CC’s Review ~ Sloth by Giana Darling

Title: Sloth (The Elite Seven, #6)
Author: Giana Darling
Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Book 6 of 7
POV: First Person – Dual

Published: May 13, 2019

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3.75 Stars

Rush Dempsey was raised with the prestige of wealth and power, expected to uphold the family name. However, upon becoming a member of The Elite, Rush is looking to make an impression in a sinfully different way. As the saying goes, laissez les bons temps rouler.

“I’m on a mission, and I won’t stop until each and every one of those motherfuckers is brought to justice for what they’ve done.”


In previous books, Rush is on the periphery, but seems to have a pulse on all that has occurred. Getting his POV and a sense of his motives upholds his enigmatic character. As for Rush and Isabelle Savoie, while it happens fast, Rush has a dirty mouth that is satisfying and blasphemous. Isabelle shows she has a backbone and offers Rush what he needs.

“You fixed me with your holy pussy.” “Rush,” she squealed, pushing me into the confessional as we passed it. “You’re impossible.”


Regarding the ongoing Elite plot, much happens in this book. While some interesting plot points develop, the pace is quick. However, one particular scene made me question the intentions of all the Elite and how they differ from their predecessors. Somehow, I still hold some hope that the impossible might happen. 

Sloth is about revenge and finding purpose. I am curious to read Greed, the final volume of this series, to see how twisted it will all end. 

The Elite Seven series:
Lust (The Elite Seven, #1) by Ker Dukey Pride (The Elite Seven, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield Wrath (The Elite Seven, #3) by Claire C. Riley Envy (The Elite Seven, #4) by M.N. Forgy Gluttony (The Elite Seven, #5) by K. Webster Sloth (The Elite Seven, #6) by Giana Darling Greed (The Elite Seven, #7) by Ker Dukey

This review can also be viewed on Goodreads HERE.

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ A Five-Minute Life by Emma Scott

Title: A Five-Minute Life
Author: Emma Scott
Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

Published: May 14, 2019

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4 Stars!

 

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Thea Hughes grew up in a loving family and always lived spontaneously, pursing her creativity as a painter. At 21, with all on the horizon for Thea, tragedy strikes and she is forced to live in a restricted existence. Two years later, and on a continually scripted reel, Thea is desperate to break out of her shell.

“She was direct as hell but smiled at me as if there was a secret between us that only we knew.”


For most of his life, Jim Whelan was bounced between foster homes until finally reaching eighteen. Now 24, Jim has relocated to a new town in hopes of getting an orderly position at the Blue Ridge Sanitarium. Accustomed to keeping to himself, Jim doesn’t talk much but a certain resident captures his attention.

“Nothing good lasts,” I said. “That’s been a truth of my life.”


As the plot becomes invested in the lives of these two characters, the differences between Jim and Thea are many, yet Jim remains a good-hearted person despite his past. Following his instinct, Jim believes he is acting in Thea’s best interest even when it may jeopardize his own circumstance. This selfless behavior runs true to Jim’s giving nature. Of course, Thea’s experience is one that is uniquely hers and when she has the opportunity to live beyond, and without regret, she seizes it. 

“Not whole. We’re both a little cracked and imperfect, but I love us.”


Together, Jim and Thea balance each other, as she gives Jim the unconditional acceptance he’s been seeking, while Jim is an anchor to Thea’s whirlwind personality. With this story, the level of character dimension is rich and delves into vulnerabilities and the notion of living in the now. 

Without a doubt, Jim is an absolute standout character and I empathized with his situation on multiple levels. Given Thea’s condition, it is hard not to be sympathetic to her plight, yet Thea didn’t want sympathy, which is a commendable trait. The idea that they took advantage of every minute together was moving. Overall, I enjoyed the premise of this book and the variables that could happen.

A Five-Minute Life is a poignant and thought provoking romance about love and resilience. 

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

This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey and Loyda!*

 

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CC’s Review ~ Gluttony by K Webster

Title: Gluttony
Author: K Webster
Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Book 5 of 7 of The Elite Seven series
POV: First Person – Dual

Published: April 15, 2019

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4 Stars!

 

Baxter Samuel Goddard V, known as God, was raised with a sense of entitlement and luxury due to his family’s status as one of the wealthiest in the world. Being the sole heir, God knew the path he was going to take and was prepared for the inevitable until becoming a member of the Elite and crashing into Zemira Coleman’s life.

“Money is the root of all evil.” My words are meant to hurt him. He simply shrugs. “It’s the only thing I have. I suppose that makes God the devil.”

Told in dual POV, the plot takes an interesting turn from the outset which shows God’s true self and inner conflict. As the dynamic between God and Zemira offers a unique perspective to these characters, it also leads to a solid connection despite their circumstances. 

“The way he tapped into my soul and had a little taste. Maybe a bad man needs a taste of a little good.”

From the beginning of this series, I was intrigued by God’s personality, but I did not expect such thoughtful depth and it richened his character. As for Zemira, she is strong despite the adversity she had to overcome and I truly enjoyed her addition to the series. Of course, the ongoing plot continues to evolve with some surprises but all is ultimately pointing to the end game.

Gluttony is about the multiple faces of privilege and the disadvantaged. 

The Elite Seven series:
Lust (The Elite Seven, #1) by Ker Dukey Pride (The Elite Seven, #2) by J.D. Hollyfield Wrath (The Elite Seven, #3) by Claire C. Riley Envy (The Elite Seven, #4) by M.N. Forgy Gluttony (The Elite Seven, #5) by K. Webster Sloth (The Elite Seven, #6) by Giana Darling Greed (The Elite Seven, #7) by Ker Dukey

 

Release Blitz & Giveaway! ~ Share Me by Ker Dukey and K Webster

Share Me

by K Webster & Ker Dukey
Publication Date: May 9, 2019
Genres: Reverse Harem Standalone

Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

From international bestselling authors, Ker Dukey and K Webster comes a steamy reverse harem standalone story from their KKinky Reads collection!

They have one job.

Keep me safe.

But none of us are safe against the allure we have when we’re together.

Control and professionalism used to be something they prided themselves on.

But now that we’re secluded and alone, lines blur and control quickly loses to need.

Someone is trying to snuff out my life, but they may not get the chance if I’m devoured whole by my saviors first.

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

 

About Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.
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 from 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.

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CC’s Review

 

4 Stars!

 

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Clove Sterling has been sheltered her entire life by her politician father. For the past six years, her four security guards kept careful watch and also became her confidantes. Currently at 23 years old, Clove wants to act on her fantasies and make all four guys her own in every way. When a threat arises, Clove believes this may be her chance.

“I’m going to combust. No same person could survive these men. You’d have to be a saint not to want them. I’m no saint.”


Being a reverse harem theme in the KKinky Reads collection, I was expecting dirty story. The kinkery was definitely filthy with Clove being wanton and all four guards filling her to the brim, yet I was hoping for more to occur. However, I liked how the men shared Clove and how she was insatiable.

“But if she’s going to carry on a sexual relationship with four men all at once, then she’s going to have to train her cunt to take four dicks like a champ.”


As for the four men, each had a unique personality and offering. Sebastian is definitely sexy, but Zac won me over completely. Overall, I liked how Clove was comfortable with her sexuality.

Share Me is a quick and kinky read that will appeal to those looking for a dirty fix. I look forward to reading additional books from the KKinky Reads collection.

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

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Share Me by Ker Dukey and K Webster

Title: Share Me
Author: Ker Dukey and K Webster
Genre: Erotica (Reverse Harem)
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Multiple

Published: May 8, 2019

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4 Stars!

 

Clove Sterling has been sheltered her entire life by her politician father. For the past six years, her four security guards kept careful watch and also became her confidantes. Currently at 23 years old, Clove wants to act on her fantasies and make all four guys her own in every way. When a threat arises, Clove believes this may be her chance.

“I’m going to combust. No same person could survive these men. You’d have to be a saint not to want them. I’m no saint.”


Being a reverse harem theme in the KKinky Reads collection, I was expecting dirty story. The kinkery was definitely filthy with Clove being wanton and all four guards filling her to the brim, yet I was hoping for more to occur. However, I liked how the men shared Clove and how she was insatiable.

“But if she’s going to carry on a sexual relationship with four men all at once, then she’s going to have to train her cunt to take four dicks like a champ.”


As for the four men, each had a unique personality and offering. Sebastian is definitely sexy, but Zac won me over completely. Overall, I liked how Clove was comfortable with her sexuality.

Share Me is a quick and kinky read that will appeal to those looking for a dirty fix. I look forward to reading additional books from the KKinky Reads collection.

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

 

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Requiem & Reverie by Keri Lake

Title: Requiem & Reverie
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Type: Book Two of a duet
POV: Multiple

Published: May 13, 2019

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4 Stars!

Without interruption in the timeline, the game of cat and mouse continues as the Sandman raises the stakes. Toying with Voss and luring Nola, the plot landscape is set with tension mounting and emotions running high. Voss is determined to protect what is his and Nola is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

“I cannot wait to have this bastard under my blade.”


As the author spins a web of rich layers and staggered clues, the entire plot unfolds at a quick pace. Additionally, creeping into the recesses of insanity is fascinating and I like how the darker elements remained true to the characters and the nature of the theme. 

“I didn’t kill them. I’m not a murderer. I made them better. Pure.”


Though the reveal wasn’t a surprise for me, I was relieved to read how the story allowed for the sinister level of physical and psychological components. As for Voss and Nola, their relationship seemed rushed and one particular part misplaced. Despite this, Voss still exudes raw power that can be harnessed in such sexy ways. Of course, one younger character deserves a shout out for being such a bad ass. 

Requiem & Reverie is a dark and disturbing romantic thriller that will keep a reader on the edge. I hope Keri Lake will continue to write in the theme of thrillers because this duet is an extraordinary foray into the genre.

The Sandman Duet:
Nocturnes & Nightmares (The Sandman Duet, #1) by Keri Lake Requiem & Reverie (The Sandman Duet, #2) by Keri Lake

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

This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey, Loyda and Lonestar Liz!*

 

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CC’s Review ~ House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

Title: House of Cards
Author: Garrett Leigh
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person

Published: July 17, 2017

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3.75 Stars

Calum Hardy has fallen into a place where his self-confidence is lacking due to staying in an abusive relationship. Standing up for himself, Calum loses his home, job and reputation. Forced to leave London, Calum boards a train to Cornwall where his life changes upon being reunited with his old friend.

“…I’ve just . . . lost myself, you know? And I don’t know how to get it back.”


Brix Lusmoore is a man who has learned to surround himself with those he can trust and to accept his given hand. Finding happiness with his rescued chickens and by helping others, Brix is an interesting soul and is in a unique position to offer Calum the opportunities he desperately needs. As they rekindle their friendship, old feelings rise to the surface.

“I don’t need you to fix things. It’s enough that you’re here.”


As this character driven plot unfolds, the connection between Calum and Brix is felt due to their longstanding friendship and mutual respect. With Brix’s nurturing tendencies, Calum begins to open to the possibility of what he feels. This story is certainly a slow burn showing how two characters have endured, but can find what they’ve been seeking.

Throughout, I liked Calum and Brix and felt for their circumstances. It was also easy to get a sense of the Cornwall community which added to the atmosphere of the plot. While there are difficult themes explored, there were times when I wanted the plot to delve into more of the emotional aspects. 

House of Cards is a story about new beginnings, acceptance and a second chance relationship. This book will appeal to those looking for a MM romance with heart.

 

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