Friday, February 22, 2019

Stalk Her by Ker Dukey: Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review

Title: Stalk Her
Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Adult Dark Suspense
Publish Date: February 22, 2019
Review Source: Ker Dukey, Author

Ever get that feeling you’re being watched?
You probably are.
Her sad eyes.
Her thick lips.
Her long dark hair.
Her quickening of breath.
Her hurried footsteps.
Her undiluted fear.
The anxiety a woman has when she knows she’s being followed does something to the sadistic animal inside me.
We all have issues, mine just run a little deeper than most.
My sister and I had a childhood tarnished by an abusive parent.
We grew up two very different breeds of our mothers’ creation.
Then I discover the beautiful, yet broken, Alice Young.
She’s seeking advice, a place to unburden her thoughts.
What she gets is a dangerous, callous predator who wants to quench his thirst with her tears.
My precious, Alice, feels so alone, but she’s not alone.
I’m watching her.
Erik Ross feeds on the fear of others.
Alice Young may prove to be too damaged, for even his appetite.

Let me preface this review with the fact that Ker Dukey is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely devour everything that she puts out. With that said, Stalk Her was a hard one for me. It didn’t pull me in, like her stories typically do. I felt that it was unrealistic and difficult to get into the mindset of the characters. Just certain situations were out there and hard for me to relate to, even knowing this is fiction.

 Was there drama, suspense, and unexpected (devious) situations? Absolutely. Erik is a demanding alpha male that takes what he wants. What he didn’t expect was for Alice to kick back as much as she did. That was in fact, a huge challenge for him. That is why I rated Stalk Her a four. The writing was still exceptional and well done. Ker can draw you into her sinister, sick and dark stories and leave you reeling for more. I am definitely looking forward to Annemarie’s story; hopefully coming soon!

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bedtime stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script. I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made of light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook, where I love interacting with my readers.


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Love Me Like You Wont Let Go by Melissa Toppen

Title: Love Me Like You Won't Let Go
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: 2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2019

You never get over your first love. It’s something I’ve heard countless times. Like someone has to point out that your pain will never go away. That your shattered heart will never mend.

Because that’s exactly what my heart did the day I watched Asher Evans board that train- it shattered, splintering into a million tiny fragments that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to piece back together. He was the boy I had loved since I understood what loving someone meant. The one who knew me inside and out. The one who swore he’d never let me go. It’s been six years since that day and even now the memory haunts me like it was yesterday.

I’ve done my best to move on, to rebuild, and for the most part I’ve done pretty well. But all of that comes crashing down when Asher strolls back into town like he never left.

I don’t want to want him. I certainly don’t want to need him. But that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway. Only things are different now. I’m different. I’m not the girl he left behind all those years ago. I may have been foolish enough to give him my heart once but I won’t make that mistake a second time. Or at least that’s what I tell myself until I’m standing face to face with the one man who has the power to break me all over again.

Love Me Like You Won’t Let Go is a STANDALONE second chance romance.

Review for “Love me Like You’ll Never Let Go.”

I really enjoyed the thought of the book, high school sweet hearts that end in heart break. He comes back in town and throws her world for a loop. That’s where my appreciation ends though.
I enjoyed this book about up until about 15% in. When it became clear that Blakely was going to choose Tyler over Asher. I wanted to see if I was wrong. I hoped I was going to be wrong, so I finished it.  I wouldn’t be that upset if she chose Asher if her and Tyler was just dating, but to go through with everything and lie to Tyler’s face makes her a bad person to me. Then to leave him at the alter is dramatic and unnecessary, THAT makes her a terrible person to me. I really didn’t care what happened to her after that.
I wasn’t crazy over the “hero” in the book either. I didn’t see anything worth leaving Tyler over. There were no redeeming qualities in him. I think the biggest problem for me is that this book spends a lot of time giving us reasons why Tyler is perfect (because the heroine is trying to convince her self) and not enough as to why Asher is. Is it because of their history? A history that was shrouded in hurt. I needed closure for her and Asher yes, but Tyler deserved so much better.

This story may be for some, but this is a hard limit for me, like how some people hate cheating.

I give this book 3.5 stars because it’s not a bad book, it just not for me. If I can’t like the main characters, then I have no use for the story. Just because something isn’t for me, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be loved by others. 

Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. 

Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Depraved (The Devil's Duet, Book One) by Eva Charles: Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review

Title: Depraved
Series: The Devils Duet, Book One
Author: Eva Charles
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: February 21, 2019
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

I’m J.D. Wilder, and it takes a lot to shame me, but we’re about to see where you draw the line.

Gabrielle Duval once belonged to me. And like it or not, she'll be mine again. In a world where money, power and corruption rule, I'm prepared to do whatever it takes. Although nothing with that woman is ever easy. But believe me when I tell you, I'll enjoy every minute of the fight.  

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Depraved is an addicting, surprising, and edge of your seat kind of read. The characters are swoon worthy and I felt like I knew Gabrielle. It’s as if could feel her heart and soul. JD is an arrogant alpha male, yet so unbelievably demanding and hot in the bedroom. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. I can’t wait to find out what his motives with Gabrielle are. I believe he truly loves her, but he’s not allowing his heart to accept love. Georgie on the other hand? I think that she’s evil and up to no good. I don’t care for her character and I’m so afraid that she’s out to harm Gabby. With the ending being a cliffhanger, I have to wonder (and hope) that Julian finds his girl in time. I desperately need an HEA!

I absolutely adored this book and I cannot wait for more. There was definitely a bittersweet feeling about finishing the book. I wanted, no needed to know what would happen next, although I also didn’t want it to end. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long, as Delivered is coming out in just a short couple of months!!


Book Two - Delivered
 Releasing March 21, 2019

A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.

A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.

Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.

When she's not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you've ever seen, Eva's creating chapters in her own love story.


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