Review: Volatile by Avylinn Winter

Volatile (Treacherous Chemistry, #1)

 

Book 1 in the Treacherous Chemistry series

Like a depressed moth drawn to a wild flame, Chris hoped that flame would brighten his life, not burn him alive.

Chris Sinclair fades into a gray world after losing his mother to cancer. When forced to attend a concert, as a last attempt to coax him out of his shell, he discovers that life might not be as bleak as he first thought.

Dante Heron holds the audience between the tips of his fingers and the delicate bow, playing the violin as if every heart is his to command. However, something darker brews behind the façade, and Chris is determined to solve the enigma.

When Chris is offered the job of traveling around Europe with the famous violinist, he surprises himself by accepting. With no idea of what awaits him, he’s thrown into a world where emotions rule and rules are bent.

They’re a perfectly dysfunctional match, but then there’s always calm at the heart of the storm.

 

REVIEW

 

I liked this book very much. I have a few issues with it, but the things I liked about it surpassed majorly the one that I didn’t. I also loved the cover, it was beautiful.

The plot was very good. I liked seen how Chris manage to adapt to whatever needs Dante had. I also love the support system he had. It wasn’t hard to imagine him as a great person considering how much the people who liked him were willing to sacrifice in terms to make things better for him. Lara was a nice example of that and, even though sometimes she made me so mad, and it was a little hard for me to like her. The pace was a little slow, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

What a liked the most about the book was Dante, he was a captivating character, so intriguing. We don’t get to see his point of view, which I think, add to the mystery. I would love to know so much more about him, but I think the book was better because he remain in the dark. There wasn’t a thing about him I didn’t like. It was very hard to understand him, which keep me guessing all the time.

Chris was ok, but I didn’t liked him nearly as much as Dante. I don’t really know what I had against him but I did liked how beautiful couple he made with Dante. I seemed to me like the key to my enjoyment of the book was Dante. I struggle with it a little when he was off page. The romantic part of the story was lovely and so much alike what I seek in a book, slow and believable. I loved the sweet moments they share, although they were too few.

A thing I dislike was Adam’s presence. I didn’t feel it was relevant and it bother me a bit. He was a sweet character and I would love to know him, but his presence here seemed a bit forced.

Overall it was a nice book. It was the first book I’d read from the author but I’m sure it won’t be the last. It was lovely.

Review: A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series) by Lily Luchesi

A Bloody Legacy (HIP Fem Domme Series)

 

Give in to the darkness within.
Rebecca Renfield and her best friend Johanna Seward are reopening an old sanatorium to start their psychology practice when Bec discovers old recordings from a John Seward pertaining to someone with her surname. What she finds in the recordings are unnerving, but their new night-shift doctor promises to provide the distraction Bec needs.
Victoria Draconis is a mysterious, beautiful woman who opens doors into levels of pain, pleasure, and submission that Bec had never imagined existed.

 

REVIEW

 

This was nice. I liked some parts of it, not everything, but I got a good time reading it. What I liked was the connections between famous characters that I love, but that’s exactly what keep me a little skeptical the whole time, and at the end I just wasn’t as thrilled about it as I was at the beginning.

The characters were nice, I liked all of them. One of the things that I wasn’t ok about was that I felt like the romantic relationship was too rushed. I would love to see a lot more seduction before something happened and there was something about the main couple that feel a little bit off, maybe the same feeling that everything was too fast to my taste and also I felt Rebecca was pushed too far too soon. The plot was interesting and it kept my attention.

I enjoyed reading it, even with the issues I got. I think I might be find myself reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: Sinclair (Acquisition 0.5) by Celia Aaron

Sinclair (Acquisition, #0.5)

 

Sinclair Vinemont, an impeccable parish prosecutor, conducts his duties the same way he conducts his life–every move calculated, every outcome assured. When he sees something he wants, he takes it. When he finds a hint of weakness, he capitalizes. But what happens when he sees Stella Rousseau for the very first time?

Sinclair is a prologue to The Acquisition Series and is told entirely from Sinclair Vinemont’s point of view. It can be read in one sitting.

 

REVIEW

 

This was so interesting. Sinclair was, for me, a highly unlikable character and yet I find him so intriguing. This book got my attention from the beginning. The only issue I had was that I wanted to know more about his family, it was such a little hint but I was so great.

I didn’t liked Sinclair, I supposed is not an unusual response to him at this stage of the story. I did find him very mysterious which is something very appealing for me and would keep me interested on the next instalments. I wasn’t too impressed by Stella either, it might have something to do with the fact that the story was told from Sinclair’s point of view, but still, she seemed a little plain. There was some defiance coming from her that was nice and I hope to see in the next books, which I definitely plan on keep reading.

It seemed what it is, only the mysterious beginning of something bigger. I can’t wait to keep reading this series.

Review: The Difference Between by Blake Moreno

The Difference Between

 

Wade Maguire and Russ Paulson are in love. After a year of passion and happiness, they’re buying a home and moving in together. Everything is rosy for them—until a jealous and insane ex from Wade’s past puts all of that to the test.

After being kidnapped and tortured by his deranged former lover, Wade loses his ability to engage with his own sexuality or with Russ. With the help of a psychologist, EMDR therapy, and a sex plan, they work together to overcome the damage inflicted. In the process, they discover wells of love they’ve never known before.

As passion is reborn and their sex life reignited, Wade realizes a need to re-experience certain events in Russ’s loving arms. For Wade, the difference between pain and pleasure is love, and the difference between rape and rough sex is consent.

Dark, and yet ultimately hopeful, this book contains many emotional and graphic sex scenes, as well as some scenes of torture. This book deals with rape and rape recovery. Proceed with care.

Stand-alone with a happy ending. 78,000 words.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a really good book, easy to get the reader’s attention and keep it most of the time. Very well written and at very accurate in some subjects it address. Even though I realize how good the book was, I did had a lot of issues about it, or more likely one issue that made it very hard for me to enjoy it.

The plot was great, really interesting and with some amazing characters. I liked Russ very much. It was so nice to see his struggle and the way he try so hard to be supported. I liked Wade too, his reaction to everything that happened felt very realistic. It felt a little bit slow paced, but it was appropriate for the kind of story told. The way the trauma was manage was something that got my attention. The secondary character weren’t as good as the main ones, none of them seemed too impressive but I did liked them.

The problem I had with the book, a very personal one, was Owen. I really disliked the way things around him were portray, it made me so mad to see some particular characteristics he had, used to portray a villain and to give him a reason to act the way he did. It just doesn’t seemed fair. I understand that some kind of explanation was needed, but still made me so angry to put people like him as the bad guy because of something that isn’t in his control. Still, is something very personal and I don’t think it might bother other readers as it did me.

Overall it was a really good book, but, and this is a big but, I’ll recommend to read carefully the warning from the author because it had some potentially triggering scenes, other than that, I would definitely recommend it.

Review: P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon

P.S. I Spook You by [Harmon, S.E.]

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.

REVIEW

I couldn’t know what to expect with this book. From the cover I thought it would be a terrifying ghost story, and even though there were ghosts, it’s more on the humorous side. It has a great mystery so keep the reader guessing and there’s also a little bit of romance.

Rain has been away from his job on a psychiatric leave after acknowledging his ability to see ghosts, which wasn’t taken so well by his boss. Now he’s back to work again and is assigned to work on a cold case investigation with no other than his ex. Now he has to deal not only with the investigation, but also with the ghosts he keeps seeing and with an ex he still have feelings for.

This was just an amazing book. I had a great time reading it. It had a very interesting plot. The mystery was the strongest part of the book; it was great to see how they conduct the investigations, never giving too much information. It was hard to solve the mystery though; it kept me guessing until the end. The humor was one of the things I liked the most, sure they were investigating a disappearance, but it felt realistic to see how they managed to keep themselves sane under those circumstances as they relied on their humor.

It might not be the most romantic book I’ve ever read, but I can’t complain on that area either. Rain and Danny used to be a couple, there are still feelings involved, but they are struggling to overcome the issues they had. They are great together, I loved to see how hard was for them to figure out what to do because they obviously care for each other. Rain was an amazing character, I loved his sense of humor and how comfortable he seemed by Danny’s side. Danny was also a good character, I didn’t liked him as much as Rain but I guess it had something to do with him being a little more serious.

Another thing I loved about the book was the ghosts. I’m not too fond on paranormal themes, but it was a topic managed very nicely by the author, not scary at all, which would be a big trouble for me. It felt real enough, not just the appearances but also the people’s reaction to them.

Overall, it was an amazing book, I really loved it. I would recommend it to readers looking for a great mystery to solve.

 

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Review: Mr Tok by Sadie Swift

Mr Tok (The Inexplicable Adventures of Miss Alice Lovelady Book 1)

 

A murderous attack at Queen Victoria’s Annual Inventor’s Exhibition is the latest in a series by the mysterious Mr Tok. Because of the danger posed to Her Majesty the Government is on high alert.

The secret Department Sir Percival (connoisseur of Cossack Horserider Weekly) and I, Miss Alice Lovelady (seeker after Sapphic love), work for inform us we must forego further aetheric experimentation and put a stop to Mr Tok’s homicidal activities.

But, even with the aid of the dour Departmental liaison, can we also prevail against the offensive capabilities of flightless birds?

 

REVIEW

 

This was a very nice book. I liked the mystery although I was distracter for a few moments, I guess I’ll take the blame on this, because the story was very fun to read.

I’ll admit two things about this. I was kind of expecting some romance here, not that the blurb said anything about it but I was kind of hoping. I did felt a little disappointed but it didn’t lack it completely, at least there is a hint of a future relationship which motivates me to keep reading the next instalments. The second thing I had to admit is, I didn’t noticed it was a series when I got it. It’s not a bad thing, I guess the reasons I explain before might keep me hook to another part of it.

One of the things I didn’t like was that, at the beginning of the book I felt like there was not an appropriate spotlight for the main character, she was just there but I didn’t feel like she was doing anything other than just being there and at times I even second guessed if she was really the main character. Thing got a little better after a while but it was a little bothersome.

Overall it was an enjoyable book, I had a good time reading it and I loved the idea of Alice hair.

Review: Zombie Boyz: Ghoul’s Gym by T.J. Klune and Eric Arvin

Zombie Boyz: Ghoul's Gym

 

Board up the windows, push an old dresser against the door and load your shotgun. A zombie apocalypse is about to hit Wilde City, and if you want the best survival tips, six of Wilde City’s boys are here to help.

You’ll never want to exercise again as Eric Arvin and TJ Klune turn a gym full of hunks into a smorgasbord of terror in GHOUL’S GYM.

Previously published as part of the Zombie Boyz Anthology

 

REVIEW

 

This was so good. I had the greatest time reading it. It was so exciting. I just couldn’t stop reading.

That was a great plot, very interesting and so fast paced that, when I noticed, I was at the end of the book in such short time. I loved the humorous side it took at times, but it still kept the creepy feeling of what was going on.

The characters were good, I couldn’t help to feel a little frustrated with Jake’s attitude at times, but I didn’t disliked him because of it. His internal struggle was just amazing, so heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful. Uly was lovely, but there were some secondary characters that stole my heart, there were refer as the alphabeth twinks and I just loved them.

Overall it was a great book, I sort of satisfy by the ending, It did feel like the start of something else that I would love to see. Really good book.