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Book Review: ‘Sweet Temptations’ by L. M. Mountford

Title: Sweet Temptations: The Babysitter

Published: 25th November 2016

Publisher: Excessica

Author: L. M. Mountford

Twitter: @realdarkinferno

 

Synopsis:

There were times Richard Martin loved his life. He had everything most men nearing middle age could want. A beautiful wife. A young son. All his hair.

He still has his hair, but not all is at it seems. His idyllic life was turned upside down when he and his family were forced to move from their home in Bristol to a small Gloucester flat because of Richard’s new job and now he finds himself beset on all sides. However that is not the sum of his problems. When his new supervisor, a promiscuous bombshell more than ten years his junior, sets her sights on him, she is by no means subtle about her interest in him, no matter who might be watching.

But temptation comes in many forms, and Richard has recently found his eyes lingering on the woman from downstairs who babysits for them. Was it his imagination, or were her skirts getting shorter?

In this first volume in L.M. Mountford’s sizzling debut series: Sweet Temptations, a naughty babysitter sets out to seduce her man. No matter what his wife might think, this tempting little wench is determined to rock his world…

 

Review:

Richard seems to have a happy loving marriage but temptation it seems is sometimes just too strong. Especially if you are turned on first before being put in the situation to begin with.

The intriguing fun starts with the early Christmas party at his firm when his boss corners him. She is young, tempting, a bit scary in a dominating way and clearly wants him to submit. Too bad for her that his wife Alice comes to take him away. He is more than glad as she scares him a little but it makes you intrigued as to how she would act if Alice hadn’t.

Back at home its time to deal with the babysitter. Seems she has a problem she needs his help with – though I think we all know what game she is playing. I think Alice knows she has a crush on him but until she mentioned it Richard never really thought about it. A passionate kiss ignites his mind to wonder to places it shouldn’t. Seems his fantasy might soon become a reality. Is he about to fall? Will he even feel guilty if he does? He likes the excitement of what he is doing but how long before reality sets in?

Well we know how this one will play out and yes they are very heated together after just one kiss. A spark to set them off but its putting them down a dangerous path that will only end in heartbreak for all involved. Not too sure I liked the fact he didn’t really feel guilty, just kind of detached from the situation. Kind of letting the body take over and the mind switch off. I’m thinking the mind will come back on with a force though once he gets back home though.

Good flow with the story even with it being a short but some parts where a bit too descriptive. Like the journey home almost describing everything they passed rather than the characters talking. But that could be showing that even though they think they are happy they have started to become detached from each other without realizing it. A fun short read all the same though.

3 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Sentient’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Sentient (The Mentalist Series Book 2)

Published: 27th October 2013

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.

When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realizes things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much-needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

 

Review:

So with Gemma coming back at the end of Aversion it looked liked she was ready to get closer to Russ. Well she would if she could understand whether her feelings, and his, are real or if they are just part of being a Sentient Twin. They are connected now, more than most, but don’t know how to handle it. Well Russ knows what he wants so he just has to get Gemma to see that her no touching rule is stupid. He seems to be able to figure things out in relation to helping her a lot quicker than most. He is her calming balm so to speak and it looks like they are going to need each other for what’s to come.

Gemma knows that she is meant to be developing her skills but seems a bit stuck. People think she is ‘special’ but she just can’t see anything different. That all changes when Laura, a fellow Empath, shows up at her door, seemingly sent by her father, to help her with her gifts. Now Laura was a fun addition and seemed to balance out any high tension with her humour and her abilities to suppress emotions. The only thing is that with her arrival Gemma can’t seem to fully let her guard down, trust issues with other Mentalists is high. Is she there to help or hinder her?

Now Peter, a fellow Mentalist and Averter from school, is starting to intrigue me a bit. He can clearly see trouble is brewing and he knows that somehow Gemma is at the centre of it. I’m thinking he will be playing a bigger role in the games that follow and will soon join our group. So watch this space.

Strangers in town are causing trouble. Anthony and his army of Progressive Empaths are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. Seriously they are like ten moves ahead and you will never know it. Well they do have an advantage with one of the Empaths extra gifts but still very cleverly played. They know a war is coming, that a new cull is on the cards and they are slowly pushing all their pieces into place for when it goes down. Are they on the side for good or evil? Something Gemma has no clue about but at this point is starting to realize she may not have much of a choice in the matter.

The subtle romance between Gemma and Russ is getting stronger no matter how much it scares them both. They are stronger together and are definitely going to need each other with what’s to come. Their connection is growing with what they share. Seems touching isn’t the only way and dreams start to hold a clue to what might come to pass. Sometimes you need to take them at face value to get an answer you have been searching for. Cliff hanger ending for the final which just makes you more intrigued to see how everything will play out. Who is going to land on top? What does the future really hold for our band of misfits? Only time will tell. On to the next I say.

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 Mine’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

Published: 13th February 2012

Author: John A. Heldt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnaheldt

 

Synopsis:

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

Review:

Joel is on a road trip with a difference with his college friend Adam. If you see a gold mine your first thought might be that you hope to find some if you take a closer look. Getting sucked into another time – 1941 to be exact – might not cross your mind and ends up being something else entirely. Seems Joel is about to get a history lesson he will never forget.

Joel is beyond confused when he leaves the mine. Everything around him has changed and Adam is nowhere to be found. Going to the last place he remembers is his first thought but even being there doesn’t help. He gets a bit of a rude awakening when he figures out he has somehow gone back in time. He has nothing on him that will help pay his way and only his wits to guide him.

A journey has began that will lead him to a future that might have already be fated when he meets Tom and all that follow. Tom was a lovable jokey character who you warmed to quickly. Coming to his aid was the best decision Joel made as it brought him to a new family. After Joel steps in to help Tom from getting beaten up he takes him home as a thank you. His dad the next day, after a bit of a grilling, gives him the opportunity to work at his furniture shop. He gets a lifeline and the warmth of a family where he thought he had none. Though true family might be closer than he thinks after he meets Tom’s girlfriend, she has a name that sounds familiar – his grandmothers to be exact.

Great female characters created that seemed to compliment each other well. Ginny is a fierce, strong, loyal friend and clearly only wants the best for her friends. Linda seemed a little forward and had a quick fuse but you understand why. Katie was a quite instigator in a few things but again a loyal friend. Grace however is who caught Joel’s attention from just one look though. Down on his luck and after a harrowing journey to get to Seattle while sitting on a bench he looks up to see her. He seems to have caught her attention too. She saw he looked so sad and lost and you get the feeling she wanted to help. When he sees Grace again he is more than pleased, well that is until she gets introduced as the fiancé of Paul. Seems she is an unattainable woman, but one who he can’t get out of his mind.

Seems Grace has some serious thinking to do as her heart is about to be pulled in two different directions. Even though he is chasing someone who is technically taken for the time being he is such a gentleman throughout. He knows what she is going through is tough and doesn’t want to put pressure on her but he knows there is something special about her. Somehow they are fated to be together. But romance aside that’s not all that is troubling Joel. He may have a bit of fun with bets to win some cash but he knows the real danger that is coming with war on the horizon. Lives are going to change and he has to be careful with how much he says. If he changes something too much he might not even exist. Whenever he tries to think about it too much you can almost see his head spin. Along the way he will make great friends who feel like family and the love of his life. But when the chance comes to return home is he going to be able to give up the life he has created with the woman he wants or go home to the future he’s from?

A good bit of writing that will draw you in from the first page. A time travelling romance at its best. Definitely one to check out, I wonder where the next person will get taken?

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: ‘Rush With Me’ by Ava Sterling

Title: Rush With Me: A Sorority Story

Published: 30th March 2017

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling

Synopsis:

Shelby learns just what it takes to join a lesbian sorority.

Being a freshman, she’s never rushed for a sorority before. Even being a cheerleader for two years didn’t prepare her for this. She’s heard rumors of what goes on behind closed doors, but she dismisses them as just that…rumors. There’s no way they’re true.

She’s never touched another girl before, and she certainly doesn’t consider herself a lesbian, but rushing for this particular sorority opens her up to new experiences. This is one night she’ll never forget.

(This explicit, 5,700 word story is intended for adult readers only)

 

Review:

Well this was a rush with a difference. There are clearly no boundaries between the sorority sisters of Aeaea House. As close as they can get you might say. You can see why their traditions have been kept a secret all this time.

So you have some fresh-faced freshman coming to rush at Aeaea House. A house for sisters, the most coveted on the cul-de-sac. Shelby and Annie are kind of like rabbits caught in headlights when they first enter the house, like many others. If they weren’t nervous before though then they soon will be when the different ‘tasks’ are put to them. Talk about diving in head first, quite literally with some of the things they get the freshers to do. Nothing illegal though, everything’s consensual in this house with each task being a little different than the one before. A kiss might be how it starts for her with the sorority president but things quickly escalate. The overall gist about whether you move on to the next round or not depend solely on when you come in relation to others. Intrigued? You will definitely be asking yourself how badly do these girls want to get into this house? After each round the ones who failed to pass the test have to leave. All Shelby wants to know is whether Annie got through each round like her. A bond has been formed quickly with all the strangeness of the evening unfolding around them. They want to be close to each other for support, whether others like it or not.

You have an interesting mix of characters throughout. From the ones who have seen it all to the freshmen trying to get into the house. It’s funny how calm they are when explaining each test, like it’s the most natural thing in the world to be doing. Seems hidden desires might be making an appearance for Shelby, whether she will continue with them is something else entirely. If nothing else she has made a new friend, one she will be allowed to talk to about the craziness that happen the night they tried to get into Aeaea House.

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Feral’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Feral (Many Lives Book 0)

Published: 26th May 2016
Publisher: Lotus and Son

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor

Twitter: @laxmi

 

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan, comes Feral. This ** 15000 words novella ** is book 0 in the Many Lives Series

MAYA

He’s all I’ve ever wanted, but I can’t possibly let myself love him.

LUKE

Loving her means letting her go, knowing she may never come back.

What happens when your destiny is staring right at you and you just can’t see it?

Maya Iyeroy must find her blood family to discover who she really is. But leaving shifter Luke Cabot means she’s walking away from her destined mate. As Maya searches for herself, she uncovers secrets about her past that will change her forever. Can she accept herself and her new place in this world, while still falling in love with the one man she’s fated to be with?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about shifters. Interesting world you are thrown into and it is intriguing to see where it goes from here.

It’s the year 2036 and our story starts in Powai Hills on the outskirts of Bombay where Maya and her family stay in the shadows. They have to stay hidden due to being part of a pack of human-wolf shifters; danger is ever present until they can find a way to coexist between the full humans somehow. Maya and her friend Luke have been close ever since she can remember but it is only since he started to be able to shift that she has felt a pull towards him. They both feel it and know what it means for their future but at the same time Maya knows something is wrong. She’s different and has felt a disconnection with the pack for some time. It’s not until she confronts her mother, the alpha of the pack, that she gets the truth. Well to a point that is. She tells her that she found Maya lost in the forest as a child and saved her. Maya now needs to find out where she came from to figure out who she really is. To do this she must leave the closeness of the only family she has ever known and the boy who she knows is her future, her mate. Will he love her enough to let her go, more importantly does he trust her enough to come back?

On her journey she stumbles across Jai after getting a job as a waitress in Bombay. The place her ma says she was from. After just one meeting she feels a sort of connection to him and has a need to know him better even though she has feelings for Luke. She can’t explain it at first or maybe just doesn’t want to until the answer is thrown in her face. She knows she is 100% human and surrounded by her own kind but still she feels disconnected in the Utopia world she now finds herself in. Something just doesn’t seem right about it, its too perfect with a lack of emotion from anybody. Not too sure about the way she kept explaining the emotions she was having in her head though. Its like she needed to explain it by a dictionary definition, maybe because others don’t seem to have or show emotions anymore. Emotions are such a key part of a pack; you have to be able to read each other to protect each other. Her journey was to find out where she’s really from but it might just help her finally see where she really belongs and with whom.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the authors’ newsletter for my honest review.

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