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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Club Revenge (Dysfunction at its Finest #1) by J.M. Dabney #FF #Dystopian @JMDabney_author

CoverTitle: Club Revenge (Dysfunction at its Finest #1)
Author Name: J.M. Dabney
Publication Date & Length: May 12, 2016 – 195 pgs

Synopsis

A family forged in battle.

Amora Medina-Jackyl knew one thing well—vengeance. She’d inflicted pain without mercy to those who deserved the punishment. She’d lived by one motto her entire existence– family was to be protected above all else. An ancient cult murdered her parents and siblings when she was little more than a child. The Order of Angelus hadn’t understood the Hell they’d brought down on themselves that one brutal night.

Amora was many things in her four centuries. A daughter and a sister, a mother, yet she was best known as a killer. When she finally meets her end, Amora will have hundreds, maybe thousands of lives to answer for. Her only wish is to find one moment of peace. She denies her need as much as she fights to protect it. When the one woman who can bring her serenity comes into her life: can Amora destroy century old walls to let her in?

Lies and conspiracies tear at the fabric of sanity—of what’s right. Can truths come to light that change the reality of a family who’s known only the taste of revenge and loss?

Author’s Note: This is a previously published title. It was released as a two-part novel, it has been expanded and re-edited. This is a standalone novel.

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FiveStars

This book blew me away. Fascinating story line incredible characters. This author has successfully made the unbelievable believable.
The author writes with such passion makes her characters feisty, yet lovable, scary yet tender.
As the impelling tale of revenge slowly reaches its explosive climax the reader continues to be unsure of the repercussions.
Along wit all the maelstrom and chaos runs a very heartwarming and ardent love story.
Ms Dabney introduces plenty of hot sex and passionate encounters but all are appropriate to the story line and not just introduced for the readers titillation.
A really enjoyable and captivating novel that I can thoroughly recommend.
I was also enthralled by the prologue, I will certainly be seeking out the next book in what looks like a blistering sequel.
Chris

ThreeStar

I liked the concept of this book, but the execution was a bit lacking. There seemed to be quite a few places where the transitions were choppy or jarring. It hurt the continuity of the story. The sex scenes were good but again, sometimes it felt like things were left out. I would say it seemed like it needed more editing and more revision. It just seemed a bit unfinished. That said, the story itself was interesting, and a good set up for the continuing story. In some ways, some of the characters were one-dimensional, although in others I do see a struggle to show more depth. It would be interesting to see how the series progresses, but I also feel the author’s style needs to mature more.

Amy P.

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The House at the End of the Street by Stephanie Kusiak #FF #Paranormal

CoverTitle: The House at the End of the Street
Author Name & Publisher: Stephanie Kusiak (Sapphire Books Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2016 – 201 pgs

Synopsis

Natalie Hargrove, a previously accomplished artist, and Caitlin Cassidy should never have met. After all, Caitlin was only a twelve-year-old girl when Natalie was already dead and gone. But they did meet, and it was that dramatic encounter in the house at the end of the street that changed their lives forever. The moment was so powerful, so important, that it drew Caitlin, now a renowned novelist, back to her hometown twenty years later to seek out Natalie’s ghost. Taking up refuge in the dark, broken house, Caitlin believes that getting back to her roots and to the bottom of her experience with the ghost will somehow help heal the wounds her life has brought her.
Against the backdrop of a Victorian mansion, a story unlike any other unfolds between Caitlin and Natalie, and leaves them with one lingering question: even if love is enough to bridge the gap between life and death, is it enough to keep a ghost from passing on?

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FiveStars

This is a fascinating totally unique book. A book obviously written by a wordsmith. While you are reading  this absorbing book you will believe in ghosts.
A superb love story that one one minute can have you smiling then shortly after you could be wiping tears from your eyes.
The climax, the way it unfolds and comes to fruition is as amazing as it is beguiling. I was an artistic masterpiece – you would have to read the book to understand why I chose those two words.
A magnificent love story told with flair and passion.
Chris

FourStars

Caitlin is saved from certain death by a ghost when she was twelve years old. Years later she buys the house it all happened in and hopes against hope that she’ll see the ghost again. Natalie died in an accident years before but never found peace and moved on. She is furious that Caitlin is messing with herhouse and her things but comes to see that she is a good person. Once they meet again they slowly fall in love but it all seems impossible.
This was an interesting book about a sweet love story between two women who can never be together – but can they? I liked Natalie as she was a tortured soul that I just knew could eventually find love and peace if she was open to it. Caitlin was caring and patient and was willing to do anything to be with her. I enjoyed the pace of the story as it allowed the characters to reveal a lot about themselves. The author succeeded in keeping me interested and I grew to care for her characters.
Kitty Kat

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Strangers by Eden Darry #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Strangers
Author Name & Publisher: Eden Darry (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 16, 2016 – 76 pgs

Synopsis

Three stories about chance meetings between strangers. Kip and Claudia are terrorised by an unknown creature lurking in the woods in Car Trouble. Summer Holiday takes place on a Caribbean island where Leigh and Amy discover a secluded pool for their erotic interlude. Charlotte gets an unexpected shot at love when Freya delivers her pizza in The Delivery.

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FourStars

These three stories of strangers meeting and become involved with each other kept me interested and I enjoyed them all.  They were well written, with humour and certainly very sexy.
Car Trouble -Claudia and Kit meet on a remote road in Scotland when Claudia’s car breaks down.  Once Claudia’s barriers come down and they get to know each other better they get all hot and steamy.  Unfortunately as strange creature is intent on disturbing their romantic encounter.  A twist in the tale make for a very interesting read.
 
Summer Holiday – Amy is on a lesbian and bi Caribbean holiday and meets Leigh, a very hot love‘em and leave’em type.  She is obviously interested but not if she’s just another notch on the bedpost.  When they both realise there is more to it than a quick romp they have an amazingly steamy time together.  A lovely quick read.
 
The Delivery – This is a sweet and sexy story of Charlotte and her pizza delivery woman, Freya and how a huge initial attraction and a lot of humour can lead to so much more.  A nice light story.
I enjoyed this book and it’s the perfect book to take away on holiday, to read on the plane or on the beach.  Not at all taxing, just fun.
 Kitty Kat
ThreeStar
If you are looking for a short stories, that are quick and easy to read, entertaining with plenty of sexual encounters, then this is the book for you.
Personally I was a little disappointed none had much of a story line or plot just lots of  fairly hot sex.
Excellent and encompassing title. Also the final sentence in the first story was brilliant, book worth reading for this iconic line.
Chris

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4 Star Review for Bitten by Eden Darry @EdenDarry @NineStarPress #FF #lesfic #ParanormalRomance

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Title: Bitten
Author Name & Publisher: Eden Darry (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 70 Pages

Synopsis

Dr Gray Davis is looking for a peaceful, sun-filled holiday on a remote island, but then she meets Beau Pickford. The attraction is immediate.

Unfortunately for them, Brody Douglas is also on holiday, and a stone carving he finds by the river makes him sick—sick enough to kill him. But when he awakens, he’s not who he was before, and Gray and Beau find they have to fight for their lives and a way off the island.

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FourStars
A really enjoyable and almost light take on a horror story. When I first began reading I thought it was going to be a typical lesbian love story, how wrong was I!
This tale develops into quite a gripping tale that keeps the readers interest with interesting characters, at times horrifying graphics, but at all times tongue in cheek.
It was really good to read a satisfying love story with just a different edge.
The different characters balanced each other out and the added comic element were a bonus. The ending was positive and not over the top. A good and colourful read.
Chris

Excerpt

Gray Davis settled back into her seat and sighed. She closed her eyes, shutting out the low, excited hum of the passengers around her. She had been waiting for this holiday for months. Last year, she finally qualified as a GP and taken up a position in a busy surgery in West London. Gray loved her job, but lately it seemed like she hadn’t done anything except work. When the weekends came, she was too exhausted to go out with her friends. As a result, her love life was pretty barren as well. Gray’s best friend, Julia, finally staged an intervention. One Sunday morning, she had forced her way into Gray’s flat with an armload of travel brochures.

“Gray, I’m not leaving until you book one of these.”

Gray picked up the first one on the stack. “Sapphic Cruises? No chance.”

Julia simply sat down on Gray’s sofa, smiled sweetly, and leaned back with her hands behind her head. “Pick something, or I will beat you to death with the entire stack. I got on the tube with those. They’re bloody heavy.”

“I don’t need a holiday. I’m fine.” Gray plonked down on the sofa opposite Julia. She knew she was acting like a moody teenager.

“Gray, nobody has seen you in months. You haven’t had a girlfriend in what, three years? You’ve probably closed up down there.”

Gray laughed at the serious look on her friend’s face. “That’s not possible. Besides, I don’t want a girlfriend. I don’t even have time for a goldfish.”

“That’s what I’m saying!” Julia leaned forward and clasped her friend’s hands gently. “I know your career is important to you, but you have to slow down, Gray. Take some time to come out with us once in a while. And,” she gestured at the brochures, “book a fucking holiday.”

Defeated, Gray sat back and perused the glossy covers, shuffling them like a deck of large cards. She was exhausted. She’d been working non-stop for months at the new practice, hoping that by putting in the hours, it wouldn’t be too long before she was made a partner.

She’d been working towards this for such a long time. Being a partner would mean sharing in the surgery’s profits, as well as the added responsibility of hiring and managing staff. Not to mention the even longer hours. Maybe she did need a trip.

Gray stopped when one brochure caught her eye. On the front, a group of smiling women were holding hands as a blazing sun set behind them over a sparkling clear sea. She sensed Julia looking expectantly at her. “Why are they all LGBT travel brochures?”

“I told you. You need a break, and you need to give your vagina a spring cleaning. Two birds, one stone.”

Gray snorted with laughter and opened it.

So, here she was, on a plane, waiting for it to take her off to an island in the Caribbean. She glanced at the two empty seats next to her and then up the aisle where a couple more people made their way down, she wondered if she might get lucky enough to have all three seats to herself. Grinning, she closed her eyes and leaned back again.

Gray willed her mind to shut down and relax, even though it kept returning to work. Julia was right, she did need a holiday. The practice manager wasn’t thrilled at the idea of her taking time off. When Gray told her, she pursed her lips as if she were sucking a lemon and said, “You’ve only been here five minutes, and you want time off already?”

Gray tried not to let her thoughts run away with her. She was good at inventing disaster scenarios. Her biggest fear since booking was when she came back and they told her they’d picked another doctor for the partner position. It was unlikely, and if it did happen, there were plenty of other places she could work—even go in as a partner without the probationary period this surgery required. Even so, it didn’t stop her worrying. She liked it there, and it had a good reputation.

She wished she hadn’t let Julia badger her into it if she was going to spend the whole two weeks stressing about her job.

Gray must have drifted off, because she woke suddenly as someone huffed down into the seat beside her. She felt a strong leg press against hers and a sharp elbow in her side.

“Oh shit, sorry.”

Gray opened her eyes and sat up, annoyed. Typical that she would be sat next to the person who thought they deserved more space than everyone else. “Can’t you be a bit more careful? You’re right over on my side.”

“Sorry, sorry. These seats are so small. Once we take off, I’ll move into the aisle seat, I promise.”

Gray turned to look at the woman next to her, about to ask that she at least move her leg, when she stopped, unable to speak. Oh my God, she’s gorgeous. The woman was tall and muscular. Her thick brown hair was cut short and framed a face with cheekbones most models would die for. Her full mouth widened into a cocky grin that said stare away, I’m used to it.

It was the grin that helped Gray find her voice. Out of all the seats on the plane, she was the one stuck next to the lesbian Lothario. Refusing to give her the satisfaction, Gray flicked her eyes over the handsome woman dismissively. “Thank you.” Turning away, she felt the woman put a gentle hand on her arm. It tingled in the place where they touched. Gray smelled something citrusy and fresh as she leaned close.

“I’m Beau Pickford, by the way. What’s your name?”

She thought about making up a name for the hell of it. Beau Pickford was still pressed against her, and it was annoying. Although, in all fairness, the seats were small. “Gray Davis.”

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TWO 4 Star Reviews for Unspoken by Liz McMullen #FF #Romance @lizmcmullenshow

CoverTitle: Unspoken
Author Name & Publisher: Liz McMullen (Sapphire Books Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

Desiree Chevalier is determined to control her own destiny, and that includes shaking her mother’s iron grip on her life. Rosalie Chevalier is not going down without a fight. She’s a corporate raider after all and it just wouldn’t do to have a wayward daughter. When Desiree steps away from the Chevalier fortune to put herself through Mount Holyoke College, Rosalie decides to show up on her doorstep. Although her mother digs in, Desiree refuses to bend.
Rowan Knight is working just as hard as Desiree to put herself through school. She is intrigued by Desiree but also wary of the icy reception she receives each time they meet. Rosalie’s persistent interference in Desiree’s life intensifies the tension between Desiree and Rowan. Will they be able to move past the obstacles in their path, or will their love remain unspoken?

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FourStars

Actually I thoroughly enjoyed reading this beautifully written romance. Unlike many romance novel this novel was truly romantic. Almost like old fashioned “courting” brought up to date and at relevant times pleasantly sentimental .
I was immediately drawn to Rowans personality and as they were introduced her raucous loving family.On the other hand Desiree’s personality grew on you the more you learned about her.
I  though the way the women’s romance unfolded slowly, warily and with such carefully constructed explanations were a joy to follow.
It was admirable to read about such honourable characters and the use of characters from international  background laudable.
My only criticism would be the alacrity in  the change of one of the characters mothers, though the explanation given was a pleasant unexpected surprise.
An enchanting  tale that leaves the reader sated and content. I will certainly be looking for further works by this engrossing author.
Chris
FourStars
I’m hesitant to rate this book. In some ways, I liked the book so much more – I liked the characters, I liked the setting, I liked the relationships in the book. Based on that much, I may have rated the book higher. Based on other things, I would have rated the book lower. I felt like there were a couple of things I would have liked done differently. First, after that first chapter, which I actually will address again later, the story starts at the college where our two mains are attending. My problem is that in the first couple of chapters, I got a LOT of names, and relationships that I struggled to keep straight in my head. And that tiny bit of stress turned out to not matter as much as I thought it would; most of the names that were introduced weren’t as integral to the story as their initial mention would imply, which made me wonder why they all had to be introduced one right after the other in the first place. Next, there were breaks in the narrative where we jumped from one thing to another with a kind of disconnect, or a break in the logic chain between events. This may simply be the fact that I don’t click with McMullen’s style of writing or follow her logic. That seems to me to be a bit of a copout, because I really liked the story that I read. What seems to me to have happened is that McMullen knew the story, meaning she knew what everyone was feeling, and how they reacted to each other, and what happened to make each react the way that they did, but sometimes she forgot to tell us everything that happened. My reaction to this was mild confusion in certain scenes where I wondered if I’d missed something. If I’d been reading the story as a beta, I would have marked those places and asked about them, but it looked as if there were quite of few people who’d read this for her, so I wonder if it was just me, and something not clicking between me and the story. I don’t know for sure. Last, we come back to Chapter One. First, I know some people don’t like prologues, but something that happened five years prior to the few weeks/months when the story occurred seems like a prologue to me. But more importantly, I’m not sure why the scene was included, especially in this way. Rowan was deeply impacted by this event, and even has flashbacks and an almost catatonic reaction to a similar occurrence near the end of the book, so I understand why what happened was important. But nothing that happened in the details of that chapter was integral to the story enough to make it a whole chapter. Perhaps it would have been better if it were integrated within the story; using the actual accident scene during the flashback that occurred during Desiree’s first ride with Rowan, and the subsequent hospital scene during Rowan’s mother’s attempt to bring Rowan back to a conscious awareness of her surroundings. Having it separated so much made it feel a little like an add-on, especially because so much of the story was more about Desiree than Rowan. And that’s what this book felt like, the story of how Desiree matured more than how Rowan recovered. Desiree’s struggle against her mother’s overpowering personality, her fight to stay focused on her schooling, and her eventual realization that some things in life are just as important, if not more, as success that led her to open her heart to the possibilities that Rowan offered. That was an excellent story.
AmyP

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4 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1) by R.G. Emanuelle #FF #Paranormal

CoverTitle: Have a Bite (The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles #1)
Author Name & Publisher: R. G. Emanuelle (Yiva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 19, 2016 – 244 pgs

Synopsis

The world of vampires is, by nature, one of darkness, secrecy, and covertness. Vampires are invincible. No one can hurt them. Except vampire hunters.

Delphine Bouchard is a celebrity chef and owner of a world-renowned restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, where the chic and elite crowd mingle with neighborhood denizens. She enjoys fame, money, and women, and lives life by her own rules. She also happens to be a vampire.

Del’s life and the local vampire community are rocked when a vampire hunter begins picking them off, and Del has reason to believe that she might be next. Del is also being watched and criticized by the vampire hive council and persecuted by a coven of witches, who are the enforcers of behavior for the supernatural set. In the midst of all this turmoil, Del meets and unexpectedly falls hard for Jocelyn, who she soon discovers is holding back a disturbing secret. Del must decide whether or not to put aside her feelings of betrayal and pursue the relationship.

Meanwhile, when a food critic with a grudge sets out to ruin her business and reputation, Del has to protect her staff and restaurant. But the situation spirals out of control when a human shows up dead, her restaurant is sabotaged, and Jocelyn is threatened. Del must save her business, protect her loved ones, and find out who the vampire killer is before she is the next victim.

Set against a backdrop of elaborate meals and passionate cooking, Have a Bite is book one in the novella series The Vampires of Brooklyn Chronicles. The world of vampires and hunters meets the world of restaurants, foodies, and celebrity chefs—a recipe for paranormal mystery seasoned with suspense, peppered with romance, and flavored with a dash of humor.

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FourStars

Technically this is a perfectly written book, Ms Emanuelle is obviously a gifted writer. I also admire the obvious research that has gone into this novel, the culinary terms and food terminology gives real authenticity to this book.
The opening chapter was really inventive and had me wanting to discover more, I was mesmerized wondering where all the excitement and organised chaos was leading.
However I personally found the love affair between Delphine and Jocelyn lacked passion and I found their romance difficult to relate too. The romantic side of this novel was, for me, a little clinical.
As a vampire novel, a good read.
Chris

ThreeandHalfStars

Delphine is a vampire who runs is very popular French fusion restaurant that only opens after dark. Other vampires and various supernatural groupings are not happy that she is getting so much attention as there is always a threat from the hunters, as Delphine finds out.  Spies are watching her to make sure things don’t get out of hand but her main worry seems to be from a really annoying restaurant critic who just won’t give her a break.  I enjoyed how this part of the story developed and it certainly kept me interested.  Her vampire life seemed to consist of various hot young women offering themselves to her, until she meets Jocelyn, who seems to stir something more in her.  She became quite enamoured by her but it was very drawn out and a stronger attraction was implied than I felt was evident from the story.
I enjoyed the kitchen stuff though and liked the camaraderie of those working for Delphine.  They were like a family and would do anything for Delphine – of course most of them were unaware of her secret life as a vampire. The descriptions of the dishes she made were mouth watering!
There was a definite underlying threat in the story from someone who was killing people close to Delphine and i thought this was well teased out.  I would give this book a 3.5 as it was an interesting read but didn’t grip me.
Kitty Kat

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5 Star and TWO 4.5 Star reviews for Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1) by Jenny Frame @JennyFrame91 #FF #Romance #Shifter

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Title: Heart of the Pack (Wolfgang County #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jenny Frame (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 27th, 2016 – 264 Pages

Synopsis

Selena Miller accepts a job in Wolfgang County, jumping at the chance to get away from her overbearing family. Crippled by anxiety, she’s determined to start a new, independent life.

As Second of the Wolfgang pack, Caden Wolfgang is used to having her orders followed without question. When the Alpha allows a human to work in the heart of their business, Caden is horrified. Haunted by a childhood tragedy at the hands of a human, Caden makes it her mission to keep Selena from threatening everything they’ve built.

When contempt turns into attraction and passion flares, can their love survive Selena learning the truth of what the Wolfgangs really are?

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FourandHalfStars

In this lovely tale we meet Lena and Caden, one a hesitant woman who
is ready to get away from her “normal” life and the other the Second
of the Wolfgang pack. The two women are off to a rocky start because
Caden hates humans and Lena hates being told what to do. However,
working in close quarters has a funny way of getting people to talk.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page! I was pulled into
the story and couldn’t put it down. The romance between the two women
was beautifully written. I loved finding out about the pack and
meeting many of them. The pack dynamic they have is so interesting. I
wouldn’t mind moving there!

Wasn’t 100% happy with some aspects of the ending (won’t spoil the
ending for others); however, I am now looking forward to book two.

Tori

FourandHalfStars

This book was fun, with an engaging, energetic pace that kept me turning pages. I enjoyed Selena’s journey from anxious and beaten down to confident and proud. I also liked watching Caden find someone to end her loneliness, to give her the home and family she so desperately craved. This seems like the first in a series, since Leroux survives not only the first encounter with the Alpha Dante, but also the second confrontation at the end. This indicates further strife between the two packs. The fact that Leroux still lives is rather vexing, but if there are further books to the story, I suppose it would be okay. The story is good, and I loved reading it, but at the same time, some of the writing seemed a bit simplistic. It felt like this was a first novel, definitely the first foray into this genre, and the depth of characterization and setting just missed being there. I was a little surprised by that, having listened to Frame’s first book in audio, but I truly enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to her next release.

AmyP

FiveStars

This book is just brilliant. Ms Frame has written a book that puts the ‘absolute’ into page turner. Once I started reading I found it difficult to stop, even my cat had to remind me to feed her.
For  the first time, for me, I have not been appalled by the term “submissive female” – Ms Frame gives her characters such depth, such emotion  that every term made sense. She turned the most fearsome animal into one that could only be admired and loved.
A really well written love story that incidentally involves  changers as well as humans. The worst of human traits were displayed by some, while one of our leading woman invoked the best. The wolves on the other hand exhibited that which many of us search for in a partner, support, trust, safety and total love and fidelity. Ok some of the wolves were a bit on the nasty side, but this just reinforced  how they were in the minority, and hey they never succeeded in love or war.
This was a beautifully related love story, with dynamic characters and an exciting plot, it was just an idyllic novel. I only hope  that their will be a sequel???
Chris

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