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The Foreplay (Hemsworth Brothers #2) by Haleigh Lovell

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Published: June 2018

The Foreplay is very well written, and the characters well developed, and the story also grabs the reader from the first page to the last. I was unable to put this book down.
The Foreplay is a continuation of Ender and Adelaide’s story that started in The Slam. This is a beautiful story of love, mutual respect, and unconditional acceptance. I loved that the author took her time to develop the relationship between these two characters, which gave the story a very authentic quality. Of course, at times, the road to love can be a rocky yet funny one. Ms. Lovell had me cracking up with all the pop culture references, and of course, all the supporting characters are hilarious too, Miguel being my personal favorite. I have to say some of my favorite parts were the intensely erotic and sensual scenes between Ender and Adelaide. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I am looking forward to reading Edric’s story, The Good Mistake.
“Anywhoozle” this book is not to be missed, so what are you waiting for, put it on your TBR list!

*I received an ARC of The Foreplay by the author. I received no compensation. This review is my honest opinion*

The Slam (Hemsworth Brothers #1) by Haleigh Lovell

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Published: May 2018

 

I am adding this short review of The Slam, (Hemsworth Brothers #1) to let all of you Haleigh Lovell fans that she is coming out with the third book in the series, The Good Mistake. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, you don’t know what you are missing! This series will make you laugh and warm your heart!

I just loved The Slam. Very rarely does a book make me laugh out loud, this one did! Adelaide rocks!!!

Beauty in the Broken is LIVE

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🖤Six years ago, Harold Dalton framed me for theft and sent me to jail to steal my diamond discovery. He gave his daughter to Jack Clarke in exchange for the excavation rights. Today, I’m free, and I’m coming for him with a vengeance. Six years of cruelty make beasts out of men. I’m going to take back what he stole from me, and more. I’m not interested in his properties or shares. I don’t want his small change. I want his biggest asset. Beautiful, mentally unstable, Angelina Dalton-Clarke.

Worth billions, she’s the wealthiest widow in the country, and also the craziest. Her self-harming tendencies had Jack declare her incompetent before he put a gun to his head and blew out his brains. Lina isn’t allowed to touch a cent of her riches. Her father manages her finances. He has all the signing power. As her husband, that chore will fall to me. But if she thinks I only want her for her money, she’s sadly mistaken.

🖤Charmaine Pauls is one of my favorite authors, her books have complex characters that she immerses in dark and twisted ways. Her writing style is like a mosaic, continuously changing and the multi-layered plots will have you wondering what could possibly happen next.

AUTHOR BIO
 
Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions. 

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French, and Spanish.

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Beauty in the Broken–( A Diamond Magnate Novel )– by Charmaine Pauls

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Dark Romance, Erotica > BDSM, Suspense

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

 

🔥A story that will break your heart

🔥The perfect  antihero

🔥A beautiful broken girl

🔥Lies, secrets, and vengeance 

🔥Dark, lustful scenes

Beauty in the Broken is…heart-wrenching,  beautifully written, and darkly twisted.  There are few books that I want to go back and reread, but this is one of them. I have always loved Charmaine Pauls’ books, but I do believe she has outdone herself with this book. I feel that she has written Damian and Lina’s story from the depths of her soul, ahhh and what a dark soul that must be (haha). These two characters are so perfectly broken, both separately and together, you can’t help but fall in love with them. Their story is not pretty; it’s raw, dirty and utterly compelling; you will not be able to put it down. Beauty in the Broken is a malevolent story filled with power hungry men, revenge,  unbridled violence, secrets, blackmail and best of all, a profoundly dark, obsessive, twisted love one man has for one woman.

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Damian Hart was a doomed young, naive man when he walked into Harold Dalton’s house. Damian made two mistakes; the first one being, trusting Harold Dalton with the diamond mine he discovered, the second, falling in love with Harold’s daughter Lina. However, Harold has also made mistakes; he stole Damian’s diamond mine and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit, but more importantly, he underestimated Damian Hart.    Damian has had six, long, hard years in prison to perfect his revenge. Planning his vengeance may have propelled Damian through his years in prison, but prison made Damian into a dark, hard man. A man who will do anything, hurt anyone, to get what he wants and what he desires. Moreover, that one thing is Lina.

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Angelina Dalton-Clarke, Lina, is our beautifully broken heroine. Her father has used her to advance himself in the diamond business by basically selling her into marriage with Jack Clarke. When Clark kills himself, Lina becomes one of the richest women in South Africa, but before he does he has Lina declared incompetent. Upon Clark’s death, Lina’s father conveniently takes control of her fortune. For me, Lina was the perfect combination of soft and feminine, but she was also tough as nails, a true survivor. She has suffered dearly at the hands of men that were supposed to love and cherish her. Through all her suffering she stayed strong to herself, resilient, she never gave up.

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This story was expertly written, and from the first page to the last, I was hooked. This story is a dark romance, not a warm a fuzzy read.  Please expect to be challenged by what our heroine must endure.  At times, I felt so connected to Lina I could have cried. Ms. Pauls creates characters that you will fall in love with and others that you will hate to the depths of your soul. I felt that the story was original and expertly told, so expect to be consumed by this book.  She perfectly captures the lust, love, obsession and even the hate that Damian and Lena feel for each other. Their pull towards each other begins from the first innocent moment they meet and six years later explodes in an erotic ride that had me blushing in the best way possible. Ms. Pauls is the master of the dark erotic genre. 

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My advice to you is clear your calendar and be prepared to be obsessed with this book.  

***I kindly received this book from the 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 .***

 

 

The Never Game (Colter Shaw #1) by Jeffery Deaver

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Publication Date: May 14th, 2019 

The Never Game, written by Jeffery Deaver is the first book in a  new thriller series featuring the very likable character, Colter Shaw.  Although I have not had the pleasure of reading any other books by Jeffery Deaver I have heard good things.   When I recently found one of his books on NetGalley I jumped at the opportunity to read and review. 

This story was very well developed, researched and painstakingly thought out. I did find the beginning a little slow but felt that was due in no small amount of background information given, as is sometimes needed with the first novel of this caliber.  I must admit that I am not a fan of the gaming culture, but I did find that Deaver was able to present the story in such a way that you don’t have to be a lover of all things video games.  

I liked the way the author weaves the plot of the book with Shaw’s survivalist familial background. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about how Colter grew up with a paranoid father, intellectual mother and two siblings. Deaver does give us little hints to a subplot, and I am looking forward to seeing where that takes Shaw, but that is all I am willing to say about that. The main plot is filled with deception, greed and plenty of twists and turns and a little touch of romance. 

I did find  Colter Shaw to be somewhat of a paradox, on the one hand, he was intriguingly complex and enigmatic, and on the other hand, he presents himself an uncomplicated and straightforward a what you see is what you get kind of guy. These characteristics made him interesting and likable, a character that you want to get to know better. Deaver does an excellent job surrounding Colter with a very well developed group of secondary characters that add mystery to the story.

I am looking forward to reading where Shaw’s “reward-seeking” will take him. 

 

***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 .***

Then Came You (Laws of Attraction #3) by Kate Meader

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance

 

Aubrey and Grant were the power couple that everyone envied and wanted to be, beautiful and handsome, perfect together, and happily married, until they weren’t.  Then Came You is the third book in the Laws of Attraction Series written by Kate Meader. I have read the first book in this series and liked it very much, but somehow I missed the second book. However, as luck would have it, I have had the pleasure to read the third book.  This book was a quick read, well written and kept me interested with some well-placed surprises.  The characters are well developed, some I liked and others not so much. 

Then Came You is a second chance romance with a lot of family drama, sexual tension, heartache, and love with a  bit of comedy thrown in. Grant and Aubrey suffered a terrible loss during their marriage that they were unable to work through. Now, two years later, divorced, they are still fighting the attraction they have for each other. 

Let us start with Grant, whom I love. Grant Roosevelt Lincoln or as Aubry called him, Georgia, grew up poor, raised by a teenage single mom who’s love and devotion turned him into a true southern gentleman. Grant is not just good-looking and smart, but he is kindhearted, reliable, strong and loving.  Aubrey is a whole different story; she grew up in the upper crust of Boston society. She is closed off, distant, self-absorbed, and at the same time insecure. There were times I felt like taking Aubry by the shoulders and shaking her and saying wake the cluck up, open your eyes; you have a fantastic guy standing right in front of you. She not only has daddy issues, but mommy issues too, and ouch, they have messed her up. So, in a way I felt sorry for her, she didn’t know how to love Grant. I would be amiss if I did not mention Aubrey’s grandmother Libby, she was somewhat of a quirky grand lady that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Reading Grant and Aubrey’s journey was a real romantic rollercoaster of a ride. So many beautiful parts and other parts just tore me apart.  If you love second chance romances, this is a good one, and you won’t want to miss it.  These books can be read independently of one another, but I can honestly say they are all worth reading and I do plan to go back and read the second book in this series. 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 .***

Every Last Breath (Final Hour #1) by, Juno Rushdan

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Content Rating: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Thriller

Be prepared not to be able to put this book down, read well into the night, and be blown away by Juno Rushdan’s Every Last Breath ( Final Hour #1).  This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.  Every Last Breath is the first book in the up-and-coming new series, Final Hour.

Every Last Breath is perfectly balanced with intense nonstop action, a plot thick with intrigue and suspense, woven with deception and betrayal, where loyalties will be tested and of course heart-pounding romance. I was surprisingly delighted that the thriller aspect and the bioterrorism plot is not overrun by the romance but perfectly intertwined in this book.

This book was well written, paid attention to detail, and the main characters and the secondary characters were all well developed. I loved the vast range of dialogue between Maddox and Cole; it is barbed, hurtful, soft and caring and intensely hot and steamy. I loved Maddox, and I found her to be smart, bold, loyal and every bit as kickass as the men that surrounded her without losing her soft feminine side. Cole is the son of a Russian crime boss, and he is the epitome of the alpha male, intelligent, determined and incredibly hot. However, he too is struggling with his demons from the past.

Our two main characters Maddox and Cole have a tangled past, things between them are tainted, broken and complicated.  They haven’t seen each other in nine years, and then they are thrown together by circumstances that are out of their control, to work together, to bring down a madman who is hell-bent on taking his revenge out on the United States by way of a biological weapon.

 I don’t want to reveal too much of the storyline; therefore I will stop here.  Usually, I don’t like to compare authors, but in my humble opinion I feel that Ms.Rushdan has earned her self a top spot in the thriller genre right alongside the “big boys.” This book will keep you reading to the very last page and then dangle you right on the edge of the proverbial book cliff, setting you up for the next book in the series. I for one am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Nothing to Fear, due to be published late August 2019. I    know that if you give this book a chance, it will take you on a wild thrill ride you will not soon forget. 

***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 .***