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REVIEW: Keep – Karyn Lawrence

keepTitle: Keep
Author: Karyn Lawrence
Series: The Command #2
Genre: romantic suspense
Rating: ****

Although this book can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Stay, the first in the series, beforehand as it will fill in some backstory and you will enjoy this so much more. This second instalment follows Shawn and Kara, just a few months after the end of the previous book.

I enjoyed this book a lot more in comparison to its predecessor; it reflects a more mature writing style, and replaces the insta-love with bickering chemistry, which is entirely believable and also leads to some hilarious conversation.

Although the events move fairly rapidly, the action and suspense sequence was compelling and demonstrated the strength of Kara’s character when faced with an utter psychopath (even if he is still a little OTT and one-dimensional, lacking in any redeemable, features to create a more complex character). The ending is both satisfying and heart-warming, with an epilogue straying from the normal ‘marriage, kids, happiness’ and instead setting up the next instalment. Can’t wait.

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REVIEW: Demand – Lisa Renee Jones

2Title: Demand
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Careless Whispers #2
Genre: romantic thriller/suspense
Rating: *****

Okay, this is one of the best series I have ever read. I’m obsessed and engrossed and I really, really cannot wait to see how this all turns out! The second instalment begins exactly where the first ended, questioning Kayden’s involvement with her before her amnesia.

This is fast-paced, highly suspenseful drama, with a slowly but deeply unfurling love story; every single character is immaculately created, the complexity thoroughly thought out. Kayden is already one of my favourite book boyfriends, and I am seriously falling for a fictional character right now. I need more, I need to read on and know all about Ella.

I really cannot recommend this series enough.

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REVIEW: Denial – Lisa Renee Jones

25409790Title: Denial
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Careless Whispers #1
Genre: romantic thriller
Rating: ****

This is an absolutely brilliant read, clearly thought out and planned in excruciating detail – it pays off. I couldn’t put it down, and found myself a little less interested in the relationship growing between Ella and Kayden and much more engrossed in the action and storyline.

Ella’s character development is intense, from waking up with no memories to beginning to remember some events towards the end – yet nothing seems forced, she becomes feistier and stronger and I really, really cannot wait to uncover her story and the extent of her involvement with Niccolo.

This book played in my head like a film – beautiful scenery, highly complex characters and relationships and the perfect amount of angst and action.

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REVIEW: Ransom – Callie Hart

25234883Title: Ransom
Author: Callie Hart
Series: Dead Man’s Ink #3
Genre: biker/crime romance
Rating: ****

The best aspect of this trilogy is seeing Sophia’s character development, growing from a sheltered girl into a strong woman, getting in on all the action and refusing to be left behind. One of Hart’s strengths is in writing interesting female characters who can hold their own in a highly anti-female world, partly through their relationships but also by their own right, too. That being said, I don’t feel that anything could possibly top the climax of Rogue, although this did come close.

This world is beautifully constructed, with so many characters and interlinking plots, containing all the intricate, delicious and dangerous details. The plot of Ransom did not disappoint, based around an important character being abducted by the infamous Hector Ramirez. With some steamy moments, some heart-racing moments and some absolutely grim violent detail, Hart never holds back and this just adds to the realism of the series.

I’m sad to see the end of the Dead Man’s Ink series, not least because Rebel is one of my all-time favourite book boyfriends, but I can’t wait to delve back into this world, the detail of which is its greatest strength and keeps readers coming back for more. Someone really needs to give this universe a Wikia site.

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REVIEW: Fearless for Love – Clara Stone

29727477Title: Fearless for Love
Author: Clara Stone
Series: Lovelly #3 (standalone in a series)
Genre: romantic thriller
Page count: 410
Rating: **** 

She kisses me gently and then whispers the next words, though they echo as loud as ringing bells in my head. “I love you, Harrington Brad Lovelly”. 

The best part about this book is the teasing and banter between Harrington and Jessica. It’s just so real, and at times absolutely hilarious, and left me smirking to myself on numerous occasions. This isn’t a standard romance in which the sub-plot is barely visible and probably a little pointless, but rather the romance within this is, somewhat refreshingly, the sub-plot, yet somehow remaining the focal point of the story.

“They do say love is for fools. And hell if I’m not a happy fool right now”. 

It is well and thoughtfully written and structured, with just enough information revealed at any moment, and the violence and fight scenes are pretty brutal and thrilling. However, despite all this, I found myself not particularly attached to the main characters and with very little emotional involvement in their story – although their relationship was sweet and I was definitely rooting for them, I felt it was a little cheesy at some points, the sex scenes weren’t particularly steamy, and I never really believed either character may actually have been in any danger at any stage.

Regardless, it’s incredibly good fun, it’s great to read something that actually has a very strong sub-plot rather than forcing drama upon the relationship, and it’s a refreshing change in pace from the norm.

Would Harrington be included in my book boyfriends? Yeah. It’s the arrogance that does it.

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REVIEW: Kiss Chasey – Misti Murphy

28693627Title: Kiss Chasey
Author: Misti Murphy
Series: standalone
Genre: romance/action
Page count: 172

POV: Chasey & Reed
Rating: ***

It took me a little while to get into this book simply due to its immense unrealism; I was not expecting the end twist, however, which quite significantly redeemed the story.

The characters were fairly well developed with their own backstories, and I really enjoyed watching them help each other through their pasts. However, the action sequences seemed rushed and lacking in detail. The entire book was somewhat of a whirlwind, but I feel that unlike some of Misti Murphy’s other releases, it actually worked due to the melodramatic nature of the entire plot.

I feel like there is a lot of potential for further releases using the other characters introduced in the book; the other activities of the Vice Agency are intriguing, for example. I just hope that if it is pursued, they become a little more realistic and less frustratingly melodramatic.