⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Cole by Tijan

27 February 2017

Cole by Tijan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 27th, 2017
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I shouldn’t have remembered him.
He was just a guy who walked through a restaurant. I didn't know his name. We never made eye contact. There was no connection between us at all.
But I could feel him.
The tingle down my spine. The command in his presence. The snap of tension in the air around him. That was the first time I saw him, and I was captivated.
The second time was different.
He was in the mysterious back elevator of my apartment building. Our eyes met for a fleeting second before the doors closed, and I was staggered. My breath was robbed. My senses on high alert. My body hummed.
That was just the beginning.
He was the leader of the mafia. I was about to fall in love with him, and his name…
Cole Mauricio
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COLE: The mafia genre is one of my highest one click fetishes, so anything mafia I tend to jump on it, add in a favourite author like Tijan and I was beyond excited to get my grabby claws onto this..

Thirty year old Addison Bowman is still recovering from a devastating blow which shook her world to the core, when she witnessed her husband dying right in front of her eyes by being taken out by a drunk driver, nothing ever prepared her for what transpired right before her very eyes. 

Lost in her web of grief for over a year it's only through her best friend, Sia that she painstakingly shakes herself off and slowly moves on with life again and with that comes some big changes, first is moving out of the house her husband and her lovingly brought together and when an opportunity arises to move into The Mauricio an exclusive high rise building by invitation only she jumps at the chance. 

Celebrating her new apartment at a local restaurant her eyes are drawn to a group of men that have walked through the door whom seem to dominate the whole room, her eyes are drawn to one man in particular, their eyes connect briefly and she can't help but notice how devastatingly handsome he is. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Authority and confidence emanated from him, along with an aura of danger. He moved with a grace, the others didn't have, the others walked, but he stalked in a sensual way. He moved like a predator. He was one of the best looking men I had ever seen. 

This was a lot different than I had anticipated, in the beginning you completely connect with Addison’s character, Cole Mauricio is another story, so much mystery surrounds him, and for most of the story we’re not privy to his background or anything so it’s kind of like putting the pieces of a puzzle in the right places as you’re given more information about him. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic There are things about my life I can’t share. I’d like to, but I’m in a position where I can’t. Not until I trust you. 

Danger oozes from him, and that comes through in the story, but as soon as Addison clapped eyes on him she was under his spell. 

A few more meetings between these two and neither of them could fight their attraction, things escalated quickly, a first date to bed, and she's still in the dark of who Cole really is.

The author lulls us into a false sense of security in the beginning of the book, this is where I found it a wee bit drawn out, and slow going, it's not until you're over that half way mark where all the grit of what a good mafia read entails comes into play. And from that stage onwards I was invested into inhaling this as quickly as possible..At that stage I couldn't put it down..Things escalate, a few twists and turns had me gasping to see what the outcome was going to be.

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If you're like me and are a fan of this authors then yes definitely I highly recommend a one click come release day, you'll also be pleased to get reaquainted with Carter Reed and Emma again so well worth a read..

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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet #2) by Pepper Winters

25 February 2017

Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet #2) by Pepper Winters 
TITLE: Throne of Truth
SERIES: (Truth and Lies Duet #2)
AUTHOR: Pepper Winters 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: 28th February, 2017
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The thrilling conclusion to Crown of Lies from New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters 

“My body blinded me while his lies destroyed me. Penn Everett swept me from my world and into his, and when his lies fell apart, I finally opened my eyes to the truth. The awful, terrible truth.” 

Noelle Charlston had it all: her company, a love affair, power and protection. 
However, she didn’t pay attention, and in one night, everything she believed in, everyone she trusted turned out to be worse than fake. 
Now, she has no one to help her. No one to free her. 
She’s on her own and has to make the choice. 
Who to believe? 
Who to fight? 

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The highly anticipated thrilling conclusion to Crown of Lies from New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters. Remember back in the previous book where the Queen of Cliffys *Coughs* 'Pepper Winters' threw us all over that horrendous cliffy?? You'll be glad to know that she's picked us up and dusted us off, this book starts off right where Crown of Lies book ended!!

THRONE OF TRUTH: The beginning of the book as I stated previously pics up right where BOOK#1 left off. 

We’re at that crucial part where Elle is being deceived by her co-worker and childhood friend Greg, kidnapped, hurt beyond measure and fuming at the predicament she finds herself in, all in the name of greed, but throughout her hate for this man outshone all feelings of being scared. 
Moved from cabin to cabin, in an unmarked car, a trail gone cold, but Penn is relentless when it comes to finding Elle and will go to any lengths to rescue her. 

The last time we saw Penn Everett he was beyond frustrated at the turn of events, saddened that Elle had taken off without listening to his explanation, and her refusal to have anything to do with him had him at his wits end. 

Poor and rich
Lost and found
Safe and scared
Most of the time my new world was a thousand times better than my old one.
But that was before Elle.
Before I f#cked up. 

That very same night thugs break into his apartment, beating the shit out of him and withdraw with a departed message, to leave Elle alone that she wasn’t his and that she was to marry another. And to fuck off and screw some other blond.

That’s when the puzzle pieces started to make sense and one name rang louder than any other ‘Greg’ 

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Then everything starts to come crashing down, like a dominos effect and the whole story goes full circle to where it kind of all began.

Just like school had bullies
Prison had thugs
It was all a chess board in the end
No one was king for long
And no one stayed a rock forever
We were all jumping over each other trying to win the Queen. 

Throne of Truth takes us on a roller coaster of epic proportions, an unforgettable journey, as the light is finally cast on lies that all become revealed, with questions burnt into our brains 'Who is the real Penn?' with varying degrees of twists and turns and boundless obstacles that painstakingly get revealed piece by puzzle piece, it’s up to us as the reader to place each piece when information is disclosed. 

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I'll f#ck you the way I want to f#ck you.
I'll look after you while I ruin you.
I'll protect you while I hurt you
Just like I promised that first night.
I'll take everything you have to give.
We play rough
We love hard
We live every f#cking fantasy. 

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In true Pepper Winter fashion she delivered an unputdownable, swoon worthy read!! If you've not read this series it's one of my highly recommended one clicks, this author always and I mean always delivers without fail an alpha male and like crack addicts we all quickly lay claim to all that is Penn..Even his name embodies such claiming of raw passion. Take the plunge and get carried away on the riptide of deliciousness that is all Penn.

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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Raine's Haven by Shari J. Ryan

23 February 2017

Raine's Haven by Shari J. Ryan
TITLE: Raine's Haven
AUTHOR: Shari J. Ryan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 22nd, 2017
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I felt like I was living in a prison while watching Raine Carson from my window, studying his sexy, tanned, and muscular physique for six long months. From inside of my house, he was perfect.

Then I found out everything looked different from afar. Raine, a blunt and hot tempered man was living a life he wasn't proud of, and I found myself oddly attracted to the sickening reality he opened my eyes to.


She thought I'd fall for her seductive ploy and scarlet-glossed lips. She was right. Every person in this small town had something negative to say about Haven Leigh's life—the girl who had been handed everything on a silver platter. I ignored the rumors, and instead, searched for her truths.

While struggling with disabling side-effects left behind by my coke-addict mother, Haven became the hope I needed. She was the good I wanted to be.

But, as it turns out, she was the trouble I should have stayed away from.

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DAYUM what's better than a hot tatted up male on the cover of a book?? hmmmm nothing!! My inner cover hoe likes!! Alot!!

RAINE'S HAVEN: This is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ 

Raine Carson was informed at an early age from his doting grandfather that his mother struggled with substance abuse when she was carrying him and even though she was informed of the dangers that can occur whilst carrying a child, the drugs had too much of a hold over her and she chose those above all else. Which in the end took her from his life.

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Haven has alway felt like she’s imprisoned within the walls of her parents doing, every Saturday for the last six months she’s been given lustful glances to their lawn boy from her solitary bedroom window. 

I’ve stood at this window every week for the pas six months that he has been mowing our lawn, watching and waiting for him to notice me. We have made eye contact twenty-three times, and he has smiled at me twenty-one times. 

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High school dropout Raine is down on his luck and really doesn’t have much going for him, to offer a girl like Haven what she deserves, for him life consists of either mowing lawns or starving and living on his friend's couch, until even there his luck ran out, losing his mother at the age of two, a father in prison and his grandfather passing away five years previously this is what his life has come to.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I’ve been busting my fucking ass to put my life into some kind of working order for the past five years. And I’m not going to stop trying. 

Figuring the coveted glances weren’t enough she brazenly strips down to her bra and panties in front of her bedroom window knowing that there was no way he wouldn’t be able to see her. And she’s right!! He sees her alright!! A brief chat ignites an attraction between them, that same day he bumps into her at a bar he frequents on the other side of town where she states that she’s out celebrating her eighteenth birthday with some girlfriends, him being twenty-one there’s not that huge of an age gap. 

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From then onwards their budding friendship blossoms. 

Even though Raine tries to fight his attraction towards her she pulls out the big guns and what should’ve been a night to remember turned into his worst nightmare.

Then the story jumps to SEVEN YEARS LATER This is where all the feels double in impact, lies are uncovered, Raine also delves more into his past, we finally find out how he went from riches to rags, you could also say this was a second chance romance. Because the one person who deceived him the most was the one that fixed and healed him. A bittersweet romance with a HEA that we all crave, this delivered everyone you could ever wish for. True love heals all wounds.. Definitely a book I would highly recommend. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic It has been two thousand, five hundred and fifty-five days seven years. I was the cause of ruining a man's life, and it has haunted me every day since that night. 

* Teasers used in my review are off the authors facebook page *

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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Blood & Lies (A Twisted Duet, #1) by Bella J.

 Blood & Lies (A Twisted Duet, #1) by Bella J. 
TITLE: Blood & Lies
SERIES: (A Twisted Duet, #1) 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 21st, 2017
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It wasn’t supposed to be this way. All it took was one bullet and I went from Capo to Boss within the blink of an eye. What once was my twin brother’s birthright, has now become my curse.

Now it’s up to me to avenge my brother’s death, to give every member of this family the revenge they deserve. I will retaliate, and I will exact due payment.

The cost? Her life.

Tatum Linscott is the reason I had to bury my brother. She ruined everything, and now my only goal is to break her, mend her, then break her again.

This war started with her...and it will end with her.

~ Blood & Lies is a DARK Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to hard to read subjects~
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BLOOD & LIES: This is spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' We're first introduced to Castello who can’t believe he’s in a cemetery saying his last goodbyes to his father and twin brother as they are both lowered into the ground in their last resting place. 

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Within the blink of an eye. One bullet and a simple phone call was all it took to change my life and to turn me into the souls bastard that I was today. 

Nothing from this day forward will ever be the same again. His family has been torn apart and now it’s all left up to Castello to pick up the pieces and glue them back together again.
His only thoughts running rampant through his mind is vengeance, punishment will be dished out to all the families who wronged the Fattore family. Revenge is a dish best served up cold and that’s exactly how Castello works, an eye for an eye. He’s a cold hearted ruthless killer, being from mafia stock family loyalty above all else comes first, and no one knows this better than Castello, now the new Capo Boss is out for blood and one female is on the top of his list and nothing or no one is going to get in his way. 

SEVEN MONTHS LATER: Tatum Linscott reins from one of the most prominent powerful families in America, she awakens disorientated, in a cell like room, no windows, no door by first glance, lying on a bed and wearing clothes that aren’t hers, stripped of everything she owned, scared, not knowing where she is or what is going on, or who has kidnapped her.

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This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m so glad I took the time out of arcs and other commitments to fit this in, her writing flows effortlessly, her use of words, she has you right in the palm of her hand as soon as you start reading that first line, who wouldn’t be drawn into the story when the opening chapter is Castello now the head of the mafia family, not by choice but by the hand dealt to him. 

In the beginning you’ll try your hardest to see if his armour will crack, he’s cold, ruthless but little by little Tatum unfreezes his dead heart. 

The sexual tension between these two right from the beginning is off the charts, it’s forbidden, both try to fight it, but it’s like their souls scream out to the other, it’s an undeniable attraction that neither can deny, but at what price will this come at?

Image and video hosting by TinyPic My body wanted her, my soul screamed for her, and my monster demanded to have her. 

So many twists and turns that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

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One moment
One decision
One bullet
And now everything was fucked up. 

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And screams
And dead bodies. 

From the get go the author has placed a warning, heed this warning as you the reader need to be aware that this novel contains scenes of public humiliation, abuse and sexual situations that may be triggers and make some readers uncomfortable. This novel is dark, it’s twisted, and I understand that it’s not for everyone

Whilst this wasn’t the darkest mafia book I’ve ever read it does packs one hell of a punch within the pages that kept me reading in one sitting. I devoured this, I inhaled it. But if you're just stepping into the mafia genre or are wanting to read something that’s a wee bit gritty and not too dark I highly recommend this come release day.

*Teaser used is off the authors facebook page* 

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⊱✿⊰ KAT'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ His Princess (The Princess #1) by Alexa Riley

His Princess (The Princess #1) by Alexa Riley
TITLE: His Princess
SERIES: (The Princess #1)
AUTHOR: Alexa Riley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 22nd, 2017
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Alena is a princess, and with that comes responsibility. Like marrying the giant caveman King Roman, who looks more like a warrior than a ruler. Everything about him is intense. Especially the way he looks at her. But she's been promised to him, and there's no way out.

Roman took one look and made up his mind. Princess Alena will be his and no one will stop him from taking her. Everything about her belongs to him now, and waiting one week for a wedding isn't going to happen.

This beast of a man might just claim his princess before she has a chance to say "I do."

Warning: Oh, this is good. It's so, so good. Trust us.

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That very first page was inhaled the author had reeled me in, hook line and sinker no bait needed. 
I giggled. I snorted, I inhaled this

HIS PRINCESS: Everyone who is anyone knows exactly who 'King Roman' is, and he's decided to stake his claim on Aleana who he's chosen to be his wife. In their world things are still in the dark ages, the female doesn't get to choose her husband, that's completely out of their hands, all is done behind closed doors. 

What do you do when you're promised to marry against your will? You devise a plan of dressing up like a hooker, wearing a face caked in makeup that a clown needs lessons off of you, and heels you know damn well you can't walk in, add in the hyena laugh that's not put on and you're good to go!! 
This poor unsuspecting King won't know what's hit him!

Maybe you can make a fool of yourself. Make him realise that you aren't the one he wants. 

I loved the beginning of this, the giggles galore as the two sisters wrapped their men around their little princess fingers, then just when I was really getting into the story it was over, I really wish this was longer, the feels in the very beginning packed a punch.

For me this was a combination of tarzan and a caveman, he's very backward when it comes to his romancing "Me man, you woman, lets go rut." and many a time he'd be carrying her fireman style to the bedroom to do just that.

Roman huffs out a breath, and the next thing I know I'm over his shoulder and he's leaving Tabby's room and heading for mine. 

If you're after a quick, fun read then look no further than this gem.

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