Release Day: Scars by Laura Rossi

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Scars By Laura Rossi

Out now

Book Link: books2read.com/Scars

. ✫ Blurb ✫ .

I gasped for air and counted my last breaths.

One, pain shot up my stomach.

Two, my throat burned.

I kept looking at the sky, as I lost any will to move.

Before my eyes closed, my last thoughts were for Andrea.

They thought prison would change me, that isolation would make me weak, maybe break me. But I wasn’t alone, I always had the darkness with me.

My name is Alejandro De la Crux and I never let anyone cross me without paying the price, their lives for my honour.

I was left to rot in prison by my ex wife and her lover, The Killer. That Rat.

They thought they could run away from me, that they could live happily ever after. No one can fool the devil, no one can fool Alejandro De la Crux.

“Patience, revenge takes time. But it will come, my time will come.”

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Review: Bermuda by Robert Enright

∼∼Blurb∼∼

Discover how it all began… Franklyn Jones is a devoted husband, a loving father and a middle manager working in London. His only secret is he can see ‘The Otherside’, a world that hides in the shadows of our own. After his claims of these creatures leads to the loss of his family and his commitment to a mental health facility, Franklyn’s life came to a complete stand still.

Eventually, Franklyn is recruited by the BTCO, a secret agency that monitors and maintains the truce between both worlds. Thrust into an advanced training regime based on his ‘gifts’, Franklyn soon finds himself out on his first case, investigating the disappearance of several people in Elvedon Forest in Suffolk.

Closely monitored by his trainer, Denham, Franklyn edges further into this new world, hunting a violent entity that lives within the trees, whilst also being watched by a mysterious warrior. The explosive prequel novella to DOORWAYS and THE ABSENT MAN, BERMUDA takes you back to where it all started.

Are you ready for the answers?

∼∼Book Links∼∼

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∼∼My Review∼∼

Bermuda takes us back to the beginning, this is our chance to learn about Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones. We are taken back to Franklyn’s life before the BTCO. Bermuda allows us to understand what he went through and what has happened to make him who he is today.

Franklyn is found by the BTCO and he is showing the BTCO headquarters, where he begins his training. Whilst undergoing training a case comes in that the BTCO decide that Franklyn can handle along with Denham.

So story aside… I’d hate to post any spoilers 😉

I think that Rob has written a fantastic prequel to the other books in this series. Bermuda answers the questions that I had after reading Doorways and The Absent Man. Bermuda clarifies the part of Franklyn’s life before the BTCO as well as the beginning of his BTCO career.

Rob’s writing style grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held me captive until the very last word, and even then I still wanted more!

I felt like I was there right alongside Franklyn experiencing everything with him. His thoughts and feelings felt as though they could have been my own.

Having finished reading Bermuda I now feel as though I understand Franklyn a lot more. Franklyn has experienced so much, he has developed, learnt and grown so much since he was just Franklyn Jones, husband and father!

I like the guy and genuinely do feel for him. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every page of Bermuda and I cannot wait to see what Rob has in store for Franklyn in the future.

Honestly, if you haven’t read Bermuda you really need to and if you haven’t read any of the other Bermuda books you really should, I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

∼∼About Robert Enright∼∼

Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).
After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!

∼∼Other Books In The Series∼∼

Doorways

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The Absent Man

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∼∼Other Books by Robert Enright∼∼

One By One

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Cover Reveal: The Devil’s Plaything – Ceasefire Series Book 2 by Claire Marta

The Devil’s Plaything – Ceasefire Series Book 2

By Claire Marta

Cover Designer – Alora Kate

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∼∼Blurb∼∼

Lust, sex, lies.
I fell in love.
l bled and broke for him.
I foolishly played his game and woke to find he’s not done with me yet.
He’s dead set on stripping everything I am bare.
I’m nothing but his plaything and he’s pulling my strings.
But things are going to be different.
I’m more than an assassin, a monster with a pretty face. I’m his undoing.
I will rise. Seek my revenge. Outwit his deviant schemes.
This time…I plan to win.

*This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.*

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New Release: Fallen Angel Part 5 by Tracie Podger

Robert Stone and Rocco Sartorri are back, and they have a story to tell!

 

Fallen Angel Part 5 is NOW LIVE!!!

 

 

 

Blurb

 

I figli devono pagare per le colpe dei padri

(Children must pay for the sins of the fathers)

Robert Stone has an identity. After discovering his father, a far greater dynasty was forged.

But with this dynasty comes new enemies.

From the olive groves of Italy to the boardrooms in Washington, D.C., Robert is to command a business like no other.

Not all wars are fought on a battlefield, most are won in the corporate arena.

Not all wars are bloody – unless you threaten Robert’s family, of course.

Told from Robert Stone and Rocco Sartorri’s point of view, Fallen Angel, Part 5 picks up from the end of Part 4 and explores a unique relationship.

Two powerful men, both with secrets and enemies, come together in this explosive story of revenge, lost love, and hate that spans thirty years.

A Mafia romantic suspense for readers over the age of 18

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

Robert – Chapter One

It was in a small room in a villa in Tuscany that my life changed forever–again.

Everything I knew, or believed, had been a lie. Just over Forty years of thinking one man was my father, and that he had been killed with my mother, was disproved with a simple DNA test. I barely remembered him; I hardly remembered my mother. Just a week after discovering the letters, I’d found the man who would protect my wife, who was the love of Evelyn’s life, was also my biological father. To say my head had been fucked up was an understatement.

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“Do you want to talk?” I heard. I had been sitting on the edge of the fountain in the courtyard of the villa.

I looked up to see Brooke walking toward me. I patted the wall.

“Sit with me,” I said.

She picked up my hand and threaded her fingers through mine as she did. I stared at her for a moment. Her blue eyes were ringed, faintly, with dark circles and laugh lines fanned out across her skin. She looked tired and I guessed my overactive brain working day and night had been the cause of that.

“How do you feel today?” she asked gently.

I sighed and closed my eyes; I raised my face to catch the last of the day’s sun before I spoke.

“Better. One minute I have no biological family; the next, I have a father, a half brother and a half sister. It’s been a little difficult to process all that,” I confessed.

“No shit,” she replied, with a chuckle.

I turned to look at her. I shifted my body until I was facing her and traced my fingers down her cheek.

“I’ve been a complete prick this past week, haven’t I?”

She tried to hide the smirk. “I know of Mr. Angry, Mr. Playful, Mr. Sarcastic, and all the other misters that make up Robert Stone, but I’m a little unsure who’s with us right now.”

“Mr. Honest?” I offered.

“Ah, it could be. Therefore the answer would be, yes, you have been a complete prick this week. But with good reason, Robert,” she said.

I laughed quietly.

“Have you spoken to him today?”

Initially, after I’d discovered Rocco was my father, we’d talked, he’d cried, but then sadness settled over me. Forty years of memories were shattered on the opening of an envelope that contained evidence and I struggled with it. I’d endured years of abuse at the hands of my aunt, yet I had a father who could have rescued me from her. It was an unrealistic thought, of course, he didn’t know about me, but it bothered me.

 

 

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On the first day of her holiday to Washington, DC, Brooke Stiles meets Robert Stone.

Dark eyed, damaged and dangerous – Stone has never had a normal relationship for fear of his past being exposed. Not knowing how to respect nor love, he struggles with his feelings for a woman who makes him question everything that he is.

Brooke falls in love with him and as their relationship grows she learns who he really is. Her future is set. She is to heal her man and mend his broken soul. But can she do the one thing that he asks?

This is a story of an ordinary woman who falls in love with an extraordinary man and has to discover whether she is strong enough to forgive him his past.

 

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Author Bio

 

 

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She like getting up close and personal with sharks.

Tracie writes in various genres, Contemporary Romance but likes to explore relationships that are not always easy and there isn’t always a happy ending, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, and Erotic Romance. She likes to have her books feel real with realistic timelines and with strong women who don’t run because the going gets tough. Sex is important between loving people, therefore all her books contain graphic scenes. However, the character’s relationship is more important.

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Cover Reveal: Firebird by Alice La Roux

Title – Firebird

Genre – Romance

Release date- 20th April 2018

Cover designer – The Graphics Shed

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 ~~Synopsis~~

Being a King isn’t easy.

When a rebel group threatens the family business, Golden Apple Incorporated, Seraphina King must step up to the plate. Her father keeps her on a tight leash, a prized possession locked away in a gilded cage. In desperation he grants her the freedom to find those who want to harm them, but nothing is as it seems. People are going missing, women are turning up dead and then there’s her renegade stalker. The maverick with the emerald green eyes who always seems to be in the middle of things. Sera doesn’t know who to trust or what to believe.

What happens when the golden apple is rotten?

~~About the Author~~

Alice La Roux is a dirty minded, mouthy Welsh author who is still trying to find her genre while dabbling in erotica, fantasy and horror. She’s a bookworm who reads anything and everything and is addicted to social media. She’s happily married to her wonderful husband and loves her lazy little dog. She’s always written but never considered being a writer until she realised she couldn’t live without a pen in her hand.

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Cover Reveal: The Devil You Know, Ceasefire Series Book 1 by Claire Marta

The Devil You Know – Ceasefire Series Book 1

Author Claire Marta

Cover Designer: Alora Kate – Cover Kraze

Release date end of March

~~Blurb~~

My name is Mavi StClair.

I’m a monster with a pretty face. An assassin in trade. Guilt, remorse, it’s never touched me. I’m as cold as they come and just as professional.

Dealing death has always come easily, and I inflict it with ease. It fuels and feeds the twisted darkness inside me.

My downfall begins with a single night of untamed passion leaving me hungering for more of him.

One wicked soul recognizing another.

Now he owns me.

The lines of what I know are blurred.

I’m playing his game.

A pawn, eternally tangled in a web of secrets and lies.

He won’t let me go.

Taking pleasure in my fall from grace.

Question is, can I save myself before I’m damned completely?

******  This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.  ******

~~Book Link~~

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Review: In the Light of Madness by Hemmie Martin

This review has been a long time coming. I was originally going to publish this when I was blogging on Relaxed Reads but I never got around to it. Now I have, as I intend to spend the bulk of this year reading the signed paperbacks that I have collected and posting the long overdue reviews of those. That’s enough waffle about my reading target for the year and onto my review of Hemmie’s book:

~~Synopsis~~

A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for their actions. They quickly find that everyone harbours a secret which, left uncontrolled, can bring forth devastating self-destruction.

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

I am lucky enough to have met Hemmie twice now, both times at signings in Peterborough. So I read In the Light of Madness as a signed paperback! This is the second of Hemmie’s books that I’ve read. And I have loved this one as much as the last one.

In the Light of Madness is set in a close-knit village, where a boy is found dead in the graveyard. As in most villages, it sets the villagers talking. They have their own ideas on what caused the death and the events that follow, they range from speculation of a cult to possible people in the village who might have done it. DI Wednesday and DS Lennox are called in to investigate the death and to find out who or what is behind it.

The characters in this book are fantastic, they are extremely well developed and the slightly more personal details that the author has included helps to bring each one of them to life. The characters all interact together well and are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters all have private lives of their own as well as the main ones that we read about.

Hemmie Martin has woven a web of intricate details, lies and deceit that are unwound with every page that is read. The scenes are described in such a way that you can see what is happening in your mind’s eye and that also makes you feel a part of the story. You feel for the characters and become encompassed in their world until the very end.

I loved this story from the very beginning. The more I read and the more details I found out surrounding each incident the more I found I was trying to guess what was happening and who was doing what. I never got it right, I was kept guessing right up until the point that Hemmie wanted us to work it out.

Overall In the Light of Madness was an utter joy to read. If you like crime, thrillers, mystery or contemporary books then I’d highly recommend checking out In the Light of Madness.

~~About Hemmie~~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and three contemporary women’s fiction, The Reluctant Mother, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background in forensic mental health nursing.

~~Places To Find Hemmie~~

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

Review: Attic of The Mind by Hemmie Martin

~~Synopsis~~

The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lily has decided he must meet his final judgment.

As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lily’s demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

Due to life being an absolute bitch and getting in the way, it has taken me far longer than I would have like to get round to reading Attic Of The Mind, it’s also taken me a lot longer than usual to write this review. It’s a good job I make notes to refer back to as I’m reading 🙂

At the beginning of Attic Of The Mind we are in a psychiatric ward, not just any psychiatric ward it’s a ward run by a cruel and sadistic nurse Walker. Walker is abusing his patients on a regular basis. A new young Doctor; Nathan; joins the ward and he is understandably scared of Walker but Nathan discovers the abuse but decides to do nothing.

However, Nathan has never gotten over the guilt that ignoring the abuse has caused him. Ever since leaving Poplar Ward Nathan has been taunted by visions of a pair of eyes, the years of one of Walker’s victims. And now there are other things appearing leaving reminders of his time at Poplar.

The question is who is leaving him these reminders? Is it the cruel, sadistic Nurse Walker or is it of the cruelly treated patients?

This is the first of Hemmie’s books that I’ve read and it most definitely won’t be the last.

Hemmie’s writing style was fantastic. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning, I found I didn’t want to put this book down and tried not to unless it was a necessity.

The storyline was extremely well thought out. To cover a difficult topic like abuse can be hard but it doesn’t seem like it for Hemmie. Hemmie handled the abuse issue with a great level of sensitivity, only the essential details were discussed leaving the rest for the reader’s mind to piece together without having to read all the gruesome details. For me this approach worked fantastically well, it made things seem more disturbing.

The characters are great, I loved and hated them! The fact that we met Walker, Lilith (Lily) and Nathan 25 years ago at the start before catching up with them later means there is a depth to them. It allows us to see how they may or may not have changed in that time.

Hemmie also gives us a glimpse into Walker’s childhood and his private life now which helps with understanding why he’s the way he is. It doesn’t by any stretch justify his behaviour but certainly clarifies things.

This is a book filled with twistedness, cruelty and suspense. Just when you think you know where things are heading they take an unexpected turn and lead you on another path. Attic Of The Mind keeps feeding you breadcrumb after breadcrumb so that you keep following the trail and thinking about what has happened or what may happen.

Overall this is a fantastic 5* read. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller I can not recommend this book enough. Great Job Hemmie!! 🙂

~~About Hemmie Martin~~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and three contemporary women’s fiction, The Reluctant Mother, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background in forensic mental health nursing.

~~Places To Find Hemmie~~

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

Review: Fallen Angel Part 1 by Tracie Podger

I’ve finally started to bring my reviews from Relaxed Reads over to Lou’s Book Blog. I think this is a process that will take me quite some time, there’s a lot of reviews over there. I’m updating the layouts, graphics and links but I’m not changing anything else.

This review reads as though I’ve only just read it when In fact I read this in May 2016!!

~~Synopsis~~

On the first day of her holiday to Washington, DC, Brooke Stiles meets Robert Stone.

Dark eyed, damaged and dangerous – Stone has never had a normal relationship for fear of his past being exposed. Not knowing how to respect nor love, he struggles with his feelings for a woman who makes him question everything that he is.

Brooke falls in love with him and as their relationship grows she learns who he really is. Her future is set. She is to heal her man and mend his broken soul. But can she do the one thing that he asks?

This is a story of an ordinary woman who falls in love with an extraordinary man and has to discover whether she is strong enough to forgive him his past.

Contemporary Romance for readers over 18 – this is the first book in the Fallen Angel series, a Mafia Romance containing graphic scenes of sex.

So what is the Fallen Angel series…

This is a mafia ‘romance’, with the emphasis on the romance. The four books are narrated by Brooke, a British woman who travels to Washington, DC, and falls in love. This is her story, her journey into a world she has only ever seen in a movie. As is traditional, Brooke will be shielded from any ‘mafia’ activity, she won’t know what’s going on, what she finds out will be a surprise. Please don’t go into this book expecting a gun-slinging mafia moll from the 1950’s 🙂 This is a modern take on what the mafia are now, in the twenty-first century. There is a reason for the title, you’ll discover this throughout the books. There are four books in this story so, no, you won’t know it all in book one.

I wanted to explore what it would be like for me, or you, to fall into a world we have no knowledge of. It’s my belief that perhaps, as British women, we wouldn’t take it seriously, perhaps we’d find it exciting. Our major reference into that world is a movie made a lot of years ago 🙂

I hope you enjoy the read.

This book is not paranormal, has nothing to do with angels, fallen or otherwise.

~~Book Links~~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~~My Review~~

I’ve heard so many good things about The Fallen Angel Series by Tracie Podger, I was glad to have finally gotten around to starting this series.

Brooke has gone to America to visit her best friend Sam. She’s just come out of a long-term relationship and isn’t looking for another man, she just wants to spend some quality time with her best friend.

She arrives in America and heads to Sam’s work to wait for him to finish. She heads into the office kitchen to make a coffee, whilst she’s waiting when she suddenly has the feeling she’s being watched.  Brooke soon finds out that she just encountered Robert Stone; Sam’s elusive boss. The events that follow successfully turn Brooke’s life upside down. There is more to Robert than meets the eye.

Brooke comes across as a nice down to earth kind of girl. She works hard and doesn’t want to let people down, she also knows that something is missing. She loves Sam and his partner Scott, she feels guilty when circumstances prevent her from spending as much time with them as she’d originally wanted to.

Robert is a hard man to work out. He has so many secrets and has built some seriously high protective walls around him and his family. He likes to be in control. When Brooke comes into his world his control is tested. Robert is also very protective of those he cares about.

These two make a good team and balance each other out. The other characters are also really good and they complete the overall group dynamic well. I loved how none of the characters were flat or one-dimensional, they all have they’re own layers and secrets to be discovered.

The plot is good, it has a good steady pace, it’s full of twists and unexpected turns. Tracie has created a wonderfully realistic world for these fantastic characters. She feeds you all the pieces of an intricately woven web of secrets, and leaves you wanting more!

I’m glad I’ve finally popped my Fallen Angel cherry and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

Great starting point Tracie!

~~About Tracie~~

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Tracie likes to write in different genres. Her Fallen Angel series and its accompanying books are mafia romance and full of suspense. A Virtual Affair is contemporary romance, and Gabriel and A Deadly Sin are thriller/suspense. The Facilitator is erotic romance.

Books by Tracie Podger

Fallen Angel, Part 1

Fallen Angel, Part 2

Fallen Angel, Part 3

Fallen Angel, Part 4

The Fallen Angel Box Set

Evelyn – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Rocco – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Taylor & Mack – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

A Virtual Affair – A standalone

Gabriel – A standalone

The Facilitator – A standalone

A Deadly Sin – A standalone

Harlot – A standalone

Letters to Lincoln – A standalone

Jackson – A standalone

Coming soon

The Beautiful Journey

The Fight of my Life

~~Places To Find Tracie~~

Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author page | Goodreads Author Page

 

Reviews: His Confession & Her Confession by Sophia Valentine

His Confession; The Black Door Trilogy Book #1

~~Synopsis~~

Discover a world of sex, secrets and seduction…

When Gabriella Woods finds matches from a gentlemen’s club in her fiancé’s pocket, her suspicions require a search for answers…

At the club, she realizes it’s not her fiancé’s fidelity that can’t be trusted.

It’s her own.

Darion Milano is daring, intriguing, and unpredictable…

Unable to get him out of her head—and against Darion’s explicit warning—

Gabi begins a torrid affair. No longer fighting the urge to enter the depth of his dark and mysterious lifestyle, she indulges in his most intimate desires.

They become the most exciting, wild, infatuated couple everybody knows.

Until his confession changes everything…

Her heart is telling her to stay.

Her instinct is telling her to run.

She can never match his outrageous ex-wife and become the fun, fearless woman he craves…

Or can she?

~~Book Links~~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~~My Review~~

I’ve been wanting to read this book; well trilogy, for so long! Finally, I have gotten around to starting them. I’ve got books 1 & 2 as signed paperbacks and that’s what I’ve read. I’m just waiting to get my hands on a signed copy of book #3.

The question I have is where do I start this review…

Darion… Swoon! OK, OK not the right place to start 😉

His Confession throws us into Gabi & Darion’s lives. Gabi meets Darion after finding a packet of matches from a gentleman’s club in her fiance, Lawrence’s, pocket. Gabi goes to the club to try and find some answers as Lawrence’s behaviour has been a little suspicious of late.

Once at the club Gabi finds more than she bargained for. The club doesn’t bring Lawrence’s fidelity into question so much as her own!

So enough about the story; I wouldn’t want to give too much away. Let’s discuss the characters!

Gabi is in a relationship with Lawrence, in fact, they are engaged. But Lawrence has been displaying some behaviours that could suggest he’s not being faithful, because of that Gabi is feeling like she’s trapped & in a one-way relationship. When she finds the matches she suspects the worst & knows confronting Lawrence he’d probably deny anything so she heads to the club.

Gabi strikes me as smart & sexy but she’s also bored I think deep down she knows that she’s with Lawrence for the wrong reasons.

Darion; he’s the owner of the gentlemen’s club that Gabi finds herself in. Darion is all kinds of hot but he has a darker side to him. After meeting Gabi, Darion warns her to stay away as he’s no good for her (Yeah like that’d work!!) But Gabi can’t help herself.

Darion has issues himself & when he reveals just why he won’t let a woman near his heart its fully understandable. The question is will Gabi be the one to chip those walls away brick by brick or will Darion make her run the other way.

These two characters have some serious chemistry together. They also have a very realistic relationship on a non-sexual level too; their conversations flow & they interact incredibly well.

Their journey is by no means easy & I’m sure that it won’t ever be easy. The issues they face & tackle are issues that most of us will face at home at some point in our own lives.

I think that His Confession is a great starting point for this series & I can’t wait to continue reading Her Confession to see what happens next.

His Confession captured my attention from the very beginning & kept me hooked until the very end. It’s clear to see that S. Valentine has conducted some very in-depth research into certain aspects of this book as they are so realistic. You can also feel the emotion that both S. Valentine has put into her writing & her characters.

For me, this is a great start to what promises to be an intriguing and great trilogy. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to read book #2; Her Confession! 🙂

Her Confession; The Black Door Trilogy Book #2.

~~Synopsis~~

Gabi is adapting to Darion’s daring world. Trying to break down his defenses, and help him move on from his damaged past, she hopes he can offer her the love and security she desperately requires.

With his outrageous ex-wife in the picture, a constant threat, Gabi finds herself agreeing to Darion’s open-minded adventurous fantasies. The bond they share appears stronger than ever.

Until her confession changes everything.

Is Darion pushing Gabi to her limits, and further away from him?

Or is Gabi in too deep to give Darion up, regardless of her identity that he’s slowly stripping away?

A world of temptation, truths, and ultimate tests.

~~Book Links~~

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~~My Review~~

After reading His Confession I was so glad that I had Her Confession to continue with.

Gabi & Darion’s relationship is still new & Gabi is still having some issues accepting a part of Darion’s lifestyle that she had never before experienced. Darion is still struggling to fully let Gabi in thanks to his past and his ex.

These two work well together as neither one is perfect. They both have flaws and are both dealing with issues and experiencing insecurities over different things within their own and each others lives. That aside they have a chemistry that is off the charts!

The characters have continued to develop and grow. The introduction of Darion’s ex adds another level to the relationship dynamic and causes both Darion and Gabi to think and react differently.

I think that Gabi’s reaction to Eva is fairly true to how a lot of females would react to their boyfriend’s ex-wife turning up out of the blue. I think some of her insecurities are a little rash and unfounded but I understand that her past experiences or lack of have coloured her thoughts and feelings.

Due to the dual POV’s we get to see how Darion feels about the appearance of his ex-wife and how he feels towards Gabi. I just wish the two of them could open up and explain how they truly feel, but this is easier said than done.

Her Confession is more angsty that His Confession, but has so much emotion contained within its pages. The more of the book I read the more hooked I became, it was as if I was right there alongside both Darion and Gabi, feeling everything with them. It wasn’t all happy either, there were times when I wanted to slap the pair of them or bang their heads together!

Sophia’s writing is incredibly easy to fall into and follow, it grabs a hold of your attention and pulls you further and further into the story, holding you engrossed until the end and then leaves you needing to know more. The way the characters are described and portrayed makes them come to life before your very eyes, you can’t help but become invested in each of them, rooting for them or wishing they’d crawl back under the rock they crawled out from!

I felt like this was a great way to continue this trilogy. I’m only gutted that I don’t yet have a signed paperback of Their Confession to continue with straight away. (Don’t worry I will be messaging Sophia soon to rectify this)!

I honestly think that if you like a romance with some steamy scenes, then this would be right up your street. But I’d most definitely recommend having read His Confession first, if not having all 3 books lined up ready to go continuously! 

I’m off to message Sophia for a signed copy of Their Confession now 😉 

~~About The Author~~

S. Valentine lives in the West Midlands, England. After studying English Literature and Law, she worked in a Solicitors for many years. In 2015, she returned to her passion of writing books.

She’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle and fashion. Her other interests include reading, shopping, music and a nice glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl and Suits. She’s a social media addict, and loves connecting with new people, so drop on by to: www.s-valentine.wix.com/books

~~Places To Find Sophia Valentine~~

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