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text 2017-11-01 02:00
October Re-cap
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios
The Treatment - Suzanne Young
Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing,Jennifer Fournier,Karissa Laurel
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

It was a long, busy month, filled with remodeling my bedroom, starting some schooling for myself, and my oldest moved out of the house too...but I still managed to get quite a bit of reading and listening in.  It was a well rounded reading month with 2 DNF's and a couple books under 3 Stars and 2 new favorites.

 

 

 

(Kindle eBook) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:   10/02

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Finish Date:  10/04

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  10/08

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan

Finish Date:  10/08

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Sustained by Emma Chase

Finish Date:  10/10

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

Finish Date:  10/12

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Finish Date:  10/15

3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

Finish Date:  10/20

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Kindle eBook) If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/21

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (review pending)

Finish Date:  10/29

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

2 DNF's both Netgalley ARC's

 

Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane

 

 

 

Soulless by Jacinta Maree

 

 

12 books total (including DNF's) for a total of 3,983 pages read including Audio.

2 Netgalley ARC's, 6 Audiobooks and 4 eBooks. 

 

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review 2017-10-21 01:35
It's difficult to put into words how I felt about this book, but I'll try…
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain

 

 

Book Title:  Gun Shy

Author:  Lili St. Germain

Genre:  Dark, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Setting:  Gun Creek, Nevada

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters: 4/5

The Feels:  5/5  5youfuckedwithmyheadSTARS

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5 (An uncomfortable 5)

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

Just when you think that this story has given you all the fucked-up-ness that it can give…it gives you a little more, and then…a little.  Bit.  More.  It was one of the craziest books, if not the craziest book that I've ever read. Period.  The only series that even comes close to this is The Dark DuetGun Shy is a different kind of crazy than that.  

 

It was both compelling and repulsive at the same time.  Oddly enough, it did have its sweet moments.  I don't believe I liked how it ended, though…well, at least parts of the ending.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  I don't know, it depends on my mood, I guess. 

 

 

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review 2017-10-06 21:09
Riveting
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain

Gun Shy is wonderfully written, as dark as it gets, and absolutely mind blowing. Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, I really didn't because a new layer of depravity would be added to a cast of characters already filled with it. The only drawback was the attack on one person (no spoilers here) and while we know who did it, it seems to just go away without being addressed. But, even that hole didn't diminish just how good this story is. The deeper Germain goes into the hearts of these characters and what they're capable of, the more riveted I became. 

This is not a story for the faint hearted and there is no sunshine and roses waiting at the end of this journey. Gun Shy is about a domino effect of one cruelty leading to another and bringing out the darkest parts of the people those cruelties are visited upon. While many things between the covers of this gripping tale may cause triggers in some, this is easily one the best psychological thrillers that I've read in quite some time and one that will stay with me for some time to come.

 

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text 2017-01-01 11:59
Empire - Lili St. Germain Jason was sixteen and Jason had found his mother who had been murdered by his father, John;s daughter -Juliette was with John, Mariana, and Jason. Jason and Juliette were in the first stages of love. Mariana was now secretly in love with John. Jason hadn’t even known Dornan until a few months ago. John also loves Mariana and wants to run away but Mariana won’t leave Jason behind. Mariana had been Dornan’s lover for ten years. Dornan had stopped his father from selling Mariana as a sex slave. John had been Dornan’s best friend for about twenty years. Normally Mariana would be working at making sure Emilio”s hefty cartel profits were funneled into all the right places. But it was Emilio”s birthday with a big family celebration. Jason wasn’t taken as Dornan was sure how Jason would react around the people who murdered his mother. Mariana was sleeping with two men - one she loved and one she was terrified of. Mariana had once loved Dornan but now she hated him. Mariana knew she had to leave or she would be dead. Dornan had killed Stephanie- Jason’s mom- because she had run away from him but was also pregnant by Dornan. When Mariana questioned Dornan about Stephanie and had kept asking and the disbelief that Dornan could do that, he beat Mariana and she had miscarried their child she had not told Dornan about yet. Mariana had to deal with the fact the man she once loved no longer existed. I am not sure how I feel about this final installment for this series . But i do now I cried in places while reading this story. I was sad that John never received the happiness he deserved. I did really like how Mariana found a way to play Marcus and Emilio. There was a lot in this story: love turned to hatred, more bloodshed, rape, corruption, murder, family, corruption, drama, plan for freedom. lies, federal involvement, betrayal and pain, and so much more. Maybe again a little too dark for me but I am sure there is people who will love this I was just tore. I did like the plot a lot, I liked the characters also and most of the ins and outs just not one of my favorite stories. However I still felt this was also a cliffhanger and didn’t like that even though there is The Gypsy Brothers MC series but I don’t plan on reading that. I would give this a 3.5 if i could. I don’t plan on reading anymore dark stories if i Can help it at least not this dark.
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review 2016-12-29 23:13
Kingpin - Lili St Germain

Mariana is dressed in smart business clothes five days a week. She was an accountant well technically a book keeper as she had to quit college before she actually got a degree. Her office was in the back of a strip club Mariana spoke to no one as she worked then Mariana was driven home straight after work to the home Dornan had picked out for her. Dornan was rough and dominate but he made Mariana feel safe and Dornan was her shelter. Mariana became addicted to Dornan and stayed that way for nine years. Nothing about Mariana’s life was normal. Mariana had a keeper when Dornan wasn’t around - a roommate of sorts. Mariana was a slave. Mariana laundered money for Emilio and felt she had paid her father’s debt but Emilio didn’t feel that way he felt he owned Mariana. Mariana had a son when she was a teenager -Luis -but her father took the baby as soon as he was born and forged adoption papers. Mariana’s boyfriend -her child’s father was Esteban had been murdered right before Mariana’s eyes. Dornan had saved Mariana from being sold into sexual slavery. Mariana still loved Dornan even though he was a combination of brutality and tenderness. Dornan also loved Mariana. John was Dornan’s best friend and president of the Gypsy Brothers MC. Mariana and John shared an office but John was seldom there. Mariana had learned a lot in the six months she had been in the office at the back of the Va Va Va Voom strip club which is how she laundered illegal money the MC got. Mariana learned John was kind, and thoughtful and loved his daughter and liked to surf. Mariana was very careful of her past and how she interacted with people. Six lives depended on Mariana: her dad, her mother,her sister, her brother, Luis and herself. John told Mariana if she ever wanted to leave to let him know and he would help her and hide her but Mariana knows she can’t leave. Mariana spends most of her time alone.Mariana only receives once a week visits from Dornan. When Mariana is in a very bad place she calls Dornan but is reminded of her place behind Dornan’s wife, family, and business. Then she calls John. Again mixed emotions on this story but I did like it better than the last. At least Mariana was shown some kindness by John. Also I wasn’t as shocked by Mariana’s story. I felt bad to see Dornan’s humanity dry up from what he seen and did. The only thing Mariana really had in her life has gone bad. John is attracted to Mariana after being faithful to his drug addicted wife for so long. Mariana now has a full time bodyguard named Guillerno who has become more like a brother. Mariana’s skills are quite useful to the Cartel. Murphy starts to blackmail Mariana but she then handles it herself. Again with the mixed feelings but I did like this story better than the first one. Dare say even enjoyed it more. But I no longer really liked Dornan as he had lost most of his humanity. I did really like John but I fear for his kind heart and where it will lead him. Especially the position he holds in the MC. I felt even worse for Mariana as Dornan changes into even worse of a monster for her. But a t least now Mariana has a couple of people in her life now. I liked how Murphy could only push Mariana so far then she tole care of things herself. But was disappointed to see the ending was a cliffhanger as I hate them.. So for some reason I feel the need to read the last story and I already have it so that helps. So even though this series is dark it help my attention for the most part even if i just skimmed some of the worst parts. I recommend.

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