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Alpha 2: Who is Holden West?
Alpha 2: Who is Holden West?
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2.0 out of 5 stars bks 2-5 started good ended terribly, 20 Dec. 2014
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Review of books 2-5

Book 1
I reviewed separately, I found it a bit slow to start but the characters & emerging ploy had me interested enough to continue.

Books 2,3,4
I started to get really involved in the story. Poor girl is responsible for her whole family & will do anything to help. She's desperate & makes a rash (in hindsight) decision. We find out more about Holden & why he's hiding away in his friends garage.

Even though I understand why Lucy would accept the offer from the hideous man, she is so deluded. He is seriously twisted and is even more so once we discover his fantasy (and reality) and whom his lawyer is to him. I started to get really into the story, wanted to see just how far the freaky man & his cohort would go. Lucy was a little annoying in her naivety but I could ignore that for the story.

Book 5
Started well, apart from Lucy annoyingly thinking of the man as a way to escape from her reality. She says something about him makes her feel uneasy - wtf, of course he's weird, he likes to get freaky-deaky with his sister!

The scary scene in the office is great and then stupidity took over. Why did the 2 men even think of letting Shirley in the building alone with armed gunmen around & sickos holding her sister hostage? After they are saved, how come everyone is so calm? - both women have been assaulted, raped, unprotected sex yet they are fine, don't get medical attention, just behave as wipe brow phew that's over. Discuss whether should go to police and the girls decide would rather blackmail to get fathers company back, father says lost it fair and square so that would be wrong - as if the man who took his company was an honourable upstanding man, wtf?? Then, after they do decide on police, Lucy & Holden declare undying love, Shirley & Holden's friend declare love (they've met twice) then each couple go home and have unprotected sex not affected by the previous few hours.
I'm sorry, i suspend reality when I read, that is why I read, to escape but when the plot gets so ludicrous I get annoyed, frustrated & disappointed.

Started fair, middle very good, end disastrous. 2 stars overall due to crappy book 5


The Billionaire's Inconvenient Obsession (The Pryce Family Book 2)
The Billionaire's Inconvenient Obsession (The Pryce Family Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars spend a few happy hours in a world where everything eventually works out, 20 Dec. 2014
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We say hello again the dysfunctional Pryce Family. We first met them as side line characters in the Billionaires in Love series and the Mark Pryce starred in the first book in this series. You don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, it is standalone, but as I enjoyed the others I of course recommend you give them a try.

Anyway, I said dysfunctional and I meant it. The disrespect of monogamy shown by the Pryce siblings parents has warped their view of relationships. Their father is notorious for his many and frequent affairs, he makes no secret of it and the pre-nup his wife signed leaves her stranded if she leaves him or if she cheats. Maybe in retaliation or maybe from loneliness, she does have affairs but she believes no one is aware of hers. As you might have guessed, their now grown up children think love is a fantasy, that like father like son they are destined to be cheaters. The aren’t looking for permanence, just fun.

Iain has backed away from life in general and is living in a self-contained bubble after he ceased his MMA career years earlier due to a public brawl. He needs his controlled environment to help maintain his zen (mediation is the answer to everything apparently). Along comes Jane and is a threat to all things calm but he can’t leave her stranded, he sees something in her of his old self and feels the need to help. He helps her get a job, takes her in and in turn she shakes up his sedate and calm life.

We get to see the cool, calm and composed Iain start to bubble, boil and then explode as his serenity is destroyed by Jane as she dodges the attention of a conman and tries to decide if the course in life she has chosen is really what she wants or is what she thinks she should want.

Another great book by Nadia Lee. I really enjoy her style of writing, the strong characters all of which have their little nuances and their stories to tell. We are left at the end happy for Iain and Jane but shocked as we are told of unexpected events between the Pryce parents, can’t wait to see what unfolds next.


1 Round Flexi Hoop size 4 inch
1 Round Flexi Hoop size 4 inch
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1.0 out of 5 stars difficult to use, 17 Dec. 2014
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rather than screw to tighten around inner hoop, the outside hoop is one size and you have to squeeze the inner hoop out. Not easy to use. Replaced it with a tradition screw tighten hoop


Red Or Dead Jasmin - 6 Uk - Black - Leather
Red Or Dead Jasmin - 6 Uk - Black - Leather

5.0 out of 5 stars great, 17 Dec. 2014
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so comfy, no need to wear them in, size as expected for a size 6. Bought as an alternative to more expensive Dr Martens but I now prefer these to my previous DMs.


A Desperate Man: Volume 1
A Desperate Man: Volume 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked, 17 Dec. 2014
Evan James is a sex addict. He’s not a man who just enjoys sex so much he wants a lot of it, he’s a man who needs it. When he doesn’t get it him he can’t function until he gets his next ‘hit’. It’s painful for him to go without, his body and mind hurt, his thoughts are scattered. He is truly distressed. When he has sex he tries to go slow so he can hold off and savour the euphoria just before release, he needs that high. Then he grabs on and embraces the temporary peace he gets afterwards but it doesn’t last long and he immediately yearns for his next fix.

He doesn’t disrespect women, he doesn’t mislead them but he does see them as a means to an end. He uses one night stands, cheap hookers, high price escorts and, when desperate, furniture (you’ll have to read the book to understand!). He’s 100% straight but on occasion in desperation for the warmth of another body around his c@ck he considers approaching the only person nearby, a man.

His life fell apart 8 months ago when he lost his job, the details of which aren’t yet made clear, and he’s been drowning since. Now is his chance to get back on track but he needs to rein in his whorish ways. A certain ‘femme fatale’ could prove a challenge to his sanity but she is surprisingly understanding and has unconventional ways of helping him.

I loved the book. Evan is not your typical alpha male, he doesn’t have the control we usually see in a character, he is completely out of control. Reagan is a powerful woman with a compassionate heart who has heaps of control when needed and I’m intrigued to see where they go together.


Reparation (The Kane Trilogy Book 3)
Reparation (The Kane Trilogy Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic trilogy, 15 Dec. 2014
See full review at: https://countrygalssexyreads.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/reparation-the-kane-trilogy-book-3-by-stylo-fantome-blog-tour/

Time to say hello again and then goodbye to the awesome characters in this, the final part of The Kane Trilogy.

We left book 2, Separation, with Tatum still convinced it's all a game, that Jameson is just playing her and as a result she is plotting revenge. Now she's home from Europe and the men in her life, Jameson, Ang and Sanders, think she is not herself, she appears to have forgiven everyone but is distant. Time for Jameson to take action.

You can't blame Tat for thinking it's all a game still, after all Jameson has put her through it's highly likely it is but I feel slightly sorry for Jameson as she won't even consider that he is being genuine. She's frightened that if she trusts him she will end up back in the pool, unconscious. She's realised that she's not the bad girl at all, she's still the good girl she was before Jameson first met her. She let's herself get played and now she needs revenge to set herself free, even if it hurts those around her and makes her hate herself.

Although not a main character, my absolute favourite is Sanders. I'll even go so far as to say he is my favourite character of 2014. He is witty, smart, sarcastic and he loves both Jameson and Tatum. We see a lot more of Sanders in this book as he works in the background trying to smooth everything over. He is caught in the middle all the time. Both Tat and Jameson vent to him and moan and he then reasons with each of them, advising them of what they should do. They don't realise it but he is fundamental in making their relationship ultimately work. He's their guardian angel. The relationship between him and Jameson is like father and son, and Jameson actually refers to him as 'my son' in one part. Jameson is very protective of Sanders, as is Tatum and if anyone says a word against him, neither of them hesitate to jump in and defend him.

The titles of the individual books in this series are perfect together, Degradation, Separation and Reparation. I don't think I've seen such a perfectly named trilogy before, the titles sum up the parts of the story each holds and then together perfectly describe the metamorphoses in Tat and Jameson . I enjoy Stylo's writing style especially when it comes to dialogue. There are no long over the top speeches, no unrealistic pour your heart out all is forgiven excess, the interactions between characters are sometimes as short as just one line each back and for; it feels like real conversation.

I am so glad I got the opportunity to review each book in this series. For me, without doubt, Stylo Fantome is the best debut author or 2014. Her balance of plot, character development, humour and scorching sex scenes is unbeatable.


The First Time We Met: The Oxford Blue Series #1
The First Time We Met: The Oxford Blue Series #1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic contemporary romance, 8 Nov. 2014
5 out of 5 Stars

Lauren is 21 and in Oxford alone, having left her disgruntled parents back in America. She wants to prove to them she can manage abroad without them, that they don't need to worry about her. Despite her bravery in travelling abroad alone and her desire to be independant, she seems fragile at times. Her father is a senator and maybe she was sheltered and protected at home. She can however hold her own, when threatened or insulted she stands up for herself with some clever retort and doesn't let her adversary see she is hurt. She has to put up with more than her fair share of criticism and bitchy comments from Alexander's snobbish 'friends' who seem to be an intrinsic part of his social circle. Everyone feels the need to warn her about her place, or lack of, in Alexander's future; she's either not good enough for the son of a marquess and below his social standing, or, he is not good for her, he will chase her, use her and dump her.

Alexander is..... I don't know how to describe him. A reluctant aristocrat, he doesn't want his title and doesn't want what will be his future fate, to manage the Falconbury estate. He just wants to be Alexander Hunt, masters student, brother and a captain in the Parachute Regiment. He's gallant with tender touches like wiping her eyes when she's been crying and protecting her from leering idiot acquaintances. He's also broody and serious, he's got the weight of the world on his shoulders and doesn't seem to want to let anyone in to help share his burdens. He is 'arrogant, privileged, titled and dangerous', all characteristics that should send Lauren running in the opposite direction but she is addicted to him.

He is unbelievably sexy; he's blunt in his delivery but OMG it's a turn on. What would be crude from someone else's mouth from him is droolworthy.

'you have the most amazing breasts in Oxford......
Perhaps I could extend it to the whole county. Your bottom is pretty sensational too. I'd go so far as to say it's the most spectacularly pert arse I've ever seen.'

Detailed and colourful descriptions of characters and Oxford make it easy to visualise the story. The description of Lauren's groping professor is perfect, wearing his cord patches on his jacket and his cord trousers he is reminiscent of several lecturers I remember from university. I can see Valentina now, flirting with Alexander, dripping with diamonds, wearing a dress leaving nothing to the imagination and looking down on Lauren. Rupert is a toad, a weasel, a slimy bully, just arghhhhh, one of those characters you hate vehemently and make you want to jump up and defend the recipient of his bullying. I can see the Gothic buildings and gargoyles that is Oxford. I'll never be able to look at a man in jodhpurs the same way again, the picture of Lauren and Alexander in a wood cabin, sweaty from their horse riding, with their jodhpurs around their ankles will stay with me.

I read a lot of contemporary romance and the majority are set in America so it makes a lovely change to have one set here in England. My usual gripe when an author writes a story set in England or when they write an English character, is that they still use American words and phrasing. Pippa Croft is from the UK and gets it all right; they aren't panties, they're knickers, no bathrooms but loos. Also, the references made are British fitting with the setting, such as Bond girl and St Trinian's. It's these little details that finish off a really great story. It feels realistic and honest, it's not an attempt at setting a book in England, it's a success.

I'm straight on to the next in the series to find out if there's hope for Lauren and Alexander.


The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family Book 1)
The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic HEA romance, 5 Nov. 2014
Mark is renown playboy, getting a rep for his 'quarterly women'. His stick thin, false boob, boring women soon get boring for him and he just moves on to the next one. Hilary wants security, a man in a good job, who cares if that man isn't exciting? You don't need you heart to go boom or your body to crave the love of another to be happy...... or so she tells herself. To separate herself from her past, from her family reputation, she can't have anything to do with Mark, he's no good for her and she's no good for him and plenty of interfering busy bodies make sure they know that.

Mark tells himself that he's ok with his parents relationship but when it's pointed out he is his father's son he doesn't like the assumption, however, he doesn't think he can be anymore than that. He's not made for love and any woman who was with him would eventually change just like his mum did with his dad. After a few home truths and some heartbreak Mark's attempts to prove himself to Hilary and the way he goes about it is imaginative and would have wooed me!

So, two misguided souls looking for the complete opposite of each other, throw in meddling mothers, harassing half sisters and a handful of bad luck and you have a great read. I'm a sucker for billionaire alpha HEA books and Nadia Lee writes them excellently.


Grayson
Grayson
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, complex love story, 31 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Grayson (Kindle Edition)
When you see mental health mentioned in a work of fiction, its usually to explain a character's violence, drug or alcohol habit or their general instability, it's associated with the bad guy. Hallelujah, Lisa Eugene writes this book from another perspective showing the character to be more than their illness and the character, for once, is not the criminal or abuser, he's a strong and loveable man.

At the start, I thought Charles was just an immature, lecherous young man who has been thrust into early adulthood due to his father's illness. Poor Charles. Angie can see his a manipulator and like me, she just thinks he's immature. He plays his innocent childish face and wins people over. Angie is wise for her 24 years, perhaps through her experience as her nurse, and can read people well. When others may have backed away from Grayson, she sees him as the playful man he really his, the flirt whose sweet gestures mean the world.

The book makes strong, relevant points regarding mental health stigma and common misconceptions. Grayson is the face of schizophrenia that is not normally portrayed but however is the more accurate one. Just because a person is unwell, it doesn't make them an axe murderer. Grayson is educated, very successful in the business world, he is capable of emotional relationships, has been married and had children. He is not schizophrenic; he is a beautiful, funny, loving man with schizophrenia. It does not define him no matter how much some people fight to use it against him. In fiction we often see psychosis from the side of the onlooker, we read their feelings on what they are seeing or hearing. Here we hear it from the sufferer's view, how scary it is to have delusions and hallucinations, to live in a world where your thoughts are running at 100mph constantly trying to work out fact from fiction.

This is a romance where two people really do have an uphill struggle, not just against others but against an illness that can pull lives apart. I started out intrigued, fell for Grayson, started to feel his pain and anguish, then I moved to distress, frustration and hopelessness, and finally, phew, I moved to happiness, relief and hope, that perhaps everyone can have their happy ever after.

See full review: http://countrygalssexyreads.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/grayson-by-lisa-eugene-blog-tour/


Ethan (Alluring Indulgence Book 5)
Ethan (Alluring Indulgence Book 5)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beau is a sexy, hot sweetheart, 29 Oct. 2014
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Ethan is not like the other Walker brothers. He's a private man who hides away on the practical side of the business in the workshop. He believes he needs to keep hidden who he is or people will get hurt. Beau may have been confused but now knows where his inclinations lie and he wants Ethan. You'd think the experienced Ethan would be the aggressor in this relationship but it's Beau, even though inexperienced, he goes after Ethan full gusto. The question is will Ethan's family and some of the bigoted small townspeople accept Ethan and Beau.
Add in the business dealings of the Walkers, their interest in their neighbours land and the plans for Alluring Indulgence and this makes for a good book. We get to know a little about each brother gearing us up for the following books.


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