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review 2018-02-12 06:05
Attraction
Cross Stroke (On The Edge) (Volume 1) - Elizabeth Hartey Tracey & Dak literally run into one another. She is starting over, since her chance at happiness was ruined at the last school she attended. This time, she plans to keep to herself and study. Dak is immediately attracted to Tracey. They have a lot in common. The both love to skate, hate to be considered anything but the best, and both want to be the boss. This story starts your heart pumping right from the very first chapter. The characters have excellent banter, heat, and ton of competition thrown in. I loved how fun and easy this story was to read. I never wanted to put it down. I simply cannot wait for the next book in the On The Edge series. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
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review 2016-12-08 19:22
I wanted this to be better than it was...
Limitless (The Underground Club Book 2) - SJD Peterson

Before I start trying to explain this one. Let's just take a minute to admire that cover. I mean seriously that guy is hot! Dark hair, nice trim beard, long legs all dressed up in leather and those abs? Seriously that's all just one yummy package. Ok, I might have spent a little time with this cover but can you blame me?

 

Now as for the book. I was really, really looking forward to this one. We were introduced to Nash and Joshua in the first book of this series and from the word go, I liked Nash. The guy just did it for me and Nash well he liked...no he wanted Joshua and he's the type of man who usually gets what he wants. What he didn't know was that when he got Joshua, he was getting one seriously messed up sub, but that's ok because once he found out, he didn't change his mind. He still wanted him, so needless to say I liked Nash even more.

 

We weren't really given a lot of info on either of these men in the first book and while this was their story I still feel like there's a lot more to know about Nash and Joshua, especially Joshua since this book was predominantly told from Nash's perspective.

 

I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more if there had been a bit more info about Joshua and more story from his perspective. He's one seriously damaged guy. He uses pain to escape from basically the world and himself. He uses the high he gets from the pain to keep himself from thinking too much. It's a dangerous game he's playing and one that could get him killed and almost has in the past.

 

Nash's responsibility as Joshua's DOM isn't just to help him establish safe boundaries. With Joshua, it's to help him find them and learn how to use them because Joshua doesn't believe in using safewords...he'd rather die. Joshua's past seems to be a melting pot of abandonment, abuse and neglect that I felt like we only ever saw tiny glimpses of given how messed up this young man is.

 

I had a harder time feeling the connection between Nash and Joshua than I did with the MCs in the first story and I think that was due in part to the fact that I just needed a bit more of Joshua's perspective to balance things out. I loved how much Nash cared and how hard he was willing to try and above all else I was grateful that while Nash used the D/s relationship that he and Joshua were trying to establish to help Joshua, it always felt like it was being done as an interim measure with the real goal being to get Joshua to willingly agree to seek the professional help he so desperately needs.

 

Nash knew that while he wanted to, and could, be the DOM who met Joshua's needs, he could only do that once Joshua was in a healthier frame of mind and that was something that he knew he wasn't equipped to deal with. The fact that he put so much time and effort into Joshua's mental and physical well being showed that Nash was definitely the perfect DOM for Joshua.

 

My biggest disappointment was the ending it was abrupt and it came just at the point when I was really starting to get into their story and feel a solid connection between these two men. I really needed more and I'm hoping that it'll happen in the form of another novel or even a novella, something to give these two the solid HEA they deserve and will have so definitely earned...especially Joshua. 

 

"Limitless" may not have been quite what I was expecting but I'm totally on board for more and I have faith that whatever didn't quite happen in this book for me is coming down the road so I have no plans to miss out on more Donovan and Seth or hopefully more Nash and Joshua and I have a sneaky suspicion that we haven't seen the last of Troy and only the beginning of Malcolm and a certain twink bartender named 'Conrad'...tell me that's not a story in the making? 

 

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An ARC of 'Limitless' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-23 00:00
Limitless (The Underground Club Book 2)
Limitless (The Underground Club Book 2) - SJD Peterson Reviewed at Sinfully.

3.5 stars


Joshua has had a lifetime of abuse and abandonment. SJD Peterson doesn’t delve too deeply into the details, but gives us enough to know where his mindset comes from. He believes he has nothing much to offer anyone and will do just about anything, take any pain, as evidenced by the prior dangerous and disastrous D/s relationship he barely got out of with his life, to find oblivion for a little while. Abandoned by that Dom, Joshua is lost and is looking for a Dom as a way to stay off the streets, not the best way to go about things.

Nash has had his eye on Joshua since he first saw him and he’s not too happy with the way he believes Master Troy is treating him. He’s heard from others at the club that Joshua has no limits and is a pain junkie. He wants nothing more than to take Joshua as his boy, but he thinks he might be in over his head, especially once the truth of Joshua’s situation comes out.

It may sound strange, but despite the BDSM, the many sex scenes and the short time they are together, the relationship progresses in a quiet, tender manner. Nash is insistent on letting Joshua know he is desired, not just for the pain he can take or the submission he offers, but for the kind man he is as well. The line blurring between Dom/sub and lovers, definitely has Joshua off-kilter, but it seems Nash knows just how to balance the two to give Joshua what he needs on all fronts.

There is no magic BDSM cure and I was glad to see Nash encourage Joshua to get professional help. Nash does use scenes to help Joshua see that he doesn’t need endless pain, but can satisfy his needs through his submission as well and learning to trust in Nash. Joshua’s past is heartbreaking, but the story didn’t feel overwhelmed by angst. It does color the present though and as much as Joshua has trouble believing he can find happiness he also feels the need to run when he starts to get a little taste of it. Nash, on the other hand, fears that Joshua will heal and leave him behind.

After all the time that is spent getting Joshua and Nash to agree to continue to work together, the ending was quite abrupt and left with a HFN; in fact I expected to find another chapter or Epilogue when I swiped the page and that disappointment did drop this from 4 to 3.5 stars for me. They have reached common ground as far as their contract goes, but still have a long road ahead of them in the relationship, especially when it comes to Joshua’s problems.

For anyone going into this story, know that it’s really about the start of a new relationship and the building of trust enough for Nash and Joshua to go forward. Joshua now wants and believes that he deserves what Nash offers and the two are happy to work towards their ultimate goal. I don’t know whether we will get more of these two in the future, but I would like to see what they could build as Joshua really begins to put his past to bed.

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Stricken
Series: The War Scrolls, Book One
Author: A.K. Morgen
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
 Release Date: March 8, 2016


 
 
 

 
It took only four months to bring the angels to their knees…
 
With a virus ravaging the fallen angels on earth, mankind’s symbol of love and hope is at risk of extinction.
Centuries ago, a group of angelic warriors known as The Fallen risked everything to save themselves and carve a future for their kind. Hope slips away as The Fallen and their kin are cut down by an ancient menace, LaMorte Nera—and no one saw it coming.
 Only one immortal can save them, and only one mortal can stand in his way…When Nephilim warrior Killian St. James sets out on a quest to find a cure, he and his blade-brothers discover nineteen-year-old Aubrey Carter—a human with a past as dark as it is mysterious—cowering in an abandoned house in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee.
 The corrupted races are chasing her, and Killian is determined to find out why…
But neither he nor Aubrey are prepared for their attraction to one another, or for the frightening truths lurking in the shadows. The painful childhood memories Aubrey has buried hold precious answers. Answers that threaten to tear Killian's world apart.
With her life hanging in the balance, Killian must choose between the future of The Fallen, and the human girl he's pledged to protect.
 
Demons are rising, and this time they plan to win the war for dominion once and for all.
 
 
                               
 
 
“Dude, come on!” Dom boomed.
 
Aubrey jumped, startled.
 
Killian noticed.
 
“Keep it down,” he barked.
 
Dom grunted, lifting a middle finger in the air. His eyes didn’t leave the television screen.
 
Killian frowned, his gaze narrowing on Dom.
 
“It’s fine,” Aubrey said before he could open his mouth to fuss at his brother. “Really.”
 
Killian hesitated a moment before turning back to her. “If he gets too loud for you, you can tell him to shut up.”
 
“He’s fine.” Aubrey smiled a little. “It reminds me of how things used to be, you know? Aaron and his friends were always so loud when they played video games. I’d forgotten what that was like.”
 
“You never played?”
 
Aubrey shook her head. “I preferred books. I still do.”
 
“Ah. Well, you’re welcome to browse my shelves if you need something to read,” he offered.
 
“Thanks.” Aubrey hesitated. “I’ve snooped a little. You have eclectic tastes.”
 
Killian shrugged. “I like variety.”
 
“Me too.”
 
They fell silent for a moment, watching Abriel and Dom battle on the screen. Aubrey had no idea what they were playing, but it looked like some sort of war game. People were running all over the place, weapons strapped to their bodies. Smoke drifted up from various places on screen. Mangled bodies littered the field where one of their characters ran, a grenade in his hand.
 
She shivered and turned away, only to find Killian watching her once more.
 
“Do you want them to turn it off?” he asked.
 
“No, that’s fine,” she said. “I just…do you guys honestly enjoy this kind of stuff?”
 
“What stuff?”
 
“War.”
 
“I don’t think anyone enjoys war.”
 
“So why play?”
 
“It keeps us sharp.” Killian shrugged.
 
“Oh.”
 
“Does it bother you?”
 
“What? War? Or war games?” she asked.
 
“The games.”
 
She thought about it a moment. “Not really. I guess I just don’t see the point to them. Isn’t the world violent enough already? There’s so much death and destruction. Why add to it unless you have to?”
 
“I think it makes humans feel safe,” Killian said.
 
Aubrey’s eyes widened.
 
“As you said, there’s so much death and destruction.” He turned his body toward her, leaning in. “Feeling like you have some measure of control over that makes it seem a little less overwhelming to most humans. And since your people can’t control what happens outside of their homes, they bring it inside, try to figure it out the best way they can.”
 
“I guess. I still don’t get it, though.”
 

“I know you don’t,” he said. Emotions danced through his eyes, so quickly she couldn’t catch them. But his gaze warmed her, and made her ache too. As if she craved something from him she didn’t quite understand. That same vast, bright thing that had called to her in the elevator so many days ago. His gaze locked with hers. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 
  •       Tell us a little about Stricken. How did you come up with the idea?
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 Stricken is an urban fantasy about angels, demons, and a lethal virus killing anyone with angel blood. Killian St. James, an angelic warrior, and his two brothers are searching for a cure when they find Aubrey Carter, a human with angel blood who's being hunted down by infected shapeshifters. Killian isn't sure why she's being chased, but offers to help her find out. The more he learns about her, the more he realizes that her past might just hold the answers he's seeking. Because he's falling for her, this presents all sorts of problems for him and for her, leading him to a choice between the future of his people and her life.
 
One of the Dead Sea Scrolls, called the War Scroll, strategizes the war between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness. While reading through it one day, I started wondering what if… and the idea for Stricken came. A conversation with friends prompted the inclusion of the virus, and the story just grew from there.
 
 
  •       Who is your favorite character in the series?
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 I really like Killian. He's very noble, fighting for the future of a race that doesn't necessarily like or accept him. He tries to do the best he can with what he has, and sacrifices a lot along the way. He's also protective of Aubrey, but recognizes her strength. He's very much an alpha, but he can be very sweet, too.
 
 
  •        What was the hardest part about writing Stricken? What was the easiest?
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 The hardest part was all of the research! I had to learn about virology and demonology and theology, not to mention mythology and folklore… it was a long process. But it was fascinating, so I'm definitely no complaining. The easiest part was the evolving relationship between Killian and Aubrey. They're both reserved and self-contained, and a little beyond believing in HEAs. It was fun getting to challenge that belief for the two of them.
 
 
  •       If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?
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I'd save Gunn from Angel! I loved his character. J. August Richards actually fake proposed to me as Gunn on Twitter once after I said I would totally marry Gunn. So, you know, we can't get fake hitched if he's not alive! Can I also save Hershel from The Walking Dead? I miss him.
 
  •    How much research went into the story?

 

 There was quite a lot of research involved. I had to learn about things like virology and engineering viruses and how they spread and mutate. And then I had to learn about demons and how and why the angels Fell and put all these complex ideas and pieces together in a cohesive manner. It was an exhaustive process.
 
 
  •       Tell us something about the series we don't know.

 

 When I first started writing Stricken, Killian was Fae, and then a vampire, and then a Fae again before I finally decided on Nephilim. He's evolved a lot as the story has evolved.
 
 
  •       Tell us something about you we don't know. What do you do for fun?
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 I'm a huge hockey fan. If the Blackhawks are playing, I'm screaming at the t.v. My Border Collie refuses to come into the living room if I'm watching them. I think he's slightly terrified of how insane I get. When they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, I dislocated my hip celebrating. My doctor still laughs at me about it.
 
 
  •       What else can we expect from you?
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 In addition to the War Scrolls series, I'm currently finishing up the Teplo Trilogy, which is for my adult readers, and All Over You, a companion of sorts to the All Falls Down duo. I also recently finished Flame, the third book in the Ragnarök Prophesies series, so hopefully that will be on shelves soon.
 
 
 
 
A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of twelve years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services and CJ field. 
 
 
Ayden also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname Ayden K. Morgen.

 
 
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