Wednesday, April 28, 2021

{Release Blitz & Book Review}: From The Embers by Aly Martinez

Our love was born from the embers, and together we would go up in flames.

From The Embers, an all-new standalone catastrophic romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez is available now!

In the aftermath of tragedy, it’s strange the things you remember.
The deafening boom as the house exploded.
The paralyzing fear as I searched for my wife.
The blinding smoke burning my eyes as I carried her out.

But carved into my soul for the rest of my days would be the earth-shattering realization that the woman in my arms wasn’t my wife.

Bree and I were the only survivors—not that either of us were truly living after that night. As a single dad with nowhere else to go, I moved into her guest house. And somehow, through the guilt and grief, we forged an unlikely team.

It took years, but I watched the gradual return of her smile—slow and life-altering.
The two of us could sit outside for hours, talking about nothing, and it filled the massive hole in my chest with new life.

I may have carried her out of that fire, but the truth was, Bree saved me.

As we healed, the secrets and lies of the past smoldered in the ashes, threatening to ignite again.

Our love was born from the embers, and together we would go up in flames.

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Utterly moving story that shall shatter your hearts with a wrecking ball. An emotional volcano explodes in the lives of two couples and the physical debris left behind is the crux of the fabulous story. Aly is adept at making you weep for the broken characters she creates. each is flawed, down on its luck, struggling to cope with insecurities.

“I'm so Mad,”
“Bitter. Terrified. Heartbroken. Lost. Confused.”


Take these two couples - Rob & Bree are best friends and neighbours of Eason & Jessica maxwell. Their kids play together,while adults socialise. Their lives seemingly picture perfect at first glance.
A horrible accident ruins their lives and from its ruination emerges the true personalities of each & every character present.

"I remembered the panic and confusion. The anger and resentment. The absolute frustration that the world kept spinning and it was all I could do to hold on." 


Eason instantly became my favorite. A down on his luck, aspiring musician & songwriter, he swallow his pride and ambitions to keep peace with his family. Left with the only thing that matters to him now, he stumbles to his feet and helps Bree who's limping with grief herself. 
It's blind leading blind kinda story from then on. They're both devastated, heartbroken, terrified of the future, sad and angry,. Only no one is left to take their anger out at, so it smoulders like Embers in the ash.


"I’d once read in a book that there is no true timeline for grief. It was always one step forward, two weeks wallowing and cussing the universe back. But, with time, the good days had begun to out weigh the bad." 

I felt lost and bitter for them. As they take hurting steps towards some kind of normalcy, Aly pours salt on their wounds and the howl that left Bree and Eason tears up the sky.
It's painful, but hope is just on the horizon. It's tragic, but smiles filter through the darkness in Ashley, Madison and Lunas faces. It seems all is lost in ashes, but Phoenix rises and how!. 


Poignant to the point of acute pain, a story about love lost with no closure, be prepared to cry in frustration all through.
4.5 stars for Red M&Ms 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

{Release Blitz & Book Review}: Saving Ren by Lesley Jones

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐—›๐—ข๐—ง ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ & ๐—š๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜! ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ-๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ!

#๐Ÿญ-๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†!


 LAUREN I met him on the most devastating night of my life. After twenty-four years, I discovered there's more than one way to break your marriage vows. The life I thought would always be mine was over, and and I’m now about to face it as a single woman in her forties. I need a job, somewhere to live, and time to get to know this new version of me. What I don't need is to be saved by Gabe, the gorgeous, thirty-four-year-old, blue-eyed God I met on a drunken girls' night out. Do I? GABE The night I met her, something shifted inside me. Burned and scarred in the past by a short-lived marriage, I like my relationships with women drama free and strictly confined to the bedroom. My focus and priority are on being a single parent to my daughter. But I’m weary of the one and done life. I want something more, something real, with someone who sees past the way I look, beyond my reputation and doesn’t care about the worth of my family’s business. What I don’t need is to be fighting to prove to Lauren it’s not me, her ex, or her past she needs saving from…it’s herself. But I just can’t stay away. Note: this book is a rewritten and expanded version of the previously published title, Saviour, book one. 

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  Lesley was born and raised in a small working-class town in Essex, just outside of East London. She’s married with three sons and in 2006 they all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about fifty kilometres outside of Melbourne, Australia. Lesley is currently ‘a stay at home mum’, but in the past, she has worked at ‘good old Mark & Spencer’ for thirteen years and as a teacher’s assistant.As well as writing, Lesley loves to read and has been known to get through four or five books a week, when she’s not writing that is. Her other interests are watching her boys play football… the round ball version. She’s happy to admit to being an addict of social media and owes a lot to her Facebook and Twitter family in promoting her book. Lesley is also rather partial to a glass or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being her favourite. Being a born and raised Essex girl, she will happily admit being a big fan of spray tans, manis, pedis, and is regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although she doesn’t own a pair of white stilettos. 


๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’ 


It's polished and perfected some more, and still manages to rewoke the same feelings I had when I read it the first time. It's a love that's matured like fine wine. A quest of a woman to find her own identity, hr own footing in this world on her own. She goes exploring her heart to see what she wants and needs. Her insecurity, her dilemma, her hesitation has been captured beautifully by Jones. 
Gabe is instantly attracted to Lauren who's been married, albeit unhappily, to her husband of twenty six years and a mother of two grown boys. She meets Gabriel at a bar when she's out with her friends and though she feels the connection, she doesn't act on it because she's an honourable woman, above cheating. She moves out , and sees Gabe. I felt the sizzling physical connection and also the first thrill in their funny witty banter. Also the older woman -younger guy pairing was done without the cheesiness. I almost forgot the age gap and that reiterates the point Ms.Jones wants to portray. 
Love leaps through chasm and gaps to capture it's counterpart. The heart wants what the heart wants :)
Beautifully written, perfect amalgamation of poignancy and wit, it manages to cause flutter in your heart and moisten your knickers too.
5 stars for love that ages like fine wine 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

{Release Blitz & Book Review}: Reparation Of Sin by A.Zavarelli & Natasha Knight


  REPARATION OF SIN (The Society Trilogy # 2) by A. Zavarelli and Natasha Knight 
  Release Date: April 20th   


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  Requiem of the Soul #1 
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  Resurrection of the Heart #3 
  Release Date: May 18th 
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  My husband hates me. But he’s also the only man who can save me. Taken by a stranger, Santiago is my only hope. Except that I don’t know if he’s dead or alive. And for as cruel as he can be, the thought he might be gone is unbearable. But he has nine lives, my monster. He’s not finished with me yet. And soon I’m back at The Manor. Locked in my room. At his mercy. I know I am despised. I know I have become the face of his vengeance. But there’s something else too. Something between us. It’s a dark and gnarled thing. And it has its claws around my heart.  


  About A. Zavarelli: 
  A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance. When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching bizarre and twisted documentaries in the name of research. She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.   

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  Natasha Knight is the USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Suspense and Dark Romance Novels. She has sold over half a million books and is translated into six languages. She currently lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two daughters and when she’s not writing, she’s walking in the woods listening to a book, sitting in a corner reading or off exploring the world as often as she can get away.   

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This Engrossing tale progresses forward with promises of volatile emotions clashing with intense passion & I'm thoroughly invested. By herself Zavarelli has me bowing at her dark altar, but now her teaming up with Knight has pushed the envelope far down towards the dark caverns of twisted reads.
It's double the goosebumps generating adventure, Double the adrenaline pumping thrill.
The series is stepping down in the rabbit hole, taking the readers with it. The story gets gloomier, the mood darker and sins multiplying fast. Knight and Zav are holding nothing back. Be it passion or vengeance, they make characters cross the line to the edge of the moral cliff in this alternate universe run by Mafia autocratically.

“There is the law and there is our law.”
“The Society’s law.” 


In this book, a Ivy tries to open the door of Santiago's heart, but all she encounters is more bitterness, more questions, more mysteries. Nobody is talking to her, she gets no answers and it's frustrating the hell out of her. She is the proverbial princess trapped in the highest tower of the strongest castle of marriage, where she has to await the saviour. Stumbling through life everyday, slamming into walls and closed doors, Santiago's blow-hot-blow-cold personality is no help either. But her inner sassy self refuses to kneel or bow.

"A broken man whose anger has controlled his life for far too long. You have so much anger inside you, it's poisoning you." 

Santiago's personality unfolds some more, he does manage to show some human facets but at the core he remains cold-blooded & unfeeling villainous hero. His depraved intent clear, his toxic mission unwavering.


"My wife will die by my hand. As sure as the sun will rise, I will spit on her grave once I've wrung every last ounce of life from her body. She thinks she has known suffering, but she has never experienced the true depths of my depravity or what I am capable of. And there will be no peace in my soul until I taste her blood on my lips as her life slips away." 


To say I was flabbergasted at some scenes would be an understatement. Some turncoats and backstabbers later, the story screeched to an abrupt halt on a cliffy and I'm left hanging dry.
Hopefully book 3 lands soonest and I get to see how Santiago emerges as a human.
Also I'd love to know more about Judge and his "handling" of Mercedes . there's a really good story right there!!
5 stars for living on the razors edge

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

{Release Blitz &Book Review}: Stolen Lust by Charmaine Pauls

Title: Stolen Lust
A Diamond Magnate Novel
Series: Beauty in the Stolen Trilogy #1
Author: Charmaine Pauls
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2021


Ian Hart is the most notorious criminal in the country. Like the thief he is, he came in the dark and stole a night of my life.

He left me with souvenirs. Disaster and fear are my new realities. I’ll forever look over my shoulder, terrified he’d return, because when he took me, he stole more than just a few hours of my time.

His crime has consequences neither of us could’ve imagined. If I’m to escape the nightmare of my life, I have to outsmart him. If I’m to survive, I have to outwit every enemy he’s turned against me, including Ian himself, the most dangerous and cleverest man I know.

*Stolen Lust is Book 1 of the Beauty in the Stolen trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. Book 2 will be released on 18 May 2021 and Book 3 on 22 June 2021.

Other books in the Diamond Magnate collection:
Beauty in the Broken (Standalone)

Diamonds are Forever trilogy
Diamonds in the Dust (Book 1)
Diamonds in the Rough (Book 2)
Diamonds are Forever (Book 3)





Releasing May 18


Releasing June 22


Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published over twenty novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mรฉlange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.





Wait a Minute......let me catch my breath a bit!!! 
Like a Runaway burning train that crashes and demolishes everything in its path, this is an unstoppable, unbrakable story bursting with raw passion and volatile encounters of all kinds. Charmaine has woven a tight knit story, it's taut like a guitar string. It makes music with panting breaths and slapping flesh and then in the next moment flips she it around with gun shots and bike chases. 


We met Zoe & Damien in Diamonds are Forever Box Set. Now we meet their eldest -Ian Hart who is leader of the Phantom Gang , thieves and robbers who strike Sun City where Cassandra Joubert just happens to be on a date with Mint. 
A close encounter on a dark & lonely road triggers a domino effect of precariously deadly proportions. Cas's life just ends. She loses her job, her apartment, she's penniless and on the street.
And all because she happened to be a kidnapping victim.


But make no mistake, her heart is captured and her body throbs with pleasure for Ian WILLINGLY!!
Their encounter in the cabin is so hot, it threatens to burn the pages and word explode like molten lava.


Ian possesses lethal beauty and brawn mix, his mind razor sharp but his heart is now in Cas's hands. This Lean, Mean, Tough machine takes savagely but protects tenderly.


I won't tell you another word of it, but leave you with a warning...Do Not Start It In The Evening or you'll be up all night till your eyes burn but hands won't keep the kindle down. 
It's THAT Engrossing, engaging and captivating.
5 stars cause she had me at Dumela baba 

Monday, March 29, 2021

{Release Blitz & Book Review}: THE Sound Of Temptation by Dylan Allen

The Sound of Temptation, an all new moving and forbidden standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Dylan Allen is available now!

Unbelievably gorgeous, wildly talented, and on the cusp of stardom,
Carter Bosch was the kind of man I’d never dared to dream of.
But the summer he showed up in my small town - city slick and full of promises -
He put stars in my eyes and hope in my heart.
He called me his muse and said we were meant to be.
And until the day he broke my heart, I believed him.

Ten years later, his reputation tarnished by scandal and personal tragedy, Carter’s back.
He begins a relentless pursuit to win me back, but those stars in my eyes have been replaced by flames.
And for a chance to claim my ticket to freedom, I made a deal with the devil that I dare not break.

But, a rock god fallen from grace is still a god,
And a woman with her walls up, is still a woman.
Soon, my foolish heart is torn between duty and desire.
When it finally falls, he stands ready to claim it.

Just when we think we can see forever, a dark secret is revealed that rips us apart.
Loving him is forbidden, but my heart can’t let him go.
Because Carter and I are meant to be.
And what’s meant to be will find a way.

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Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.
A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.
When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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A sweeping story of ill-fated love that will cement your belief in soul mates. I could not put it down, couldn't unentangle myself from its gripping hold. Carter Bosch & Elisabeth Mortimer barged into my soul and just set camp. I found myself swooning, falling in love, and then crying with pain as they both go through life. The first half of the book is all rosy with dreams when the heightening ardor gets your pulse racing to orgasmic levels. And equally jarring is the crash that ensues after the lethal turn of events. 


A Rollercoaster ride Mottled with memorable emotions and intense sentiments, it brands you with indelible ink of undying love.
“ You asked me when I'd stop trying;
I said never.
You asked me how long I'd love you.
I told you forever."

Carter comes to Winsome, E Texas to escape from limelight and spotlights of his famous life. Dancing under the Starlight and by a bonfire on a beach, he meets his destiny - Beth. The memorable summer they both spend lost in each other leaves them both aching for more. 


Following unfortunate events, their paths run in opposite directions. It takes them years to weed out the thorns in their paths and be together back again but when Dylan puts in the ULTIMATE boulder in their path which seems a dead end for their love story, I was left aghast and agape, virtually speechless as to how the story will proceed further.
I HOWLED, legit SCREAMED. Omg how will they recover from this bombshell Dylan has dropped on us.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
To say that it twists your heart with grief would be an understatement.
It's jarring, it shakes the ground beneath your feet and the ultimate disastrous secret when unleashed, there's no recovering from it. I don't know how I read past it.
Carter's Music plays an important part in conveying the moods and scenes of the book. as does the symbolic paintings of Beth. They pour their heart out in their art which carries the story forward.


Dylan has been known to create self respecting, strong heroines. They take everything the life throws at them with quiet dignity and pride and Beth is no exception. Her resilience, her loyalty is tested to the limits yet she doesn't buckle under. An epitome of Southern grit and tenacity.
Carter is stuff dreams are made of. He's sexy, charming, a musical genius. His heartache bleeds into his songs and just won me over with his words
You have to experience this slow burn, second chance, epic saga to have your soul crushed and pieced together again.
4.5 stars for #thefreebeth #LiveFreeOrDieTrying 

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