Walking Back To Georgia by Sasha Marshall

Walking Back To Georgia by Sasha MarshallWalking Back to Georgia by Sasha Marshall
Series: Guitar Face #3
Published by Self Published on June 26, 2015
Pages: 318 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

I died. I fu*&ing died, and when I woke up in a Los Angeles hospital my best friend walked away from me. It wasn’t quite the welcoming back to the world of the living I thought I’d receive, but it rattled me. My dead best friend led me back to Georgia to get my life together, and while I’m working on it trouble follows me. I try to keep my distance from Jagger and company while I chase after sobriety, but a friend pops back into my life and a private moment is leaked to the world. One of the people I never thought would walk away from me did exactly that. I deal with rejection the best way I can, but before I can clear my head Cory and I are looking down the wrong end of a barrel and I’m forced to fight for my life. We complete our new studio album which means Broken Access and Abandoned Shadow will travel on a promotional tour to tell everyone we’re playing a world tour. While on the promotional tour, I run into jungle peepers, a riot of fans chasing me, a 1% motorcycle club and a one-eyed teddy bear, and two men fighting over me. I keep my head high through the drama, but then I’m asked to be in a steamy video for Broken Access which can only mean more trouble for me. Just when I figured out how to be the best version of me I can be and how to stay healthy, my eyes are open to something I never thought was possible. I must understand the difference between love and lust, and accept that I need a healthy relationship where I’m free to be me.

If y’all follow my reviews then you’ll know how I feel about this author’s work. Each reaction for each book is pretty much the same…mind absolutely blownWalking Back to Georgia falling into the same category. The shock mostly comes from the fact that books that feature rockstars are not really my forte but I find myself never saying no to Sasha Marshall’s books. I would love her forever if she takes a chance on some paranormal romance books (crossing my fingers in hope that she will know that read this and grant my wish).

While I was both scared and exhilarated to read Walking Back To Georgia, I was also stumped as to the possible avenues that this book could progress this series. If you’ve read about Henley since book 1, Guitar Face, then you know all the highs and lows that she’s faced and endured to get to where we find her in book three. My goodness was this book was a test in how much surprises and shocks to the system I could take!

I implicitly trust this author to tell me a story that will stick with me for days, possibly weeks. Again, if you follow my reviews you know of my loathing of cliff-hangers, but I want to tell you that this author here, is the exception to that rule. Book one, two, and three end in a cliff-hanger, but never once have I regretted, or felt cheated out of reading these book, if anything each cliff-hanger has almost made me insane with want for the next book. Like questioning my sanity type of insane…luckily I can speedily talk to the author and voice my complaints and emotions lol.

Walking Back to Georgia was everything I could’ve ever hoped for in a continuation to this series. Everything in this story has been spot on. We finally see a HEA for our heroine Henley, we get to see Kip’s antics taken to a whole other level. He is so sexy!!!!!

This was one of those boos that leaves you with no words left to say because it’s just that good. Gah! These books are gold!!!!!! Book 4 needs to get here ASAP!

About Sasha Marshall

Sasha is an indie author who loves to write romance novels with an edge. She appreciates bad boys with tattoos and lickable bodies. I mean, what woman doesn’t? She has a degree in history and thought about joining the U.S. Marshal Service when she graduated, but she chose to work with troubled youth instead. Shooting people wasn’t really appealing, there’s a lot of paperwork to fill out. She loves animals and secretly prefers them to most humans… or not so secretly because it’s on the website now so it’s out there. She traveled with well-known rock acts as a photographer during her undergraduate work and wants to clarify that she was not a groupie. Groupies wait in the wings hoping to get a night with one of the guys, she was a rock princess. She traveled right along with the guys hopping from tour bus, to plane, to hotel, to venue.

Raze by Tillie Cole

Raze by Tillie ColeRaze by Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 16, 2015
Pages: 272 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

TO TAKE BACK LIFE, ONE MUST FIRST FACE DEATH...

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge... bloody, slow and violent revenge. Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill 'The Silencer' Volkov, head of the infamous 'Red' bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it's a virtual prison. Her father's savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring-The Dungeon-ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. She dreams to be set free. Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. While working for her church-the only reprieve in her constant surveillance-Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn't talk. Doesn't communicate with anyone.
He's a man beyond saving. But Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man... ... this man they call Raze.

Oh my freaking goodness!!! Why-o-why did Raze have to end?! I think in all honesty I can say that this book has topped my favorite for this year. There is nothing that I could find wrong with this book, this book gripped me and didn’t let go, not that I wanted it to.

Usually when a frequent author of mine comes out with new material I am apprehensive about reading it, all it takes is for that book to be bad in my eyes and that author has been ruined for me (sad but true). That fear took a break or just knew that it better not mess with Tillie Cole when she writes and publishes something.

As I was reading all I could think to myself is, “Tillie Cole I seriously do not understand how the heck you’re able to produce these amazing and groundbreaking stories!” I knew Raze was special as soon as I read the prologue. Your writing is pure gold! I really want to say a thank you to Tillie Cole for all the research and authenticity her stories have. This type of dedication really does go a long way and truly endears your readers to you.

Thesaurus Time!!

I need more words other than amazing. Let me see how many words I can use that will adequately express everything that is Raze:

Outstanding!

Magnificent!

Exceptional!

Yeah, I think those words complement Raze.

Just thinking back on a post I saw on Facebook, just off the description of Raze before reading Raze I honestly don’t know how people thought this was Flame’s story from Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series. I love Raze, please don’t misunderstand me, but Flame is a whole ‘nother ball game that I don’t think I will ever read another character in a long range of books that will ever hold a candle to. I personally think that Flame will ruin me for all other male characters in any story I read, he’s that potent.

The love between Kisa and Raze made me a true believer that true love really does exist. Their story broke my heart and at the same lifted my heart strings to a place of elevation that there was nothing that could lower my spirits. I’m usually not a fan of a weepy heroine but as you’re reading Kisa’s story you can’t help but want to cry along with her, there were so many layers to her character that you hope there are more stories involving her and Raze so that you can see them grow individually as well as a couple.

Something I did notice was how the relationship between Kisa and Alik reminded me of the relationship between Eva and her adoptive brother in Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. I understood completely why they stuck with needy and psychologically damaged men and the position they were put in, but goodness was I glad when their other half came along and showed them that they deserved better than to be someone’s caretaker.

You would think that when characters repeat statements over and over again that it would aggravate you, but oddly in Raze it had the opposite effect. Those repeat statements actually brought more intensity into the story. They had me practically sitting at the edge of my seat waiting and wondering what was around the corner getting ready to throw a wrench in the drama of the story. Whew! This book was intense!

About Tillie Cole

Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Arrow’s Hell by Chantal Fernando

Arrow’s Hell by Chantal FernandoArrow's Hell by Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #2
Published by Gallery Books on June 16, 2015
Pages: 352 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be. I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits.
No one tells me anything. Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me. And worst of all: The members of the MC are off-limits.

When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again. When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me. And that my brother doesn’t kill him.

Arrow’s Hell has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2015.

Dragon’s Lair was one of the best MC books that I have read, and Arrow’s Hell continued that trend.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Chantal Fernando for doing Arrow’s story right. I couldn’t ask for a better lover for Arrow, a better friend for Faye, a better sister for Rake, and a better friend for Tracker in Anna.

Anna (our heroine) didn’t try to fill Mary’s shoes, which I am glad for because Mary was such a special character and it broke my heart that her time with the Wind Dragons was so short. I loved that Anna knew her own mind, knew what she wanted in a man and out of life. Even when she didn’t fully understand the MC lifestyle she had a strong enough character to stand on her own two feet and take whatever was placed in her path without wilting like a delicate flower. There was the instance at the end of the book where she literally drove me up the wall with her childish and immature thinking and actions, and I hated that it took Tracker to put her head on straight. Yes, I understood where her feelings were coming from but after everything she had been through she still chose the childish way out to deal with things, that threw a serious chink in the steady flow of the story (thank goodness it was at the end of the book).

Arrow, my beloved Arrow, you have got to be my favorite Wind Dragon MC character, flaws and all. My heart broke for you, freaking swooned, and felt lifted high because of you. You are one hawt man, and I’m so glad that you were blessed with the woman you always needed, and will show you a love that you never knew existed. So glad that you finally got your happy ending.

I loved the conflict that Mary’s sister brought to the story, and Anna handled that situation like a boss!

Tracker’s story is going to be explosive. I can’t even put into words how excited I am for his story because there’s going to be a whole lotta drama, lovin’, and making up to do. Woo-wee!!!

About Chantal Fernando

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Her latest releases include Toxic Girl, Saxon, and a USA bestselling biker romance novel Dragon’s Lair.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

His by Aubrey Dark

His by Aubrey DarkHis by Aubrey Dark
Series: His #1
Published by Self Published on October 19, 2014
Pages: 303 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

I never meant to be here: tied up in bed next to a serial killer.

When I followed him home, I was just playing Nancy Drew. Trying to find out his secret. His kiss was intoxicating, and I thought he was harmless.

I was wrong.

Nancy Drew never ended up in a basement, handcuffed to a radiator, teased to the edge of insanity, begging to be let go.

Soon, I stopped begging to be let go.

Soon, I started begging to be his.

His was like a guilty pleasure for me. Never does someone want to contemplate ever falling for a serial killer no matter how attractive, so this story was all about the ‘what if’ factor.

My first induction into dark romance came by reading Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters, so my expectations for these type of books are extremely high. A lot have fallen short on this mark, but His by Aubrey Dark meets this mark and then some. If she did nothing but one thing for me with this book was to forever solidify my love for the truly screwed and twistedness of dark romance. It’s the taboo of the mind.

This story was completely devoid of clichéd emotions from either Gav or Kat, you could literally feel the rawness of their emotions. Aubrey Dark (I love her last name) created such complex characters (which is a must for any successful author) in Gav and Kat that it was hard to not relate or even connect with them on some level.

I really, and I do mean really, hope that there will be a sequel to their story, because there’s not many stories and authors like this that are willing to go past the social norms to speak on things that break down stigmas and prejudices. Life is not about always about the guy with a few problems getting the girl with mild insecurities, its mostly about the guy who should’ve been dead before this point in his life and the girl who is unable to trust anyone because of abuse and abandonment so severe she has no one else, these are the stories I absorb and love to spend all day reading.

So kudos to you, Aubrey Dark, for the courage and mindset to create something so complex and mind-bending. I will definitely be on alert for anything else that you write, even if it’s a short story :).

About Aubrey Dark

Some authors like sunshine and happy people in love. Aubrey Dark is an author who likes some shadow and fear mixed into her romance. Contrast makes the brights brighter.

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

God Save the Queen by Kate LockeGod Save the Queen by Kate Locke
Series: Immortal Empires #1
Published by Orbit on July 3, 2012
Pages: 360 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Library
Goodreads
five-stars

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.
The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

I was really intrigued and excited about the action and character interactions in God Save the Queen. This book contained so many angles and shock factors that it was an easy choice to go and pick up its sequel and concluding book from my local library ebook collection (thank goodness for those).

In none of the books that I have read has there ever been a book like God Save the Queen. This book was so complex in its characters makeup that if you are not truly interested in the story a lot of what’s going on will be missed or misunderstood.

At the beginning, actually in the very first chapter, the explanation for ‘how’ the goblins, vampires, halvies, and werewolves came to be was very clear, but amongst that explanation and the situation that Alexandra was going through sort of put me in an information overload. One of the scenes that I instantly (my reaction was more, “Oh shoot! Things are about to hit the fan.”) knew was going to change the tide in this story was the following:

“What is it?” I asked, rising to my feet. My chest felt tight, as though my heart hadn’t enough room to beat. “It’s Dede,” Val said, his usually stoical expression marred by sorrow. “What of her? Christ, Val, don’t lead with something like that and then make me wait.” “She’s…” He stopped on a sob. Avery put her arm around him as she stepped forward. She looked me dead in the eye-hers were as red as Val’s-and I knew then that I didn’t want to hear what they’d come all this way to tell me. “No,” I said. A tear trickled down Avery’s smooth cheek. “She’s dead, Xandy. She killed herself.”

Xandra is so great of a heroine, and her character is so complex, that if God Save the Queen and those that follow had any other foundation, Xandra would be a very hard character to like or even tolerate. I personally think that Xandra’s character would not survived in any other type of book. She can be naive, selfish, arrogant, and childish, but because this series fits her character so well she can get away with that type of characteristics. Because of these characteristics when she finally evolved at the end of this book it was such a monumental thing because never has a clearer picture been made of a character becoming a product of the world she lives in.

Since Xandra was such a strong character I didn’t think there was going to be a love interest for our little Xandra, or “Lady Xandra,” in the Prince Goblin’s voice, but luckily there was a Vex MacLaughlin to come to the rescue! Yummy!

Something I noticed, but it wasn’t a huge thing for me, was that there wasn’t any sex scenes. To be honest I think that in the case for God Save the Queen a little went a long way. This book would be the second steampunk book that I have read, the first being Kiss of Steel by Bec McMasters (another great read). I am really loving this genre-subject. This genre-subject has become one of my newest loves.

About Kate Locke

Kate began her career as Kathryn Smith, writing best-selling, award-winning historical and paranormal romances. Then, needing a bit of a break from straight historicals, she became Kady Cross, author of The Steampunk Chronicles from Harlequin Teen. This award-winning series led to The Clockwork Agents — steampunk romances for Signet Eclipse under the name Kate Cross. Finally, a new career in Dark Fantasy led to The Immortal Empire series for Orbit, written as Kate Locke.

Regardless of what name she goes by, Kate loves stories that put character first, and enjoys exploring ever side of the people she creates — even if it makes them less likeable.

An up-rooted Canadian, Kate lives in Connecticut with her husband, Steve and their pride of cats. When not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, makeup and poking around abandoned asylums.