King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier

Book Description:

Published: June 15, 2015

Format: Audio/Audible

Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.

Review –

OMG! I totally LOVED this book!! Dark and gritty, sweet and sexy, raw and shocking, and utterly addictive, with an unapologetic, badass Alpha male hero and unexpected twists that I never saw coming!!  Once I started listening, i found it very hard to do anything else.

I haven’t read many books by TM Frazier, but I think she writes some of the best dark romance out there. Her writing is strong and compelling. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and doesn’t hold back. Her characters hover in that mysterious and intriguing grey zone between good and bad and keep you constantly second guessing how you should feel about them. They’re incredibly complex and honestly, that’s what makes them so fascinating. And while her stories are raw and gritty, they always have a side of sweet and are woven with just enough depth and emotion to tug all your heart-strings and really make you care. 

King. Brantley King. Career criminal. Tattoo artist. Badass alpha. Fresh out of prison.

Doe was the complete opposite. Her past was a mystery to her — after waking up in a garbage dump in a heap of her own blood with no memory of who she was or where she came from, the only thing she had left was a reflection in the mirror that even she didn’t recognize. She wasn’t cut for his world. Tiny, frail, but surprisingly bold and fiesty. Everything about him screamed danger to her, but even though he scared the hell out of her, I loved the way she still didn’t take any of his shit…

They naturally got off to a rocky start. A girl like her had no place in his world and he wasn’t about to start changing things. He had a single-minded goal since getting out of prison (a secret you’ll learn as you read) and would do anything he had to to get it. She was a detour he never expected. She brought out a whole other side of him. He wanted to own her, possess her, but slowly but surely, she began to steal his heart.

There are horrible things that happen and a beloved character loses his life but this author really doesn’t hold back and many of the events are dark and gritty. I keep coming back to those two words because they really are the best descriptors for the feeling of this story. But she writes that style like no one else. Her writing is just so strong and compelling that the words flew by for me.

The ending had my heart in my throat — huge reveals, huge twists (yes, plural!) — and it’s a cliffhanger so I’ve already started  the next book, Tyrant. Can’t wait to continue this ride.

Five stars, and the cover …….

Pitch Dark by A.M. Wilson and Alex Grayson

Book Description:

Published: September 15, 2017

Format: E-Book

One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.

One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.

Revenge and justice were sworn.

Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.

The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.

Review –
PitchDark is a very dark and gritty thriller, one that was difficult to read at times.  It’s intense, heartbreaking, edgy, and raw.  So be aware, it’s very explicit with the details of  child abuse.
It’s been fifteen years since Niko’s childhood friend, Aislin, has disappeared and in his heart he knew she was abducted while his parents and the police just thought she ran off.
A body is found in the woods covered with scars, old and new, and open sores, cuts, scrapes, and old and new bruises. She is identified as Aislin. Niko is heart-broken and angry because he hadn’t rescued her from such torture.
Later a girl is found walking the streets, barefoot and with similar markings on her body as the dead girl and she has no memory of who she is or her previous life.
While Niko helps to find out who this girl is and who did this to her (because he’s positive the same individual killed Aislin)he begins to get close to her and develops feelings he knows he shouldn’t.
I’m not going much further with the story because it would be too easy to include spoilers. Just surface it to say that it’s well written with engaging characters. Sometimes it seems draw out and repetitive but even that didn’t take away from the storyline although because of that I only gave it four and a half stars.
Excellent who-dun-it but there are many triggers and it’s not a romance so if you are easily disgusted and traumatized; stay away from this book!

Ride Me Hard (Devil’s Host MC #1) by Shari Slade

Book Description:

Published: May 1, 2015

When a big scary biker shows up at Jimmy’s Diner fifteen minutes before the end of my shift, covered in tattoos and looking at me like I’m on the menu, I should flip the open sign to closed. But I don’t, because I’m too used to doing what I’ve been told. Too used to working and struggling and surviving to do anything different. A closed sign wouldn’t stop him anyway. He’s here to collect a debt. And I’m the only one left to pay.

Review –

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Star lives the hard life but Noah’s life is even harder, he is the enforcer for the Devil’s Host MC.  When he comes to collect a debt from Star’s cousin who works at the hole in the wall restaurant she waitresses she knows he’s trouble, she knows she should back away and run and yet…she doesn’t.  Does she have a choice in what happens next? Maybe, maybe not. she goes with Noah and what follows is hot, gritty, dark at the edges, and sexy as hell.  

Loved it!   Five stars!

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Dirty Bad Savage (Dirty Bad #2) by Jade West

Book Description:

Published: June 7, 2015

They say Callum Jackson’s a savage.
No home. No prospects. No self-restraint.
He’s red-flagged on my system, a grade-1 aggression risk, totally off limits for a woman like me.
But the rules don’t allow for my dangerous games; they don’t bend for my twisted desires.
Callum Jackson is the most beautiful beast.
A beast I can’t stop thinking about, can’t stop wanting, can’t stop hunting…
…I just pray to God this beast bites.

Sophia Harding runs a tight ship. She may work in the dregs of housing association slums, but her patch is on the way up.
Anti-social behaviour is down, employment is on the rise, and she’s even been shortlisted for estate manager of the year.
It’s looking good. Really good. Until Callum Jackson completes his jail time and lands right back on her doorstep.
She could do without a guy like him on her books: a failure of the system and a pain in the fucking ass.
She should tick the boxes, do her job and keep her distance – that’s what the handbook says. The handbook says no one-on-one contact, no at-risk situations, no direct confrontation of any kind.
But the handbook doesn’t know of her craving for hardcore submission.
The handbook has no fucking idea how she yearns to unleash Jackson at club Explicit, where his savage can really run wild.
The handbook doesn’t know shit…

Review –

While Dirty Bad Wrong was really really hot, Dirty Bad Savage is really really dirty.

Neither book is for the shy or weak hearted, they are dark and gritty and make you say “Whoa, what just happened?”

This story has more emotional depth to it. Callum and Sophia  each come with their own baggage. Callum is rough and dirty and has had a very hard life from the beginning. He will survive not matter what he has to do.  Sophia, on the other hand, is from a wealthy family and has a stable job but behind the facade hides a very different girl with needs that are questionably, even to Callum, at first.

They finally find in each other what they need but the journey is very dark, dirty and shocking.

The sex scenes are very hot and very dirty.

If you enjoyed Jade West’s first book you will enjoy this one.

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Crashed by Robin Wasserman

From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—Crashed can stand alone, but teens who have read Skinned (S & S, 2008) will find themselves more invested in Lia’s newest conundrum. She is a mech, a skinner. Her mind has been downloaded and her memories placed in a mechanical body. It is the only way she could survive after an accident demolished her body. She has left her family to live with other mechs because they understand what she is going through. Now a new threat has arisen: The Brotherhood of Man. This organization considers mechs to be against the will of God, and they have no problem killing innocent people in their quest to prevent any more from being “born.” However, there is more to the Brotherhood than appears on the surface, and as Lia and her mech friends dig deeper, they find a conspiracy with far-reaching implications. This installment in the trilogy has intense action, a fast-paced plot, and interesting characters, even if they can’t “feel.” Give it to fans of Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Holt, 2008) or Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion (S & S, 2002).—Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition
 
Review-
Though this book was a bit slow at the beginning it had me hooked just like the first one.  It was grittier, dark,dangerous and violent at times but completely made sense after the ending of the first in the series.  This is a great dystopian story and I can’t wait to read the next one.