Review: Arsen a Broken Love Story by Mia Asher

Arsen: A Broken Love Story

One glance was all it took…
I’m a cheater.
I’m a liar.
My whole life is a mess.
I love a man.
No, I love two men…
I think.
One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.
One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.
I’m broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.
But I can’t stop. This is my story.
My broken love story.

Wow!!!! Jasmine and I were in a serious funk this summer. We read next to nothing. Then all of a sudden…BAM!!! We have been on a wonderful reading streak and it didn’t end with this book. So where do I start? I normally hate books with cheating. But I took a chance because our goal is to read some of the authors we’ll meet at the LoveN Vegas event. I’m sooooo glad I took a chance. Did I love the characters? No. But I was caught up in this book’s snare. The writing was exceptional and pulled you in. The start was slow, but even then, there was this underlying impending doom that I couldn’t look away from. This was an angsty read. At about 79%, I actually covered my eyes and was in a full anxiety attack…lol. I just couldn’t believe the audacity of these characters. By 83%, I was a blubbering idiot. The range of emotions I felt while reading this was crazy.  I loved this one. Gah!!! Please, Please, Please Jasmine hurry up and read this one!!!! Issa disaster! I have to read another one by Mia Asher next…

4 stars

-Natasha

This was definitely a disaster, but I could not look away. I was pissed at these characters at many points. Then, there were moments that BROKE me. I didn’t love these characters but I was invested in them. This story was masterfully written because it pulled me in even without making me love the characters. I flew through this book because it was literally a train wreck that I could not stop reading.

4 stars

-Jasmine

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New Release: Sick Fux by Tillie Cole

 

 

 

When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.

 

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
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Review: Fear You by B.B. Reid

Fear You (Broken Love, #2)

What happens when she’s had enough?

Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit—a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences…

But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.

What happens when he wants more?

Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape—demons that have followed him for ten years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break…

But after Keiran had conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead—one he has no intention of giving up.

As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear… 

These books are crazy af. One of the main reasons I read is to escape everyday life. This book provided that escape. These characters are unbelievable at times. I know it was hard for some to wrap their minds around the fact that the MCs were in high school, but it worked for me. It made the story that much crazier. Keiran is sexy as hell. Damn, that man child… I love how Lake stood up for herself in this installment. I can’t wait to continue.

3.5 stars

-Natasha

Natasha is right. This book is absolutely an escape from reality. I was really shaking my head at some of the situations these kids found themselves in. Typically, when reading stories about high school kids, I’m left wondering where there parents are, but BB definitely didn’t leave that question unanswered. Keiran is sexy definitely, but also majorly damaged. I loved that Lake stood up for herself and pushed to learn more about Kieran and his history and motivation. Definitely an entertaining read, and I absolutely can’t wait to read Keenan’s story because I need to know what’s going on in his head!

3.5 stars

-Jasmine

Review: Fear Me by B.B. Reid

I don’t believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.

I believe in fear.

He taught me how to be afraid.

We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn’t be the last. For ten years, he’s been my tormentor and I’ve been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.

Now he’s back and wants more than just my tears. You see…he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge…and he knows just how to get it.

Warning: Fear Me contains sensitive themes. (less)

This is going to be a quick one… I have to get to the next book. This book has been on my TBR list for sometime. We finally decided to read this one since we’ll be meeting B.B. soon. This book was outrageous and unbelievable at times. The characters were irritating and too damn grown. Keep in mind they were in high school. But you know what? The plot, writing, and characters consumed me. I just can’t get it out of my head. So with that being said, this review is over and I’m starting book 2.

4 stars

-Natasha

Let me start by saying, this man child has me feeling some kind of way. I’m not entirely comfortable having all these feelings for an 18 yo barely man! However, 18 is legal, sooooo. Keiran is insane and insanely hot! I was drawn in immediately and even though it was absolutely ludicrous at times, I was stuck needing answers. There were legitimately points in this book where I was asking myself how these kids were still in high school. Like really, how? Reminder: Do not live in a small town when my children are in high school. I couldn’t imagine getting myself into the things these high school kids got into. On to the next one! I NEED answers!

4 stars

-Jasmine

Excerpt Reveal!!!!! Sick Fux by Tillie Cole

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When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.

The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.

Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.

Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.

Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.

As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.

With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.

One at a time.

Each one more deadly than the last.

Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.

Excerpt

I placed the foot of my cane on the floor and looked to the left. The sound of light breathing came from around the corner. I made to move, but my heart slammed into a fast beat, stopping my feet in their tracks. My nostrils flared as I closed my eyes and tried to suck in deep breaths. I never did this, never had this kind of reaction to anything. Not in eleven years. Not when I was trapped in darkness. Not even when the guards came to “meet the young kid.” Not when we got out—bloodily, savagely, darkly. Especially not when my knife plunged into the guards’ hearts and I watched the life fade from their eyes, the pure fascination of losing one’s life essence occupying my mind.
But this was Dolly. The only person I’d ever given a shit about.
A slick tar pumped through my black heart as I thought of her. She was the blood that gave me life.
I had no idea what state I would find her in. Whether or not her fragile mind had been destroyed. Whether or not her glass heart had been shattered. No hope of salvation.
I had no idea if my only reason for living could be saved. I shook with venomous anger when I let my mind imagine the hell those sadistic cunts would have put her through in my absence. But Chapel’s words rang in my ears . . . Unleash the anger only on those who deserve it. Let it build within your heart like a well swelling with water . . . then unleash hell on those who took your freedom.
Opening my eyes, I breathed through my rage and silently rounded the corner . . . I stopped. There she was, sitting in a chair. I sucked in a breath and heard it rattle in my ears. Her hair. Her hair was pulled back into a long braid, the woven strands falling to her lower back. And she was dressed in black. Long, baggy sleeves covered her arms.
Motherfucking black. Dolly didn’t belong in black. Only color. Blue and white and gold and motherfucking pink.
I edged around the perimeter of the room until I faced her. My heart tore down the center and I had to hold back a loud snarl when I saw her curled up on the seat, a thick blanket over her thin legs and waist as she stared lifelessly out of the window. The window that overlooked the once-manicured lawns, now nothing but high-reaching weeds and too-bushy trees. I looked across at what she was watching, in the direction of what held her so captivated.
My heart was severed completely, the two parts of its flesh repelling the other, trying to escape the rage and pain and fucking consuming darkness.
She was staring at the spot where we used to play as kids. Where she had found me all those years ago, ripping the colorful butterfly apart in my hands. I moved into her line of sight, but her blue eyes didn’t lift to meet mine, just stared through me as though I wasn’t even there. I crouched down and studied her face. Porcelain skin. Full lips. Fucking perfection.
But there was no life left in her.
I had never felt fear before, but I imagined the sinking hole I felt dropping in my stomach was something like it. A sinking feeling that Dolly had gone to a place from which there was no escape, a prisoner in her own mind.
Fragility consumed.
“Dolly darlin,’” I rasped, my voice fucking breaking.
Twenty-one. She was twenty-one and more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.
Perfection.
My living doll.
A strand of hair lay over her face. My fingers clenched and unclenched as I tried to force myself to touch her. But I couldn’t. I hadn’t touched or been touched in years. I didn’t know how to anymore. Allergic to human affection. Repulsed by the degrading feeling of touch.
I . . . I . . . I couldn’t.
As I opened my mouth to speak to Dolly again, a loud gasp sailed through the air behind her. I straightened, gripping my cane, to see a familiar old face appear. I watched, the sinking hole quickly replaced by dark satisfaction as the blood drained from her face. “Good Lord,” she whispered as I smoothed down my black cravat and vest.
I glared at the bitch. Leaning casually on my cane, I said, “More like Lucifer, I would think.” I nodded in her direction “To you, anyhow.”
Mrs. Jenkins swallowed and tried to back out of the room. “Ah-ah,” I tutted and shook my head. She immediately stilled, eyes fixed on mine.
“He . . . Heathan James . . . it’s . . . it’s not possible . . .” she stammered and ran her eyes over me. Every inch of me.
“Rabbit.” The bitch flinched at my correction. “I am Rabbit. The motherfucking White Rabbit. So never fucking utter that peasant name to me again.”
Her skin paled, and her eyes fell to Dolly sitting on the chair. Dolly still hadn’t moved. I shifted my grip on the box I had brought inside, about to hold it out to Mrs. Jenkins when she asked, “How are you here?”
I threw the box across the room. It landed right at her feet. “Dress her.”
“Wh-what?” Mrs. Jenkins asked.
I pointed to the box at her feet. “Dress her. It wasn’t a request.” Mrs. Jenkins shook as she picked up the box and moved to where Dolly sat. Dolly didn’t look at her either. Mrs. Jenkins opened the lid of the box and gasped again.
Her old, wrinkled eyes snapped up to mine. “No—”
Before she had even finished the sentence, I had reached into my pocket and pulled out my knife. I ran the flat side of the blade down my cheek. Slowly. Controlled. Watching her terrified gaze track my every move. “You’d best do as I ask, Mrs. Jenkins. My patience and tolerance for you appear to be at an all-time low.”

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New Release: Still by Kennedy Ryan

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Still is a masterpiece of love, lust and human feeling. Poetic and sexy beyond compare, Still will have you turning everything you know upside down and laughing, crying and panting through Grip and Bristol’s journey. Five ‘bruising’ stars!”

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STILL, the sexy, emotional final installment of the GRIP series, is LIVE!

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I’ll be there.

Through thick and thin.

Ride or die.

You can count on me.

The promises people make. The vows we take.

Assumptions of the heart.

Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.

Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.

For Grip and Bristol,

Love started at the top of the world

On a Ferris wheel under the stars

But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?

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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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ARC Review: Still by Kennedy Ryan

**STILL is the conclusion of Grip & Bristol’s emotional journey. You must read FLOW, the prequel, and GRIP, book 1 before beginning STILL**

I’ll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.

The promises people make.
The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.

For Grip and Bristol,
Love started at the top of world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?

ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review.

WOW!!!! This. Book. Was Amazing! We’ve met Kennedy Ryan more than once. She knows who we are and we have long conversations with her. We love her, she’s a sweetheart, approachable, and humble. But after reading Still, I’ve realized something else about Kennedy Ryan… She is fire with the pen. We’ve read Flow and Grip and we loved them tons. But, this. book. Kennedy wrote an epic love story. With every glance, touch, and conversation between Grip and Bristol, Kennedy allowed readers to experience an intimacy and love so profound, I felt it down to my soul. This. Book. If you don’t know, this is the conclusion of Bristol and Grip’s story, so we see them address old issues plus face some new  heartbreaking ones.  But the one thing that was constant, was their bond. Grip gave Bristol a safe place to love. No walls, no reservations, no wavering. Bristol KNOWS without a doubt that its okay to love Grip as hard as she was meant to love.  GAH!!!! I was swooning all over the place. I cried multiple times while reading this… happy tears, sad tears, and my heart so freaking full tears. Not only did Kennedy Ryan write a story that ignited swooning and crying, she wrote a story that was thought provoking and relevant. Still taught lessons, spoke truths, negated ignorance, and allowed readers to experience life from both sides of the fence. This was a story that needed to be told, and Kennedy Ryan had the courage to tell it. I just became an official Kennedy Ryan stan!!!!

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5 stars

-Natasha

Natasha is right. We have met Kennedy a few times. She is sweet and so friendly. She gives amazing hugs. She’s just an overall amazing person. It’s kind of unbelievable to know these words came from her. After reading this book, she has cemented her place in my personal writer hall of fame. We read the 1st two stories of this series and LOVED them. It was so refreshing to have a book boy that looked like me, that experienced issues like me, who’s mom taught him life lessons that I will teach my children. This story takes that man who was so familiar and raises the stakes. Grip is everything you want in a traditional alpha. He’s fiercely protective of his woman, he’s sexy as hell, he’s quick to apologize, he has a good relationship with his mom, he has money. He’s a poet and he unapologetically loves his woman. Oh to be loved by Grip. He’s the total package, but this book idolisizes him. He was always so much more than an entertainer, more than a rapper. This story sees him take his opportunity and pour his time, effort and resources back into his passions and his people. Grip represents the man we love as well as the man we want our sons to be. Bristol is his perfect match despite the naysayers and the doubters. She knows without a doubt how to love Grip. They have differences of opinions and very different backgrounds but their bond never waivers. Their connection that was immediate only grows stronger. Even when they experience heartache that could easily break anyone, they continue to love and fight for one another. Like Natasha said, this is an epic love story.  What sets it apart, is that it is an epic love story that is set in today, in the real world. They are a couple who lives a fantasy even with real life problems. They are a couple with money and influence,  but there are some things that money can’t buy and some issues you can’t pay your way to resolve. Kennedy Ryan somehow managed to write a love story that not only impacted my heart and soul, but that challenged my thoughts and beliefs as well. This is a must read series.

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5 stars

-Jasmine