I'm really enjoying these instalments from Elisabeth Grace, for Indiscretion. Volume 3 seemed to take a different twist from the other 2. It's getting...moreI'm really enjoying these instalments from Elisabeth Grace, for Indiscretion. Volume 3 seemed to take a different twist from the other 2. It's getting far more tense and there is an air of mystery about everything. The relationship between Max and Chloe seems to be up and down all the time. They aren't allowed to be together because of being enemies through the business side of things. Although when they do get together it is seriously hot. Yet now we have the added issue of the mysterious person causing extra problems. Strange things are happening to Chloe, somebody is trying to tell her something and scare her at the same time. I have no clue who and it's actually quite eerie. So again we have another huge cliffhanger at the end, which is awesome as there isn't long to wait until the next volume comes out and it's usually quite a big cliffhanger. This one again paints Max in a very bad light and I'll be interested to know what he has been up to. It's obvious he is keeping secrets and I'm wondering what they, and are hey connected to the mysterious brunette. Again, I enjoyed the story. It was short and sweet and very entertaining.
*I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*(less)
Woooahhh another crazy ride on the Mack & Gia roller coaster!!
So, I started with Mack's POV first as that's the way that was recommended. I guess...moreWoooahhh another crazy ride on the Mack & Gia roller coaster!!
So, I started with Mack's POV first as that's the way that was recommended. I guess after finishing both sides it probably was best, but to be honest both sides had such huge revelations, both completely different too. I assumed, once I knew the big reveals from one side, that there wouldn't be any more secrets and lies to discover. Oh how wrong I was.
Gia's story runs in the same style as Mack's. Starts in the present and flits backs and forth from the past, showing how things were when Gia and Mack were younger. Then on to what happened between them, and then on to the present. Now obviously this is a different POV, so it's not going to be the same. Trouble is, when things were adrift or different I wasn't sure who was telling the truth. When I read Mack's POV she seemed most convincing, yet when I read Gia's story, she did too. ARGHH who do I believe!
Gia and Mack were inseparable. They grew up doing everything together. Their parents worked together and then moved next door to each other. They had high expectations for both the girls. Mack was the over achiever, did well in school and was well liked. Gia struggled more than Mack and suffered under her fathers constant comparisons to Mack. Gia was a girl in pain, she hated who she was and what she was becoming, yet she had to keep up the facade. She was suffering under the fake persona. Eventually things started to look up when a new teacher started in the girls senior year. Gia had never known anyone like Mr Nichols before, he was older, gorgeous and listened to her. Something nobody ever did. It wasn't long before she was infatuated with him. She thought nobody knew, she was wrong. Gia also had a boyfriend. The gorgeous Jake, now at College. He was devoted to her, but he wasn't always there. Yet, Gia could still look, couldn't she? Only Gia was playing with fire. Things start to go crazy from here, in all sorts of ways that are far from obvious and incredibly complex. I'm still in shock at the genius plot of this story. So many lives intertwined, so many secrets threading through it all.
I absolutely loved Gia's take on the story, just as much as I loved Mack's. They were both unique and amazingly well written. I couldn't pick one as being better than the other. Although I will say, you can't possibly read just one side. You have to read both or you miss out on so many other bits that aren't always present or talked about in the other side.
Both girls each had their problems. Totally different problems that have been born of an incident that affected so many lives. To say that they both suffered is true. Some of it was self inflicted, brought on by their shame and guilt over what had occurred back when they 18. But they are no longer the same people they once were. It's actually really sad, to see them both suffer in different ways. These books were so emotional on so many levels.
This was my first book from author M. Robinson and it will not be my last. Her writing style is sharp, she painted a picture of love and lies mixed up in a crazy whirlwind, with bits and pieces spit out. It was honest and raw and I was totally hooked on every page.
I must admit, the epilogue of Shhh, Gianna's story was the biggest WOW WTF? moment in the whole story. It certainly went out with a bang, so I was left trying to re-picture everything and all the possibilities with this new knowledge. Fantastic final chapter and reveal!! I actually would of liked to go back to Mack and Gia down the road, see what they were doing. So much had transpired after everything was finished that I felt like I would of liked to read more.
I'm still so thankful I got to read both ARC sides of this amazing story. It was unique and nothing like I have read before. A brutal love story, showing what lengths people will go to when in love. Both sides must be read and are both equally enthralling and captivating. A dark and secretive 5 stars!
I was incredibly lucky to receive an ARC of both sides of this story. I chose to read Mack's side first, as I was told the story unraveled easier if M...moreI was incredibly lucky to receive an ARC of both sides of this story. I chose to read Mack's side first, as I was told the story unraveled easier if Mack was read first. I knew a little from the synopsis, about what was happening with this collaboration, but not a great deal. So I was going in to this first part of the dual POV, with not a huge amount of info. Which is how I love it. I purposely ignored any reviews already done before mine, so I wouldn't read anything that would spoil this. I'm not going to ruin it for anybody else either, so there will be no spoilers or anything that may give bits away in my review. Basically, we have 2 best friends. Mackenzie and Gianna, (Mack & Gia) who grew up together and were inseparable. Their parents had always been best friends, and eventually moved next door to each other, so Mack and Gia inevitably did everything together as they grew up. It was obvious that Gia is the dominant friend right from the start. Mack, generally goes along with most things Gia suggests. They are both gorgeous girls who excel in dancing and are popular with the boys. Yet, that's just what everyone thinks, it's the face put on their friendship. Underneath all that is a totally different story. A story with a lot of hidden truths, twisted lies and lots of darkness. Mack's side starts when she is in her mid 20's. For some reason Gia and her have drifted apart and haven't seen each other in years. Since they left school. It's apparent something happened with them at the end of school. We get hints and clues but not the whole story. What happened to them that day, has had repercussions on their entire adult life since then. Also, not just their lives were affected, others were involved and subsequently had their life turned upside down by the situation too. Mack is quite the character, interesting and unique. I really don't want to spoil anything about this incredible story by saying too much about each of the characters background. I loved Mack, although I felt so sorry for her most of the time, I also found her to have amazing strength in surprising situations. Through Mack I learnt so much about the way in which the mind can work. Obviously this was also down to the incredible writing of Jettie Woodruff. This was my first book of hers and her style was so brutal and honest. Nothing left to the imagination, just the way I like it. After following Mack's story and being inside her head. I can't wait to read her other books. The small parts we see of Gia, she is portrayed to be quite manipulative and devious. Wrapping Mack around her finger, getting her to do her bidding, yet as this was Mack's POV, who knows what is true and real. I have Gia's side to read next and it could shed a completely different light on their friendship. The way in which the story is written and the fact that Mack's POV isn't always clear, it's hard to know what to make of Gia and the past. Which is brilliant, as it leaves you still questioning everything, long after finishing reading. All the parts buzzing around in your brain. I knew these two books would have some dark and twisted parts that would shock and surprise me. Something that I immensely enjoy while reading. I wasn't disappointed, there was enough of the dark stuff to keep me thoroughly entertained, yet because Mack's POV was up and down with reality and imagination, it was hard to know when to expect the dark to wind it's way through, and just how much and what exactly we would see, was impossible to guess at. It kept me on edge throughout the entire book. Add that to all the secrets and lies that are the backbone of the girls lives, and you have a compelling and intriguing story, that won't fail to entertain. The one thing that surprised me the most, was the ending. I really wasn't expecting such a satisfying ending. I actually have no clue what exactly I was expecting, but I didn't think it would be concluded so perfectly. There couldn't of been a better ending. It just finished off the tale of dark, twisted lies and secrets in a fantastic way. Again, I was crazy lucky to have got ARC's of both the sides of this incredible story. Mack's version was amazing. Can't wait for Gia! 5 Stars! (less)
O.M.G! Unbelievable. I couldn't stop reading this. Seriously couldn't stop. Crossing my legs; ignoring the need to pee, couldn't stop. Right from the f...moreO.M.G! Unbelievable. I couldn't stop reading this. Seriously couldn't stop. Crossing my legs; ignoring the need to pee, couldn't stop. Right from the first page, I knew this book would be different. Unlike any book I had read in a long time. In fact nothing like any books I had read at all. It was compelling and unique and there is no way anybody could guess what is happening. I'm not going to summarise this book, like I usually do. Even to give a summary of the characters and background would spoil so much. What has made this book so incredibly captivating and shocking is the fact that I knew nothing about it. I had only read the blurb and that was catchy, but didn't give anything else away. You need to go in to this book with no clue who anybody is. Let it unravel and tell it's story, with no idea where it's going. When I first started reading this, I thought I knew where it was heading. Assumed I knew the type of story and could see the signs of a pattern. Even though the writing style was unique and addictive, I thought I could see a story pattern. Oh how wrong I was. Nobody could have seen where this was going. For as long as I can remember, I have loved a book with secrets and twists. I love the big reveal and the shock factor. It's one of my favourite parts of reading. When the secrets are so entwined in the story, you never realise just how connected everything is. One secret setting off a whole sequence of events. Black Lies is the epitome of captivating stories with secrets, twists and lies within it's pages. At one point, I was sat with my mouth open, trying to run my head over what had just happened, thinking back and putting it all in to perspective, with my new found knowledge, after the big reveal. One of those moments when the words, "What?, Wow, How?, Uhh, & No way!" were the extent of my vocabulary. This story is going to stick in my mind for a long time. I keep replaying certain scenes in my mind and trying to see it differently after all information was revealed. I just keep thinking what a really clever idea. The research and background that had to have been done, making this story flawless and perfect, is just amazing. I'm in total awe of Alessandra Torre after this book. She is quite simply; an incredible writer. A queen of shocks. I don't have enough stars to give what this book deserves. It's going to ruin me for erotic romance for a while. *sigh*(less)
This is a short and spicy little read. If you like a story that gets to the point without all the filler, then this is great. Richard and his wife are...moreThis is a short and spicy little read. If you like a story that gets to the point without all the filler, then this is great. Richard and his wife are at a pretty routine and dull Xmas office party. Nothing ever happens at these things and they aren't some lavish and luxurious affair. Yet it's a compulsory event and one he dreads. It would seem his life is pretty straight forward and uneventful. He has a beautiful wife and a gorgeous child but lives in a flat he dislikes in a place that is their second choice. His job is the same, he was made redundant from the job he loves and eventually finds his current one, which pays the bills but that's it. All pretty normal, routine and quite boring. The story heats up with a little playful flirting with his bosses daughter at the party. Yet nothing comes of that when his wife walks along. Once they sneaked out of the party and made their way home to pay the babysitter. It starts to liven up a bit. The babysitter is gorgeous and innocent looking. 21 yet seems quite young. She obviously has a thing for Richard, which his wife has noticed, but she is sweet and needs his help. So I don't need to go into what happens next, but it was good and what the story needed. The beginning was well written but a bit slow, being that it was only so many pages I didn't think too much of it. Once it kicked off, the heated, naughty scenes proved to liven up the story and made for a good read. It's perfect for a quick read when you don't want to have to think too hard you just want to be entertained.
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**(less)
So the story continues. The Donor Part 1 saw Casey Williams struggling for money, since an accident in her family left them living in a trailer with n...moreSo the story continues. The Donor Part 1 saw Casey Williams struggling for money, since an accident in her family left them living in a trailer with no money for hospital bills or college. Casey is introduced to MyTrueMatch.com by a work colleague. Somewhere she can meet someone, who will pay her to spend time with them. She just has to share herself with her match and she will have some decent money. Which is going to come in handy since she also is suffering with some nasty headaches and other symptoms, but can't afford to go to the dr's. She needs this money badly and quickly. Thankfully, she finds Jonah. They get to know each other online and arrange for their first meeting. Casey goes to stay with Jonah as arranged, yet once there. Casey has a turn for the worst. It would seem Casey is pretty bad off and Jonah had no idea. Luckily, Jonah is a perfect match in many ways, he suggests a different arrangement for the both if them, which is perfect. If only circumstances were different, Jonah would of been literally Casey's True Match. Plus Jonah's circumstances also make for quite a shock, when Casey realises what she is actually there for. So Part 2 continues straight on from the last scene of part 1, Casey and Jonah agree on a longer term for her stay with him. Jonah now knows the full circumstances of Casey's illness and wants to help where he can. It would seem this is put to the test as Casey's full symptoms rapidly start to progress and can be quite debilitating. This second part, is more focused on Casey and her struggle, and how Jonah helps her. Through some quite sad and harsh yet real scenes Jonah continues to prove his support and kindness to Casey. The Donor Part 1, was all about the intrigue. I was curious about everything happening, who was Jonah, what was up with Casey. Basically learning all about the characters and what their story and circumstances were. Part 2 had a completely different feel, it now became more about the pain and showing what Casey was going through. I felt it showed the brutal and sad aspects of Casey and Jonah's story. Although it was mostly about Casey's pain, we also find more out about Jonah. Why he is what he is and how that came about. He also shares something of his past, proving he trusts Casey and is willing to open up to her. Considering the small about of time that has passed since the beginning and the fact that it hasn't been quite like Casey expected. Jonah and Casey have managed to get to know each other and find they are comfortable in each other's company. They share some things in common too, which helps. The underlying interest in aquatics. Jonah keeps seahorses and for some unknown reason, they seem to be dying. Casey, has always loved aquariums and visited one every year of her birthday, with the dream to go to college to study marine biology. That is until her life made a sudden and abrupt nosedive. Just like Part 1 in this series, the writing is beautiful and shows the raw and brutal picture of Casey and Jonah's story. It remained captivating and enthralling as it flowed straight through this next part. Although it would seem the outlook is bleak, I still hold out the hope that something can happen. Something big, to bring light on a really sad story. The possibility is there, which is what I love about this series and the characters, there is always the possibility that anything could happen. I never really know what to expect and love the shock factor. It was something that I loved in the Sunshine series by Author Nikki Rae. I never knew what was around the corner, yet the journey was intriguing and emotional to get there. Another fantastic part to this series. I'm unbelievably excited and curious about part 3!
**I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**(less)
This is the first Young Adult Paranormal book I have read in ages, I haven't read any good ones for quite some time, so I haven't really been looking...moreThis is the first Young Adult Paranormal book I have read in ages, I haven't read any good ones for quite some time, so I haven't really been looking for any new ones lately. Then I was asked to read Guardian and straight away, I knew it was going to be good and exactly what I had been missing. Whitney, has had a rough time lately. Her father passed away, saving a boy from drowning. Weeks later she is still trying to come to terms with losing him whilst looking after her little sister, as her mum seems to be having a breakdown. She has retreated in to her own mind, and Whitney has the worry of her sister and herself being split up, and put in foster care if she asks for help. So she gets through every day the best way she can, surviving. Oh and she has only just turned 16! On top of all this, Whitney thinks she is going crazy. She is seeing things that she isn't sure are there, and feels certain things around her, even touching her. She isn't sure whether she is imaging them, although they seem so real. Yet with the stress she is under and how much her fathers death has effected her, she puts it down to her going mad. Just when everything was at it's worse, in walks Brady. He is gorgeous, perfect and is obviously totally hooked on Whitney. He actually seems a little too good to be true. She even starts dreaming about him, dreams that seem eerily real. It's at this time she also meets another new face, Carter. Dark and brooding swimmer Carter, who doesn't seem to take to Whitney all that well. Although they don't know each other, she still feels curious about what it is that bugs him. Whether she has done something wrong. So two new gorgeous faces around, yet the things that Whitney is seeing and feeling are getting worse. Far more frequent and feeling more real than ever. Also it would seem her mother is getting worse too. Her condition is getting far more scarier and Whitney needs help. She finally decides to call her grandparents, who get on the first plane to come stay with her. Without giving away all the big secrets and twists within this fantastic story, I can't say a great deal more. What I can say is, there was some fantastic twists and turns that left me shocked yet excited. Things that I didn't see coming. Which made this story quite unique. Sometimes, it can be hard to find something different within the paranormal genre, a lot of subjects get rehashed and re twisted and not always for the best. I was really impressed and surprised at where this story went. It was different and intriguing and I was hooked throughout the entire book. It was so good to get back into paranormal books again with something new and captivating. Whitney was a fantastic main character, although she was a lot younger than any mc's I have read about lately and I must admit, I did worry if I would be able to get into it again, after reading so many adult age books lately. Yet, I really had no worries. After everything that happened to her, she was far older than her 16 years. She had been forced to grow up and didn't seem like 16 at all. All the other supporting characters were equally as exciting and enjoyable. The writing was fantastic, I loved how addicted I felt to everything within this story right from the first few pages. I was captivated by the writing style and enjoyed the feeling of being glued to the pages again. A fantastic paranormal tale that will have you gripped from the start, and left questioning lots of things long after your finished. 4.5 stars!
**I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Wow. Yet another fantastic book that I have been lucky enough to read lately. When Pieces of Autumn started, I wasn't sure what to expect or if I woul...moreWow. Yet another fantastic book that I have been lucky enough to read lately. When Pieces of Autumn started, I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would even like it. It was a little confusing and a lot was happening that I had to pay close attention to. Autumn lives in a world and time where things have changed considerably. I have no idea of what date, but things as we know them have changed and not in a good way. People are starving and money has no value anymore. Everyday essential items are like gold dust and acquired through various means. Not all good ways either. Influence, connections and power rule the world that we have come upon in Pieces of Autumn. Autumn is a 18 year old girl, living on the streets. She has lost everyone close to her and is struggling to survive from day to day. There is people after her for the things that she has seen, so not only is trying to survive she is also trying to keep hidden. Not easy. Above all the suffering, poverty, deception and chaos. There is an organisation that still seems to thrive. From their ivory tower sits 7 evil, twisted men who run Stoker. Stoker is an organisation who deals in slaves. They plant the seed of a better life into the minds of those who have nothing left. Once they take the bait, they come to stoker sign away their freedom and life and become a slave. Stripped of anything they once were, moulded into a toy and object for those who still have the money to pay, for the luxury of having a slave. Autumn is one of those who can no longer put up with running and hiding. She wants out. Her only friend already went to Stoker, she has nobody left. Only Autumn is different, it would seem she is the best in the newest batch of recruits. Before there was even a chance to start training her, she is given as a gift. She is taken away and finds herself in yet another new and frightening place, all she knows is the whispers she hears surrounding her. Talk of how the person she is being given as a gift to, is the worst kind of person for any new slave to be given to. He is a monster and is well known for his cruelty. More reason for Autumn to be petrified. Upon waking in a barn, Autumn meets her Master. Tate. Apparently the quiet recluse with sin and darkness in his eyes, is well known throughout Stoker. He was one of their best. A headhunter, someone who found the potential slaves, and broke them down and rebuilt them. Only he was ruthless and far too good at it. He also left in a rather dramatic way and still years later is talked about, by everyone. Also feared by many. So begins the story of Autumn and Tate. I'm not going to say what happens between them, as that is what makes this book so amazing. The feeling of not knowing what will happen next, and what will become of the both of them is what made this story so captivating. The writing style painted a picture of a dark world, where small injections of colour came from Autumn. She was spreading the colour with her fiery nature. She remains strong throughout and keeps the reader in awe of what she goes through, yet still keeps the parts that make her unique. Tate is one of those perfect mixes of someone so bad and twisted yet so addictive. You can't help but want more. What will he do next and when? Both of them have been broken in different ways, some worse than others. How this has effected them is shown in their actions towards each other. I truly loved this story. It was a story that fascinated yet surprised me. A perfect mix of a subject I enjoyed yet with it's own unique and different twist on things. The characters were incredible and addictive. Although he ending was satisfying and I loved it, I still wanted more. I had unanswered questions and wanted to see what else they had to offer. Fantastic book!! 5 dark stars.
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**(less)