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review 2017-07-17 21:43
Review: Keeping Her: A Dark Romance by Angela Snyder
Keeping Her: A Dark Romance (Keep Me Series Book 1) - Angela Snyder

What a roller coaster of emotions! One moment I was hating the characters, the next I was sympathizing with them, the next I was in love, and before I knew it was exasperated and then back in love. Crazy stuff! 

Now, I feel the most important thing I need to point out is that this is a dark romance and that there are some serious **** TRIGGER ISSUES **** that may make some readers uncomfortable so read with caution. 

The story, which was narrated in first POV by various characters, gave me that feeling of intense passion and angst. I think the author made a good job by portraying Lucian with so many emotional and character flaws, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to overlook his numerous acts of possessiveness and cruelty, even after a very important truth is uncovered and he has no reason to keep acting that way. Adeline is the sweet and innocent girl that captures his attention in a way that no one thought possible. And when I say innocent, I really mean it, and for good reasons too. Odd thing was that it was hard for me to connect with and understand her character but I think that was because of everything that happened in her previous life and her current situation. I just couldn’t relate to her in any feasible way. 

The story has a good pace and flow although I found the characters talking too much to themselves and at times I found their inner dialogue a bit repetitive. However one thing I liked a lot was that even though Adeline started as a victim, she never behaved as one and that made her a more realistic character. 

On a side note, I was totally blindsided by what happened towards end and the cliffhanger. It’s a good thing we don’t have to wait too long how this story ends as the next installment will be out in only a couple of months. 

I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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review 2017-06-14 18:32
Book Review for Damaged Goods by L.Wilder
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Damaged Goods
Series: The Redemption Series
Author: L. Wilder
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 8, 2017
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

 
 
 
 
 
 
“Damaged Goods is a emotional roller-coaster of a read that will grab you from the start, it will mess with your heart, nerves and give your body the tingles.” ~Books, Wine & Time
 
“OMG HOLY HELL! My emotions are still all over the place, even after finishing it over 24 hours ago.” ~The Power of Three Readers
 
“Heartbreakingly sweet with just the right amount of suspense to keep you glued to the pages.” ~You Can’t Resista Dirty Book
 


 

New York Times and USA Today Best Seller L. Wilder presents a new romance series where the broken find their redemption.

 

Every man has his weakness. She was mine.

 
Nitro-
 
The job was simple- get the girl and bring her home, but with one look, she became my obsession. The blonde, blue-eyed beauty with the sinful curves wasn't mine to keep, but I wasn't about to let her go. I was determined to have her, no matter the consequences. 
 
She was the only one who could calm the beast that raged inside of me. So, I risked everything and did what had to be done - for her. 
 
 
 
Tristen-
 
Nathan James was every girl's fantasy- rich, powerful, and hot beyond words. He saved me during my darkest hour. Like me, he was damaged, scarred by the memories of a horrible past. I saw the way he looked at me, like a predator about to take his prey, but as much as I craved his touch, I wanted something more. I wanted his heart.
 
I'm afraid I've just exchanged one hell for another.
 
Will their love heal the wounds of their past, or will they both remain damaged goods?
 
 
While Damaged Goods is the first in a new series, the main characters were introduced in the Satan's Fury MC series. This is a full-length standalone novel filled with romance, suspense, and a lot of heart. I'm a firm believer that bad boys need love, too. Damaged Goods is intended for mature audiences only due to the explicit language and violence.
 
I have to say that I am really enjoying this new series and the previous ones with the Satan's Fury MC members.Even though Nitro is not part of them Satan MC  Series itself he is connected to them and like family to them. Tristen on the other hand is already part of the MC and she is family.

I have to say that Nitro was my favorite character this time around but  I may have already been half way in love with him myself from being in Big's story.Who am I kidding I was head over heals for him when he saved Tristen and that child from the life of sexual slavery in the previous stories.

I was drawn to Nitro from the onset of the story and not only that I am drawn to the dark and dangerous bruting type. Nitro is such a wounded soul who has cut himself off from living as well as feeling and the only thing you want for him is for him to stopping hurting.It truly broke my heart see him just existing and that he only thinks about revenge.

Tristen I loved as well as she amazed me at how strong she was especially after the tortures she escaped from and what could have been her life. Nitro was her savior and that is how they met.She seems to be more confident and stronger then she was even before her kidnapping.I loved her she was feisty,sweet,kind,a little bit wounded as well but intent on going forward with life instead of wallowing in her pain and suffering she endured in her past.Thats what I loved about her most she wanted to move on and kept the past in the past and just wanted to move forward and live her life once again.She will always suffer the nightmares and life will not be always the easiest but she is determined to make herself happy again.

Tristen is going to be Nitro's savior just by being the kind and caring person she is as well as being strongest of them both meaning emotionally not physically. I loved that Tristen was a complicated character in personality but is dangerous as well and lives a life of uncertainty making him even more intriguing to read about.

I loved seeing this couple fall in love as they both needed healing and happiness in their lives. Tristen and Nitro's road to falling in love was not an easy journey and at times Tristen was wondering whether their relationship was worth sticking around  for or was she just in for more heartbreak?

I loved the story from cover to cover as the characters were so different from one another yet had a lot in common.The story was filled with love romance and healing as well as intrigue and revenge . I was rooting for a couple seeking their happy ever after. These  were two lost souls who both really deserved to find a little bit happiness as life up to that point had dealt them a lot of unhappiness.

This is a story where the strongest and smartest survive and how love really heals old wounds.This was a touching story about healing and overcoming the darkness as well and I loved the chemistry that Nitro and Tristen had as it kept things hot in the bedroom as well as out of it.Through all the tragedy Tristen managed to stir things up and even added a bit of fun and teasing into the mix that had us smiling from time to time as she had a witty personality as well.

I love when you start off by loving the character's you are reading about and I did that with these two and when that happens it just makes the story for me more enjoyable.I also love how the author decided to give Nitro his own story and make it part of the MC series in a way but acts as a standalone as he was not actually a member with the Satan Fury MC but Tristen she is the one with the real ties to them.This was a nice spin off to the previous series.

Another enjoyable read by this author and as always looking forward to seeing what happens next.
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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As I walked by him, he reached for my arm, gently stopping me before I started down the steps. His voice was dripping with warning as he growled, “Tristen.” “What?” He stood over me, just inches away, and my heart began to thump a little harder. Damn. Why did he have to be so freaking hot? I was furious with him, and yet, I still felt an undeniable pull towards him. I wanted to touch him, to feel his arms around me and his mouth on my skin, and I had no doubt that he knew how I felt. It was written all over my face every time I laid eyes on him. Trying to ignore my traitorous hormones, I crossed my arms and looked him directly in the eye. “You might think this is some kind of game we’re playing here, that I’m just some pawn you can play with, but you’re wrong, Nathan. This is no game, because I refuse to play.” “You’re not just some pawn, Tristen. You’re the fucking queen, the most powerful piece in the game.” He took a step towards me, placing his hands on my waist as he closed the gap between us. “Maybe you didn’t know, but it’s your job to protect the king.” “Oh, please,” I scoffed. “Who am I protecting you from?” His eyes pierced straight through me, pulling at my heart as he stared at me. “Myself.”

 
 
 
 
 
Leslie Wilder grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. A country girl at heart, she’s always thought that life is too short, but she had no idea how short it really was until her brother passed away in 2014. She’s always been an avid reader, loving the escape only a great book can give, and wondered if she had what it took to write one of the wild romances she’d come to adore. With the support of her family and friends, she published Inferno: A Devil Chaser’s MC, one year after her brother’s death. With him in mind, she fulfilled her lifetime dream of writing. Since then, she’s completed the Devil Chaser’s Series and continued on with the Satan’s Fury MC Series. She has so many stories in her head, and can’t wait to share each and every one.
 
Leslie has been blown away by the support of her readers, appreciating every message, review, and encouraging word she’s received over the past year. She looks forward to continuing this journey with them for years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-05-26 06:27
Age gap yum yum!
At Attention - Annabeth Albert
  • A Group Unicorn Review with Adam and Cupcake



    FOUR HEARTS--I've seen this author's work, perused the blurbs and I didn't bite.

    But this blurb was the prettiest show pony with SRAL approved buzz words and themes:


    widower still grieving after partner's passing (bring on the pain)
    widower has kidlets AND needs a manny
    manny is the widower's best friend's little brother
    best friend's brother has had a crush on widower since his teens
    AGE GAP
    NAVY SEAL


    RING A DING DING!!! GUESS WHO IS COMING HOME WITH ME?



    Of course, I lassoed the hell out of this book and gobbled all the words.

    Being as it's my first Annabeth Albert read, I'm not sure how it rates on the Annabeth Albert scale. If this was very on her A-game or there's better? *shrugs*

    I was entertained and had a great time reading At Attention.

    23 year-old Dylan gets a chance of his lifetime when his unrequited crush hires and moves him in his San Diego home for the summer. Dylan's crush, 34 year old Apollo needs a nanny to take care of his adorable 4 year old twins whole Apollo works on a naval base. This book can be read as a standalone, I wasn't lost. And I'm curious about the previous and future pairings.

    Dylan tries to tamp down his lusty feelings as Apollo works through his grief. Two years has passed but there is no time limit on grieving. And Apollo is a grumpy, more reserved bundle of emotions. He would take time to start to contemplate having feelings for another man. Luckily, Apollo's libido isn't broken. And try as he might, he can't deny the easiness he has with Dylan. The camaraderie and sharing his daily worries of being a single parent added more base to their friendship foundation formed with Dylan was just a teen.

    The story is a good mix of nerdy, adorable, (lightly) angsty, sexy and sweet. Dylan can't stop his feelings from blooming once again. Apollo sees his friend's kid brother in a new light, an adult. They try going the friendship route on equal terms, but their bodies won't be denied.

    The sex in this book?




    The sex was...hot. If I had to give it a flavor, it's hot vanilla custard. Sweet, varied and with a hint of spice. (highlights: intercrural (yay!), frottage, light domination/ control a smidge of exhibition) There is mirror sex but, it could've been hotter in my opinion. I might have been spoiled by a hotter mirror scene in another NA series I've read.

    The grieving and the time given for Apollo to work through his process was more important factor for me. Apollo plays hot and cold. The ghost of his lover is one he surrounds himself with daily and it's hard to break through. Dylan makes him crack through the shell. Plus, he's possessive and doesn't want any other guy getting Dylan's time. He wants it all to his self. That was bonus characteristics that I enjoy. The possessiveness and the control in the bedroom (of course).

    The best bonus of all? Dylan wasn't a pushover. And he spoke his mind even if might hurt, be it himself or Apollo. I'm #teamDylan all day!

    This story was really good. Not Earth shattering, or extremely memorable. For all themes it had going on, it worked. The writing is easy to read, all of the characters are likeable. All of them from kids to grandmas. I really liked how it ended, well maybe before the fluffed ending. It was added sugar I could have done without. But HEA lovers will totes lurve it.

    This couple totally worked for me and I see them having a long loving future ahead of them.

    Recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary, like the tropes I listed and wallow in second chance romance.

    Come join me as I ride my pretty pony into the sunset.



    #NoRegrets #teamDylan

    A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.
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