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Review Tour: Rat Park by Marina Vivancos

Rat Park | Marina Vivancos

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 71,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

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Blurb

Dominic has lived with an empty ache inside him for as long as he could remember. Maybe it started when he was six, hiding beneath his blankets as the wild animal noises of one of mom’s parties echoed in his head. Maybe it began the first time an adult plied him with drinks just to watch him stumble about.

Or, maybe, it was that he couldn’t even imagine what being loved should feel like.

Drugs washed all that away. It didn’t cure the ache, but it made him forget it for a while. Anything was better than being conscious. Than being himself. But life had another hard lesson for him: With drugs, the only way is down.

Dominic hits rock bottom when he’s twenty-three. Turns out, rock bottom looks a lot like the bars of a jail cell. With little left but his own thoughts, Dominic has to decide: Is this what I want for the rest of my life?

The world has never been kind to Dominic, but when he meets the Romeros, he wonders if that is about to change. Officer Catalina Romero seems to see something in Dominic that he is sure isn’t there. The more she pulls him towards her family, however, the harder it is not to go.

All his resistance disappears under the force that is Flor Romero. Spitfire, stubborn Flor—even at sixteen, he refuses to be taken lightly. As he grows older, putting a stop to what Flor obviously wants to happen between them is harder than Dominic would ever want to admit.

Dominic knows that he has too many demons to let anybody get too close. But life doesn’t prepare him for Flor, who just might be ready to fight tooth and nail for a place in Dominic’s life—and his heart.

The question is, will Dominic’s past keep him from his future?

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Author Bio

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

Marina tends to keep to herself unless prompted, so don’t be shy in approaching her!


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Release Blitz: Rat Park by Marina Vivancos

Rat Park | Marina Vivancos

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 71,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Rat Park Cover.jpg

Blurb

Dominic has lived with an empty ache inside him for as long as he could remember. Maybe it started when he was six, hiding beneath his blankets as the wild animal noises of one of mom’s parties echoed in his head. Maybe it began the first time an adult plied him with drinks just to watch him stumble about.

Or, maybe, it was that he couldn’t even imagine what being loved should feel like.

Drugs washed all that away. It didn’t cure the ache, but it made him forget it for a while. Anything was better than being conscious. Than being himself. But life had another hard lesson for him: With drugs, the only way is down.

Dominic hits rock bottom when he’s twenty-three. Turns out, rock bottom looks a lot like the bars of a jail cell. With little left but his own thoughts, Dominic has to decide: Is this what I want for the rest of my life?

The world has never been kind to Dominic, but when he meets the Romeros, he wonders if that is about to change. Officer Catalina Romero seems to see something in Dominic that he is sure isn’t there. The more she pulls him towards her family, however, the harder it is not to go.

All his resistance disappears under the force that is Flor Romero. Spitfire, stubborn Flor—even at sixteen, he refuses to be taken lightly. As he grows older, putting a stop to what Flor obviously wants to happen between them is harder than Dominic would ever want to admit.

Dominic knows that he has too many demons to let anybody get too close. But life doesn’t prepare him for Flor, who just might be ready to fight tooth and nail for a place in Dominic’s life—and his heart.

The question is, will Dominic’s past keep him from his future?

Author Bio

When Marina was a child she couldn’t sleep. Night after dissolving night she just couldn’t sleep. Nothing much worked – until she started making up stories in her head. Suddenly, the transition into unconsciousness was a smooth dive into calm waters.

Marina is currently in a period of sleepless upheaval, and she hopes writing down the stories in her head will cast the same spell it did decades ago.

Marina hopes to write in a variety of romance sub-genres, from contemporary to supernatural to sci-fi. Her style, however, tends to focus on character-centred stories that explore different facets of the human experience, such as mental health. She also enjoys writing explicit, drawn-out sex scenes, so expect those to be a prominent feature of her stories.

Marina tends to keep to herself unless prompted, so don’t be shy in approaching her!


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Incredible story about love and addiction and finding your family

rat park coverRat Park by Marina Vivancos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit apprehensive going into this book, given the nature of the story but I should have known that what I was given by Marina Vivancos would be so much more than just a book about addiction.

She weaves the reader so deeply into Dominic’s life that each of his hurts, each of his relapses, each poor choice and each fighting moment when it becomes too hard to keep going, become our own.

And then, as in each of her books, she brings hope, a found family, one with only kindness and no expectations other than the offering of love.

Dominic is an incredible character, Flor even more so, but Cat and Esteban, they’re the real heroes at the heart of this amazing journey. A couple willing to see beyond the addiction, beyond the prison record and offer up a way forward.

Not to take the steps for Dominic, but to give him a solid foundation to strike out against. A truly beautiful story.

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

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Aimee’s new spin-off series is an absolute triumph

Broken Halos (Queen City Rogues, #1)Broken Halos by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first in Aimee’s new close-knit series is an absolute triumph, there wasn’t one bit of this story I didn’t instantly fall in love with.

I can’t pick between Archie or Ollie as to which is my favourite because they were both absolutely perfect not only in their characterisation, but for each other.

There’s hot sex in this book, it wouldn’t be from this author if there wasn’t, but what spoke to me the most was the way Aimee built up the layers of family, friendship and love throughout.

Ollie might be a pastor but this book never preaches, rather like the faith Ollie holds to, this is a book about the healing power of love, through loving yourself, your family and the ones who you hold dear.

Now I’m intrigued to see where it goes next and with which of the potential pairings the little hints gave clues to in this book.

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

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Roads Series Review round-up from Garrett Leigh

Slide (Roads, #1)Slide by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Righty! This was one of Garrett’s earliest books but, imho, you can’t tell. It’s intricately plotted and paced, it’s angsty, oh lordy is it angsty, but it never turns into too much depressing prose.

Ash has issues, rightly so given his life experiences, and he’s learnt how to just get on. But he’s not really living and Garrett does such a brilliant job with the narrative to show the reader – first by writing from Ash’s POV and then later by how Pete sees him – just how much he is struggling.

Pete, on the other hand, appears on the surface to be all put together, only the occasional bad job in his work as a paramedic making him less than his usual laid back and easy going self. I have to admit, I was surprised by Pete’s later reactions as the plot developed because I’d got so used to him being chill with his life.

The two of them together are gorgeous. The slow build up of trust is given time to develop before they become intimate, there’s no insta-love, insta-sex here.

Now, it’s no secret I am a huge Garrett Leigh fangirl and, for me, it’s because – no matter how bleak her character’s lives may become, or how much trauma they may have experienced in the past – she always shines a light of hope which resonates with me that everyone deserves to love and be loved no matter how dark their existence may have been.

I love her words, I love how she takes broken people and doesn’t make them whole again, no magic dick here, but gives them a support structure they can rely on to move forward.

This book is beautifully painful to read and I loved it. It isn’t a five star read for me simply because – at one point – I wanted to punch Pete so hard it took the edge off. But, then again, it’s realistic, life isn’t all sunshine and flowers and sometimes humans faulter!


Rare (Roads, #2)Rare by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need a breather after this one. Lordy but Garrett knows how to put her characters through the mill.

This book, it’s all about Pete and what he goes through, and it’s not easy reading but the narrative is perfection.

There’s a certain skill in writing about trauma, about tragedy, about mental trials and, for me anyway, Garrett Leigh does it with a finesse which is hard to beat. There’s no drama porn in her work, the tribulations the characters go through are firmly rooted in reality and the ways they deal with them mirror the same.

Throughout this book though, Ash, glorious Ash, is the shining light leading you through the story as he demonstrates what Pete has always known – that he is the strong one.

I loved every bit of this book and I can’t wait to now round off my Ash and Pete experience with Circle.

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

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