Reviews

Book review: “The Resurrection” by Jodi Ellen Malpas (ARC*)

25. January 2022
The Resurrection by Tillie Cole

Before I‘ll give you my review for „The Resurrection“, let me start by saying this: I‘ve been a huge fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas for years. For me, it all started with the „This Man“ series. After reading Jesse‘s and Ava’s story, I was completely hooked and have read every single book by Jodi ever since. 

I love her writing style, the humor, the swearing, the passion she describes and just about everythig. I was lucky enough to met Jodi once at RARE 2017 in Berlin and she was so nice and open and I loved every minute spent in her presence.

I also thank the stars for the day Jodi decided to venture into darker territory. Her first dark romance novel „The Brit“ (The first book in the Unlawful Men series) was phenomal and I was hoping Jodi had as much fun writing the book as I had reading the story.

Obviously that must have been the case because we got book 2 „The Enigma“ soon after, which was equally epic! But now there is book 3 – The Brit and The Enigma team up for „The Resurrection“ and I honestly have no words!

This story has it all: darkness, suspense, passion, love, it’s erotic AF and simply a rollercoaster ride where you have no idea what’s going to happen on the next page. So many twists and turns and definitely one thing I did not see coming. But I will keep this spoilerfree, so you can read for yourself (although I’m biting my tongue really hard at the moment…).

Danny and Rose, James and Beau – Jodi wrote 4 POVs and so we get insights into all their minds. It‘s pretty perfect. And then all these incredible sidekicks: I love Aunt Zinnea, Tank and Fury are pretty cool as well as Otto and Goldie.

This book is definitely one you‘ll wish it won‘t end. If you’re a fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas books and / or a Dark Romance reader than this series should definitely be on top of your TBR! Read The Brit and The Enigma first before you grab The Resurrection. You won’t regret it, I promise! It’s perfect, and it is so Jodi! I love it so much and if I could wish for one thing: MORE! 😉

(Link to Goodreads):

From the moment Danny Black met Rose Cassidy, he knew she’d be the death of him. But their electric connection and twisted love gave him a purpose beyond ruling Miami with his iron fist. Faking his own death and disappearing to St. Lucia was the only way he could escape the deadly underworld that brought them together. But his seclusion was sabotaged when a notorious assassin lured him out and made him an offer he couldn’t ignore.

So Danny was forced to decide whether to remain concealed and pray his enemies didn’t find him, or re-emerge and take back control of his town. His future.

James Kelly’s sole purpose was to find and kill the man who ordered the death of his family. Peace would never be his until then. Beau Hayley, a scarred former cop, was the key to his mission. He was supposed to kill her. Instead, he fell in love with her. Forced to accept that he could no longer fight his war and keep Beau safe from their enemies, he sought out the only man who could help him.

But by resurrecting the infamous Brit, James unwittingly started an even bigger war.

Two lethal men. One shared goal.

Keep their women safe.

And survive.

But only one of them can come out the other side alive.

The book was released today! So go ahead and grob your copy now:

Download today on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZgIu3g

Apple Books: https://bit.ly/TR_AppleUS

Nook: https://bit.ly/3E07Q42

Kobo: https://bit.ly/32FGwKV

*I was generously provided an ARC of “Resurrection” in exchange for an honest review.*

News

Happy Release Day, Jodi Ellen Malpas! „The Resurrection“ is out now!

25. January 2022
The Resurrection by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Happy Release Day, dear Jodi Ellen Malpas! The Resurrection by Jodi Ellen Malpas is now live!

Love is purpose. Hate is fuel.

From the moment Danny Black met Rose Cassidy, he knew she’d be the death of him. But their electric connection and twisted love gave him a purpose beyond ruling Miami with his iron fist. Faking his own death and disappearing to St. Lucia was the only way he could escape the deadly underworld that brought them together. But his seclusion was sabotaged when a notorious assassin lured him out and made him an offer he couldn’t ignore.

So Danny was forced to decide whether to remain concealed and pray his enemies didn’t find him, or re-emerge and take back control of his town. His future.

James Kelly’s sole purpose was to find and kill the man who ordered the death of his family. Peace would never be his until then. Beau Hayley, a scarred former cop, was the key to his mission. He was supposed to kill her. Instead, he fell in love with her. Forced to accept that he could no longer fight his war and keep Beau safe from their enemies, he sought out the only man who could help him.

But by resurrecting the infamous Brit, James unwittingly started an even bigger war.

Two lethal men. One shared goal.
Keep their women safe.
And survive.

But only one of them can come out the other side alive.

Download today on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZgIu3g

Apple Books: https://bit.ly/TR_AppleUS

Nook: https://bit.ly/3E07Q42

Kobo: https://bit.ly/32FGwKV

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3oVILCx

Reviews

Book review: My Maddie by Tillie Cole

23. January 2022
My Maddie by Tillie Cole

Are you a fan of Dark or MC Romance? Then you will definitely enjoy the Hades Hangmen series by Tillie Cole. There is already a lot to read here – “My Maddie”, the book I would like to introduce to you today in my book review, is now the 8th in the series.

This book continues the story of Maddie and Flame. And of course we also learn more about the other Hangmen. But back to Maddie and Flame. This is what the book is about (link to “My Maddie” on Goodreads):

Not even love can conquer the demons of our pasts…⁣

Flame and Maddie have found solace and safety in one another’s arms, two fractured souls beginning to heal. But no matter how strong their love grows, it can never completely vanquish the demons of their pasts. These demons are dormant, not defeated.⁣

Now a new enemy threatens the Hangmen, and a new revelation threatens the peace Maddie and Flame hold so dear. Flame is fighting a multitude of wars – against the club’s new foe, against the horrors of his past, and against his fears – but the fire in his blood may be the only victor.⁣

As Flame begins to spiral into his own personal hell, it is up to Maddie to bring her husband back into her heart. To remind him that, together, they can face any obstacle standing in their way. To show him that no one and nothing can tear them apart again.

His Maddie.⁣
Her Flame.⁣
The fight for their forever.⁣

It’s been a while since I last read one of the Hangmen books, but I definitely loved them all. Tillie Cole is so damn good at writing the darker stories, I sometimes wonder, how she can think of all this stuff…;-) But really, if you’re a fan of Dark Romance this series – and of course “My Maddie” is a must. It is dark, it contains a lot of passion and love and her characters are so unique and special. I really like them all, but Flame and Maddie are pretty special. I suggest you read it for yourself and find out how even the scariest and biggest demons might be overcome…

 

Reviews

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!

Reviews

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

15. November 2021
The wall of Winnipeg and me

How often do you re-read your favorite books?

A few weeks ago I felt that it was time for some re-reading. I was not in the mood for any new books of new to me authors, I just wanted to go back to some of my favorite stories of all time. So I started with „The Wall of Winnipeg and me“ by Mariana Zapata.

Aiden is still my number 1 book boyfriend. I can‘t help it, he is just the best…:-)

Click here for a detailed review of „The Wall of Winnipeg and me“!

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.

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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!