Oh my gawd!! That was incredible! Okay, so before I rant on about how amazing this book is, I'll just give a bit of background. The Unfortunates is se...moreOh my gawd!! That was incredible! Okay, so before I rant on about how amazing this book is, I'll just give a bit of background. The Unfortunates is set in the future, time has swiftly moved on and the world that now exists is cruel and controlled. After crazy wars that have wiped out nearly all human life on earth, Amongst those remaining are four strangers who come together and rebuild society. Eventually they decide, they deserve some recognition and gratitude for their part in rebuilding the society that is now flourishing. They wanted everyone to have a place, and for them to be above them all, reaping the benefits of their hard work. Out of this came the four founding houses, who would rule. With a selection of their closest friends, they would be called the Fortunates, everyone else would be the Unfortunates and basically were the lower class, which eventually led to them all being slaves and having no life of their own. The system was twisted and cruel for the Unfortunates, and opulent and privileged for the Fortunates. Yet for some reason it seemed to stick. On to our main character, Nine. The story starts on her 18th birthday and the day she is selected to become an Unfortunate that serves one of the four houses. Either as a personal Unfortunate; a gift to a Fortunate, to do with as they pleased. Or an Unfortunate who worked in the house and grounds, a general slave really. From when they are born up till the age of 18, the Unfortunates are in a cross between an orphanage and a work house. They barely talk to each other and have no privileges, rules and lessons are ground in to them, preparing them for life as an Unfortunate and how to keep the Fortunates happy and satisfied. So, Nine (the number given to her as an Unfortunate, now her name) is chosen as gift for the son of the Sario house.
'We're told the Sarios are the most brutal, the most unsympathetic, hard to handle family of them all. If that's true, I might just entertain the idea of suicide if I'm chosen to live there.'
Possibly, the worst house that she could of been placed in. She is now the eldest son Kade's, personal Unfortunate. Which means, she is his property and possession to do with, exactly how he chooses. She is really his slave, in all sense of the word. Maybe she got the long straw, maybe she got the short. Kade Sario is 25, darkly gorgeous, brooding and a formidable Master to have. On first impressions, he is going to be hard, deadly and dangerous to get on the wrong side of, perhaps he still is by the end. Without giving anything away, it's hard to tell Kade's motives. I'm torn between thinking I have him sussed, then he will do something and I'm stunned by his actions and have no clue again. One thing I will say, he is stubborn. Fortunates have such a role to play and ideal to live up to, just like the Unfortunates. For some of them, it comes easy, within their blood to rule with an iron fist and make sure everyone knows their place and who they are. Yet for others, they are playing the part they were born in to. It doesn't matter what is right or wrong in that world, you follow the rules in your place. Kade, is the latter. He knows who he is and what is expected of him, yet he struggles with conscience. Sometimes he can ignore it and keep the mask on, other times he can't. His new Fortunate is a distraction when he doesn't need or want one. He has to keep his eye on the ball, he will be next in line to run the Sario house and business and power come first. Although Nine, isn't wanted or needed by Kade, she soon proves to get under his skin. Not only is she stunning and stands out from other Unfortunates, she acts nothing like one either. She is feisty and chances her luck time and time again. He doesn't want to use her for himself but he will not allow others to have her either.
"Possession?" He stands up and quickly fingers the buttons to his shirt, exposing a sliver of his bare chest with every single one. "Yes, you are mine. You wear my crest. I own you."
The tension between Kade and Nine is sizzling and electric, right from their very first meeting. One of the most amazing things about his book, is the fact that nothing was instant. Except the attraction of course. Yet, it was dragged out until I was dying of frustration just reading it. There was no insta-sex, nothing was too much or too soon. It was perfectly dragged out so that the reader is dying each time they come close to each other. Just from a small touch. It was excellent. Prolonging the inevitable but increasing the desire for it to happen. The relationship between them was incredible. She pushed just enough to test him, to keep him on his toes and stop him from going soft. He always kept that edge to him, that made him dangerous and unpredictable. I couldn't fault the characters at all. The overall opinion of mine on this book is, quite hard to describe just how amazing I found it. Of course I'll try. ;) I had never read anything like this before. I had read some dystopian and stacks of erotic romance/erotica. Putting them both together for me was like a new toy, I had to experience it, not knowing whether I would like it or not but I was intrigued by the synopsis. I'm so glad I did. It's been the greatest surprise for me in ages. Nothing is boring or repetitive, no re-used storylines or common main characters. It was all new, fresh and totally addictive. The only problem now is waiting for the next book. The ending was quite a shocker, in a good way but left me screaming to have more. Skyla Madi is a new author to me, but since reading this I'm totally hooked by her writing style and captivating characters. I'll have to go read her other books while I impatiently wait for the next book in this series. :) 5 very fortunate stars!
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WOW! Just wow! Well okay maybe a few words more. ;) First we had Asher, t...more**I was given an ARC of this book, in exchange for a fair and honest review**
WOW! Just wow! Well okay maybe a few words more. ;) First we had Asher, troubled and fierce. Gorgeous but broken. Literally fighting his way through each day. Audrey was his everything, she rescued him and gave him hope. I loved their story and the world that author Jo Raven created with all her addictive characters. Each and everyone has had their fair share of trouble and heartache in one form or another. Little by little we are learning more about each one and how they stuck by each other through everything. This time it is Tyler's story. The older brother of Asher. We had learnt through Asher, that Tyler had left home and never looked back 4 years ago. Nobody knew why, or where he had gone. Not only had he walked away from Asher, he had also left behind Erin, his first love. They had shared everything together, but had a huge fight. Erin told him to go and she never wanted to see him again. So he went. Yet she said all this for a reason. Erin hasn't moved on. Her life had to continue, but she never forgot Tyler. He was her first love and left her. She has never been able to forget him. When Tyler returns back to his home town, following the death of his father. He has a lot of bridges to build. Both Asher and Erin are still angry and hurt over his disappearance 4 years earlier. Tyler wants to make it up to both of them. He wants his brother back, and feels guilty for the way he left him. He still feels exactly the same way about Erin as he did years before. He's determined to make it up to both of them. Yet he has a lot of extra baggage and trouble plaguing him now, and it's making everything a lot harder to deal with. Again, the characters are incredible. Jo Raven, has this way of making them all so captivating. They are raw and edgy, gorgeous yet hurting. There is always secrets, all her characters have secrets. They usually surprise the hell out of me too, but I love surprises in books. I still love how through the 'Inked Brotherhood' these guys all look out for each other. Although they all have their fair share of problems and struggle with so much, they always have time for each other. Coming to each other's rescue time and time again. There was a lot of aspects of this book, that actually taught me a lot. Things I never really knew much about, they were explained and shown at their worst and most brutal. It made me sad but far more aware of things. So another fabulous ending and yes, at one point I was welling up. :) Tyler and Erin's story was amazing, and just made me a huge fan of this series and of author Jo Raven. I can't wait for the next book in the series, the one I have been waiting for, Zane. The inked up tattooist with the biggest heart and the foulest mouth. A fantastic 5 stars! (less)
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Well. After the ending of Gilded Lily, the first book in this Gilded Flower ser...more**I was given a copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Well. After the ending of Gilded Lily, the first book in this Gilded Flower series. I was desperate for Calla Lily. I needed to know what happened after Lily ran off back to New York. We were left with Lily and Gustavo's 2 day tryst on his remote ranch in Rio, being cut short. So Lily is now back in New York and has had to step in to her fathers shoes, and help run the family business. It's a welcome distraction, from Gustavo and her newly awakened sexual appetite. Although things do tend to get a bit too much for Lily. Especially when she finds out her fathers company is not doing so well. And someone is determined to buy it. That person will go to any lengths but it would seem at a cost. In this 2nd part in the series, we also get to see far more of Lily's twin sister Dahlia, whom I actually really like. It would seem she was trying to help Lily before by showing her what a cheating scumbag her fiancé was. When her motives are known, we see her to be quite a fun and feisty character. She made me laugh repeatedly. Through Dahlia we also meet a family of Cubans, WOW with all these gorgeous Latin American men. Her we meet Alejandro, he is the eldest brother of the family. Quite serious but stunningly gorgeous, and someone who seems to be quite interested in Lily. We also have a few meetings with Gustavo, but Lily puts on a brave face and chases him away. Considering, she is quivering and melting on the inside. He seems very hard to resist. So it would seem this 2nd novella in the Gilded Flower series, is just as hot as the first part. Poor Lily is totally conflicted over what she wants and there is plenty on offer to her. Again another 70 ish pages of awesome writing, addictive characters, steamy action, and amazing places. Again, why do I live in cold, boring England, I need to be in Miami or Rio, like now! Calla Lily, consistently followed the smooth flow, sharp lines, and hot and addictive characters perfectly. Another ending, which I had to follow on to the 3rd part, immediately. This series is truly addictive! A beautifully scented 4.5 Lily petal stars! (less)
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Wow, where to start on just how much I loved his book. I seem to have had...more**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Wow, where to start on just how much I loved his book. I seem to have had a weekend of naughty novellas, this weekend and I've loved them!! Guilder Lily, is the tale of Lily. A 25 year old New York socialite. She comes form a well respected and well known New York family. She comes from a family with a lot of money, but with that money comes a role and name to live up to. She had it all mapped out. She worked her butt off in college, did extremely well, and was set to marry a gorgeous man from another equally respected and well known family in the New York circle. Everything was perfect for Lily. Except for one thing. The day before her wedding she walks in on her husband to be and her twin sister in bed, together! Lily jets off on her honeymoon to Rio, on her own. She needs to get away and have a break. What she doesn't expect, is to find herself having rather naughty fantasies and experiences with her masseur. Ever since her plane landed in Rio, she kept bumping in to a rather striking Brazilian man. He was the sort of man you could never forget. Gorgeous, charming and uber rich. He also seemed to have quite a thing for Lily. He works incredibly hard to get his hands on Lily, she works just as hard at fighting him off. There is an amazing amount of chemistry between the two of them, it makes the pages sizzle. (If an e-book page could sizzle) So Gustavo and Lily, fight as hard as they can. Him towards her, her against her own desires, which seemed to have been awakened since travelling to Rio. Gustavo invites Lily to a 2 day trip on his ranch, which she reluctantly accepts. One of the days is amazing and full of incredibly intense and hot scenes. Yet the trip is cut short, for reasons I don't want to spoil! Lily then rushes back to New York. For a 70 something page novella, that was intense! Right from page 1, the action was full on. The characters were modern and trendy, living the exciting high life. The heat and chemistry was exciting. Never a dull or boring moment in this novella. The writing style was captivating and had me hooked to this story, that I couldn't stop reading. When I first saw the cover and heard the title, I was already wowed! The gorgeous picture was perfect. Plus Lilies are my favourite flower, so I was already excited before I had even read page 1. Lol Yes, I'm shallow like that. I don't think I could fault this first book in the Gilded Flower series. It was a really enjoyable and captivating read! 4 pretty Lily scented stars. (less)
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Tiger Lily, book 3 in the Gilded Flower series and the last part in this a...more**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Tiger Lily, book 3 in the Gilded Flower series and the last part in this amazingly addictive and scorching hot story. I couldn't wait to get stuck straight back in to Lily's story. She is such a different person from whom we saw at the beginning of book 1. She now has been awakened by the various men she come across, since being cheated on by her husband to be, back at the start. She is far more forward and confident, letting it be known, exactly what she wants. She has also been working hard for the family business whilst her father has been recovering. She does it because she has to, yet she knows it's not what she wants for herself. Although the stress of trying to do what's best for the business, mixed with the leftover feelings she harbours for Gustavo, and the new feelings she has developed for Alejandro, has her quite mixed up and confused. Although she has an 'agreement' of sorts with the trust fund baby/bar owner Todd, that only manages to distract her temporarily. She is still left wanting something else. After being knocked back by the serious and gorgeous Alejandro, Lily is at a complete loss. Not knowing what to do with herself, she finds herself in a bit of a funk. Luckily her fun loving and feisty sister Dahlia and her best friend Vi, are around to drag her sulky self off to Aspen for some Skiing fun. What Lily doesn't realise is, that Dahlias boyfriend Rodrigo has brought along his brother and sister again. His brother being Alejandro. Cue some awkward moments in the gorgeous lodge they are sharing. I really loved the atmosphere and especially how, for once Lily has had to fight for a guy. She is absolutely gorgeous, and does know it. All men generally fall at her feet, it was nice to see one that she had to work for, even if she did get knocked back to start with. Again, this book is on fire. The sexual chemistry and sheer imagination of the scenes are pretty smouldering. This final part in the trilogy flowed perfectly. The intense story was concluded amazingly well. I loved how it turned out for all involved. One particular character, I thought we would see more of, disappeared quite early on, but that worked out perfectly for the conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, it was a completely refreshing story. I loved the gorgeous back drops of all the places Lily got to visit. Also all the colourful characters that were intertwined with the story. Gorgeous Latin American men and beautifully attired New Yorkers mixed up for a sexy, modern cast. Lots of heat and excitement. One person who I wanted to see so much more of was Dahlia, she has some secrets and I'm dying to know about them. Luckily, I have found out, she will have her own book!! Yay! I look forward to seeing what the other gorgeous, yet more carefree twin has been up to. After reading this perfect conclusion to the story, I am desperate to continue reading this Author's work. She manages to enthral the reader and keep them glued to the pages with the exciting characters and story, made addictive with all the naughty activities they get up to. The absolutely stunning cover just about topped this already great book! A fabulous 5 stars!(less)
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Wow, thank goodness I was able to read straight on to his book, aft...more**I was kindly given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Wow, thank goodness I was able to read straight on to his book, after finishing the second part of this trilogy. That was quite an ending, we were left with. Chris and Sarah had fought to get back together. Sometimes against each other sometimes to be with each other and when things finally start to look up. Chris does 'that'!!!!!! Wow! I was partly laughing at his typical display of a man not thinking, and partly gasping in shock and feeling so sorry for poor Sarah. Of course I'm not going to spill what Chris did, that would spoil it. Let's just say, it was quite big and terrible timing. So after it happened at the end of book 2, book 3 starts straight off, after the deed. Sarah is part shocked, part mortified, part broken hearted. She runs, again. (I don't blame her) She heads off to get away from Chris and everything she was feeling. She goes back to her apartment, and tries to pick up the pieces, again. It seems every time they get 2 steps forward, they fall 3 steps back. Sarah had just built her trust in Chris back up and was ready to start their life together properly, and now she's back where she started. This time she is determined to get over Chris and start again. Chris is also gutted, it was an accident, and he loves Sarah more than anything. In true Chris style, he fights as hard as he can to win Sarah back. Yet, just as Sarah starts to waver, a figure from her past shows up. It's quite a shock in more ways than one. Yet makes her realise a few things. Chris is now on the reverse, he has decided to give up and move on with his life no matter how hard it may be. So this poor couple just seem to get everything possible thrown at them. Like fates way of saying 'you want it, work for it!' It is definitely never boring when reading these Billionaire Romance novellas. They are short, but full on action all the time. Never a dull moment. This part is the last in this series, and I must say the ending was really great. I was very satisfied with how everything turned out. Very sigh-worthy! Another great read, perfect holiday reading material. 4 stars. (less)
Oh wow! I loved this book so much! What an incredibly beautiful and heartwarming story, that makes me blub through 95% of the book. This is one of thos...moreOh wow! I loved this book so much! What an incredibly beautiful and heartwarming story, that makes me blub through 95% of the book. This is one of those stories, that a review will never completely explain just how good it is. It has to be experienced by reading it. All the overwhelming emotions that can be felt whilst reading this book. Fern Taylor is a quiet, bookworm. With her fiery red hair, freckles and braces. She hides in the background, doesn't draw attention to herself, and lives for her sappy romance novels. She has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to her best friend and cousin, Bailey. He has a disease where his muscles are wearing away and he has to rely on everyone for help, as he is confined to his wheelchair. Bailey and Fern are inseparable and have been since they were kids. They grew up together and are exactly the same age. In their own ways, they have looked after each other and are each others rocks. Bailey's dad (Fern's Uncle) is the coach on the school wrestling team. Bailey is obsessed with wrestling but for obvious reasons, can't ever take part. Cue Ambrose Young, the stunning, model like star of the wrestling team. He is the dream of most girls, with his long, Hercules like hair and ripped body. Everyone wants to be Ambrose Young, he appears to have everything. Fern has been in love with Ambrose for what seems like forever. Ever since he helped her and Bailey out, when they were kids. Ambrose never really 'sees' Fern, she is so hidden from everyone that she passes him by. Until they end up communicating through notes and letters. Although Ambrose doesn't realise that he is talking to Fern. He thinks it's someone else. Fern takes what she can and falls more in love with Ambrose in his letters. Obviously, when he finds out the truth it doesn't go down well. As graduation heads up fast, Ambrose decides to enlist. Although he appears to have his life mapped out, as the schools star wrestler with everything, and a bright future. He is a little lost, he feels like he needs to do something. He manages to get his four best friends into enlisting too, as none of the others has any after school plans. So all 5 head off to the army. Fern stays behind and works nights at the local store. She still wants to be there for Bailey. So she stays in her home town, waiting for Ambrose to come home. Whilst she continues to love her books, and now she is also writing her own love stories. That is about as far as i can go. It's at this point that things take a few different turns, and some really heart wrenching events start to play out. I'm not one for spoilers, and think this needs to be experienced first hand. All I can say is, wow! From the very first page through till the last. It was amazing. Beautiful writing that captivates and sucks you in. Incredible characters, that never fail to surprise and leave me in awe. An overwhelming message, that just makes you stop and think about everything in your life. Make you re-evaluate your everyday moans and groans. Just leaving you with a feeling of having your heart squeezed, extra hard. Making Faces, is an incredibly beautiful tale of friendship, love and loss. That sticks with you forever. 5 stars.
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This is the continuation of hot, billionaire Chris and sweet and qu...more**I was kindly given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**
This is the continuation of hot, billionaire Chris and sweet and quiet lawyer, Sarah's story. In the first novella in this series, Chris and Sarah had met at a wedding of his nephew and her best friend, in Paris. They instantly felt an attraction and after spending a few days seeing the sights of Paris, hit it off amazingly well. Their was a huge amount of chemistry between the two and hey were well matched. Yet Chris didn't want to make a big deal out of his wealth, and wanted Sarah to know he real him. So he didn't say anything. Sarah's past relationship had made her very reluctant to fall for anyone again. Plus she had become very wary of men in general. So even with those hurdles, they still managed to fall in love and fight any problems they encounter. Unfortunately, Chris wasn't entirely forthcoming about a certain aspect of his past, just before he met Sarah. This comes out at a bad time in their relationship, and Sarah runs. That's where this next novella starts. Sarah is confused, scared and is having her old doubts resurface. She was treated bad before, by her ex and will not let it happen again. Chris, is also feeling bad, he had assumed Sarah had already known part of what happened with him in the past, so didn't mention anything. Yet his decision to not say anything made everything look ten times worse. So this 2nd part in the novella series, finds Chris and Sarah fighting their way back to each other. There is a lot of pain and heartbreak for both of them, trying to get over it. Yet, Chris is nothing if not persistent. He fights as hard as he can to win Sarah back and show her just how much she means to him. I sometimes wanted to say to Sarah, "come on already, give him a chance" but I can see that, that is her character. She was hurt before and is very wary now. Chris was again sweet and sexy, a little daft not to mention the important things though, I can already see where his next problem is going to occur. It's another short and sweet story, that part summarises, part tells their story. So it skips through the long, filler parts, and gets straight to the important stuff. Which is exactly what I liked about the other stories by this author. It's really great for a quick, easy read. Perfect for Summer holiday reading. Wow, another trademark ending from these novellas, Making me scream, but quickly grab the next novella. Thank goodness, I had the next one ready!! :) 4 stars!(less)
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When I was auto approved on this book, I honestly wasn't sur...more**I was offered this book to read by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review**
When I was auto approved on this book, I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it. It's not really the sort of book, I generally go for. Yet, I decided I would give it a go. When I started the book, I thought it was a little slow, and the characters were maybe a little older than I could relate to. I know that sounds odd, but the main 2 characters are in their 80's and for some reason, I wasn't sure if I could become engrossed in the story. Well, I ignored that fear and persevered on. A lot of characters were thrown in to the book, a lot of POV's to take in and absorb. All different stories and backgrounds, all of them surrounding the main 2 and the gorgeous Winterfold house that they lived in. Winterfold is the centre of everything, the family, all of their lives. It's where Martha Winter and her husband brought their children to start a fresh life, many years ago when they had no money and many secrets. It's always been the centre of stories and home to many famous parties. The secrets are still there and have multiplied since then. Now Martha Winter is turning 80, and has requested the whole family to join her for a party and a reveal of some news. With 3 members of the family in different countries, it's tricky. Yet they all know to come, when requested. Although, they all seem to fear this announcement that will made by Martha. We are taken through all the generations of stories, not every single one of the family, but six people at the moment. It's a lot to take in, but once I knew whom everybody was, I picked up the pace easily enough. What has me gripped, is all the endless secrets intertwined in their lives. They all have their share of pain and torment, and little by little we are learning it all. I didn't enjoy all the characters but I loved all their stories and uniqueness. They were completely different from any characters I have come across in a while, and I enjoyed that! The places all over the world that the family live in, are written about beautifully and make me long to go visit. A funny little fact, once I started reading this book, I thought the surrounding places sounded familiar, I think the fictional(?) Winterfold and it's surrounding area may be where I live or very close by!! That was a pleasing little find for me, Yes little things please me. Lol. So, I'm glad I decided to read this first part in A Place For Us, I know it is 4 parts from one book, but this individual part was incredibly revealing. I am desperate to find out the rest of the story. A surprising, and enjoying read. 4 stars. (less)
WOW!! Feeling really inarticulate and blurry, foggy brain after reading this. Of course I love this feeling. It tells me I have been reading a book fr...moreWOW!! Feeling really inarticulate and blurry, foggy brain after reading this. Of course I love this feeling. It tells me I have been reading a book from a Songs series. They all have this effect. Use starts off where Kick left, well a couple of days. Fiona is feeling the effects of the decisions made at the end of Kick. Whilst in solitary, she spends the time between being practically unconscious and thinking. She puts herself into a kind of trance and remembers what happened that fateful day with Deacon, in the stables. The events that led her to being trapped in this psych ward, her prison. The only thing is, she will only tell what she remembers to Elliott, her doctor and he has gone. Plus, is what she remembered real, or is it her subconscious playing tricks on her, and making her think things that never happened, to make her feel better. Confusing but real. Anyway, Elliott needs to come back and find out the truth, we all need to learn the truth!! The really interesting thing about this book in the Songs of Perdition series, is the fact that we get Elliott's POV, as well. That was excellent. It was hard to gauge what he was thinking and feeling in Kick, as he manages to not let any emotions show on his professional mask. Yet, having his thoughts exposed in this book was intense. Now I feel completely torn on whether I think Elliott would of been a valid option for Fiona or whether Deacon is her only option. Elliott is finding his inner Dom, it's very exciting to follow that. His girlfriend perhaps isn't the best person for that experiment but hey, someone had to see it first. It's one of those perfect roles, a confused man. Not sure where he fits, what he wants, what he even feels. Yet, something that seems to be natural and really good for him comes out. A bi product of meeting and treating Fiona? Or something hidden deep for years. Hmmm can't wait to find out. Elliott has so much to explore, his past is a bit foggy and the fact that he wanted to work within the church but didn't is also important. I really hope we see him soon!! Deacon, makes a real appearance this time. He is uhhh some sort of god? (Deacon effect there) The power and control he oozes, buzzes through the pages. It's a confusing mix of feelings, Is he good for Fiona or isn't he? Who knows but he is definitely someone I want to read more about, the little teasing moments aren't enough by far. Poor Fiona, This second book, really had me feeling for her this time. In Kick, I had the idea she knew who she was and was happy with that. A few wobbly moments, but all in all, she was in a place she wanted to be. Reading Use, I realise I had it all wrong. She is where she is, through feeling she has nowhere else. She accepts the crap in her life as she thinks she deserves it. A very 'suck it up, you had it coming' attitude. That's why Elliott was so good for her. He was breaking this ugly feelings shell, making her feel she wanted to be something else. As for the other incredible and intense characters in Use, there are plenty of them. All with colourful personalities. Grrrrrrr at Warren, I'm not even going to start on him. No spoilers and I don't want to waste my finger energy tapping about him. I just hope he gets his comeuppance. It's really bizarre to see Jonathan Drazen, so young. I can see the man from Songs of Submission series, already breaking through at that age. He never really disappears, even when it's not his turn. He still gets a starring role in his sisters story. Not that I'm complaining, I loved him. ;) Karen. An old acquaintance from Fiona's party days, also in the ward. Again I can't say anything. I really, really hope Fiona and Karen manage to see each other again on the outside. I always say it with these books from C.D. Reiss, her Songs novellas may be shorter, but omg they contain a huge amount of action. You wouldn't think it was possible to have quite so much happening, but it has. Plus I'm left trying to analyse it all, and not doing a very good job of it, hence brain numb. Again, I loved this book. Now, for the wait for the second sequence! Arghh. 5 conflicted yet awe-inspiring stars! (less)
I've had this to read since it came out, but had to finish other things first, but when I saw Use had been released, I decided I needed to bump this u...moreI've had this to read since it came out, but had to finish other things first, but when I saw Use had been released, I decided I needed to bump this up the list. Use was looking far too good to leave. Ok, so absolutely, hands down, loved Songs of Submission series. It shocked the pants off me with how fantastic it was. I also loved how it was a series of novellas that always packed a punch each time. Now, obviously since then Spin has been released, but I haven't got around to starting it yet. (I know, really bad. It's up near the top of my tbr list) Anyway, so Kick is one of the reasons why I ended up buying Bend. The compilation was jam packed with amazing authors but seeing C.D. Reiss had a new novella on there, and it was a different Drazen sister was exciting. So I 1-clicked that bad boy and thank goodness I did as it's now a little like gold dust. Anyway. So I had kick and very excited to read it. It was another novella series as well, which I was excited about. So I held on for a bit, like I said and then Use came out this week, so I consumed Kick yesterday in one sitting. Yet again, C.D. Reiss has pulled out a flawless, captivating, gritty new story. Right from page one, my head was all over the place trying to grasp what had happened. Fiona Drazen, the socialite sister of Jonathan. There is a lot of those Drazens and it's hard to remember who is who. Fiona has shown to be the one who is a party girl. She loves her drugs, booze and men! Always tailed by an entourage and paps, but oblivious to everything around her, except getting what she wants at that time. Now it would seem what she wanted was Deacon Bruce. The gorgeous, mysterious man who becomes her master. After what would appear to be a crazy intense, relationship discovering her submissive side and just how much she needs her Master and what he does for her. (All this seen through flashbacks etc) She starts the book in a drug haze, in a place she doesn't recognise. This time, the drugs are prescribed and she is in a psych ward. She has no recollection of any events prior to her being in there, or what led her to her being there. She is told she attempted to kill Deacon, her Master. Yet, the memories are either black or fuzzy. She has no idea if she did it, or why she would do it. He is her Master, and everything to her. Over the space of a few days she is introduced her therapist, who then puts her through sessions of hypnotism to try and get what happened that day to come out. So, we get some blurry and confused flashbacks. What I do understand is, it would seem Deacon becoming her Master saved her. Fiona was completely reckless and self destructive before him. She didn't care, she just wanted her next high. Through drugs and sex and anything else she could try. Deacon comes along with his rules and regulations and seems to be able to pull her in. The way in which he controls her is precise and artistic. She starts to find herself depending on him, with his expertise in certain aspects of bondage, he sets her free and she needs and craves it. So through this relationship they develop, it's hard to see why Fiona may want to harm Deacon. It's obvious his power, controls her waywardness. Settles her. We get a few snippets of the day that it all happens but it's still not entirely clear what happened still. It's another 120 ish pages of awesome writing, intense characters and overwhelmingly good storylines. I love Fiona, she is so blunt and doesn't care a less what everyone thinks of her. Her crazy life is non stop but fascinating. Plus, what I didn't realise was that this book takes place back when Jonathan was only 16ish, when he was with Rachel. Obviously that would only mean something if you had already read Songs of Submission, but it's significant. It makes you think overtime. In true, frustrating yet addictive C.D. Reiss style, we are left with another crazy ending. Which is why I'm so glad I can go straight on to Use! There is 101 things running through my mind, but I can now go and find out if all or nothing is revealed in the second part. ;) 5 crazy ass kicking stars! (less)
This is a collection of 8 short stories or clips. They are like key points in the story of Emily and Paul. It's hard to explain, even put all together...moreThis is a collection of 8 short stories or clips. They are like key points in the story of Emily and Paul. It's hard to explain, even put all together and read straight through (like I did) they still don't quite make a normal book. Emily and Paul, have known each other for years. Sally, Paul's sister is Emily's best friend and that's how they met. Forward on to when Emily and Sally are both 30 and I think Paul is 33, and Emily is organising a birthday party for her best friend, Sally. Paul shows up early before everyone else, so they get to chat and catch up. They get on amazingly and there is a huge amount of chemistry. That is the start of their relationship, and from there on the 8 short and sweet stories detail the important bits in their life. Like episodes really, TV episodes. That's what it reminds me of. It was really nice in a way, as all the filler material and sometimes boring bits, were all excluded in this series. So you have literally the action, sometimes it does feel a little bit like somebody just describing what happened, but most of the time I loved how it just cut straight to the chase each time. It made for a quite a quick and exciting read. Knowing that you wouldn't have chance to get bored. The detail is really clear and paints a gorgeous picture, on the many places they end up at, in this series. I love how you can picture, vividly the same things they can. The characters are all pretty easy to love, although it's in smaller chunks, it perfectly shows the characters and their relationships. Making them easy to follow, and decide who you want to back. ;) I read this series after I read Finding Love (Billionaire Romance #1) so this actually filled quite a few gaps and helped me to understand a few things and also a bit more about the relationships within the circle of characters in these stories. It was really nice to have this to read after Finding Love and I thoroughly enjoyed it! (less)