Brilliantly dark

The Difference BetweenThe Difference Between by Blake Moreno

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wrote a really eloquent review of this and then my kindle decided to just delete it so I’m not doing it again.

I will say though that this book is a tour de force ride through all the elements of dealing with sexual trauma from both sides of the relationship.

Heed the warnings but don’t be afraid of this book because it brings light into darkness and shows that there can be sexual healing and a reclamation of love even after the most brutal of traumas.

This is a romance, the love between Wade and Russ is powerful and all encompassing and provides the platform for which they can recover together.

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Just as good as the first one

After the Fire (Through Hell and Back Book 2)After the Fire by Felice Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the first book I got teary at what happened to one of the secondary characters. This book continues on that story as Jordan has to come to terms with his loss.

I loved as well how Felice brought Lucas in to the story and back into Ash’s life without it feeling like just a plot device, it worked well within the narrative.

This one is angsty, but it’s a different kind to the first book. Here there’s more to do with grief and loss, anger and pain, a sense of hopelessness than the relationship driven dramas of Drew and Ash.

Jordan and Lucas’ dramas came more from what was happening around them as they tried to move on, although there were relationship hiccups too.

I liked that they were quick to anger but also quick to reconcile, they talked and they sought expert help when the sh*t hit the fan.

In bed they were dynamite, I loved how Jordan slowly realised he could love Lucas without the guilt and how Lucas realised he could depend on Jordan in spite of his mistakes.

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Another thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Protectors stable

Revelation (The Protectors, #7)Revelation by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how Sloane Kennedy manages to keep up the enjoyment factor in all her Protectors series but she does.

The basic premise follows a pattern, one of Ronan’s men is given a job to either keep someone safe, or to take them out, but how that journey takes place is always a headrush of hot alpha men finding their true love (or loves on occasion!) in a place where they didn’t expect it.

On route there will be denial, some conflict, either internal through fears or doubt, or from a deadly enemy, Anand there will be bags and bags of sexual tension.

But, while the basic premise may be the same, each story has its own unique spark which makes it fresh and the final payoff is always earned and a just reward for the drama and angst that’s gone before it.

This one had an interesting pair of main characters, both with similar trust issues but those issues coming from quite different places. Ethan found his strength in Cain’s unwavering support, Cain found compassion and love in Ethan’s gentle touch.

And, as is often the case, we get a glimpse of potential new characters whose stories are to come and I cannot wait to read Vincent St James’ and, I believe from hints, pairing with Nathan.

Another great read which does exactly what I want it to do – entertain me 🙂 and a gorgeous cover to drool over.

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Awesome biker romance

The Devil's Ride: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #2)The Devil’s Ride: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one’s nowhere near as harsh as the first in this series but it’s still incredibly violent and full of unpleasantness.

However, it’s definitely more loving as Lucifer finds a new home with the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club run by his dad, and finds a new love in Tooth, a guy whose heart was destroyed 12 years earlier.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and a decent sub plot about organ harvesting to keep up the tensions and some red hot sex scenes.
Altogether another awesome ride from the Merikans.

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Vicious and brutal but passionately brilliant

Road of No Return: Hounds of Valhalla MC (Sex & Mayhem, #1)Road of No Return: Hounds of Valhalla MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a love story but it ain’t your hearts and flowers and the ending isn’t so much a happy for now but more a happy to be alive.

This book is dark, brutal, harsh and painful in its themes. But it’s also about two men connecting in a way which transcends all the darkness.

I don’t want to spoil it, I think this book should be read blind but let’s just say the events of the final quarter of the story narrative were intensely shocking and a serious twist out of the expected.

Loved the Dom and Seth cameo too.

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