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Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

aftermathCharlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.


My Review

Brilliant and utterly unexpected

I fell in love with Clara Kensie’s writing a few years ago when she wrote her Run To You Series. So, when I heard that she was writing something new, of course, I had to get my hands on it. And let me tell you, I was not in any way disappointed.

Aftermath is refreshing, unique and so unexpected. Aftermath is well written and utterly captivating. It is a story that is not only intense, but will grip you the entire time. This is a story about survival and what happens next. How do you move on when you’ve experienced something horrific and terrifying? Is it possible for life to return to normal and if so, what is normal?

Aftermath is raw, captivating and is a story that will take you one incredible journey. It is a story of hope, survival, and healing. That being said, this story does deal with some pretty tough subject matter, and I applaud the author for how real she was with it.

Once I picked up Aftermath, I could not put it down. I was not prepared for what I was reading or for the journey that I was about to go on, but I had to continue. I had to keep going. I had to know what would happen next. As I’ve said throughout this review, this is not an easy story, but it the end, it will leave you with one very important thing….Hope…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Review: Wicked Little Words by Stevie J Cole & BT Urruela

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Edwin Allen Mercer
I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross
All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.

After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction.
They’re only fiction…


My Review

“Once you’re inside my car, not a soul on this planet can save you. Your life is mine to take.”

“This is my hour. This is my calling. I am the God of fuck and I do the devil’s dirty work, and tonight, my wrath will be felt.”

As a lover of dark reads, I could not wait to get my greedy little hands on this book. Now, I’m gonna warn you, this book is definitely and I mean definitely not for the faint of heart. So, if you’re not a fan of dark reads or books that you have to read with the lights on then run, look the other way because this book is not for you.

Now, there is not much I am going to tell you because there is no way in hell I am going to spoil this book. All I’m going to say is get ready. Get ready for one intense, crazy, mind fuck of a ride. This book is going to shock you and surprise you. It is going to push your limits and take you way out of your comfort zone. This story is going to suck you in and hold your mind captive. It is going to intrigue you. There are going to be moments where you’re going to want to put this book down and walk away, but you won’t be able to make yourself do it because you’re going to want to see it through. You’re going to have to see how the story will end.

Wicked Little Words is a fantastic compilation between Stevie J. Cole and BT Urruela. The writing is flawless and did not feel like it was written by two different people. And while this book certainly pushed my limits, I have to tell you, I’m glad I picked it up. I think these two authors make an excellent team and I’m scared and excited to see what they will come up with next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Dirty (RAW Family #2) by Belle Aurora

Title: Dirty
Series: RAW Family #2
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Blurb

My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn’t know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

He saved me.
I screwed him over.

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

The question was, who would get to me first?

My Review

“His words are like a decree, a pledge, a vow. These are the things he would do for me. These are the things he would do to keep me safe.”

“There will be no other for me, only him, and I will make him happy. He will never regret his decision to keep me. I swear it. I am his. From this moment on, I belong to him.”

“It’s then that I know everything is going to be okay. I didn’t even realize I was looking for the reassurance. Not until I found it.”

Holy Freakin’ Wow!! What a great read!! I just can even right now!!! When I think of Dark Mafia Style books, this is exactly what I have in mind….A story that consumes me. A story that keeps me guessing. A story that has unexpected twists and turns…

In order to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, I am gonna try and keep this review short and sweet. This book….Wow, it was like the perfect storm. It was captivating, all-consuming and impossible to put down. Dirty is dark and will take you on one intense, thrilling ride. Now, I’m gonna warn you, this story is not for the faint of heart. This story is raw. It is intense. It is gritty and deals with some tough subject matter….

Dirty is fast paced and incredibly well written. You will find yourself devouring all the words, impatiently turning the pages to see what will happen next. Yes, there is a lot of darkness and intensity, but like any good book, there is light in all the darkness. There is hope. There is love and scorching hot romance. And there is an ending that while it is wrapped up, it will leave you waiting with baited breath to get your hands on the final book in this series…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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AUTHOR BIO

Belle Aurora is twenty seven years old and was born in the land down under.

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.

Humorous romance novels.

Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February 2013 Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.

With words.

With writing.

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.

Friend-Zoned is the first in the Friend-Zoned series. Keep an eye out for this cheeky author.

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Release Day Blitz: Preppy:The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King #5)

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Love. Never. Dies.

Find out why in Preppy by T.M. Frazier

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Blurb

Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck.

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired.

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.

And their deaths.

For most people, death is the end of their story.

For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning.

This is the fifth book in the King Series and it’s meant to be read after Soulless.

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About the Author:

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T.M. Frazier is a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR best known for her KING SERIES. She was born on Long Island, NY. When she was eight years old she moved with her mom, dad, and older sister to sunny Southwest Florida where she still lives today with her husband and daughter.

When she was in middle school she was in a club called AUTHORS CLUB with a group of other young girls interested in creative writing. Little did she know that years later life would come full circle.

After graduating high school, she attended Florida Gulf Coast University and had every intention of becoming a news reporter when she got sucked into real estate where she worked in sales for over ten years.

Throughout the years T.M. never gave up the dream of writing and with her husband’s encouragement, and a lot of sleepless nights, she realized her dream and released her first novel, The Dark Light of Day, in 2013.

She’s never looked back.

Visit her at www.tmfrazierbooks.com for news, information, and appearances.

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Cover Reveal: Wicked Little Words by Stevie J. Cole & BT Urruela

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The chilling cover to Wicked Little Words is FINALLY here!

Release Day: October 31st

Cover Model: Alfie Gordillo

Cover Design: Cover Me Darling

Genre: Erotic Thriller

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Synopsis:

Edwin Allen Mercer

I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross

All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.

After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction…

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About the Authors:

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Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

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BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover’s Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.

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Review: Ravage (Scarred Souls #3) by Tillie Cole

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Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?


My Review

“I realized the torturer had a weakness after all–a need for someone to see the him trapped underneath the monster on the outside. And yearning to be touched.”

“We are different. Me weak and you strong. Me a Georgian and you Russian, but our broken hearts are tired and old. Our spirits are low, though not broken. But our souls, though thoroughly tested and hardened through pain, are resilient.”

Just when I think that Tillie Cole could not possibly blow me away more, she has to go and prove me wrong. The Scarred Souls Series is probably my favorite series by this author, so going in to Ravage, I had the bar set high. And I have to tell you, Tillie Cole took my expectations and totally blew them out of the water.

Ravage is fast paced, intense and is told from multiple points of view. This book will captivate you from the very first page and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ravage is not an easy story. It will shock and surprise you. It will break your heart and leave you clenching your jaw as you are reading the pages. This is a story of surviving the absolute worst situations and finding light in a sea of darkness. This story is not easy, but the journey and outcome are so worth the ride your emotions will take.

Ravage is an intense, but truly amazing read. I loved every dark and intense moment. My emotions were all over the place and taken on the most crazy ride. The characters are complex and damaged. The writing and world that this author has created is so easy to get lost in and consumed by. I think Ravage is a fantastic addition to The Scarred Souls Series and I can not wait to see what Tillie Cole has in store for us next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Teaser & Sneak Peek Alert: Pennies by Pepper Winters

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New Teaser Alert! 

Pennies is the highly anticipated July 20th release from Pepper Winters. 

“She was poor.  He was rich.  Together…they were bankrupt.”

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Pre-order your copy here:

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