Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Zel (Deviants & Saints 1) by Shantaye Brown ~

71J3bBFaJfL._SL1500_Synopsis
This is not your typical love story. The questionable ‘heroine’ is not the victim, she’s the bad-guy you’ll probably love and hate… Depends on your sanity.

Asher stalked her because there was something about her that was undeniable, she’s a mystery and he’s drawn to her like nothing else, but nothing could prepare him for what he found.

Zel makes people’s problems go away. She’s cynical, aggressive and has no regard for human life, but when Asher crosses her path he becomes a problem she couldn’t possibly ‘make go away’ as easy as the others.

Asher finds himself in way too deep when the lives of everyone he loves is threatened and he has to play the willing captive to keep them safe.

Zel has her own problems, someone wants her dead and they’re not shy about it. They both won’t be safe until she gets to them first.

Secrets unfold, lies are told and sacrifices are made. Consequences be damned.

Warning: Extreme violence, graphic sex, filthy Jamaican language and an overly aggressive and possessive heroine 18+

***Comprehensible Jamaican dialect is used throughout the story because the heroine ‘Zel’ is half Jamaican*** 

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christie review 4 starsI wasn’t sure how I felt about this book or the characters when I started reading Zell. My emotions were kind of all over the place. In the first chapters, I was sure about one thing, I didn’t like Asher, who is Zell’s love interest, at all. I will tell you more about Asher later on. HOWEVER, as I continued reading, my feelings for him began changing a little bit. Even though, I didn’t like him, the mystery and the thrills earned 4 stars from me. The book is well-written and the pacing of the storyline is fast and sucks you in, not letting you go until you have finished the book.

Now…back to the characters. Zell and Asher have to be the most complicated characters that I have ever come across. I couldn’t decide if I liked them or hated them. When I first met Asher, I can say I hated him. Yes, he very hot and very sexy, but he was crude and disrespectful to women. Ugh…you will see what I mean when you read the book. But, I must say I disliked the girls as much as I did him because they allowed themselves to be treated that way. I would have taken his cell phone and shoved it down his throat if not other places less pleasant for him. But, he was completely different with Zell! My dislike for him changed quickly when Zell entered his world. In fact, I felt sorry for him. She turned the tables on him very quickly. She treated him a lot worse than he treated his conquests. What a woman, or should I say killer! She is a bada$$ and is more of an alpha than many men I have met in other books. I wouldn’t want to cross her! Zell is truly unforgettable. She should be in a movie! If you have ever seen the movie Scarface, she should have the lead instead of Al Pacino! It’s her character that makes this book different than other books. It’s not her romance with Asher, although I’m not sure I would say romance, it’s her character! I liked seeing such a strong female even though she is a bit dark and twisted. Some softer sides of her show through very briefly but her walls were back up. She was scarred deeply in her past, and I have to respect her for not giving up, not just surviving but making herself into a person that will never be run over by life again.

It’s very rare for me to start a book not liking it and changing my mind completely, but I did with this one. I want to read more in the series to see what’s going to happen. I want to know what makes Asher and Zell tick. I want to know the mysteries of their pasts. I wouldn’t say it ends in a traditional cliffhanger in which the reader doesn’t know the surprise, but it’s a character who gets the shock of their lives when a secret is revealed. This is yet another thing that makes this book unique. If you are looking for a different, well-written, and complicated book that will keep you reading until you are finished, give this one a try!

**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**

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~ Frozen Afflictions (Afflictions #2) by Racquel Reck Cover Reveal ~

Frozen Afflictions CoverFrozen Afflictions (Afflictions #2) by Racquel Reck
Release Date: June 2015
Cover Design: Amanda Simpson at Pixel Mischief Designs
GoodReads TBR: http://bit.ly/19A05E6

SynopsisFrozen emotions of the afflicted…

Tryst Kelly’s parents made him want for nothing growing up, except their love. It turned him into an emotionally closed off man. But it’s not just their lack of care that’s made him this way. He did something in his past. Something unforgivable. Nothing can banish the hallucinations that plague him. Not his band. Not his new found friends. 

When the dead start to rise, can Tryst protect himself, and the woman he loves, from the truth?

A burning desire for love…

Bebe Wiseler parties her way through life. From one bed to the next she’s completely content with being alone. Until an old crush awakens a need in her she didn’t know she had. She’s prepared to put her heart on the line to obtain her shot at happiness.

When a past lover resurfaces and his sole intent is revenge, will Bebe break through Tryst’s frozen exterior in time?

Bebe is the only one who can make him feel.

Tryst is the only man who truly cares.

The past isn’t done with either of them…and it’s about annihilate everything.

Razor’s Edge (Afflictions Book 1) is now available!

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1xk6yO7 
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My frozen exterior melts with her words. Rational thought burned away by this little woman against me. This time it’s me who initiates the first stroke of our tongues. Bebe moans and tries to get closer, going up on her tip toes. Even in her heels it’s hard for her to be at the height she needs to be. She squirms and as her nails lightly rake down the back of my neck, my cock roars to life.

I palm her tight ass, hauling her up. Never braking the connection with our mouths, I slam her against the wall and dive deeper into our kiss. Every cell in my body is on fire, spurred on by her tiny moans and frantic grinds against my cock.

Her tongue tastes like peppermint, and her body feels like heaven. I want more. More of this feeling she’s giving me.

The want.

Need.

The urge to keep her safe in my—

“Fuck me, Tryst.”

Everything ices over. “What?”

“Fuck me.” She nuzzles the side of my neck.

That simple phrase reminds me why I don’t go here with her. How many times has she said those exact same words to other dudes? I set her down and slowly back away. “No.”

Her brows scrunch. “What? But I thought—”

“It was a mistake.”

She cocks her hip to the side and shakes her head. “You’re something else. You know that. This is exactly what I was talking about. You’re confusing the hell out of me. First you’re all about it then you’re not? You are a hard man to read.”

I clench my jaw, mad at myself because she’s right. I’m pissed I gave in.

“Be honest.” Gary is leaning up against the archway into my kitchen. “You want to bang the hell out of my little sister. But you’re afraid to.” He laughs. “Scared she’ll find out the truth about who you really are.”

The snapping of manicured fingers in front of my face makes the vision of Gary disappear. I blink.

“What is wrong with you?”

You don’t know how many times I’ve asked myself that same question. I stare at the archway where Gary once was, but it’s now vacant.

“Tryst.” Bebe claps a hand in front of me. “What alien ship beamed up your brain?”

“You should go.” I turn, and head toward the living room. TV. There’s always an episode of Law and Order on. I need to take my mind off the woman who doesn’t know when to stop, and the ghost who finds it funny to haunt me. I grab the remote off my coffee table then park my ass on my black leather couch.

“I’m not leaving.” Bebe plops down next to me.

“It’s almost two. Thought you were fishing tonight.” I turn on the TV, flicking through channels, pretending I’m looking for something.

With her sitting next to me it’s hard to concentrate. The fruity smell of her perfume, the way she scoots closer every second or so, like she’s testing my boundaries, makes it almost damn near impossible to keep my eyes on the screen.

“Maybe I already caught a shark, and I’m waiting to see if he’ll take a bite.” She runs her hand down my chest, lightly skimming around the scratch marks left by my fans. Under my skin, the blood in my veins follows her hand south. She plays around the top of my jeans, not quite letting her hand brush my bulge.

I drop the remote and go still. Trying with everything I have, I grind my jaw to hold in a groan.

Leaning in, she sucks on my neck. Making her way to my ear lobe, she says, “Maybe I’ll bite him instead.”

Abou the author Racquel Profile PicAlways a fan of books, Racquel began reading at the age of six.  Yes, she started early.  It fueled her imagination and she began writing her own stories at the age of ten.  Then her writing took a backseat when she discovered drama class in high school.

 
Becoming an actor was what she wanted to do with her life, but she changed her mind.  “I felt like I needed to do something more meaningful and planned on becoming a nurse’s assistant.”  She went to college for her CNA, but again not the career choice for her. 
 
When she turned twenty she met her husband, and shortly after, their daughter came.  All the while she had these voices in her head, these characters begging her to tell their stories.  “I put the mute button on them until I became pregnant with my son, now I can’t get them to shut up.”  She wrote five unpublished novels before her son turned three.  She hopes that her stories will be inspirational for people going through the same problems as her characters.
 
Instead of going the traditional route, sending out querys and receiving rejection letters, she decided to take on the world of indie publishing.  She writes contemporary and paranormal romances and hopes to one day step out side her genre and write a horror novel.
 
She resides just outside Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog.  Summer days are spent at the race track and when night time falls, her secret worlds come alive. 
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~ Killer (Prequel to Stalker) by Clarissa Wild Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

Title: Killer (Prequel to Stalker)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015 (in the Summer Fire Boxed Set)
Genre: Dark Romance (18+)

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24920177-killer

Synopsis
This is a prequel to the Dark Romance Standalone STALKER.

Some secrets are meant to stay hidden …

Secrets could kill you. My husband is the prime example.

I’m a trophy wife. Someone’s prized possession, just there to be pretty. My dreams were pushed aside for his. Until one fateful night, one chance encounter, all his dirty secrets were exposed.

And then my supposed husband is killed.

I should be sad, but all I feel is anger. My husband is a lying, cheating bastard. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’m now the prime suspect for his murder.

Only his brother believes I’m innocent, and in his support, I find relief. However, I will find the real killer and bring him to justice … before he tries to end my life too.


WARNING: This book contains strong language, explicit situations, and disturbing content.

Included in the Summer Fire Boxed Set
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Abou the author
Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she’s best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.


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~ Give Me All of You by F.L. Jacob Blog Tour + Giveaway ~

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Synopsis
Beth Emmons would not allow herself fall in
love. She’d been burned in the worst way
possible, leaving her with a secret that made her the black sheep of the
family.
 
Jake Martin wasn’t looking for love. After his ‘true love’ married another, he
kept to himself and lived the life of a bachelor.
 
When their paths crossed in Mexico, they
couldn’t get enough of each other. Beth
kept to her ‘friends with benefits’ plan, while Jake wanted more. A pregnancy scare caused Beth to run from Jake. Jake gave Beth the space she needed even if
it was going to kill him. Christmas at the Black Hollywood Club reunited them
and made them stronger.
 
Now, the family Beth wanted to forget pops back
into her life needing her full attention.
All the while, Beth’s secret is busting at the seams causing her to once
again distance herself from Jake. Jake
decides enough is enough and vows to fight for the love of his life, his real
true love.
 
Will Beth be able to give herself to
Jake? Can Jake’s love give Beth the
strength she needs, or will her secrets cause them to fall apart again, leaving
them shattered . . . unable to pick up the pieces.
 
*Give Me All of You is book 3 is the Black
Hollywood Series. It can be read as a
standalone.
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 Excerpt

 The lightening shines again in our room and she rolls to face me. Her beautiful lips are puckered and her cheeks are stained with tears from earlier. I slide into bed and pull her close to me. She snuggles right up and my heart feels like it is going to explode. This is so right. How can she not realize it?

My eyes slowly shut and I’m off into a peaceful sleep with the love of my life.

It feels as though my eyes just shut when I am jolted awake by Beth screaming out into the night. The blood curdling sound has me on my feet before I even know what is going on. I try to blink the sleep from my eyes and focus on the room.

That’s when I see her. In bed curled into a fetal position shaking uncontrollably. “Beth, Beth baby, what’s wrong?” She doesn’t loosen the grip on her legs. I don’t want to scare her any more than she is.

She jerks away from me when I place a hand on her shoulder trying to calm her. If it’s possible I think she actually curls into herself even more. I need her to focus on me. Moving swiftly around the bed to be in front of her, I crouch down to her eye level.

“Beth, I need you to look at me.” I move the matted hair away from her eyes. It takes a few minutes before I see her white knuckles move and start gaining color. Then her eyes meet mine. They seem so empty and scared.

When she finally seems to focus, she lunges at me. I move quickly to catch her body flying at me. If I didn’t know she was truly scared out of her mind, I would have laughed because she knocks me on my ass.

I just hold her. Caress her back and hair. She isn’t crying. If I had to guess I’d say she is in some sort of shock. Time seems to stand still. Then her body starts shaking again. “Beth, shhhhh, it’s going to be okay. Please talk to me. I’m right here. I’m not going anywhere.”

Her breathing seems to calm down and the shaking slows. “Where’d you go baby? Come back to me.” Feeling like I can move without scaring her, I cradle her to my chest and move to the bed again. Siting her on my lap, I rest my back on the headboard.

She looks up and tries to back out of my embrace. “Oh God, Jake, I’m so sorry.” Her hands try to cover her face. “That hasn’t happened to me since I was in school. Fuck how embarrassing.”

Grabbing her hands I pull them away. “You said you wouldn’t shut me out. Elizabeth look at me. What happened?”

Her face falls and she looks away.

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I am a mommy of two, wife to an amazing man, and full time employee. Life is crazy and busy! I started writing again during a darker time in my life in a group write in a Facebook group. They brought back my passion for writing that I haven’t felt since high school and helped me through hard times.
Starting this process was tedious and nerve-wracking, but my amazing ladies and my fabulous husband have inspired me to take my love for writing to the next step.
My current books are Have I Told You, I Won’t Give Up on You, A Very Merry Black Hollywood Christmas, all part of the Black Hollywood Series. Coming Soon will be Give Me All of You, book 3 in the BH Series.
Coming later 2015, One in a Million. New Characters, New story, Standalone! More information coming soon.
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