Angsty but sweet debut romance from Londra Laine: Trigger Warning for sexual abuse

Forever With YouForever With You by Londra Laine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a trigger warning on the release blitz for this book and there is a trigger warning in the ARC, but for some reason it’s missing from the Goodreads entry.

There is an on page flashback to a scene of serious sexual assault (view spoiler) which is described in detail and I think it needs to perhaps be a bit clearer on the listing here.

Now, having got that out of the way, this debut novel from Londra Laine is okay, it’s very dramatic and a wee but angsty but not overwhelmingly so.

There’s a 7-year-old who acts his age rather than being a genius, which is always a bonus, and there is a sweet romance in which it seems the fates continually conspire to put obstacles in the way.

I did find myself skim reading a bit as it all just became a bit samey with not a vast amount going on until all of a sudden everything but the kitchen sink was chucked in the way of Kelly and Drew’s relationship.

Still, while it wasn’t really for me, it’s well edited with no major typos or grammatical errors that I noticed and it does have a very nice ending and epilogue and – outside of the conflict craziness – I did believe in them as a couple.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved the ending of this one

Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate, #2)Safe and Sound by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well at about the 80% mark I was rolling my eyes a lot at the incredible dramatics but the ending with Ash’s fund raiser and the meeting with his donor’s father just made everything all right in my world again.

This is a dramatic book, as I’d expect with the focus of its very specific trigger warning, but it also felt a little overly dramatic at times. And I was massively pissed off at the lack of repercussions for Ash’s obnoxious ex.

Realistic perhaps but I’d have liked to have seen some tanking of his career after the big expose, especially as it wasn’t even because of the abuse that his threats to Ash ended.

But there was lots of good bits in this one too. Aiden was basically a completely different person than he was in book one, so that was one hell of a redemption as he was a bit of an ass in that one.

I really loved the relationship between Ash and Aiden though, it truly was supportive on both sides even though on paper Aiden had the stronger and safer position.

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Another great addition to this series

Shattered (The Protectors, #11)Shattered by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book could have been a train wreck given the sensitivity of the subject and the age of one of the main characters but Sloane Kennedy answered all fears with an assured hand.

There was no magic dick cure for Caleb, it took time and patience and conversation and a creation of trust with Jase for the relationship to develop.

I’m not sure it needed the secondary dramatic plot with Jase’s sister if I’m being brutally honest, there was enough drama with Caleb’s situation.
But I guess it was needed to bring Dalton and Silver into the fold for their book later and I’m fascinated to find out more.

I also liked the realistic approach to Caleb’s cutting, the sensitive way it was dealt with and the acknowledgement that he wasn’t “cured” and that counselling would be a good idea.

There was also a satisfying end to the bad guy and the plot surrounding Caleb’s father and it was nice to see the discussions with Caleb and Eli.

Jase was perfect for Caleb and their slow build up of trust as they began to act on them meant the sex scenes were doubly invested with meaning and lots of emotions.

Another great Protectors book and another wonderful cover from Jay Aheer and Wander’s photography.

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Review Tour: Holding On by Sarah Hadley Brook

Length: 96,300 words approx
Publisher: JMS Books
Blurb
 

Eighteen-year-old Aaron Pickard is dealing with a lot: he’s falling for his straight best friend, his mother has ended up in the hospital after a violent assault by his father, and he’s trying to decide when to come out. Tack on the stress of an upcoming prom and graduation, a part-time job, and the possibility he could lose his best friend, and he’s an emotional wreck.

Aaron’s best friend Jeff Leaton provides a soft place for him to fall when his life is thrown into chaos, literally holding him each night as they fall asleep. As Jeff helps Aaron navigate through the mess that has become his new normal, Aaron’s feelings for Jeff intensify.

Aaron’s pretty sure it’s all going to end badly, but he’s holding on to hope.

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Author Bio

Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the nonprofit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go.

When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have costarred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity.

She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.

 

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Elements of this YA didn’t work for me but the love story is sweet

Holding OnHolding On by Sarah Hadley Brook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmm, not sure what I thought about this one tbh.

On the one hand I liked the YA nature of falling for your first love but then there was SO MUCH DRAMA and – as it was in first person inside Aaron’s head – I’m afraid I didn’t find him sympathetic at all (when probably the intention was that I should).

Part of the problem for me personally was that there was just simply too much miscommunication/lack of communication. It’s a trope which drives me batshit crazy when it goes on too long.

On top of that, Aaron is dealing with a Hell of a lot. His father is a raging abusive alcoholic so there’s a domestic violence trigger warning needed all over this narrative. On top of that, the penny’s dropped that he’s definitely gay and he’s probably in love with his best friend Jeff.

Now Jeff, I mostly liked him but, again, there’s just too much wishy washy-ing around when he had a chance to say something – even with all the dramatic angsty going on in Aaron’s life – and chose not to.

The final bit is this is technically YA, so these guys are in their final year of High School before heading off to college. I believe that’s aged 18 (as it is here in the UK) and so they’re horny as anything – understandably – but I found the over abundance of sexual conversation, dirty talk and then actual sex once they got their acts together, read as if they were much older, more college age.

They’re 18, they’re just starting to experiment, the dialogue felt like two lads in their early 20s rather than two teenagers.

But, overall, it is at the heart of it, a really sweet falling in love with your best friend, story and I enjoyed that aspect of it a lot.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Bitten by Desire: Annabelle Jacobs Review Tour roundup

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 78,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
 
Regent’s Park Pack Series
 
Bitten By Mistake (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Bitten By Design (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb
 

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart?

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction.

As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.

Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.

If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.

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Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
Website – www.annabellejacobs.com
Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
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Regent’s Park Pack: Bitten by Desire by Annabelle Jacobs is out now

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 78,000 words approx. 

Cover Design: Natasha Snow
 
Regent’s Park Pack Series
 
Bitten By Mistake (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Bitten By Design (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb
 

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart?

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction.

As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.

Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.

If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.

 
Excerpt

Mark’s scent might have been lost to him before, but standing this close to him, Alec had no trouble picking it out—a light citrusy undertone to the spicy edge he’d detected earlier with just a hint of the tequila working its way out of his system. Even with the alcohol, he smelled good.

Alec took a deep breath in, not bothering to be subtle about it. Might as well put the offer out there. He wasn’t in the mood for games tonight. Maybe he hadn’t consciously gone in there with the intent of hooking up with Mark, but he liked what he saw. Dark hair and blue-green eyes had always done it for him.

It was a bad idea; the worst one Alec had had in a while probably. But like it had done on the street outside, Mark’s scent stirred Alec’s interest, making his wolf perk up and take notice. He didn’t always get that with people he fucked. When it happened, it boded well for the night ahead.

And it was just sex, right? After Cam’s accusations, Alec couldn’t make relations between their packs any worse. Cam might disagree, but Alec needed to get all this tension out of his system if he was to be any use to his alpha over the next few days. And both he and his wolf had decided on Mark.

Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
Website – www.annabellejacobs.com
Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction

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