Review: Triumph by Kate Pearce


3 stars

Read on 9th April 2022.

Synopsis: 

Rehz Akran has had enough of the Tribute program and its sadistic overseer, Palk. When Palk captures Rehz’s mate, Anna Lee, and offers her and Aled Price to the Ungrich for further research, Rehz is ready for rebellion. But first, with the help of Kai Mexr—who wants Aled back just as much as Rehz wants Anna—he must break into the Ungrich world, rescue Anna, and discover why they want her so badly.

The chilling answer to that question lies in Anna’s forgotten origins—origins that Aled shares. To save their lovers, Rehz and Kai must take on Palk and a government that is more than willing to sacrifice Anna and Aled to keep the peace.

The two couples join forces—in more ways than one—and together they discover that they may be capable of defeating two civilizations and changing the course of Mitan history forever.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Dubious Consent, Non-Consent, Explicit Violence, Heavy Kink.

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Review: Retribution by Kate Pearce


Retribution by Kate Pearce
3 stars

Read on 8th April 2022.

Synopsis: 

Cheated out of his exit from the Tribute program, Kai Mexr is forced to return as a trainer for one more year. His trainee, Aled Price, is an idealistic Mitan patriot who Kai struggles not to loathe on sight, and who seems up for any challenge Kai sets him. As Aled learns to give up control and endure the program’s worst, Kai is drawn into an intense sexual game that leaves him wanting more.

But then Aled must fulfill his duty as Tribute. He must endure the Ungrich—or die.

When Aled returns, it takes Kai’s ruthless presence to pull his trainee back from the brink of madness. Surviving the Ungrich makes Aled doubt his blind allegiance to his planet—and to everything else he’d never thought to question. But with Kai at his side, Aled finds a new cause to believe in. And with the help of master trainer Akran and his partner Anna Lee, Aled and Kai forge unbreakable allegiances of blood, sex, and love that could save the entire planet from the Ungrich for good.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Dubious Consent, Non-Consent, Explicit Violence, Heavy Kink.

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Review: No Guts, No Girl


3 stars

Read from 12 April 2021 to 5 March 2022.

Synopsis: 

SHE IS HIS DREAM WOMAN AND THE START OF HIS WORST NIGHTMARE…
Multi-phobic Linus has never been big on courage. It’s why he loves his job in the library. No noise, no shouting, no stress. The only flaw: no chance he’ll ever catch the attention of his dream woman, art student and book lover Melba from Italy.

But what could possibly go wrong if he only pretends to be a hero? An awful lot. He could…
– attract the attention of the Mafia
– be framed for a crime he didn’t commit
– amass mortal enemies

And yet, what if she only pretends to be a good girl?

Can Linus find the courage to sort out the mess he’s in, unmask the real culprit, and get his happily-ever-after? Or will someone close the book on romance and him for good?

If you enjoy a perfect mix of humor, romance, and mystery, and if you like to see an underdog succeed, you will love this unique cozy romantic comedy mystery.
NO GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, SEX, OR STRONG LANGUAGE.

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#Reblog: Squid Game (2021) — Luke Atkins


Watched the hell out of this! Check out the review below.

Squid Game is a highly bingeable nine-episode show that can be described as a variation of the Hunger Games series (albeit better, less generic, and even more brutal). It is a dystopian flick that nobody wanted until everybody did—with this ruthless South Korean hit trending as #1 on Netflix. I can’t say that it is…

Squid Game (2021) — Luke Atkins

Review: Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel


Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel

2 stars

Read from 1-8 June, 2017

Synopsis: A salacious throwback to the detective pulps of the 70s, Hex-Rated kicks off the new urban fantasy series the Brimstone Files.

Fall, 1970. Los Angeles has always been a den of danger and bliss, but even darker tidings brew in the City of Angels. Cults, magic, and the supernatural are leaking into the worlds of glamour and dives of the gutter. To the spectators walking down Hollywood Blvd, it’s just more proof that La La Land is over the cuckoo’s nest. But to former child magician and Korean veteran turned newly-licensed private investigator James Brimstone, it means business is picking up.

After attending his mentor’s funeral, Brimstone signs his first client: Nico, a beautiful actress with a face full of scars and an unbelievable story of sex, demons, and violence on the set of a pornographic film in the San Fernando Valley. The cops chalk it up to a bad trip from a lost soul, but Brimstone knows better.

He takes the case, but the investigation goes haywire as he encounters Hell’s Angels, a lost book of Japanese erotica, and a new enemy whose powers may fill the streets of L.A. with blood. He’ll have to us his Carney wits, magic tricks, and a whole lotta charm to make it out of a world that is becoming . . . Hex-Rated. Continue reading

Review: Understood


Understood by Maya Banks

one-star-rating

Read on 28 May, 2017

Synopsis: Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend’s wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He’ll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings.

Bookish Things: 83 pages. The cover is gorgeous but sadly it doesn’t go with the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.65.

My Review: 

Grinch loathe entirely

The characters felt like cartoon caricatures more than real people, the plot was practically non-existent and the sex scenes bland and unevokative. The writing also had many adjectives and adverbs that could have been culled to give a cleaner and more enjoyable read.

While Jake’s character may have been somewhat interesting (if used in a different story with a different woman and perhaps some serious kink), Ellie left a lot to be desired. After the abuse she went through at the hands of her ex-husband, there’s no way she’d be ready to move on into another relationship (which is evident by her sporadic emotions and child-like behaviour).

Add to Ellie’s behaviour and fragile emotional state, the almost smothering need to own that frequently comes out of Jake’s mouth and it should have sent Ellie packing for real.

Puppy running away nope.

Definitely not for me. Wouldn’t recommend it and probably won’t read anything by the author again for quite a while.