#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* 

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#MediaTour | #BlogTour | #BookReview | MY BEAUTIFUL DETOUR: AN UNTHINKABLE JOURNEY FROM GUTLESS TO GRATEFUL by Amy Oestreicher @AmyOes (May 29th 2019)

Thank you very much to Amy Oestreicher for providing a copy of the book to [K]

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

Blurb:

An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. An estimated 5 percent of Americans—more than 13 million people—have PTSD at any given time.

Amy Oestreicher was one of them. So, what happens when an ordinary teenager has to turn into a warrior just to survive? And can the journey through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder really become an “adventure?”

Amy had ambitious plans for college and a Broadway career, until her stomach exploded the week before her senior prom. Months later, she awoke from a coma to learn that she might never be able to eat or drink again. After years on IV nutrition, her first bite of food awakened her senses to life’s ordinary miracles but also brought back memories of being sexually abused by a trusted mentor for months, just before the unexpected rush to the emergency room that fateful Passover night. With determination, imagination, relentless resilience, and an inner “hunger” for life, Amy created a roadmap where none existed. Her journey through life’s unthinkable detours is nothing short of miraculous, but the creative path to healing she forged is accessible to anyone. As a survivor—and “thriver”—of abuse and extensive medical trauma, Amy discovered sources of resilience she didn’t know she had but it turns out we all possess. In this book, she creates a tapestry made from each of each thread of her journey, empowering others to find gratitude in every setback and discover their own infinite inner strength. Amy’s search for “home” proves to be the greatest test of cultivating resilience after near-death, and reclaiming identity after both sexual assault and medical trauma. Amy’s journey is ultimately a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary challenges and miracles.

In this coming of age story, Amy shares her struggles and discoveries living with both visible and invisible illness, the tremendous gifts to be reaped from trauma, its lessons which have illuminated her path, and how these gifts can be discovered as a unique, yet universal way to navigate any kind of uncertainty.

Interwoven through her remarkable story are insights on navigating any kind of uncertainty, including:

• What is a “detourist”– and why is it important to take those detours?

• The importance of detours for college students

• How to transition from being a “survivor” to a “thriver”

• Amy’s” Four Hardcore Skills” to resilience

• Finding your own uniqueness not through what’s happened to you, but what you choose to do with it

• The power of art to heal

• Our innate ability to be artists, and why creativity is an essential mindset

• How sharing your story becomes imperative to healing

• How humor is a way through

• Turn messes, mistakes and setbacks into creative detours

My Beautiful Detour offers practical strategies for individuals and unexpected tools for the families of trauma survivors, helping communities build new, limitless futures. The book includes numerous “trauma insights,” and is enriched with humor, art, poetry, and useful takeaways for readers. Reading one woman’s heroic adventure through trauma, recovery, and discovery of new directions in healing the body and the mind is an empowering tale of not just getting through, but thriving

Review:

Amy Oestreicher, a girl who in her senior year at High School who through no fault of her own ended up being that ill her stomach exploded. Literally.

When she finally awoke from the coma she fell into, not only did she learn that she no longer had a stomach, but she could possibly never eat again.
After years of being on IV nutrition she is finally able to try to consume food, but in doing this reawoke memories of being sexually abused by her singing mentor. 

Told from accounts taken by Amy and her family, as the book progresses we see an Amy that does not quit, despite all the hardships that are thrown at her. Who never loses hope despite how hopeless the situation becomes. The support of her family is superb and despite never meeting them I do feel as though I know them connecting through the memoir. 

This is a truly inspirational story to never give up despite the odds, that I recommend everyone to read

[K]

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Book launch for My Beautiful Detour by Amy Oestreicher – July 11th 2019

#Review | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019) @jennw23

Thank you very much to Social Butterfly and Jodi Ellen Malpas for providing a copy of the book to *M*

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

Blurb:

Ryan Willis has spent years in the protection business, a job that requires constant vigilance and quick thinking. His only chance to truly relax is at his secluded cabin in a small town where there are never any surprises. So when Ryan returns after an assignment and encounters a beautiful stranger, he isn’t only surprised, he’s also instantly intrigued.
Hannah Bright is a breath of fresh air, and Ryan is soon completely consumed, unable to stop from falling for her. As the two grow closer, his instinct tells him something is amiss. Yet nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he starts digging into her past.

Hannah spends her days painting, running her arts and crafts store…and hiding too many secrets. It’s why she won’t let the ruggedly handsome bodyguard get too close. But their chemistry is undeniable, and Hannah quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. He is peace personified, a balm to her battered soul. Yet the gorgeous, captivating man who has swept Hannah off her feet doesn’t even know who she really is. And the moment he finds out, both their lives are at risk

Review:

As you would expect from a Jodi Ellen Malpas novel, this is a rollercoaster of emotions, one that will leave you breathless. 

We meet our characters at a time if personal change, where they’re taking life into their own hands and making the best of it. I read this at a time that for me, on a personal level was also taking my life into my own hands. Preparing to take a huge risk in my career, reading Hannah and Ryan’s story only emphasised the importance of following your own heart. Here are two beautiful characters, both physically and spiritually, who draw you into their own little paradise. 

Whilst they create a haven for each other, JEM has done just that for her readers. Letting us take a nose dive into her vivid and brilliant imagination, so that we can explore these relationships without even leaving the house. It is the love she has as a writer for these characters that draws you, that wraps you up in their bubble and makes it so you never want to leave. 

I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I fell hard for these characters. And not just Ryan and Hannah but the other characters as well. Because one of the things I love about JEM is that she knows how to create the best side characters, the funny roommate and quirky neighbour. No matter what happens in one of her novels, it is the characters that compel me the most. 

I loved getting to know Ryan and Hannah, the dual narrative of the novel working very well at balancing the story out. Hearing both sides of the story, witnessing their descent into the never ending world of JEM was pure selfish indulgence. Because reading this book, at time when your personal world feels in chaos, was the perfect anchor in the storm. An escape from the stresses of everyday and getting lost in the “wonderland” that JEM creates. 

I cannot wait to add the paperback to my JEM shelf on my bookcase, it is the perfect addition. 

*M*

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#BlogTour | CLOSER THAN BLOOD (Gareth Bell Thriller #2) by Paul Grzegorzek @paulglaznost (August 16th 2019) @BOTBS @BOTBSPUBLICITY @0neMoreChapter_

Thank you very much to Sarah @ BookOnTheBrightSide and Paul Grzegorzek for providing a copy of the book to [K]

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

Blurb:

You would do anything for your family. Wouldn’t you?

A gripping crime thriller, perfect for fans of Peter James.

‘Writes with raw, engaging, authenticity’ Peter James

The real nightmare begins when the missing person returns…

PC Gareth Bell is about to arrest a cocaine dealer on Brighton Marina, when he makes a shocking discovery that turns his world upside down: the dealer is his long-lost brother, Jake, someone he thought had died years ago.
 
But their reunion is short lived. For Jake is on the run from a cold-blooded killer, whose network reaches all the way into the police force itself. Now that his brother’s life is on the line, Bell has only two choices. Family, or duty?

Review:

PC Gareth Bell is on a job when he discovers that one of the people he is about to arrest is his brother, Jake, who disappeared 10 years ago and was assumed dead.  Unfortunately there is no time for a brotherly catch up as Jake is on the run not just from the law but from some very dangerous people who have a very far reach. Can he save his brother and do his duty? Or will he have to sacrifice one for the other? 

When I picked this book up I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found I could not put it down! Each time I tried to take a break (tea, bedtime) it dragged me back into the fold. I really felt for Gareth, just as he was progressing with one thing, something else cropped up that needed attention. The characters were well described that I felt a familiarity with them. I felt the highs and lows with them to the point I had tears in my eyes at certain parts.

This was the first book by Paul Greg I have picked up and will definitely not be the last. I found this a really fast paced thriller that I could not stop reading!

[K]

Author Bio:

Paul Grzegorzek was born in 1976 and despite the name is Sussex born and (mostly) bred.

Paul writes dark, gritty crime novels inspired by his time as a police officer in his home town of Brighton, giving them a realistic feel that can only come from years of experience pounding the streets.  During his police career, he worked in a number of specialist units, including as a riot medic, method of entry specialist and intelligence officer, where he met and worked with many of the people who became characters in his books.

He has also worked in the private security and defence industries, as well as consulting for various agencies, giving him a unique insight into crime at both street and higher levels.

Born in Shoreham-By-Sea, within spitting distance of Brighton, Paul now lives in Hove with his wife and two sons.

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#BlogTour | THE DESIRE CARD by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG (February 21st 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Isobel @ Blackthorn Book Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]

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

Blurb:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

Review:

Harrison is a man on a mission, from college he knew what he wanted. A high powered job, wife, family and the good things in life.  But unfortunately this high powered job whilst has given him the good things in life has also taken it over. No time for his family, he lives a life of excess, too much work, gluttony and lust for women, drugs and alcohol. When he gets sacked from his job, then discovers due to his lifestyle he only has a short time left to live, his severance package from his company includes the mysterious Desire Card.

What would you do if you had a card that could grant your every desire?Would you use it? Would you not? Would you think this is just a joke?Would you wonder what the catch is? Would you wonder about consequences?
These are the questions I was asking myself as I read this book. For starters I would like to think I’d never get myself into Harrison’s situation at all, but if that opportunity of a card that granted your desires appeared would I use it?

Despite not warming to Harrison, I did feel for him, sacked from his job, living with a disassociated family because of his lack of involvement in their lives due to his previous long hours at work, finding he only has a short time to live due to illness, he wants to live. But after a life of excess and entitlement he feels the way to do this is the way he’s gone about most things, throw money at it. When this doesn’t work, he finds himself in Mumbai on the search of his second chance.

I kept reading waiting for Harrison to have his epiphany and to stop leading such a hedonistic lifestyle of excess. Not to give too much away but things do change for Harrison where he has to make some very hard decisions. But will he make the right choices? 

I found I was hooked from the first page and struggled to put this down as with each page turn I had to find out what happened next. This was my first book by Lee Matthew Goldberg but definitely will not be the last. Cannot wait for PREY NO MORE!

[K]


Author Bio

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar.

The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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#BlogTour | THE LAGOTTI FAMILY SERIES by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski ( June 30th 2019 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs )

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

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

Book Series Blurb:

Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang


The Heist Blurb:

After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer?

Review:

Frank has just come out of prison and has a plan to set him up for life. 

Due to the nature of his plan he needs financial help from his Uncle, who also recommends people for his team and Frank’s girlfriend Mary-Lou is also involved in the plan, acting as go between with Frank and the inside man gaining his trust. But he also has his own problems and reasons for participating in this crime and can he be trusted to do what is asked of him?

The story follows the group of criminals Frank has assembled as he develops and fine tunes his robbery plans. Time progresses distrust in the group ever increases and everyone is suspicious of each other. 

I found this a very clever idea and different to the books I have read previously. I cannot wait to read book 2 soon

[K]


The Getaway Blurb:  

After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for a sack of greenbacks?


Powder Blurb: 

When Mary Lou takes the proceeds from a bank robbery to start up her heroin dealing business, old enemies circle overhead and threaten the lives of her twins. How will she keep them safe in such a dangerous place and what is she prepared to do to secure her new venture?


Mama’s Gone Blurb: 

When Mary Lou makes some bad decisions, her twins and her husband must decide whether she’s losing her mind. If they can get that cleared up then all they have to worry about is their feud with the Russian mob. And then someone goes and ices the old lady. Who would have the cajones to murder the head of the Lagotti family?


About Leopold Borstinksi:

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.

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Publishing Information:Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and ebook formats on 30th June 2019.

#BookReview | NOWHERE LEFT TO RUN (THE NOWHERE TRILOGY #2) by Kat Mizera @AUTHORKATMIZ (OCTOBER 1ST 2019 @LWoodsPR)

Thank you very much to Heather @ L Woods PR and Kat Mizera for providing a copy of the book to [K]

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

Blurb:

I have nowhere left to run…

I’ll never love another the way I loved him. He might have been a prince, but to me he was just Erik. The father of my child. The man whose love was so fierce, it’s like it never left me.

Some days I swear I can still feel his presence surrounding me, until I’m reminded that our love song is over.

Moving on is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

Hollow without him, the music that’s been pouring out of my soul is the only way to ease the ache.

It will never replace the love of my life, but for my baby’s sake, I have to try.

Every tragic lyric, every minor chord, proves that I can’t outrun his ghost or the truth… my heart beats only for him.

Review:

OMG I have just finished this book and cannot believe its finished there and I now have to wait for book 3 to be released before I can find out what happens next!

As we got to know all the characters in book 1, book 2 is just heart wrenching. The story follows Casey as she tries to make a life for herself and her child, despite grieving for the future she should have had with Prince Erik if circumstances hadn’t forced their hands. The music she now writes reflects her grief and loss which in turn makes her a more popular musician than ever.  

I was immersed in the book and had tears in my eyes for majority if not all of this book. I felt with this book I was on the sidelines looking in, or reading a friends memoirs, not a reader reading a fictional story. 
Book 2 has cemented my love for this series, so cannot wait to see what the final book in this trilogy brings. I really cannot wait to see what happens next. 

[K]

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | KULT by Stefan Malmström @kpstefan ( September 25th 2019 @BOTBSPublicity @silvertailbooks)

Thank you very much to Sarah @ Books On The Bright Side and Stefan Malmström for providing a copy of the book to [K]

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

Blurb:

THE PAST WILL NEVER LET YOU GO…

When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.

But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.

When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.

And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.

Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?

Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping début thriller.


NOTE: KULT is inspired by shocking and tragic real events.

Review:

Wow what an adrenaline ride that was!

Set in present day Sweden Luke’s friend Viktor has been discovered after committing suicide, but not before he murdered his young child.
Refusing to believe this has happened Luke starts to investigate into his friends life, he uncovers things previously unknown to him about Viktor’s past.  When his investigations uncovers more bodies, did his friend really commit suicide after killing his child or is there a killer on the loose?

As the book progresses, we have flashbacks to a Scientology group and what life was like with first involvement and then further development into the church.

I found this a very cleverly written and insightful story that was based on real tragic and shocking events.

This was the first book by Stefan Malmström and I will definitely be looking out for his future work. 

[K]

Author Bio:
Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.

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#Review | TESTAROSSA by J D Cary @JD_CARY (SEPTEMBER 24TH 2019 @LWOODSPR )

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

Blurb:

Things are never what they seem; especially in police work.

John Testarossa is an LAPD cop with an NYPD attitude who has seen it all. The dead, the dying and the decomposing are all in a day’s work for the red-headed Italian from Brooklyn.

After an arm rolls up on a Santa Monica beach, and the dead body to which the arm was once attached is discovered, John and his partner, Alex Ortiz, enter the world of college sports, athletes, and the illegal drugs that enhance their performance.

Rage and revenge come together in a toxic cocktail John is all too familiar with. It defined him as a young boy, and ultimately still does as a man. He carries a dark secret.

It is in the beautiful Dr. Karen Gennaro—who has a few secrets of her own— that John finds a soft place to land. Even as he knows all too well what falling in love with a cop can do to a woman.

What sustains this hard-boiled detective is the bond he shares with his brave and dedicated partners. When that bond is destroyed in a senseless act of violence, will his past, and a desire for vengeance, destroy him?

From Los Angeles, where Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, and the dream of Abbot Kinney’s Venice Canals paint a picture of bliss, Testarossa will take you on a deeper, darker journey.

Review:

John Testarossa is an redheaded Italian LAPD cop. When an arm washes up on the beach John and his partner Alex investigate how it got there and who it belonged to. Leading them into the darker side of college sports.

When Testarossa meets the lovely trauma doctor Karen Gennaro we get an insight into his working life and as the book progresses you learn why acts and behaves the way he does.

I loved the camaraderie of the characters in this book, not just John and his partner, but other members of the police department. You could feel the strength of the bonds of friendship between the group and empathise with their emotions as though you were sat with them in the room.

I have been looking forward to reading a good cop thriller and this has definitely scratched that itch. I am looking forward to more in this series!

[K]

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#Review | LOSING BASH (CHARON MC #9) by Khloe Wren @AuthorKhloeWren (September 22nd 2019 @LWoodsPR )

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

Blurb:

Life has never been easy for Jake “Bash” Alfonsi, but he’s always found a way to survive. Even when his father gave into his PTSD demons and took his own life just days before he turned twenty-one, he got through it. He even managed to go on and find a few slices of happiness in his life. But this latest hand life dealt him is his hardest challenge yet. Will Bash be able to rise once again, or will he get lost in his pain forever?

Review:

Losing Bash is a short story as part of the Charon MC series.

Unfortunately life has not been very kind to Bash, he lost his father to his PTSD demons and his mother has dementia which is gradually getting worse. He is finding purpose as a Prospect for Charon MC, but should have been made a full member long before now. When a task for the MC takes him up North to another gang, does he still feel he is happiest with the Charons?  

Even though this is a short story I felt a connection to the characters in the story and I loved the Charon MC world we are introduced to. This is the first time I have read a book in this series but I will definitely be picking up the series soon!

[K]

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