Sunday, May 31, 2020

Counts of Eight by Brynn Ford blitz with Xpresso Book Tours.

Counts of Eight
Brynn Ford
(The Four Families, #1)
Publication date: May 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Romance

All of my choices had been stripped from me except for one. Dance or die.
Three years ago, I was taken, stolen away, far from the world I knew, far from civilization. I became a slave, forced to serve one of the four families with my talent.
I’d been abused, battered, tortured in isolation. My Master brought me men, partners for performance, but they failed to live up to the high standard of dance my Master required.
Until one day, he brought me a new man. A blonde-haired, green-eyed, dreamy new man who had no idea what was coming.
The men before him had disappeared. I presumed they were dead. I couldn’t afford myself the luxury of hoping they’d made it out alive because that would give me hope that I might someday do the same.
Hope was a dangerous thing and this new man’s spirit still thrummed with that electric spark of lightness. I would be the woman to strip that hope from him piece by tiny piece until he had none left. Only then could I control him, use him. Only then could I even consider the possibility of a predictable, complacent survival in this nightmare life.
And until that time came, I would make the only choice I was given the liberty of making.
Dance or die.
CONTENT WARNING: This book contains explicit sexual content, violence, and mature themes including scenes where consent is not sought or given. The author in no way condones such heinous acts, but rather seeks to immerse the reader in the true horror of the characters’ experience. This is your trigger warning – reader discretion is advised.
This woman wishes to own me, to do me harm, for what reason, I still don’t know. But the sight of her talent in motion gives me goosebumps, makes my heart thump and my thigh muscles twitch to be in motion with her on the dance floor.
A dancer always dances.
The song comes to an end and so does her movement. Her eyes immediately lock onto mine and again comes the glacier from the icy blue, scraping slowly but steadily across the space between us.
She strides across the floor toward me with all the poise of a dancer exiting the stage after a performance.
She sighs. “I wasn’t expecting you today. You’ve interrupted my rehearsal.”
“I hate to break it to you, princess, but this has interrupted my whole life. So why don’t we just cut ties now and get out of each other’s hair?”
“No one leaves once they’re brought here.” Her eyes shift away, then back to pierce mine again.
I let my tired head fall over onto my arm. “Please spare me the cryptic bull crap. What am I doing here?”
“You’re here to dance.”
“To dance?”
“I require a partner for our annual performance. My last didn’t live up to my master’s expectations…” She steps closer, invading my personal space. “That partner is gone now, and you are here to replace him.”
“Yes, that’s what I said. Why do you keep repeating me? My English is excellent, can you not understand me through my accent? I lived in New York since I was eleven. Perhaps I’ve developed another accent that you have trouble understanding.” She tilts her head as her words drip with sarcasm.
The side of my mouth curls up. I might have found her interesting if it weren’t for the circumstances.

Author Bio:
Brynn Ford is an independent author of romance in all of its beautiful and sensually taboo forms. She is a lover of the dark, twisted, and playful and strives to bring the unmentionable aspects of passionate romance into her stories.
Brynn resides in the Midwest with her husband and sons, whom she expects will someday be embarrassed by their mom's books. When she isn't obsessively writing, you may find her binge watching favorite shows while eating far too much junk food or fanatically reading, always seeking to lose herself in the emotional roller coaster of a damn good story.
She is quite the idealist, despite her fascination with the wicked and warped aspects of humanity. Some of her stories may run out of words before a happily ever after, but she's a firm believer that her characters continue to live on outside the pages in the minds of her readers. Stories don't end just because there aren't anymore pages to turn.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Review: Beautiful Imperfection - Kathryn J. Blain

Beautiful Imperfection

Review: Beautiful Imperfection - Kathryn J. Blain - September 2013

It wasn't until I started reading that I realized that this book was a Christian fiction novel as due to the content it was quite an edgy read. The book starts with our main character Teddy going out on a blind date with her friends as she has finally been cleared and in remission from her breast cancer after she had a mastectomy. Her friends believe this is what she needs to make herself feel beautiful again. Unfortunately, the night will end in disaster and tragedy as the club they picked ends up being the scene of a mass shooting. Her friend Linda's husband ends up being among the casualties. Teddy and a fellow Marine have been hailed as heroes as they managed to stop the shooter Jack Sprague. It is here that Teddy will meet a blast from her past - Detective Sloan Michaels who was Teddy's first love and the guy whom she never got over after he dumped her without explanation. Sloan has never stopped loving Teddy and sees this as his second chance. However, he will have to make sure she can survive first as during the majority of the book - the remaining witnesses, the ones who were going to testify are being killed one by one and it looks like Teddy is next on the hit list. Can Sloan and his partner Raven figure out who is behind the hit list and why the killing spree happened in the first place as turns out Jack Sprague is just another random hired gunman? I have to admit for me this is where the book fell short, the reasoning behind all the senseless murders especially the way the book ended in terms of the killings that happened. Will Teddy after all this finally get her HEA that she deserves or will her life be cut short by a killer? Cancer couldn't kill her but will a gun? Find out in Kathryn J. Bain's Edgy Romantic Suspense / Christian Fiction "Beautiful Imperfection".

Review: Power Play - Alley Ciz

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Power Play (BTU Alumni, #1)

Review: Power Play - Book #1 BTU Alumni Series - Alley Ciz - June 2019

This book I have the whole series sitting on my Kindle to read and was excited to start as I love anything normally with a college/university attached to the story. However, even though this book series is called BTU Alumni and features the boys playing college hockey and we have their games and all the characters are studying at BTU. This series didn't feature the schooling side of things which means that I had to push myself to finish this book as I struggled with it a bit as it turned out to be another slow-burn romance for myself and some of the characters annoyed me. The ones that made me love the book and that stole the show in this particular book were two 5-year-olds - Jake's little sister and Jordan's little brother Sean. The book starts with Jake meeting his friend's and next-door neighbors sister JD aka Jordan. Immediately you can see the sparks fly and the chemistry between the pair especially with their transformers connection which I loved but of course Jordan made a pact with her brothers after her last relationship with one of their teammates turned into a psycho violent stalker and now vows that she won't date a hockey player. Jake will try right through the book to prove to Jordan and her brothers Ryan and Jase that he loves her and will do anything to protect her. I did like the characters in this book as they all had this genuineness about them and the suspense side with the unknown texts kept me on my toes. I have to admit I wish they had played this storyline out a bit more as then it wouldn't have felt like such a slow read as Power Play by Alley Ciz is another slow-burn romance novel.

Review: Hindsight - Iris and Roy Johansen

Hindsight (Kendra Michaels, #7)

Review: Hindsight - Book #7 Kendra Michaels Series - Iris and Roy Johansen - January 2020

The Kendra Michaels series by Iris and Roy Johansen has been one of my favorites as I love the character Kendra Michaels - well normally. You know-how in a TV series when the main characters finally get together "officially" or at least end up sleeping with one another and then you see a lull in the series as that hidden chemistry disappears and the whole environment feels like it has changed and normally at that point in the series - the TV series you know will be coming to an end. That's how I felt with Hindsight as Kendra still did her amazing deductions and detective skills which I love and I still want to know how she knew the general had red underwear - the question was never answered in the book. Her relationship though with Lynch annoyed me as they had this whole back and forth going on and it was love/hate and lots of angst on Kendra's side. The murders took part at her old school which was a school for special needs which I loved but then I was disappointed with the whole reasoning behind why they were murdered and then there was the dog Harley who howled like a Lion. I liked his storyline but then again he felt like he was added - just because they needed to add something else which overall made the plot of Hindsight feel super busy for me. One of my favorite side -characters in Hindsight though was Agent Metcalfe with his presentations and his geekiness and I had to laugh when they added about the Pop Funkos as I am a major Funko fan myself. Overall, I think readers should only read this one if they are a big fan of Kendra Michaels and wanting to continue the series.

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