Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Blog Tour: Rock Redemption - Nalini Singh

Kit and Noah’s rock star romance is finally here in the newest addition to Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss Series!!



Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Excerpt from ROCK REDEMPTION by
Nalini Singh

Kit groaned at the sound of her phone. Reaching out blindly toward the nightstand, she hurled mental curses upon herself for forgetting to turn it off so she could catch some uninterrupted sleep before her four-a.m. makeup call.

It’d be fun and great for her career, her agent had said when recommending Kit take the superhero flick. Coming off two serious and emotionally wrenching projects, Kit had taken Harper’s advice and jumped on board the high-budget, high-octane venture. Unfortunately, Harper had forgotten to mention the four hours it would take to put her into the head-to-toe makeup required for the role. Daily.

“What?” she snarled into the phone without checking to see who it was.

“Hey, Katie.”

Every cell in her body snapped wide awake. Lifting her eyelids, she just stared at the ceiling through gritty eyes. Her heart thumped, her throat moving convulsively as she swallowed. She hated that he could still do this to her, hated it, but her visceral response to Noah wasn’t something she could stop. She knew because she’d tried for the past two years and three months.

“Noah,” she said flatly. “Do you know what time it is?”

“Two fifteen,” he answered.

Kit should’ve hung up. God, he’d hurt her. So much. But there was something in his voice that had her sitting up. “Are you drunk?” One thing she knew about Noah: no matter his bad-boy rep, he was never wasted. He might give a good indication of it, but look closely and those dark gray eyes were always sober.

“Probably.” A silence, followed by, “I just wanted to hear your voice. Sorry for waking you.”

“Wait,” she said when he would’ve hung up. “Where are you?”

“Some dive.” He took a deep breath, released it in a harsh exhale. “I’m sorry for being an asshole. I wanted to tell you that. I don’t want to go without saying that.”

“Noah,” she said, a horrible feeling in her stomach. “Where exactly are you?”

“The Blue Flamingo Inn off Hollywood Boulevard. Far, far, far off.” He laughed, and it held no humor. “It has a neon sign of a blue—surprise!—flamingo that’s flashing right through my window. Looks like someone stole the curtains.”

Having already grabbed her laptop, which she’d left beside the bed after answering some e-mails before sleep claimed her, she found the Blue Flamingo Inn. But Noah was already gone, having said, “I love your voice, Kit,” in an oddly raw tone before hanging up.

He didn’t pick up when she called back.

“Damn it! Damn it!” She shoved aside the blanket under which she’d been buried, having turned the AC to ice-cold as she usually did at night. Shivering, she tugged on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt over the panties and tank top in which she’d gone to sleep.

Pulling her black hair into a rough ponytail to keep it out of her eyes, she ran through the house, phone in one pocket, credit card and driver’s license in the other. In the kitchen, she grabbed her keys off the counter and shoved her feet into the tennis shoes by the door that led to the garage.

She was in her car and on the way to the motel three minutes after Noah had hung up, mouth dry and an ugliness in her gut. “Please be okay, please be okay, please be okay,” she kept saying, the mantra doing nothing to calm her down, but at least it kept her mind focused.

She wanted to call Molly and Fox, or the others in the band, but no one was currently in the city. Schoolboy Choir had completed the final show in the band’s hugely successful tour just over two weeks earlier. Day after that, they’d all gone their separate ways to recharge and regroup.

“Much as I love these guys,” David had said with a grin that reached the dark gold of his eyes, “I’ve been looking at their ugly mugs daily for months. We need to go blow off some steam separately before we start snarling at each other.”

At the time, Kit had nodded in understanding, having had that same experience while working on location for long periods. Tonight, however, she wished the others were all here, not scattered across the country, because something was very wrong with Noah.

“Noah doesn’t do drugs,” she told herself as she drove as fast as she dared, not wanting to risk getting pulled over and further delayed. “He isn’t the kind to—” She couldn’t say it, couldn’t even think of Noah ending his life. “No,” she said firmly, her hands white-knuckled on the steering wheel. “Noah isn’t like that.”

If you’d like to read the rest of this chapter, as well as the next, click this link: http://nalinisingh.com/books/rock-kiss-series/rock-redemption/

The Rock Kiss Reading Order

Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series

Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

Rock Hard (Book Two) Rock Kiss Series

Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series

Author Information

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a beautiful, charismatic guitarist with a dark past. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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September 2015 Recap

I know things have been a little quiet around here for the last couple of weeks but I had a new arrival in the house and she has been causing complete chaos! I've been having so much fun playing with my new kitten that I've not really had much time for blogging, reading or anything else.

Anyway, let me introduce you all to Sparrow. She's just over 9 weeks old (born on the 31st of July) and she's a beautiful tortoiseshell moggie. You might be wondering why I'd call a cat Sparrow but as you can see from the picture she has a really cute ginger eye patch so I named her after Captain Jack! I think I should have called her Parrot though since she loves sitting on my shoulder watching the world go by LOL.

Anyway, here's the cute little monkey!

My older cat Cassie still doesn't quite know what to make of the new intruder and has been spending most of her time avoiding Sparrow but I'm hoping she'll come around eventually. I did manage to get them in the same room a couple of times but the second Cassie spotted Sparrow sneaking up on her (about 5 seconds after the following picture was taken!) Cassie left the room in disgust.

Sparrow & Cassie
She may still be a baby but she's already
enjoying exploring my bookshelves!
Teeny tiny kitty with a giant teddy bear!

Books read in previous months but reviewed in September:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Revenant - Larissa Ione (Read in February, reviewed in September)
  2. Ember - Bettie Sharpe (Novella) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  3. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (Read in March, review coming soon)
  4. Lover Unleashed - J.R. Ward (Read in April, review coming soon)
  5. What a Dragon Should Know - G.A. Aiken (Read in May, review coming soon)
  6. War's Passion - Lia Davis (Read in May, review coming soon)
  7. Let it Ride - Vivian Arend (Read in May, review coming soon)
  8. Come Home to Me - Jessica Scott (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  9. Shards of Hope - Nalini Singh (Read in May, reviewed in September)
  10. In the Air Tonight - Lori Handeland (Read in May, review coming soon)
  11. Misery's Way - J.C. Daniels (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  12. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch (Read in June, review coming soon)
  13. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (Read in June, review coming soon)
  14. Valentine - Heather Grothaus (Read in June, review coming soon)
  15. Final Protocol - J.C. Daniels (Read in June, review coming soon)
  16. Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin (Read in June, review coming soon)
  17. Ecstasy Unbound - Setta Jay (Read in July, review coming soon)
  18. The Martian - Andy Weir (Read in July, review coming soon)
  19. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  20. Archangel's Enigma - Nalini Singh (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  21. All of the Above - James Dawson (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  22. Wilde at Heart - Tonya Burrows (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  23. Firewalker - Josephine Angelini (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  24. Wings of Hope - Pippa DaCosta (Short Story) (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  25. The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  26. The Wanderers - Kate Ormand (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  27. Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa (Read in August, reviewed in September)
  28. His Lover to Protect - Katee Robert (Read in August, reviewed in September)
    Books read in September:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. One Night for Love - Mary Balogh
    2. This is One Moment - Mila Gray
    3. Queen of Shadows - Sarah J Maas (Review coming soon)
    4. Chosen - K.F. Breene
    5. Hunted - K.F. Breene
    6. Hard to Be Good - Laura Kaye
    7. Shadow Lands - K.F. Breene (Review coming soon)
    8. A Summer to Remember - Mary Balogh (Review coming soon)
    9. Hades - Larissa Ione (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    10. Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach (Review coming soon)
    11. Force of Attraction - D.D. Ayres (Review coming soon)
    12. Beyond the Veil - Pippa DaCosta (Review coming soon)
    13. Linesman - S.K. Dunstall (Review coming soon)
    14. Hard to Let Go - Laura Kaye
    15. Slightly Married - Mary Balogh (Review coming soon)
    16. A Thousand Nights - E.K. Johnston (Review coming soon)
    17. Beyond Happily Ever After: Closed Doors - Kit Rocha (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
    18. Tempted by Midnight - Lara Adrian (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    19. Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire (Review coming soon)
    20. Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    21. Alice Through the Zombie Glass - Gena Showalter (Review coming soon)
    22. Menagerie - Rachel Vincent (Review coming soon)
    23. Hard As Steel - Laura Kaye (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    24. Tempting the Best Man - Jennifer L Armentrout (Review coming soon)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in September:

    The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett (read my review here)

    My top NA read in September:

    This is One Moment by Mila Gray (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in September:

    Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh (read my review here)
    Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh (read my review here)
    Revenant by Larissa Ione (read my review here)

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    Tuesday, 29 September 2015

    Review: Hard As Steel - Laura Kaye

    After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

    Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.

    Hard Ink Series:
    Hard as It Gets
    Hard as You Can
    Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
    Hard to Come By
    Hard to Be Good (Novella)
    Hard to Let Go
    Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)

    Raven Riders MC Series:
    (This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
    Ride Hard (2016)

    Visit Laura Kaye's website for more information

    I'm a huge fan of Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series so when I found out she was writing a spin off about the Raven Riders MC I was thrilled. Hard as Steel is a crossover novel that bridges the two series and gives us the chance to meet some more of the Raven Riders characters. We've already met both of the main characters, Jess and Ike, in the Hard Ink novels and timeline of this novella is during Hard to Let Go so will contain spoilers for that book if you haven't already read it.

    Ike and Jess both work alongside Jeremy and Nick as tattoo artists at Hard Ink but they are drawn into the fight to clear Nick's Special Forces team of wrongdoing when Jess is targeted by their enemy. When it becomes clear that Jess is in danger Ike, who is also a member of the Raven Riders MC, immediately steps up to offer her his protection. They have been friends for a long time and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

    Jess has been attracted to Ike since they first met but there has always been a very clear line drawn between them so they have never given into temptation but now that she finds herself in close quarters with him for a prolonged period of time she is finding him harder to resist than ever before. Ike has never wanted a relationship, he let down the first woman he loved and has never been able to forgive himself so doesn't feel that he deserves a second chance at happiness. Jess tempts him more than any other woman has though and it isn't long before the heat between them blazes out of control.

    I enjoyed seeing this couple get their happily ever after, they have both been through some traumatic times and it was nice to see them talk things through and come out the other side. There was a moment when Ike was a complete idiot and really annoyed me with the way he spoke to Jess but he's man enough to apologise so I was able to forgive him. The chemistry between them was great but I did feel that in the circumstances things happened a bit sooner than I would have expected them to. Hard as Steel is a novella so there is less time for relationship development but it was an enjoyable story and has left me looking forward to spending more time with the Raven Riders when Ride Hard releases next year.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Review: Hard to Let Go - Laura Kaye

    Five dishonored soldiers.
    Former Special Forces.
    One last mission.
    These are the men of Hard Ink.

    Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet - a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

    A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers' Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up - and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger's gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he's also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat's brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett's sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies' crosshairs. Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

    Hard Ink Series:
    Hard as It Gets
    Hard as You Can
    Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
    Hard to Come By
    Hard to Be Good (Novella)
    Hard to Let Go
    Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)

    Raven Riders MC Series:
    (This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
    Ride Hard (2016)

    Visit Laura Kaye's website for more information

    The Hard Ink series just got better and better with every book and I think this final instalment was my favourite. Fans have been waiting a long time to find out if the guys would manage to figure out exactly who was behind the ambush that killed several of their team members and we've all been hoping to see them clear their names but they've had quite a fight on their hands and I wasn't quite sure if they'd all manage to survive the final battle. I'm not going to answer any of those questions for you so you'll just have to read the book for yourself to find out how it all ends but I will say that Hard to Let Go was an epic, action packed finale that was everything I'd hoped for and more.

    Alongside the conclusion to the ongoing investigation and a chance to catch up with the previous couples this book gives us the chance to get to know Beckett, the gruff and closed off member of the team who has always held himself at a distance from the others. We know he's best friends with Marz and we know he blames himself for Marz's injuries but we haven't had a chance to get to know him that well before now so I wasn't too sure what to expect. There is so much more to Beckett than first meets the eye, his heartbreaking past brought tears to my eyes and I fell head over heels for the bossy, grumpy bastard.

    Beckett and Kat are like oil and water and they can barely spend more than a minute in the same room without starting an argument but underneath the banter is a deep attraction that turns completely explosive when they finally give into it. Beckett has worked hard to keep himself closed off from others, thanks to his upbringing he's never really had a close connection to anyone but Kat makes him feel things he's never felt before and he doesn't know quite how to handle it. He isn't used to the emotions that she brings out in him and he's scared of hurting Kat if he gets too close. Kat is much more open and willing to act on the chemistry between them but she doesn't want to push Beckett into something he's not comfortable with so she's willing to take their relationship slowly. Here we have two strong and independent individuals who are wary of letting anyone close but who are both willing to fight for what they want. They make a fantastic couple and I loved spending time with them.

    Hard to Let Go is a fantastic conclusion to the Hard Ink series, it ties up all the loose ends and gives readers answers to all our questions. It also sets things up nicely for the spin off Raven Riders MC series that starts next year with Ride Hard and I really hope that we're going to see some of the Hard Ink characters make the occasional appearance in the new series.

    Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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    Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    Release Blitz: Hard As Steel - Laura Kaye (Excerpt & Giveaway)

    We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye's HARD AS STEEL!! HARD AS STEEL is a Hard Ink/Raven Riders Series Crossover Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Grab your copy today!!


    I’m thrilled to be here celebrating the release of my 21st book, HARD AS STEEL! After a midnight break-in at her apartment, close friends and Hard Ink Tattoo co-workers Ike Young and Jessica Jakes are forced into hiding—and forced to confront the feelings they’ve always denied for one another. I have always adored friends-to-lovers and forced proximity stories, and HARD AS STEEL delivers that and more, including a taste of both my award-winning and best-selling Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series! Check out this excerpt:

    They stared at each for a long moment. Jess went from feeling amused to awkward to observed…and that made her hot. Especially as she was standing there in nothing but a towel.

    As if he could hear her thoughts, Ike’s gaze slowly ran down her neck to her chest. She wiped at something there and the wetness on the fingers told her it had been a droplet of water from her hair. Ike watched the movement of her hand openly, hungrily, and his desire made her bold, daring, hungry in return.

    Without giving herself time to second guess the idea, she reached out and lightly dragged her wet fingers against his bottom lip.

    And it was like she’d unleashed a beast.

    Ike grabbed her wrist and hauled her to him. He was on her everywhere. His hands in her hair, on her back, grabbing her ass and lifting her up. His tongue licked the exact route that water droplet had taken, from chest to neck to ear. And then he was kissing her, fucking her mouth with his tongue, absolutely devouring her.

    Jess held on like her life depended on it, and at some point she became aware of the breeze on her bare skin. She’d dropped the towel, which meant she was totally buck-ass naked in Ike’s big arms, and she couldn’t have cared less.

    Ike licked her mouth, sucked her tongue, nipped at her lips. He turned and made for the stairs, and Jess thought she might die from sheer joy and anticipation. He tasted like strength and sin and sex, and she tightened her legs around his hips as he carried her to the loft, eager to see if all of him tasted so good—or even better.

    When they reached the second floor, Ike growled low in his throat and his grip tightened on her on her ass, his fingers digging in. She moaned and—

    Cool air from the ceiling fan washed over Jess as Ike dropped her onto the bed—and promptly turned around to leave. Jess was so stunned she couldn’t speak. Just as he hit the top of the steps, he said, “Don’t fucking tease me, Jessica. I’m trying to do right by you, but I’m still just a goddamned man.”

    About HARD AS STEEL: A Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover Novella

    After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

    Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.

    About Laura Kaye:

    Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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    Review: Hard to Be Good - Laura Kaye

    Two damaged men.
    One dangerous mission.
    One healing love.
    These are the men of Hard Ink.

    Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother's stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy's whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos - and by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts him to settle down for the first time ever.

    Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than with people so when he's drawn into the SF team's investigation of his army colonel father's corruption, he's surprised to find acceptance ad friendship - especially since his father never accepted who he was. Even more surprising is the heated tension he feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie's opposite in almost every way.

    With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can't help but wonder why they're trying so hard to be good . . .

    Hard Ink Series:
    Hard as It Gets
    Hard as You Can
    Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
    Hard to Come By
    Hard to Be Good (Novella)
    Hard to Let Go
    Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)

    Raven Riders MC Series:
    (This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
    Ride Hard (2016)

    Visit Laura Kaye's website for more information

    I have been looking forward to reading this book every since Laura Kaye announced that Jeremy would be getting his story told, he's been a favourite character since the beginning of the series and when I found out he was being paired up with Charlie I was really excited to see that it was going to be a MM pairing.

    Jeremy has been such a fantastic character since the beginning, he's Nick's brother, the owner of the Hard Ink Tattoo shop and he opened his home to Nick's whole team without question. Since then his life has been torn upside down but he's never said a word of complaint, in fact he's always there lightening the mood with his silly slogan t-shirts and light hearted banter. Even after the explosion that destroyed half of his building he doesn't feel resentment towards the others, he just feels guilty that he wasn't able to do more to help protect the place and blames himself for the deaths of the people who were with him when the roof collapsed.

    Charlie is Jeremy's opposite in a lot of ways, he doesn't have the Jeremy's outgoing confidence and instead is rather shy and introverted. He has trouble interacting with people and has been surprised by the way the whole team have welcomed him when his own father (their commanding officer) practically disowned him because he was gay. Charlie has been through a lot, first being kidnapped and then having a finger amputated as he was drawn into this whole conspiracy alongside his sister. He's been a valuable asset thanks to his computer skills though and is enjoying being part of the team.

    It has been obvious for some time that a bond was forming between Jeremy and Charlie so I was really looking forward to their story. The covert glances they've shared along with a strong friendship that has been growing gave me very high hopes but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's not a bad book by any means but the romance wasn't quite what I hoped for. I think the main issue was how quickly things moved between them, they went from warily circling each other to having sex at every opportunity to I love you and let's live happily ever after within about 24 hours and it just didn't come across as completely believable. They have undeniable chemistry and the sex was definitely hot but I think the emotional connection was missing until right at the very end of the story. I think if the story had been a little longer and there had been more time for conversation in between all the sex I would have enjoyed it so much more.

    We get a chance to catch up with the rest of the team though and see the immediate aftermath of the explosion. There is an interesting new animal addition to the Hard Ink family and I enjoyed the banter between Beckett and Kat who are the main couple for the next (and final) book Hard to Let Go. I am really enjoying this series and I have to give kudos to both Laura Kaye and Avon for including an MM story in what has so far been a fully straight romantic suspense series. It's great that stories like this one are becoming more mainstream and I hope that trend continues.

    Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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    Saturday, 19 September 2015

    Review: Revenant - Larissa Ione

    For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a  tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme - a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

    Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by lying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .

    The Demonica Series:
    Pleasure Unbound
    Desire Unchained
    Passion Unleashed
    Eternity Embraced (Novella)
    Ecstasy Unveiled
    Sin Undone
    Demonica: Overkill (Free online short stories on Larissa Ione's website)
    Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 1)
    Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 2)
    Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 3)
    Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 4)
    Azagoth (Novella)
    Hades (Novella)
    Base Instincts (Novella)

    For more information visit Larissa Ione's website

    I was incredibly disappointed when I found out that Revenant would be the last book in Larissa Ione's Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series. I've been a huge fan of these books since the beginning and wasn't ready for the journey to end but if you have to go out then it's best to go out on a high and that's definitely been achieved with this book. Thankfully the author has continued to visit the world in a couple of novellas too so even though it's a fantastic end it isn't quite the last we've seen of these characters.

    Revenant may be Reaver's twin brother but their very different upbringings have made them almost complete opposites. Reaver was raised in Heaven and has spent his whole life knowing love and safety while Revenant was raised in Hell and both witnessed, suffered and carried out horrendous torture and suffering. Revenant has spent his whole life believing he was a fallen angel so it's no surprise that he's incredibly bitter when he finds out the truth, he is jealous of the life Reaver had and although logically he knows it wasn't Reaver's fault that doesn't make it any easier and Reaver makes a convenient scape goat for his wrath and anger. Revenant is the epitome of dark, brooding bad boy heroes, he's cocky and arrogant and he's done horrible things in his life just to survive. Larissa Ione excels at creating complex characters though, ones who you fall in love with in spite of their horrific actions in the past and ones you are desperate to see redeem themselves.

    Blaspheme is a doctor at UGH, she loves her job and all she really wants to do is stay under the radar and be able to treat her patients. She has a major secret though and as the forbidden child of an angel and a fallen angel she has a very large target on her back. Both heaven and hell will destroy her if they discover who she really is so it's important that she doesn't draw the attention of anyone, especially not a dangerous fallen angel like Revenant.

    I absolutely loved the romance between these two, Blaspheme is a strong character and she does't take any of Revenant's crap, he's a dominant guy who is shocked that someone could possibly reject him and when the two of them are together the fireworks fly. We also get to catch up with all our favourite characters and see the epic conclusion to the battle that has been building since the start of the Lords of Deliverance series. I really don't want to say too much about what happens but you won't want to put the book down so make sure you've cleared your diary for the day before you start it. I'm a huge fan of Larissa Ione and this whole series has been brilliant, it isn't always easy to finish a story line with so much build up without it feeling a bit of a let down but that definitely hasn't happened here. I'll definitely be rereading this series in the future and in the meantime I'll be auto-buying anything that this author chooses to write.

    Source: Initially received from publisher via NetGalley but I also received a print copy from Piatkus in exchange for an honest review

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