"Stockholm syndrome is defined when hostages experience a powerful, primitive positive feeling towards their captor. They are in denial that this is the person who put them in that situation. In their mind, they think this is the person who is going to let them live." Thanks bbc.com for that informative little segment. Ruthless served me this syndrome wrapped in a pretty bow, dripping wet with passion and romance.
Angelica and Nico are from two different worlds. However, they are not as different as they initially thought. The mob; the Syndicate is what joins them. Well that and the fact that Angelica's father; Carl killed Nico's parents in cold blood. Or did he? The Syndicate doesn't seem to believe so. Especially since Nico has no proof to support his claims. Yet Nico knows what he knows and will not stop until he receives justice for his parents. Even if that means kidnapping the killer's daughter to prove a point.
Closing the restaurant she had worked in since leaving college was all Angelica was trying to do when she felt the cold metallic barrel of a gun pressed against her head. She was knocked unconscious. When she woke she was trapped in a small room behind locked doors at Nico's headquarters.
Life has just gotten hella real for Angelica. She will come to learn that the man she calls 'dad' is far detached from the man she had grown to love. Heck his last name wasn't even real. However, she believes she knows her father's heart. Somehow she is confident that he will supply Nico with whatever he needs for her safe release. After all she is his daughter. Surely he wouldn't leave her to criminals to suffer by their hands, right? Right?
So you mix mafia with romance and cooked yourself a good ol' beefy stew of interesting and excitement. There were times this book blurred the lines of romance to straight up erotica. Look at you tiptoeing over to the sensual side Ruthless. Look at you. I was like 'nooooooooooooo. I wasn't ready.' Had me shielding my eyes and all to make it through some stay-with-me-kinda-scenes.
Then came the ending. I did not see the events unfolding as they did. Excuse me if I tripped and stumbled, but I was not prepared for the story to end that way. Nooooooo! I can't wait to read how the lives of Nico, Angelica and David (Angelica's brother) changes after the...Oh just caught myself spilling too much tea. I'll stop there.
Grab a copy and set out for a twisted ride. I enjoyed my read from start to finish. In one word, it was awesome! Happy Reading!
:Greek tycoon, Matthias Rosso rules with heavy force, giving up control is not something he intends on doing - not even in death. His sins and regrets have finally caught up with him and he intends to make amends from the grave. In accordance to his will, his children, Antonio, Alexandria and Eva are to inherit his earthly fortune -except for his late wife's most prized possession and her burial ground; Villa Livia on Kato Antilleri. This he is leaving into the hands of Antonio's ex-girlfriend, Claire Bennett. But wait there's more...Antonio must get married before his twenty fifth birthday, a month away or else he forfeits his and his sister's inheritance.
The history surrounding Matthias, Antonio and Claire went south the day Matthias accused Claire of being a gold digging art student. She turned to Antonio for defense but his silence told her he agreed with his father's accusations. She wanted to defend herself, to speak out but she didn't. Instead she stood before their scrutiny and accepted Matthias' every word as a guilty child. Antonio and Claire drifted apart and soon the passion between them dwindled.
Luring Claire to Greece under the disguise of a job opportunity was the easy part. Convincing her to marry him in a month's time and handing over Villa Livia is the challenge.
Both still harboured old scars and wounds, living in the hurt of their past. There is nothing left to do than to move on. This time it is Antonio who needs Claire. Her reluctance will not deter his pursuit. He will stop at nothing to claim that which he wants. Will his determination cost him his heart?
Just how I like my reads on occasions, short and spicy. The should we or shouldn't we love story captivated my heart and attention and gave me something to nibble on in between reads.
The Greek Billionaire' s Blackmailed Bride had me like "Yass! You did that Leslie North." Intimate, fun and captivating is my three cents on this novel. I'm looking forward to reading the others within the Rosso Family Series. Happy Reading!
What a read! In the end I didn't know if I should scream, cry, shout for joy or get mad. Wow! It was a heavy read.
We meet three close friends: Shayla the smart one. Rhonda, the fiery of the bunch and Gladys, the Spanish salsa. They take different roads in life but their sisterhood remains. They have each others' backs. Ain't that the truth! Or is it? What happens when you throw a man in the mix? Can the invisible line drawn in the sand of sisterhood be crossed to a place of no return?
Deep. Titus, a street thug who plays dirty while keeping his hands clean marries the love of his life; Shayla. Oh the bliss. Oh the merriment. Life for the two is perfect. They have all they wanted and more. However, as the years go by Shalay is feeling the distance between her and her husband grow wider. She'd confide in Gladis but she knows that she has enough to worry about what with her marriage barely holding on.
She turns to Rhonda. The one with the ears always willing to listening. The one who constantly defends Titus like a brother. Shayla tells her everything. Every fight or disagreement to every intimate detail of their nights of romance. Rhonda never refuses to hear. She is always quick to give advice. What are sisters for?
Yet she has her own evil motive. She wants Titus as well as all of what Shayla has. Forget the time Shayla took her in when her own mother kicked her out of the house. Sisterhood doesn't matter in the game of love and war. She is set on ending the marriage with each lingering kiss she plants on Titus' skin and with each moment they spend in the adulterous bed filled with sweet roses and their thorns.
The secrets of a kept woman is spiced with adultery, betrayal, abuse, and revenge. But in the end a beautiful thing springs forth; strength. The strength to move on and the strength to continue on. When I saw Gladis and Shayla displaying this strength I felt proud having cursed them throughout the read. What can I say, those two were my favorite characters. If anyone deserved some happiness after the smokes cleared it was those two.
Dramatastic is how I'll describe Secrets Of A Kept Woman. Trust me it will not leave you bored for a minute. Happy reading!
The Calypsis Project transported us through time and space and dropped us into the midst of war. The year is 2438 and humanity is nothing as we know it today. It's humans versus aliens and as it appears, the aliens are sitting pretty on the edge of victory. However, the humans are determined to fight to the death to reclaim their stance in the galaxy. The question is "Is this waged war a mere cover for something greater? The Calypsis Project?"
The read takes us on a trip to varying galaxies, worlds and societies where we meet up on all types. There are humans and then we have their alien enemies; Drahkori, Leh'kin, Nephran and the list continues. War is not the only set theme. We see where self discovery squeezes into the chaos. This may even be the most important theme of them all, as Kenon's self discovery may lead to an unexpected exposure.
Kenon Valinquint, a young Drahkori leaves his world behind to join the war. Holding a crytal spitting firearm has nothing to do with his decision. His aim is to prove his worth and relevance to live to his people, his parents but most of all to himself.
In a turn of events enemies are converted to friends. Alright maybe friends is a bit much. 'Unconventional squad mates' is what I'd like to call the team consisting of three humans, a Drahkori, a Leh'kin and two AIs. Not your typical team, yet they are making do. After receiving some unsettling truth and knowledge about the Calypsis Project and its diversion; the petty war between the humans and the Drocain Royal Empire they have decided to stick it out. Together.
I feel as though this here is safe grounds to express my feelings. I honestly believe that The Calypsis Project was written with the agenda to ruin my life. I will show you how because I can already sense the laughter coming my way.
Evidence#1: It was too good. So good that it made me miss my initial bus stop and ended up having to travel another hour just to make it back to work. This was on my second day at the job, thank you very much. Let me just add that I was ten minutes late. How rude Calypsis Project? Nothing is wrong with being a good read but did you have to be that good?
Evidence#2: There came a part in the book where I was bawling my eyes out. I don't intend to spoil it for you so I won't give too much details. This book had me sitting on the bus looking crazy wiping away tears, gasping and a few hushed but very audible emotional shouts erupted from my mouth.
So as you can see with these compiling evidence I enjoyed every bit of it. If you are looking for an action packed, adventurous getaway then this my friend is the book for you. Learn more about The Calypsis Project today! Happy reading!
The dead body of a young girl resurfaced after twenty years of being buried and suddenly the village people grew quiet. No one was willing to admit to anything. It seemed as though everyone in Birkbury had something to hide.
Chief Inspector Peter Hatherall and Detective Inspector Fiona Williams were assigned the case which led them to ask the question, "Who killed sixteen year old Jennifer?" Hatherall wanted to chalk it up to a random girl who had no connections to Birkbury but Williams felt differently. She was fascinated, intrigued and wanted to investigate further.
Numerous conducted interviews and evidence later revved up Hatherall's detective instincts. He was now certain that Jennifer's death had nothing to do with an outsider but in fact had everything to do with someone who was familiar with the area. Someone from the village. His main suspect; Mark Farley, the wealthy and charming husband and father. Hatherall, however, must be truthful with himself and decide if it's his instincts driving his suspicions or his past regrets and personal issues clouding his better judgement.
Let's be honest, I'm more of a romance junkie. Crime/Mystery *shrugs shoulders* I've heard of the genre, never been a die hard fan. Regardless I decided to give it a go and commit to the read. So happy I did. I hold no regrets. NONE. This novel had me hooked from Jenny's lifeless corpse said "Hello" to Frank Codrington on Graham Farley's inherited farm. (Did you see what I was trying to do there...no...okay, moving along).
The Skeletons of Birkbury had me drawing out my magnifying glass and dusty detective hat. I lived for the many twist and turns the author knitted and weaved into each chapter. I remembered making three intelligent predictions (I stress intelligent... it seemed that way at the time). You should have seen me putting clues together before the detectives themselves. Guess what? I was proven wrong each time. I guess I'm not cut out to be a good crime and mystery buster.
Speaking of good crime solvers, I thought that Hatherall and Williams made an awesome team. They trusted their guts and cracked the case wide open *cliche alert*.
As much as I enjoyed my read from the first page to the last word, we all know no book is a perfect saint. One major sin that proved unforgivable:
I get that the story was set in a village. A village filled with numerous families populating the area. On paper with the mention of so many characters, at times it was hard to remember who the character was and what relevance he/she had in the murder case.
In spite of this sin I loved it and would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get their Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes on. Thrilling plot and convincing story line. Discover the secrets buried in Birkbury today. Happy Reading!
Elizabeth had all she wanted, as money was not an issue, however, she lacked what she needed the most, love. No fancy gift could fulfill her. No amount of lavish luxury could quench her heart's desire. Her father cared more about his social image than he did about her, his only daughter. Her mother, his submissive wife was no different and took his side no matter what.
Just when she discovered love buried into the depth of her first crush, Matthew, it was snatched away. He broke ties with her and the hurt still remained after years passed. Unwilling to forgive, Elizabeth held onto the bitterness, pushing away the God of creation she once loved.
Daniel, a charming lad with a cheeky Irish smile managed to lift her spirits. She loved him, she believed she did. Enough to marry him against the will of her parents. From the very beginning she doubted marrying him, but she wanted to prove to her parents that she was able to make her own decisions. Most importantly she would rather be with someone than to be lonely.
The wedding bliss faded with every drink Daniel took. At times she couldn't recognize the man she vowed to call husband until death. Alcohol was what he used to numb his pain both past and present. Each sip destroyed the fairy tale ideology she expected marriage to be. Doubts and insecurities surfaced and with a child on the way, Elizabeth most trust the guiding hands of God to restore what she has broken.
I enjoyed the authenticity of Lingering Shadows. It broke down the walls of perception and exposed readers to raw reality. We saw faith, marriage and families being tried by real life circumstances. This book is one in the series of three which means that Daniel and Elizabeth's story is far from over. Happy Reading!
Brook must learn to trust the little people that congregate in her head. I'm talking about her natural, womanly instincts and intuition. Yet, she chooses to ignore their warnings and guidance. Which of course will lead her to dangerous waters and paralyzing depths of disappointments, one after the next.
Her college rebound turned finance, Chip Kincaid vanished only leaving her a note with the dreaded words,
'I can't marry you.'
No reasoning, no explanation. Not even a check to cover the expenses of the wedding that never was. She puts on a brave face masking her broken heart and went with her sister to enjoy the honeymoon meant for her and Chip. They boarded a Caribbean cruise expecting a royal two weeks getaway.
Instead of the thrill of sailing over the exotic wonder, the trip starts off as a rocky ride. The pair were cramped into a small room and no matter how Brook tried, her bitterness consumed her. Little did she know she had caught someone's attention. In a fun twist of events she meets her admirer and just like that they fell in love and lived happily ever after. Well that would have been the case if Brook's and Scott's lives were based on fairy tale.
I must commend the writer for serving me a realistic romance. I thought this novel was unique, fun and exciting. Brook and Scott were relatable. Real people with real lives facing real struggles.
However, no book is without fault and I felt as though the main character's exes' points of views were unnecessary.
Aside from that, events and emotions came to life and thanks Kristin Dow, I did enjoy the Caribbean cruise. Vivid scenery. Not over done at all. This book will have you asking the question, Will Brook and Scott's romance strive on dry land? Find out in Unbridled Holiday. Happy Reading!
KC Banning went from a patriotic American to being labelled as a domestic terrorist. This red haired network specialist knows too much. The two term serving president, Hannan will do all he can to silence her forever.
She runs after her mentor is shot dead. She is next. With no family to turn to she considers only one person, Brock Daniels, her one time childhood friend, now a well known blogger. After years of no communication, he is all she has. She knows that and so does he when he stumbled upon a news report telling America to beware of her.
They are united again, however, this is no time for friendly conversation. America is in danger and so are they. They must use all their wits and faith to fight off an evil president. But this isn't the only war they must engage in. A romantic war was waged between them years ago. Will they give in or will they allow their feelings of inadequacy to win?
This book gave me politics, romance, and action compiled into a few hours of a good read. Faith was tired by fire. I found myself relating to both of the main characters levels of faith. At one end of the spectrum we find KC who is struggling to accept that she can trust an unseen being. While at the further end is Brock whose trust is firmly set in a Sovereign God. A God he knows exist without a shadow of a doubt. I live for books that incorporate faith.
I enjoyed this book. The tension excited me, but it was the romance that made me fall in love with Brock and KC. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good romance. And this my friend is a good romance. Escape rattlesnakes of both the reptile and human kind, rekindle a dying faith and give yourself over to the power of love and forgiveness. Enjoy Voice in the Wilderness as much as I did. Happy Reading!
, Influences shape us and morph us into whoever or whatever it chooses. In the end we can’t outrun our identity. We are who we are. Eric Tanner found this out later in life. He was dealt his share of hardships and bad influences. A skilled hit-man was who he was. His pass, a bloody mess. Yet, despite his history, someone was willing to love him. Beyond all his flaws, someone was willing to stand by his side. Always.
He found hope and a chance to be normal in Anne. Her beauty was what attracted him first. It was her heart however, that kept him. Even though she was blind, he couldn’t help the love that he developed for her. Just when he was ready to put aside his old ways, he was killed. Or was he?
Let’s just say the FBI needed his help. So badly that they would do anything to ensure he joined their team. Their mission, to take down the mayor and leader of Espinosa Cartel in San Diego; Trent Harvey. Now that Eric Tanner was ‘dead’ he would start life again as James Connelly.
Two years rolled by and James was the contracted hit-man for the Cartel’s rival; The Pachecos. The FBI’s plan was going exactly how they wanted it. James was focused and they could taste the victory they were about to score. But who said life had ended Eric’s and Anne’s love story?
The two are now neighbours. Anne’s back into his life and into his arms. The difference is he is a new man, yet his feelings for her has not changed. Get lost in this drama of a good time. Experience the ups and downs of love. The dark side of obsession. And the struggle to rearrange destiny. Happy Reading!
You know your father loves you when he owes the mafia not one, but three million dollars and trades your life for his debt. Some father Jennifer has. Hey, we can’t choose our parents. I bet when she walked into the mafia’s den, face to face with the big boss, Giovanni Dente, she would have given her limbs if that meant having a father who cared.
The first year law student finds herself begging for her life. Bargaining with the boss to spare her. She promises to do anything. Cook, clean, reveal the whereabouts of her father if that means she’d live. No matter how much she pleaded the boss refused to give in. What saved her was the fact that she makes killa coffee. Even the mafia boss needs his cup of caffeine to wake him up in the early morns. Thank God for coffee.
On the bright side of things, she has a roof over her head. And let’s not forget her own room, which is really a closet. How nice? The perfect place for the servant girl. Jennifer, however, is resilient. She doesn’t allow anything to get her down. Not the dirty bathrooms, not the wild hours the boss requires his fix of coffee, and certainly not the fact that he stretched her across his lap and spanked her. That sharp tongue of hers always seemed to get her in trouble.
An interesting twist to this story is that Jennifer and Giovanni have met before. Picture it. Five-year-old Jennifer found fourteen-year-old Giovanni, suffering from the bruises he received from fighting four boys in the local park. The green eyed sweet heart offers him not only friendship but a cup of coffee. There is a level of familiarity between the two of them when they meet again. Yet, they pick their brains trying to remember the distant memory.
See how this story unfolds. Happy reading!
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