Beyond Her Words by Bink Cummings

Beyond Her Words by Bink CummingsBeyond Her Words by Bink Cummings
Series: Corrupt Chaos MC #1
Published by Self Published on November 17, 2015
Pages: 394 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
four-half-stars

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths and lady luck tucked into their back pocket. Then there’s people like me, who live to survive. Survive loss. Survive loneliness. Survive the black tar that swallows you whole, stealing everything and anything that could resemble a piece of happiness. They try and fail, try again and fail even harder. Starting life’s never ending cycle of wash, rinse, and repeat.
That’s me. Or it was. Ten years I wandered through life. Through ten towns. Through ten men. Then, I didn’t anymore. A hellacious storm came and ripped everything away, leaving me stripped bare for the most beautiful man. A man part of the Corrupt Chaos Motorcycle club, who not only saved my life but rescued my soul. Or so it may seem from the outside. On the inside, it’s not that simple. Life never is.
It’s dirty.
It’s ugly.
And it’s painstakingly relentless.
I’m Magdalene Murdock and this is my story.

After reading The MC Chronicles, I truly didn’t know what to expect with this read, and reading the first few pages of this book I didn’t think that Beyond Her Words was going to cut it for me. It wasn’t until I hit chapter two that I started craving every page, paragraph, and word that was written. I honestly can’t explain the change of heart or mind, it kind of freaked me out too, but was I glad that I started enjoying the story.

I think I have the same obsession with Scottish men as this author does, because I’ve been entertaining thoughts of wanting to jump in these pages and fight Maggie for Lachlan. I wanted to dog-hump this man’s leg (bad visual?), to lick his beard, and swim in a pool of his accent alone. While at the same time I seriously wanted to drive my cleat footed show into Smoke’s ex-wife’s face for the crap she pulled and said, as well as the Lachlan wannabe (can’t even think of his name, he irritated me so much).

My kindle went everywhere with me, and I do mean everywhere, so that I could continually stay in the moment and mood that this book induced. But no amount of preparation or comfort food could’ve prepared me for the ending. Bink, I was so ready to virtually fight you if this story had’ve turned out in the direction it looked to be going. #IAintScared

This was a truly memorable and excellent story, a great read for the holidays. I hope that they’re be a squeal, possibly with Pip and Casanova? Maybe? Hopefully?

About Bink Cummings

Author Bink Cummings was born and raised part of a biker family. Upon the incessant coercion from her sacred sisters, she has begun her newest journey in life–writing. When she’s not shacked up in her home writing at all hours of the night, Bink enjoys riding motorcycles, taking care of her family, reading, and cooking huge meals–Especially her infamous chocolate chip cookies.

Play Dirty by L.P. Maxa

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Play Dirty by L.P. MaxaPlay Dirty by L.P. Maxa
Series: The Devil's Share #2
Published by Boroughs Publishing Group on November 11, 2015
Pages: 118 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
five-stars

As bassist of the Devil's Share, Smith James revels in being the ultimate bad boy, until he meets a good girl...who likes it dirty. PILLS. PAIN. LOSS. LOVE. Smith James doesn't need drugs. He just likes them a whole lot. And as bassist for the Devil's Share, they are easy to come by. So are the women. With a steady supply of both he doesn't have to think too hard about his past. But when a beautiful physician's assistant joins the tour, Smith can't help but want...more. After watching her high school boyfriend OD, there is no way Dylan Lawson is going to fall for a rock star with a tenuous hold on sobriety, no matter how sexy his New Orleans drawl. She's been hired to do one job: monitor the health of the lead singer's girlfriend and her unborn baby. But once Smith flashes that sweet, vulnerable smile, Dylan can't help but want...more. And more is what they'll get. Love on tour is never simple, and with a music festival in Smith's hometown, a place he's avoided for years, near his illiterate, abusive, meth-addled father, Smith is one bad night away from a relapse. But with her heart already lost, Dylan is willing to do whatever is necessary to save him-even play a little dirty.

What does one do with a broken, barely hanging on rockstar and a stiff physician assistant who needs to be taught to let loose? Well according to L.P. Maxa’s Play Dirty, you place said physician assistant in close proximity with said rockstar who’s sex appeal is off the charts and let their personalities and pheromones (as Dylan likes to say) take control and play the game that few have been able to resist.

Other than Smith’s drug problem I didn’t know much about him, or enough about him that mattered. That’s why I thought that Luke’s book would’ve been next after Play Nice, because we learned more about his background and some of the issues he’s presently dealing with, but the mystery of who Smith was and where he came from had me wrecking my brain for possible turns his story could take.

In all ways this book touched me, not in a deep way like most books I’ve read, but in a way that I could relate. Dylan was hesitant to give in to any type of feelings she had towards Smith that those very same feelings started to work against her and played a part in lowering her shield and helped her want to give Smith a chance. It didn’t hurt that Smith is sweet, funny, and so dang sexy that I would sometimes forget that I was just salivating over Dash not that long ago. I thought it was so cute how Dylan thought she could hold out against Smith, but all Smith had to do was introduce the ole ‘Netflix and chill’ gambit and bam, Dylan was a goner.

Editing issues might cause some frustration, but if you’re like me you can see past them and continue on in the story.

That ending though?! After reading that last paragraph, I literally sat in my room staring at my reading device like ‘WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!’ I’m taking it to mean that Luke’s book is not next but instead we’ll be presented with Jack’s instead? I was seriously expecting a hostage situation from Smith’s family when he opened that door at the end, guess I was on a drama high.

About L.P. Maxa

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, daughter, 3 rescue dogs, 1 stray cat, and one fish (that keeps dying and I keep replacing so my toddler doesn’t notice). I love reading as much as I love writing. I’ve read a lot of the classics, and I appreciate the hell out of them. But, nothing is as fun as curling up with a glass of wine (or beer or whiskey) and a fun romance novel.

I would love nothing more than to hear from my readers. Tell me what you love about your favorite characters and what you wish for them. Also, send me a message if you are interested in becoming one of my beta readers. You can get advanced reader copies of upcoming books!

Reap by Tillie Cole

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reap by Tillie ColeReap by Tillie Cole
Series: Scarred Souls #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 10, 2015
Pages: 231 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
five-stars

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act, or live for himself; he's his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six-foot-six, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, who rules the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.
Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life. She dreams of another life--away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family's underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. But sacrifices must be made--blood for blood...life for life...souls for scarred souls...

After finishing Raze I didn’t think that another character, or story like Reap, could threaten the place in my heart that had Luca’s name stamped on it, but Zaal gave him a run for his money. Zaal’s story was so heart-breaking, if you were to compare them, almost more heart breaking than Luca’s before he was reunited with his family. When the revelation of how jacked up Zaal’s story was, thanks to Luca, I almost couldn’t take it. Thoughts of the possibility that Zaal might not be able to survive the pain that had been such big part of his life, until meeting Luca and Talia, that I was so ready to close the book and taking a breather.

“You are twenty-nine, Zaal. That man, that sick man you call ‘Master’ has held you captive for over twenty years.”

While Zaal and Talia’s story kept me engaged and cemented their own place in my heart, the things that Luca and Kisa both battled throughout these pages made me love them even more. I seriously had a fangirl moment when I realized how vital Luca and Kisa’s role would be to Zaal and Talia’s story. This was one couple from a previous book that I didn’t mind reading about, even though the current book wasn’t focused solely on them.

During the time that I was reading Raze, I have to admit that I didn’t care too much for Talia. It wasn’t until I decided to give her a fighting chance and to not write her off, because that would’ve left me feeling resentful towards a perfectly written book, that my feelings started to change towards her. Once I cleared my mind of those preconceived thoughts I was able to see the life that she wanted for herself, that she wasn’t just some Mafia princess, and the way she went about trying to live this life that few survive unscathed I began to like and understand her.

Other than the nagging feeling that Reap went a little too fast for me, this book was perfect. I felt like once Zaal was rescued and brought into Luca and Talia’s care things started to progress like a rollercoaster going down the slope with no brakes in sight. I want to chalk it up to my excitement for the direction that Zaal and Talia’s story would go in, but in actuality it feels more like a vital scene was missing to help transition from Zaal making a recovery to him and Talia declaring their love. But despite this one thing, this story has been added to my list of favorites for the year. I truly don’t think that Tillie Cole could ever write a bad book.

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.

Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reaper’s Fall by Joanna WyldeReaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #5
Published by Berkley on November 10, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
five-stars

He never meant to hurt her.
Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.
Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.
Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

Never, never, never could I have imagined how Painter and Melanie’s story was going to play out. The opening scene in Reaper’s Fall, had me stuck to my reading device, and then left me like, “What The Heck”when it went back to Painter being in jail?! After I calmed down, though, the questions that the opening scene left me with started hounding me. I needed to know how Melanie and Painter finally got together and then ended up where they were in that opening scene.

One would think, or at least I did, that Melanie would be this naive adult (borderline young adult) as we’ve seen from Jessica and Becca, but thank goodness she wasn’t. I will have to do a re-read of the series to be sure, but I truly believe she’s the best heroine out of the Reapers MC, and the Silver Valley spin-off series. Her and Painter were explosive together.

Seeing Painter’s character only through his interactions with Em and the brothers, and never really getting to know him left him as a wild card amongst the brothers of the Reapers MC. I truly enjoyed learning about him while Melanie and himself were playing the lust/love game. Their interactions, every last one of them, was so entertaining and insightful into who they are both together and individually that this almost 400 page book was a breeze to get through.

What I didn’t like, and what seriously got on my nerves was the Painter hating that Jessica, Em and Kit seemed to enjoy taking part in. At first I let my feeling go on this because it’s perfectly understandable and sweet for friends to look out for other friends when the guy they’re interested in/love with is a hoe. Where it started to tick me off was when Em felt she had the right to call Painter all sorts of names and paint an ugly picture of his character because he didn’t make a move to be with her in the past. She’s on my pooplist for the simple fact that her impressions of Painters are irrelevant since she’s married and happy. But, in actuality, if she’s supposedly “happy” with her marriage why is she still holding any type of feelings for someone you claimed strung you along even though he was always there to rescue you?! Hunter and Em have to be my least favorite characters, and holding this grudge they have against Painter isn’t helping their case.

Whew! Glad I got that off my chest.

Everything about Reaper’s Fall (other than what was just mentioned), the highs and lows it all kept me engaged. All the other books I had waiting for me were put on hold until I finished Reapers Fall. I truly enjoyed this book, it was a great addition to the Reapers MC.

Even after I finished reading I can’t tell you who might be next for the Reapers MC, it’ll be cool if we could get a holiday novel featuring everyone, sort of wrapping up to conflicts with the cartel and rogue clubs trying to cause problems.

About Joanna Wylde

Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

River of Deceit by Sasha Marshall

River of Deceit by Sasha MarshallRiver of Deceit by Sasha Marshall
Series: Guitar Face #4
Published by Self Published on October 16, 2015
Pages: 438 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Kip Paxton may be the perfect man. He's a sexy, tattooed, foul-mouthed, drummer god for Broken Access, and if that wasn't enough he snagged the Guitar Goddess herself. Where one door opens in life, another closes, and sometimes other doors burst wide f@$king open.
Finding out he was lied to his entire life, and that all his noble deeds were done in vain sends him spiraling out-of-control. It sucks the life right back out of him, but luckily he has an entire crew of family to put him back together, and his family may have just gotten a little bigger.

I don’t know if it was the brattiness of Sasha Marshall’s fans or not that prompted her to post chapters either daily or weekly on Wattpad weeks before River of Deceit’s release but I am grateful. Being able to read this book before it’s publication helped me to know that there were still books that aren’t trying to fit in with the other popular books, but is just trying to tell a story about characters that touch the author’s heart (at the time of River of Deceit’s reading I had been reading some crappy books and I really needed a reboot).

Like many of Sasha Marshall’s fans who read the end of Walking Back to Georgia I was practically ripping my hair out and contemplating stalking strategies to get River of Deceit in my hands as soon as possible to see what happens next between Kip and Henley (Kipley as we fans call them). While I don’t like cliffhangers unless the next book is sitting on my self, both electronically or physically, this author’s work is the exception. She’s the queen of cliffhangers, she always has me coming back.

Anyway, enough fan-girling. The beginning of River of Deceit starts off exactly where Walking Back to Georgia ended, with Henley and Kip in the bathroom about to finally put us all out of our misery and bow chicka wow wow. Even though I was anxious to see where the next step in their relationship would go, I couldn’t have imagined all the ups and pit-lows they would have to go through, and even still things (as always) take a turn for the worst as almost all good things in life do.

The realistic situations and emotions that this author writes about blows my mind every time I turn the page. There are a few author’s I have read that have the ability to write scenes and characters that have me crying laughing, crying tears of gut-wrenching pain, and then make me feel at the end as if I’ve climbed the mountain with each character as they go through their obstacles all in the same book.

This may seem strange to some but I seriously felt that River of Deceit had the feelings of the last book in the Guitar Face series, for some reason. My thought was that since Henley is finally with the man she’s supposed to be with, Henley might now be getting her happily ever after. Pause…I must’ve forgotten whose book I was reading because Sasha Marshall loves twisting my world of tranquility into so many tangled and barbed webs that I can’t seem to keep my hands from touching them and try to untangle them, loving the pain at the same time, maybe I’m as twisted as she is.

I feel like I’ve rambled enough, the bottom line is that while I loved the other books in this series I think that River of Deceit might be the best out of the series so far. I truly feel like Henley has risen from the ashes and has gotten back to her roots, accumulating all the good and determination to be the best and inputting it into being the person she is at the end of River of Deceit. She’s a new creation who’s not willing to be the punching bag that her bandmates and cousin bandmates sometime need to bolster themselves up. She’s the new Henley that I am absolutely loving, and for a second I was almost not on team Kipley because of the pain Kip brought her, but everyone is redeemable if they have a mind to be, and I hope Kip delivers his apologies the way they need to be in order to get Henley back.

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.