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5* Review: Detained – Ainslie Paton

18176643Blurb -2Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names.

They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace.

Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.

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My ReviewDetainedThis isn’t a sweet romantic tale but it’s a beautifully poignant love story, with a realistic urban edge and an exciting blend of angst and heat. The storyline is not unique but portrayed in an interesting and believable way with strong, flawed but essentially likeable characters. Damaged and shaped by their childhoods Will and Darcy share many characteristics and beliefs, when outwardly they appear to have nothing in common. The emotion is intense, this is not a relaxing read but it is so worth reading. Vividly action enhanced by the emotionally driven character experiences make this story hard to put down. There are some excellent secondary characters whose stories I would love to read. The setting is also noteworthy and speaks of insider knowledge and experience, which adds to the story’s authenticity. The passion between Darcy and Will underlies the whole story and explodes whenever they are in touching distance. This heat between them is what keeps them moving forward, despite their roller coaster lives. You aren’t sure if they will end up together until you read the last word. I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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5* Review: King Hall – Scarlett Dawn (Forever Evermore series)

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King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

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King Hall (Forever Evermore, #1)King Hall, the first in the Forever Evermore series is a new adult paranormal/urban fantasy romance which is on a par with the best in this genre. The world building is first class and the society of Mysticals is comparable to the Night World stories of L.J Smith. The characters are all vivid and easy to visualise as are their paranormal skills and magic.

The story unfolds through Lily’s eyes. She has a life endangering secret. The plot is complex and initially I thought I was reading the second book in the series but as Lily reveals how she ended up at King Hall; the school where Mysticals learn their craft, this book is the ideal starting place for the series.

The story is rich in edgy, realistic dialogue and there is plenty of kick ass action between the Mystical’s and Commoners (humans). It is in the same class as Rachel Vincent’s ‘Shifter series and similarly addictive. I loved the camaraderie and humour between the prodigies, which underlines the whole story.

Suspense and tension builds to a thrilling climax at the end of the book both in terms of emotion and plot. This is where I wanted it to be a complete story rather than a series. Now I have to buy book 2.

A fabulous start to what promises to be a wonderful series.

I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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3*Review: A Basic Renovation- Sandra Antonelli

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When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life. Now that she’s back in town, Dominic’s afraid she’ll drag up the past, the secrets, and the pain. They clash immediately, but mix in a teenage boy, a puppy, some white paint, and some loud music, and what starts as cold fury transforms into a nuclear attraction. This basic renovation becomes a major life refurbishment for them both.

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 This is an unusual contemporary romance which has lots to recommend it. I like the heroine Lesley she’s in her forties, independent and feisty. Dominic also appeals he’s a single dad who puts up with a nightmare of a mother. Add in some great secondary characters, an interesting small town setting and plenty of snappy dialogue and it should be a 5* read. Unfortunately for me it drags in places and the plot doesn’t have enough twists to keep my attention.
I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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3* Review:The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton Viveka Portman

The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia StantonThe Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton is a young society matron’s diary of her greatest secrets and desires.

The susceptibility of women in Regency society shines through in every diary entry. Cecelia has no choice in her marriage partner and must obey her husband wishes in everything.

Little wonder then she turns for comfort to her worldly wise maid Bess who guides her through the pitfalls of an arranged Regency marriage.

This is not a glamorous Regency romance of elegant London town houses or high society balls just life in the country and year on year pregnancy. Autobiographical in style it has a realistic edge. Romance is absent from the numerous sexual encounters.

I didn’t find any of the characters particularly endearing which maybe intentional to add realism to the uncomplicated plot.

The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton is an interesting story worth a read if you like your historical romance erotic and realistic.

I received a copy of this book from Harlequin Enterprises Australia Escape Publishing in return for an honest review.

The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton by Viveka Portman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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