Review: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen

Title: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis
Author: Bryan Cohen
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Non-Fiction/ writing/publishing
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Blurb:
Struggling to find new readers? Learn how a compelling synopsis can make your book fly off the digital shelves!

Do you hate writing blurbs? Do you wish there was an easier way to summarize your novel and get more sales in the process? Author and copywriter Bryan Cohen’s book descriptions have hit both the Kindle Store’s Top 50 and the USA Today Bestseller list. Let him show you exactly how to craft the copy you need to hook new readers.

After writing hundreds of book descriptions for other authors and helping thousands with informative training, Bryan has learned what all the best book synopses have in common. Through easy-to-follow tips and helpful examples in a variety of genres, How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis gives you the tools you need to get a steady stream of online book browsers to click the Buy button every single day.

In this book, you’ll discover: How to simplify your plot to create a short, engaging synopsis Why using certain words can make customers fall in love with your story How to shed unnecessary subplots and make writing your blurb a joy instead of a chore The step-by-step system for writing and editing your synopsis for rhythm, momentum, and clarity Why you need a synopsis cliffhanger, and much, much more!

Finally, you no longer have to take on the challenge of copywriting alone. With a more intriguing synopsis in place, all your future promotions, ads, and marketing campaigns can perform significantly better. You want more readers to buy your books, and Bryan’s system is a great way to make it a reality.

If you like detailed writing guides, plenty of examples, and a touch of humor, then you’ll love Bryan Cohen’s look behind the scenes at how he creates copy that sells.
Buy How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis today to get new readers excited to buy your books!

My Review:
Most Indie Authors I know say they are terrible at writing blurbs and absolutely dread that part of the process, and I’m no exception. I’ve tried outsourcing it in the past but it doesn’t work so it’s something I need to master so that I can overcome this “mental block” I have every time I’m getting ready to release something new.

I searched for a good book on blurb-writing previously and was surprised to find there weren’t that many options that fit what I was looking for so I was delighted when Bryan announced he was writing this book. He is undeniably one of the best blurb writers in the business.

This book is great – a quick easy read packed with examples and exercises that force you to apply the learning as you go along. I was amazed at how different my end version was to my starting one and I’ve definitely taken away lots of learning. Practice makes perfect so only time will tell if it’s added real value, but I have to say that I already feel more confident in tackling this head-on.

The writing is great – it’s witty, self-deprecating, and not in any way preachy.

I picked up a copy on release day for 99c and I have to say it was money well spent.

If you struggle with blurbs, this is the book for you. And even if you don’t have issues with blurb-writing, I bet you’d still pick up some useful tidbits in this book. Most definitely worth a read.

Review: Fugly (Fugly #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: Fugly
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fugly #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
A Contemporary Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.

My Review:
Fugly is my first read by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and I know it won’t be my last. This beautiful, sweet, sexy, sometimes heartwrenching story explores the concept of ugliness in all its guises, and I found it very thought-provoking and introspective. I would challenge anyone to read this book and not stop and think about society’s definition of beauty and how completely messed-up it is.

Lily has been raised in a loving, nurturing environment and always been made to feel important, valued and loved. This is despite the fact that her face isn’t conventionally pretty and it doesn’t match her hot bod. Lily is super smart and fiercely career-orientated with a definite life plan in mind. She has always considered herself to be above the derision and hostility she faces and feels happy in her own skin.

All that changes when she meets Maxwell Cole – hot, CEO of Cole Cosmetics and a bit of an evangelist when it comes to true beauty. His motto is real beauty is soul-deep rather than skin-deep, and he’s adored by women the world over for his refreshing views. However, that’s all a carefully controlled marketing image that feeds the brand – Or is it?

Lily and Max challenge each other in so many different ways and I adored their relationship progression. Their witty back and forth had me in stitches and when the sexy times arrive it was definitely worth the wait. I spent the first part of the book detesting Max and calling bs on his supposed cacophobia. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought it was a made-up condition and I was initially skeptical. However, I’ve since discovered that it is a real condition and I became more emphatic toward Max, especially as he was trying so hard to overcome it.

We have two contrasting parental set-ups here which is interesting. A lot of Max’s issue arise from his dysfunctional childhood and bitch of a mother. Lily’s parents are awesome if a little bit overbearing and too protective at times. Polar opposites.

I enjoyed the setting and that the corporate environment was realistically portrayed.

I greatly admired Lily and felt for her as everything she thought she knew about herself came crashing down around her. I could understand how she acted as she did toward the end even if I was screaming at her to cop the hell on!

I LOVE Mimi’s writing – it was wonderfully eloquent and oh so witty. I laughed my ass off reading this book. The pacing was spot-on.

The ending was a bit abrupt and if a second book hadn’t been written I would’ve been grossly unhappy with that epilogue. However, I knew there was a second book so it didn’t faze me.

All in all, this was an amazing read and a great introduction to this author.

Can be read as a standalone with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

Actual 4.5 Stars.

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: This book almost destroyed me. Heartbreaking.

Full Review:
Forbidden was very thought-provoking and I found myself, at times, both disgusted and sympathetic in equal measure. Having reflected on it for a few days, it is hard to look at the love between Lochan and Maya as wrong even if that is how society categorizes it.

Their family situation is completely dysfunctional. They were quasi-parents to their younger siblings, and they never really had a traditional brother and sister relationship. I couldn’t help wondering if they’d had a normal upbringing would they have fallen in love or were they always destined for one another irrespective of their environment and their circumstances? It’s an interesting question and one that’s had me thinking about this book several days after I finished it.

Modern society has a genuine reason for saying no to incest – proven birth defects in any children born of incestuous relationships. And I get that, but my mind was contemplating all kinds of scenarios whereby it could be permitted – what if it was allowed and both parties agreed to sterilization, then the risk is eliminated. Of course, that wouldn’t solve the stigma or the myriad of other issues, and I’m not saying every government should rush out and change their laws because it’s a hugely sensitive complex issue, but I would genuinely feel for any couple like Lochie and Maya and believe it’s wrong that society says they can’t be together.

Characterization was superb in this book, with emotional depth and plenty of substance. I felt both of their pain as they struggled with their feelings for one another – as they tried valiantly to fight their attraction and burning need for one another. The irony is that the family unit was actually stronger when they were together – it made sense.

Their parents should be strung up for their neglect and I wanted to hurl my Kindle a few times, such was my loathing for both mum and dad.

I knew this wasn’t going to end well but that finale still KILLED me – I was sobbing my heart out for ages and I felt an actual pain in my heart. It was horrific but compelling.

I applaud the author for her ability to tackle such a complex subject with sensitivity and grit. It was never glorified or ridiculed.

The writing was breathtaking if a little over descriptive at times – I did skim a bit.

In summary, this book had a deep impact on me and I love books that challenge my thinking and challenge social norms. This one will definitely stay with me for a long time.

Review: Wrecked (Axle Alley Vipers #3) by Sherilee Gray

Title: Wrecked
Author: Sherilee Gray
Series: Axle Alley Vipers #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He’s driving her crazy…

Piper West is finally on her own, and it’s time to get crazy. Except that her overprotective big bro has enlisted his ex-cop best friend to keep an eye on his baby sister. With every move monitored and reported back, Piper’s life has gone from “going crazy” to “being driven crazy.” But a searing-hot kiss with her sexy and scarred watchdog is just the game-changer she needs…

Cole Black owes Piper’s brother big-time, but there’s nothing easy about his new assignment. Piper is all feisty sexiness and curves meant to tempt a man beyond reason, and Cole can’t stop himself. Now he’s caught up in a hunger like nothing he’s ever known, and he can’t get enough…

Even if Piper’s the one girl he’s not allowed to have.

My Review:
A fantastic friends to lovers romance full to the brim with love, laughter, angst, pain, longing, and heartfelt emotions.

Cole has shut himself off to all those closest to him in the aftermath of a tragedy. Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he believes he deserves to suffer and disregards all the plans he had made for his future. His biggest goal had been to return to his hometown and win the hand of the girl he has always loved, but he accepts that that will never be, as he feels he isn’t good enough or worthy enough of her anymore.

Pipe West has always been in love with her big brothers bestie, Cole. They had an easy going relationship until she came of age and realized her feelings ran deep. But he had a job and a life far away so she has been pining in silence. When he returns, he is a shell of his former self, and she is determined to help him in any way she can.

Characterization was superb in this book and I felt all of Cole’s devastation and grief and all of Pipe’s soul-deep longing for the one guy who has always seemed out of her reach. This was an angst-filled read that also had it’s fair share of sweet and sexy times.

I did feel like the inner monologue was very repetitive at times (especially Cole’s) and I did skim over parts that I felt were redundant. Sometimes, the plot got lost in all the sex, and the stalker plot line was a bit weak and cliche. This is the main reason why this is a 4-star, not 5-star read.

It was well written, and I loved the family-n-friends dynamic, and I’m intrigued about the other couples and will definitely pick up their books at some point.

All in all, this was a really great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Review: Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross

Title: Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

My Review:
Chasing Truth was an exhilarating read chock-full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a smattering of swoon-worthy romance. I loved every intense, pulse-pounding, heart-clenching second of it!

Jason Bourne has met his match in sharp, feisty Eleanor Ames. What a fantastic leading lady! Ellie is a superb heroine; struggling to be good, she really wants to do the right thing, to be a good person, even though it’s often hard to let go of her past. She isn’t opposed to cutting corners or breaking rules but it’s all in the interests of uncovering the truth and she would do everything and anything to protect those she loves. It has to be said, she isn’t always likeable – she is dishonest and she tells lies a lot, but her heart is in the right place so I was able to forgive her. I actually found her character to be refreshingly different from the norm.

Miles was an immediate addition to my very-very long book boyfriend list. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling the story, but he had all the qualities I admire and covet in a man. He was the perfect match for our heroine.

Voice and characterization were superb in this book, and I also loved the witty banter between our couple. But what really stood out for me was the whole mystery and intrigue and it had a real “whodunnit” vibe. I constantly changed my mind over the guilty party and I ADORE when books have me second guessing myself. The plot was well thought out and executed.

The last quarter of the book had me on the edge of my chair, frantically biting my nails, and gasping for air (okay, I’m being overly dramatic but you get the gist) – it was intense with a capital I. I would have challenged anyone to pry my Kindle from me at that stage – there was no way I was parting with that sucker until I had devoured the rest of the book. It didn’t disappoint.

The romance, while well-written, was a little on the light side for my liking, but it isn’t a major complaint. The story was mainly resolved in this book but there are elements left hanging. I’m totally invested in this couple now, and I eagerly anticipate the next instalment.

In summary, this is a superb read and I highly recommend it.

Actual rating 4.5 stars. Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland

Title: Bossman
Author: Vi Keeland
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?
Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

My Review:
Bossman is a stomping good read, and I can’t believe that I am only discovering the genius that is Vi Keeland now. Funny, Poignant, Heartwarming, Sexy and Sweet all in equal measure, Bossman will pluck your heartstrings until you feel like an invisible hand is squeezing your heart to bursting point. I had all the feels reading this one – ALL the feels. It was so so good.

Chase is a refreshingly different CEO than the typical dominant type you usually read about in these kind of books. He was happy to stand back and let his employees shine, and I loved that about him. He flirted outrageously with Reece, which could’ve earned him a lawsuit if she wasn’t as attracted to him too. Even though he’s a little bit naughty, he was still a real gent and he totally made my heart swoon. However, he’s hiding a tragedy from his past that has dictated how he’s lived his life up to this point. He’s now at a critical juncture – feeling more than just fleeting lust for a woman – and you know it’s all about to go pear-shaped.

I loved Reece – she really spoke to the career-driven part of my persona. She didn’t wanted to get involved with her boss because she wanted to earn the respect of her co-workers on her own merit, and not because she was sleeping with the bossman.

While she did her damnedest to resist Chase, the man is irresistible and soon they were indulging their sizzling hot chemistry. The sex scenes were brilliantly written and I loved these two together.

Of course, as soon as Reece entertains the possibility of them as a couple, his past comes back to haunt him. He falls apart and pushes her away and it was heartbreaking. I felt their mutual pain and I cried for our tortured hero.

Thankfully, we get our HEA in the end so I’m a happy camper.

I loved the writing and the witty banter between our loving pair. It also had the perfect amount of angst and drama. I can find nothing to fault because it was exemplary in my opinion.

Highly Recommended.

Review: His Fantasy Bride (Things to do Before You Die… #3) by Nina Croft

Title: His Fantasy Bride
Author: Nina Croft
Series: Things to do Before You Die… #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.

My Review:
Nina Croft delivers a well-paced contemporary read with great dialogue and plenty of romantic moments.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and I loved the little note that the author inserted at the start of the book to put it into context.

This is a book about second chances and learning to open up before a relationship can really mature into something long lasting.

Gabby fled Vito’s arms on the eve of their wedding six months ago, but she can’t forget the sultry hottie who is supposed to be her arch-enemy.

On the eve of the six-month anniversary, Vito reappears in her life, determined to get answers, and to win back “his fantasy bride.”

What he discovers blows him away. Gabrielle is now Gabby and not entirely like he remembers her. With lies and deception still driving a wedge between them, can he tell who is the real Gabby and more importantly if she is the woman for him.

Vito was a great leading man and I thought he was very understanding, all things considered. I felt for Gabby even if her cowardice irritated me. She made a mistake, but she didn’t actually betray him other than keeping the real reason for their meeting a secret for so long. She should have grown a pair and told him the truth. But, if she had we wouldn’t have had any story.

The writing was great, the sex scenes were tastefully structured, and characterization was decent.

Overall, this was a great, quick read and one I recommend.

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

Review: Cunning (Infidelity #2) by Aleatha Romig

Title: Cunning
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.

Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

My Review:
This was a great read and I’m totally hooked on this series. While the cliffhanger at the end is meant to be sensational, I understand what Nox meant so it didn’t have that shock factor for me. Not a huge amount happened in the first half of the book but it picked up pace after that. Some twists were anticipated, others were unexpected. Superb writing as I’ve come to expect from Aleatha. Can’t wait to read the next book in May.

Review: Hearts of Fire (Hearts #2) by L.H. Cosway

Title: Hearts of Fire
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.

My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.

Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.

Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.

I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.

My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.

Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.

I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.

We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.

Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.

The truest love is always the hardest to let in.

This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

My Review:
Another great read from L.H. Cosway.

I loved the concept of this book; I mean who didn’t entertain fanciful notions of running off with the circus at some point? And that’s exactly what Lille does in order to escape her overbearing, controlling mother. I adored Lille as MC, and loved her progression throughout the story. I especially loved that she was an artist and it really appealed to my creative side.

Jack was very gruff to start off with, but he was very protective of Lille from the get-go which was sweet. He was a swoon-worthing lead man. Their romance is a little unconventional but it works.

The plot around who was attacking the girls on the set was a little predictable, and very much secondary to the relationship between Jack and Lille, but that’s how I prefer it.

Secondary characters were again well-developed, and I particularly warmed to Marina, King, and Lola.

I spent an anxious few chapters waiting for Jay and Matilda to show up, but boy was it worth the wait. This is one of my absolute fav things about series like this – when we get to catch up with other beloved characters.

L.H. Cosway is adept at writing strong emotional scenes that bleed off the page. When Lille cried after reading Jack’s letter, I felt her compassion and her empathy. When the brothers eventually reunited, it tugged at my heart strings. I could completely visualize the scene as it unfolded, even down to the girls linking hands as they watched from the sidelines. Superbly written.

The only issue I had with this book is Jack’s so-called ‘fetish.’ I was very uncomfortable with this aspect of his character because, for me, Jack was suffering from deep-seated psychological issues as a result of the trauma of his childhood. He needed to deal with the underlying cause rather than venting it as he did on Lille’s body. I felt this was glossed over, as indeed was the horrific abuse he endured as a child, not to mention the fire he almost died in. I wish the author had explored this a little.

However, it was still an amazing read, and I’m definitely invested in this series. I look forward to reading King’s story next.

Thank you Dali for the gift copy. Another winner for my Kindle.

Review: Six of Hearts (Hearts #1) by L.H. Cosway

Title: Six of Hearts
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

My Review:
OMG. This was a completely AMAZING read. I am still totally blown away. I don’t ordinarily read a lot of books set in Ireland, even though I’m Irish, and this is the second one I’ve read recently. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I especially loved all the brilliant observations and Irish sayings and cultural references (like the one about taxi drivers either being ignorant or total jaws. Lol.)

The romance is sweet, and slow-building, with lots of smexy times, and plenty of angsty to-ing and froing (which I always love even though it’s torture.)

The plot is good but it’s transparent, so don’t expect tons of twists and turns. The author makes it very clear to the reader who Jay really is and what Matilda means to him and that he is out for revenge. But the beauty of this book is in the superb execution.

And I love that Jay is an illusionist, and I loved the glimpses we got into his life. Different. Unique. Stand-out. (I’d still love to know how he pulled some of the illusions off though.)

I could waffle on forever but it would get boring, so I’m going to list what I liked most:

Jay
The beautiful writing
Jay
The well-developed plot that was masterfully woven
Jay
Consistent pacing
Jay
The romance
Jay
The hilarious witty banter
Jay
Great secondary characters
Jay

Ah, Jay, swoon. He is everything you could hope for in a book boyfriend and more. And the lengths he went to to seek vengeance on those who had wronged him and Matilda’s family! I cried with Matilda when she found out. And then he said he had loved her since he was a kid and I cried some more. Be still my beating heart.

Ha. Ha. I’m just picturing the scowl on my husband’s face when he reads this review. Sorry, hon. Please remember – he is only a FICTIONAL boyfriend and that’s totally not cheating.

All in all, this was a totally dreamy read. Can’t wait to devour the rest of the books in this series. I have to thank the lovely Dali for gifting me a copy of this book. You were right, Dali! You knew I would adore L.H. Cosway’s writing, and I do! Thanks for connecting me with another author I enjoy.