What Doesn’t Destroy Us by M.N. Forgy

What Doesn’t Destroy Us by M.N. ForgyWhat Doesn't Destroy Us by M.N. Forgy
Series: Devil's Dust MC #1
on June 22, 2014
Source: Purchased
five-stars

When Dani's sheltered life is turned upside down by her mother's secrets, she finds protection with her estranged outlaw father. Against all warnings, she falls for bad boy biker, Shadow. He is beast and beauty sealed in a leather cut with a gun holster. Can Dani learn to live within the Club rules? Is she more like her father than she could imagine?
Shadow has grown up among drug addicts, whores and murderers. The only family he's ever trusted has been the Devil's Dust motorcycle club. He will do anything for a brother; even kill. In fact, killing is so easy, he's made a career of it. His one regret is not being able to kill his own worthless mother. When Dani shows up with her provocative temper and innocent charm, Shadow begins to question his violent lifestyle. But can he trust her with his demons?
Sex.
Blood.
Betrayal.
Will Dani and Shadow let family ties destroy them?

The first book I’d ever read by M.N. Forgy was from the Unsound Anthology she did with Chantal Fernando, and I have to say I wasn’t impressed. Bull appeared so weak to me, and my hope after reading it was that What Doesn’t Destroy Us would be better.

I am so glad that that hope came true! This book was phenomenal! I was so tempted halfway through to stop and shout my joy to M.N. Forgy on Facebook because of how great the story was at that point. Everything from beginning to the end captured my attention and didn’t let go. Matter of face as soon as I’m done writing this review I’m going to start the second book, and I can’t wait because that ending left me wanting more!

When I first read about Shadow in the novella in the Unsound Anthology I quickly saw him as a youngster on his way to turning into a man worthy of the Devil’s Dust MC, and that was just in comparison of him to Bull. There was a lot of promise in Shadow to become a very dangerous man, but in What Doesn’t Destroy Us he was confident, a man already grown, and in acceptance of who he was and what he was capable of. He’s a very complex character, and I am really glad that M.N. Forgy didn’t give us all the details concerning him all in this first book.

Dani was a surprise. She was a little firecracker and the perfect woman for Shadow. She’s another complex character, and this is odd seeing as we are introduced to more of her back story than we are to Shadow’s. It’s been a while, or maybe ever, that I have come across an author that gives intrigue and mystery not solely in their storyline or plot but in their characters. M.N Forgy gave us enough to keep the story on topic and flowing but not enough that as we were reading we were waiting for the characters to catch up or be filled in on what has already been revealed.

This whole book was a surprise, and that freaking ending!! Woman if I didn’t already have the second book I would be hounded you until you gave me a copy to get me to leave you alone! This books ending has to go down in the history of endings. It wasn’t a cliffy per se but it did leave you in an anxious anticipation of what comes next. Book 2 here I come…

About M.N. Forgy

M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She’s a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.

Thrown to the Wolves by Rochelle Paige

Thrown to the Wolves by Rochelle PaigeThrown to the Wolves by Rochelle Paige
on January 21, 2015
Source: Purchased
four-half-stars

Annora Channing's entire world changes the moment she discovers she's a bear shifter. With mated wolves for parents, she should have been a wolf also. When the man she grew up thinking was her father realizes she isn't his daughter, he devises a plan to use her existence to his advantage in a way that will get her out from under his roof.
When her situation goes from bad to worse, Annora escapes but is badly injured in the process. Luckily, Elias Reve comes to her rescue while on his way to Wolf's Point and the daughter he lost years ago. With nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to, Annora joins him on his journey and ends up running smack-dab into the arms of her mate.
Parker Tate knows Annora is his the moment he lays eyes on her. When he manages to mate and mark her within hours of when they meet, he considers himself lucky. Then the trouble nipping at Annora's heels finds her and Parker realizes the path to claiming his mate won't be as easy as he thought - especially not with the bears involved.

Thrown to the Wolves, scratch that, this series is pure gold. I had been in a paranormal romance slump and here comes Rochelle Paige with her Black River Pack series or matter of fact the first book in the series, Crying Wolf, and I fell in love.

The books in this series just keeps getting better and better!

Ever since his first scene in Crying Wolf involving Grace I knew I would like Parker. He might’ve been the younger brother – goofy sometimes – but he was always there whenever his brothers needed him and that’s a big plus for me. I am glad that Rochelle Paige refrained from giving too much detail on Parker’s personality other than that one scene in Crying Wolf, because then I would’ve felt that I knew everything there was to know about Parker, it would’ve taken away the mystery of who he is at his core.

I didn’t have to wait for the action to start, it began as soon as my eyes hit the pages.

Parker might not be the alpha in the same sense as Spencer or Hunter but when it came to his mate he really stepped up to the plate. His affection towards Annora really endeared me to him. Right off the bat he was the attentive mate – once you’ve read the story you’ll understand why that was a must when dealing with Annora.

Usually I’m annoyed by insta-love stories but oddly the books in the Black River Pack series are becoming the exception. I think the reason that is is because Rochelle Paige does such a great job of explaining or expressing the importance of mates between shifters. She just doesn’t put it out there that the pairs are mates and that we should take it and move on to the next situation, she immediately went into dialogue about what Hunter, Spencer, and Parker’s mates would mean to them and the special way they would come to them. Anytime an author and their team takes the time out to make sure everything flows right and is structured in the right sequence to make sure their readers are as comfortable reading their story is a winner in my book.

This book contained a lot of surprises and one of them made me giddy…Rochelle Paige brought in other shifters!

Thrown to the Wolves had everything without being over the top. I seriously hope that this isn’t the last book of this series because I’m really wanting both Eliza and Annora to get their revenge for the wrongs done against them. Despite the fact that those issues have been resolved in a way I still want to see Spencer and Parker kick some butt.

I loved this book! If you’re a paranormal romance reader you do not want to pass this up!

About Rochelle Paige

I absolutely adore reading—always have and always will.  When I was growing up, my friends used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time.  If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author.  I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me, “About time!” 

The Fear That Divides Us by M.N. Forgy

The Fear That Divides Us by M.N. ForgyThe Fear That Divides Us by M.N. Forgy
Series: Devil's Dust MC #3
on March 8, 2015
Source: Purchased
four-half-stars

Road Captain of the Devil’s Dust Motorcycle Club, Bobby has the scars to prove just how dangerous his life is. He gives the world he knows hell and loves every moment of it. Wearing a panty-dropping grin along the way, his fierce life has never been a problem for him, until her. Jessica is the only female who has him distracted in his game. After taking him to bed, she’s the only woman to tell him to take a hike. Waking with her gone, he can’t resist her pull. He’s seen the marks on her body, ones which tell the horrors she’s lived through. He’s also seen the fear in her eyes when she lets herself become weak to his advances. Bobby has a decision to make. Can he help Jessica, or will it mean giving up his carefree life?
Jessica, also known as Doc, lives life in fear. Years back, she ran to the Devil’s Dust for protection, seeking the demise of her abusive, dominant husband. Her mind and soul tortured by her past, she can’t allow herself to move forward. The only thing in her sight is her daughter’s safety. Even if she has the attention of one particular tattooed biker, she can’t succumb to his charm and drag her daughter back into a world of danger, no matter how much he thinks he can save her.
Mistakes will be made. Fears will be faced. Pain will be remembered.
Can Bobby and Jessica survive the dangers they bring upon themselves?

It was hard for me to really have the same excitement for The Fear That Divides Us as I had for the previous books in this series because I am such a hardcore Dani and Shadow fan and I really didn’t want to read about any other couple. The world that was created in the Devil’s Dust and my curiosity of Bobby and Jessica’s story gave me the courage to open the book and read it’s pages.

From the earlier books I knew that Jessica aka Doc had an abusive past, but there’s a difference between learning little pieces of information from the characters that had an active hand in Jessica being with the Devil’s Dust MC and actually reading about what happened. My heart broke for both Jessica and her daughter for what they went through at the hands of the monster she married, and for Bobby for the challenge he faced in trying to win Jessica’s heart.

Even though Bobby always appeared so laid back and goofy I knew that wasn’t all that he was, he had true depth to his character, he was the perfect balance for Shadow and the other half that Jessica needed. The actions he took to ensure Jessica and her child’s safety spoke more to me about his love towards Jessica than the nonsensical crap that both he and Jessica would spew at each other.

On the other side of this love duo, Jessica, had so much she needed to overcome to be the woman that Bobby needed that I knew, based off the prologue, their story was going to be tumultuous. Not for one second did I doubt that she was going to pull through and gain the courage she needed to do what needed to be done. She’s probably the first heroine that didn’t irritate me with her fearful actions and responses, and as I’m thinking about it, I truly believe it’s because of the fact that both her and Bobby were fighting their feelings for each other and not in the dumb way by sleeping with other people just to prove a point.

Each chapter, heck each page, had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t imagine what was coming next, so I was always apprehensive about turning the page. It’s actually funny that every time I would read a chapter, or maybe a paragraph after a really intense scene I would put my reading device down then look at it until I talked myself into picking it back up again to keep going whether it was in the early morning hours or not.

There are twists and turns in every chapter, some you’ll notice right off the bat and others it’ll take talking to someone else to bring it to your attention. One can never go wrong with a M.N. Forgy story. She totally outdid herself with this one. After reading The Fear That Divides Us I can officially say that I no longer have a favorite couple because it would be unfair to pick between Dani & Shadow, and Jessica & Bobby.

Now I’m anxiously awaiting the next story to come from M.N. Forgy with her unpredictable writing style.

About M.N. Forgy

M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She’s a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.

Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

Tears of Tess by Pepper WintersTears of Tess by Pepper Winters
on August 28, 2013
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

Where to start with Tears of Tess??!!

First let me say that this is my first dark (like dark) contemporary romance. I remember how I was even introduced to this series…I was participating in a Goodreads group (I can’t remember the name) and one of the members claimed that she had just finished an was waiting for the third and final book, Twisted Together, to come out. I was intrigued because I’ve never read this sub genre before and this book had such high ratings. I soon added it to my TBR list in hopes of reading it. Well here I am!

The first thing that grabbed me about Tears of Tess was the cover. My thought when I saw the cover was ‘Oh I love that dress she has on,’ lo and behold my thoughts would soon change once I read what the outfit represented.

This book was out of this world good. Personally there will never be a book that flows as well as this, or grabs my attention and sometimes has me questioning my own sanity like Tears of Tess did. This is a book that’s completely ageless, never will this book go out of style.

Everything about this book was on point. I am so glad that Tess turned out to be a fighter, this book would’ve broken me if Tess had folded into herself after and during everything that went on. Her character was so complex, and we get a glimpse of that in the beginning when we get some of her back story and the dynamics of her relationship with Brax. On a side note, I  knew right off the bat that Brax wasn’t the man for her, or at least I hoped he wasn’t.

I want to talk about Q’s character but then again I don’t. I want him all to myself! I might not live his lifestyle but goodness there’s no way you can resist his being,  he’s just so raw and gritty. I don’t even know what words to use to describe him, he’s his own force.

No way would I have ever thought that once Tess was kidnapped that Q would become her life. No way did  I expect or even imagine this story taking the turns that it did. What I will say about Q (because if I speak on anything else about him I will become depressed because he’s not real and I can’t have him) is that he’s the perfect, the perfect, man for Tess, he completes her in ways not even she understood.

Regardless if dark romance is not your thing this is one book/series you do not want to miss. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, I truly don’t’ know what could come next to top this masterpiece. Q and Tess 4ever!

About Pepper Winters

NYT and USA Bestselling Author. I write in the Queen’s English, not Obama’s, and love to torture my characters before giving them a HEA 🙂 My books include: Tears of Tess and Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #1 & #2) and Destroyed. 

Melancholy by Bella Jewel

Melancholy by Bella JewelMelancholy by Bella Jewel
on September 15, 2014
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

No one’s story is ever truly their own. I tried to create my own story, my own path, and my own actions. I’ve seen things people only see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it beat me down. I never let it become who I was. I picked myself up, and I kept going. Everything was what it was. There was no point analyzing what it could be. Could be’s didn’t matter.
Until Maddox came into the picture. He saved my life. He changed my world; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.
My sister. My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought. That’s what he told me. Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning…where it all began…and before.

I originally finished Precarious around the time that it was released and I was super anxious to read what happened after Santana found out about that shocking threesome with Maddox, Krypt, and Ash (hawt!!). Well, time passed and I sort of lost interest in these stories because I sort of forgot what Precarious was about, and also (mainly), I didn’t have Melancholy to continue on in the series.

When I was finally able to not only get Melancholy but the last two in this series, I really had to build up the courage to begin reading this series again because Precarious sort of pissed me off with the love-triangle, and also because I had been having a bad rash of mediocre books fall into my hands. But, oh my goodness, when I say that I couldn’t put this book down for anything, that’s exactly what I mean. This book packed a sledgehammer sized punch, it was so good. One thing (yes only one) that shocked me was how much I disliked Santana in this book. She was such a likable character in Precarious that I thought that I could really count on her appealing attributes to really make this book perfect in every way. I was wrong to assume that! She did something stupid once and paid the consequences, because I understood where she was coming from I let my irritation slide by the wayside, but when the same behavior surfaced a second time I was sold on the fact that she was a brat who wasn’t capable of thinking for herself because she not only put herself, but others in danger all because of her ‘feelings.’

In Melancholy we really get to see a side of Maddox that we definitely didn’t see in Precarious, matter of fact we get to see a side of Krypt that we didn’t get to see in Precarious either. In this second installment of the Jokers’ Wrath MC series, Maddox is more than the president, he’s more than the guy that was portrayed to in control of everything involving Santana, and Krypt, also, showed that the men that follow Maddox and call him brother are more than followers, or men looking to be a part of something huge, they are a family in the purest sense of the word. They respect Maddox, but they won’t hold their tongue when it comes to helping a brother from a destructive path.

With all the twists and turns that surfaced in Melancholy you bets believe that Anguish in the near future is next on my list to read.

That ending!!!!

About Bella Jewel

Bella is a fun loving australian and a multiple USA Today bestseller. She spends her days in sunny north QLD with her husband and two adorable daughters. She’s been writing since she was fifteen, and after her success with her debut novel, Hell’s Knights, she has been head down, bum up creating new stories. She is the author of the MC Sinners series, Number Thirteen, Enslaved by the Ocean, Where Darkness Lies, Life After Taylah, Angel’s in Leather, The Jokers’ Wrath series and ‘Til Death.