COVER REVEAL~ TORTURED by Nicole Williams

 

 

 

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When he left for a twelve-month deployment, she knew it would feel like forever before they saw each other again. She didn’t realize how right she was.

When Lance Corporal Brecken Connolly gets taken as a POW, Camryn hopes for the best but steels herself for the worst. In the end, steel was what she needed to survive when he didn’t. She moves on the only way she knows how—gilding herself in more steel.

Years go by.

She builds a new life.

She leaves the old one behind.

Until one day, she sees the face of a ghost on the news. Brecken seems to have risen from the dead, but she knows she can’t perform the same miracle for herself. While Brecken was held in a torture camp for the past five years, she’s been trapped in her own kind of prison. One she can’t be freed from.  

The man she mourned comes back to join the living, but the girl he wanted to spend his life with isn’t the same woman he comes back for. Brecken isn’t the same person either. The past five years have changed them both. While he’s determined to put the pieces back together, she’s resolved to let hers rot where they shattered.

 

Broken or not, Brecken wants her back. He’ll do anything to achieve that. Even if it means going against the warden of Camryn’s personal prison—her husband.
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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

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Liz’s Review~Rigid~by SD HILDRETH

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“Be careful what you wish for.”

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Rigid is the fourth book in the Filthy F*ckers Series. With each installment, Hildreth showcases another biker from the Filthy F*ckers Family. Each biker is unique, loyal, and passionate about life. Although it may be time for Smokey to meet his match, he has another woman in his life that has always come first!

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“For a minute, you tricked me into thinking I was normal.”

Grayson “Smokey” Wallace is a biker who is loyal to his club, loves coffee, vaping, women, and his daughter Eddie. Caring for his daughter and making sure she has a safe place to grow and develop into a successful young woman is his only goal and everything else is inconsequential. Smokey has no problem falling in and out of bed with the ladies but having a relationship with anyone is out of the question because he doesn’t want to bring anyone home that would disrupt the life he has created for himself and his daughter. While out with his brother Cholo, he meets Lexi’s best friend, Sandy. With just one look, Sandy and Smokey share an instant connection.

“So….is this….what you…..do?”

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“I wanted to know his deepest of desires, and hoped I could satisfy each one of them. Yet. The way it felt knowing all we would ever have was sex crushed those wants and desires into dust.”

Sandy is happily stumbling through life. Working two jobs, she has friends that love her, and she is headed for a life full of joy and success. Meeting Smokey sparked a physical desire in her that she had never felt before. Knowing that a relationship with him was out of the question, after a few unforgettable rounds in the bedroom, she was strong enough to push him away. However, sometimes even when we think we know what is best for us, life is always there to throw as a curve ball. Sandy and Smokey (and Eddie) are instantly thrust into an unknown world, and just like life, their journey is full of unexpected moments of joy, fear, happiness, and terror.

“We might end up in love someday.”

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“Love simply either happened or it didn’t.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Rigid offers a beautiful story of sacrifice and love. The vital element in this installment of the series is the complex relationships between the characters and the surprising way in which they intercept together along the way. Smokey is passionate about doing right by his daughter, and because of that, he has chosen to be single. Eddie loves her father but is ready to stretch her wings and soar. Somehow, Sandy fits perfectly into their lives and like the missing puzzle piece she is the catalyst that brings their family together beautifully. Hildreth’s writing style continues to entertain with his natural flowing dialogue, real life situations, unique characters, and smoking hot sex! An additional stand out character is P-Nut. His unashamed view on life and uninhibited spirit promises more greatness to come to this already extraordinary group of characters.

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Overall, this series brings a variety of characters, situations, and moments that always cause me to pause. Sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me cry, sometimes they make me swoon, but I always turn to the last page and feel something that I haven’t felt before. Every. Single. Time. Rigid is a tender and sexy read that is sure to bring on the feels. With action, romance, and family love, this is one Hildreth book you do not want to miss!

***BIKER MC ROMANCE SERIES***
Hard (Biker MC Romance, #1) by Scott HildrethRough (Biker MC Romance, #2) by Scott HildrethDirty (Biker MC Romance, #3) by Scott HildrethRIGID (Biker MC Romance, #4) by Scott Hildreth

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CC’s Review ~ Killing the Sun (Part One) by K. Larsen & Mara White

4 Stars! 

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Aimee Olsen is a small town girl raised by an impoverished family. Learning to live simply was their only option, especially after a certain event changes how her family is perceived in their community. In hopes of starting a new life, Aimee sets out for New York City where she meets a man that offers a sense of security. While Aimee isn’t materialistic, he introduces her to new experiences and she feels fortunate for finding such a nurturing boyfriend.

 

“You are so vulnerable, and I feel like it’s up to me to toughen you up.”


Daniel “Danny” Montclair (a.k.a. Danilo Bartolini) grew up in Brooklyn and was raised by strict Sicilian immigrants. Rebelling against the normalcy and mundane life of his family, Danny was enamored with the wise guys of the neighborhood. Fast forward, Danny runs an empire but when he sees a girl that exudes innocence and sunshine, he knows he must make her his.

 

“Some things you can just buy, other things you have to earn.”


For six years, Aimee and Danny have been together but Aimee is no longer happy knowing her place in the relationship. After only having Danny to rely upon for so long, she questions their future and tries to move forward on her own; however, Danny’s influence is far reaching.

 

“There isn’t much purity in this world, so when you find some, you’ve got to hang onto it like a life preserver in treacherous water.”


In this first episode, the foundation is set for each character and the plot is driven by their circumstances and by their individual choices. Aimee is a good-natured character who likes to see the positive in people despite being treated poorly by her peers. At times she can be naïve, but her decisions show how life just isn’t black and white. With Danny, he is a domineering man with conflicting priorities, especially toward Aimee, as he knows what right decision is but chooses the opposite. While their relationship is loving at times with combustible sex, it is also getting toxic.

 

“He pounds me until my flesh screams, until my back threatens to snap from the pressure and impact. With one hand coming over my hip he uses all of his fingers to rub flat against my clit until I explode into orgasm and growl out his name. I want to hit him. I want to spit in his face. He grabs my hair and yanks my head back.”


Told in dual POV and with a non-linear timeline, the varying perspectives and shifts allow the reader to understand the motivations of the characters that parallel their past and present. The pace is steady and the tone is tense at times since the path Aimee and Danny will take is unknown. At this point, I’m not sure what to expect from either character but understand the choices they’ve made.

Mara White is a new author to me but having previously read K. Larsen, I am familiar with the eerily quiet lull she can create before twists and reveals. Moving forward to book two in this series, I look forward to reading how these characters either progress or digress.

This book would appeal to those who appreciate that life’s choices aren’t always obvious and that good people make bad decisions.

Three Books in the series:
Killing the Sun Part 1 by K. Larsen Killing The Sun Part 2 by K. Larsen Killing The Sun Part 3 by K. Larsen

Title: Killing the Sun (Part One)
Author: K. Larsen & Mara White
Genre: Dark Romance
POV: Dual first person

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CC’s Review ~ Possession by Jaimie Roberts

Title: Possession
Author: Jaimie Roberts
Genre: Dark Erotica/Romance
POV: First Person

 

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3.5 Stars

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At 18 years old, Evelyn Montgomery grew up in household where shady deals were transacted, however, she didn’t expect for her family to view her as an asset rather than as a daughter. At twelve years old, she met a man that gave her hope and a sense of friendship. As she got older, Evelyn began to realize this man was more than a friend that would stop at nothing to protect her, or at least so she thought.

“He once told me he wasn’t a monster, but I see it inside him. I see that part of him simmering near the surface.”

With an intense manner and imposing physical presence, Drake Salvatore is a powerful man who gets what he wants at any cost. Though he makes it clear that he is a monster, Evelyn is still drawn to him for what he offers. As he waits until the timing is right, Drake’s obsession is clear and no one is going to stop him from taking what’s his.

“Why is it so necessary to own me? Why not some other girl? Why me?”

As Evelyn begins to see Drake’s far reaching influence and control, she is conflicted because of how she perceives him. Though she rebels at times, her realization comes to a head when her choices are removed and she’s faced with stark reality. Drake’s methods are by no means ethical but that’s what drives his needs. When Evelyn makes a choice, she soon learns that worse monsters exist.

“That man over the years has become both my enemy and my saviour. My fissure and my bond. My sickness and my cure. My destruction and my salvation.”

What ensues between Drake and Evelyn is a series of events that is manipulative and debauched. Due to Evelyn’s sheltered existence and lack of family support, her decisions are based upon limited experience and Drake uses it to his advantage. While Drake has been very open with Evelyn about his dark side, physically and emotionally, their journey is one of conflicting feelings.

Told from Evelyn’s POV, the timeline shifts between past and present that allows for a build-up of tension since not knowing what Drake will do next allows the reader to empathize with Evelyn. However, I was looking for more development from Evelyn’s character instead of falling back on her physical attraction to Drake. While it’s clear that Drake is a man of certain tastes, I was left wanting much more about his motivations and more depravity, as whether he was a man of redemption wasn’t a factor to me considering the theme of the storyline.

Overall, the plot points felt a little disjointed and it created some contradictions. While I liked the characters on one level, I was ready for something much darker. That said, I was relieved to read the ending, as my thoughts were confirmed but was left wanting more.

Possession is a book that covers themes of obsession with flawed characters who desperately want to be loved despite the consequences.

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Liz’s Review~Animal~by Marni Mann

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“Your life is about to change.”

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Animal is a thrilling ride full of twists and turns that will hold you captive and leave you breathless and only wanting more. As moments of pain, joy, lust, fear, and love rain down, the characters desperately seek solace and will stop at nothing to find it.

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“I didn’t know what I was actually signing up for.”

Tyler Richens is a college student. A small-town girl thrust into the world of the big city, she has a bright future ahead of her. Tyler has always felt alone. Emotionally abandoned by her family and financially strained, she craves acceptance and love. When her roommate takes her out on the town, she is given an offer that she simply cannot refuse.

Shortly after Tyler’s life is changed forever, she meets Jae. Jae shows her a world of possibilities that she never knew existed and can never have. Despite her best effort to stay away from him, she can’t let him go.

“I needed some fucking screams.”

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“There was bad motherfuckers on these streets. I should know. I was one of them.”

Beard is a broken beautiful man full of raw fury. Working as a prison guard in an underground prison, he and his two best friends fulfill their needs by torturing and killing the guilty. As Beard ventures out past the prison walls, he finds himself in a twisted web of lust. Falling hard for a beautiful woman, the physical connection seems to keep his fury tempered and allows him a small semblance of satisfaction. Can money, women, and screams truly provide him everything he needs to forget?

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“Up in this mother fucker, the three of us were like doctors.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Animal is a blend of two stories told in both the present and the past. The characters are complex and beautifully damaged. The physical and emotional connections are raw and in-depth as each moment intercepts and twist and turn through each other. The action drives the plot like a freight train going a million miles an hour. The torture and raw grittiness that takes place in the prison paired with the tender romance between Tyler and Jae paired with the sexually charged conquests of Beard evoke a vast array of feelings that span the entire spectrum of emotions. The plot is intricately constructed with precision and the setting is expertly captured with the colorful description embedded in the text. Like a blockbuster movie, the action, suspense, romance, and sexually charged moments will leave you more than satisfied.

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Overall, Animal will appeal to readers who like to challenge their mind, stretch their boundaries, and venture into a twisted world in which they may never want to escape. Marni Mann is an expert storyteller and the complex characters paired with the complex plot in Animal transported me to a world that I will never forget.

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GIVEAWAY~ANIMAL~BY MARNI MANN

“In this prison, we weren’t just guards. We were animals.


I captured the guilty.
Locked them inside our prison.
Tortured their bodies and abused their minds.
I had murdered hundreds.
Never recognized one.
Until her face.
Until that scream.
I was hired to take her life.
But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.”

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Cover Design: R.B.A. Designs

Release Date: March 23, 2017

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I captured the guilty.
Locked them inside our prison.
Tortured their bodies and abused their minds.
I had murdered hundreds.
Never recognized one.
Until her face.
Until that scream.
I was hired to take her life.
But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.

 

 

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About the Author
Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.

 

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