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Old Enough (The Age Between Us, #1) by Charmaine Pauls

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance/Erotica

This was the first book I have read by Charmaine Pauls. I was very intrigued by the synopsis, and after reading Ms. Pauls bio, I knew I just couldn’t pass on reading this book. I found this book to be very different and I am so glad that I took the opportunity to read it. I loved the twist of the older woman and younger man. I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing, and the attention to character development was spot on.
This is Jane and Brian’s story. I immediately fell in love with Jane, how could I not, she has both a tragic and courageous side to her. I was amazed by how Ms. Paules was able to develop Brian’s character, who is only nineteen, into a strong, dominant but also caring man. The way these two characters meet was definitely out of the ordinary, a bit of a twist there. The author also did a great job in developing the secondary characters some of which I liked and wanted to hug and some I really wanted to slap.. Right. Across. The. Face!!! You will have to decide for yourself on that account. I also enjoyed all the conflict between the characters in this book.
The story was both detailed and fast-paced, with deceit, lies and everything in between and that kept me turning the pages and reading well into the night. There was also some interesting plot twists that I didn’t see coming. Some of the storylines were sad, but how the characters dealt with these issues had me admiring them even more. The romance that develops between Jane and Brian was spectacularly written. Loved the forbidden romance and the erotic scenes were panty melting. I honestly could not put this book down. There is a cliffhanger, and I will be insane till the end of August when the next book is published. The saving grace is I know it will be another outstanding read, so worth the wait. Old Enough is NOT a book that you should pass up. Happy reading.

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

Beauty in the Broken by Charmaine Pauls

 

Beauty in the Broken – Release Date 14 May 2019

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My heartbeat turns erratic. I don’t ask what he has in mind for me. I don’t want to know. When he reaches out, I flinch, but I don’t move. I’m backed up against the window. There’s nowhere to go.
He wipes a thumb over my cheek. “I scare you.”
I don’t deny the truth. I didn’t expect anything less, but hearing him say it makes the fear more tangible, rising to lie shallower in my chest.
His voice comes out hoarse when he finally speaks. “I can’t promise to never hurt you. I can promise you, though, that I won’t let anyone else hurt you.”

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Entangled (The Accidental Billionaires, #2) by J.S. Scott

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Entangled is the second book in The Accidental Billionaire series. I didn’t read the first one, but I don’t feel you have to read the first book to enjoy the second book.   My curiosity was piqued, while reading Entangled, to find out the details of Jade and Eli’s story, so I plan to go back and read the first book in this series.  I always enjoy second chance love stories, and this one was excellent. Entangled is told in the dual point of view style, going between the two main characters Aiden Sinclair and Skye Weston.  This book was well written, and I did like Ms. Scott’s writing style. Also, she develops her characters in such detail, I felt like I knew them and they are people whom I would want to befriend.    

Skye and Aiden started their love affair when Skye was only eighteen and Aiden was twenty-six. Both Skye and Aiden grew up poor.  Aiden and his older brothers have been supporting their younger siblings since their mother died and their father abandoned them. Skye grew up with a crazy religious mom that let a cult dictate how she lived her life. 

Skye and Aiden’s relationship was very intense from the beginning, and their attraction was off the charts. An unforeseen complication forces Skye to leave town, and the two are separated for almost ten years. She comes back to Citrus Beach a changed woman, not the innocent girl she once was. The things she had to live through were unbelievably horrific. Although she has lived in fear for the past ten years, this fear has made her stronger but also closed off emotionally. Her mother has died and left Skye the cafe where she worked all her life, so she comes back to Citrus Beach to try to make the cafe a success.  Aiden is also not the poor fisherman that Skye left all those years ago, he is now a billionaire, a very gorgeous, alpha billionaire, who is still broken-hearted and pissed off that Skye dumped him for a wealthy mobster.    

Reading Skye and Aiden’s story was a joy.  These two have never stopped loving each other, but will Skye’s past and her secrets prevent them from realizing that they still love each other and that they belong together.  Sorry, that’s all I willing to reveal.  Entangled is a beautiful story of second chance love and I wholeheartedly recommend reading this book.

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***

PRIDE (The Elite Seven #2) by J.D. Hollyfield

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MyRating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

Pride is the second book in The Elite Seven series, and although this book can be read as a standalone, I would not recommend it. You will enjoy the series to its fullest if the books are read in the order they are written.  I love the way the books are written by different authors, and how the books are interconnected by the secret society storyline.  The characters from book one so far have kept true to themselves through the second book.  

                                          

                                            Mason Blackwell is Pride

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 Mason is not like the other guys in the brotherhood. He didn’t grow up with a silver spoon or a trust fund or wealthy parents.  He has had a difficult life. After his parents died, it was just him and his sister, Evelyn, alone in the world.  They were put into the system, and Mason vowed to take care of Evelyn at all cost. Maybe because of his different life circumstances he is put in charge of all the other six brothers and is responsible for relaying the task that will get them into the Elite Society.  I really like our hero, Mason, he is strong, loyal and tender-hearted all at the same time, not all your typical manwhore, that is typically found in books like this. 

        “Fuck, I want you.                                                                                                             

Not just your sexy body, but your mind.                                                                                     

I wanna own your fucking soul.”

Megan, Megan, Megan…she presents herself as the perfect little college professor, NOT!  She is just so cute, smart, and sweet, but with a dark erotic side that Mason didn’t see coming.  I felt a great connection with this character, she felt very genuine, if not a bit naïve.  

                                           “He makes me feel so… wanted                                                                                            

                      I could be risking everything by going forward with this.                                                

But what if I take a chance someone on who has never made me feel so cherished, needed, happy, fulfilled?”

                                                           “What if?”

Ms. Hollyfield has really captured the essence of this series, she kept me guessing with her twists, turns, and deceit.   The intensity she infuses between the two main characters is pure magic.  She has taken this series to the next level, we learn so much more about the  Elite Society, and so much comes to light in this book.  And, of course, my favorite character who I love to hate, Lillian. She is pure evil. Things are revealed about her past, and for a moment you feel bad for her, but then she does something else, and you are reminded just how nefarious she really is. 

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Be warned this book does end in a bit of a cliff hanger, leaving the reader excited for the next book in the series.  Time to bring on WRATH.

LUST (The Elite Seven #1) by Ker Dukey

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

 

Lust by Ker Dukey is the first book in The Elite Seven series.  This series contains seven books in all, each one having the title of one of the seven deadly sins with each book written by a different author makes it a fun, creative idea. 

The Elite, a secret society, is at the center of these books. This organization is so powerful that it can make or break a person. Early on in the book Rhett, our pseudo-hero, suffers a devastating tragedy and starts a downward spiral to self-destruction. However, he knows the only way he can right the wrong that destroyed his family is to become a member of the Elite. Moreover, he will do anything to become a member.  When he is picked to be one of the seven candidates of the Elite, he becomes consumed with this task. 

Then, Chasity Griffin slams into his life. Chasity, a good girl who happens to be the dean’s daughter, becomes Rhett’s initiation task to earn him a permeant place in the Elite. Seduce her; it’s that easy…or is it? I liked Chasity, she is adorable and sexy and at the same time, smart and sassy.  The best part about her is that she could see Rhett for the panty melting man whore that he is. They start as enemies, and their combustible attraction and fun, sexy banter muddies the water of their relationship, in the best possible way.

 The things I liked about this book, well written, fast-paced, exciting plot-line, great characters, and scorching sex scenes. There were also some dark twists that kept me reading. I would have liked the book to be a little longer with the same amount of attention paid to Rhett and Chasity as was paid to setting up the series.   Overall, this book was an excellent start to a promising series and a very LUSTY read. Enjoy!  

STALK HER – by – Ker Dukey

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Content: Rating 18+
Genre: Dark Suspense/Romance

“Can you feel me?

“Da dum…da dum…da dum…”

“This wasn’t the plan I had dreamed of for myself, but life was an unpredictable bitch.”

Ker Dukey has done it again! Stalk Her is a dark suspense novella, with a touch of smut, that will have you questioning the incredible perverse nature of one man’s obsession, with a woman he doesn’t know, but must have and control. I am a huge fan of Ms. Dukey’s writing and have read and loved many of her books and this book was no exception.

Erik and his sister, Ebony, have not had an easy life, but Erik is now a successful businessman and seemingly has everything he desires until he sees Alice. Sweet, broken, lovely Alice. Stalk Her is their twisted, dark tale. I can’t explain why I liked Erik, but nevertheless, I really did. He is one crazy messed up hot man. Alice, a 19-year-old senior in high school, is dealing with a terminally ill mother and financial ruin. Erik feeds off the brokenness of Alice, and this excites him to complete distraction.

This story will take you on a dark, tangled, suspenseful ride that will have you looking over your shoulder and seeing things in the shadows that may or may not be there. So, I hope you give this intense, deliciously dark book a try.

Beautiful Bad – by – Annie Ward

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My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating 18+

What did I just read? Beautiful Bad is the first book by Annie Ward that I have read, so I didn’t know what to expect. The blurb of the book grabbed my attention, and I did have a good feeling about this book. However, little did I know that I would be… Totally.  Blown.  Away.

Beautiful Bad is well written. This book takes us from Bulgaria to Macedonia to Iraq and then to a quiet little town in Kansas. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene for all these places, which in my opinion make for a better story.  The story is mostly told from Maddie’s perspective and jumps between three different timelines. We also hear from Ian, and that part of the story is written in the third person point of view.  Jo, Maddie’s best friend, is weaved into this twisted tale as well.  The relationship between Maddie and Ian is filled with drama and agonizing intensity.  These characters are damaged, peculiar and devious and I found myself liking them and disliking them at the same time. 

Now on to the story, I feel that I can’t say too much about the story without giving away its twisted nature.  What I can say is that it kept me reading well into the night. The author has a cunning way of building and building the story – she will have you thinking one thing and then twist it around to where you haven’t a clue as to what is going on or whose story we are to believe. The only thing I would have liked to see a bit more of was the criminal angle of this book. Overall, Beautiful Bad is a tense psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till all is revealed.  

***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***