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Kassidy has always been the good girl. Always studying, earning her straight A’s, never went to parties, and never dates. She lives for dance. As a student Julliard, she has worked hard to get the performing roll in the Nutcracker…her life-long dream. When tragedy hits, she has to decide between continuing her dream as a dancer…or taking over her family’s legacy. An unforseen circumstance arises in the form of a certain tall, dark stranger.
Tristan is the VP of a world famous robotic technology company. When he loses his boss and mentor, he becomes responsible for the new CEO of the company. It’s his responsibility to teach her about the business and look after the young woman. He never expected to fall for the stunning dancer. She is too young…too innocent for his world. He fights the desire burning within, but it’s too much…she’s too beautiful…and way too curious about his personal life. Breaking Kassidy is going to be the sweetest moment of his life…and the most challenging, but there are others who want the job for themselves.
Kassidy and Tristan’s story is not your typical love story. Although there is a HEA…their journey is full of dark and twisted bends. Find our what happens when the innocent meets the darkness.
My Review – Dark, Suspenseful and Heart-rending ~ 5 stars
This book will have you riding the highs and plumbing the depths of despair along with the characters – it is not, I emphasise, a read for the faint-hearted. It IS a romance and does have a HEA, but it is hard won and the heroine Kassidy goes through SO much before it is realised. Her journey, from a young ingénue, unfamiliar with the BDSM lifestyle, to one experiencing it in all of its many facets was an emotional read.
Kassidy is such an innocent at the start of the novel and my heart bled for her as the story unfolds. Tristan, older and more worldly than Kassidy, is heavily into the world of BDSM, and as a dom likes to play hard with his submissives. That said, Kassidy is somehow different; he wants her for himself but at the same time tries to resist involving her in his world on account of her youth and lack of sexual experience. Kassidy however, has other ideas and she is soon drawn into his world…
In addition to exploring the world of BDSM, it also contains scenes of violence and non-consent which some may find triggering. What shines through however, is the love Tristan and Kassidy have for one another, even when all seems lost.
As characters Kassidy and Tristan are really put through the mill by the author, questioning themselves and their love for each other. I will not reveal much of the plot, suffice to say that Kassidy finds this world a dangerous one. The novel has many unexpected twists and turns which left me reeling. I am familiar with BDSM reads and dark romantic suspense and this author manages to combine the two in a page-turning read.
Recommended to readers who enjoy dark BDSM reads and/or dark reads with a HEA.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note that a copy of this book was given to me by the author and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Title: A Taste Like Sin
Series: Painted Sin Duet #2
Author: Lana Sky
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 25, 2019
IS HE A HEARTLESS MONSTER?
The more Juliana is subjected to his charms, the deeper she falls under Damien’s spell. But the promise of protection and security may come at a higher price than she’s willing to pay…
OR A RELUCTANT PLAYER?
The reclusive billionaire has his own secrets, and his relationship with Juliana may threaten to send his precarious house of cards crashing down…
Will their bond survive the chaos?
Or will they both be destroyed in the end?
“Let them see you in the only way I cannot? Like hell. This is mine.” He quirks his thumb, making my spine contract, manipulated like a marionette. “Your heavy pants, mine to taste. Your wails of ecstasy, mine to hear.” He teases me with a second finger, spreading me open. “The tightening of every muscle just before you lose control, mine to feel. The scent of your arousal that lingers long after, mine to smell.”
Dark and Twisty! ~ 5 stars
And breathe! This read, like its predecessor, had me literally glued to my Kindle throughout. It contains betrayal, deceit and danger plus scenes of sensuality and hot and raw sex between the two protagonists, Juliana and Damien. Just who can she trust? Will the secrets of her protector, the unconventional blind artist/powerful criminal mastermind lead to her salvation or downfall? Is he worthy?
I loved how the author portrayed Damien, whose lack of sight, coupled with his heightened awareness, means that he can sense more than is usual when it comes to emotions, a gift he uses to exploit the tortured socialite Juliana to the full. Yet the physical and emotional connection between them just sizzles and his life become inextricably entwined with hers, as secrets and players from their combined pasts come to the fore and collide. In Damien the author has created an anti-hero who had me guessing throughout as to his true motivations.
I admired how Juliana, despite her apparent fragility is no one’s fool and that despite her distress, she is committed to uncovering the truth as to the identity of her past and present tormentor/stalker, the mysterious Simon, and the role others may have played. I was on pins as to whether their passionate yet fragile bond could withstand the cold hard truths that are revealed or indeed whether they would both survive the fallout.
It’s a read that is jam-packed full of many ‘heart in your mouth’ moments, whilst also containing scenes of raw sensuality and deliciously scorching interactions between hero and heroine. Lana Sky has become one of my go-to authors to feed my addiction to dark romantic suspense containing anti-heroes and broken yet strong heroines who refuse to play the victim.
Thoroughly recommended to readers who share my addiction!
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note that a copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
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Lana Sky is a quirky writer from the US who dabbles in dark, paranormal and contemporary romance. Her stories aren’t always typical, but cntain a little something for everyone.
A Cradle of Darkness Series Novel
Author: Addison Cain
Genre: Vampire Dark Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2019
“Addison Cain’s writing blows me away each time!” NYT Bestselling author Anna Zaires
I sold my soul to win her.
First to her devil of a father, then to the true devil himself. The price exacted nothing less than eternal fealty. A boon I’d gladly relinquish a thousand times over to possess the love of my dark Princess.
Though she may hate me. Though my desire chars my bones black. I will love her forever.
Virginal, devious, cruel, kind, she’s desperate for freedom. Used, wounded, coddled, and spoiled—the only immortal who can walk in the sun—will be mine.
So long as I can remove her father from his ancient throne and place something far worse upon that seat of power.
Publisher’s Note: Cathedral is a standalone novel in the Cradle of Darkness series featuring in an HEA. The horror prequel, Catacombs, will enrich the experience of this book but is not necessary.
Deliciously Dark Love Story~ 5 stars *****
Cathedral is one hell of a dark love story, told in Addison Cain’s indomitable style. The read is visceral, unapologetically hot and at times savage – and it and it literally blew my mind!
Both Jade and Malcolm, hero and heroine (or should I say anti-hero and anti-heroine) are essentially monsters who need human blood to survive. Jade is a daywalker, able to tolerate daylight, unlike the other vampires. As daughter of the leader Darius, she is respected but she is also reviled for her differences.
I found Jade to be a complex and flawed character, full of contradictions: sad and empty, despite her life of debauchery and luxury. She desperately craves love and acceptance, something she has never experienced from her cruel and sadistic father. It was not long before I began to feel empathy for her. Darius uses his daughter to meddle in the lives of humans for his own amusement and to control her, seeing her as a vessel to continue his bloodline.
The vampire Malcolm watches over her, ensuring her compliance with her father’s twisted wishes. Unbeknown to Jade he is in love with her, although she despises him. However, he will have her even if he needs to destroy her father in the process and at long last make her his … I adored that he loves her despite her flaws. Their relationship is complex and Malcolm practices his own dark methods of tough love, necessary to keep his Princess in line, as he plots with another, more powerful than Darius, to secure a future for them.
Can Jade overcome her hatred of Malcolm? Will her father fight back? Has Malcolm thrown his lot in with a being far worse than Darius? Who will ultimately win the battle for dominion and gain the throne and will they survive? I was on pins throughout and I loved this dark and decadent tale which sizzles with emotion.
Although the read is a standalone novel, I now have Catacombs, the horror prequel, on my ‘to read’ pile. I am eager to find out more about the twisted characters within the world the author has created within the Cradle of Darkness series and look forward to reading future instalments.
Please note that an ARC of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
USA Today Bestselling author and Amazon Top 25 bestselling author, Addison Cain is best known for her dark romances, smoldering Omegaverse, and twisted alien worlds. Her antiheroes are not always redeemable, her lead females stand fierce, and nothing is ever as it seems.
Deep and sometimes heart wrenching, her books are not for the faint of heart. But they are just right for those who enjoy unapologetic bad boys, aggressive alphas, and a hint of violence in a kiss.
Title: A Touch of Dark
Series: Painted Sin Duet #1
Author: Lana Sky
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 22, 2019
IS HE HER HERO?
Juliana Thorne is falling apart beneath her perfect façade. Haunted by a monster from her childhood, the sheltered socialite is slowly losing her mind—while a mysterious stranger seems to lurk around every corner, relishing in her demise.
OR THE VILLIAN?
A blind artist with a penchant for portraying darkness, Damien Villa harbors his own sinister intentions toward Juliana, but is he motivated by lust…
Or a desire for revenge?
This is no fairytale.
A dark, twisted and erotic masterpiece ~ 5 stars
Fans of dark, twisted and erotic reads need to buy this book now! The multi-layered plot and complex characters of both the hero and heroine, combined with the unexpected twists and turns, made for a truly addictive read – I loved it!
The reclusive Juliana is a tragic figure, literally haunted by a monster from her past. As her life unravels she finds herself inextricably drawn to Damien Villa, a dark and perverse blind artist, despite the danger he and his unorthodox methods represent. As her carefully constructed façade begins to crack and her emotions come to the fore, Damien seems to circle ever closer. Yet who is this man? Is he friend or foe and despite his obvious disdain, what is his interest in her?
The lines between Damien’s true motivations and whether he is hero or villain, are blurred – he is truly a master of manipulation, expertly cloaking his true motivations. As Juliana’s and Damien’s back stories are slowly revealed, I was left asking myself whether she should trust him and what was his long-term game plan. I loved the complex chemistry between the couple, involving hate and distrust but also burgeoning lust as the plot develops and secrets and lies are revealed.
There are some uncomfortable and disturbing scenes as the novel contains descriptions of PTSD and a woman who is close to breaking. Indeed, the read is deliciously dark, imbued with ever present danger and menace represented by Damien and also Juliana’s mysterious stalker.
The read enthralled me throughout and I could not tell to which dark place the plot was going to go to next. Lana Sky is a skilled author and since finishing the book Juliana’s fate, her relationship with the mysterious Damien and the identity of her stalker have been whirling around in my mind. The sequel cannot come soon enough!
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note that this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
#2 A Taste Like Sin – Releasing November 11, 2019
Lana Sky is a quirky writer from the US who dabbles in dark, paranormal and contemporary romance. Her stories aren’t always typical, but contain a little something for everyone.
#darkromance #dark #erotic #romantic #thriller
You’d have to be crazy to want a killer.
I was nobody. A deranged widow.
He was a psychopath with me as his next target.
When he took me from my home, he planned to kill me. The creepy room I woke up in with fluorescent lighting and an assortment of knives was evidence enough.
Then he saw my scars, and something changed.
Instead of killing me, he wants to fix me.
I might be crazy, but he’s completely Unhinged.
Two broken and twisted characters… ~ 4 stars
Unhinged is a dark romantic thriller, which delves into the psychology of two crazy as f*** characters who are both extremely worthy of the title! I thoroughly enjoyed the read and was intrigued by both the hero/anti-hero and heroine from the off. Although it took me a few chapters to warm to them both, very soon I was rooting for their unlikely and elusive HEA.
It is a bloody, violent and sometimes gruesome read which contains reference to abuse and coercive control. James is a psychopath who abducts, tortures and kills those who deserve to have justice meted out upon them due to past sins they have committed. The young widow Holly is his next mark, but once he has her in his clutches, rather than kill her he decides she is worthy of fixing. It is here that the couple begin to develop their unorthodox captor/captive relationship which is fraught with danger and suspense and also ghosts from both characters’ pasts.
Can Holly escape James’ clutches before this unstable man changes his mind about her fate? Does she want to? Can she, who has her own breed of craziness to cope with, be fixed? Can she fix her captor and is there any chance of redemption or a HEA for the couple.
An unusual but addictive read. Highly recommended for lovers of dark romance.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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She’s the daughter of the man I hate most in the world…
For almost ten years, I’ve been waiting to exact my revenge.
Ten years to allow her to blossom from a child to a woman.
Ten years in which I’ve grown a million-dollar business and built a powerful body to match.
And now my wait is over.
I’ve kidnapped her. Taken her. Made her mine, just as her father did to others before her.
With her sexy body, fierce mind, and sharp mouth…
The one thing I did not expect was to fall for her.
My father is a serial killer.
I didn’t think it possible to hate a man more than I hated him.
That was until the night a different man kidnapped me.
Now I know hate on a whole different level…
Hayden Vale might be rich and devastatingly handsome, but he’s also cruel and dangerous, and he has me handcuffed in the basement of his home on his private island.
He claims to hate me, but I’ve had a taste of him now and I know how he looks at me – with dark desire in his eyes.
He has a plan to use me to get revenge on my father, but what if I manage to use him first…
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Compulsive and heart-rending dark romance ~ 5 stars
I loved the premise of this series. After downloading and virtually inhaling the first book, I quickly purchased and read the subsequent instalment. I’m a huge fan of dark romances as I adore the conflict and tension between the protagonists and the journey they embark on as an individual and subsequently as part of a couple. This series certainly has conflict and tension in spades as Hayden, the hero (or rather the anti-hero) abducts Jolie, the heroine in a twisted tale of revenge.
I found the abduction scene and what happened to Jolie chilling and very well done. The reader is kept on their toes with the events that ensue. Hayden is a dark and damaged man. He has no misgivings about using Jolie to encourage her serial killer father to break out of prison so that he can enact his revenge upon him for the murder of his mother. Indeed, he holds Jolie partly responsible and despises her with a passion. For Jolie’s part, although she is revolted by what her father has done, she is naturally terrified as to what will happen to her at the hands of this desperate individual who is using her as a pawn to lure her father.
Jolie is certainly in a desperate position – escape from Hayden, who has spent a decade planning his plan for revenge, seems impossible. There are plenty of page-turning and harrowing scenes and I also enjoyed how Hayden and Jolie reflect upon their respective roles as captor and captive and also finding out how the actions of Jolie’s father, a serial killer, cruelly impacted on their lives…
Jolie resolves to use the sexual attraction that exists between them to help her escape – she has no other option. Jolie is a strong woman and I admired her strength, bravery when faced with the situations Hayden puts her in. Hayden is torn between attraction and hate for his captive and I loved how little by little he comes to see her as a person whom he starts to develop feelings for.
Will Hayden go ahead with his twisted plan of revenge and avoid going to prison himself for his actions? Will he seek to persuade Jolie to have a future with him or does he sees her as purely collateral damage in his quest for revenge? Could Jolie even contemplate a future after all he has subjected her to and plans to do?
Both books end on a cliff hanger and I was impatient to find out what happened next! A great read for fans of dark romance who love damaged heroes and heroines.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
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A very special journey for author Sharon Rose
Reflections and a Review
Author Sharon Rose is one of those individuals who are an inspiration to us all. After surviving breast cancer Sharon uses her creative and artistic talents to raise awareness and funds for both national and local charities. These not only include Cancer Research UK but also other charities, who have over the years been a source of solace and support to herself and her family and friends.
I know Sharon through the contribution she has made to the work of Tamworth Literary Festival which I am involved in and I was excited for her when earlier this year she announced that she was working on a script for a play entitled ‘Split Second.’ Sharon hoped that the play would not only raise awareness of a number of health issues and life challenges she and others have encountered but also provide solace and support to those who have been affected either directly or through supporting loved ones. The largely autobiographical script draws largely on Sharon’s own experiences as set out in the series of books she has published to date.
Over the coming weeks the theatre at a local secondary school was booked and thus began the task of reaching out to local actors and would-be-actors (many of whom who had not been in a theatre production before); securing a cast; refining the script; organising rehearsals; advertising and ticketing – the list goes on. Through it all Sharon embraced the many challenges and opportunities that the venture threw at her with her typical good-natured determination, always with a smile on her face. I was honoured when I, along with local author and blogger Sue Flint, was asked if I wanted to review the play.
Scroll down to read my review and also to find out more about Sharon’s work in supporting local and national charities and her writing. Sharon will be taking an active part in the Tamworth Literary Festival in March 2018 (details to be anounced soon). Check out the Tamworth Literary Festival pages for regular updates.
My Review of the Community Play Split Second
Inspirational and Life Affirming ~ 5 stars
On 18th November I was fortunate to have a front row seat at the premier of Split Second. The play, penned by the indefatigable Sharon Rose involved actors, musicians and dancers of all ages, drawn from the local community.
At the centre of the story is single parent Lucy who, like most of us, struggles with the vagaries of life, whether they be work, relationship or family issues. These are all thrown into sharp relief when Lucy is confronted with the news that she has breast cancer. The play looks at Lucy’s life prior to during and after her diagnosis and not only reflects on how she copes but also how the individuals closest to her – her family and friends, including those at her beloved Salsa club, support her through the process. The scenes flow effortlessly from ballroom to hospital wards, including scenes of home and work life and a holiday in Magaluf. The script is punctuated throughout by music, dance and song.
The script references some heart-rending issues: cancer, sepsis and domestic abuse. It brought tears to my eyes at some points, but it also contains much humour and laugh-out-loud moments. The overall message is life-affirming, not least the power of the individual spirit and also the importance of friends in helping us face whatever fate has in store for us. The title and the content of the play ‘Split Second’ reminded the audience of how life can change in the blink of an eye and how we should all seek to make the most of the time we have on the planet.
All involved in the production, from the performers to the directors, back stage and front of house crew are to be complimented.The lady who played Lucy is worthy of particular note as is the gentleman who played her friend (and would-be-lover) Greg; the dancer Summer who provided a series of spellbinding dance routines at various points in the production; Jenny who sings a fantastic solo and Sharon’s son, the musician Ali Glbert who makes an appearance.
The event, which played to a packed theatre, was a memorable experience for both the audience and cast involved.
Sharon (in the words from her website), ‘started writing and expressing herself through the written word, finding it very therapeutic and aiming her books are at those who are experiencing adversity. To give them strength and hope for a brighter future.’ Sharon’s books include Single Salsa Survivor: The Journal of a Breast Cancer Survivor, Always Sublime Never Ridiculous, Living in Grief. Loving in Grief and Looking In, looking Back: Happy memories That’s A Fact.
Find out more about Sharon’s books and how you can support her chosen charities on her website, which also contains some of her poetry:
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BLAIRE: part 1 in the Dark Romance Series
My name is Blaire. I’m head of security to a man who controls the Russian underworld in Europe. His name is Maksim and he’s my master. He bought me ten years ago and conditioned me with brutality to worship and protect him. And I have protected him. I’ve slain everyone who has tried to do him harm. Everyone but a man he loans me to; a man who threatens to break me and everything I believe in.
You’re going to need a strong stomach and a strong heart to follow my story, because take my word for it, it’s no fairy tale.
Totally Amazing Dark Read! – 5 stars
What can I say? I was GLUED to this AMAZING dark, psychological read. I am a self-confessed book whore when it comes to dark reads and I put this up there amongst the best. It has an original plot line and in Blaire and Charlie the author has created a truly awesome couple – their relationship is complex and intense and the scenes between them range from deliciously dark to sweet. I need to point out that it contains some brutal scenes of violence, physical and sexual in the book (dubious and non consent, bdsm, torture and abuse) which are not for the faint hearted.
Blaire is one of the most kick-ass and lethal females I have come across of late yet she is so vulnerable. I wept for her as the plot unfolded and little by little we leared about her history and Maskim’s role in it. The way the author drip feeds this information adds to the suspense and I was gob smacked when I learned about her past.
I ADORED Charlie – just what is his game? What hold does he have over Maskim? Can Charlie protect Blaire or is he just exploiting her too? Will Blaire overcome Maskim’s conditioning or is it too ingrained in her psyche? Will Charlie succeed in breaking her hard exterior to reveal the woman beneath and how will this impact on her? Will his kindness save her or lead to her destruction? I was fascinated with the psychology of the relationships in his book and if you love dark romance as much as I’d encourage you do add it to your ‘to read pile.’ I’m relieved that part 2 of Blaire’s story is out at the end of this month so that I can see what happens next.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
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Wynn Larimer would be the first to admit she has a bad memory and that lately it’s been getting worse. But that doesn’t explain how she has ended up in jail, accused of kidnapping two teenage foster kids. Now she’s in the fight of her life to clear her name. Her burning question: who has framed her and why?
Wynn’s partner, Barker, is hanging by an emotional thread. Not only are the missing girls her social work clients, but to make matters worse, her beloved Wynn seems to be losing her mind. How can she ensure the girls are brought to safety while dealing with a partner who is increasingly scattered?
Wynn and Barker must race to uncover the truth before Wynn is charged with a serious crime that could imprison her for years. But what will happen to their relationship when both discover things about each other that will change their lives forever?
Twists and turns a plenty ~ 4 sand a half stars
There’s twists and turns a plenty in this page turning psychological thriller from Alison R. Solomon. It is the author’s debut novel and she has done an excellent job in creating a suspenseful read which kept me on my toes and guessing until the end.
Wynn is shocked when she is accused of kidnapping two teenage foster children. There is no question of her innocence in her own mind. However, when the police produce a series of evidence which points to her guilt, she begins to feel a net closing in on her, a net of someone else’s making. Can she prove to them and to her partner Barker that she had nothing to do with the crime? With issues round her memory loss that appear to be worsening she battles against the odds to gather evidence that the police may have overlooked as the fate of the girls hangs in the balance. Meanwhile her partner Barker, a social worker to the two girls, struggles to prove Wynn’s innocence whilst maintaining her own and Wynn’s sanity.
Barker and Wynn are a loving couple: Barker a social worker, well thought of by her colleagues and clients, and Wynn the homemaker trying to get her jewellery making business off the ground. They have a good life together but will their relationship survive? Has Wynn been framed and if so why? In the course of their efforts to uncover the truth revelations about their respective pasts come to life and they will have to live with the consequences, that is if they can prove Wynn’s innocence and keep her out of jail.
I was gripped as Wynn struggles to clear her name whilst grappling with her own issues around memory loss. The author tackles this issue in a knowledgeable and sensitive way as she does with other issues explored in the read: dementia, memory loss, mental health, abuse and aging. The trials and tribulations of the foster system are also explored in the book and again this is done in a knowledgeable and insightful fashion.
The novel is cleverly written, with different POV and timelines and I was totally gobsmacked at how the plot unravelled. Recommended for lovers of a suspenseful read.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note a copy of this nook was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
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