Tight by Alessandra Torre

Tight
by Alessandra Torre

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t got laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.


 

Heather’s Review:


Riley is a thirty-something single woman on a wild bachelorette vacation in a tropical paradise. She has had a bit of a dry spell and her small town dating pool is getting a bit shallow. When she is rescued by a handsome gentleman, she is intrigued. They share a passionate kiss and are both left wanting more.
Riley is not a one night stand girl and neither is Brett. But both give in to their darker urges and find that they have scorching hot chemistry.

The more time they spend together, the more Riley finds herself falling for this enigmatic man.

But all is not as it seems. Brett has some pretty big skeletons in his closet and Riley is in way over her head.

Her fairy tale romance turns out to be a prelude to a nightmare.

 This book was amazing! I love Alessandra Torre. She has a writing style that sucks you in and keeps you coming back for more. I had to put this one down several time because it was so intense and I really didn’t want to know what was going to happen. I just wanted to live in the fairy tale. This book is not your typical romance. It is dark and raw. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin it for you!

If you aren’t afraid of the dark and enjoy erotica and suspense, then you will probably love this one. I give it a full five stars. I am a person who normally hates the flashback style of storytelling, but this one was done masterfully. Bravo!

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Mr. X by Clarissa Wild

Mr. X
by Clarissa Wild

*Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me.

I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.

Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.

I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.


Heather’s Thoughts:

This was a very dark story about a young woman named Jay who can not remember her childhood. She knows that bad things happened to her but she can not remember what. She is young but street hardened and wise. Jay is working at a strip club and turning small tricks to support her cocaine habit.

Jay finds herself in a difficult situation and in pops a man who scares her more than anyone she has ever met before. There is something about him that is different, but Jay can only think of one thing, escape.

The man who takes her captive goes only by Mr. X. He has the hardened look of a killer, because that is what he is. He is an assassin, hired to kill.

Wherever Mr. X goes, he leaves death in his wake. If you are lucky, your death comes quickly, but X likes to play and his idea of play will make you scream.

Mr. X takes Jay and makes her his captive. She is unwilling and uncooperative. She doesn’t know why she is still alive. All she knows is that Mr. X has an interest in her and she sees that as her ticket out of this hell.

But she has no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes. This game has been going on for far longer than Jay can even comprehend.

As Jay learns more about X, she discovers that he is truly a sadistic and sick man. He wants her to see it all.

Jay learns that she may just be safer with the monster she is with than on the streets alone.

But hate and love begin to blur and soon, all that they both knew is turned upside down.

Mr. X takes Jay to heights that she never dreamed of. She is a slave to his touch and he revels in the pain and ecstasy.

Jay soon learns more about he enigma that is Mr. X. She can not help but feel for him. But as her memory starts to unravel, will she ever be able to forgive him?

In the end, will she ever be able to love a monster? And can the monster ever really learn to love her back?

Mr. X, what have you done…

Well, this little gem was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that I was blown away. I absolutely loved this story. Jay is a pretty complex character. She was a spoiled rich girl who ends up on the streets and addicted to cocaine. She finds herself at the mercy of a sadist who pushes her to the brink over and over again.

The sex in this book is definitely not for everyone. It is hard and rough and there are no safe-words. It is not safe, it is not sane, and at times it is not necessarily consensual. X has no boundaries with Jay. His only goal, to make her beg him for it. So he takes her to the edge time and again until she can hardly stand it.

Mr. X turns out to be way more than what you see on the surface. He is a smart and cunning killer who has mastered the art of manipulation. He is also meticulous in his planning. So when his plan goes out the window, you know you are in for a treat.

This book reminds me of Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts. It has that same dark and gritty feel that leaves you wondering who to trust and what to believe. There were several twists in this book that took my by surprise. The main male character is an anti-hero and the main female is not all that likeable in the beginning. Despite that or maybe because of that, I was sucked in. It takes a good story-teller to make you read about two messed up people who come together in such a tragic way.

Exceptionally dark and twisted…I loved it!

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Room 212 by Kate Stewart

Room 212
by Kate Stewart
In every life there is always that…one.

Twenty-one year old Laura Sedgwick is a rebel without a cause. Her only plans for life are to make no plans. She revels in her fascination of the unexpected as she navigates her way through mid -1990’s Dallas nightlife. One very bad night brings her face to face with the one man likely to change her mind about…well…everything.

Twenty-three year old Seth Whitaker has every intention of seeing through with his well mapped out life. He is a hard working over-achiever that has no intentions of slowing his pace for anyone. With a fierce determination to not let life pass him by without taking a huge bite, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the one distraction that could keep him from his best laid plans. Little did he know his determination to keep his life on track would be the very thing to trigger the events that change the course of both their lives.

In this life she had only done one thing right…

and she was his only chance at salvation.

 


 

Heather’s Thoughts:


This book spans fourteen years and we get a look at what happens when two worlds collide. Laura is a free spirit with a huge personality. She doesn’t really follow the rules and she doesn’t apologize for it. She sees something in Seth that he doesn’t see in himself.

Seth is the college boy who is on the path to success. He has a plan and he is bound and determined to follow it. He plans to make something of his life.

When Seth and Laura come together, they ignite. The love and the tenderness that is brought out in both of them made me long for that first true love feeling.

But fate has other plans for this pair… Seth sets his sights high and Laura is not in the cards.

When Laura sets our on her own, she tries to find love again, but Seth was the one that got away. So when he comes knocking on her door, she has to take a chance.

Seth is not the boy he used to be. He is a man now and he is no longer afraid to go after what he wants.

Laura is not the same free spirit that she used to be either. She knows that giving in to her desires could cause her more pain that she could withstand.

This was one of those books that sticks with you for a long time. I read it a while ago and I am just now getting back to my review. I hope that I do this one justice because it was really an amazing book. I adored the characters and my heart broke for Laura. I wanted her to find her happily ever after.

The chemistry between these two was so amazing. They were very different people but somehow they worked. The writing on this one was amazing. I can not believe that this was a debut novel. Seriously, it was amazingly well written. The dialogue was great the pacing was good, the characters were so well-developed. I just adored this book. I got into it and I felt for them. The only thing that knocked it down a bit for me was that it started to get a bit too religious for me. If you don’t mind that, then you will love this story. I can’t tell you too much but I must say that this one is definitely worth your time.

4.5 Stars!

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No One’s Hero (Chadwell Hearts #2) by Kelly Walker

No One’s Hero (Chadwell Hearts #2)

by Kelly Walker

Tired of living for the one who died, Lexi Feron is ready to throw caution to the wind. For eighteen years she’s been careful not to upset her fragile family, all the while knowing she’ll only ever be half of enough. Now, she’s done with careful. College is her chance to escape, to be free. To love. To live.

Someone wants her to die.

Kevin Morrison is haunted by the one he didn’t save. The one he wasn’t supposed to love. The mistake he can never take back, but is determined never to make again. A cushy job guarding a college freshman is exactly what he needs to get his confidence back. He’s just got to keep her safe until the drug dealer out for revenge goes on trial, then he can move on and forget all about her.

She has other plans.

No matter how much Lexi insists she doesn’t need a bodyguard, especially not one as mercurial as Kevin, she might be exactly what he needs. Because despite his best efforts, the spunky girl with a smart mouth and reckless streak awakens something in his heart that he thought was lost. But what if the real danger to Lexi, is Lexi?

 


Heather’s Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Chadwell Heart’s series. While it is not necessary to read book one, it certainly helps. There is some overlap in the series and things will make more sense if you start from the beginning.

Lexi is a young woman who may be small, but she is full of fire. She is set to testify against a very bad man, and that puts her in danger. Lexi has been working on the ranch tending horses but she is off the get a degree and college is her opportunity to start a new life for herself. She has lived in the shadow of her dead twin for most of her life. She wants a chance to live her life the way she wants to live it.

So when she is assigned a body-guard, and told that she is not going to get her fresh start,  she doesn’t take the news well. Kevin is former military and he knows all about protecting his mark. So when Lexi attempts to lose him, he is not having it. She begins to hate everything about Kevin.

When they finally make it to campus, Lexi discovers that her room-mate is not at all who she thought she would be. Lexi had envisioned them being good friends.

Lexi is an accomplished rider and the other students don’t take kindly to her stepping in ahead of the rest of the class. She makes enemies quickly.

The sexual tension between Lexi and Kevin escalates quickly as the lines between love and hate being to blur.

Kevin tries desperately to protect Lexi but someone is out to get her.

The question is, will they figure out who, and can he save her in time?

This book was very well written and very entertaining. The sexual tension was absolutely delicious! I loved that Lexi was such a tough cookie. Kevin was a tortured soul who lost a great deal. He was ex-military and he had deep emotional scars. Together they were an unlikely pair but somehow, it worked.

Kelly Walker is a seasoned writer and it shows. Her books are polished and well-developed. There are no holes in the plot lines, the dialogue flows and the characters are multidimensional. The sexual build up was divine and the sex was yummy. Overall, this one was a solid four star read for me. Well done!

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****ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.****

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Carnage (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

Carnage (Carnage #1)
by Lesley Jones

I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.


 

Heather’s Thoughts:

This book was absolutely freaking AMAZING! I just finished it and I am absolutely dumbfounded. I did not see that coming!

Georgia, or Gia, is only 11 when she meets the love of her life, Sean. He sees her pink knickers as she is hanging upside down on the jungle gym. He is instantly smitten. As the years go on, they start to date. They fall in love and Sean is in a band with Georgia’s brothers. When they hit the big time, things get hard.

Drugs and alcohol lead to bad choices. Sean was Gia’s forever. They are soul mates.

Sean rips her heart out and she doesn’t know if she can ever be whole again.

He has no idea how to get her back and she tries desperately to move on. She becomes successful in her own right and even starts to date again. Just when her life was starting to make some sort of sense again, she meets a man who is willing to try to put her pieces back together again. Cam is not a good guy, but he makes sense at the time. But Cam will never be able to compete with Sean.

Sean was always and would forever be “the one”. So when he stumbles back into her life again, it almost breaks her in two. She can’t do this again. She falls apart and all of the hurt that she bottled up for years comes pouring put.

Sean wants her back, but Cam is not going to let go so easily.


Can anyone ever take the place of your soul mate?

Just when life starts to get back on track and Gia has everything life has to offer within her reach, everything comes to an end.

This book totally wrecked me!

OMG! OMG! I can’t take it. This is horrible and I can’t even tell you why or I will give away the ending… and you have to read this book!  I love this author! This book made me feel so many things. It spans so many years and I was absolutely stuck in this book until the very end. And the end, I so did not see that coming.

The story was told from Georgia’s point of view. She is from London so the lingo is a bit different but I adored it. The whole thing was just brilliant. Gia and Sean are absolutely amazing together. I wanted them to get their happily ever after so bad! I found myself rooting for Cam too. He was the tough gangster guy but he was so sweet. The secondary characters were wonderful and there were little bits of humor sprinkled throughout the book.

If you are looking for an epic and tragic love story that will leave you emotionally wrecked in the end, this one is for you. I absolutely adore this kind of book. It made me feel so many things. Even if I wasn’t entirely pleased with the ending, I am coming to terms with it. I think I know where book two is going to go. This one ends without a cliffhanger and reading book two is not necessary, but I will most definitely be reading it!

5 HUGE stars!

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