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text 2018-07-03 08:10
Release Blitz - Strong Hold
 
 
Once their passion unleashes, there's no going back...
Strong Hold by Sarah Castille is AVAILABLE NOW!
 

 

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Excerpt:
 
"Shayla?"

 

For the longest moment Zack's brain couldn't process the sight in front of him. Seven years, ten months and twenty-seven days. That was how long it had been since he'd seen her. That was how long it had been since he'd lived a life without regret.

 

Fight promoter Zack Grayson is on the prowl for a rising star. As the top recruiter of a prestigious MMA promotion company, he wants to take someone where he was never able to go: the top of the professional league. He didn't expect that someone to be the woman he loved...and left.

 

Top-ranked MMA amateur fighter Shayla "Shilla the Killa" Tyler built walls around her heart when Zack left her seven years ago—and again when her husband turned violent. Now, seeing Zack is nearly enough to send those walls crumbling. But she can't risk the exposure of the limelight, and she definitely can't risk another heartbreak.

 
As Shayla and Zack grow closer, though, business turns personal. And once their passion unleashes, there's no going back...
 
 

About the Author: Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Ruin & Revenge series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases: http://sarahcastille.com/subscribe/

 

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review 2018-03-28 03:23
Not really all that gothic, not really all that romantic
The India Fan (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt

So, I didn't actually hate it.

 

Let me begin with a gif, though. 

 

 

That's Drusilla, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, sadly, that is what I pictured every single time I read the name of the main character. It was . . . distracting.

 

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I shall talk about the book.

 

When I read a gothic romance, I expect two things. Gothic. Romance. This was a very low key romance - so low key, in fact, that I do not believe that the two romantic leads actually ever touched each other until the hero proclaimed his undying love for the heroine. There was basically no chemistry between them at all.

 

What does "gothic" really mean? To me, it absolutely requires a certain aesthetic that invokes gloom, dread and a sense of supernatural possibility and danger. I suppose that the titular India fan was supposed to offer that "gothic" feeling, but it really didn't work because sensible Drusilla just didn't buy it and so the reader didn't buy it, either. The other dangerous elements - specifically, Drusilla becoming embroiled in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1858, wasn't even remotely gothic.

 

As a piece of historical fiction, it rather reminded me of The Shadow of the Moon, by M. M. Kaye, which I quite enjoyed. Unfortunately, Holt simply does not write at the level of M. M. Kaye. I didn't find it to be awful, but there was nothing special about it.

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text 2018-03-27 15:54
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The India Fan (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt

The backstory of this book felt like it took fully half of the book to develop. I've just now gotten to the point where the main character, Drusilla, has inherited the titular India Fan. There is very little gothic going on at this point. I don't dislike it, necessarily, but when I read a Holt gothic, I'm looking for some sense of suspense or brooding mystery, which is not the atmosphere so far.

 

Having read a number of Holt books over the last couple of years, I feel like she is just retelling Jane Eyre over and over with varying levels of success, by plucking elements out of Bronte's classic and plugging them into her current writing book. This isn't a criticism so much as it an observation, since this particular device worked really well for her, and when it is done with panache and delicacy it can be very effective. Unfortunately, in this one, her main Eyreian (yes, I just made up that word) device - the mysterious woman in the attic - is pretty clunky and doesn't generate the suspense that it should have in order to work.

 

Anyway, now that we've - hopefully - gotten to the point, I shall read on.

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text 2018-03-26 22:18
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 416 pages.
The India Fan (Casablanca Classics) - Victoria Holt

You might remember that Obsidian read this one a few months ago and found it to be a total shit show. I'm ready to find out if I agree!

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review 2018-03-08 04:40
Finally
Bad Bachelor - Stefanie London

Darcy has a lot of outside influences telling her she should find that special someone.  It has been a year since she called her wedding off with her Ex.  Now, she is planning a fundraiser for the library with every woman's dream.  She is afraid to want him, since he cannot be caught.

 

Reed has never been captivated by anyone or anything the way he is about Darcy.  She is a mix of everything he should stay away from too.  He feels like he can trust her.  Is this enough to build a future on?

 

This book was stunningly sexy and amazingly sweet.  A little bit of everything, I would love to see this go up on the big screen.  The banter is clever, the heat is sizzling, and the friendships are solid.  I loves this one and I think you will also.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange by the publisher, and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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