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review 2017-11-22 21:05
Dark and gritty
Reclaim Me (The Jaded Series Book 2) - Alex Grayson,Toj Publishing,Karen McAndrews

Mac and Mia's story is a second chance romance that was a long time coming and for a small town, Jaded Hollow is certainly full of secrets. While ten years going by without anyone finding out what broke this pair up requires a bit of suspension of belief, Mac and Mia are so good together that you can't help but root for them. The story is well-written and the author has a writing style that quickly pulls you into the lives of the people of Jaded Hollow. From Bailey's continuing to come out of her protective shell, to Nick dealing with his loss and Andrew's quirky, fun-loving flirtations, even the secondary characters are endearing and interesting, making this reader want to know more about them. Mac and Mia's journey back to each other is filled with angst that is quite dark in its nature, but with love and trust, there comes a ray of light in that darkness. Reclaim Me is more than just a romance, it's a tale of family, love, loss, and finally hope.

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review 2017-11-03 16:53
Dark, disturbing, and finally, hopeful
Shatter Me (The Jaded Series Book 1) - Alex Grayson,TOJ Publishing,Hot Tree Editing

Shatter Me is dark, disturbing, and hopeful. That sounds like a strange combination, but those most accurately describe the overall feel of the story for me. Bailey's story starts when she's on the run from a truly vile man, one who is also her husband. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, mostly in the form of nightmares, of the horrendous abuse and torture that she suffered at Steven's hand. Add to that the abuse she endured during her childhood, and many parts of this one are absolutely heart-wrenching. The hope comes in when she lands in Jaded Hollow, Ohio and quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.

There were a few things that require a certain suspension of belief, like how she so easily trusts Jaxon and how no one ever questioned Steven's actions, but this is fiction, after all, and some liberties can be allowed to keep a story moving along. 

Shatter Me is very emotional and those emotions do come across vividly. The characters are interesting and well-written, stirring feelings that make you want to root for them or see them get their just desserts, depending on the character. 

Overall, the author has painted a picture of small-town, America, with people that are willing to help others. Jaxon and his friends and family give Bailey that hope that she so desperately needs in her life and I will be checking out the next book in the series - I'm dying to know what's up with Mia and Mack. 

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review 2017-09-15 22:02
Mind blowing read
Pitch Dark - Alex Grayson,A.M. Wilson Author

I can't think of the last time a book held me so completely riveted. Parts of this story were very graphic that they were truly hard to read and both terrifying and heart wrenching, particularly when the abuse is detailed, but at the same time, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know who Doe was and if Niko found the resolution he sought. The book is wonderfully written and so well done that it was easy to see myself, right there, watching it all play out. With its whiplash inducing twists and horrifying acts of a madman that is so much scarier than any of the things that go bump in the night. This is one tale that will stick with me and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. Wilson and Grayson make a great team and are certainly authors to watch. 

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review 2017-09-15 12:32
RELEASE/REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Pitch Dark by A. M. Wilson and Alex Grayson
Pitch Dark - Alex Grayson,A.M. Wilson Author
Pitch Dark is exactly that... dark! It comes with trigger warnings, and the authors even say to contact them before you read if you have any questions. Don't take this lightly!
 
Niko was best friends with Aislin, and was the only one who didn't believe she had run away. At only fifteen-years-old though, Niko had a hard time getting anyone to believe him, and so Aislin was never found. He never stopped looking for his North though, and even became a police officer so he could carry on. What happens next is twisted and full of red herrings, guaranteed to keep you guessing until the end.
 
This book is written from different perspectives - Niko's, Lelu's, and sometimes, the big bad. Trust me when I say that it doesn't matter which perspective it is from, it's got some very grim parts in it. Niko is a bit over the top with his anger issues, although you have to see that to appreciate how he softens towards Doe. There was one particular point when my fingers curled, due to how well written a scene was. It turned my stomach, but it was excellent.
 
Like I said before, there are twists and turns, plus red herrings all thrown at you. You will think that you know who it is, and then you will doubt yourself. I had it right all along, and yet I was still surprised by the ending. At one point, I even convinced myself that a different character hadn't been shot and killed, and it was him doing it - all because the authors said that he wasn't identified due to him not having a face!
 
Pitch Dark is excellently written and is seamless between the two authors. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disturbed my reading flow. This story was dark and horrible, but it also had hope, and a glimmer of light. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with o requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
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review 2017-03-16 06:44
Bare Yourself by Alex Grayson Book Review
 
 


 
Bare Yourself

by Alex Grayson
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Reviewed by: Angels
Format: Kindle
 
Published: Alex Grayson and Amazon Digital
Source: ARC
Genre: Contemporary Romance,Romance,Erotica,
Bad Boys


My name is Tegan Zander, and I like to… bare myself. Yes, you read that right. It’s not just me I want everyone to see, but also the lucky person I’m with at the moment. No, I don’t go around whipping out my junk and pulling up skirts to flash all the Joe Blows around. Give me some credit; I’m a bit more discreet than that. Barely. No, I like to be watched while fucking. I like knowing someone else is in the room, getting off on what my partner and I are doing. This is my sexual vice, and I fucking love it.

What I don’t do is relationships. I have too much fun in my bachelor life. I don’t want to be tied down to one woman when there are still so many out there to explore.

Willow Bennett was just a woman I helped on the side of the road. Nothing more, nothing less, even if her hot little body demanded attention from mine. I did my good deed, kissed those sweet lips, ground my jean-covered length against her softness, and left, expecting to never see her again.

But then, there she was, in her short skirt, tank top, and flip-flops, looking sexy as hell. She didn’t know it yet, but she was my next plaything. I was going to expose her along with me. I was going to show her just how good it could be if she lost her inhibitions and let me put her on display.

I don’t do relationships, but with this girl, I just might… expose my heart to her.

 
 
 

 
 
Tegan and Willows Story

 
 
 
We are starting off by staying this is a first time author for us an we throughly enjoyed our first read by her.I have read a lot of erotica books but, not one that dealt with issues of sexual addictions so this plot was something new for us and a nice change to read something different.
 
I really enjoyed the characters that I read about.I thought they were fun,humorous,had amazing sexual chemistry and both had a great group of friends adding even more humor to the story that had a more serious story line.I loved all the side characters as well as some of those characters dealt with the same issues as Tegan did whether it was from sexual abusive to a sexual addition.They were all supportive of one another and open about their own additions making it easy to talk among themselves I liked that they had an ear to bend when one needed one as they understood what they were going through and could relate.
 
Omg from the very first pages this couple started setting the pages on fire making it a super hot read.I never really expected this couple to hook up and stay that way.I expected a one night stand and nothing more due to the demands and needs that Tegan needed to find sexual gratification. Tegan was into voyeurism and public displays when having sex and this was something he needed to do in order to find fulfillment.Now how do you find a partner into the same kind of sex you are?


 
I always pick a favorite character and this time around it was a really tough choice but I am going to pick Tegan. I picked him because he was just and fun and love able guy but, the main reason is I was attracted to him because  he was very open about his addiction and his needs and also with his childhood sexual abuse. Tegan  certainly had hang ups about sex but, the abuse itself never broke him he just learned to deal with it and moved on.Another reason is that he continued to see to his dying mother even though it was her that lead to the abuse to happen in the first place.My heart went out to Tegan as I could not even fathom the kind of emotions he must have been experiencing just by being in the same room with his mother.The author did an amazing job allowing you to experience all these emotions as well creating heartbreak for us to.This man was sexy as hell  . He definitely made a girls panties wet just by looking at you. Tegan just dripped with sex appeal. Omg ! Can't you say he set fire to my blood as well !I loved his playful banter. I loved how he pushed the limits with Willow without putting her in danger.I love how he found himself possessive of Willow a first for him and how uncomfortable it made him feel.It was nice seeing him out of his comfort zone. Willow actually made him feel things without just going through the motions.
 
I loved Willow as well.I really liked the fact that this couple had amazing chemistry together and that Willow was willing to push the limits as well.I liked that fact that she was open minded.I like that fact that she didn't run off as soon as she heard what sexual kinks Tegan had and was willing to at least try new things.I think that Willow needed someone like Tegan to push her out of her own sexual comfort zone and by doing so she was experiencing the best sex of her life.Some of Tegan's and Willow's sexual encounters set flames to the pages along with scorching the sheets as well.I love how this couple made sex fun and exciting as well as adventurous  .They were such a cute couple together.


 
My favorite scenes would have to be those that happened at Blackie's. I really think this bar had a helping hand in their relationship as they were able to explore each other in a safe environment along with getting off on the need for voyeurism as the bar tended to attract those with similar tastes. I especially loved that single unexpected moment when he asked her to be his.What and unexpected twist that had that OMG factor that I never saw coming.It had me laughing out loud.Did he really just do that ? For real?
 
Overall one super hot read .Can you say fanning myself more than once.I loved all the character's as well with their wacky personalities adding that bit of extra humor to the story.I loved the plot and those unexpected twists and turns that occurred.I enjoyed seeing new relationships foraged as well as putting ghosts to rest.I loved that both of the main character's had amazing personalties which made me even more drawn to them and able to connect with them.A compelling read that kept your interest and blood pressure up from the couple's very first encounter along with several of those unexpected omg moments.I loved this story from beginning to end.
 
 
Recommend read to all looking forward to reading this first book in its series.This book goes into the keeper pile to re-read again and again.A well done delightful story.
 
 
 
Arc provided from author for an honest review and we are giving this story 5 stars.Well done!
 
Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.

 
 
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