Saturday, 5 September 2015

Writing group meetups in London anyone?

Hey guys,

I'm looking for writers who would like to join me, maybe twice a month at the least for a writers group! Idea is to have writing support – crit, encouragement etc. consistently. It'd be over a glass of wine or coffee and hopefully we'd be having a laugh as well as getting some work done in the process. You do have to be in London or close enough to get in for the meetings, which could be in Central or wherever agreed depending on where you're based. It'd be nice to get a group of five or six people!

About me!

I'm in North London, and I write MM and Het, both contemporary and genre fiction (urban fantasy, sci-fi etc.), always with a romantic element though.

I spend way too much time watching ID channel (which is funny considering I've never even thought of writing crime fiction!) and have a healthy obsession with fanfiction, though I don't read nowhere near as much as I used to. In the interest of full disclosure, current obsessions are Derek/Stiles from Teen Wolf and Harry Hart/Eggsy Unwin from Kingsman!

At the moment I've got way too many ideas and am hoping to finish the outline on an Urban Fantasy MM romance set in London. Goals are to actually get beyond the first draft stage and get a novel I can pitch! Also have a short story I'd like to submit for an anthology.

So that's me in a nutshell. If you're interested, please drop me an e-mail or comment here, tell me a little about yourself and we can talk about availability and goals too. If you can't meet up because you're outside of London, but you'd still like someone to talk to sometimes, exchange ideas and general writer support, crit etc. then feel free to drop me a line anyway!

My e-mail is: a.mar_88@hotmail.com

I'm envisioning trope and kink bingos as future challenges lol, which, might be getting ahead of myself here, but would be good to have other people to just write for fun with, you know?

Anyway, I'll stop now. But yeah, that's about it guys!

Hope everyone has a good weekend :)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Camp NanoWrimo April 2015

Never participated in Camp NanoWrimo before so this will be my first go. I'm a bit confused about the camp mates etc. but I think I've gotten the gist of most of it and created a camp. I get that you could just randomly join one but it's hard when you do that to be paired up with other M/M writers and find that others aren't so happy to uh…read M/M. So is there anyone out there who is planning on participating and would like to join in? I think you can have up to eleven people per Camp.

So if you're interested, just leave me a comment or e-mail me and I'll invite you in? Or if you know of a camp doing a similar thing, if you could give he a heads up would be cool.

I'm still planning Felix's novel, but hopefully, once I hit April I'll be writing it like crazy and have a first draft on my hands by the end of the month. Still quite a bit of planning to do. But here's a hint of what it's about as put down on my Camp NanoWrimo novel profile:

Think Dresden Files but with Hell Hounds and gay romance.

Although even that isn't quite as accurate. I've got it listed under Horror/Supernatural – it'll certainly have elements of both and hopefully, more. And how about a picture of the inspiration for the main character? Check out Felix :D


Here is my profile over at Camp NanoWrimo Amar09!

The model Marlon Teixeira as Felix ♥

And if you'd like to see a few more characters in Felix, then stop by the Felix folder on Pinterest!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

This week's blog is interrupted...



Have spent this entire week sick, not the happiest way to spend my time *sigh* but getting a little better. Just in time to go back to work. Yay.

But, in the interest of posting something of interest, this was my week in books so far...

Sole Support by Kaje Harper
Sweet Fire by Sarah & Shannen Brady

Plan B by SJD Peterson

Pony by SJD Peterson

See a theme here?

Got a few more lined up for tonight, but have tried to change it up a little. What have you guys been reading?

Friday, 13 February 2015

Rec List - M/M Science Fiction



A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I'd be building rec lists for genres containing my favourite and recommended reads under them, so I'm starting out with the Sci-Fi list. This is just the first one and by no means complete. I'll be updating it and adding new favourite reads as and when.

I'll be setting up a side panel and linking to all the lists :)

But for now…

M/M Science Fiction

The Cassini Mission by Rob Colton

Summary
Dr. Aron Adler is ordered to take part in a rescue mission to a research colony located on an uninhabited planet in the outer rim. He is to immediately report to the U.S.C. Cassini, which will take Aron, two other scientists, and a unit of Union Marines to the colony. Once there, they are to assess the situation and retrieve any data or specimens.

Formerly a scientist in the Union Navy, Aron was dishonorably discharged following a court-martial for failing to obey orders. Stepping foot on the Cassini brings up old feelings he would rather forget. Shunned by the crew of the Cassini, Aron finds comfort in the arms—and bed—of Marine corporal Kane Robertson.

Upon reaching the colony, it becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. Once again, Aron is faced with a difficult decision: follow orders or follow his heart


Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artefacts by Lyn Gala

Summary
Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. He won't risk letting anyone come too close because he won't risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age. This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him.

Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam's past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to love.


Dark Space by Lisa Henry

Summary
Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He's also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag.

Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams.

Not that Brady’s got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn’t change the truth: Brady’s alone in the universe.

Now the Faceless are coming and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can’t stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam’s probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that’s okay. Guys like Brady don’t expect happy endings.


Grown Men by Damon Suede

Summary
Every future has dirty roots.

Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.”

When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.

Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.

Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.


5. Manbot by Scarlet Blackwell

Summary
Every home in the US now owns a housebot. The robots have revolutionised modern society, but were they made to fulfil all human desires?

When his friend, Mitchell, expresses sexual interest in his manbot, it sets Gray Benedict to thinking about his own hotbot, Kavan, a six foot three powerhouse made to obey Gray's every command. Gray doesn't want to take advantage of a machine, but when Kavan makes it clear he's happy to serve his owner in every possible way, what's a man supposed to do?


6. Turbulent by Lyn Gala

Summary
Corporal Jacqs Glebov is a simple soldier who wants a bunk, decent food and the company of other battle-hardened men and women who understand the realities of fighting. Instead he's stuck patrolling a remote corner of the border with cadets straight out of boot camp. They don't understand him, and he sure doesn't have an ounce of respect for them.

After a field promotion, Earth sends Commander Zeke Waters to the Candiru for some practical experience in a leadership role. Instead, Zeke falls in lust with the adamantly heterosexual Jacqs. The way Jacqs fights and the way he sees the world draws Zeke closer, even if common sense tells him to walk away.

Even if they can find a way to reconcile their sexual differences, they are both still soldiers. The war will eventually take them away from each other unless they can find a way to escape the rules that have defined their lives.


If you have any recs, just drop me a comment!

Have a great weekend everyone ;) ♥


Note: Summaries and covers taken from GR.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blog Tour: Rise & Fall by Charlie Cochet (Includes a Giveaway!)




I've been so excited for this post, you wouldn't believe it! But it's here and it's FANTASTIC! Take a look below for the book synopsis, , excerpt, review and giveaway!


Rise & Fall 

(THIRDS Series, Book #4) 

by Charlie Cochet 


Blurb: 
After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.


Excerpt


Dex sorted out all of Sloane’s pillows, fluffing them up and arranging them before bringing the tray over. Once Sloane was settled, Dex placed the tray over his lap and kissed him, tasting a faint hint of minty freshness.

Sloane stared down at the tray.

“Is it okay?” Dex asked. Had he forgotten something? “Eggs benedict and pancakes are your favorite, right?”

Sloane nodded.

“What’s wrong?”

“You made heart-shaped pancakes.”

Dex held back a smile. “Are they too unmanly? Should I have made them grenade-shaped? I’m sure Letty’s got a mold for those.”

Sloane chuckled. “No, hearts are fine. It’s real sweet. Thank you.”

Dex sat down on the edge of the bed beside him. He ran his fingers through Sloane’s hair feeling guilty for having left him on his own last night. Sloane could take care of himself, even if he was injured, but his partner was drugged up and obviously feeling a little out of it, considering his reaction to the heart shaped pancakes. Maybe it was time he took care of his partner like he’d promised he would.

“Why don’t you eat your breakfast while I shower, and we’ll watch a movie or something together?”

Sloane gave him a wide smile. “I’d like that.”

Dex left Sloane to his breakfast and went off to shower as quickly as he could. Showering wasn’t as much fun without his partner. As he lathered himself up, a naughty thought occurred to him. He’d also promised he’d make his partner purr. Finishing up, he could barely hold back his smile or the heat spreading through
him. Easy there, Daley. Don’t get yourself worked up yet. He dressed in his comfy
cotton pajama bottoms and a loose faded Back to the Future T-shirt before heading out into the bedroom. Sloane was smiling, his plate devoid of any evidence food had ever been on there. Wow, his partner had been
hungry. Really hungry. Starving. Sort of like after….

“Please tell me you didn’t.” Dex removed the tray and put it on the floor against the wall. He pulled the blanket back and tried to lift Sloane’s T-shirt, but his partner slapped his hand away. “Sloane, let me see, damn it.” He
grabbed Sloane’s wrist with one hand and managed to pull up the cotton shirt, cursing under his breath at the tiny beads of blood seeping through the bandage. “For fuck’s sake, did you try to shift?” When Sloane looked away, Dex had his answer. No wonder his partner was out of it. It wasn’t just the meds.
Sloane hadn’t recuperated from postshift. Dex opened the minifridge and found
it empty. “When?” He slammed the fridge door shut.

“Last night. After you called,” Sloane mumbled.

“Last night?” Dex put a hand to his head. Veggies and hummus were all well and good for Sloane’s Human side, but not for the Felid inside him. He needed meat, protein, and more than the packet of sliced chicken Dex had left him in the fridge. “Fuck. Sloane, you know you’re not supposed to attempt shifting. The
doctor said so, and it’s in the packet. To make matters worse, you do it when there’s no one here to perform postshift trauma care? With no access to the right foods? What were you thinking?”

“I’m thinking I need to fucking heal, and if that’s the quickest way to do it, then it’s a risk I’m willing to take!”

Sloane’s ferocity surprised Dex, and he took a step back. His partner’s pupils were dilated and his fangs slightly elongated. Fuck, what the hell was going on? It was like Sloane was having trouble controlling his feral side. Dex could see it. He could see the Felid inside Sloane staring back at him from behind glowing amber eyes. Could the meds be doing this? The recovery packet the doctor had given them specifically instructed Sloane not shift while he was healing, especially while on his meds.

“Okay, take it easy. It’s me.” Dex held his hands up in front of him and swallowed hard, aware of the telltale signs. “There’s no hurry for you to heal, Sloane. It’s okay.”

“It’s not okay,” Sloane snarled, his fingers flexing against the sheets and his nails starting to grow. Fuck.Oh fuck.

“Sloane, you need to breathe. Calm down.” Dex slowly edged away from the bed. Why was this happening? Sloane had never lost his grip on his Felid side. Not to mention he’d yet to fully recover from his first attempt. “Please, Sloane. Your body’s not healed from the first try. Who knows what a second attempt will do?”

There was no reply from Sloane. He was gritting his teeth, his face red, and his muscles straining.

“Sloane, you need to stop.”

“I can’t.” Sloane lowered his head, his fierce gaze on Dex.

“Why?”

“To protect you!”

Dex gasped as Sloane let out a roar, his body starting to shift. What the hell was Dex supposed to do? He’d never faced a Therian who’d lost control of his Human side, much less an Apex predator. Quickly, he backed up against the far wall, cringing as Sloane’s cries of agony filled the room. Sloane tore at his
clothes, pulling his T-shirt and pajama bottoms off before his mass shifted, bones popped, and fur pierced his skin. Dex reached into his pocket and with shaky hands placed a call.

A gruff voice answered. “What do you want?”

“Ash, you have to help me.” The panic in his voice must have been clear, because Ash’s tone instantly transformed from its usual gruffness to concern.

“What’s going on, Dex? Talk to me.”

“It’s Sloane. He’s shifting, but it’s not… not normal. He tried last night but couldn’t
complete the transformation. Then we got into an argument, and it’s like he’s
lost it. I don’t think he’s in control. How is that possible?”

“Hide.”

“What?”

“Hide somewhere he can’t get to you. I’m on my way. I’ve still got my key to your place.”

Ash hung up, and Dex shoved his phone in his pocket. Where the fuck was he supposed to hide? When he moved his gaze to the bed, he stilled. There was no time for hiding. The huge black jaguar lay in the center of the bed, his tail thumping against the headboard. He sniffed the sheets, then the air before his gaze landed on Dex.


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My Review

Can't tell you how badly I wanted to get my hands on this and then—then, there it was. On my kindle. So pretty and shiny, waiting to be read.

It didn't let me down.

I've got this crazy love for Dex and Rise & Fall just gave me more. This book had a different tone from the first three in the series. The others contained more action, and although this had plenty of that, the focus was different.

I found it interesting seeing how single minded Dex could be, when faced with the possible loss of someone he loves. Of course it was obvious from the start that Dex is loyal to a fault to those he cares about, will literally put himself in danger to help them. But this was always seen in decisions that had to be made in the heat of the moment. Here, however, we're dealing with the aftermath. And there's a deeper level to Dex, or darker, I should say. You begin to wonder just where things might've gone if he hadn't had his team and Sloane, to keep him anchored. I think Dex has the potential to be a very dark character, if a member of his family (and by this I include his team and his lover) is taken away from him.

On the flip side, we get this softer version of Sloane. It was so good to see him finally coming to terms with his feelings for Dex, not shying away from them (though one could argue it was all down to the meds XD). Seeing his worry and just how much he'd gotten used to just being with Dex was so sweet and I just wanted to give the man a hug and put a gift wrapped Dex on his lap. There's no doubting his love for Dex in this book.

I'm also growing very attached to the Dex and Ash scenes, those are actually some of my favourites. That almost reluctant friendship—probably not so reluctant anymore, they do love to give that impression though—and their interactions are some of my favourites. Hopefully we'll get more of those in the future!

On a whole, despite the big shake up to Destructive Delta, you get to see how the team is like an elastic band. It'll stretch but just snap back together, probably even better than it was before. I left the book with a smile on my face and more than a little pleased with the steps taken forward with the other relationships in the book.

But I think the character who made my day the most was Maddock. Maddock XD is a BAMF and I love him and I pity anyone who messes around with his sons LOL!

Get your hands on it as soon as you can, it's one of those reads that makes your day ♥


Available for purchase at


   






About the Author


Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn't writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers. 





You can find Charlie at 

                  



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Friday, 6 February 2015

February Reads

February Reads!

Hit February and I can't wait to get my hands on the new releases. Too many to choose from when I haven't even gotten to touch my January reads properly :(

Which releases are you most looking forward to this month?

Here, take a peek at the ones at the top of my list!

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Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall


People come as well as go.

Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.

Two years ago, it ended.

Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to a build a future from the fragments of the past.

Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.

As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn't need to try.


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How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton



Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the guy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.


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Rise & Fall (THIRDS 4) by Charlie Cochet



After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart.


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Winter's Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack #3) by Tara Lain



Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.

Winter takes one look at FBI agent, Matt Partridge, and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.


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Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay



Breaking up with his boyfriend has left English Professor Derek Chandler feeling lonely and down. He begins to think that he just doesn't have the passion to sustain a long-term relationship -- at least until a letter from a mysterious "Cupid" tells him not to lose hope. Intrigued, Derek replies to his anonymous admirer, and they begin a correspondence where Derek discovers he isn't the only one with doubts about his desirability.

Dr. Macon Pinney has admired his colleague from afar for quite a while, but he only intended his initial note to Derek to offer encouragement. Macon doesn't believe that outgoing, sociable Derek could ever be interested in the type of quiet, withdrawn man he knows himself to be. And yet when Derek writes back, admitting his worries about never finding a true partner, Macon can't help but reply, sharing his own feelings from the safety of anonymity.

But will Macon find the courage to step out of the shadows and admit to Derek his identity, or will both men spend the most romantic day of the year alone?


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Come on, right, right?

Now I just have to be patient and wait for them to fall into my hands. And then all that's left is for me to...




Note: All summaries taken from Goodreads.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Review: The Devil's Ride by K.A. Merikan


Ah, I think I've discovered a new kink/trope...all these bikers (yup there's a post on this coming your way, I think...)

But, onto the review!

It took me longer than I'd like, to realise that the second book in the Sex & Mayhem series was out – but when I did realise it, I was all grabby hands *_*

I adored Luci! I loved that contrast between 'seen too much' with the innocence that was never completely erased from him. Also, I'm a sucker for family bonds and the way Luci was slowly given a family back, with his brother and sister, with Priest, it just melted me.

Then of course you have Tooth.

Well hell. Perfect combination – seriously. Tooth needed a Luci in his life and vice versa.

K.A. Merikan took this one slow. I appreciated the grooming sessions, the near kisses, just the weight of attraction whenever Luci so much as looked at Tooth. Perhaps because of the first book's complete intolerance on the MC's part towards homosexuality, I was able to relax more and enjoy this one, although the subjects in this book are not soft and pretty either. Murder, organs trafficking, sexual abuse and suicide. Not really for the fainthearted…

Is it really twisted of me that I liked Tooth's speciality? That would put serious fear into anyone. But I think that's what I loved most about the novel – the twistedness of it. Not in like, the same way a horror novel might be twisted, but instead in because it was just the norm for these guys. But all the dark themes just seem right at home here and added to the world that belonged to these men and women.

My heart did take a hard kick though. Oh Bell : (

I can't wait to read the next in the series. K.A. Merikan said there might be some cameos in future books and I would really love to see some familiar faces from The Devil's Ride :P

Give this one a go ;)

You could even get it and read it this weekend...?


Have a great weekend all :)