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REVIEW: Deviant (Blood and Roses) by Callie Hart

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DEVIANT (BLOOD and ROSES)
By Callie Hart
SYNOPSIS

*Please be aware that this is a Dark Romance novel and deals with serious themes, including violence and murder* 

This story is the first part in a series, each approx. 30-40k words in length.

Sloane

I’m not proud of the things I’ve done.
The things I’ve had to do.
The things I’ve given away.
but I’d give it all over again to find her.

Even if i die trying,
I have to find Alexis.

Zeth

She wants me to help her,
But I won’t.
She wants me to save her sister,
But I can’t.
She wants me to be her hero,
But I’m not a good man.

I am her damnation.


Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance
Price: FREE (reg. $.99)
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
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NAUGHTY MOMS’ REVIEW

As a new blogger, I’m still getting by bearings and learning the mechanics of the blogging business. I started by signing up to do ARC reviews of a couple books and signed up with Callie Hart to review Fracture.  When I received the ARC to review I learned it was in fact a follow up to Deviant (Blood and Roses). So to familiarize myself with the story line and characters, I looked into downloading Callie’s first book. Because I’m a self-confessed Kindle eBook hoarder, I found out I’d already purchased this book and it was in line to be read. *yay me*. So I immediately hopped to it. 

I was immediately drawn in with the mysterious circumstances that the story began with. Within the first chapter I was intrigued with the situation Sloan was involved in and the mystery man she meets. The intimate scene was undoubtedly sexy and HOT. 

With dual POV; which I love, we not only see what is driving Sloan to do what she does, but we learn more about the danger surrounding this mystery man, Zeth and the life he leads. He’s the ultimate bad boy who’ll do anything that suits his needs. In his world there are no hearts and flowers. He doesn’t want any part of that. Women are only a means to an end. 

Both Sloan and Zeth find themselves drawn to each other and have a chemistry they can’t make sense of. Both denying it to themselves and each other. Zeth knows Sloan will do whatever it takes to get the information she needs and he’s willing to use that. 

I felt extremely drawn to each character. Sloan’s strong will and Zeth’s dangerous life compelled me to keep reading into the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn’t put my phone down… sleep be damned. 

The chemistry with these two was smoking hot with a whole lot of intrigue surrounding Sloan’s and Zeth’s lives. By the time I finished, I immediately opened up Fracture to find out what happens next. 

You’ll find yourself pulled in and you won’t want out. 

Fracture is set for release April 7th.  

NEW RELEASE + REVIEW: Fragile Truths (Shadows of Sin #1)

FRAGILE TRUTHS (Shadows of Sin #1)
Authors: D.H. Sidebottom & R.M. James
Genre: Dark Fictional Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2014
 
SYNOPSIS
To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. 
Friedrich Nietzsche.
Frankie…
The bitterness is consuming. It’s intensity slashes and claws at my insides, it’s hatred wrenching my soul as it curls and nurtures my need for revenge.
HIS torture only feeds my vice. I won’t let HIM break me, only strengthen me. The pain HE gives is welcomed, it’s rawness fuelling the loathing inside with each of HIS thrashes and tears on my pale skin, with every harsh truth HE breathes in my ear and with each of HIS crippling holds.
I have waited too long for this and I’ll never let the bastard win.
He will have to end me before I give in.
But now HE has a weapon against me. Something I swore throughout my life I would never let in;
Love.
Tate.
 
Tate…
Her strength astounds me. HE doesn’t seem to break her.
HIS relentless persecution and determination to bury her under his furious reign and brutality eats at my soul. It has found that dark place inside me, the pit of hell I had locked and secured away, and enriched it, demanded its flourish and ripened its ferocity. The family wrath.
She’ll never give in, and I pray every night as I guide her through the darkness that tomorrow will bring the light to her soul before it is consumed, finally, by the plague of HIM.
Evil.
Jude.

Jude…
She blossoms under my torture, the soft suppleness of her skin ripping and tearing as though her soul is trying to break free from the agony.
I’ll allow it, because I can. Because I need her soul. I crave the sustenance it feeds my rage with, my thirst for cruelty quenched by the sounds of her desolate screams and my hunger for blood, nourished by the slow drip of her life force at my feet.
She thinks I won’t break her, so does he. They underestimate the blood that slithers through my veins. It’s the blood that tenures those around me.
The bloodthirsty.
The Shadows of Sin.
Review: 4 Stars
I’d like to start by saying I had an idea this story would be a wide ride before I started reading it, only because I’m familiar with DH Sidebottom’s work and her brand of intense storytelling.  With that being said, Fragile Truths not only exceeded my expectations but added a level of intensity and brutality I didn’t expect.
In this story, we follow Francesca, Tate and Jude through intermittent encounters that began at a young age until coming full circle in adulthood.  Francesca finds herself caught between a new found love, that brings about a self discovery she never expected, and a lifelong promise for revenge. 
As the story progressed I found myself admiring the heroine of this book so much more than any previous books I’ve read.  No matter what was thrown at her, her strength only grew that much more and all while discovering a love she never expected and would die for, if needed. Her devotion and love for her family and Tate are awe inspiring and she’s willing give up anything and everything.  
You’ll enjoy the passion between Tate and Frankie and you’ll cringe at the brutality they each endure for that love.
This is a great story and well worth the wait.
 

PURCHASE HERE:  Amazon / Amazon UK

About the Authors

D.H.Sidebottom
Is the author of over 11 erotic/thriller books on the Amazon Kindle site, including the Heart of Stone series and Room 103 series.  The first book in the new Shadows of Sin Mafia series, Fragile Truths, written along with co-author R.M. James, has just been released.

Among other ventures, she also writes the narrative, dialogue and advertising monologues for HyperSloth, an indie games company and their current game, Dream.

She was raised in a loving family with one brother in Derbyshire, UK and grew up with a rowdy group of bikers who she considered her brothers as well as her friends, and who also made school life a whole lot easier.  She has a wild imagination that she says is never silent and on occasion, a mind that can from time to time scare the hell out of her.

Dawn is a single mum to three children, aged from 12 to 21, whom she regards as her ‘life support system’…along with coffee, and is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild.

She is an avid reader, enjoying a mixed genre from paranormal and erotica to horrors and biographies.  Her taste in music is very eclectic, ranging from The Goo Goo Dolls and OneRepublic to Hinder and Poison and she always generates a playlist for each book.

She is an eager supporter to all indie authors and helps advise, edit and beta for several upcoming writers; however her main love, apart from spending time with her children and writing, is enjoying her friends’ company and figuring out how to remain upright after several beers, which she has yet to fathom.

Stay connected with D.H. on Facebook 



R.M. James

R.M. James is so excited about having her writing dream come true. She lives in England with her husband and seven year old daughter. She has been married to the love of her life for 12 years and is mother to one of the most beautiful girls to ever live. Collaborating with D.H. Sidebottom has been so fun and exciting. Her favorite genres are erotica and young adult. Favorite authors consists of  Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, Pepper Winters, Jodi Ellen Malpas and K. Bromberg to name just a few. R.M.’s passion for reading and writing is shadowed only by her love for Starbucks and film. 

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REVIEW: The Baby & the Bride by Laura Bernard



SYNOPSIS
Sequel to the #1 Amazon Best-Seller, The Debt & the Doormat (available for FREE)

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?

Review: 4 Stars
The Baby & the Bride picks up a few months after The Debt & the Doormat left off and immediately pulls you in with laughter. We continue to follow Poppy and her life of people pleasing but are also given the POV of her best friend Jazz as she adjusts to being a new mother. In this story we get to experience their ups and downs as they continue to discover their road to being official grown-ups no matter how much they try to hold on to the good ol’ days of their youth.

I enjoyed the comical situations they’re thrust into as they plan a wedding and becoming accustomed to having a baby in their group. Poppy’s ever intrusive mother keeps everyone on their toes with her take charge, over the top persona while Ryan, the gorgeous groom-to-be, deals with family drama, due to Poppy’s meddling. 

The characters are just wonderfully ordinary people with typical dramas occasionally overshadowed by Poppy’s constant bad luck. There were several instances I nearly fell over with laughter.  This was a great comedy and would be handy to have when getting over a serious book hangover from an intense read. 

My suggestion is to get cozy, grab a glass of wine and enjoy.  I highly recommend it.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1mvZFBY
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/OWAD0T

REVIEW: The Debt & the Doormat by Laura Bernard

SYNOPSIS

Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of Uni.  Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much.  When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help.  She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates; there’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan.  Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down.  Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute.  With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy.  And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over.

Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding?  And will she want to?

As a new blogger, I was approached by the author to review her new release The Baby & the Bride which is a sequel to The Debt & the Doormat.  To learn the back story of her latest release, I immediately began reading her first story about Poppy Windsor and her agreement to help her best friend, Jazz Green, out of debt and help Jazz gain some life stability.
Little did she know how much this new arrangement of swapping lives would affect her instead.  An honest to goodness people pleaser, Poppy gets herself into numerous sticky situations because she’s constantly trying to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings causing some very funny outcomes. Ultimately, Poppy learns a lot about herself and becomes a stronger person for it.  
I can’t tell you how many times I was asked what I was reading because I was laughing out loud during breaks at work, at the store or even at a concert while I waited for it the band to set up.  More recently, I was explaining the book to my sister on our road trip to the Austin Book Fest and even the couple scenes I explained to her had us both full on belly laughing in the car.
Laura Bernard did a wonderful job with this story.  Not only did I laugh at Poppy’s predicaments but I felt like I could totally relate to what she was feeling and why she did the things she did. Ultimately, Poppy learns a lot about herself and becomes a stronger person for it.  
This is a great story for when you’re getting over the ultimate book hangover and need some comedy relief. I five it 4 stars. Go ahead and one-one click. The book is currently a freebie and I don’t how long that will last. It’s definitely one for your kindle library.