CC’s ARC Review ~ Illusions of Evil by Lily White

 

Title: Illusions of Evil
Author: Lily White
Genre:  Dark Erotica/Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2
POV:  Multiple
Releases: October 18, 2017

 

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4 Stars!

 
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Jacob Hayle is a Catholic priest who runs a small-town church in a socio-economically depressed and fairly isolated locale. For 12 years, he abstained from his dark and sinful ways, but when a mysterious woman arrives on church grounds, Jacob begins to be truly tested with temptation in his sequestered sanctuary. Praying for strength to overcome, Jacob soon realizes someone else seems to be controlling his fate.

 

“How long do you think you’ll be able to hide from your past … to keep history from repeating itself?”


Eve represents all that is pure and offers her supplication with blind allegiance. Caught in the web of deceit and malevolence, she willingly chooses to obey as a means of absolving her masochistic guilt. 

 

“I’m going to transform you.”


As the level of manipulation escalates, Jacob’s resolve begins to descend into temptation and the beast within craves to be sated. Though he tries to fight, Jacob’s past is a constant reminder of how destructive and evil he can be. For Eve, she readily accepts the pain and ultimately surrenders to the pleasure.

 

“I’m awake now, beautiful. I’m paying attention and I’m so damn hungry, there might be nothing left of you by the time I’m done.”


Told in multiple POVs but with a focus on Jacob, the character development is measured with an ominous tone permeating the landscape. Knowing Jacob laments his past adds to the internal battle of staying true to his vows as a priest. His fight is deeply interesting as this dynamic depicts a timeless conflict with the addition of good versus evil. With Eve’s perspective she actually causes more of an imbalance and adds tension due to her role.

From the beginning, I was intrigued by Jacob’s struggle and how it was going evolve for him personally and professionally. At times, I wanted Jacob to remain resilient but the moments when he exposed his vulnerabilities truly showed his flaws. As for the creator of this madness, his character and purpose remains an enigma but I am curious to know how far it will go. With Eve, she was the toughest character for me to understand in her completely brainwashed state. Despite knowing her background and comprehending how such a situation can arise, part of me was waiting for her moment of revelation. 

This is a story that lures the reader from the first page and offers some twists while pushing the theme of virtuous against heretic. There are times when I wanted more action but I liked the tension and layers of mystery. I especially liked the sacrilegious actions that led to some hot moments. 

In Illusions of Evil flaws and sins are pushed to limits. I recommend and look forward to reading the conclusion in book two! 

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~Monster by Marni Mann

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3.5★★★Stars

 Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Type: Book 2 of Animal series
POV: First Person – Multiple

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In this book we get to see two separate stories; it goes from past and present and I found myself enjoying the past a lot more.  I found the past was darker than the present; at least that’s what it seemed to me.   We basically get a feel of exactly how dark Shank is.  His “Monster” side comes out and he does not hold back on details. 

“Cum floated, and I wanted to watch mine swim across her blood.”

While Shank spent a long time in jail he writes letters and on this letters he explains things that happened on book one that I was very curious about.  Finding out these details made me dislike some characters from the past.  I don’t justify why Shank did what he did; obviously he was a monster and didn’t care to show it. 

 

“Here, we don’t have general population. We only have death row. There is no parole. No release dates. When you’re sent to this prison, you die here.”

The other couple on this story was interesting; sadly I found I couldn’t connect with either one of them.  I liked the hero more than the heroine thought; perhaps because I never felt she was being one hundredth percent truthful.  However; I felt their connection was mainly physical and didn’t felt like they actually loved each other.  I tried to understand them but I guess I just couldn’t love their relationship something just felt off for me. 

The twist at the end was.., well definably not expected.  I was anticipating a big crazy twist but did not see that coming.  I don’t feel I had enough background onto the why the ending happened; so it left me unsettle about how I feel about the story overall.  Truthfully; I think Shank did not disappoint; he was an animal, a completely crazy monster; someone I expected him to be.    Overall, this book was still pretty intense and I feel it would be appealing to readers who are not afraid of dark books.

Book Order:
Animal (Animal, #1) by Marni Mann Monster (Animal, #2) by Marni Mann

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~ Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

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4.5★★★★Stars

 Genre: Dark Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Multiple

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Cassandra Carlino aka Cassie was a happy girl; she had a high school boyfriend who she saw her future with.   One terrible accident seemed to point all evidence towards her sweet lovely boyfriend. Her entire life was changed ever since.  Now she lives a life of numbness; her mother in comma and her life a chaos disaster.

“You begin to realize that the darkness you’ve been given is not burden, but a gift.”

Leo Bentley; never truly had everything he wanted.  He grew up protecting his sisters and brothers making sure they were feed because he had a horrible selfish mother.  Leo fell madly in love with Cassie until the day he lost control and nothing could have saved him from the events of that awful night.

“She will not be my vice. She will not be my forgiver. She will not be my redemption.”

This book starts incredibly good, exactly how I like a book to be with a suspenseful plot that I was not able to stop myself from reading till the very last page in one setting.  A seventeen year old Karen had gone missing; only to have been found in the property of Leo Bentley.  Immediately I started questioning everything and everyone; I had to know who the killer was and what was going to happen to all the characters.  I really loved Leo so much; I felt deeply sad for everything that happened to him.  Cassie was also someone I really felt for.  I felt the author did an amazing job letting us; the readers connect in such a deep level with all these characters and that’s why the twist at the end was so flipping crazy insane that left me speechless. 

“I can see myself in his eyes. My soul. He’s taken it from me. “

Gun Shy was a crazy, dark, psychological thriller, and a total page turner; one that had me glued to each page until the very end. Readers who enjoy suspense thrillers will find this book appealing. 
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★This was a F(BR) with CC & Liz★ 

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📖 #CurrentlyReading 📖 🔫☠️ #GunShy : A psychological thriller 🔫☠️by #lilistgermain . 📷📚 #PhotoChallenge : Day 6 #Spookeybookchallenge . Available Now http://a.co/1Kh68OY . I normally don't read 2 books at the same time but when I do they have to be different genre so I don't confuse the stories lol 😂. Loving this one and WW so far. Buddy reading this with @supercxcc and @lizcrazies . Blurb HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL? In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, a teenage girl disappears without a trace. The second girl in nine years. Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town's water supply. The killer was never found. As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated? For Jennifer's friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer's disappearance might be much closer to her than she could have ever imagined. 💣 💣 💣 💣 #craziesrusbookblog #currentlyreading #newrelease #book #bookstagram #books #bookish #bibliophile #blog #blogger #bloggerslife #booklover #igreads #instareads #instabooks #october #psychological #thriller #ilikeitdark #twisted

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

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3.5★★★Stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 2 of 4 from Devil’s Night series
POV: First Person – Dual

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In Hideaway we continue the journey of the foursome from book one.  We meet a new female character that I found interesting.  Banks grew up basically homeless with a mother who was worthless and selfish.  When she turned twelve years old her life took a new change for her at that moment it was the best she could have asked for but now looking back it wasn’t any better it was going from one miserable house to another one.

“I was what Kai said I was. A tool. Something others used.”

Kai is the quiet one; he was always the one I liked the most from the four boys.  I wanted to know everything about him. He knew at a young age that he liked to watch others he liked to keep secrets and like to be in charge.  Everything about Kai’s mystery fascinated me.  After a fake confession; which ended up being not so fake at all, he meets a girl that from that day forward gets under his skin but in a good way. 

“You don’t know which way to turn, and you won’t see that you’ve gone the wrong way until you’ve gone too far.”

I loved the chemistry between Kai and Banks I could feel it in my bones. I really enjoyed this story, I wanted to love it but I feel the book kind of dragged a little bit and at times it felt like repetitive scenes. I liked Banks because I understand her situation and really felt for her but at times she got on my nerves; some decisions she made like not choosing Kai and hurting my baby really upset me lol. I felt Kai was clear on his feelings and proven it to her over and over. He really was so sweet and I loved him for that. 

Also, I am a bit disappointed that this book didn’t focus more on Kai. I felt the entire story was more about Damon, which I honestly did not liked one bit. However; somehow I feel it was written intentionally like this so that we can understand Damon and in fact I do. I understand and feel so much for him that he is so broken and I just want to cry. I honestly cannot freaking wait to read his book. I wasn’t sure before but now I am like 100% sure that I need his book and maybe just maybe he’ll end up being my favorite one…Omg I can’t believe I just said that . Lol 

Overall, readers who love the foursome and love the cat and mouse chase will find this book appealing.

Devil’s Night series:
Corrupt (Devil's Night, #1) by Penelope Douglas Hideaway (Devil's Night, #2) by Penelope Douglas Kill Switch (Devil's Night, #3) by Penelope Douglas Nightfall (Devil's Night, #4) by Penelope Douglas

This was a (F)BR with CC & War

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Liz’s Review~Monster~by Marni Mann

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“I’d just learned that love couldn’t save us.”

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Monster is the second book in the Animal Series. A spin-off from Prisoned, each book must be read in order. Monster offers another trip down the twisted dark side.

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“I was alone in here.”

Shank has always been a mystery. With an uninhibited loyalty to his “brothers” and a twisted addiction to blood, he has always maintained order through his work at the prison and his relationships with his inner circle. When his life is turned upside down, Shank is forced to face the unthinkable. While isolated from everything he has ever known, the darkness from his past begins to threaten his future and that of the ones he holds dear. As we get a glimpse of the darkness hidden in Shank’s mind all of the brutal truths of his life are exposed and as the reality of this world begins to unfold, it becomes clear that no one is safe.

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“I need to feel you on my cock.
I need to feel that it’s still you.”

Told in multiple POV, Monster is a thrilling read with mystery, intrigue, scandal, and broken people. The characters are complex and as their lives are thrown under the microscope, the lines between right and wrong are blurred and the dynamics between them are intense and unforgettable. Certain elements of the plot broke my heart and yet, Marni stayed true to the characters and their plight. There are so many secrets and as the truth is revealed, the tension is uncompromising as each character fights to get what they want.

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Overall, Monster is an absolute must-read for readers who like to take risks and spend an extended time on the dark side. Marni Mann has crafted a complex plot with broken characters and unforgettable circumstances. Shank is one character that I will never forget. I highly recommend jumping into this series blind. Undoubtedly, this is one trip you will never forget!

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

**This was a BR with Loyda, CC, and WAR!

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Blog Tour~Sick Fux~ by Tillie Cole

 

 

 

When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.

 

Rabbit turned off the country road we were on and pulled onto a dirt path. Bushy tree branches curled above us to create a tunnel. I leaned my head back and caught the last rays of sun slicing through the leaves. When I lifted my head I saw a building up ahead. A house made from wood stood before us.
Rabbit pulled the car to a halt. There were no sounds coming from this house. No screams or crying. Everything was just . . . silent.
Rabbit’s hands slid from the wheel, and without looking at me, he said, “This is where we’ll be staying for the next several days.”
I leaned forward and looked out of the window. “Your home?”
He shook his head. “The first stop on our adventure.” I looked at him and found his silver eyes were already on me. “We have many stops to go.”
My heart fluttered in nervous excitement. “And this is number one . . .” I whispered, more to myself than Rabbit.
Rabbit opened his door. I was still staring at the woods surrounding this place when my car door opened too. Rabbit stood, rabbit-headed cane in hand, waiting for me to leave the car. I swallowed back the nerves that were creeping up my throat and stepped out. The ground crunched beneath my shoes.
“This way.” Rabbit held his arm out toward the house. I fell into step beside him. I glanced all around us, searching for any sign of people. As if reading my mind, Rabbit said, “There is just you and I here for now. We will meet more people when our journey truly begins.”
“It has not begun?”
Rabbit led us to a wooden door and paused. Gripping the head of his cane tighter, he faced me and said, “Soon, darlin’. Before we go, we must prepare.” He opened the door. “But first . . . tea.”
My breath caught in my throat. Beyond the threshold lay the most perfect tea-party spread one ever did see. “Rabbit!” I gasped. My hands flew to my mouth. I took a step forward into the house and onward into the magical room just beyond. As I passed Rabbit I looked up to see him watching me. I moved swiftly to the long table in the center of the wooden-paneled room, and my eyes widened as I beheld the spread. A white tablecloth lay over the table. Tall seats were positioned around it—eight to be exact—and at each seat was set a plate, a teacup and a saucer. I ran my hand over the cloth and smiled at the silver-domed dishes in the center of the table. I looked behind me to find Rabbit, but he was nowhere in sight. Turning back to the table, I lifted the first silver dome to peek at what was underneath. My mouth watered when I saw strawberry tarts. Smiling in excitement, I skipped to the next. Victoria sponge. Desperate to see them all, I removed each cover—cucumber sandwiches, Bakewell tarts, Battenberg cake, carrot cake . . . so much cake! All of England’s finest delicacies.
My favorites.
A floorboard creaked behind me, and I turned to see Rabbit walking back into the room. I opened my mouth to ask him where everything came from, but then I spotted what he held in his hands.
“Tea?” I asked as Rabbit placed the silver tray, which held a teapot, a jug of milk and a bowl of sugar, on the table. I walked closer and closed my eyes as I inhaled deeply. “Earl Grey,” I whispered, smelling my absolute favorite tea in the entire world.
“Only ever Earl Grey for my little Dolly,” Rabbit confirmed and pulled out a chair for me. I sat down, and Rabbit tucked me in. He took the seat a few places down and gestured to the food. “Help yourself. After all, this tea party is in your honor.”
A giddy laugh escaped my throat as I reached forward and carefully selected a variety of cakes and sandwiches. When I had filled my plate, I took the teapot and poured myself a cup. Rabbit watched me with a peculiar look on his face. His lip was hooked at the corner, and his eyes were . . . soft. His eyes were never soft, always hard and focused, but as he looked at me now, they were almost gentle.
I swallowed, unsure what this strange feeling in my stomach was. I pressed my free hand to my stomach as a comfort against the strange tingling sensations inside. “Tea?” I offered, my voice barely above a whisper.
Rabbit nodded; not a word escaped his mouth. His gaze became more intense as I moved beside him and poured the steaming liquid into his cup. As my arm neared him, I felt him stiffen in his seat. Only a sliver of air prevented our limbs touching. His breathing grew labored as he watched me pour.
But we didn’t touch.
Clearing my throat, I placed the teapot back on the tray and moved to take my seat once again. Just as I took a step, an image floated into my head. Of me and Rabbit. Lips touching. My entire body tensed.
I heard Rabbit’s ragged breathing behind me. Goosebumps broke out along my body, chasing one another up my arms and up to the back of my neck. Shaking my head clear of the image, I sat back down.
I raised my eyes and found Rabbit watching me intensely. I lifted my teacup toward my lips. Rabbit did the same, but just as the lip of the teacup almost reached his mouth, I shouted, “Rabbit!” He froze. “Your little finger!” I scolded. I lowered my cup and shook my head. “You cannot drink tea without raising your little finger, silly!”
Rabbit exhaled, then bowed his head. “You’re right, darlin’. How could I forget?”

 

 

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
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COVER REVEAL/GIVEAWAY: JUNIPER UNRAVELING By Keri Lake

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Title: Juniper Unraveling

Genre: Dark Dystopian Romance

Cover Design: Okay Creations

Release Date: October 31, 2017

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Papa says everyone has a story that deserves to be told.

Most begin years ago, after the second bomb hit, unearthing a deadly contagion that divided the population into the pure, the infected, and the Ragers.

Many recount the moment we rose up from the ashes and started anew.

Others tell of the day we built a wall to keep them out.
For some, they’re nothing more than the vestiges left behind—a simple name carved into the knotty bark of a Juniper tree.

My story begins with a boy. A mute, from the other side of the wall, known only as Six, who touched my heart in ways that words never could, and gave me the courage to face my darkest truth.
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Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees. When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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