A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review for: Cadillac Payback by A. J. Elmore

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Cadillac Payback’ by A. J. Elmore.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: CADILLAC PAYBACK
Author: A. J. Elmore
Series: None
Publishing date: July 30th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Cadillac Payback by A. J. Elmore

The Synopsis:

An old Cadillac and a gun are all she has left of her brother. Three men stand ready to follow her into the darkest pits of hell to avenge him. The Cadillac leads them down a swamp road lined with ghosts, consequence and the tangled web of business and pleasure, into the underbelly of New Orleans crime as she fights for vengeance for her brother.

Joshua was just a rookie, a kid caught up in a drug ring. It’s fun and dangerous, all easy, until it kills his best friend and drags what’s left of his companions into a war. All he knows is he would walk into hell with her, and she might ask before it’s over…

Isaiah thought he’d seen everything—but watching Charlie die tore the world apart. The regime is changing, and with the new leader come more questions than answers. He was Charlie’s right hand, but what will he be to her?

Frederick came up on the streets, learned fast and hard and dirty. His past has always been a sticking point for the group, but one person has never questioned him, and he’ll do anything for her…

Maria never wanted to take over Charlie’s operation. But with her brother dead, and vengeance the only thing she has left, she makes her first decision: drag Charlie’s killers down.

It might just be her last.

 

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘CADILLAC PAYBACK by A. J. Elmore:

This is the debut novel for new Indie-author A. J. Elmore and the book is titled “Cadillac Payback.” This novel is a romantic-suspense story with a blend of violence, suspense, sexual moments as well as a tinge of romance. Cadillac Payback is written from four main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Maria, Joshua, Frederick “Freddy”, and Isaiah “Izzy.”

The story begins right at the turning point that effects every main character’s life in one way or another. When Charlie, the leader they followed, respected, learned from and loved- is murdered, their world tailspins into a cyclone of seeking revenge while also feeling left with muddled emotions. Charlie’s sister, Maria, has taken on the reigns as the one who will lead the fight. She’s earned her next-in-line position but with revenge as her main focus, she may be leading their closest, most-trusted allies into something that can quickly go terribly wrong. To top it off, Maria is not afraid of letting those allies, Joshua, Frederick and Isaiah, know just how much they each mean to her in their own way and to their alliance.

Joshua is the pretty-boy, who was Charlie’s best friend, has always had strong feelings for Maria, and who always seems to feel like he has to prove himself to the others who feel he doesn’t belong in this lifestyle. Isaiah had the longest friendship and alliance in the seedy and violent life with Charlie. Since he’s a little more than a few years older than the rest, his opinion and view is respected because he’s the one who knew Charlie’s views in the dark lifestyle the best. Then, you have Frederick. His past is questionable because he doesn’t talk much about it. What Maria and the others know is that he used to run with bad people, learned from them but escaped their clutch when things went terribly wrong. He’s the most scarred, violent and the rage in him always seems to be right beneath the surface, waiting to come out. Frederick “Freddy” has always had some kind of strong connection with Maria but he had never perused it because of Charlie. Besides, his focus has always been handling the tough lifestyle they live with drugs, enemies, guns and violence.

The drug organization who is also their biggest enemy, The Reapers, have been fighting to come back up and isn’t afraid to destroy and kill anyone in their path. Maria’s grandmother is a whole different issue. She runs her own illegal businesses and plays everyone in her life in whatever way she must to keep her control and the fear in the hearts of anyone in their gritty world. Maria isn’t afraid to express herself or her sexual prowess as well as her strength and leadership in the dark illegal life she leads.

Maria drives her brother Charlie’s old Cadillac around as she plans and heads down the path of revenge and payback to those responsible for her brother’s death. Will Maria’s blind range cost her more than she expected? Will Joshua, Frederick, or Isaiah follow Maria or will they turn their back on her vengeful plan? Who is truly responsible for the events that led to Charlie’s death? And who really holds the strongest bond with Maria? This novel was definitely gritty, dark, full of raw emotion and tons of sexual drive. When violence is around, it always seems to heighten the need to bring on spur-of-the-moment sexual gratification and this story definitely delivers there. The storyline was at times very exciting and the build-up was there but I got a little anxious to see if revenge was served. This doesn’t happen until the last couple of chapters in the book finally. The ending leaves you knowing how things ended as far as Maria’s plans go but her strong connections with the male characters’ were all left pretty open-ended. Besides that, everything else played out well and enjoyably. Not a bad gritty story at all! Check it out if this sounds like something you’d find worth reading. 🙂

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘CADILLAC PAYBACK’  4 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined the characters while reading ‘CADILLAC PAYBACK’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘CADILLAC PAYBACK’

Joshua’s thoughts:  She hasn’t spoken since she left his lifeless shell in the floor, since she felt his blood on her hands. Yeah, if I didn’t know her, but I do. I know she feels my eyes on her occasionally. She may not care that I haven’t tried to stop her. I know she can’t be stopped, it’s not my place to try. At least I can provide some cover. There’s a good chance we will both die tonight.

Maria says and Isaiah’s thoughts:  “If any of you want out, I understand.”
She’s treating us like we’re strangers. Maybe she’s pretending that we are. None of us will play that game, though. Surely, she can’t believe we are the type of men who would leave her side now. Does she feel obligated to turn us loose, and can she really think that we’ll go? Fuck.
Does she not realize we’re all in love with her in some way or another?

Frederick’s thoughts:  Isaiah is too painfully detached, and too old for his age to be her friend. And Josh has only ever been a plaything to her. I hold her eyes so she knows I’m not shaken. She stubbornly denies me an answering expression, so we both look away, to Josh’s drama.

Maria and Joshua:  “You’re too good for this life. You don’t belong with us, because you’re capable of so much more.”
At last, I gain the attention that he doesn’t want to give me. He looks directly into my eyes, and his gaze is so hard. He says, “Where else do I have to go? Back to my family that doesn’t give a shit about me? Out to some new life? You and Charlie are the only ones who’ve ever made me feel welcome. You’re the only person left who cares, in some fucked up way.”
He’s right of course, I do care, and it is in a fucked up way.

Maria’s thoughts:  His kiss has been heavy on my mind, though, and the fire in his hands. I’ve always known there was a more primal side to him, a side he didn’t want to show me. Why he didn’t want to show me, that’s what I never could figure out. Sexual attraction is just science, right?

Frederick and Maria:  “Doesn’t it bother you that she’s using you to fight a battle that you have nothing to do with?”
“That’s how it works, Freddy. I’m still in her debt,” I say, barely audible.
His brow furrows again, and he shakes his head fiercely. “That’s not how it works. This is what Derrik did to me, the same fucking thing. And I should have been dead for it.”
My breath catches in my throat, and the rage melts into grief. Is he right?

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MOVIE – Coming Soon: KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR [Film] 2016

KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR FILM.

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Guy Ritchie is directing the upcoming film “Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur”, which is based on the legendary hero’s tale. This story has been told times before but Ritchie is planning to breath new life into this classic story by changing up how King Arthur himself is conveyed in this film. There will also be a fantasy element to the film that will include giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a monstrous viking-like creature known as The Nemesis. “Hopefully, loyalists won’t be too offended by what we’ve done,” says producer Lionel Wigram.

from the pages of the EW article, Ritchie explains why he wants to add more to King Arthur. “I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” he says. “The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”

Staring in this film are Charlie Hunnam(Sons Of Anarchy) as King Arthur, French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey, also Jude Law, Eric Bana, Katie McGrath, and David Beckham. The official plot description is posted below. Check back for the official trailer which will be posted below once that is released.

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HERE’S THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR 1st OFFICIAL TRAILER(COMIC-CON):

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Entertainment Weekly released the first look at Charlie Hunnam in
next summer’s medieval epic King Arthur:

(July 23rd, 2015) Pick up your copy of Entertainment Weekly to read more about the film and check out the awesome cover and photos!

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KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR – PLOT:

Orphaned as an infant and raised by three prostitutes in the 5th century version of London, this Arthur is more of a street-wise hood, who looks after the people living in his tiny corner of the world. The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.

 

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Release Date for Knights of The Round Table: King Arthur:  July 22nd, 2016

Starring Cast:

Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Katie McGrath, and David Beckham.

 

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review for: Once And Again by Elisabeth Barrett.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Once And Again’(Return To Briarwood Series #1) by Elisabeth Barrett.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: ONCE AND AGAIN
Author: Elisabeth Barrett
Series: Return To Briarwood Series – book #1
Publishing date: July 14th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Once And Again by Elisabeth Barrett

The Synopsis:

For readers of Shannon Stacey and Susan Mallery, the heartfelt new Briarwood series begins with a tale of forbidden love, broken promises, and second chances.

Growing up in Eastbridge, Connecticut, Carolyn Rivington was a young debutante who did whatever her parents asked. So when her father demanded that she break things off with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or else, she did. Now Carolyn’s family is deep in debt. She’s no longer a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, she’s an employee. And the tanned, tattooed, dangerously handsome stranger who saunters into her lobby isn’t just her new boss . . . he’s also her first love.

The last time he saw Carolyn, Jake Gaffney was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned. As a real-estate magnate and Briarwood’s new owner, Jake doesn’t have to answer to anyone. But now that he’s back home, he’s finding it hard to live down his old reputation.

Before they can move forward, Jake and Carolyn must face their pasts. But it’ll take more than sizzling chemistry for them to heal old wounds and return to the love they once shared.

 

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘ONCE AND AGAIN’ (Return To Briarwood Series – book #1):

This is the first novel I’ve read by author Elisabeth Barrett titled “Once And Again” This novel is of the new adult and contemporary romance genres. Once And Again is the first novel of a new novel series called the Return To Briarwood Series. This novel is written from three main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Carolyn Rivington, Jake Gaffney, and Jane Pringle.

Carolyn Rivington grew up in a huge mansion, a privileged lifestyle and with parents who were both rich. When she meets a guy a few years older than her as a teenager, they fell head-over-heels for each other and their feelings seemed to be so strong. It was a mutual adoration and romance that seemed promising…it was until Caro’s father found out about the relationship and had Jake arrested and Carolyn was sent away so there would be no more connection between the two of them again. This was how it went and Carolyn didn’t argue. She just let it happen since she always wanted to please her parents. Without having a chance say goodbye, Carolyn and Jake went their separate ways.

Many years have passed and life has handed them many changes. Carolyn still resides in the huge expensive home her mother left behind after passing away but not much else remains the same. Her sisters have moved away and she’s left picking up the pieces of the life that they once used to live. Her father made a bad business relationship that left him broke and in debt. Carolyn had to pick up a job as an event director at Briarwood, the club that her family once used to be members of. The same place that she met Jake at…once upon a time. Life is different now. Carolyn had to learn about working hard and surviving on her own which didn’t come easy after growing up never needing to learn that. Now that Briarwood has been purchased by a new owner, she must try to help keep business as usual. When a stranger shows up one day she has no clue who he is and why he’s there. He doesn’t fit in to the usual members of the club broody good looks and cold persona. Who is this man and how can she get him to leave? When she finds out who he is, she realizes that everything isn’t always what it seems to be.

Jake Gaffney came from an average home with a family who didn’t have a bunch of money. His job as a caddy at Briarwood was how he earned his money. When he meets the young Carolyn, he can’t help but want to get this beautiful girl to look his way. When she does, he gets lost in their growing connection. After things go bad, he leaves that town feeling angry, hurt and ready to prove something to himself and everyone else he treated him like he was a nobody. 

Once And Again is a story about falling in love, losing touch and finding your way back to where you belong. Will Carolyn never get out of her father’s debt? Can Jake return to his old hometown and give it all another try or will his bitterness get the best of him? What secrets are being kept from Carolyn? This story was a sweet and romantic story of finding your independence and possibly love again. Yes, the story was great but it through me off a bit when the third P.O.V. of Jane Pringle came into the story. The characters did get to know each other and interact but for a few chapters it felt like I was reading two separate stories. That was only until the character’s stories finally merged into each others lives. Other than that, this was enjoyable. If you are looking for a pleasant romance novel to read, give this one a read.

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘ONCE AND AGAIN’  3 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined the characters while reading ‘ONCE AND AGAIN’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘ONCE AND AGAIN’

Carolyn’s thoughts:  He removed his sunglasses, and familiar deep-blue eyes swept the room, sizing up everything and everyone. When his gaze finally met hers, his lips curled into the merest hint of a smile and his eyes narrowed.
At that moment, her heart stopped.
Jake.
It had been the best summer of her life -until everything had come crashing down.

Carolyn’s thoughts:  He never used to be like this. Commanding. Hard.
Instead, she searched for a hint of the old Jake -the Jake who’d helped her into the rowboat that starlit night. The Jake who’d been achingly gentle when his lips had touched hers for the first time in the gazebo in the rain.
That Jake was long gone.
In his place was a man accustomed to getting what he wanted, when he wanted.

Jake’s thoughts:  He needed her. God damn it, even after everything she and her family did to him, he still needed her to make nice with the members and the Board while he worked them from the other end.
Yeah, he needed her, bad. He’d even told her so. But he’d be a fucking liar if he said he didn’t want her, too.

Jake and Carolyn:  “Did you ever think about me? You know. After?”
“Sometimes.”
“Did you ever think about me?” She whispered.
Jake was quiet for a long time, and when he finally met her gaze, he wouldn’t let go. “Every fucking day, Caro,” he said.

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review for: Black Dawn by Cristin Harber.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Black Dawn’(Titan Series #6 – Standalone) by Cristin Harber.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Titan Series – book #6
Publishing date: July 14th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Black Dawn by Cristin Harber

The Synopsis:

Parker Black wants the one woman he shouldn’t have—his buddy’s girl. She sweet and smart, but clueless about how deep Parker lives in Titan’s virtual world. Everything is controlled. Chaos is mastered. Black and white data and risk analyst. That is the way he understands his world, how he plays his role to keep Titan teams alive.

But he’s wrong.

About everything.

Lexi Dare lives two lives. She’s an unhappy fiancé stuck in a spiraling relationship, unsure how she ended up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in her bed. But she’s also elusive. Elite. A master hacker playing deadly stakes.

When the lines blur and the truth comes out, Lexi’s only shot at survival is the trust of her rival—her equal—before it’s too late.

 

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘BLACK DAWN’ (A Dark Obsession Novel Series – book #1 – Standalone):

This is the sixth novel of the Titan series by the incredible author Cristin Harber and it’s titled “Black Dawn.”  I’ve read other novels from Cristin Harber and am definitely a fan of her amazing work, so when I was invited to read and review this standalone novel which is a part of an action-packed series. I had not had the chance to read any of the other novels of this series but since this was a standalone, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read something from this novel series. This novel is a part of the genres of contemporary romance, suspense and has a military tone intertwined. Reader’s will be reading this novel from a total of four character’s P.O.V.(point of view) which are Lexi Dare, Parker Black, Matt Pindon and Phiber.

Parker Black is a member of a secretive and elite private security group that goes by the name of Titan. He’s tall, strong and very attractive so when people find out that he’s also tech-savvy and smart, it comes as a surprise. He’s not all brawn and no brain, not even close. He’s had a friendship with Matt Pindon since childhood. Matt is wild, fun, outgoing and always has a snarky remark about everyone around him that he plays-down with a joking undertone to it. Parker has always been focused on his work and his “family”, the other members of Titan and nothing else has ever made him lose focus. No woman, no silly hobbies and not even the “nerd” jokes his buddy Matt slings his way every now and again.

When Matt Pindon meets a beautiful leather-clad blonde named Lexi at the bar one night, she isn’t at all receptive to his come-on one-liners but when he finally breaks a tiny piece of shield and gets her to give him her number, it would be the start of something more. Too bad, the something more would be a bad path to a violent ,abusive, and manipulative relationship that would grow into something very unhealthy. Matt’s constant drinking problem and excuses of why he was pissed off as well as why he could never hold a job would lead to him having angry outbursts that Lexi unfortunately was usually on the receiving end of.

Lexi Dare loved her bike, wearing leather and hacking into things that needed her special touch. When she met Matt, she didn’t want anything to do with him because her focus was on her work but she finally gave in. He offered her something she never had since she grew up in the foster care system: someone to love her, someone to protect her and someone to love. But the twisted way Matt loved Lexi, was not what she expected. It seemed to grow worse the longer she stayed in that relationship. She met Parker through Matt and always had a little secret crush on him because he seemed so different in comparison to Matt. Lexi’s horrible relationship was not the only secret she’s been living with, she also kept her “job” a secret from most people in her life. Lexi is a professional hacker and has developed a new program that her hacker friend “Shadow” has been helping to try to find a buyer for. This would be her way out of her bad situation. Sell her program, use the money to disappear. Simple right? Not quite. A very bad group of people are dead set on stealing her work and are willing to go to any extreme to get it in their hands. And it does not matter who dies along the way.

“Black Dawn” was such an intense and mind-blowing novel about living a lie and finding yourself in the midst of chaos. Who is SliverChaos? And who is BlackDawn? What will happen if these dangerous people get a hold of Lexi’s program? Who can Lexi trust and who is out to get her? Can Lexi escape her controlling and abusive fiance Matt before it’s too late? Will Parker ever be able to deal with his secret feelings for someone he shouldn’t want? And what secrets is Parker hiding? All of the answers can be found in “Black Dawn” to which I highly recommend. It’s suspenseful, steamy with a great romance story as well as being packed with a great amount of action.  As I mentioned earlier, I have not read the previous novels in this series but if they are anything like this, then they must be amazing. This was such an enjoyable and exciting story. You should definitely check this one out! 🙂

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘BLACK DAWN’  4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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How I imagined the characters while reading ‘BLACK DAWN’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘BLACK DAWN’

Matt’s thoughts:  She was the kind of cool that rocked his world. Beautiful with a style that screamed sexy and confident, and that kind of scream he wanted in his bed tonight. Blond hair that was a shade darker than platinum and blue eyes that shone so light and bright in a bar of fussed up, boozed up women. This woman was out of his league, and that kind of challenge was a rarity. Hell, challenge accepted.

Lexi’s thoughts:  Whenever there was a big corporate hacker challenge during the day, one of the top dogs in the cyber world threw a rager that night. Tonight was all her doing, though few knew who she was. Anonymity was comfortable. It had been her one constant over the years, even if some hackers had tried to connect her name and handle. To most, she was just a regular party girl who worked the underground scene.

Lexi’s thoughts on “Shadow”:  Over the years, he’d made himself her father figure as well as her business adviser.
Lose the douche.
Those were Shadow’s only words of wisdom when she mentioned the engagement. As if it were that simple. Shadow had been by her side since she was seventeen. Last year, for their ten-year working relationship anniversary, he took her to Paris, where they disabled the security and paid off the guards for a private tour of the Louvre. Shadow had a lot of friends in dark places.

Lexi’s thoughts on “BlackDawn”:  She’d never met him in person but chatted with him almost every week. Years ago, they’d formed an alliance because sometimes hacks needed more than one set of hands. Sometimes code needed another mind mulling it over. BlackDawn was one of the very few hackers who could hold their own at the highest echelons. But she and he were also slightly competitive.

Jake’s thoughts:  Instead of replaying the constant battle of leave-versus-one-day-it-will-be-better, Lexi focused on their weekend plans. They were meeting up with a few of his friends, so even if he did drink, he wouldn’t be a complete jerk to her. At least while they were in public. Plus there was a good chance that Parker Black, the crush that she’d never admit to, would be there too. Her heart picked up its pace.

Parker’s thoughts:  She smelled like sweet citrus. Like sugar and lemons. His mouth watered. Couple his visceral reactions with the plain fact that he did not want to let go, and the situation was complicated. That was problematic because he wasn’t familiar with complicated.

Lexi’s thoughts:  His lips were so right, so absolutely perfectly beautiful that she forgot to do more than just exist. She memorized his taste as he urged her to open, letting his tongue tease hers. His hands held her as though she was precious yet unbreakable as his fingers flexed into her back. Every time she’d dreamed about his kiss, her most spectacular thoughts were nothing like this.

Lexi’s thoughts:  A man she hadn’t seen before walked from the shadows. He circled her, assessing and judging. His intense scrutiny wasn’t about her as a woman but a hacker. She could sense her people, and this guy was a wannabe-elite hacker, a man with no scruples. He was evil. It flowed in the air as he breathed. His eyes were as intelligent as they were dead. He had no morals, no compass, no thought for humanity. He was as emotionless as she’d ever seen a person. It was completely terrifying.

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: Desertion by River Savage.

Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s ARC Review after reading ‘Desertion’ (Knights Rebels MC Series-Book #3) by River Savage.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title: DESERTION
Author: River Savage
Series: Knights Rebels MC Series (book #3)
Publishing date: July 14th, 2015 (Review is based on an early ARC copy)

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The Synopsis for ‘DESERTION’:

Honor.
Courage.
Commitment.

Three things Jesse Carter has lost. A former Marine, Jesse used to stand proud of his achievements and live by the code. But when circumstance made him question everything he believed in, those most basic values didn’t feel so important after all.

Sex.
Lies.
Knights Rebels.

Three things Jesse Carter has found. Reborn into a brotherhood not so different from the one he left behind, Jesse finds it all too easy to block out his past and claim the role as the Rebels’ fun loving player.
Until he meets Bell.

Shy, awkward, and with troubles of her own, Bell Johnson’s no stranger to hiding her pain. When Jesse forces himself into her life, she’s at risk of her defenses crumbling.

Does Bell have the strength to survive Jesse and his demons or is she fated to become another casualty in the self-destruction of Jesse Carter?

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘DESERTION’ (Knights Rebels MC Series book #3):

***WARNING: Possible SPOILERS if you haven’t read the previous Novels of the Knights Rebels MC Series.***

The third installment in the Knights Rebels MC Series titled “Desertion” by Author River Savage continues to follow the world revolving the club’s characters and the ladies in their lives. This novel focuses on Jesse and “Nurse Bell”, who ran into each other at the hospital earlier through the series. Desertion is written in the two main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Jesse Carter and Bell Johnson.

Jesse Carter is the Knights Rebels MC brother who is always upbeat, pulls women with just a smile, and keeps things only surface-deep. This is because behind that sexy smile, alluring personality and tough exterior, he hides dark secrets that have slowly been eating away at him. Not even his MC brothers know much about it. He joined the Marines and survived but not without internal scars and wounds that aren’t visible with the eye. His relationship with his father has always been a painful one because of the controlling and abusive ways that his father raised Jesse and his brothers, Jackson and Jay. He’s never been able to truly get past his childhood scars and dark memories. Once he joined the Marines under the pressure from his father, a former Marine, he made close bonds and survived close calls. But with those close calls he always walked away with more scars and wounds that still haunt him at night. When he meets “Nurse Bell”, he notices how beautiful she is, how she doesn’t react to him like most girls do, and she seems innocent, which just makes Jesse curious about Bell so much more.

Bell Johnson works long days and nights as a nurse and keeps her life safe and simple. She does this mostly to make sure not to stress her parents out or to cause them worry. When her sister Paige disappeared, when they were only teenagers at the time, destroyed their family. Her parents now worry so much for Bell and her younger sister Ava after their sister never made it back home. Bell at 23 now, has decided to continue to live in her parents home and under their rules because she herself had been drastically effected by Paige’s disappearance as well. Life seemed to flow and Bell lived her life as she had been doing for the past years, with only worrying about pleasing her parents. That was true until biker flirt Jesse came around and really started to notice her more than she could ever have imaged on a girl’s night out. She knew him vaguely but he was someone that was so hard to ignore. And the attraction was definitely something that was strong. Bell had no idea what was to come.

What happened to Paige? Will Bell’s determination ever lead to answers about her sister Paige’s disappearance? Will Jesse ever get Bell to give him a chance or is he destined to continue his life as a shallow womanizer? Will Jesse ever share about his dark secrets and nightmares? “Desertion” is definitely my favorite of this series! Don’t get me wrong, I love each novel of this series so far but this one was deep, erotic, emotional, and mind-blowing in so many ways. I love Jesse! He is one of my favorite biker-book-boyfriends. ❤ He was a Marine, firefighter and biker… what more do you need? He has a heart of gold when he’s not trying to hide it under his battle wounds and past scars. And he’s absolutely sexy as heck, so that is a plus too. Bell is innocent because of the sheltered life she’s allowed herself to live in some ways, mostly because of what happened to Paige. This novel is deep and dark, gritty and amazing. I truly recommend this novel and this series. So worth checking out! Pick up your copy as soon as you can and add it to your “Must Read” list! Such an awesome story. I’m looking forward to reading the 4th novel of this series “Infatuation” next. Hoping it’s Paige’s story…we’ll see. Either way, I know it will be a good one, too! 🙂

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘DESERTION’  4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘DESERTION’

Bell’s thoughts:  I can’t control that one of my sisters is missing, taken from us without a trace, and in turn, my mother keeps me on a tight leash. Nor can I explain how I allow it all to happen. When it comes to my family, I can’t say no or bring them disappointment, because if I do, I’ll only bring more pain. To everyone involved.

Jesse’s thoughts: I joined the Marines. I went to war and I served my country. At first, it wasn’t what I really wanted, but like everything I’ve ever done, I gave it my all. I fought for my country and for the lives lost, but in the process, I lost a little of myself. It was my decision to serve, but it hasn’t stopped me from letting the anger eat at me. If I hadn’t let my father’s words push me, maybe I wouldn’t be here.

Bell’s thought: He looks back, his eyes pure seduction, dripped in mischief. I hold on to them, wondering what it means. I was right when I said this man is a puzzle. One minute, It’s like I’m looking into the eyes of a man falling apart, fighting demons, and the next, he’s playing with me. If only I knew which one was the real Jesse Carter.

Jesse and Bell: “Even just you looking at me now, you have no idea what you’re doing to me. The need to consume you is so strong, but I know I can’t do it. It’s like I’m waging a war inside me. My head knows it’s a bad idea, but no matter how hard I try to stay away, my body craves you.”
His words do things to me I never knew possible.

Jesse and Bell: “I don’t know what to do with you, Bell.” He pulls back and rests his forehead to mine. “I feel like something is happening and I don’t understand it,” he confesses. Again, I get the sincere Jesse.
“I’m not doing anything special, Jesse.”
“But you are, don’t you see? My whole club can see.”
“See what?” I ask, at a loss.
“See that you make me want to be different. You make me need you,” he whispers, and I understand his fight. He just doesn’t realize that he doesn’t have to fight it. It’s not meant to be hard.

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A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: MAGGIE’S FIVE by Sandra Fitzgerald.

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Maggie’s Five’(Five Series #1) by Sandra Fitzgerald.

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Title: MAGGIE’S FIVE
Author: Sandra Fitzgerald
Series: Five Series – book #1
Publishing date: June 16th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)

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Maggies Five by Sandra Fitzgerald

The Synopsis:

I had a great life. Not perfect, but really good. I was happy.
I had a husband and two children. But now I’ve got Red.
He’s using me but, that’s okay, because I’m using him too, only for a different reason.
He wants sex and leverage. I want numb.
But then Luke came back.
Don’t be stupid. Luke’s not my husband. My husband is dead, like my children.
Luke came back and things have started changing. And I think, maybe, that I’m okay with change, but I’m worried it’s too late, that I might be too far down the Rabbit Hole.
I’m Maggie Cartwright, and this is my story. But be warned, it may not be the happy ever after you dream of.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘MAGGIE’S FIVE’ (Five Series – book #1):

This is my full review for “Maggie’s Five” which is the first novel of the Five Series by Sandra Fitzgerald. This novel is a blend of suspense, romance, with dark twists. Readers may find themselves wondering if the main female character, Maggie, will ever deal with the major loss she’s faced with. This novel is written mostly from the main character’s P.O.V.(point of view), Maggie Mae Cartwright with a short second P.O.V. from Luke Andrews.

Maggie Mae Cartwright has a good life. It’s exactly where she wanted it to be, being married to the love of her life Brendan who adores and loves her to no end and the beautiful family they have which includes two beautiful daughters, Mattie and Ella. On what started as a beautiful Christmas Day morning, one of Maggie’s favorite holidays, it quickly turned into a tragic and horrific nightmare at the hands one foolish person’s mistake. The blood curdling sounds that came from the front yard of their home, would be the end to every beautiful thing that mattered in Maggie’s life. Her world would never be the same…now that her husband and beautiful daughter’s lives have ended and hers painfully continues.

Brendan’s brother, Jon Cartwright tries his best to help Maggie out while he can but the biggest help came from an unexpected person. Luke Andrews, and old classmate, friend and someone she hasn’t seen in so many years. Seeing him there, helping her, showing her so much support, it was the only thing helping her to not lose it completely. Luke has his own life in New York but Maggie Mae needs him so he tries to be there for her for as long as he can. But before long, his life and job back in the big city beckon him to return, leaving Maggie to try and pull herself through her grief on her own. Luke promises to return as soon as possible but Maggie is quickly finding herself falling into a dark hole that numbs her more than actually helps her grieve for the family she has lost.

On her own, she ends up meeting a really attractive bartender named Red. He quickly lures her with his seductive words, flirty-friendliness and promises to help her escape what’s “real”. Maggie begins to entangle her life with Red’s in the many dark and twisted ways that he offers to her which include partying at night clubs,  while he offers her methods to numb her mind and heart, as well as entices her with sexual exploration. Maggie’s life is quickly spiraling downhill and the numbness seems to be her only form of peace from the heart-wrenching pain she feels every minute of every day. Even if it’s not healthy or good for her, she keeps digging herself deeper into Red’s twisted lifestyle.

Will Maggie ever find her way back from the downward spiral that her life seems to be headed? Will Maggie be able to find a way to grieve that doesn’t bring danger and risk to her health and life? What kind of secret does Luke hold about his past? Will Maggie keep Red in her life? Can Luke help Maggie or will his life in New York pull him away from her for good? This was an emotional journey about a woman who is dealing with the tragic loss of her family. Her imperfections make her seem real because everyone grieves differently and some choose to numb the pain instead of what most would consider healthy grieving. The storyline had interesting moments and there were some strong scenes that are very emotional. The story in general was dark and keeps you hoping that Maggie pulls herself from the dark path she’s on. It’s hard to rate this novel because it has great moments that captivate the reader but there were a couple of moments that left me wanting more. I did however, appreciate the second P.O.V. from Luke in the epilogue. But all in all, this was a decently enjoyable novel. Check this one out if you are looking for a deep story that touches on some very tough issues. Note: Recommended for mature readers due to drugs and sexual situations. Pick up your copy readers.

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘MAGGIE’S FIVE’  4 out of 5 stars:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘MAGGIE’S FIVE’

Brendan to Maggie:  “I love you Maggie, that’s never going to change, but we’re a little better off now and I wanted to finally give you the ring that you deserve.” He shifts onto a bent knee. “I’d ask you to marry me every day of my life if it meant keeping you forever,” he says, opening the small blue box in his hand and holds it out for me, “So marry me every day for the rest of my life if you need to, because I’m keeping you forever, Maggie. You make me the happiest, luckiest man on the planet, my wife, and I love you so fucking much it hurts.”

Maggie’s thoughts:  I love, no, hate how much I like the way he holds me. There’s no pretense, no expectation, only friendship and comfort. Normally it’s Luke comforting me – this time however, I’m not so sure.

Luke and Maggie:  “I’m so sorry Maggie. I am so, so very sorry.”
I try to push away but he squeezes me tighter. All I want to do is run away and hide for the rest of my life, or until people stop leaving me. “It’s fine. Luke, it is. You have to work. You have a life outside of me.” I’m trying to convince myself more than him.
“That’s where you’re wrong, Maggie.” He’s lying, he has to be. I have an empty shell of a life. He has so much more.

Maggie’s thoughts:  Lawns are mowed, gardens manicured to ‘Edwards Scissor Hands’ perfection. Life moves forwards. I can’t understand how everything is able to function so normally when my world is in tatters. How can the earth revolve on its axis and not tilt off course with something this monumental? It’s unfair. I feel robbed.

Raleigh and Mia:  I hate him for growing up with me, for always looking out for me, protecting me. I hate him for wanting me, for kissing me first and last, for loving me more than life, then not being here to live his, for giving me everything I could possibly ever want, then taking it all away. For leaving me and never being able to come back when he promised to always be by my side. I love him so much, my entire being is bereaved without him. I love him and hate him. I don’t know how to do any of this without him. I don’t know if I want to.

Maggie and Red:  He presses a tender moist kiss to my mouth, licks my lips apart again and places a small pill inside while I pull away slightly. He repeats the words he used last time I questioned him. “It’s nothing real sweetheart.” And it’s not. What Red gives me isn’t real like the stuff he uses. It’s fine. I’m fine. Better even. I swallow and lean in to hold him as euphoria warms me to my core, heightening my senses, at the same time dulling my reality.

Maggie’s thoughts:  Remember I don’t need him, I don’t need him, I don’t need him, I chant silently. He’ll give me hope then take it all away. I don’t want to need him, I don’t… but God I’ve missed him, really missed him. Far more than I realized until now.

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