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2021 – Reading year in review

29. December 2021
Reading Year in review

Hi there everyone! It’s been a while…

As probably for many of you, this year was somehow dominated by Corona – again. Everyday life is sometimes very challenging.
So I’m very glad that I managed to read at least some books despite everything. Even if I only found a little time to write about them. I’m still a bit more active on my Instagram, but of course the blog shouldn’t be completely forgotten.

So today I would like to share my reading year in review with you and show you some of the books I read (especially in the second half of the year). I may provide detailed reviews later, but unfortunately I can’t promise that.

So here you can find some of the books I’ve read in the last month:

Jersey Six by Jewel. E. Ann

The Crush by Penelope Ward

Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

Pucked Over by Helena Hunting

Mr. Mayfair by Louise Bay

The Spark by Vi Keeland

King of the Court by R.S. Grey

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Mixtape by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Controversial Princess & His True Queen by Jodi Ellen Malpas

The Wall of Winnipeg and me by Mariana Zapata

Hands down by Mariana Zapata

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

and the last book I’ll be reading this year is

The Enigma by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

According to Goodreads, I have read a total of 35 books this year. My actual goal was 52, so one book per week. But I obviously didn’t manage that. Maybe next year! What about you, did you reach your reading goal or didn’t you set one in the first place?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading and discovered some great stories. For me it was a mix of dark romance, sports romance and contemporary in general. My favourite genres.

I’m already very excited about all the stories to be discovered in the new year. With this in mind, I wish you a relaxing end of the year and a good start into the new year!

Excerpt Reveal

Excerpt reveal Jegudiel – Book 2 in the Deadly Virtues series by Tillie Cole

10. June 2021

Hello everyone! I‘m also taking part in the excerpt reveal for Tillie Cole‘s latest book „Jegudiel“. This is the second book in the Deadly Virtues series. And if you read my review, you know I liked this one so much! I‘m happy to give you the following excerpt so you can read for yourself if this book sounds interesting to you too! Have fun!

Diel opened his eyes, his hazy gaze traveling down the damp gray stone wall around him. His cheek was cold as it pressed against the freezing floor. His neck ached, the throbbing ghost of numbness snaking over his bare shoulders and the top of his spine. His head twitched, and he flitted his eyes to the iron bars that trapped him inside the cage.

The cage he knew all too well.

The monster within him rippled under his skin, waking from the forced sleep it had been plunged into. A spear of anger soared through Diel’s veins, overriding the aches and numbness and the lethargy of his muscles. Again. They had grounded him again. Lamed his monster again.

Jaw clenched and hands fisted, Diel used his waning strength to lift his torso off the slick ground and sat up. His pulse thudded faster and faster at the fact that he was in the fucking cage. But his pulse had no sooner started to race than the metal collar around his neck crackled against his already scarred and scalded skin. The electricity sizzled its warning, a sharp-fanged serpent, ready to strike the minute he lost control of his senses.

Diel breathed deeply and forced his body to still, the darkness within him to rest. Every inch of him became a statue, and the hiss of the collar lessened to a low-grade hum.

He fucking hated the collar. It was the bane of his existence. But it was a necessity.

Diel closed his eyes and thought back to how he’d got to the cage in the first place—a dream. Another fucking dream that had ripped him from sleep and had seen him racing through the manor looking for someone to tear apart, to sate the bloodlust of the monster living inside him.

No. Not just someone. His monster yearned for some very specific someones.

The Brethren. The motherfucking Brethren that he and his brothers had recently destroyed after they’d captured Maria, Raphael’s woman. The Fallen had headed to Holy Innocents, the school that had robbed them of their childhoods and fucked with their bodies and minds. They had descended, for the final time, to Purgatory, the place where they had been held as kids.

And they had burned it to hell.

The flames may have destroyed Diel’s childhood tormentors, but the rage following the inferno remained. The monster that lived inside him, seeking blood and pain and death, only grew stronger, thirstier, more intolerant of the collar that wrapped around his neck like a leash, denying both of them what they craved—death. Such beautiful, sadistic deaths by their hands.

Diel heard the sound of a pencil scratching on paper and turned his head to see Sela sitting on a chair at the side of the Tomb. He was sketching on a pad of paper, eyes fixed on whatever he was creating.

“Upper hallway, left wing,” Sela said, without taking his eyes off the pad. His long dark hair curtained his face as he concentrated on whatever picture he was purging from his creative brain onto the page. “Gabriel had us bring you down here until you awoke.”

The tendons in Diel’s neck corded. The darkness inside was more than pissed at being handled in such a pathetic way. He ground his jaw so hard that the sound of teeth on teeth made Sela lift his eyes and meet his stare.

Sela’s pencil stilled. “Third time this week.”

Diel inhaled deeply through his nose and exhaled slowly. He mentally wrestled the monster back until its presence was a dull ache at the back of his head, throbbing like the very worst of migraines. Diel sat back on his ass and laid his arms over his bent knees. His head twitched as he fought the everlasting battle to keep his anger in check.

“The Brethren,” Diel said, voice raspy with exhaustion. Sela twirled the pencil in his fingers as he listened to his best friend, the stick of wood and charcoal practically an extension of his artistic hand. 

Diel’s eyes lost focus as he bathed in the memory of his collar being turned off in Purgatory. Anger had filled his veins, and Diel and the monster he kept at arm’s length had become one, united in violence and death, twin dark souls synced and, for once in their lives, calm and at peace as they plunged their twenty-inch blades into the men that had destroyed their childhoods.

Destroyed every single part of them.

“D?” Sela said, pulling Diel from his stupor.

His temples throbbed, his ever-present migraine pounding like iron bars being slammed into his brain over and over again. His migraines had always been bad, the monster never sleeping long enough to grant a reprieve. It was constantly pacing at the back of his mind, desperate to finally be freed of the collar’s stringent control.

Diel rubbed the back of his neck. “I keep replaying that night in Purgatory.” Memories of killing the Brethren flashed like a highlight reel in his mind. “When the collar was off and we finally got to end them …” His cock stirred as he recalled the feel of his blades slicing into flesh, of hitting bone when they plunged too deep. But his excitement misted away to vapor when he remembered the familiar buzz of the collar being reignited and his monster being lashed and gagged once again. “And then Gabe switched it back on.” It had been like a junkie getting his fix, the most hedonistic drug cocktail of his life, only to be abruptly forced to go cold turkey afterward.

Diel’s head twitched again as his pulse began to race at just the memory of smelling the Brethren’s blood on his skin—the sweetest perfume. His hands flexed as he felt the phantom necks that had snapped under his fingers.

The collar buzzed and sent warning volts soaring through his body. His muscles tensed as he absorbed the pain, as it hissed at the monster inside to retreat. To get the fuck back. Sweat beaded on his forehead; a single drop ran down his spine.

Gasping for air, Diel submitted to the monster’s sudden surge of power to snarl, “I want this fucking collar off. I want to be who I was fucking born to be without the restraints.” Diel tensed and threw the monster back from taking control. The monster retreated, but its anger-tipped words echoed around Diel’s head like they were being blasted through speakers. Diel’s stomach turned and a fissure of panic slithered across his fractured soul at that thought. The thought off actually being free from the collar … of what that would look like, feel like …

Diel knew his monster could never be freed. He knew the collar could never come off. It would consume Diel. It would eradicate every part of who he was.

Amazon – mybook.to/JegudielTCole

Goodreads –  https://bit.ly/3vzD5Pz

Cover design by Hang Le.

Reviews

Book Review: Jegudiel by Tillie Cole

4. June 2021
Book Review Jegudiel by Tillie Cole

June 2 was the release date of Tillie Cole’s new book. I was one of the lucky ones who got to read the book in advance in exchange for an honest review. So here comes my book review for “Jegudiel”: First of all, let me say that I am a huge Tillie Cole fan. Her dark romance stories are always amazing and have never disappointed me. I love the “Scarred Souls” series, but her standalones like “Lord of London Town” are also great, too. I have no idea how she comes up with these dark stories, because it really takes a lot of imagination. But for me as a dark romance fan, they are just the greatest!

I read the prequel to “The Fallen” series and book 1 “Raphael” quite a while ago, but could still remember the story and the characters very well. I was all the more excited for book number 2 in the series and was very happy to receive an ARC for “Jegudiel”. I devoured the book and got through it very quickly in my limited reading time.

The story of Diel and Noa is just breathtaking, both couldn’t be a better fit for each other. They both had to go through so much in their past, experienced unimaginable things. I don’t want to tell too much about the content, so as not to spoil the story. In any case, we can find a lot of story material for the next books in here…

I really hope that Tillie will soon give us book number 3 in this series, I can not wait, that’s for sure! So the bottom line is: “Jegudiel” is a clear must-read for all dark romance fans and gets five stars from me!

Here is the link to Goodreads!

News

Happy release day, Tillie Cole!

1. June 2021
Release day for Jegudiel by Tillie Cole

Today it‘s time for a new release by one of my favorite dark romance writing ladies Tillie Cole! Her latest book „Jegudiel“ – book 2 in the Deadly Virtues series – is out now! So happy release day, dear Tillie!

I was happy to receive an ARC which I‘m currently reading. So be ready for my review later this week! For now, I‘m going to give you the blurb for „Jegudiel“:

They are the Fallen. 

A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

Control. Diel has spent his entire life under it. His childhood years were spent in the sadistic captivity of the Brethren. Now the Fallen are free, but the monster that lives inside Diel is not—can not be. The darkness within is curbed by an electric collar, the only thing that stops Diel from killing everyone in his path.

Diel’s monster yearns for freedom—the freedom to tear apart Brethren priests, as many as possible, one after the other in a frenzied, liberating spree. When Diel is granted a taste of that freedom, he expects bloodlust, violence, death.

He didn’t expect to find her.

The Fallen are not the only ones chasing the destruction of the Brethren. They were not the only ones to suffer at the priests’ hands. This Diel discovers when he stumbles upon Noa, second in command of the Coven, a group of women who are intent on bringing the Brethren down.

From the second they collide, Noa seems to understand Diel in a way that no one ever has before. She is unafraid of his rage, the bloodthirsty monster that dwells within him.

Because there is a darkness inside Noa too, and it recognises the one in Diel as if it is the missing half of her soul. For years she has tried to suppress it, but as she is inescapably drawn to the fury-filled man in the collar, she starts to wonder if she can keep up the fight.

She starts to wonder if she even should…

Dark contemporary romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up. 

Amazon – mybook.to/JegudielTCole

Goodreads –  https://bit.ly/3vzD5Pz

And please have a look at this amazing artwork for the cover by Hang Le.

 

About the author 

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

After several years living in Italy, Canada and the USA, Tillie has now settled back in her hometown in England, with her husband and new son.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than spending time with her little family, curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, and convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that last square of chocolate.

Author Links 

Web  http://tilliecole.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/tilliecoleauthor

Twitter   https://twitter.com/tillie_cole

Instagram  https://instagram.com/authortilliecole

Amazon  https://amzn.to/2ZbIEUP

Goodreads http://bit.ly/2Ui2wlk

Cover Reveal

Cover and Blurb Reveal: Jegudiel by Tillie Cole (Book 2 in the Deadly Virtues Series)

17. May 2021

Oh my, this is so exciting! The new book – “Jegudiel” – by one of my favorite authors Tillie Cole is almost here! And look at that cover!!! OMG! So beautiful! I loved the Prequel and the first book in the series so much, I can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty here! It’ll be dark romance at it’s best, as always with Tillie, I just know it!

Alright, guys, here is the blurb for “Jegudiel” (Link to The Deadly Virtues Series on Goodreads):

They are the Fallen.

A brotherhood of murderers whose nature compels them to kill. But guided by their leader, Gabriel, the Fallen have learned to use their urges to rid the world of those it is better off without.

Control. Diel has spent his entire life under it. His childhood years were spent in the sadistic captivity of the Brethren. Now the Fallen are free, but the monster that lives inside Diel is not—can not be. The darkness within is curbed by an electric collar, the only thing that stops Diel from killing everyone in his path.

Diel’s monster yearns for freedom—the freedom to tear apart Brethren priests, as many as possible, one after the other in a frenzied, liberating spree. When Diel is granted a taste of that freedom, he expects bloodlust, violence, death.

He didn’t expect to find her.

The Fallen are not the only ones chasing the destruction of the Brethren. They were not the only ones to suffer at the priests’ hands. This Diel discovers when he stumbles upon Noa, second in command of the Coven, a group of women who are intent on bringing the Brethren down.

From the second they collide, Noa seems to understand Diel in a way that no one ever has before. She is unafraid of his rage, the bloodthirsty monster that dwells within him.

Because there is a darkness inside Noa too, and it recognises the one in Diel as if it is the missing half of her soul. For years she has tried to suppress it, but as she is inescapably drawn to the fury-filled man in the collar, she starts to wonder if she can keep up the fight.

She starts to wonder if she even should…

Dark contemporary romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and topics some may find triggering. Recommended for age 18 years and up.

About the author 

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

After several years living in Italy, Canada and the USA, Tillie has now settled back in her hometown in England, with her husband and new son.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than spending time with her little family, curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, and convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that last square of chocolate.

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