#Review | #BookReview | POISON by Jade West @jadewestauthor (March 16th 2020) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

He was the man who destroyed me. The monster who left me in pieces over a decade ago.
I swore I’d never speak to him again, that I’d never set eyes on him again as long as I lived.
But I was wrong.
When life gets too much and you need to escape, the poison that might kill you becomes oh so tempting.

I craved his perverted ways, his smirk, his laughter as he pushed my body way past its limits.
I needed a release from the crazy. Just once.
Just one night. That’s what I told myself.
No strings, no illusions, no promises. Nothing but the lasting thrill of his flesh on mine.
The lasting hit of his poisonous touch.
But when poison runs through your veins, the way he runs through mine, it’s toxic and eats you alive.

This much passion always comes at a price…

Review;

Okie doke – where do I even start? I’ve been in a BIG reading slump for a while now and what better way to break that slump then with a new Jade West release?! Even more so knowing what a personal and emotional book this is for Jade.

POISON tells the story of Anna and Lucas as a one off text message after ten years sees the pair reunite and embark on a HOT and steamy series of encounters. We learn throughout the book that life has changed dramatically for the pair in the last decade and the events that led to them separating in the first place.

POISON is a credit to the powerhouse of a woman who, in light of a turbulent couple of years, is still able to bring to life a pair of humans who have the most incredible chemistry and are FILTHY as hell!

Another stellar read from Jade and one that I’ll be talking about for a while!

-S.

You can buy POISON from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | #BookReview | CRAZY-ASS STORIES FOR CRAZY-ASS PEOPLE by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 (March 25th 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Henry @ Blackthorn Tours and Andy Rausch for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

Review:

This is a brilliant collection of short stories, based in a variety of places; cities, to sea to space, with no two stories alike. Genres that you would not expect appear in this wacky collection of short stories.  Just as I thought I had an idea of the plotline, it turns into a crazy-ass story.

As well as the short stories I did enjoy reading the origins of each of them, This is my first book by Andy Rausch but definitely will not be the last. I already have a new list for my TBR!

If you want a unique collection of dark and quirky stories this crazy-ass collection is definitely for you

Author Bio:

Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.

He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.

Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score

You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/

You can buy Crazy-Ass Stories For Crazy-Ass People from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | #BookReview | SOMETHING TO TELL YOU by David Edwards @edwardsauthor (May 2019) @matadorbooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtour

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and David Edwards for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Something to Tell You follows the two families of Bert Leinster and his best friend Sam Murray, as the earth comes under bombardment by a Higgs Boson particle storm. The Central Control of the World council insists that survival depends on living underground, protected by The Envelope. As CCOW persuades humankind to hide in the Deeps, Bert cannot challenge CCOW nor comprehend why people cannot see the truth behind the lies.

Everything changes when he meets Her. Lily, a plant who becomes his enemy in the battle to save humankind, to save you… although 99.9% of you is empty space. Do you deserve saving?

Review:

I have always been interested by science so when there was an opportunity to read a book involving the Hadron Collider I jumped at the chance. When the Higgs Boson particles was discovered I was one of the ones wondering if a black hole would be created and the world would disappear (do like to err on the side of the dramatic at times)

Since the Higgs Boson has been discovered, the world has wondered, what is next? 

When the Earth becomes saturated with Higgs Boson the world is changing from what we know. Bert and his friend Sam are the first to discover the Higgs Boson storm and work valiantly to try and find a solution. As they time progresses and struggle to find an answer  the Central Control of the World Council decides that the best course of survival is for the human race to live underground protected by a seal called The Envelope, as above ground all that would happen is a slow painful death as you are dissolved at a particle level.

Whilst Sam is willing to try anything to protect his family and save the human race, Bert is more skeptical about this solution to survival. Especially since he met Lily, a plant who argues against the human race being saved…. 

I found this to be a very interesting and detailed slow burn story. As the book progressed I felt the Bert’s growing anxiety, despair and depression over the situation and sympathised with Natalia’s coping method as to what was happening to the world and her family.

I do wonder if this will be the only book or if there will be a ‘what happened next’ from this author.

[K]

Author Bio:

David Edwards previously published two anti-romance books under the pseudonym of Jack George Edmunson. He then published the historical novel, The Ebb & Flow, before moving over to children’s fiction with The Black Hand Gang. He currently lives in Switzerland.

For more information visit:

Twitter | Facebook | Website | LinkedIn

You can buy Something To Tell You from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

Troubador | WHSmith | Barnes & Noble

#BlogTour | #BookReview | ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Joy Fielding @joyfielding (March 12th 2019) @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks #AllTheWrongPlaces

Thank you very much to Tracy @ Compulsive Readers and Joy Fielding for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

You always know who you’re meeting online . . . don’t you?

Four women decide to explore online dating, downloading an app that promises they will swipe their way to love and happiness.

But not everyone is who they seem online. Hidden behind a perfect smile and charming humour, one man appears to be the perfect date. But the night he has planned is unlike any other.

The clock is ticking, and for one woman, this date might just be her last . . .

Review:

When you spot Mr Perfect whilst using a dating app you know who you are meeting…. or do you? 

Sometimes when something is too good to be true, it normally is.

I found this to be a very engaging story that I could not put down. Before I knew it I was halfway through the book!

I loved the interaction of the characters and the twists in the book. 

Oooh the ending gave me goosebumps!

I cannot wait to pick up another Maggie James novel soon

[K]

You can buy All The Wrong Places from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BookReview | SIDE EFFECTS by Dee Palmer @deepalmerwriter

Thank you very much to Give Me Books and Dee Palmer for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Side effects of working with the world’s hottest doctor

Raised temperature,

Raised blood pressure

Raised pulse

And

Dropped panties

He’s my new boss.

He’s my Ex

He’s still the hottest doctor on the planet.

But he’s my Ex for a reason, a very good reason

And yet

Here I am gathering what’s let of my dignity

along with my tattered panties.

Resisting the good doctor’s charms is proving

to be tougher than raising a feisty five year old.

He’s so used to getting his way,

But when he threatens to take everything

The gloves come off,

He may wear the white coat

But I wear a single-mother frickin cape. 

Review:

Side Effects by Dee Palmer is one of those reads where you are dying to know the facts, to see what went wrong for the leading couple and hope that they can get their lives together. From the offset we know there is a history between Regan and Joel, that much is evident from their early sex scenes and the emotional aftermath. Palmer cleverly works flash backs into the narrative of this story, to ensure that the reader knows the full ins and outs of this volatile relationship. 

The mixture of romantic wreckage and hopeful salvation between Regan and Joel make for an explosive couple, a couple you want to get to know and see through to the end. Here we have a story that exudes confidence in the form of our cocky leading man and vulnerability with our leading lady. Regan is sure of herself most of the time, confident but falls easily and quickly for Joel’s charms but who can blame her. Palmer sure knows how to write alpha males and she does it well. 

This was a great story to read, one that kept me guessing and intrigued. I couldn’t fault the characters and even though one is particular is a questionable character, overall I’d recommend this novel to anyone who likes their leading men a little too cocky and their sexual chemistry with a slight kink. 

*M* 

You can buy Side Effects from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#Blog Tour | FAIRY ROCK: A CRIME NOVEL IN VERSE by Stephen Watt @StephenWattSpit (September 21st 2019) @RedSquirrelPres @LoveBooksGroup

Thank you very much to Kelly @ Love Books Group and Stephen Watt for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

In 2017 Andrew Smith, then Director, now Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, came up with a dynamic idea to run a Twitter campaign inviting poets to pitch an idea and the winner would have a poetry pamphlet published by the SWC’s publisher partner, Red Squirrel Press. Poet, critic, essayist, editor, designer and typesetter Gerry Cambridge, poet Sheila Templeton, writer, musician and Editor of both Postbox Press (the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press) and Postbox International Short Story Magazine, Colin Will, and myself took part in a panel at the SWC, ‘How to get published’ in October 2017. Andrew received many entries, a shortlist was drawn up, Stephen Watt subsequently won and persuaded me to publish a full-length collection.

— Sheila Wakefield, Founding Editor, Red Squirrel Press

Glasgow is correctly lauded for its wonderful characters and hospitality but at the turn of the Millennium it was dubbed the ‘Murder Capital of Europe’ with sectarian divisions and organised crime rife in the city. Four of its natives have been raised around the city’s Bridgeton area, cultivated by its ill-omened beliefs, and now have to separately find a way to subsist. But one crime family firmly believes in the tradition of torture and a novel way of disposing of its detractors. Who will emerge smelling of roses—or end up pushing the roses up from the earth below?

‘This is crime fiction in the raw. So noir that even the white bits are black. Stephen Watt’s verse brilliantly reclaims crime writing for the streets in a visceral, eye-watering yet poignant social commentary that knows its mark and hits like a kick in the stanes or a smack in the gub. Never mess with poets.’

— Craig Robertson, Crime author

Review:

Not being much of a poetry reader when the opportunity appeared to read a crime novel in verse I jumped at the chance to read something different and I was not disappointed.

This is a dark and gritty story that is set in the underbelly of Glasgow. I found this to be a very well written story especially as it was written in verse. I hope this will be turned into an audiobook as I do enjoy verses being read.

If you want something different from your crime thrillers, please pick up this book.

[K]

Author Bio:

Stephen Watt was born in the Vale of Leven in 1979. His awards include first prize in the Poetry Rivals Slam, the StAnza International Digital Poetry Slam, and the Tartan Treasures award. Notable collections which he has curated include the Joe Strummer Foundation collection Ashes To Activists (2018) and the James Watt bicentenary booklet Horsepower (2019). He is Dumbarton Football Club’s Poet-in-Residence and was appointed the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) in 2019. He lives in Dumbarton with his wife Keriann and pug Beanz.

You can buy Fairy Rock from the publisher Red Squirrel Press

here

#BlogTour | #BookReview | CRAZY-ASS STORIES FOR CRAZY-ASS PEOPLE by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 (March 25th 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Henry @ Blackthorn Tours and Andy Rausch for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

Review:

This is a brilliant collection of short stories, based in a variety of places; cities, to sea to space, with no two stories alike. Genres that you would not expect appear in this wacky collection of short stories.  Just as I thought I had an idea of the plotline, it turns into a crazy-ass story.

As well as the short stories I did enjoy reading the origins of each of them, This is my first book by Andy Rausch but definitely will not be the last. I already have a new list for my TBR!

If you want a unique collection of dark and quirky stories this crazy-ass collection is definitely for you

Author Bio:

Andy Rausch has written nearly forty books, including fiction and nonfiction. (His nonfiction appears under the name Andrew J. Rausch). His fiction titles include The Suicide Game, Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties, and Bloody Sheets, which has been optioned for film.

You can buy Crazy-Ass Stories For Crazy-Ass People from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | #BookReview | The Devils Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) by Kenneth B Anderson @K_B_Andersen (October 8th 2018) @LoveBooksGroup @LoveBooksTours

Blurb:

Multi-award winning series, published in more than 10 countries, movie rights optioned!

Welcome to a world like no other!

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy.

Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training Philip in the ways of evil. Philip is terrible at being bad, but when he falls in love with the she-devil Satina and experiences the powerful forces of love and jealousy, the task becomes much easier.

Philip finds both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld–but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

The Great Devil War is a gripping and humorous tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective, making the reader laugh and think. It’s filled with biblical and historical characters and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams. Or nightmares …  

Review:

I do enjoy a good YA book and when the opportunity to read and review as part of a blog tour arrived I jumped at the chance.

Philip who is a very good boy, but finds he is sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. Unfortunately they have been sent the wrong boy.  Lucifer, the Devil is dying so finds he has no choice but to try and convert the angelic Philip into a devil. 

I found this to be a fun and engaging story. With a wealth of characters I enjoyed reading about the dilemmas that Philip was faced with and the troubles Lucifer had trying to turn Philip bad.

Will Philip succumb to the darkness? 

[K]

Author Bio:

I was born in Denmark on a dark and stormy night in November 1976. I began writing when I was a teenager. My first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug’s Slaves. It didn’t get published. Luckily. 

During the next 7 years, I wrote nearly 20 novels–all of which were rejected–while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time I spent writing.

In 2000 I published my debut fantasy book, ”The Battle of Caïssa”, and that’s when things really took off. Since then I’ve published more than thirty-five books for teens and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction. 

My books have been translated into more than 15 languages and my series about the superhero Antboy has been turned into three movies.

A musical of The Devil’s Apprentice opened in the fall 2018 and the movie rights for the series have also been optioned.

I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two boys, a dog named Milo and spiders in the basement.

You can buy The Devil’s Apprentice from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | #BookReview | BLINDSIDED by Amy Daws @AMYDAWSAUTHOR (NOVEMBER 21ST 2019)

Thank you very much to Amy Daws for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

What happens when an almost thirty-year-old virgin agrees to let her Scottish footballer best friend give her some lessons in seduction?

Lots of banter, awkwardness, jealousy, and heat.

Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Logan is a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when an adorably-freckled seamstress comes barreling into his life, he finds Netflix-And-Bickering with her to be his new favorite pastime.

Freya Cook is used to being the invisible woman with a needle and thread, offering cheeky punchlines as she helps dress London’s finest. She’s plus-sized in body and spirit, and other than her friendship with Mac, talking to the opposite sex is one skill she never mastered.

However, after one innocent game of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.

What neither of them see coming are the feelings that develop when the clothes come off.

Now they’re both about to learn the biggest lesson of all: Don’t fall in love with your best friend.

Review:

As soon as I heard that Amy Daws was venturing into the wonderful world of the Harris Brothers with a new book, I was beyond ecstatic. 

Once the ARC of Blindsided landed on my Kindle I put aside all other books and focused purely on this story. The characters were already familiar, having met them in previous novels in the series but this time we got to know Freya and Mac on a whole other level. 

This was a chance for two side characters to become our leading couple and what a couple they are. Daws creates characters that you want to be friends with, a feisty leading lady and a handsome, sensitive leading man. Together they set the pages alight, both with sexual chemistry and their hilarious friendship.

I could not stop reading, I needed to know more about Freya and Mac, to get inside their heads and understand how they work as separate characters. The dual narrative is the perfect tool for readers to see inside the mindset of both Freya and Mac, to fall deeply in love with them both. 

Because that is exactly what you do as a reader, fall helplessly in love with two beautiful characters. I saw a lot of myself in Freya, a girl after my own heart, her self confidence growing as the story develops and Mac is the perfect Scottish gentleman. Daws knows how to write her characters, she is utterly invested in them and makes it such a pleasure for the reader. 

Words cannot thank Amy Daws enough for creating this world, full to the brim with such lovable characters and one a reader wants to dive head first into. The excitement of a new book by this author is immeasurable, especially one from this series. For me I don’t fall in love with characters easily, but these characters completely have my heart. I loved reading their story and will re-read the entire Harris Brothers series for years to come. 

It is safe to say I am completely smitten with Mac and Freya, so much so that I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an truly enjoyable, romantic and funny read. Because they will most definitely not be disappointed.

Please Amy Daws, never stop sharing your talent with the world, you’re an amazing writer and truly beautiful author. 

I am will admit I am now a proud Mac Logan fangirl, Roan DeWalt lover and a Harris Ho. 

*M* 

You can buy Blindsided from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | The Bowery Slugger (Alex Cohen #1) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski (November 10th 2019) @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs #TheBowerySlugger #AlexCohenSeries #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and author Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

Review:

This is the first book in a brand new series from Leopold Borstinski. Whilst I have read previous books by this author before, I have never read one of an American gangster genre so I jumped at the opportunity.

Alex and his family left their old home, and his questionable employment to create a new and better life for themselves and a chance for Alex to go straight in the land of opportunity, America.

Landing in New York they quickly find that this is not the case and Alex is drawn back into criminal employment to help support his family. A violent and harsh life he progresses in the Jewish gang he rises in the ranks so he is soon running his own crew.

I found this to be a very clever and well written story. It was well paced right up until the page turning end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this very exciting start to a new series.

[K]

Author Bio:

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

Social Media

Twitter  | Facebook  | Website  | Amazon Author Page

You can buy The Bowery Slugger from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)