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review 2018-10-10 12:49
How Much the Heart Can Hold - Various

Seven stories about seven forms of love. Can there be that many really? Well yes as How Much the Heart Can Hold shows. Each of the stories in this collection focus on a different form of love: La Douleur Exquise – the exquisite pain of unrequited love; Pragma – a longstanding love; Philautia – self love, which can either be narcissism or a noble understanding of the self; Mania – a love that is without rational thinking; Storge- familial love; Eros – romantic love or desire and Agape – unconditional, altruistic love.

 

This collection takes the concept of love and turns it on it’s head. These are not traditional love stories for they are not inspired by the traditional concept of love. As you read some, the love that is the inspiration to the story is obvious, with others it is more subtle, emerging from the story sometimes after it has long since been read.

As with any collection there were stories I enjoyed more than others. The ones that standout for me are Codas by Carys Bray, White Wine by Nikesh Shukla and the final story, The Human World by Bernadine Evaristo.

 

Codas is a moving tale of familial love, in more than one respect and one in which many readers may see reflections of their own lives. White Wine is a story of self love but not of the narcissistic type. In it we see the internal battle to love who we are, that attempts to change our core to pleases others is often futile, that the issue is the other person’s alone and that this realisation is about finally loving ourselves. The Human World is based on altruistic love, of its futility and it’s reward and is thought-provoking in its concept.

 

All of the stories have the ability to effect the reader. Love is, after all, one of the ruling emotions for humans. The stories are moving, thought provoking, familiar and also unknown.

 

A varied, interesting, contemplative collection, with an unusual but effective theme.

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review 2018-09-17 00:00
Hold Tight
Hold Tight - Harlan Coben My first Harlan Coben book. Will definitely not be my last. The story itself was really good, but not the best I've read. I absolutely love his writing style though.
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review 2018-08-25 08:00
BLOG TOUR Review: The Hangman's Hold (DCI Matilda Darke #4) by Michael Wood
The Hangman's Hold - Michael Wood

ISBN: 978-0008311629

 

Published by: Killer Reads (24th August 2018)

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

 

There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness of your living room. As soon as you get home, he will kill you – hang you by the neck – and make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.

 

He knows your darkest secrets.
The police are running out of time. DCI Matilda Darke is facing her worst nightmare: a serial killer pursuing his own brand of lethal justice, whose campaign of violence is spreading fear throughout the city.

 

And he is closer than you think.
As the body count rises, Matilda is personally targeted and even her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?

 

Review:

DCI Matilda Darke is such a beautifully written character. She's strong - capable of barking out orders with a ferocity that demands results, yet has a beguiling fragility as a result of the most unimaginable emotional trauma. In The Hangman's Hold, Matilda faces losing her very sanity as she and her team hunt down a vigilante serial killer who has decided to take matters into their own hands. 

 

This is an intriguing book that grabbed my attention from the outset. The Hangman character is utterly creepy and made me feel uneasy enough to look over my shoulder as I read, but at the same time I felt compelled to keep reading to find out what they would do next! There are many personal and professional relationships within the police team that get tested to the max when the elusive killer seems to be out of their grasp. With more twists and turns than a hangman's noose, this novel also really made me think. When is a crime paid for? 

 

Michael Wood has managed to squeeze all the elements needed for a brilliant crime novel into a truly engrossing read. DCI Matilda Darke is fast becoming one of my favourite characters because she is just so real. I'd like to thank the author, Harper Impulse, Killer Reads and Netgalley for providing an ARC. This is my unbiased review. 

 

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review 2018-08-22 22:43
Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)
 Hold You Close - Andi Arndt,Melanie Harlow,Corinne Michaels,Tor Thom

 

Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)

It's hard to be at your strongest when dealing with life at your weakest. Ian and London have a history that borders on contentious. He broke her heart. She hits at his ego. All that changes when a tragedy rocks their lives and forces them to face painful truths about themselves, each other and the new responsibilities that are headed their way. Hold You Close is all heart with some heat thrown in for good measure. It's a tale of love, loss, growth and family with a side of second chances. With dynamic duos like authors Harlow and Michaels and narrators like Ardnt and Thom leading the way, Hold You Close is a heartache you won't soon forget.

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review 2018-08-21 10:00
Release Day Review! Hold On Tight (Lazarus Rising #6) Cynthia Eden!
Hold On Tight - Cynthia Eden

 

 

Lazarus super soldier Jett is the perfect predator. He’s faster, stronger, and far deadlier than a normal man—because he isn’t normal. Brought back from the dead, Jett is supposed to be little more than a machine. His heart should be ice cold, but it’s not. His heart beats fast and hard for the one woman he should never be able to possess, Savannah Jacobs.

 

He’s the hero she didn’t expect.

When Savannah is kidnapped, she doesn’t think she’ll escape her captors. Then mysterious Jett breaks in and takes out all of the men in the room—the masked men who’d yanked her right off a busy public street—and Jett barely breaks a sweat in the fight. Jett is tall, dark, and as sexy as every sin that Savannah can imagine. When he takes her to safety, desire explodes between them. Savannah falls fast and hard for Jett…then he walks away.

 

But he broke her heart.

Jett knows he can’t have Savannah. A woman as perfect and sweet as Savannah can’t possibly stay in the nightmare that is his world. He gives her up—the hardest thing he’s ever had to do—and disappears from her life. But then Jett learns that he’s been set-up. Savannah was kidnapped as part of a dark plan to throw her and Jett together, and, now, Savannah is in more danger than ever before. She’s pregnant with his child—the first woman to conceive the child of a Lazarus test subject—and Jett’s enemies will stop at nothing to get her and the baby she carries.

 

And she can’t ever forgive him.

Jett has to protect Savannah—and the baby. His problem? Savannah hates him, and she knows nothing about the secrets he carries. He has to earn back her trust, he has to fight for the woman who owns his heart…and he also has to reveal the painful truth about himself to her. Jett is a dead man walking. A soldier without a soul.

 

HOLD ON TIGHT…the Lazarus soldiers are back, and they are ready to raise some hell.

 


The Lazarus soldiers are back in another exhilarating and explosive romantic suspense that holds on tight to readers from beginning to end. Jett and Savannah draw readers in with their strong, convincing characters and their electrical chemistry during a progressive relationship that is full of major obstacles, sizzling red-hot passion and thrilling danger. The readers easily connect to these two characters as they navigate their romance while fighting off bad guys that have a very long reach and readers can’t help but become caught up in their story.

 

Adrenaline pumping thrills and excitement keeps readers glued to the pages as an enemy with a diabolical and long term plan tries to capture or eliminate Jett and Savannah. Surprising twists and explosive action ensures that there is never a dull moment throughout this fast paced and smooth flowing plot that the author has brought to brilliant life with her well written words and brilliant creativity.

 

I can’t get enough of the page turning Lazarus Rising series and Jett and Savannah’s story is one fascinating no-holes barred, read that I couldn’t put down. The story is in two parts as it begins with how Jett met Savannah and the second part picks up in the present where Jett discovers that is entirely possible for him to father a child. The whole concept of these altered military men and their devious enemies is intriguing and with some unique elements that makes it different from others and ensures that readers come back for more, needless to say, I am looking forward to the next book.

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40389476-hold-on-tight

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/hold-on-tight-by-cynthia-eden

 

Author - https://cynthiaeden.com/books/hold-on-tight/

 

 

is the 6th book in the Lazarus Rising series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/215964-lazarus-rising

 

Author - https://cynthiaeden.com/series/lazarus-rising/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DM2SP15?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

which includes

 

1 Never Let Go
2 Keep Me Close
3 Stay With Me
4 Run To Me
5 Lie Close To Me
6 Hold On Tight

 

 

 

Available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07DHYCY7L/cynthiaeden-20

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?ean=2940162076407

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=spleDwAAQBAJ&PAffiliateID=1011lnXQ&pcamrefid=cynthiaeden-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1394116419?mt=11&uo=6&at=1l3vpNn&ct=cynthiaeden-20

 

Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781942840466

 

 

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.

 

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

 

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

 

Website - http://www.cynthiaeden.com/

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiaeden

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cynthia-eden

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaedenfanpage

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/cynthiaeden

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/cynthiaedenauthor/

 

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