Fractured (Fractured #1) by Elle Charles

Book Description:

Published: May 7, 2014

Format: Free Digital Book

Kara Petersen’s life is virtually non-existent. Haunted by memories of the past, and events she cannot accurately remember, she is living half a life inside a world she has purposely created to shield herself from pain.

She is invisible, until one fateful night changes everything – she meets the handsome, enigmatic and very mysterious, Sloan Foster.

Successful, powerful and knowing exactly what he wants, she is inexplicably drawn to him.

Tired of fighting against the foreign emotions he has invoked inside her, she takes a fortuitous leap of faith. Conceding his temptation is too strong to resist, she falls deeper into his world of seduction, wealth and power.

Against her own better judgement, and recognising something isn’t quite right in this rich playboy’s domain, Kara is learning more about herself than she ever thought possible, from a man who seemingly knows more than he should.

A dark, engaging and provocative read that will stay with you long after you put it down.

WARNING: This novel contains serious adult content and descriptive sexual scenes. Intended for readers aged 18+

Review –

I just finished this book and all I can say is “Good God!”

The story line is not new – Young girl, sexually abused for many years to pay off the drug debts of her father is rescued by a stranger and lives to become a strong woman after being taken in by a kind woman. When the young woman is twenty-three a billionaire takes an interest in her and tries to control her every move. He is damaged too, but we don’t know why, and together they TRY to have a relationship but things get in the way and finally someone tells him lies about Kara that he believes and he throws her out of his home.  She moves in with the kind woman, now her boss, and her old girl friend, who is a prostitute, along with an evil  man named Deacon meet her at the door and he beats her horribly and abducts her. END

I knew that Kara and Sloan were destined to fail because this is Book One in a series and writers gonna write. The author has to give you a reason to go one to the second, third and final books.

It wasn’t said in this book but I have a feeling that Sloan is the man who rescued Kara when she was fifteen and might have even known her before that. We don’t know what exactly he does but some call him “dangerous” so I can hardly wait to start the second book as soon as I post this.

There are several triggers in this book and the top two are ABDUCTION and PHYSICAL ABUSE, so if you have trouble in those areas, stay away from this series.

 

 

 

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Giving In (Surrender Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published: May 6, 2014

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

Review –

In this book both of the main characters, Kylie and Jensen, have to give and take if their relationship is going to work. It won’t be easy for either of them but after several stumbling blocks and misunderstandings they do get their HEA, but not my favorite of the series.

Adult with explicit sex

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Reflected In You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day

Book Description:

Published: October 23, 2012

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

Review –

We rejoin Gideon and Eva (Gideon pronounces it Ava) right where we left them at the end of the first book and the story springs into life immediately and takes you on one of the most emotional and exhausting journeys you’re ever likely to see in erotic fiction. Never was the expression ‘Love Hurts’ more appropriate.

Eva and Gideon are in so deep with each other they are practically drowning. They complete each other but their traumatic pasts cast a lengthy shadow over their lives today and nothing is ever going to be easy for them. Eva is still wearing her heart on her sleeve, spilling her secrets to Gideon, telling him she loves him. Gideon is still holding everything back and just demanding that he trust her but she’s not sure she can and his reticence is causing her to lash out and inflict pain in retaliation.

Gideon and Eva are  jealous, obsessive, possessive and very alike and it makes for an explosive relationship both in the bedroom and out. They can’t live with each other  and yet neither one can survive without the other.

I loves this couple and I hate what they do to each other.  Gideon is so secretive about a lot of things, some of them so insignificant that I think he holds back on purpose, but he also has abusive past and nightmares that he will not share with Eva and this causes her to doubt him. He also sees ex-girlfriends and doesn’t tell her  and that just about puts her over the edge. Eva believes that without Gideon and his attention she is worthless (low self esteem much?)  and it’s this that I just can’t stand.  I want to grab her by the shoulder and shake her and tell her that no matter no earth moving, sun blinding, red-hot on fire the sex is-it’s not worth it.  But, she just keeps on apologizing to him for being jealous and he keeps being secretive.

Cary, her bi roommate, gets beaten severely outside of a club and later Eva finds out it’s partly because of her and she believes Gideon is seeing Corrine behind her back and lying about it so she breaks up with him. Drama,drama, drama. Don’t get me wrong I love the series as a whole but I just wish Eva had more of a backbone.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. I hope Eva is a bit less whiny.

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Nowhere Blvd by Ryan Notch

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Published        December 28th 2011         by Amazon Digital Services, Inc

Eleven year old Spencer Williams mysteriously re-appears in his bedroom after having been missing for two years. The story of where he’s been is one no sane person would believe, a tale of being kidnapped by a creature out of legend and taken to a strange underworld. A place where missing children the world over are subjected to horrible experiments by the original boogie man, the living nightmare known as Smiling Jack.

Spencer keeps his secrets, happy to have been the only child ever to have escaped the clutches of Smiling Jack and his minions. With his nightmares fading into the past, Spencer returns home and tries to live a normal life. But when his baby sister goes missing, will Spencer be willing to take the ultimate risk to save her?

Review –

It took me some time to get into the book and each page seemed harder and harder to turn.  I just never really cared for it. Maybe I just read it at the wrong time.  Perhaps I’ll go back and read it again someday.

Blood Dreams(A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel) by Kay Hooper

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Book Description

Release date: November 25, 2008 | Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels

New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper takes readers on a terrifying manhunt for a serial killer even the Special Crimes Unit may not be able to stop.

Dani Justice knows all about monsters. They haunt her dreams—and her life. But she never expected to find herself on the trail of a real flesh-and-blood predator so cunning that he’s eluded the best law enforcement could send against him; and so deadly that he doesn’t hesitate to kill even a senator’s daughter. Or a cop. Dani doesn’t want to hunt this killer, but she doesn’t have a choice. She alone commands a weapon powerful enough to stop him. And she knows something even Bishop of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit doesn’t know. Dani knows how the hunt ends. It ends in fire. And blood. And death. What she doesn’t know is who will survive.

 Review –
I had never read this author before but when I saw the audio version of this book  on sale I couldn’t resist. The next time I will be more selective.
After loading the first CD into the car player and the narrator began the story I knew I was in trouble.  I will not name the narrator but I found her voice to be like nails on a chalkboard and I almost ejected the disc and gave up BUT since I have never not finished a book FOR ANY REASON, I let it continue and by the last part of the second disc I felt better about it.  The voice was still an issue but at least I became invested in the storyline, even though it wasn’t very good.
This is a series and I had never read any previous so I didn’t have any back story but I don’t think that would really make a difference.  I will NOT be reading or listening to any more of this series by this author.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

Book Description

Publication Date: September 15, 2011
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Review
Fantastic, Remarkable and Heartbreaking
I had heard a lot about this book and thought I knew what to expect and I was partially right.  It’s about life, loss, not coping and coping and it will stay with me forever. The Monster is dark,scary and determined where Conor is concerned.  Conor doesn’t understand until the end what the Monster has been trying to get him to understand.  It’s horribly sad and I cried so much I almost couldn’t see the words on the pages near the end but I kept going-I couldn’t put it down.  Every person who has had or does have cancer in their life now needs to read this book.  I wish I’d had it in 1976 and 1977 when Cancer visited my family.  I give this book 5 stars. *****

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Product Description
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Review –

 

It took me longer to read this book than I thought it would.  I blame part of it on reading it in December, when my mind is filled with sugarplums and thoughts of baking.  Another reason it that I found it dull and only at the last 10% did I really enjoy it. I’m still thinking about the ending and I think Katniss deserved a happier outcome but I guess when it comes down to it the ending could have been a lot worse so I’m happy for her but still feel bad for her at the same time.  Makes no sense but that’s just me.