CC’s ARC Review ~ Freaks (Dirty Nasty Freaks, #3) by Callie Hart

Title: Freaks (Dirty Nasty Freaks #3)
Author:  Callie Hart
Genre:  Dark Romance
Type: Book 3 of 3 
POV: First Person – dual
Expected publication: July 23, 2018

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4.5 Stars!

With the explosive ending in book two, Freaks continues the timeline with Felix Marcosa searching for the information he desperately needs to protect Sera Lafferty. Though Fix is a seasoned assassin and moves in certain circles, his world is a small one and that complicates their situation.

“Fuck,” he groaned. “The moment you slid your pussy down onto my dick, I was a fucking goner.”


Time is limited for Fix and Sera so the moments are intense as their bond is further fortified. Physically, their attraction is combustible, but they also connect on an emotional level. By learning about their personal challenges, it solidifies how they’ve grown in the face of adversity.

“I walked the road to hell, and I lived there for a time, but I’m not going to be another broken girl you have to take care of. You’re a fixer. But you don’t need to fix me.”


Full of action, twists and incredible storytelling, this trilogy comes full circle with some surprises. After the curious ending of Nasty, a timeline question arose, but it becomes very clear how the narrative fits within this series. What I especially liked is that Fix and Sera remained true to their characters to the very end. While they both have triggers, their instinct to protect is overwhelmingly strong and leads to them to a place where they can move forward.

Freaks is a book with edge, grit and heart pumping action. This book will appeal to those looking for a dark romance filled suspense.

Dirty Nasty Freaks series:
Dirty (Dirty Nasty Freaks, #1) by Callie Hart Nasty (Dirty Nasty Freaks #2) by Callie Hart Freaks (Dirty Nasty Freaks, #3) by Callie Hart

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

 

 

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CC’s Review ~ Nixon (Four Sons #1) by Ker Dukey

Title: Nixon (Four Sons, #1)
Author: Ker Dukey
Genre:  Dark Romance
Type: Book 1 of 4 
POV: First Person – dual
Published: July 20th, 2018

 

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3.5 Stars!

Nixon Pearson has been a good brother and son but he questions the darkness in his soul. A natural protector, Nixon steadily assumes this role and begins to discover what kind of person he can be.

“I didn’t always have this darkness inside me. My soul became tainted, murky with other people’s darkness, their sins raining down over me like acid, saturating me, infecting my core.”


What ensues, is a journey for Nixon as he continues to mature and accepts the added responsibility created from turbulent times. Shifting between past and present, these scenes further develop Nixon’s character. True to his nature, Nixon shows that he is capable of more than he hoped. 

“If you’re searching the sea of people you love in your mind right now, then you’re probably not a psychopath.”


In starting this book, I definitely had high expectations and lots of speculative theories about how Nixon was going to transition from the end of Wheeler. While I liked how Nixon matured beyond his years, his test also affected a certain character. In seeing the big picture, I can understand why, and even respect that it was him, but it’s killing me too. 

A big problem I encountered was Rowan Wheeler. I didn’t feel she matured (or felt any remorse for her previous actions) and didn’t feel her connection with Nixon. Ultimately, he deserves a stronger partner. 

As always, Ker Dukey shows how she is a master storyteller in weaving thrilling elements and taking no prisoners. Nixon’s story was compelling and his brothers remain intriguing. 

Nixon is a dark romance about a captivating hero and how he develops into a man.

Four Sons series:
Nixon (Four Sons, #1) by Ker Dukey Hayden (Four Sons, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield Brock (Four Sons, #3) by Dani René Camden (Four Sons, #4) by K. Webster

 

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Church. by Stylo Fantôme

Title: Church.
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre:  Dark Romance/Thriller
Type: Duet
POV: First Person – dual and third person 
Published: July 20, 2018

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4.5 Stars!

Emma Hartley has endured abusive relationships her entire life and has the psychological labels to prove it. Longing to love and be loved, she finds a connection with an unlikely person. Knowing she shouldn’t act on her feelings, Emma’s overwhelming needs usurp common sense at times.

“Maybe this whole time, I should’ve been looking for someone as fucked up as me. Maybe two broken pieces can be glued together to make a whole.”


Church Logan is a mysterious man with loner tendencies. Learning to adapt to his traits at a young age, he remains aloof but his hometown return brings unexpected complications. Despite his end goal, Church discovers his true self.

“You don’t scare me. I see you, Church Logan,” she whispered. His eyes fell shut, then his head fell forward until their foreheads were touching. “You’re going to break me,” he whispered back.”


Together, they form a dubious relationship where Church manipulates Emma yet she is a willing participant. Their understanding of each other is unique and it fuels their bond, for better or worse. With each fulfilling a certain purpose, Emma is willing to do anything to keep Church while he believes he’s pulling all the strings. Their connection is emotionally intense and physically combustible.

“I want to do it whenever I want,” he started speaking fast as his hips picked up speed. “I want to see you covered in me. I want you to be mine.”


Emma is a complex character with a slew of issues that makes her detached when needed but she is also extremely vulnerable. With this potent combination, she believes she can finally have it all and she becomes a force. 

Church is the gorgeous quiet guy who all the girls imagine conquering his heart (and other body parts). Steady and logical, his superiority complex is somewhat justifiable and makes him even more magnetic. Due to his level of influence mixed with a healthy dose of fear, Church is sexy and potentially deadly. 

Church. is a dark romantic thriller that would appeal to those who want to experience an edgy storyline, compelling characters and blurred boundaries. I highly recommend and look forward to reading book two in this duet. 

Church. duet:
Church. (Church, #1) by Stylo Fantome Untitled (Church, #2) by Stylo Fantome

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review. 

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Title: The Last Time I Lied
Author: Riley Sager
Genre:  Thriller/Mystery
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person 
Published: July 3, 2018

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4.5 Stars!

 

At 28 years old, Emma Davis is an artist plagued by mysterious circumstances that occurred 15 years ago while staying at Camp Nightingale. Trying to move forward, Emma finds solace in her paintings, but when she receives an invitation to return to the camp site, she decides to confront her fears and get answers.

“You are either very brave or very foolish, Emma. I can’t decide which one it is.”


Returning to the site, Emma settles into her cabin with a new group of campers. Though many of the old staff have returned, the atmosphere remains tense as many remember the tragedy from years ago. Determined to get the truth, Emma relies on memories and new information which leads to complications.

“What I don’t understand is why, after all this time, what happened at that camp still haunts you so much.”


Told from Emma’s perspective, the shifts between past and present set a mysterious tone where so many questions arise and the tension steadily increases. Not knowing who to trust, everyone is a suspect until it’s all revealed in a crescendo.

Emma is an interesting character as her doubts and regrets are relatable. This makes her vulnerable yet she is strong enough to confront her longstanding fears. With a cast of secondary characters, they all contribute to Emma’s obsession and cast doubt as to whether she needs help. These uncertainties further fuel the plot landscape.

Riley Sager is a new author to me and I liked his analytical approach to writing along with his ability to capture the essence of the camp location and characters.

The Last Time I Lied is a novel with thrilling elements and an ominous atmosphere. This book would appeal to those who like to follow clues to formulate their own theories and enjoy a thoroughly entertaining mystery.

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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It’s Live! Nixon by Ker Dukey

First came the Four Fathers.

Now it’s time for the Four Sons.

Nixon by Ker Dukey

LIVE!!!

Synopsis

I am devious, a dark soul, and son to a dead man—or am I?
I plan many moves ahead to get the result I want.
Her.
Things may be complicated, but we were always destined for each other.
I’ll protect her from any threat and defend my interests, even if it means going against my own brothers.
My name is Nixon Pearson.
I’m ruthless and deadly, but also devoted.
People may think I’m young and naïve, but that’s just a mask I wear to fool them.

NIXON

***This series should be read in order to understand the plot.***

Nixon (Four Sons, #1) by Ker Dukey

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Have you added these to your Goodreads TBR??

Hayden (Four Sons, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield ~ Releasing July 27th
Brock (Four Sons, #3) by Dani René ~ Releasing August 3rd
Camden (Four Sons, #4) by K Webster ~ Releasing August 10th

 

Meet Author Ker Dukey

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bedtime stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script. I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made of light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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Liz’s Review~Captivated by Bethany-Kris

4-5-stars

“Life. Love. Forever.”

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Captivated is a non-stop action mafia romance with smoking hot passion and tender romance. Joe Rossie is a highly respected Chicago hitman for the mob. When he is called to New York City to assist in a special project for a New York crime family, he meets the beautiful mafia princess Liliana Marcello and he is completely captivated by her. Liliana is a professional ballet dancer who is no stranger to the idiosyncrasies of the life of a crime family. Although she has been focused on her career and tried to stay away from love, Liliana is drawn to Joe and the two form an instant connection. When passion transforms into deep love, Liliana begins to trust Joe with her heart. Joe feels an authentic connection to Liliana and yet, he knows that when she finds out the truth about why he is in Chicago, he might lose her forever.
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“Joe didn’t relent the second his mouth was back on her pussy. He was the starving man, and she was the fucking feast spread out before him.”

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“You want me to pet that pussy?”

Told in dual POV, Captivated is packed with action, suspense, and intrigue. The characters are complex and the plot takes off like a race car on a NASCAR track. In other words, you better buckle up because the plot is full of twists and turns that will make you catch your breath and stop your heart. The connection between Joe and Liliana is explored thoroughly as each moment seamlessly flows into the next. The dirty talking dialogue delivered by Joe is sure to leave any reader swooning and begging for more! The passion and romance between the two are smoking hot and I could not turn the page fast enough to see what would happen next.
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Overall, I highly recommend Captivated to readers who enjoy action, romance, passion, and good old-fashioned mafia fun! With an alpha hero and his beautiful dancer, this stand-alone romance will melt your kindle and your heart. This is my first Bethany-Kris read and I can guarantee it will not be my last. I am officially hooked and cannot wait for my next Bethany-Kris read.

*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!

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