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Velicious by Shelique Lize

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Summary

Justice Morel always had her life perfectly planned. Her goals were to graduate from the University with exceptional grades and get into the best law school Canada has to offer.

Then one day, Justice tried to kill herself. Well, not her technically. It may have been Justice Morel’s body, but those actions weren’t intentional and the suicidal thoughts were not hers. Or, so she keeps telling her therapist and family.

Justice is afraid she’s losing her mind and just wants to forget everything. But when her best friend is murdered, another one is being mind-screwed by a Vampyre, and her ex is back in town, looking as scrumptious as ever and very suspicious, maybe she isn’t all that crazy!

Just when she thinks that life couldn’t throw her anymore curve balls, Justice figures out that she is Vampyre Doll and there’s a vampyre who seems very familiar to her, but she can’t figure out from where.

Justice is suffocating and drowning in a dark world she’s been tossed into, forced to survive. It’s a world she never wanted to know about and would love to ignore, like it doesn’t exist. But, with every passing day, she’s pulled deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, wishing for everything to go back to the way it was.

Our Review

3.5 Stars 

Telling the tale of Justice and her battle against dark forces, creatures of the night and the little voices in her own head, Velicious is a pacy and very interesting take on the traditional vampire mythology. There’s an undeniable hook and a pull that keeps you turning pages with increasing speed until you reach the very end of the book. On the whole, the story is well structured and has everything it needs, but there were also a few niggles that need pointing out.

Velicious included a lot of references to modern culture, be it through songs, films or TV shows. Now normally, that wouldn’t bother me, but I felt that at times they hindered the flow of this novel and were overused, with some being repeated far too many times. Description was also very good, but as with the song mentions, it became repetitive and this in turn slowed the pace and flow quite considerably. Personally, I’d say this book needs to go through another few rounds of edits as there are a lot of tense and grammar issues. They can be overlooked, but for someone with a keen eye for mistakes it will hinder your enjoyment in the story itself (which is brilliant).

The characters are fantastic and clearly very well thought out. Dante and his brother Marquis are enigmatic, sexy and exude danger everytime they come into the scene. Justice is a little dense at times, but she is still a great character to read. Mysterious characters aside, the friends and sorority girls are good supportive characters and the other cast of Calvin, Jessica, Jordan etc all bring that added mystery and the details of their real lives are fed to Justice in a very piece-meal way.

One of the major redeeming features of this book is how completely it draws you into the story and doesn’t let go. Yes the errors annoyed me but I still had to find out what was going to happen and how the characters would develop. That, to me, signals just how strong the story was as it kept me interested despite all my usual rules being thrown out the window. Be warned though, there’s a seriously evil cliffhanger that leaves you desperate for the next in the series!

About the Author

An awesome mother of two beautiful baby girls and wife to the luckiest man on the planet. I love anything to do with the paranormal world. Author, reader, blogger. Inspirational quotes, meditating and photography I appreciate.

I have always had a crazy imagination and finally, after 5 years I decided to publish my debut novel.

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Indivisible Line by Lorenz Font

 

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PRESENTS. . .

Indivisible Line

by Lorenz Font

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Release Date: March 12 , 2015

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary / Thrillers

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-373-7

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

~~SUMMARY~~

Pre-med student Sarah Jones is back in Beaver, Alaska, for summer vacation. A loyal member of the Gwich’in tribe, she accepts the rules set by her father, the leader of their small town. Raised in a strict household, she learned early on to do what is expected of her and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Despite her reluctance to marry without love, Sarah is unwilling to defy her father’s wishes. She hopes to help usher in an era of independence and stability for the town, but for now, her focus is finishing med school so she can become Beaver’s resident doctor.10985573_1773370876221799_7732791205552470490_n

Business owner Greg Andrews needs a change of atmosphere, away from his philandering wife and life in general. Leaving New York City to join a hunting expedition in Alaska, Greg’s plans are turned upside down when he is shot on Gwich’in land and ends up on Sarah’s operating table. In the absence of a qualified doctor, Sarah must operate to save his life. She refuses to wait for the consent of their tribal leader, and her father banishes her from the tribal land in punishment.

Grateful for his life, Greg concocts a scheme to help. Plagued by the side effects of her unconventional operation, he convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse. Without the means to support herself, Sarah agrees to the questionable arrangement, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble. Her new problem is that she is falling in love with this infuriating man, and the choices she now must make are much more difficult than the simple act of saving a man’s life.

Together, Sarah and Greg must both decide whether they can overcome the vast differences between them, or if the indivisible line that separates their worlds will ultimately pull them apart.

 

~~OUR REVIEW~~

4 Stars

Two people, thrown together by coincidence develop a bond that goes much deeper than blood. Sarah and Greg experience loss, injury and much more as they come to realise that, when all is said and done, love is really all they needed from the start.

I thoroughly enjoyed this new offering from Font and found it to be a delightful little romance that was easy to read, yet full of twists and turns as Greg and Sarah tried to work out their feelings for each other. The plot itself does, at first glance, seem somewhat familiar – girl meets boy, two different worlds, and all that usual jazz – but this is Font we’re talking about, and you can feel from the first few chapters that there is going to be something more in this story. In true style, Font throws in adversity and drama from the off, never overdoing the ‘woe is me’ that Sarah could play on, but keeping a perfect balance between angst and romance.

Characterisation is something that I am always on the look out for, and Font, as usual, delivers a super cast who you engage with and find quite easy to relate to. Sarah is as stubborn as a mule, but it works more as an endearing feature than a character flaw. You root for her, you want her life to come good, you want her to find that happiness you know she deserves. Greg is an enigma at first, and he never really sheds that persona until much later in the story, but again, it is an endearing part of his character, rather than a flaw. The supporting ensemble of Lily, Trimble, Matilda and Simon are equally enjoyable to read, helping at key points to be a stable feature for Sarah and Greg during times of need.

If there was one thing I could quibble over it would be, and I’m being super nit-picky here, the pace. Personally, I found the pace to be a little slow in places, but note the ‘in places’ – at other times, it was splendid and pulled you right into the story so that you had to keep reading. Once you reach 50%, the book is near impossible to put down, but I guess I just wanted that momentum there from a little earlier on rather than taking that extra bit of time. Like I said, nit-picky, but that’s me!

Something I felt was done exceedingly well in this book was the emotion, be it Sarah’s sadness, confusion, love or Greg’s anger, worry or determination – it was all there and it was all believable from start to finish. I got exasperated when both Sarah and Greg were being daft and not noticing the signs, I cried for most of the last 10% (no spoilers in my reviews, but seriously, get yourself some tissues at 89%!) and I gasped in shock as plot twists hit me out of nowhere (you’d think I’d be used to this after reading Font’s other works, but she totally got me again). It was written with excellent skill and balance, and I have to give praise where it’s due, because Font did a fantastic job of making the emotions pour out of the page and straight into your heart.

And so, the end of another review. To conclude, it was a very enjoyable read and one I’ll be recommending to friends and family ahead of that poolside reading time we call summer holidays. Characters, emotion, plot – all the key elements were there and it was, as always, a very well written story from start to finish. Well done Lorenz Font, you’ve written another super story that will no doubt be one I shall return to read one day in the future.

 

~~EXCERPT~~

For the first time since he had been brought in the clinic, Sarah got a good, long look at him. She noted the perfect blond hair that fell on the side of his face—matted but still perfect. His features were rather forbidding, even in his unconscious state. The defined jawline framed well-proportioned lips that were pale and parted slightly. The suggestion of dimples on either cheek made her ache to see him smile. Then there were the long, dark eyelashes and the contoured nose, all coming together to create a striking, attractive package that kept her eyes glued to his face.

Indivisible-Line-3D-PaperbackHer heart began to race. What is wrong with me? Shaking off another wave of nausea, Sarah closed her eyes and concentrated on breathing. Her knees weakened underneath her, but she kept on inhaling and exhaling. A few more minutes and it would be over.

In her short life, Sarah hadn’t met a man who evoked the well–documented “butterflies-in-the-stomach” phenomenon. Now here she was, staring at a complete stranger with her heart banging against her chest in a frenzy. This man was just too perfect, too beautiful almost. She was even gladder she’d managed to keep him alive. He’d make a woman happy someday, if he hadn’t already. Instinct made her eyes travel to the man’s ring finger, and her heart skipped when she found it bare.

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~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

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Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her vampire novels Hunted, Tormented and Ascension, Books 1-3 of The Gates Legacy Series, Feather Light, an erotic romance and Pieces of Broken Time, a military romance.

Lorenz’s perfect day consists of writing and lounging on her garage couch, aka the office, with a glass of her favorite cabernet while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.

Lorenz lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between her full-time job and her busy writing schedule.

 

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Praise for Indivisible Line

“I must admit, I usually just read paranormal books, so it takes a lot from the book for me to actually to like it, so I was happily surprised when I found myself enjoying reading this book. . ” – ArabellaWhitlock

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For Authentication Purposes by Amber L. Johnson (Review and Giveaway)

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Presents…

 

For Authentication Purposes

by Amber L. Johnson

 
Release Date: March 5th , 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance / Contemporary Romance / Romance Erotica / Humor

 ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-387-4 

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 

~~SUMMARY~~

 

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Dawn Sims has made a name for herself writing romantic fiction online. When she’s pushed to try her hand at publishing, she thinks she has everything figured out. The only problem? She’s never been in a relationship, especially one that has led her to finding The Big O.

So much for writing what you know.

Warner Green has had Dawn in his sights since she walked into his class in seventh grade. She broke his teenage heart not once, but twice, so seeing her in his night class at the local community college was an unexpected surprise.

Accidentally reading her bad erotica on her laptop was a blessing from the Smut Gods themselves.

It’s clear she has no idea what she’s writing about, but Warner does. In fact, he knows so much that he’s willing to offer her his services. The deal is simple: teach the good girl from high school everything she needs to know to write from experience. If he gets to live out a fantasy or two that he’s been harboring for almost a decade, then there’s no harm in that either.

The lessons turn more heated, and Dawn begins to question where Warner has learned his skills, but he’s not ready to talk, until his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible time.

It shouldn’t matter when it’s for authentication purposes only.

 

 

~~OUR REVIEW~~

5 Stars

A story about a complicated and very deep relationship that should be so simple, a bet and agreement that develops into so much more. Bunny and Wardo have a past that has more crossovers and turns than most country lanes in England, but somehow Bunny never sees what is right in front of her until a deal is brokered to help her improve her own writing.

Anyone who follows my reviews (and I hope there are some of you haha!) will know how very much I adore Johnson’s writing, and FAP is no different. This delightful little story hooks you immediately and sucks you right in. You feel an instant connection with Bunny and Wardo, there’s a familiarity that just pours from the pages and stays with you long after as well. Characters, plot, sex, humour – this book has it all and more, and what’s even better, is that it is all written beautifully from start to finish. Be prepared for a serious case of ‘just one ore chapter’ when reading, because once you start it is so, so, SO difficult to put down!

Wardo is a superb character, funny, witty and from the off his love for Bunny is completely obvious, even if he does have slightly less conventional ways of showing it sometimes. Bunny, well, she’s just Bunny. She starts off all cute and innocent, writing about ripping bodices and the like, but there’s a total wild cat in there that’s just waiting to be let out, and Wardo is excellent at tapping into that. She is a great character to read, not least because she is the kind of woman a lot of ‘real’ women can probably relate to, I know I definitely do!

Something else that was completely spot on in this book was the humour. Now, I’m often told my sense of humour is a little unique and somewhat quirky, but I absolutely adored Johnson’s style in FAP. I laughed til I cried sometimes at Wardo and his one-liners or Bunny and her ‘innocence’. Perhaps it’s just me, because I can really relate to them and aspects of their circumstances, but the comedy that shines through sometimes is pure gold. That said, Johnson balances this perfectly with some superb touching moments that really hit you in the feels, and I honestly experienced a whole roller coaster of emotions when reading.

Sex. It’s one of those things that can make or break a book, but my my my how wonderful Johnson was at writing those scenes. The slow build up, the lingering frustration, the tenderness – it was all there in abundance and so well balanced that I really must doff my hat to her. Few authors have what it takes to tackle so many different aspects of romance and sex in one book, let alone a few chapters and I really was supremely impressed with FAP. This is supported by the fact that Johnson sucks you in, engages you with the sex, making it exciting and very enjoyable to read, but more importantly, she helps you feel the connection building between Bunny and Wardo.

Before I wax lyrical about this book for much longer (because honestly, you need to be scanning my review and buying this book) I’ll just mention the fact that the pace was spot on throughout and it left me reading until my eyes wouldn’t stay open and then dreaming of Bunny and Wardo (not in that way!) once I eventually relented to sleep. This book is a definite must read, a super story and honestly, another stunning 5 star read from Johnson. Keep it up girl, we’re loving all you have to offer us right now!

P.S. I admit to having to look up FAP on Urban Dictionary, clearly I’m more like Bunny that I thought 😉

~~EXCERPT~~

 
“Come on. Say it. I know where you’re going.”
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Shifting a little to look at him, I resisted the urge to kick him in the nuts and lick his neck at the same time. I mean he looked pretty hot sitting in my chair eating that muffin. Stupid handsome face and fornication hair paired with what I assumed were dirty jeans and a plaid flannel.

“Fine. I’m going to buy a vibrator with the money you gave me. Happy?”

His smile was in full force now. “Hell yeah, I’m happy. Ecstatic, even.” He chewed around the pastry in his mouth and laughed. “I’ll come with you to make sure you get the right one.”

“Oh, hell no. Being with you in a porn shop is on my list of Things to Never Do before I Die.”

 


 

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

 
AuthPhotA true child of music, Amber’s parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people’s lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing.A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.
 

      



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Praise for For Authentication Purposes
 
“Hot! Great UST, very funny, and I loved the characters. Another great one from Amber. ” – Andrea

 

 

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Rue Toulouse by Debby Grahl



Release Date: January 15 , 2014


SUMMARY

It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.

Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.

After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.

Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.

Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.

Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.

~~OUR REVIEW~~

4 Stars

Caterine Douchette, envied by her family, loved by her friends and in fear of her life finds herself in the safe and loving arms of Remi Michaud, a pirate who lost his heart to an ice princess. Family turmoil, a whodunnit, a new and exotic lover, all with a backdrop of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Rue Toulouse is a refreshing romance which blends together action, adventure, love, sex and so many other features as well.

I read the summary to this book and I was, if I’m honest, ambivalent. I thought it would be an ok read that I would find pretty run of the mill as far as romances go. I couldn’t have been more wrong.Rue Toulouse boasts an excellent premise for the story, which is well set up, well paced, well developed and well written. It hooked me in and left me turning pages with frantic abandon as I tried to figure out the whodunnit whilst also waiting rather impatiently to find out if Remi and Caterine would have a permanent, lasting relationship.

The characters are fabulous, especially Remi and Caterine. Caterine is the epitome of good society, a lady through and through. Remi is an enticing and spicy piece of something unknown, but something you would very much like to get to know. He exudes sex appeal and hooks you with his easy cher’s and occasional French dialogue. Although Remi and Caterine lead a cast of excellent characters, they are all well written throughout, with the characters all developing nicely in ways you hadn’t quite expected. The blossoming romance is not overdone, but realistic and enjoyable. The only quibble I have is that Paulette, Charlotte and Hyacinth did annoy me somewhat, but that was understandable given their treatment of Caterine who you get behind from the get go.

The whodunnit element of the story is excellent and had me guessing right up until the very end, and even then I was shocked. Grahl throws in so many red herrings along the way that you are constantly questioning and thinking of new solutions to the mystery, which was a refreshing angle to add to the romance. I love a book that keeps me thinking, and I have to say that Grahl had my grey matter working overtime trying to second guess what would happen next.

The ending itself was super, tying everything up nicely and leaving the reader with a feeling of quiet satisfaction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, it’s pacy, sexy and incredibly engaging. I will definitely be watching out for more from this author and will be recommending this book to all those who like a romance with a bit more of a kick to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debby_002Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are the Cotswolds of England, Captiva Island in Florida, New Orleans, New York City, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, and Lowcountry Romance Writers. Her first novel, The Silver Crescent, was released January 2014.

 

 

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Wrong Place, Right Time by Brooke Williams

 

Wrong Place, Right Time

by Brooke Williams

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Release Date: December 9 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Romance/General
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-289-1
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

~~SUMMARY~~

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Wrong Place, Right Time is a humorous, light romance about TV traffic reporter, Kate Covington.  After admitting she is in love with her best friend, Brian, Kate barges into a Las Vegas wedding chapel to stop him from getting married.  When the bride storms out, Kate sees that she interrupted the wrong wedding.  The groom, Chad Leida, who needs to marry before turning 30 in order to inherit his family fortune, has an intriguing offer for Kate.  Marry him and spend a year as his wife for a million dollars.
Kate, who is greatly in debt and believes her friend has already married, considers the offer.
Once Kate makes her spontaneous decision, her life is on the fast track and the real adventure begins.  Caught between two men, she begins to realize that though she turned up in the Wrong Place, she might have arrived just at the Right Time.


~~OUR REVIEW~~

4 Stars

Wrong Place, Right Time tells the story of a woman who is, quite literally, in the wrong place at the right time. She makes a split second choice, and her subsequent choices are equally as important in leading her to a destiny that she was heading for all along.

This is a sweet little romance that was a really easy read. I could pick it up at random moments and dip in and out of it with ease, which I like to see in a book because, if we’re all honest, we don’t always have time to sit and read a whole book in one sitting. The emotion is strong and it oozes from the pages, embracing the reader in the anger, fear, upset and ultimately pure love that Kate experiences.

Kate, as a lead, is a strong character who is well complimented by the polar opposite men she is chasing after. The grass is always greener – or is it? She learns this the hard way and as a reader, you’re willing to go along with the journey, even if you do shout at her from time to time for being so daft. And it’s this realistic quality that makes it such an enjoyable read. Most people, if not all, could relate to some aspect of Kate’s story, and that makes it all the more readable and hooks you in even more.

An enjoyable story, and a sweet happily ever after, this would be an excellent choice of book for a holiday read, sat by the pool with a sangria and dishy lifeguard to oggle.

 

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

Brooke Williams is an award-winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as several novels, including Someone Always Loved You and Beyond the Bars. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College, with a double major in Mass Communications and Religious Studies. She has twelve years of experience in radio broadcasting, both behind the scenes and on-air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a brief time. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.




 

 

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Praise for Wrong Place, Right Time
“Really really fantastic book! I had a very hard time putting my kindle down when my work breaks were over. Loved everything..the plot, the characters, the romance. Definitely recommend.This won’t be the only Brooke Williams book I read.” – Carrie Goodreads Review
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