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Out now! Review & Giveaway: Elicit – M. Never

Elicit by M. NeverOwned-Proofs
Series: Decadence After Dark #5

Genre: dark erotic suspense
Themes: BDSM, forced slavery, law enforcement, sex worker
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“You don’t know what he’s capable of.”

“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

Jett Fox has been surrounded by women his entire life. He knows what makes them tick, how to make them feel beautiful, and how to work their feminine wiles to his advantage. Honing sexuality is in his blood.

It’s his gift.

Jett is accustomed to women eating out of the palm of his hand, but when a tall, mysterious, redheaded goddess strolls into Mansion – his domain – the eccentric Dom finds himself enamored. She becomes an obsession in his dark, secretive, and dangerous underworld – a world that appears one way on the outside but is entirely different within.

Forced to maintain the ruse at all costs, he’ll walk a treacherous line between allegiance and lust, deliberately deceiving the one woman who means anything to him.

But the mysterious redhead has secrets of her own – secrets inlaid so deep they could threaten to tear both their hearts, and worlds, and livelihoods apart.

You’ve been claimed by Kayne…seduced by Juice… now it’s time to live Elicitly with Jett.

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★

Reviewer’s note: although this can standalone, I would highly recommend reading this series from the beginning, starting with Owned, to heighten your enjoyment.

How complicated this woman is. How embroiled and tangled. I want to know every puzzling piece of her intimately, starting with how she sounds when she comes.

I’ve been waiting for Jett’s book for a while now, as this series and group of characters have been wonderful to follow for these five books. I’m presuming this will be the final instalment, and I admit I feel slightly emotional at that fact.

This final instalment goes back to before the beginning of Owned, overlaps it slightly and finishes at around the same point. I enjoyed seeing Kayne, Ellie and Juice come in and out of this novel, without any of it seeming forced at all, which can happen fairly often with interlinked standalones.

“When we’re together, I want all your pleasure and all your pain.”

In some respects, I was hoping for something a bit darker. Although it started off that way, the darkness petered out fairly quickly, and then it became about healing through the comfort Jett and London found in one another. The sex scenes were, as ever, nice and dirty, but it would have been nice to have had a bit more of the kink found in the other instalments that we know Jett and London are so capable of.

Although I did really enjoy reading this, I couldn’t help but feel like I was left just a little disappointed. My enjoyment stemmed mainly from the fact that Jett is my favourite character in the series, but I found that I actually liked him more when he was in a supporting role. The character didn’t quite seem so consistent to me with this – and the same would go for London, but I feel like her journey was deeper and more emotional, more poignant, so the difference in character is more understandable.

“Stop bullshitting me, little bird. We all have secrets. Some bigger than others. Some darker than others.”

A welcome addition to the Decadence After Dark series, Elicit is an enjoyable, hot read but suffers from a familiar plot explored earlier in the series. This felt, to me, like a decent example of having had too much of a good thing. But I’m looking forward to whatever direction M. Never goes in from here.

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Series order

  1. Owned
  2. Claimed
  3. Ruined
  4. Lie With Me
  5. Elicit
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Out now! Review & Giveaway: Transfer – Aly Martinez

transferTransfer by Aly Martinez
Series: The Retrieval Duet #2
Genre: romantic suspense
Themes: law enforcement
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One story. Two couples.

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.

His words turned to razor blades.

His kisses converted to fists.

His embrace became my cage.

His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….

I broke.

I hated him.

My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.

Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.

The transfer of my life and my family.

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Review

Heat: ★★★
Rating: ★★★★

Reviewer’s note: this is not a standalone. It takes off from the conclusion of Retrieval (see our review here).

“I don’t want to be your Luke. Not anymore. I’m Heath. I’ve always been Heath. But, regardless of what my name is, I’m not going anywhere.”

This is definitely one of my favourite series of 2016. I didn’t have a favourite instalment, but I have to say that this second part really solidified my emotional connection to all four characters. It was wonderful to see Clare’s transformation, from broken to strong, and how sweet and caring Heath was in his interactions with her and Tessa.

I loved how it was written from all four main characters’ points of view, whilst successfully maintaining the focus on Claire and Heath in this part.

Walt had proven that love wasn’t always hearts and flowers. It could be dark and dirty, defined by power and pain, and filled with anguish and agony.

Above all, the storyline was just fantastic, and I very much enjoyed the angst not being due to forced relationship problems, but instead due to the external threat of Walt, and the emotional impact of the plot twists (which I totally didnot see coming). The benefit of this is that I never once doubted the budding relationships, not the heroes, within these pages – meaning I want to marry both Roman andHeath now.

Something had happened inside me when his lips had met mine. A hunger I hadn’t felt in years had surged through me. Passion. Longing. Desire.

A fantastically suspenseful, beautifully romantic story, about rebuilding lives and forging strong relationships, with one of the sweetest epilogues I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Highly, highly recommended.

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REVIEW: Cover Me – Margaret Watson

cover meCover Me by Margaret Watson
Series: The Donovan Family #5 (can standalone)
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery
Themes: law enforcement, fake relationship, office romance
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Chicago cop Brendan Donovan loves the adrenaline rush of his role on a tactical team. So when he’s assigned to an undercover job to ferret out the supplier of a new and deadly sex drug, he’s thrilled. His partner is Cilla Marini, a detective he’d met recently during a traffic stop. He’s intrigued by Cilla, but his sister told him that Cilla doesn’t date cops. Which is exactly what they have to pretend to do. Brendan loves a challenge.

Cilla is shocked to find out that Brendan is her mystery partner. After an incident that forced her to transfer from her district and isolated her from her fellow cops, Cilla knows relationships with cops are off the table. But she’s spent far too much time thinking about Brendan since he pulled her over for speeding. Now, not only are they working together, they have to pose as a couple to find the source of the sex drug that’s already killed several men.

As the action heats up, Cilla and Brendan don’t have to pretend they want each other. But when secrets put them both in danger, will they have each other’s back? Or will their quarry divide and conquer them before they can find their way to happily ever after?

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Review

Heat: 🔥🔥
Rating: ★★★

“A partnership is like a marriage, you know? Sometimes it’s the pairs who are the least alike that do the best.”

The first book I’ve read by Margaret Watson, I was immediately struck by how excellent and fluid the writing was, weaving this mystery that, even without the romantic subplot, was interesting in itself. This is one novel which Ididn’t guess the outcome of before the big reveals, which is a nice surprise. What I found particularly intriguing was that Watson managed to string together several different plots, from hostage situations to shootings, whilst ensuring that it all felt relevant to the overall storyline, whether for relationship, character or plot progression.

Indian summer felt like spring, the warm air and sunshine promising new beginnings, but it was really an ending. A lead-in to a cold, dark, lonely, winter.

Cilla and Brendan’s reactions in the aftermath of stressful events were also something I don’t tend to read much of; the need to feel alive as a justification for acting like adolescent fuckwads and adrenaline junkies (and, as I was so wrapped up in the story, it felt like a good enough justification for me). Similarly, their relationship progression, although having a dose of sickening insta-love to begin with, had enough angst that wasn’t forced but reminded myself of how a normal person may react when faced with those particular circumstances – which is again a pleasant change.

The main criticism I have (aside from the final third of the novel needing a little more thorough proof-reading) is that although I know a lot about these characters’ histories, and their hopes and dreams, I was still left feeling a little cold towards them. Cilla was strong and independent, and I loved her refusal to be labelled a victim. But aside from that, neither really gripped me and made me care all that much, or give me an emotional attachment to the novel.

He pressed his mouth to hers and kissed her hard. As if he’d been holding it inside too long and the need to claim her was too much to contain.

Overall, a highly enjoyable mystery/suspense/romance which, despite its occasionally cheesy nature, has gripped me enough to want to read the others in the series.