Hitman’s Baby (Mob City book 2)

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What’s it about?

I didn’t tell Roman we had a son. I didn’t know.

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This town was going to sh*t long before I got here. Alexandria’s the kind of place that attracts the scum of the earth – people like me. It’s a real mob city. The only person doing a damn thing to turn it round was Ellie. But I barely met her before her abusive ex stole her away – and left her in a coma.

I’ll remember the night we shared until my dying day. Fate snatched her away from me once, but this time I’m not giving him a say. Ellie’s been hurt more in her life than anyone I’ve ever met. So when Victor Antonov put a hit out on her, I knew I had to stop it. I had to save her. Victor’s about to find out what happens when you threaten the woman I love.

I’m going to make him pay.

Ellie

I don’t remember what happiness feels like.

Four years with Rick saw to that. When the police locked him away, Roman showed me how to feel again, how to hope – and how a man should treat his lady. And then Rick broke out of jail. Seeing him in that dark alleyway was the last thing I remember. And I forgot. I forgot everything: love, and hope – and even Roman himself.

Now my life’s in the balance, and every gangster in Alexandria is hunting for me. There’s only one man on my side, a killer called Roman. He stirs something inside me, and every time I see him, my body aches. It’s trying to tell me something, trying to reveal a secret…

I just don’t know what.

Please note, this book contains scenes of violence (not between the hero/heroine!) A proportion of profits will be split between two national domestic violence charities.

You can buy a copy of this book on Amazon UK / Amazon US.

Review

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This is the second book in the Mob City series but can be read as a standalone.

This is the first novel I read by Holly Hart and I’m going to come out with it straight away, it wasn’t really my thing. It happens. The biggest deal breaker for me was that I missed some reality and believability. Let me start with this: if you were chased by some killers, wouldn’t your first thought be why? When finally an explanation is provided, all Ellie can say is oh well, this explains why. For being such a great investigative reporter (which she actually remembers being), she really doesn’t feel the impulse for a little digging into the matter and just lets it come over her.

There were a couple of other things that I had a strife with. One of them is Ellie’s character in fact. I felt it a bridge too far that she goes from being a punching bag for Rick to being a true heroine, not afraid to go pick a fight with the bad guys (although she should know by now that she can’t win these fights). Moreover, if there are two people in the world who would have trust issues, it should be Ellie and Roman, yet they put their blind faith into the good intentions of a stranger like it’s nothing.

Then there were some things that didn’t correlate: if someone was kidnapped in the hospital, wouldn’t the police be involved and investigate this? Why did the bad guys do a kidnapping at all if she wasn’t meant to wake up? And why does it say in the blurb that her body is trying to tell a secret and does it say first that she had a son? I felt that should have been a surprise.

Anyway, it did have some great qualities too, my favorite part of the book was definitely the beginning where I could read about Ellie’s struggle with Rick, and what I liked very much too was the fact that the cover of this book suggested maybe otherwise but I was happy there was just a smut scene or 2 which didn’t take pages on end like in some other books. Maybe I’m just used to books with a huge amount of accuracy and detail. If that’s the thing, you should hold out on this one. If you like just the whole bad boy and mobster scene setting, you might find this to your liking.

I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Six of Hearts (Heart Series Book 1)

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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars_1457015727_81_246_96_2

What’s it about?

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her. I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this – if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

You can buy a copy of the book on AmazonUS / AmazonUK.

Review

For the ones whose childhood was stolen. No matter your age, it’s never too late to steal it back. Believe in the unbelievable, because this world we live in is magic. (Dedication book)

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Six of Hearts was an unexpectedly captivating read. I love magic and I was interested in this book from the moment that I read it was about an illusionist. Jay has mad skills of observation, persuasion and trickery and they are played out here in the perfect way. It did help too that the book was (and still is) a free download on Amazon ;-).

Six of Hearts was certainly a magical read. I’m not only talking about Jay’s job which was a hundred kinds of awesome to read about, there is also a bit of magic happening between him and Matilda. What am I saying, there was a lot of sexual innuendo, a lot of teasing and flirting and I loved the slow burn. The banter and sexual tension buildup between Jay and Matilda was brilliant. This is what I call 50 shades of hotness! Jay Fields is one of the most sexy characters I’ve read about. He’s charismatic, protective and the perfect alpha male.

So yes this is a love story, but it is also about justice and revenge. In the first part of the book the focus is more on the love story while there’s an ongoing air of mystery you can’t ignore, but in the second half Matilda grows really wary of Jay’s secretive behavior and she’s starting to ask questions about some nonsensical actions. It had me wondering too.

Jay is suing a journalist called Una in this story because she slandered his name in the media by claiming he’s responsible for the death of a volunteer after he attended his show. Matilda’s father is a lawyer and that’s how he came to meet Matilda and her father. I kept trying to guess how his revenge on a journalist fit into the story but couldn’t fully figure it out. My heart was in my throat as Jay’s plans unfolded while his court case was full under way.

If you are keen to read about the torturous attraction between two characters, mixed with a skillfully constructed and unique plot line, I strongly advise you to give this novel a go.

Remove Before Flight

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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars_1457015858_81_246_96_2

What’s it about?

In the first book of the Taking Flight trilogy, we were along for the ride as college freshman Cory Sorrano started her first year of flight school and found herself in the center of a steamy love triangle between her classmate Samson Wallis and flight instructor Cole Turner. Book One concluded with Cory making a surprising choice – but will she stick to it?

Book Two follows Cory as she begins her summer internship with a charter airline in Washington, D.C. As much as she’s enjoying her work, how will she deal with the office bully or her flirtatious mentor? Meanwhile, Samson is continuing his summer studies at Southern Gulf University. Will he be able to stay focused even as an old love interest begs for his help? And lastly we have Cole, who has graduated and is starting his journey as a professional pilot. He’s struggling to let go of his feelings for Cory and he may have found just the cure for his heartbreak in the form of a sexy Latina pilot named Ana.

You can purchase a copy of this book on AmazonUS / AmazonUK.

This is the sequel of Taking Flight (Book One in the Taking Flight Trilogy). Read my review of Taking Flight here.

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Review

If you are a fan of love triangles, you will looooooove Remove Before Flight. Book Two in the Trilogy focuses on both Cole and Samson again, and all the passion, jealousy, lies, and betrayal that come along with Cory’s feelings for both of them.

Cory left for a summer internship with Monumental in DC, Samson is staying on campus and Cole is staying with Cory’s parents while he becomes a professional pilot working for a commercial line.

The three of them so far apart from each other, you’d think there could not be any problems, but you would be wrong. Even though Cory is with someone now and she has the PERFECT boyfriend, the other guy is always on the outskirts of her thoughts, forever present in the back of her mind. His words that he will always love her, and they could have been good together.. she just can’t let go. It’s kind of fascinating, sweet and ugly at the same time to watch what insecurities and jealousy can do to a perfect relationship.

I can definitely recommend this book to readers who like to read something hot and steamy. There was a lot of sizzling action in many a place. Where Cory still held the V-card firmly in the previous novel, she has turned into a real minx in the sequel. Unfortunately, I’m not really a big fan of a lot of sex in books, unless there is a really good reason to do so or it forms the conclusion of the perfect build-up. I like it to be the cherry on top but I’m really more of a fan for that sweet seductive tension between two characters. Here, I felt it didn’t pull my strings but it’s probably just me. If you’re a fan of On Dublin Street (Samantha Young), or Fifty Shades, this is probably more your kind of book. What I did like were the sweet letters Cory exchanged with Cole and how they got to know each other better. Yes I secretly heart Cole. There is only this real tension for me on the one side so I kind of kept looking forward to reading these parts and rooting for them. I didn’t anticipate though how it would all come crashing down. I can only tell you that Remove Before Flight ends with an amazing cliffhanger.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author and GenuineJenn in exchange for my honest opinion*

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Rating : 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars_1457015858_81_246_96_2

What’s it about?

Aspen Kirkland is a slut. Or at least, that’s what she’s spent all of high school believing. So when she goes to visit her estranged father the summer after graduation, she has no reason to believe things will change. But then she finds her childhood best friend Sean again, and everything changes. Sean is smart, driven and Harvard-bound: everything Aspen isn’t. But the more time she spends with him, the more she feels their old connection. He makes her feel like the person she was before high school, before her life did a 180. But Aspen doesn’t want to change, and she doesn’t want to make any more mistakes. Between her renewed friendship with Sean, a cute local boy and the revelation that her father may not be as clueless as she once thought, Aspen feels the ground shifting beneath her every day. As the summer unfolds, she finds herself working to reconcile her past, present and future, and carve out a place in her constantly changing universe to call home.

You can purchase a copy of this book on AmazonUK / AmazonUS.

Review

This is Elizabeth Murphy’s debut novel. She pens down a girl’s struggle with her past, her parents and the future. Aspen has problems in all of these areas and we follow her tackle these problems one by one. At the end of the book I was really satisfied and although it seemed hopeless in the beginning, it is really a feel good story.

Aspen Kirkland has a tenuous relationship with her father at the start because he was not much around, she only spoke to him like four times a year on the phone, he’s even always absent when she’s at his place for the summer. And then he springs another surprise on her and she doesn’t even know how to feel about it. He’s also always asking her about what she’s going to do in college. Frankly, she doesn’t really have any idea yet what she wants to do in her life. And then last of all, she’s been feeling bad about herself, sleeping with so many guys, starting in her junior year with a guy named Nick. It wasn’t at all how she imagined it to be. At the time she thought it gave her power over them, but it really just leaves her with a hole in her heart afterwards. She’s not proud of her past, yet finds it difficult to change. Old habits die hard. Luckily she has her friend Hannah and I really liked what a good friend and voice Hannah was. And she also reconnects with her former best friend Sean, the one she had to leave to go live with her mother in Austin when her parents divorced. She meets him again at a chance encounter and they pick up right where they left off. She forgot what fun it was to be around him. But then a hot looking high school student pops up and she’s feeling her old tactics resurface.

This was certainly an enjoyable read but I still found it a bit hard at times to follow her actions in the past. I still don’t fully comprehend why she went through so many guys if it didn’t give her any satisfaction and that it was all coming forth from her first bad experience, or why she and Will really had to break up, her thinking pattern is hard to follow. I guess that’s a teenager for you, it’s not always very logical. On the other hand, I really liked how it all evolved in positive things, and I loved the last chapters, I even felt a bit emotional.

*I received a free copy of this book from GenuineJenn in exchange for my honest opinion*