things might have been different if they’d taken a different path too.

THE DISTRACTION

All she wants to do is read her book in peace while on a flight home but a certain distraction keeps her mind wondering. Well if a Stefan Salvatore look-a-like rocked on up to me wanting to talk I think I’d get a bit distracted too.

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 Missing Piece’ by Marie Lavender

Title: The Missing Piece

Published: 20th February 2017

Publisher: Solstice Publishing – Summer Solstice Imprint

Author: Marie Lavender

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarieAnnLavender

Twitter: @marielavender1

 

Synopsis:

The biggest mistake of Aly’s life could turn into the promise of new love…

When Alyssa wakes up on the lawn of a local fraternity, she can’t remember what happened the previous night. A new friend and frat guy, Justin, offers to help her out. As she makes discoveries that force her to accept a different reality, she finds herself drawn to Justin for a number of reasons.

Can the biggest mistake of Aly’s life turn into the promise of new love?

 

Review:

A fun short read that luckily didn’t go down a darker route with why Alyssa couldn’t remember what had gone on the night before which I was glad about.

So we’ve probably all overdone it at least once in our life in regards to drinking too much the night before but Alyssa is sure learning the hard way what the head and body feel like the day after. More so after she finds herself on a fraternity’s front lawn early the next morning. Clearly she went to a party the night before but she has absolutely no recollection of it, how she came to be there in the first place, or how she ended up on the front lawn. Confusion and panic soon start to creep in as snippets start to filter through about a conversation she had with her roommates. Seems she needs a knight in shinning armour to help get her home and hopefully fill in some blanks – enter Justin.

He remembers her from the party and has a few shocks in store when he tells her what she got up to and who she was spending time with. Seems the missing part of her memory could be filled in with a missing brother from the house – Brendan. Justin vows to help her find the missing time but the longer she spends with him the more she is grateful for how they met. An interesting way to meet someone but a spark is still coming to the surface nonetheless. He might be loyal to his friend thinking that on some level Justin and her might be together now but that doesn’t stop him feeling or acting the way he does. A knight in shinning armour to carry her away it seems. Even though he too is a stranger she feels comfortable with him and both feel like they have known each other forever with being so alike. I think we can all see where this story might lead.

For a short book it was still quite descriptive with the characters insights, back-story and the world as a whole they found themselves in. Quick contemporary romance that you know is just the start of what’s to come. Almost like the beginning of Alyssa and Justin’s story where you are only guessing on how it will move forward. Would be interesting to see how it would work as a longer read following the romance building more but fun all the same.

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: ‘Death Scares Me’ by Keelen D. Cloud

Title: Death Scares Me

Published: 9th February 2016

Author: Keelan Cloud

 

Synopsis:

Modern poetry and short stories.

 

Review:

An interesting collection of poems and short stories that start to interlock the further you get to the end. Some I liked more than others and some were a little stranger the deeper they went but overall an interesting read.

I liked the flow and pace of the ‘Real Good Country Girl’ poem. You could almost imagine it as a country song about a guy describing his perfect country girl with what she’d look like and how she’d act. I was almost humming a tune with it to see how it would go.

First Verse:

“I want a real good country girl

I want a real good country girl

She’ll be moral and chaste

With a pretty little face

Wearing ribbons and curls

In our beautiful world.”

Found a fun message from ‘Shopping at the Goodwill Store’ poem with how you can be thrifty with your money. Every loves a bargain and you can find some interesting buys, you just have to hunt for them. If you know where to look you will get a true find with money to spare.

The short story I liked was the one with the on going battle between a couple of farmyard tomcats fighting it out. The older one of them is protecting the honour of the female from the farm while the younger one is trying to become the new top cat. The battle commences but is set between a few parts. Each one is a winner and loser at certain points but it’s the younger one who always seems to bite off more than he can chew. Not just with their fight but with when other animals pop up too. They might hiss and spit at each other but need to mend fences or they will soon get a telling off from their owner. The battle is over and peace rains but how long before another starts? Oh to live the life of a cat. Eat, sleep, protect your territory, sleep, eat again, get some fuss from your owner and then sleep some more. Purrrfection!

3 out of 5 stars

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

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