[Review] Kandiland by T.L. Smith


He was forbidden, my boss and incapable of loving me.

People talked about him, whispered about him in passing.

He was the king of his town.

And I was a visitor.

I was by no means a smart girl. Never loved with my head, always with my heart.

That fact alone almost killed me once.

I should have listened the second time around.

But the king of this small town, had me starving. Had me craving his taste.

My name is Kandi, and he called me his Kandiland.

The king declared I was his medicine, and with each dose, he became better and better.

He was the perfect liar.

And I was his perfect Kandi.

Together, we were explosive, and toxic in every way.



Dark and intense …

Well that was completely unexpected…the blurb had me anticipating a hot forbidden boss/employee romance….. but of course I should have known that with this author it would be so much more….what I actually got was a tale of loss, deceit, love and desire… and I was enthralled…

The prologue is the first shocker… only two pages turned and I was already invested in Kandi as her world irrevocably falls apart around her…. I am amazed at how much emotion the author was able to engender in such a short space of time…. in addition she masterfully created an authentic and detailed landscape….evoking the sights, sounds and smells of the imagined world with her words alone…

The story is told, almost exclusively, through the eyes of the two main characters….Kandi is quirky and sassy, and she is a perfect foil for the brooding, sinister alpha antihero that is Huxley… the sexual tension between these two is palpable; but with so much baggage and too many secrets their challenges seem insurmountable…. the supporting cast is also worthy of note…filled with an array of diverse and fascinating characters

This is an intense, erotic romance, which took me on an emotional and at times shocking journey….A compelling story that once read is impossible to forget…



Sinister Love by T.L. Smith



He was a drug I couldn’t kick. I’d overdosed on him before. It didn’t turn out well.
I was stupid enough to let him crack my heart, in hopes we would fall off the same cliff together.
No matter how much my idiotic heart wanted to love him, my head knew better.
He didn’t choose me.
He chose her.
That’s where the problem started.
Maybe that’s how it should end.



Dark, suspenseful and addictive..

The first book in the series took me well out of my comfort zone, and this concluding book started right back up where the last finished… there are some truly evil and crazy, mixed up individuals in this series; they are all back in action and I found myself feeling angry and frustrated by every last one of them, even the two main characters…Ryken because he seems so conflicted at times and Saskia because there are moment when she seems weak when she should be strong and vice versa…. but the truth is, despite all the angst and the to’ing and fro’ing, this story continued to pull me in…From the moment I stepped back into their dark, dysfunctional worlds I was once again hooked…

The narrative is provided from Saskia and Ryken’s point of view…and thank goodness for that because I am not sure my heart could have coped with not knowing where both of them stood in terms of their mind sets; for better or worse… There are so many fascinating characters the good, the bad and the ugly; I particularly loved Quinn who is totally ruthless and comfortable in his skin and the world he inhabits….in my book world, I love men who own their badassness..

I do think there were some loose ends left at the end of the story, which, I sincerely hope, means there will be more books in the future, that follow other characters stories more closely and also tie up the worlds of Ryken and Saskia; if not then I will be disappointed…

This is a brutal and immoral world where only the strong survive…no doubt there will be those that find it too upsetting….my honest advice is…read the warning signs in this and other reviews and avoid if darkness and amorality is not your book thing…. as for me: there were elements that should have made me stop reading, but, ultimately, I fell in love with it all and was obsessed right until the end ….I received an advanced copy of this book from the author

~Sheena (5/5)


Distorted Love by T.L. Smith



I loved him from the age of sixteen.
Hated him from the age of eighteen.
He disappeared at the age of nineteen.
We started off as enemies, then fast became lovers.
But our story isn’t a happily ever after.
It was a story of a king and a peasant. Can you guess which I was?
I knew we weren’t meant to be.
You see, he fell in love with her first. He loved me last.
I’m not someone’s second choice.
Not even for the boy who stole my heart.
I’m someone’s first.
Now, I just have to remember that.



Breaking all my rules….

Well this book had me so conflicted;….I love the writing of this author; she creates complex and believable characters who invariably live in dark and foreboding worlds…and this young adult addition to her collection has all that and more..But, no matter how twisted a story gets I have my own set of rules for the books that I read, and the primary one is that I must feel confident that the two main characters only have true feelings for each other, and that, at some indeterminate point in the future they will find their own brand of happy ever after together, no matter the journey they take to arrive there…sadly the love quadrangle within this story and the ambiguous feelings of those involved does not give me any great confidence that the conclusion will match my exacting expectations…

But here is the thing; all that being said, I truly loved this book…. I was pulled into this story right from the start, and I found myself swept up in the drama and the unravelling of the worlds in which these characters exist…..This is a brutal and emotional read that broke my heart, with revelations and sacrifices being made by all…Intriguingly the narrative is interspersed with an anonymous character making spurious visits to a confessional; I do love a mystery….

I simply could not put this book down……for now I shall be satisfied with the fact I have read a compelling and addictive story that left me desperate to know more, no matter the final destinies of those involved… I remain hopeful, nevertheless, that the two irrevocably damaged individuals, at the heart of this gritty tale, can find a way to be together when the final page of this series is turned.,.

~Sheena (5/5)