Review: His to Love (Fireside #1) by Stacey Lynn

Title: His to Love
Author: Stacey Lynn
Series: Fireside #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

In the explosive debut of Stacey Lynn’s irresistible Fireside series, a pair of estranged lovers are reunited by dangerous loyalties—and intoxicating desire.

Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one of her father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.

Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

My Review:
Superb. 4.5 Stars.

I really enjoyed this book although it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Blue and Tyson (Blackbird) were childhood sweethearts cruelly torn apart by lies and deception. Fast forward ten years and their paths are set to cross again. This time, ex-NFL up-and-coming star Tyson is now Agent Blackwell and he’s sent back to Detroit to investigate Blue’s Mafia father and his corrupt, illegal empire.

I love second chance romance and this one was superbly written. The chemistry between our couple was off the charts and I adored their natural banter. Even though they hadn’t seen each other since that fateful night ten years ago, it was obvious their love never died. They can barely stay away from one another so it doesn’t take much for them to reconnect. It’s not without its challenges, though. Her father wants to step down and has hopes that Blue will marry his mafioso successor. Ty is hiding his true persona and real agenda from the love of his life and the weight of it is a heavy burden.

What I enjoyed most about this story was the complexity of the main characters and the intensity of the emotional development. I felt everything they felt! Her heartache and pain when his betrayal is revealed, his inner turmoil at the thought of losing her again. The scene where her mother passed was extremely well written. Tears were pouring down my cheeks, it felt so real.

The romance is very much front and center stage which I didn’t mind because it was so beautifully written. However, I was expecting romantic suspense and it was very light on the suspense/mystery aspect of the story. It would have benefitted from stronger world building. It was only toward the end of the book that we got a proper look at the horrific criminal empire her father presided over, and saw Tyson in his professional capacity. I did also feel like the friends were kinda thrown into the story to set up the next few books and I would have liked more character development of the secondary characters.

The writing was great and I had no issues with pacing either.

If you go into this book as a contemporary romance you will adore it. It is deftly crafted and expertly executed with strong emotional development and sublime characterization. The romance is sizzling and you can’t help but root for our couple. All in all, a fantastic read.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Rom ance

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

My Review:
Before reading:
OMG, I need this like I need oxygen. Literally dying to read this one – it sounds as if Pen wrote this book specifically for me. CANNOT WAIT. And I wish it was available to preorder because I want to devour it the instant it releases, lol.

After reading:
I floved this book, and I devoured it in one sitting. Channing is TO DIE FOR. Swoon city, seriously. He was an original, refreshing, well-developed character and it didn’t hurt that I kept imagining that cover model the whole way through. How hot is that guy? I want to blow up that cover, stick it on my wall, and just lick his face. Yum. Yum. (Seriously hope my husband doesn’t read this review.)

Amber was wonderful too, and the banter and chemistry between our couple was electric. I was so shipping them! Hard!

The pacing was perfect and the writing was sublime, as I’ve come to expect from Penelope.

I love a good friends-to-lovers romance, and throw in a bit of a love triangle, and I am completely sold. I had a feeling from the blurb that I was going to love this book, and I was right! I cannot fault a single thing. It was perfection on a page from start to finish.

In summary, this is another swoon-worthy, page-turning masterpiece from the wonderful Ms. Ward. I cannot recommend this book more highly!

Review: Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward

Title: Sins of Sevin
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new forbidden STANDALONE romance.

What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?

My name is Sevin.

Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.

Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.

After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.

Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.

I’d accepted those rules and my fate.

Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.

That was when restraint became a problem…especially since THE ONE wasn’t Elle.

It was her sister, Evangeline.

You know what they say about best laid plans.

My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.

**Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. Only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.

My Review:
I don’t have the appropriate words to describe how unbelievably AMAZING this book is. I love Penelope Ward’s books, but this one just blew me away.

The sexual tension between Evangeline and Sevin is some of the best I’ve ever read, and I loved how all the characters played out. I could relate and empathize with all the parties and I loved how real they all were. Sevin is definitely going at the top of my book boyfriend list because he was just incredible. He fought his feelings for so long because he wanted to do the right thing, and, ultimately the decision he reached before the tragedy occurred was perfect and then it all fell apart, but he still did the right thing even though he was in so much pain. Even the few times where he was angry and lashed out couldn’t dent my love for him – it only made him more real. Evangeline made some poor choices and I was screaming at her for some of it, but it was still very credible given the circumstances and their young age.

I stayed up really late reading this one as I literally couldn’t put it down, but it was so worth it.

Absolutely breathtaking, hugely emotional, and without a doubt one of the best books Ms Ward has written to date. If you are a fan of her work and you haven’t read this one yet, I highly encourage you to pick up a copy – you won’t be disappointed.

Review: The Wedding Contract (The Ferro Family) by H.M. Ward

Title: The Wedding Contract
Author: H.M. Ward
Series: The Ferro Family
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

A Stand Alone Ferro Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author H.M. Ward

After I get the witch at the front desk to hand me my room key, I head for the shower. I was supposed to shoot my best friend’s wedding alone, and I couldn’t wait to escape New York and Nick Ferro.

Yeah, he’s beautiful, sexy, and completely charming, but he’s stealing my clients. He’s done so much damage that I’m going to be lucky if I can keep my studio open for a couple of weeks. This wedding means everything to me, and I refuse to let a spoiled brat with a shiny new MBA put me out of business. Screw that.
But then I find myself wearing nothing but a smile when the person I hate most walks through the hotel room door. Nick Ferro. Two adversaries, shooting one wedding and sharing one room for one week. What could possibly go wrong?

My Review:
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I’ve heard a lot about this author so when I saw this book was on sale I grabbed a copy and was intrigued enough by the blurb to get stuck right in.

It was a decent read though I had some issues with inconsistent characterization (Yes, Deegan, I’m talking about you) and parts of the plot were nonsensical and wouldn’t hold up to scrutiny. The romance also didn’t really kick in until the last part of the book, so it was a little on the light side for me.

But I did enjoy it despite those issues! Honestly! I adored the love/hate theme, really enjoyed the author’s writing style, and some of the dialogue was hysterically funny and it had me shaking in bed. There are also some scenes that were downright cringeworthy, but, again, so funny to read.

This is marketed as a standalone, but I disagree. It left off in the middle of a scene and there was no sense of closure for our couple. Damn you, H.M. Ward, now I need to continue the series. As if I don’t have enough unread books already on my Kindle.

In summary, this was a great read if you overlook the minor irritations with plot and characterization. Superb writing and witty banter were the highlight for me.

Review: Shut Out (Bayard Hockey #1) by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Shut Out
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Series: Bayard Hockey #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series comes the first novel of a new hockey romance series featuring a college team whose players are heating things up both on and off the ice.

The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?

Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.

My Review:
Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson could easily be mistaken for another entertaining sweet and sexy romance, but to categorize it purely as such would be wilful ignorance of the powerful social message it delivers.

Jacob and Skylar meet at a time when both are at a crossroads in their lives. Skylar is barely keeping one foot in front of the other after the death of one of her best friends, and struggling to maintain pace with her uber-successful older sister. Jacob has been forced to move countries and enroll in college in order to continue to have a shot at a pro-hockey career. Determined to stick on the straight and narrow, he finds his resolve quickly crumbling once he meets Sky.

Initially, their relationship is one of mutual convenience, but they can’t deny their feelings for one another and the lines between what’s fake and what’s real become blurred.

The romance and sex scenes were well-written and I totally ship our couple. Because they are both battling such heavy, complex demons, they inevitably lose their way at one point. I love these type of angsty stories so this book was right up my alley.

I loved Jacob’s group of friends, less so Skylar’s. I always enjoy NA that’s set in uni with a sports theme and the worldbuilding was great.

The plot is predictable enough, but it doesn’t matter because this book has a lot going for it.

Both Jacob and Skylar have been impacted by rape. While Jacob is guilty of walking away without considering the consequences for all those involved, Skylar’s experience has been more personal. Through their interactions and the amazing training programme that Skylar part-delivers, Jacob begins to reflect on how he could have acted differently. It changes him and we see concrete evidence of that in later scenes. While this is a heavy and sensitive subject matter it is dealt with in an exemplary fashion, and in a way that doesn’t overshadow the rest of the plot. This element was superbly executed in my opinion, and I love that Kelly explored how training, education, and support can help all the victims of rape. This plot line wasn’t sensationalized or glossed over – it was very appropriately handled and I applaud the author for that.

I really enjoyed Kelly’s writing style and it flowed effortlessly.

All in all, this was a great read and a great introduction to this author. I look forward to checking out more of her work and more in this series.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Elude (Eagle Elite #6) by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: Elude
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #6
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It’s an interconnected stand alone novel with no cliffhanger.

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married–I offered to shoot her.
Ten hours before our wedding–I made a mockery of her dying wish.
Five hours before we were going to say our vows–I promised I’d never love her.
One hour before I said I do–I vowed I’d never shed a tear over her death.
But the minute we were pronounced man and wife–I knew.

I’d only use my gun to protect her.
I’d give my life for hers.
I’d cry.
And I would, most definitely, lose myself, to a dying girl—a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place.

I always believed the mafia would be my end game–poisoning my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption.

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us.

My Review:
Oh my God. I am in pieces after reading that. Heart shattered. Seriously good. Complex and emotional. Really had me torn at times because I deplore the violence and the lifestyle but it was hard not to fall for Serg and not to root for him and Andi. And even though it’s obvious that it is leading to a certain point it still knocked the air out of my lungs. I was sobbing on my bed for at least ten minutes. Gotta love when an author can make you feel that deeply.

It’s worth pointing out that I haven’t read the other books in this series and this can be read as a standalone even if there were a few parts that confused me. Am dying to read the earlier books now though as all the characters are great.

Another amazing read from RVD – this is definitely a series worth checking out.

I picked up a copy of this book free on Amazon recently.

Review: It’s a Fugly Life (Fugly #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: It’s a Fugly Life
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fugly #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new standalone Contemporary Romance.


My name is Lily Snow. And I was once the kind of ugly that turned heads and made people stare. The worst part was how I let it ruin my life and destroy my relationship with the love of my life: Maxwell Cole, one of the sexiest, wealthiest, enigmatic men on the planet. All because I felt ugly and certainly not good enough for a man’s love.
But not anymore.

One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life.

I’ve started my own company, I’ve finally learned to like myself—not love, but like (hey, it’s a journey)—and I’ve met a wonderful new man who’s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs.

There’s only one problem: after six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I can’t give him. And he’s not taking no for an answer.

My Review:
It’s a Fugly Life picks up six months after Lily and Max’s breakup and we find our heroine in quite a different place.

Lily has tried to move on – she has a new man in her life and a new business venture and she’s convinced herself she is happy. But she isn’t. Really, she’s settling and trying so hard to fit into her new skin and she’s a lost little puppy. The Lily we meet here is but a shell of her former self, and at times it was hard to watch as she hit that self-destruct button over and over again.

More than anything, this book is about self-acceptance and discovering who you are and what you aspire to achieve in life.

Lily thinks she has it all figured out but she’s cowering behind an imaginary wall and failing to face reality. Until Max makes a reappearance and she is forced to confront her demons head-on. Max is Lily’s past and her Italian-stallion actor lover is her future. Or so she tries to tell herself over and over again. It was downright painful to watch Lily push Max away but it was all part of her learning curve. I felt her uncertainty and her self-doubt and I hated how this strong, intelligent woman made stupid mistake after stupid mistake.

The pivotal scene toward the end was fantastic because it showed how far Lily had traveled – how she had won the battle with her crippling self-doubt to emerge as someone who knew she was worthy of love and devotion.

Patricio is an ass. There, I’ve said it. How on earth Lily could’ve fallen for him is beyond me. I saw nothing of the man she described at the outset, and I was scratching my head wondering how a woman like Lily could be so blinkered.

Max was AMAZING in this book. Yes, he’s still a jerk and all his hot-headed fights with Patricio were totally immature, but he never stopped loving Lily and he was always there for her. When I found out everything he had done for her, I swooned big style.

The writing was great again, and even though it wasn’t quite as funny as the first book it still had plenty of humorous moments.

In summary, this was another great read from Mimi Jean and I’d highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy well-written, emotionally complex romance with heart.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my own.

Review: To Seduce a SEAL (Sin City SEALs #3) by Sara Jane Stone

Title: To Seduce a SEAL
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Series: Sin City SEALs #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske is all about guarding his heart and serving his country, but now that he’s busted his knee on a mission, he needs something to keep his mind busy. Playing bodyguard for a sexy little country starlet until he’s cleared for duty? Just what the doctor ordered.

Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she’s going to take care of her family, she can’t let herself get distracted—especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She’ll keep Dante around…if he agrees to teach her self-defense.

Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it’s up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie’s career—and his heart—before their explosive passion consumes them both…

My Review:
A sweet and sexy modern-day version of The Bodyguard.

I love these Brazen novels – you can always rely on a well-written, fast-paced fun read, and this book was no exception.

Dante is a swoon-worthy leading man. He is a tough, alpha-protector type with muscles upon muscles and a soft, gooey center. My best kind of fictional book boyfriend.

Chrissie is a good girl who has just hit the big time in her country music career. The timing is a little skewed, happening at a time when her family are falling apart after the death of her older brother (while serving abroad.) He used to look out for the family and now that responsibility has fallen on her slim shoulders. Between work, touring, and familial burden, she has no time for herself. Until Dante appears on the scene and they start falling for one another.

I loved the development of their relationship and it was hot and steamy, and involved impromptu disguises and role-play.

Character development was decent and there was strong emotional depth to the plot. Sometimes, I find those qualities lacking in books of a similar length, but I was delighted to find that wasn’t the case here.

Life seems to be dragging Chrissie and Dante in opposite directions, thanks to their steadfast commitment to their careers, however, the underlying message is that you have to fight for love, and be prepared to make sacrifices, no matter what obstacles block the path.

I love books with a HEA and this one delivered in that regard.

Overall, this was a great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It’s also worth pointing out that I haven’t read the first two books in this series (though I would like to as the characters seem intriguing) but you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story – it is an effective standalone.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas

Title: Just a Girl
Author: Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.

Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.

My Review:
I adore books set within the music industry, and I read another one of Ellie’s books recently (Call Me Maybe) which I enjoyed, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest release.

Just a Girl is a mostly-sweet read about finding your true path in life and marrying personal and professional commitments. We meet Presley as she’s being dumped by Luminous 6, the band she co-founded with her boyfriend Brendan. Presley’s star shines bright and they are clearly jealous. She’s distraught and at a loss what to do with herself so she says goodbye to LA and heads home to live with Mom and Dad again.

Presley’s parents are famous musicians in their own right and they run an iconic music emporium in town. After a period of moping, she is cajoled into returning to the store and there she bumps into Paul. Paul is one of the guitar teachers and they are instantly attracted to one another.

I adored the romance between our couple and though it moved quite quickly it was realistic. Paul is a refreshingly different male lead, and I enjoyed how he was written. Paul suffers from crippling performance anxiety, and I really felt for him. He has tried various methods to overcome it but it still devastates him. This is a sensitive subject, and to give this trait to the leading male could have been risky. But Ellie carries it off with aplomb. I never felt that Paul was weak or anything less than strong and swoon-worthy, and if anything it endeared me to him more.

Presley is a great character. She has her flaws but she is also a fun, kooky sort and she was the perfect complement to Paul.

I loved the way this book was written with playlists and twitter threads. It really fit the world and the style of writing and it added an extra special dimension. All the secondary characters were great too and the plot moved along at a great pace.

At times, it lacked a little emotional depth, and I hated the decision Presley made toward the end. I also felt the last few chapters were rushed and a little abrupt.

But overall this was a great read. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Last Kiss (First and Last #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Last Kiss
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance


Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

My Review:
A Dark, Dangerous, Seductive Tale of Love, Lust, Betrayal, Manipulation, and Obsessive Control. Not for the faint-hearted!

Laurelin Paige is one of my favorite authors and I have yet to find a book she has written that I don’t obsessively love. I adored First Touch, the first book in this series, and I thought I’d die after that cliffhanger ending – it was seriously good. I was delighted, therefore, to receive a copy of this book to review and even though I have a list of other ARCs and review books to read, I couldn’t resist getting stuck straight in.

However, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. From a literary perspective, it is an absolute triumph, a masterful, skillfully-woven piece of fiction that has been expertly crafted to the very minutest detail. Seriously well done, Ms. Paige. I think this may be your best yet – and I don’t say that lightly because I have adored every book in your Fixed and Found series.

But I have to admit to absolutely hating reading this at times. This is going to sound contradictory because I did love it too, but it’s because the characters are so real that I really grew to hate and love them in equal measures. Not only has the author buried her way into these characters heads, she has consumed them completely, body, heart, mind and soul. So much so that they felt abnormally real to me. Reeve, Amber, and Emily are some of the most complex characters I have ever read about. I am in awe of Laurelin’s ability to bring these flawed characters to life with so much depth and substance. I can only imagine how stressful it must have been to write this at times, but let me say that the execution was absolutely flawless.

God, this is probably going to come across like a whacko review but my mind is blown apart after reading Last Kiss.

The sex scenes are depraved but hot and the chemistry between Emily and Reeve is explosive. Have a fan by your bed girls!

The plot is decent and moves along at a steady pace. The writing flows beautifully. But it is the characterization that makes this book stand out from the crowd.

There were times when I had to put my Kindle down as I was in so much inner turmoil. Seriously, my insides were twisted into knots reading this, and my anxiety levels were off the charts. I screamed at Emily to stop being such a bloody doormat. I screamed at Reeve to stop playing so many games. I hated Amber with an intensity that is most unlike me. The only sense of relief I felt was at the very end (no spoilers here – read it and you’ll see what I mean.) Does it make me sick and depraved that I actually cheered at that part?!

This book touches on deep-seated issues like child abuse, dysfunctional relationships, sexual abuse and depravity, and emotional and physical torture. It was tough going at times, but ultimately the message is positive in the end.

I’m still reeling and I know this book is going to stay with me for a long time to come. That Ms. Paige can get into MY head in such a manner demonstrates how amazingly talented she is. I cannot wait to read what she releases next.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. If this review is all over the place you can blame the author for doing such a stellar job of messing with my head. Lol.

Highly recommended to fans of well-written erotic romantic suspense.