July 18, 2017

Review: The Broken Puppet by Amo Jones

“I thought I knew who I was, but I was wrong.”

The Silver Swan
- 1. A girl who is tarnished. Tainted. One who does not fit into the confinement of legend.
The Silver Swan
-2. Madison Montgomery.

I was lied to.
I was cheated.
Resigned to pick up the scraps of empty memories and disarrayed thoughts, I left. After finally cutting the strings of manipulation, I resorted to do what I’ve done since I was a child, something my father drilled into my brain since I could handle my first rifle.
Run.
I’m a mere shadow of the girl they all knew.
Lies and deceit change you. They alter your entire outlook on life.
I’m Madison Montgomery, and I want to play a game.
Here’s what happens when I win.

Riddle me this, Mads.
What goes bump in the night,
but is something you can’t see with sight?
You may run, and you may hide.
If by happily ever after, you mean Bonnie & Clyde.


Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review

5 Black Friday Stars.

What in the bleepity bleep did I JUST read?!?!!??! OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Mind blowing insanity!
Someone pick my jaw up off the floor please.

'I trust no one, and that means no one can hurt me. No one can touch me. I'm untouchable because of this revelation. I can't be hurt again. I will fight for my control and freedom for that little girl. For that broken part of me that yearns for it.'

I don't know where to begin... where it ends and where I begin... it all blurs together so majestically. So many questions left unanswered. So many new questions and theories left rolling around in my head. Nothing makes sense, I'm a jumbled up ball of confusion! THIS IS THE BEST FEELING EVER!!!!!! OMG!!!! Amo Jones has me, as a reader, right where she wants me; wrapped so tightly around her finger, I cannot function, I cannot breathe. I just CANNOT!

Riddle me this. Riddle me that. Twisted truths, secretive realities, lies, deceit, and remember boys and girls; nothing is ever as it seems! Everything that is anything boils down to the Elite Kings! The darkness will consume you, their sexiness will manipulate and ultimately destroy you! EEEP! It's all so overwhelming and fascinating and addicting. Holy. Shiiiit!!!!!!!!!!! *bows down*

'His eyes look straight into mine, commanding the entire room while summoning my fucking soul. Because that's that he does. When his stance changes to this one- one I've only seen twice now- he stares into my eyes and summons my soul. But with my soul come my demons, and I think that's the part he'd only just figuring out.'

A Kitten for their Pup.
The Puppet to their Master.
A game only the Broken survive.
Trust no one. Trust no one.

'I've swum in the blood of innocents and drank from their soul without flinching.'

All is fair in love and war except when the Elite Kings come to play. Lineage rules with a golden fist. The Silver Swan isn't to be. Tick-Tock, it's time to play an intimidating, complex, and calculated game!!!

This series has seriously taken over my life. I am obsessed! If I'm being honest, obsession is an understatement... seriously!! If I could eat, sleep, and breathe these books I would. One sitting, binge reads are what this series is made of, and to be honest its not often that I find the second book in a series on par, OR better than the first. Amo Jones knocked The Broken Puppet out of the park!!

"When you fall for the devil, make sure you don't land face down with his horns stabbed through your heart."

Tactet a Mortuis BRING. IT. ON!

Review: Checkmate This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox

Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. 
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he's the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it's no wonder I can't help the way he makes me feel whenever I'm near him. 
Too bad he's unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I'm a do-gooder who shouldn't get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he's devoted to his career, but I don't buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won't admit it, but I'm more determined than ever to show him what he's missing.

I'm a devoted animal rescuer and I'll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I'm positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it's my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I'll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.


PURCHASE THIS BOOK 

 Review by April

ARC received for an honest review

5 'Because I'm tired of playing catch and release.' Stars

Delightfully addictive, downright sexy, deliciously sinful, poignant and raw! Kennedy Fox takes the cake when it comes to Duets, and man oh man Logan and Kayla's story is off to one heck of an all consuming start!! I have a new all time fave KF couple! I didn't think anyone could top Traviola, and Drewtney were fabulous. BUT Logan and Kayla... *bows down* Just bow down y'all. Do. It.

Ever since their characters were introduced I've been intrigued with each, individually, and curious as can be as to how their angst ridden story would play out as hints, crumb trails, and little tid-bits of 'ah-ha' moments had been laid throughout the previous Checkmate Duets, in snippets, little clues, and now we get the nitty-gritty!

Secrets they think no one knows. Internal struggles, demons and triumphs. Kennedy Fox have turned my world upside down and in my opinion have penned their best work to date between the (sexy) covers of Checkmate: This is Dangerous. THIS IS THE BOOK that will cement them as a go-to, must read author for me. This book delved deeper, into so many layers, just digging,  and ripping apart. GAH! It gutted me, tore me, made me laugh, made me cry, smile, swoon. It SLAYED all the emotions! It was EVERYTHING! One of those books that will just stick with you, one you will NEVER forget. I devoured it in one sitting and I wish I could read it all over again for the first time, just to relive those feelings that a book of such a magnificent caliber can make you feel and reel in, over and over again. *siiiiiiiigh*

'The greed, heat, and passion between us is undeniable, but it's also dangerous.'


I don't want to give too much away *wink* Seriously though!! I can't rave enough about this installment of the Checkmate Saga!!! Logan and Kayla are EVERYTHING!!!! AND I NEED THE NEXT BOOK MORE THAN MY NEXT BREATH! KENNEDY FOX YOU ARE KILLING ME HERE!!! S.O.S.

July 10, 2017

Review: Train Wreck by T. Gephart

“No passion, no emotion, no originality—a train wreck of epic portions.”

Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton’s exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy’s bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.

Plotting the demise of every critic who’d written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn’t a bored socialite with more money than talent.

She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.

Josh was everything Eve wasn’t, translating on skin what she couldn’t onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her—seeing him naked—a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.

It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

4 'Each squeeze sent me deeper into the sweet agony.' Stars.

Charming, witty, and absorbing, T. Gephart breathes a new, refreshing life into a cliched upper crust lifestyle by derailment in Train Wreck! As a new reader of Gephart's, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by how soon I was absorbed into the story line. With how abrupt the the book began *insert googly eyes here* YAH! Holy. Sh*t. That's one way to get the point across, and to capture one's attention, batman.

Train Wreck is a humorous, emotional roller-coaster ride through the uppity Upper East Side to the lower 'slummier' side of Queens where art meets. Where skin and canvas collide as these two worlds come together in a whirl-wind love affair of the ages. A slow burn so torturous and delicious, it hurts sooo damn good! You can't put the book down. Nope, can't do it. Gotta keep flip, flip, flippin' those pages! Cause oooooooh! It burns. SO. DAMN. GOOD. You can't help but become jealous of the words and characters! And then you've completely devoured the book and then here you are. Here I am! GAH!!!

Heartache.
Passion.
Humor.
Angst.
Perseverance.

Eva Thornton might come from money but her love for Josh Logan... money can't buy that. Perfection!!

'She had me twisted in knots I had no hope untying. Not that I wanted to. Wherever that road we were on was leading, I was heading there willingly.'